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Sesame Noodles with Rice Wine, Black Sesame Seeds and Peanuts

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With very little energy, you can create a delicious dish that I have adapted here. One wonderful aspect of my recipe is that this basic recipe stands alone. Serve these noodles with a crisp salad and chilled wine and you have a perfect summer dinner. Feel like embellishing? Add pieces of left-over chicken, turkey, shrimp, or light flaky fish like sole, and you have a gourmet feast. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Yes, this is as good as it looks ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
A colleague from Utah, requested a recipe with peanut butter. IMO, this is as good as nuanced peanut butter gets. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
We're smacking our lips over all of the fabulous flavors here. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Ingredients

2 or 3 scallions, chopped well

1 pound Chinese noodles, or your favorite spaghetti (not too thin)

2 teaspoons black sesame seeds, toast them first

2 Tablespoons sesame oil, plus extra

4 anchovy fillets ground in mortar & pestle with 4 garlic cloves - make a paste

3.5 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

1 or 2 shallots, well chopped

2 or 3 Tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar or other rice vinegar

2 or 3 Tablespoons rice wine or sake

2 Tablespoons Chinese sesame paste (tahini could substitute)

1 Tablespoon smooth peanut butter, or chunky or whatever you have

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar or 2 to 3 Tablespoons honey

1 Tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger

4 more fresh garlic cloves, chopped well

2 teaspoons chile-garlic paste, chile crisp, chile oil, or 2 pinches chili flakes (or more to your taste)

Half a peeled cucumber, seeded and cut into 1/8-inch by 1/8-inch by 2-inch sticks

1 cup chopped roasted peanuts (buy them roasted or roast them yourself)

I had difficulty finding sesame paste, so I settled for tahini. If we were not in quarantine, I'm sure there would be no trouble finding it. All other ingredients are readily available. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
This important ingredient was left out of the photo. I used a lower calorie peanut butter, but use any type you like (chunky, smooth, organic, home made, etc.) ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Directions

Boil a large pot of water. Add noodles and cook about 5 minutes, until just a bit chewy Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse with cold water. Drain once again. Pat dry with paper towel. Add to the large bowl you'll serve them in and toss with a splash of sesame oil.

While noodles are boiling, toast your black sesame seeds and cook the scallions, shallots and grated garlic at the same time.

Take out a medium bowl (or food processor) to prepare the sauce: whisk or pulse together the remaining 2 Tablespoons sesame oil, and all the other ingredients: soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame paste, rice wine, peanut butter, sugar, ginger, chopped garlic, garlic/anchovy paste, scallions, black sesame seeds, shallots.

Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss well. Garnish with cucumber and chopped peanuts.

Cooking the noodles. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Rinse the noodles twice and drain each time. Pat dry after the second draining. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Very easy to toast the black sesame seeds. About to add garlic, scallions, shallots, anchovy paste. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Very easy to toast the black sesame seeds. About to add garlic, scallions, shallots, anchovy paste. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Peanuts were toasted, now chopping them. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
In no time at all, you and your significant others can sit down to a warm delicious comfort food that's here to stay. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Yum, this hits the spot ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
We served our favorite icy white with the sesame noodles - perfect pairing. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


This was an historic week for the U.S. It began with the darkness of death, of George Floyd and ended with the light of hope, the peaceful dedication and determination of nationwide protest marchers, encouraged by many great American military generals, and other kindred people from around the world.

Music perfectly describes my feelings, maybe your feelings were the same:

1)    Beginning of the week

Eric Lu - Chopin: Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4

2)    End of week

Ludwig van Beethoven, Ode to Joy (Flash concert - Japanese mall)

“If music be the food of love, play on.“ - William Shakespeare

You can carry on, the torch of peace and brotherhood and simply live by the Golden Rule!

Bon Appetit!

From Our Table to Yours

Have a Great Week Everyone!

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