February 23, 2008

Adventures in Cooking

I tried making a new recipe from the cookbook Mom gave me for Christmas - this one is Crunchy Peanut Noodles with Tofo (altered).

It's a homemade peanut sauce, which was the reason I wanted to make it in the first place. I love peanut sauce, but it's really fattening so making my own sauce allowed it to be a lot healthier. I used reduced sodium soy sauce instead of regular and low fat creamy peanut butter as opposed to regular (plus I like crunchy so I had to buy new pb anyway). It's got green onions, red pepper, and cucumber. It's also supposed to have cilantro, but Trader Joe's didn't have any, which I consider a blasphemy. It's pretty good, but I'd have to say that instead of the green onions the recipe suggested, I'd put some other vegetable in. I also didn't put any tofo in, but I'd bet chicken or beef works as a substitute as well. Consider it should also have the delicious cilantro flavor, I'm excited to try it again. I still have left over peanut sauce, so I'm going to play around with that in the upcoming days as well. But I'm definitely leaving out the green onions next time, which also begs the question of what I'm going to do with the large pack of green onions I bought - another disappointing thing about Trader Joe's.

Making the sauce

Cut up vegetables and finished peanut sauce

Assembly of the noodles and vegetables, waiting for sauce.

I was cooking while I listened to music I have to do a presentation about on Wednesday. I'm presenting on Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, so it was pretty fun listening to jazz and the scatting while I cooked. I'd recommend it to anyone.


Katie said...

I made the chicken sausage ragu over polenta the other night and it was really good! I had to substitute turkey italian sausage for the chicken sausage but it turned out just fine! Next up: spicy black bean patties.

Katie said...
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Katie said...

Maybe instead of the green onions you could put in those little tiny corn cobs?

LMB said...


Mom and I tried the spicy black bean patties when I was at home, and I have to admit, we weren't huge fans. I'd suggest making sure you have a side dish because it wasn't the most filling meal ever.

But you'll have to let me know how you like it!