Sesame and Peanut Noodles


Summer has almost come and gone, but what a summer it was. Or not. We had rain, rain and more rain, and so picnics and walks were few and far between. But the few places we’ve been to were beautiful, and should I ever move some place else, I must say that the British countryside is the one thing I will miss most. Going for walks is fun, but the headache of food preparation that comes before it is a pain, at least for me. Though for that I have always relied on one lady. You know who she is, so I will say no more. The following recipe is one of J’s favourites which in turn gives me the added excuse of asking him very nicely if he would prepare it before heading out. J likes to tweak it mainly because we never have the full list of ingredients in the fridge and pantry, but in Nigella Express the lovely lady herself gives us permission to change it, depending on what we like and what we have. Here is her Sesame and peanut noodle recipe, brilliant for lazy (or not so lazy) days out. This is how we do it. Serves 2 serious walkers.

Noodle salad ingredients:

  • 100g mangetout and/or 100g beansprouts (washed)
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 noodle nests, approximately 250g, cooked according to packet instructions
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons fresh coriander, roughly chopped

The dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 100g smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice (Limes work best here but I seem to stock up on lemons more than limes these days.)

In a large mixing bowl whisk the ingredients for the dressing well until combined. Add the vegetables and the cooked noodles. Mix, mix and mix till everything is coated with the dressing. Add the sesame seeds and coriander on top.

At this point you have two options. Either cover the bowl and pack it in a cooler if you’re going somewhere by car. If you choose to walk instead, pack the noodles into individual containers and away you go. We love this. Enjoy!

Rob x

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