Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles with Asparagus, Ginger and Scallion - Acknowledging an Addiction

Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles with Asparagus, Ginger and Scallion

Five signs you're addicted to FOOD BLOGGING:

1.) A few hours after you decide, "it's time to take a break..." you slip into a deep depression. Nothing mattered anymore...

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2.) You wake up at 4am to cook and/or write...after staying up far too late on your computer.

3.) You visit three grocery stores in one day in search of lemongrass...when you can't find seriously consider Thailand.

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4.) You get your husband and kids out of the house so you can sneak taking pictures of food.

"You guys run along and have fun...I'm just gonna stay here and scrub the floors or fold clothes or something... (by using the words "or" and "something" you've successfully committed to nothing!)

Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles with Asparagus, Ginger and Scallion

5.) The second you hit "Submit Post" begin working on the next...

I know I'm not alone. So...are YOU addicted?

Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles with Ginger, Asparagus and Scallion

8 oz. Wide Lo Mien Noodles
2 garlic cloves, finely diced
1 inch piece of ginger, finely diced
3 scallions, chopped on a bias
Bunch of asparagus tips, I like using thin asparagus (I use the rest for soup)
1/2 cup LOW SODIUM Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Sesame Oil
1 tsp. Chili Garlic Paste
1 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Mirin
1 Tbsp. (heaping) Creamy Peanut Butter (I used All Natural, unsalted)
2 1/2 -3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
Cilantro and crushed peanuts (not shown) to garnish

Cook your lo mien noodles according to package directions. Set aside.

In a large pan or wok, over medium heat, whisk together the low sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, chili garlic paste, rice vinegar and mirin.

Add your garlic, ginger and scallion and saute 3-4 minutes.

Stir in the peanut butter and brown sugar.

Add your asparagus tips and cook an additional 2-4 minutes until they are softened not mushy.

Using tongs, add the noodles to the pan and toss with the sauce until well coated.

Garnish and serve hot, room temperature or cold.


Cooking Gallery said...

I can imagine that this dish is addictive! It sounds wonderful, sesame, ginger and scallion...What a great combo!

Erin said...

I just shouted when I saw this, "Yay! She didn't stay away too long!" I was looking for recipes before you posted this and it is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Can you make it for me? ;)

Simply Life said...

Oh this meal looks incredible! Ha, my husband has learned to be patient with me but I definitely take a tone more pictures, trials and errors when he's not there to wonder if I've gone crazy!

Clint said...

After ole Design W and D informed her devoted followers last week that she would be "away" for awhile, I resigned myself to having to do without her addictive input for awhile.

But nay. She's baaaaack.....

And with a vengeance. Well, good. I needed this on an otherwise typical day. Welcome back, and may there be many more recipes in our immediate future!

Edible Art said...

yum !
your noodles look fantab !

and i am guilty of writing blog entries at like 4am LOL
oh gosh..

chow and chatter said...

he he good to see you back at it

Joanne said...

Yup. This sounds like me. in a nutshell. I'll move to China with you. For the lemongrass. Or maybe Thailand. Lemongrass AND thai basil AND kaffir limes. Yeah?

This pasta dish looks delicious! Man do I love peanut noodles.

Unknown said...

Thanks guys for your comments!

Joanne - LOL - I just changed it to Thailand...seems about right! :)

The Winos' said...

This sound heavenly! Thanks for posting...we will be giving it a try. I'm sure it won't look as beautiful as yours. Fantastic presentation!

Anonymous said...

Omg....I just returned from a dinner party last night and settled into bed and started a blog entry at 1am!!! I think it just means you love what you do!!! or that you have OCD. We benefit either way;)

Karen said...

You're too funny! How many days did you last??? 2? But the dish looks incredible, as always! Welcome back.

The Food Hound said...

So glad you decided not to take a break! We would miss you too much :) And yes, I am SOOOO addicted!!

Unknown said...

Glad to see the "break" lasted all of 3 days :)

Love the noodles! I spent some (a lot) of time in Thailand. Noodle dishes like this were my mainstay of sustenance.



Unknown said...

Wow...didn't realize just how addicted I was :) At least I'm in good company!!

Nuts about food said...

Uh, yeah...I'm addicted. And this recipe will have to be one of my next, if and when I can find some lemongrass. Glad you're back already. I was a little worried ;o)

Katerina said...

I am so addicted to it, that when my son was asked by his teacher to draw me, he drew me in front of a computer. That's why I have decided at least for the weekends to take a break and not spending so much time in front of this machine. Regarding the other days I try to do it when he sleeps so he doesn't have this picture of me. These noodles look divine!

claire said...

This looks so mouth is watering!

Mary Bergfeld said...

This is my idea of a perfect meal. I adore noodles and there is not one thing in this recipe that does not appeal to me. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Magic of Spice said...

Very addicted, I can relate to every single statement :) And this dish looks pretty addicting as well!