Sunday, April 13, 2008

Noodles for a Cold

I have been studying alllll day, so I decided to reward myself with a little free time and do a post :) I am so excited to be starting this blog, however I'm pretty technically challenged- as in your 80-year old grandparents probably know more about computers than I do. So this will be interesting, to say the least. Anyway, on to food. This recipe was something I came up with a few weeks ago when I was so stuffed up and sick that I could not taste ANYTHING. Not even peanut butter. A tragedy, I know. Desperate to clear my sinuses and breathe through my nose again, I ransacked my spice cupboard and threw together this tasty little number. It was deliciously spicy, and definitely helped wake up my tastebuds.

Spicy Soba Noodle & Veggie Stir Fry

4-5 oz buckwheat soba noodles
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 shallot, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp ground ginger
3 tbsp water
¼ tsp sesame seeds (optional)
1/8 to ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 ½ cups frozen mixed vegetables
2 tbsp oyster sauce, divided
2 large Brussels sprouts, cut into ribbons
½ cup shredded carrots
1 tbsp hoisin sauce

(1) In a small bowl, combine sesame oil and rice vinegar. Set aside.
(2) Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
(3) In a large saucepan or wok, combine shallot, garlic, ginger, and water. Cook until shallot starts to soften.
(4) Stir in sesame seeds, red pepper flakes (start with 1/8 tsp and then add more to taste), frozen mixed vegetables and one tablespoon of the oyster sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until vegetables start to soften. Add Brussels sprouts, shredded carrots and hoisin sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then stir in drained soba noodles. Add in the other tablespoon oyster sauce, and the sesame oil rice vinegar mixture. Make sure noodles and vegetables are coated with the sauce, then serve. Makes 2 servings, or enough to feed one very stuffed up and cranky person.


Anonymous said...

I'm sincerely glad that you have started blogging. That recipe does sound delicious! My mom generally makes this recipe with Chinese noodles, but I'm going to compel her to consider cooking them with spicy soba noodles. :)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I cannot STAND it when I have a cold and can't smell-- it's the WORST!!! I am sending you good health vibes over the internet... did you get them???

Thanks for the delicious-sounding recipe :o). I love almost anything with noodles!

Hehe and I definitely know more about computers than my grandma. She calls the computer "the machine". She'll say to someone, "Oh, Katie is on the machine right now."

linds said...

dangerouswinter- Thanks! I'm excited to be blogging :)

CCV- 'em! lol thanks for your health vibes :) My grandmother embroiders tea towels and sells them on ebay, she's so got me beat on computer skills.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Wow, kudos to your grandma for being so up-to-date!

(We're still trying to teach my grandma how to use a calculator... but she, in turn, is trying to teach us how to knit... so I guess it goes both ways.)

Jill said...

Oh God that sounds good. I have been sick lately and that would feel so great to eat!