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Monday, July 7, 2008

Cathy and Her Friend Sarah Rock!

A couple of weeks ago, I downloaded Cathy Zielske’s PDF for her driend Sarah’s “Sesame Noodle Salad”. Tonight I finally made it. It was WONDERFUL! It also was very quick and easy to make. Of course, being who I am, I didn’t actually measure anything nor did I follow it to the letter (serious understatement!).

You go download the PDF of the recipe and look at the pretty photograph of Cathy’s Salad.
I’ll wait here.

Got it? O.K.
The following is NOT the recipe. It’s what I changed:

Marinade/Dressing:
Vegetable Oil became Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar became Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar
Dark Brown Sugar became Honey
Cayenne Pepper became Hot Pepper Flakes
Minced Ginger became Dried Ground Ginger
I omitted the Cilantro (ick)
I added a little Sherry

Main Ingredients:
The Noodles became Brown Rice (Yes, that is a significant difference!)
I omitted the Scallions (ick)
I used Trader Joe’s Organic Baked Tofu - Teriyaki flavor

I also stir-fried the asparagus in the marinade, in a wok and removed it with a slotted spoon. That had the additional advantage of cooking the garlic, which is a must for me.
I cooled everything as I went along and served it all at room temperature.
I added some diced, roasted red peppers for color.
We both loved it and Chuck wanted me to be sure to write down what I did.
I have.

Now, go make lunch or dinner or at the very least, your shopping list!

2 comments:

dancingmorganmouse said...

Yum - though I strongly suspect I'd tweak it too - tofu is not a brown-mouse house favourite!

Pink Granite said...

Hi DMM -
This is a seriously yummy recipe and infinitely tweakable. We're cool with tofu around here. But the baked tofu was particularly tasty and extremely easy.
You could just add extra veggies or chicken and it would work quite well.
;o)
- Lee