Shitake sesame kelp noodles

So what’s up with these kelp noodles.

I see references and recipes as far back as 2012 on Elana’s Pantry but they didn’t hit my radar till this past year and I still had only tried them a couple of times.  I put them on our Star Route Kitchen menu last week and to be honest, when I first pulled them, out I was a little nervous.

They require a little rinse and then I either cut them with scissors or with a knife.

I forgot just how crunchy they are. And not like a nutty, crackly, cookie or carrot crunch- it’s an indescribable crunchy rubber band sort of crunch. This is when they first come out of the package. Because it’s so hard to articulate what this kind of crunch is,  I took a video to let you hear it.

It’s hard to believe at first they are even edible. But once you let some sauce hang on these noodles for a bit, they soften and are quite delicious, hot or cold.

This was an intuitive recipe with almond butter, tahini, a spoonful of miso, sesame and olive oil, lemon, tamari, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds. The shiitakes were sautéed separately in sesame oil and seeds. The noodles were finished with more sesame seeds and green onions.

I’d say approx:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2T sesame oil
  • 2T almond butter
  • 2T tahini
  • 1 tsp miso
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • tamari to taste
  • handful of sesame seeds

We ate these though the week by the forkful straight from the fridge, underneath green lunch salads and one evening warmed up with chicken. Very versatile, healthy and light but satisfying.

Enjoy!

x wendy

 

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roasted carrot ginger turmeric soup & dukah

I’ve got a new gig I’m loving. We are finishing up the second month of Star Route Kitchen food club. We’re preparing and delivering from scratch, whole food menus to a handful of Orcas Island residents. Check out my new Star Route Kitchen page where you can get some ideas of your own for plan ahead foods to have for the week.

We are currently in R&D mode these last few months of the year. I’m asking for feedback on recipes, logistics of packaging and delivering and getting my cooking chops back on track. Chloe and I are having a blast on Mondays cooking and on Tuesdays delivering. We may add next year, a second menu option such as anti-inflammatory or something in that direction. The goal, in season at least, is to use our garden goods and island farm produce and stay on the wonderful trend that has been happening… Keeping it local. And I clearly state that is not exclusive. I will buy from around the world but always organic when available. The food that leaves my kitchen is the quality of the food we eat at home and my standards are high.

Last week,  this  carrot, ginger, turmeric soup with a coconut milk and veggie stock base rocked. Not to toot my own horn… or Ollie’s (my  awesome, jazz trumpet playing husband for any new readers). It was warming and tasty especially with the Dukah we made to garnish it. And here I added a little goat yogurt.

There are of course many recipes available and I researched and tweaked about four of them into my own but primarily the NYT cooking one.

roasted carrot ginger turmeric soup

  • Servings: 4-6
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*Note: Allow yourself to taste and tweak!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of carrots- the younger the better
  • 2 TB of olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 TB fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped (about 1 inch)
  • 1 TB fresh ginger, pealed and chopped (about 2 inch)- have more ready if you like it strong
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or microplane
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 quarts of vegetable stock
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • juice of 1 lime (more to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • -DUKAH:
  • ½ cup roasted hazelnuts finely chopped
  • 3 T roasted pistachios finely chopped
  • 3 T sesame seeds
  • 1 T cumin seed
  • 1 T coriander seed
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp zaatar
  • dash of salt and pepper if desired

Directions

  • Wash, trim, peel carrots and cut into 4-6 inch pieces for roasting.
  • Toss in olive oil, lightly salt and roast at 400° till soft and lightly browned (approximately 20-30 minutes).
  • Peel and chop garlic, turmeric and ginger.
  • Place 2 TB of coconut oil in a large soup pot.
  • Add onion and celery and sauté until translucent- about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add ginger, turmeric,garlic and cook for a minute or two until the fragrance is wafting through the kitchen.
  • Mix in roasted carrots.
  • Add vegetable stock and coconut milk.
  • Bring to a simmer then turn the heat to low
  • Remove from the stove and cool enough so you can put it in the blender.
  • In small batches, puree in the blender and set aside till all is pureed then put it back in the pot. Thin with more stock if needed.
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    -Dukah:

  • Lightly crush coriander, cumin and fennel seed in a mortar with pestle
  • Place coriander and cumin together with the rest of the ingredients. Garnish soup and eat on everything!

There are TONS of versions of Dukah. You can read about it at the Kitchn. I really liked mine here. We’ve been eating it on everything and sometimes I just eat it out of my hand.

This roasted carrot soup could be very nice for Thanksgiving if you’re into soups on Turkey Day. Which I’m not. But I could see it the day after for it’s cleansing and digestive properties. Like after I ate my leftover turkey cranberry sandwich with a ridiculous amount of mayo.

Whether you celebrate the ritual of Thanksgiving or not I hope you relish in giving thanks.

 

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Summer salads

It’s so summer. I could almost say the hottest, driest summer I can remember. It’s been roughly 6 weeks that have reminded me of  growing up in Florida where virtually everyday the sun rises and stays out shining hot. Except here it’s about 70 degrees instead of 90. I’ll take it.

We earned it here in the PNW. I didn’t get the garden in till the third week of May because it was so wet. The four leggers and 2 leggers were slopping around in mud pretty much till the end of May.

Our four goat mama’s  cranked out three sets of triplets and one set of twins. We had a full house with 11 kids and 4 moms. And so we are building a new BARN. Ollie is so supportive of this venture- it also gives his farming roots a chance to grow and thrive…  The boat and/or sports car has been bumped to the next decade:)

We (well they) will be moving in by September and we’ll be ready to bring on the winter.

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Chunky Chicken and mushroom soup

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup…

chicken soupWe are working, I hope, through the last of the days on end rain storms where even the worms drown in unforgiving driveway puddles…

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IMG_7390Goats are hanging near the doorway..

IMG_7398As well as the dynamic duo…

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What happens when the freezer door is left ajar? #1

Things melt. Some not in a nice way. Like berries. The fish on the other hand was just thawed and still very usable. But we’ve had a lot of  scallops, halibut cheeks and salmon this week. Now I’m not complaining exactly, except I wouldn’t indulge in this much good product in just one week.

Scallop Chowder-9

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Wham Bam Thank you Ma’am Tuna Sandwich

Do you ever have those nights where you just aren’t in the mood… to make dinner. Well here’s a quickie that will put a smile on your face without a lot of effort. It’s just a little inspiration to pull from when you just can’t get your head around making anything.

Tuna salad with capers, avocado and tomato

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