Saturday, June 13, 2009

peanut noodles

I haven't been to the market since the weekend before Memorial Day... that would be just about a month ago now! Yikes! We've picked up the odd gallon of milk and that kinda thing, but needless to say the pantry is looking pretty barren. I knew we were in trouble earlier this week when we were out of breakfast cereal. With 5 pups running around, this is something I can always count on being there.

Even having said that, the plan is to go to Sam's Club tomorrow afternoon to do a mega fill-up. So that means today, is sorta what we call catch as catch can. There are plenty of frugal writers on the web that encourage us to eat out of our pantries and freezers, and my family does this for the most part. My mother, however, is a food hoarder. When her own 5 pups were all home, times weren't always easy, so I think, in part, this is a response to being able to provide well for her family (even though it's just my father and her now). The other part is that shopping is my mother's hobby. Now, I understand this... I am the Goodwill Queen, but my mother can't rationalize spending money on her house or herself, so she buys food, something she can justify. We all have our quirks.

Being the resourceful mouse that I am, I made pancakes for breakfast. No one has asked for lunch so far, so I'm dodging that bullet. We have some ramen left, so that's probably gonna be my suggestion... or maybe scrambled eggs. My mother picked up a pork loin for me the other day, so we're having that done on the grill for dinner. (My mother knows I won't go to 3 or 4 different grocery stores to take advantage of their sales and this gets under her skin probably more than anything else I do. I just don't have the time or inclination. Which brings us to our current arrangement. She tells me what the killer deals are at the different stores she's going to. If there's something I want, she picks it up for me and I pay her for it. This works because I get to benefit from the sale and she feels like a) she's taking care of my family and b) she's standing in the gap for me and my spend thrift ways.)

I'm going to make an awesome salad with our CSA share mixed lettuces. (More on that to come.) I wanted to make a few sides salads to go with dinner, so I boiled up the last 5 potatoes I have (2 red skin and 3 Yukon Gold) for potato salad. That won't go far with my crowd. (A lot of time, the pups scatter on the weekend. Tonight 4 of them will be here, so it's dinner for 6.) Don't ask me why I decided to Google "Peanut Noodles" but I did. I thought that might be a different salad I could spring on the pups. They all like peanuts and noodles, so...???

I love peanut butter but hate peanuts. The recipe I made used peanut butter (of which we have 2 1/2 jars). I really liked it. I think I would add more ginger next time. I didn't have any cider vinegar left, so I used rice vinegar, thinking it kept with the Asian flavor. I think it may have been too delicate. I also substituted udon noodles for the spaghetti the recipe calls for. You can use any kind of noodle. I ended up eating a big serving of it while it was still hot. I am hoping it will be just as good cold. I'll definitely make it again, for myself if no one else.

I liked it enough that I am sharing it with you here. Hope you try it.

SERVINGS: 4


INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced (white parts only)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until done. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, combine oil and onions in a small skillet. Saute over low heat until tender. Add ginger; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in peanut butter, soy sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Remove from heat.
  3. Toss noodles with sauce, and serve. Ready in about 25 minutes. (Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 15 minutes)


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