Wednesday, February 02, 2011

3/100 At least I have a life time...

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As part of my life list, I want to try 100 new recipes.

As I mentioned in my previous post, it has been hot in Melbourne. To be fair I think anything over 27C or 80F is hot. But it's been hot, like in the 90s hot. Not to mention 2 days in the 100s...And when it gets hot my digestive system turns off. If I eat food, my stomach is all, I am sorry I don't know what to do with that, and I get super bad stomach aches for hours. If I don't eat food, I become cranky, and cry for reasons unknown to me. In other words, I am an absolute joy to be around.

So, when the mercury rose and the crying began, Inspector Climate and I brain stormed on what we'd like for dinner on Saturday night. Inspector Climate listed off all the things we normally had, and my stomach - at the mere thought of ATTEMPTING to digest his suggestions - tightened. And so I was all "No, No, No" and He was all "why do you ask for my input when you're the picky one?"

So, I turned to something that always makes me happy and yet I rarely make for a number of reasons:

One - I like this item cold and gluten free noodles do not taste good cold.
Two - It has a lot of ingredients and I am too lazy to make it for myself.

What is this item that will make me brave my stomach pains? Peanut Sesame Noodles.

Can I get an Amen?

I did a couple of google searches to find a recipe that spoke to me, but I didn't really trust any of them. So I went to a woman I do trust. Smitten Kitchen. Her recipe is here. But being the creative culinary genius I am, I adapted it slightly.

This is what I did.

You'll Need:

For Dressing:
1/2 cup of peanut butter (I used Crunchy because that's what we had).
1/4 cup Soy Sauce (I used gluten free soy, because um, I am gluten intolerant).
1/3 cup warm water (I used warm water).
1 T grated fresh ginger.
1 grated garlic clove
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar (I used rice wine vinegar because that's what we had, and I don't know the difference).
1.5 Tablespoons sesame oil.
1 Tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes (I used a pinch because Inspector Climate's taste buds are a delicate thing).

For noodles:

Smitten Kitchen calls for 1/4 lb of soba noodles however my gluten senstive stomach calls for gluten free pasta. I have notoriously bad luck cooking gluten free spaghetti but peanut noodles need LONG noodles. Penne will not do (DO YOU HEAR ME, PEANUT NOODLES). Gluten free spaghetti needs like a kazillion times more water than normal noodles so that they don't all stick together and form a giant log. Now, I've tried adding a bit of oil to the water, it doesn't help.

Smitten Kitchen also calls for raw veggies to be added. But I decided to give them a wee bit of a stir fry and I added a bunch of other veggies because I like veggies so I lightly cooked:

1 red capsicum (bell pepper to you Americans)
1 yellow capsicum (bell pepper to you Americans)
1 small zuchinni
a handful or three of snap peas.
1 cup of cubed extra firm tofu.

First, take all the dressing ingredients and puree them.

Second, cook noodles of choice.

Third, sauté (or don't!) your veggies.

Fourth, combine the dressed, noodles and veggies, sprinkle with about 4 chopped scallions (spring onions to Australians) and toasted (I forgot to toast) sesame seeds.



  1. Although it is 20 degrees below freezing here I think I'll try your recipe.

  2. Ooh you did a little blog revamp! Cool, but I do miss the little ballerina pic :)

  3. that sounds sooooo tasty and simple! i may try it, but i *think* Mister is allergic to peanuts. or he doesn't like them. or something, i don't really listen. and i'm the same when it's hot, can't eat, but get cranky if i don't. why???

  4. Sounds like a simply enough recipe, I may need to try it!

  5. I'm allergic to peanut butter :( But the recipe certainly sounds tasty.

    Oh and PS:
    You had said on Postgrad Agenda that your laptop battery dies. I was wondering, do you keep it charged all the time? The technology guy at my job told me that you have to let the battery die out and then fully charge it. Otherwise, the battery develops a “memory” that tells it to only last a short amount of time. I did it to my Dell. Now I know better.

  6. That recipe sounds awesome. Your life goal reminds me of the movie Julie & Julia (which I just saw a few days ago). If you haven't seen it, check it out! If you appreciate cooking, you'll love the movie.

  7. woah, that looks really good! i don't cook. at. all. but the mister does! i'll be passing this along to him, thank you. :)

  8. Pepe Le Pew - Well, we ended up eating ours when it was still warm, and it was delicious.

    Love and Stuff - I miss it too! But I am hoping to get a banner made for me sooooon.

    Lenni - oh noes! I don't know, it's not a good system.

    Krysten - It's delicious!

    Teacher Girl - oh no! Not you too. Yeah, I was always really careful to let my battery run all the way down before plugging it in...but I just think Batteries aren't meant to last more than two years or so.

    Eric - I have seen Julie and Julia. I love Julia Childs.

    Kimbirdy - you don't cook at all? Crazy! please do pass it along.

  9. I need to try this recipe as soon as possible. It sounds so good:) Thanks,sweetie
    Have a great day

  10. That sounds delicious! My go-to too hot to eat food is ice cream!

  11. That recipe looks great - I printed it out, as we have been seriously working to eat healthily. Smitten Kitchen is a favorite of mine too!

    I have to say, I'm envious of your weather! I recall that you are from NH - so you know it's been quite a winter here. I figure we should go all out and try to break all records. In Boston, the snow is deep enough to competely cover the porch furniture!

    Deidre, I couldn't get the vlog to run - please send me the deets - I want to watch you two in action!

  12. Ha, just watched the video. What a treat to see you speak! And IC is even more adorable than I thought. Sigh, the two of you are just lovely. I am surprised - the differences in vocab and accent are not as distinct as I would have expected!

  13. Diana - It's amazing.

    Cole - if it is super hot, i feel like the ice cream is going to curdle in my tummy.

    Susan - Yeah those words weren't really demonstrating our lingual differences because trust me there are many!