I find nothing as yawn-inspiring as a food blogger who “yums” at their own creations. I see it on blogs all the time. “‘Yum, yum and yum,’ and did I say, ‘yum?!'” I can hear them now, oohing and ahhing at their own creations. However, I may soon become part of this silly little navel gazing taste-bud gazing club.
Tonight I made sesame noodles. That old dish from the Chinese restaurants in New York. I didn’t think I’d be eating sesame noodles again, so I was overcome with enthusiasm -yum! Take that as a warning; the recipe might not be as miraculous to your palate as it is to mine.
- 1 box papadini spaghetti
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
- 1 carrot, shredded
- ¼ cup cilantro, minced
- 1 cup creamy roasted almond butter
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons ume plum vinegar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- ¾ cup water
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- In a large pot, bring 3 quarts (12 cups) of water to vigorous boil, then add 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil and pasta
- Reduce to slow boil, stirring frequently and cook uncovered 7-9 minutes, until pasta is tender
- Drain pasta in a steel colander
- In a one quart mason jar, combine almond butter, sesame oil, vinegars, agave, water and salt; mix well
- Place pasta, cucumber and carrots in individual bowls
- Drizzle with sesame sauce, sprinkle with cilantro and serve
You can also add scallions and broccoli to this dish as well as leftover chicken which gives it an extra hit of protein. I have been eating a lot of these gluten-free sesame noodles lately, seeking refuge from the cold weather in bowls of warm noodles, smothered in sauce –ahh sweet sesame solace.