Somen Noodle Soup

Somen Noodle Soup with Marinated baked tofu and veggies and homemade broth

For the broth
Zest of 1 lime
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2-inch piece ginger, cut into coins
½ of a large red onion, sliced
sprigs of fresh herbs
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced (i left this out)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Bragg’s or soy sauce
1 tbsp. light brown sugar

For the tofu
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. hoisin sauce
2½ tsp. light brown sugar (if it’s dark, use less)
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
1 pound extra firm tofu, blotted dry – drain as much water out with breaking the loaf… (I can teach you how.. just reply) and cut into small cubes

For the soup
6 ounces somen noodles
Vegetable oil
½ red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (again, I didn’t use this)
1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 celery stick
5 – 10 Brussels sprouts, cut into four

Make the broth
Put all ingredients except for the soy sauce and brown sugar in a large saucepan.  Pour in 8 cups of water and add a large pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.  Cool slightly, then strain out and discard the solids.  Stir in the Bragg’s or soy sauce and brown sugar.  Adjust seasoning as necessary.  Keep warm over low heat.

Make the tofu
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Mix together the marinade in a medium baking dish.   Stir in the tofu, coating well with the marinade.  Allow to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally to make sure the tofu is coated with the marinade.  Place in the oven, uncovered, and allow to bake until all the marinade is absorbed and the tofu is getting a slight crisp to it, about 35 minutes.  Toss the tofu once or twice in the baking process so that all the pieces come into contact with the pan.  Remove tofu from the oven and allow to cool.

Make the soup
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the somen noodles and give a good stir.  Cook the noodles until they are almost done, with just a slight bite, and drain.  Rinse well with cold water, drain, and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add just enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add the red onion and sauté until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, jalapeño pepper, and ginger and cook for another two minutes, stirring constantly.  Add the veggies and continue to cook, stirring often, until the green vegetables are crisp tender, about 5 minutes.

Place some noodles in the bottom of a deep soup bowl.  Ladle on the broth.  Add tofu and vegetables.

Enjoy… you may garnish with herbs, scallions and slice of jalapeño pepper.

Inspired by another recipe post.


Homemade Wonton Soup


– wonton wrappers

– TVP (soaked and marinated) crumble, sprinkled with Nutritional yeast – I added a bit of garlic salt and pepper

– sauteed mushrooms, chopped

– fresh cut herds, chopped

(mixed these three together: TVP, mushrooms, herbs)

– carrots, pealed ribbons

– mushrooms sliced thinly

– green onion, sliced

– garlic, sliced

– vegetable brother (I made my mine with clippings of other veggies and lighting heating in water – and then draining to veggies (compost) – use broth)

– bragg’s amino acids (add to broth)

– olive oil

– a bit of water – (sealing wonton wraps together)


I use a wok, but a soup pot will do fine. I first add the veggie broth and some water.. then bragg’s…. once it’s hot.. get’n to a boil.. I add veggies.. (all.. onion, mushrooms, carrots… so on).. but not the wontons,

then add the wontons, when boil begins.. once added, lower heat to low… cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. DO NOT OVER HEAT! (the wontons will break)


Handmade Jewlery Box – plant themed, beads, buttons and LOVE

This week I have spent time unleashing my artist side through beads, buttons and a few other crafty items.. Here is what I made with a wooden jewelry box:

The little compartments are my favorite part, but I do like the slide out on the lower half.

I cut out plant images from a favorite magazine of mine and used some Mog Podge to stick the pieces on and also puts a shimmer glaze on top. I took beads and buttons and strategically placed them. The top right corner has a jubilee of beads.

Beads outline the inner part of the slide out accompanied by beautiful plant photos.

the upper compartments have been painted and embellished with photos and beads.

the sides of the box are photos of greenery from different outdoor plants and of coursed lines with beads.

the underside also has a full sized green scenery.

I had a great making this.. I think we should all just sit and create at times.. it’s good for the soul.

Watch Me Grow – Part 2 – My Etsy Shop Handmade Crafts

Okay, I know it’s been awhile since my first “Krista’s Kreations – Watch Me Grow” blog entry….a week or so….

….I have been taking care of a sick household and myself…+ sewing, knitting and crafting….

I have just started this “crafty” thing and was motivated by Last month, I receive a sewing machine from my mom for my birthday!

I started sewing, knitting and making flower hair clips just about a month ago. My first knitting project was a knitted pocket purse, dsc019353which I gave away to a friend and I have made a few flower hair clips that I listed on my shop.

However, today I finished three projects:

The Zipper Handbag – Purse


it even has feet


and a zipper tail…


AND, two pockets….


Pretty good, hau? I patted myself on the back for it.

This purse was my second attempt at sewing….

I also made another pocket purse, but this one is a bit bigger than the last….it fits my camera….the camera that my husband bought me for my birthday this month!!! Thank you, honey….



As you can see, I have been keeping myself busy.

Busy Being Crafty.

Now, for the finial project that I have been working on….More Flower Hair Clips (Barrettes)

here are a few….

Thank you for your interest in my artsy farty stuff. I have been having a lot of fun making it. I hope you enjoy it as well.

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