From the hummingbird kitchens to yours
Welcome to the Hummingbird Charm recipe blog! I typically write over on the travel page, but since I also love to cook (and I have three teenagers at home so I cook a lot) I’m taking over this page for the time being. I’ll most likely combine my love of traveling with my love of cooking, like the first recipe below which was inspired by a recipe I found on an African recipe site. I added a touch of Asian flavor to it because, well, I felt like it.
My two guiding principles when I cook, which will also guide this page, are to 1) embrace flexibility and creativity, and 2) making sure the majority of recipes I share are EASY—don’t get me wrong, I do love to occasionally go hog wild when it comes to hosting parties, but on a day-to-day basis, I think it’s pretty safe to say most of us need easy….tasty, but easy.
So on that note, below is my first family-tested recipe. It’s an easy one-pot meal that can be tailored to your own tastes. It also takes less than 30 mins to cook so yay for that. It doesn’t really have a name, so feel free to get creative and call it whatever you like. Normally, I’d include a picture, but honestly, it’s not the most attractive dish and I don’t want anyone to judge a book by its cover.
Makes enough for 6 generous serving
3-4 TBS oil
16 oz Cappellini pasta
16 oz ground meat (I used beef, but you could also use lamb, pork, or turkey)
One onion, chopped (I used white, but red would probably be fine too)
Two cloves garlic chopped
2 cups broth (I used beef broth because I used ground beef, but you could use whichever makes sense based on the meat you choose)
3 TBS soy sauce
3 TBS Thai fish sauce (if you don’t have this, just increase the soy or add another flavor you might like like teriyaki or hoisin, although both those will add a little sweetness to the meal)
2 TBS mustard
½ cup chopped parsley (you could also add chopped green onions)
Food, like books, is a subjective art and everyone has tastes they like and those they don’t but hopefully, if some of you decide to give this a try, you’ll make it your own and have another easy recipe to add to your arsenal. And if you do try it, let me know what you think and if you did modify it, how—I’m always looking to learn and try something new in the kitchen.