May 11th, 2014

My default

Nope, never...

Sparky and I were talking the other day and apparently girdles are making a big comeback (called something else, of course, but still a girdle)

Are there any trends (fashion or otherwise) from the past you hope come back? Are there any trends from the past you hope never come back?

Cold Sesame Noodles

Cold Noodles With Sesame Sauce, Chicken and Cucumbers
Yield 4 servings
Time About 30 minutes
To make the noodles into a one-dish meal, you need some protein. Use leftover chicken, pork, beef or seafood, or poach some chicken in the water you use to cook the noodles. You can also use fresh tofu. You will also want crunch: cucumbers are my favorite, but bean sprouts are another possibility.
• Salt
• 1 to 2 cups shredded cooked chicken or about 8 ounces boneless chicken breast
• 1 pound cucumber
• 12 ounces long pasta like linguine, or fresh Chinese egg noodles
• 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
• 1/2 cup sesame paste (tahini) or peanut butter
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste
• 1 teaspoon minced ginger, optional
• 1 tablespoon rice or wine vinegar
• Hot sesame oil or Tabasco sauce to taste
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more
• At least 1/2 cup minced scallions for garnish

1. Set a large pot of water to boil and salt it. If your chicken is uncooked, poach it in water as it comes to a boil; it will cook in about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, peel cucumbers, cut them in half, and, using a spoon, scoop out seeds. Cut cucumber into shreds and set aside.
2. When water comes to a boil, cook pasta until tender but not mushy. (If chicken is not done, you can still add pasta; remove chicken when it is done.) While pasta is cooking, whisk together sesame oil and paste, sugar, soy, ginger, vinegar, hot oil and pepper in a large bowl. Thin sauce with hot water, so that it is about the consistency of heavy cream; you will need 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Stir in cucumber. When pasta is done, drain it and run pasta (and chicken, if necessary) under cold water. Drain. Shred chicken (the easiest way to do this is with your fingers).
3. Toss noodles and chicken with sauce and cucumbers. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary (the dish may need salt), then garnish and serve.

I don't remember where this came from but probably the New York Times. It's delicious.