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Five Questions with Daniel Seidman

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Happy Sunday! I hope its full of bright sunshine and relaxing vibes.

Today’s interview comes about because of Instagram, for I would never have known who Dan Seidman was without it. I can’t tell you how I found him, though it was likely on one of those prompts of ‘you’ll like images’ and I’ve followed him from afar ever since with his photos speaking for themselves.

Instagram is one of those places that you can spend several minutes double tapping images countless people have taken while exploring all interests you have. Most friends I have really only have private accounts and follow only people they know, with the rare exception of someone they’re interested in (therefore the high count of Selena Gomez’ Instagram).

The Chef Dan‘s clean and modern recipes are beautiful to look at and after a while of loving his Insta photos, it seemed only too perfect to interview him for Five Questions, read on for three essentials to making a standout burger and a simple noodle recipe that Dan has gotten a lot of great feedback on.

1. What originally attracted you to cooking?
I began to cook for myself on a regular basis when I was living on my own during university.  Ive always had a love for food and when I was away at school, my options were either cook, or eat takeout.  While I often ate takeout, I began to cook for myself.  As my food started tasting better, I began to cook more and more.
 
2. If someone feels cooking is way too difficult, what is one tip you would give them to give it a go?
Start with a proven recipe, but don’t worry about following it too closely.  It may seem counterintuitive, but most recipes don’t need to be followed exactly .  Use them as a guide rather than as a strict manual. By putting your own spin on a recipe, you can modify it in a way that keeps it simple and in your comfort zone.
3. You love a good burger, what are three essential ingredients to make one a hit?
First, ingredient is definitely the meat.  I usually go for ground chuck when I make burgers. If you can get it freshly ground, even better.  Stay away from lean beef.  Part of what makes a burger so good is the fat in the meat.
Second, key ingredient is salt (and pepper).  Don’t be shy when seasoning your burger.  Make sure each side gets a generous amount.
It’s hard to pick only three, but I’d say the next essential ingredient would be cheese.  Make sure you put it on right after the flip to make sure it gets nice and melty.
4. A lot of your food is comfort food (aforementioned burgers, pasta, donuts), what about comfort food do you personally love?
Hard to say. I think it just tastes really good.  A big part of it is that it’s not something you (should) eat everyday so when you do eat it, it’s really satisfying.  Comfort food is something that I also like to enjoy with other people so there’s the social aspect of it as well.
5. What is your favorite go to recipe when you are entertaining friends?
One of my go to’s is pesto pasta.  I’ll make a big batch of pesto and toss it with some spaghetti or rigatoni.  It always seems to be a hit and couldn’t be simpler to make.  I also always make extra so I’ll have some in the fridge for later.
One of Dan’s favorite simple recipes is these Sriracha honey garlic noodles. “They are very simple to make and I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from people who have made them,” the recipe is below.
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Sriracha Honey Garlic Noodles

Ingredients:
1/4 cup light soy sauce
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp sriracha (more or less depending on how spicy you want it)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 lime
500g chow mein noodles
1 tbsp olive oil

Directions:
Boil a large pot of water and Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside (slightly undercook them because they will continue cooking later).

Combine soy sauce, honey, garlic, sriracha, sesame oil, and lime juice in a bowl and stir together.

Heat wok or large pan over high heat and add a bit of olive oil.

Add noodles to hot wok and pour over some of the sauce to coat the noodles (you’ll want to save a bit to pour on before serving).

Stir fry the noodles with the sauce for a minute until fully heated through and serve hot.

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Sriracha Honey Garlic Noodles

Sriracha Honey Garlic Noodles

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sriracha (more or less depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 lime
  • 500g chow mein noodles
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Boil a large pot of water and Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside (slightly undercook them because they will continue cooking later).
  • Combine soy sauce, honey, garlic, sriracha, sesame oil, and lime juice in a bowl and stir together.
  • Heat wok or large pan over high heat and add a bit of olive oil.
  • Add noodles to hot wok and pour over some of the sauce to coat the noodles (you’ll want to save a bit to pour on before serving).
  • Stir fry the noodles with the sauce for a minute until fully heated through and serve hot.
  • Notes

    Recipe by Dan Seidman

    http://roamingtaste.com/five-questions-with-daniel-seidman/

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