What We Ate
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January 27, 2003
Ants on a Log
Actually, the dish is called Ants in a Tree. But given the fact that the finished product, while delicious, resembled neither ants nor tree nor log, I feel I'm entitled to call it whatever I like.
For some odd reason, we had cellophane noodles and ground pork in the house. All we really needed to make Sara Moulton's Ants in a Tree (from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home) was some Napa cabbage and a bit of spice. The recipe is really quite simple, and its quasi-Chinese flavorings made it quite a refreshing change from our standard Continental repertoire. The only thing I would change next time around is the amount of fat -- while I'm hardly a fat-phobe, I found that the rendered pork fat and added oil left the noodles a bit greasier than I would have liked. On the other hand, Carl had no complaints.
Sara Moulton's Ants in a Tree
1/2 lb. cellophane noodles (bean threads)
Boil noodles for 1-2 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse under running water.