Peanut Noodles

This is great for summer, as you really don't have to cook anything except the noodles, and it's really delicious. Also, it's a cold dish. For left overs, you just pop it out of the fridge and eat.

It's the "Noodle Salad with Spicy Nut Dressing" from La Dolce Vegan p81. The author doesn't specify which nuts to use, I chose peanuts because I'm on a super peanut kick lately. My only change to the recipe is to use 1/2 c of nuts instead of 1/4 c because the chopped nut bits in the salad are my favorite part.

It makes quite a bit, enough for 4 meals. Particularly if you pair it with some Trader Joe's pot stickers or a soup or something.

Brooklyn Pad Thai

Aaaawwww man! This is the messiest, splatteriest, biggest production of a dish that will ruin both your kitchen and the shirt that you're wearing while cooking it, but damn, it's worth it. This is the "Brooklyn Pad Thai" from Vegan with a Vengeance, p. 180, and it is AMAZING! The sauce is so flavorful, it has a real kick to it, but isn't too hot to eat and doesn't seem to get hotter the next day like a lot of spicy foods. Slicing the tofu into triangles as she recommends seems to make it taste better (?). It is just such a great amalgam of flavors, the spice, some sweet, the savory tofu, a peanut here and there... it's amazing and a greatest hit and you MUST try it.

I have a few specifics that I do with it, mostly out of availability of ingredients and taste preference.

- I use srichacha for the "asian hot chile or hot sauce" ingredient
- the vinegar that I had was rice vinegar (as opposed to rice wine vinegar- unless they're the same (?)
- I use fresh lime juice in lieu of tamarind concentrate
- I use 1 fresh red chili pepper (since I misread the ingredients list the first time)
- I use 3/4 c peanuts because I love them so (versus 1/2)
- I skip the cilantro and lime garnish
- I use this tofu from T.J's that isn't waterpacked, it's really dry and firm and comes shrink wrapped with a green and red label. I like it in a lot of stir frys and things b/c it needs less cooking time to be cooked thoroughly.

Pretty please try this one- you will be soooooo happy that you did. It makes a ton too, so it's good for a large dinner party (provided you schedule in clean up time before seeing others) or a good dinner and leftover dish.