I have been super MIA on my food blog. Like super!
Before I made the move back to NYC I’m January, I decided to take a social media break for that month. Honestly, it was consuming me like crazy. I caught myself and my thumb automatically going to the app and getting lost in scrolling my timeline.
I wrote down some 2018 affirmations for myself and one of them was living a more pure and intent life and for me that was getting off social media for a second to clear my mind. It was great, I found myself not really missing it. I connected with friends who I haven’t seen in awhile since I moved to DC, actually had conversations without saying “wait let me do this for the gram”... silly, I know- and I actually found myself not comparing myself to anyone else because what does a pic with mad likes do??? Seriously! Think about it.
Sadly, that’s the world we live in. Don’t get me wrong, I like social media. I think it’s a way to connect with people who you don’t see often or follow some people who you look up to so it really is a double edged sword - a gift and a curse lol.
There was a quote that my friend posted on her IG story and it really spoke to me! See below. To me, it was just live your life and don’t worry about anyone else!
Any who, enough of my rant and back to my yummy Shrimp Lo Mein I made this past Saturday. When I made the transition back to NYC, I was able to move in with my Aunt in Brooklyn until I was ready to find an apartment. Let me say this, I am VERY blessed that she even said I could come live with her again. I lived with her when I moved to NYC back in 2011 when I was a crazy 23 year old! Now, at 29, she welcomed me with open arms - yet, again! She is truly the sweetest, the youngest of my mom’s siblings and a spit fire. Oh , and she doesn’t have to buy she makes me coffee every morning by the time I wake up. Might I add in my favorite coffee mug that I bought from home. See? THE SWEETEST!
Sheesh, this is a long winded post.
Lo Mein is what you’re here for! This might be TMI but my monthly was quickly approaching and like every woman who is about to have a visit from Aunt Flo, you crave thee WORST THINGS! In my case, i always crave something salty and sweet. Hence the Ben & Jerry’s in my freezer.
This made me think of Shrimp Lo Mein. I love Chinese food, especially good greasy, salty Chinese food! I had some leftover veggies from when I made Turkey Meat Loaf a couple of weekends back and some ginger from a yummy curry soup I made so I immediately thought of Shrimp Lo Mein!
There’s this AWESOME Chinese & Caribbean Market (a random combo, I know lol) a couple of blocks from my aunts house where I picked up some Sriacha, Soy Sauce and Hoisin Sauce for my Lo Mein along with some shrimp to throw in it. If I do say so myself, it came out pretty damn good! My Aunt has seconds the next day and said it was even better!!
It definitely satisfied my salty, greasy cravings!! If you try it remember to tag, #JustAddHotSauce
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup of sriracha (you can add more if you like it spicy)
- 1/2 pound of shrimp (detained & peeled)
- 1/2 cup of shredded carrots
- 1 cup of broccoli stems
- 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
- 1 small yellow onion, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 knob/chunk of ginger, minced
- 1/2 a packet of Lo Mein Noodles
- salt & pepper to taste
1. in a wok or a cast iron skilled heat about 2 tablespoons of EVOO on medium heat
2.Throw in all the veggies (onions, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, carrots and broccoli). Sauté for about 5 minutes until veggies are tender. Add a Salt & Pepper to your liking.
3. Add in Sriracha, Hoisin and Soy Sauce. Stir together and taste to your liking. Add more Hoisin if you like it saucy!
4. Add in Shrimp, let cook for about 2-3 minutes.
5. Boil Lo Mein Noodles for 10 minutes in boiling hot water. Once ready, transfer noodles to Shrimp & veggie mixture. Be sure to add alittle of the noodle water in the pan as the starch from the noodles will thicken up the mixture.
6.Toss all together! Making sure all the noodles and sauce are well combined.
Serve in a bowl, piping hot - with chop sticks, if you're fancy!
Cheers to eating!