Christmas Leftovers

Leftover green onions and spring-roll wrappers from the crab rangoon I made on Christmas Eve, have switched countries, but not continents.

Somosas
Onion, potato, garlic, frozen peas, green onion and curry powder sautéed until softened, then mixed with a small dab of yogurt and stuffed into the spring-roll squares to make the triangular treats. A little water sealed the edges and I baked them on a parchment lined pan at 325° until toasted. I added yogurt on the side.

I also had ingredients leftover from my first attempt at white kimchi so I decided to make an even milder version. It was delicious. I ate it with mini tacos and a wilted spinach salad and as a snack on some Meijer rosemary olive oil woven wheat crackers. Amazing.

There are recipes for kimchi, white kimchi, and even cucumber kimchi. But I pretty much made mine from the idea of the white kimchi recipe and then went from there.

Kimchi

Slice:
Baby Bok Choy
(or any Chinese cabbage)
Green Onions
Carrots
Radish (I used daikon and red)
Garlic

Combine:
Rice Vinegar
Sugar
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Sambal (not to be confused with sriracha)
Hot Water (do this last to fill the jar)

Close the lid and shake around to mix. Let it cool, then refrigerate. I set mine outside to cool it down fast. Remember, it’s not canned, so it won’t last forever.

I made these wonderful leftovers as I watched Bogart in The Big Sleep. I wish there were leftovers from when they made movies like this. “Let’s cut the babble, what’d’ya want.”
You’ve just got to love a movie that refuses to explain itself because it’s too busy moving forward. The Big Sleep bursts right into the action, and doesn’t stop, doesn’t even pause.

I love watching Bogart talk down and outsmart his adversaries, crack wise, take a punch, and change his mannerisms instantly to get the truth as private detective Philip Marlowe.

The cars, the guns, the dames. The Big Sleep is textbook film noir, before there was a textbook so it never feels tired, pardon the pun. It’s punchy and while most of the credit goes to the writer of the original novel and the three screenwriters, director Howard Hawks should be praised for keeping it all together with such style as Marlowe and company careen deeper and deeper into fast talking danger.

Like watching The Usual Suspects after you know the big reveal, you wonder how on earth they turned such a simple plot into a genuinely engrossing and multi-layered film. Oh – right, it’s all in the way they parsed out information. Marlowe constantly knows more than he’s telling but when we need to know, he gives it to us and that’s what makes him such a smart character.

On the subject of the script, Roger Ebert said: “The writers (William Faulkner, Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett) wrote one of the most quotable of screenplays: it’s unusual to find yourself laughing in a movie not because something is funny but because it’s so wickedly clever.” I rarely agree with Ebert, but in this case I can’t fight fact.

So I now know what thousands of other viewers know, this film is one to reccomend.

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