KITCHEN NOTES: two (spicy peanut noodles)

this is the second installment of kitchen notes. post-it wisdom from my kitchen. a way to remind myself of the important things.

do you ever feel like there’s no end in sight? or you’re stuck? that there can be no good to result of something? that no matter how hard you try, you just feel irritated? that there’s no point? trust the process.

when my students ask me,”what’s the point of this? why do we have to do this?” i remind them that they’ve got to trust the process. that there’s a method to the madness. that this will be helpful to them in the future, when they least expect it.

in the kitchen, i also have to trust the process. when something doesn’t turn out just right from my perfectionist ways, i’ve still got to make food with love.

here’s that recipe for spicy peanut noodles i promised. you’ll really have to trust the process with this one. i don’t really use appropriate measuring instruments or techniques. it’s all by sight and taste.

several important things to note when making this:
–i measured this using a regular spoon in my kitchen.
–do not use natural peanut butter.
–when you taste the peanut sauce after you’ve mixed everything, you may not taste the spice right away. but, when you add it to the noodles, you’ll taste it alright. i learned.
–if you have leftovers and want to reheat them the next day, add a splash of water to smooth out the sauce.

spicy peanut noodles
printable recipe

yield 4-6 servings

1 spoonful creamy peanut butter
splash of water
1 spoonful soy sauce
2 spoonfuls rice vinegar
2 spoonfuls brown sugar
juice of half a lime
2 squirts of sriracha sauce (more, if you like it spicy)
a handful of spaghetti
salt and pepper, to taste
1 scallion, chopped

cook spaghetti on stove in pot of boiling water, according to the package. drain. do not rinse noodles. you never want to do that.

in a bowl combine peanut butter with a splash of water. microwave for 20 seconds to soften peanut butter. stir in brown sugar to dissolve. add soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime, and sriracha. taste and season with salt and pepper. remember, the spice will come out when you mix it with the noodles, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t taste it as strongly right from the bowl.

combine spaghetti and peanut sauce in original pot that you cooked the spaghetti in. no use dirtying another dish or pot to make this happen. top with chopped scallions, if you feel so called. time to eat.


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