Saturday, June 4

Promised photos, and recipe

Important things first:

Cold Sesame Noodles


1/2 pound Chinese egg noodles

3 tablespoons dark sesame oil

2 tablespoons peanut oil

2 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal

1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon red chili paste, such as sambal oelek

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

3 tablespoons soy sauce

6 tablespoons hot water

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Cucumber slices, for garnish

Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish


Cook the noodles in large pot of boiling unsalted water over medium heat until barely tender and still firm. Drain immediately and rinse with cold water until cool. Drain the noodles really well and transfer to a wide bowl; toss with the sesame oil so they don't stick together.

In a small saucepan, heat the peanut oil over medium-low flame. Add the green onions, ginger, garlic, and chili paste. Cook and stir for a minute until soft and fragrant. Mix in the brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, and hot water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the peanut butter has smoothed out. Toss the noodles with the peanut sauce until well coated. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Garnish with the sesame seeds, cucumber slices, and cilantro.

Now, that being the original recipe (thank you, Tyler Florence)...I HATE CILANTRO.  Hate. Detest. Loathe.
Obviously, I skip the cilantro.  Says it serves 4.  I say AHAHAHAHAHA.

And my font has gone crazy.  Damn Blogger.
Partly mowed and trimmed...SQUEE! I'm so happy!
Ok, ignore my neon yellow hose.
And the hose guides tossed into the garden (Oh hey! The new fence!).
And ignore the hostas that were trimmed by deer.
Just look at the dang grass, would you?

 Michael does not believe in softly colored flowers:

It's not's your retinas melting.


Even with the white balance crazy...they still make your eyes bleed.

I said "something bright but not neon for the shade bed".  Not even close, babe.

Aside from the neon green, he was closer.

 Now that you're all blind, we can move on to the groundhog damage:

Those were brussels sprouts

Cauliflower and mini cabbages.
Yes, Yes I know everything is shoved in there.  It works for us..don't ask me why.  Chaos gardening!

I should probably stop picking on Michael for his love of bright colors...