Food, glorious food today. Been a while since I posted my last recipe on here, and an aaaaaaaage since I posted my first one. Today I'm in the mood for talking food, I think partly because I feel hungry, but also because I have really been enjoying cooking for my family these past few weeks. Sitting down around the table to eat our evening meal all together is one of the most enjoyable bits of my day. Both Little People have been coming through something of a growth spurt this past month and have developped great appetites :: it's been wonderful cooking for them and watching them clean their plates and ask for seconds.
So today, a recipe which I've cooked regularly for my family recently, and which has gone down the hatch extremely successfully with the Little People, especially given the amount of vegetable matter it includes. Its a recipe from my file, written down for me by a good friend many, many years ago (12 years perhaps?). Her then boyfriend/now husband was/is pretty terrific in the kitchen and this is a recipe of his devising, affectionately known in our house as "Stu's Peanut Noodles". But for you I am calling it Satay Noodles, because that sounds altogether more grown up and more Menu-ish.
OK, ingredients then ::
The noodley bit :: 2 layers of egg noodles, medium or fine, it doesn' t matter.
Vegetable matter :: onion, garlic, and a selection of crisp, colourful vegetables of your choice. I go for full on colour (of course), and choose multi coloured peppers, crisp green sugar snap peas, broccoli florets and those lovely little baby corn cobs.
The saucy bit :: make sure you have peanut butter, soy sauce, tomato ketchup, fresh ginger (about an inch piece) and fresh coriander leaves (US cilantro is it?).
The protein bit :: my choice here is salmon or prawns, but you could use shredded chicken, or tofu perhaps if you are vegetarian.
Firstly, think about your protein and if it needs cooking. Prawns will be ready cooked and will be thrown in right at the end just to heat through. Chicken will need to be cooked and shredded/cubed. For the salmon, I put thin strips of fillet salmon in a shallow dish with a drop of water and a squeeze of lemon juice then poached it in the microwave for about 2 mins until cooked through and flaky.
Next, prepare your veggies. Chop the veg (peppers, corn, sugar snaps, broccoli) into chunky pieces and sling them into a pan of boiling water for 1-2mins to soften. Then drain and run under cold water to halt the cooking process and set aside.
In a large frying pan, heat about 2 tbs oil (sesame oil is v good for this recipe) and gently fry a chopped onion and a crushed clove of garlic for about 5 mins until softened. Add the blanched veg and fry gently for a minute or two.
Add in the saucey ingredients ::
1/2 tsp chopped fresh ginger
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs peanut butter
1 tbs tomato ketchup
1/2 small glass water (about 150-200ml??)
Stir very well until all the ingredients are well combined and the peanut butter melts, and simmer gently for around 10 mins or so.
Put your noodles on to cook, they should only take about 4-5 mins or so.
Add your prawns/salmon/chicken to the veggies and stir through. Continue to simmer gently for a further 5 mins or so until everything is piping hot.
Drain the noodles, and stir them in with everything else.
Then finally add a good handful of fresh chopped coriander leaves.
Serve straight away, fresh and hot.
Oooooooodles of Noooooodles, we love 'em.