Curried Noodles

Chewy rice noodles coated in a zesty curry sauce paired with savory minced broccoli and mushrooms, with a little spicy Thai kick!

Produce On Parade - Curried Noodles - Chewy rice noodles coated in a zesty curry sauce paired with savory minced broccoli and mushrooms, with a little spicy Thai kick!

The days grow longer up here in The Last Frontier and I relish in the evening light. Somedays, if it's sunny out, I don't even have to use the artificial lamp! Now that, is a wonderful thing. Natural light is so easy. It's moody and authentic and it's beauty always surprises me. It permisses my creative spirit to shine. Moods lift and souls sing. Is there nothing a little ray sunshine can't do?

However, with summer on my heels, like a glass of spilled milk...worry slowly slinks and seeps into every nook of my brain, pooling heavily in each chamber of my heart. It creeps along until it's completely encompassing and before I knew what hit me I'm utterly freaking out about summer's imminent arrival.

Produce On Parade - Curried Noodles - Chewy rice noodles coated in a zesty curry sauce paired with savory minced broccoli and mushrooms, with a little spicy Thai kick!

I'm usually not so candid...but it's been a stressful and overwhelming time over here. Not in a bad way though. In a very good way, in fact. Terribly delicious and happy things have been in the works for Todd and I, and they all culminate this summer. A dream home on a dream piece of property, for one. We are just beginning to clear the land now! And something else...more secretive.  Life changing, both of these things. Both pressing on me to rush, rush, rush, but my decisions and efforts must be top notch, but still, please... the deadlines, get ahead while I can and make it easier on my future self! I don't do well under pressure. I can't. I need time to digest things and research the best way to do this and the most rational method for that. It's a nuisance at best and incredibly taxing at worst, but it's a part of me that I wouldn't wish away. 

So, crushed under the weight of all these menacing and bullying whispers, what do I decide to do? Take a vacation. Yep, it's probably the worst timing I could have chosen but I'm telling that little voice inside my head that panics, "Katie! What are you doing? You don't have time for this! You can't go to Kauai! This is a mistake. Oh dear, you'll regret this later. I told you so." to talk to the hand. I'm only able to justify this trip as quasi-necessary because I'm going for a radiology conference (work is paying for a portion of the trip)...and well, my sanity is at stake.

Produce On Parade - Curried Noodles - Chewy rice noodles coated in a zesty curry sauce paired with savory minced broccoli and mushrooms, with a little spicy Thai kick!

For now, I'll leave the dramatics at the door and lend you this recipe for my curried noodles. A soul soothing dish for even the most frazzled of stressed-out worrywarts.  When in doubt, eat your feelings. Oh wait, no...don't do that...

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
— Nelson Mandela
Produce On Parade - Curried Noodles - Chewy rice noodles coated in a zesty curry sauce paired with savory minced broccoli and mushrooms, with a little spicy Thai kick!

Curried Noodles

Chewy rice noodles coated in a zesty curry sauce paired with savory minced broccoli and mushrooms, with a little spicy Thai kick! Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz pad thai rice noodle sticks, dry
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, rough chopped
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large head of broccoli, florets only
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegan sugar
  • ½ tbsp lime zest
  • ½ tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 lime, juiced (2 tbsp)
  • ½ lemon, juiced (2 tbsp)
  • 4 green onions, cut on the diagonal
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the noodles. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the noodles. Allow to soak for about 20-30 minutes, until tender. Once ready, drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium. Add the onion to a food processor and process until finely chopped. Transfer to the skillet and sauté for about 10 minutes, until soft. Add the crushed red pepper and garlic. Sauté about 5 more minutes.
  3. Now, add the curry powder through and including the tomato paste. Stir well to incorporate. Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and sauté until browned and shrunken, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Pulse the broccoli in the food processor until finely chopped and transfer it to the skillet. Stir well. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture, and stir to combine. Add the broth and soy sauce. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally while cooking for about 15 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the citrus zest and juices. Add the tender noodles to the skillet and stir well to combine. Top with the green onions and cilantro.
  6. Serve hot.
Produce On Parade - Curried Noodles - Chewy rice noodles coated in a zesty curry sauce paired with savory minced broccoli and mushrooms, with a little spicy Thai kick!

So we are going to Kauai in a few days! Any tips and/or food suggestions, beach recommendations, etc.?

Produce On Parade - Curried Noodles - Chewy rice noodles coated in a zesty curry sauce paired with savory minced broccoli and mushrooms, with a little spicy Thai kick!

Dutch Word of The Day

Farming --> landbouw (land-bow*) *like as in "take a bow"

Information for The Day

"You don’t have to be a vegan to be repulsed by an account in The Times revealing the moral depths to which the federal government — working as a handmaiden to industrial agriculture — has sunk in pursuit of cheaper meat and fatter corporate profits." Our government hard at work. Vote with your fork and be informed. A quick article from the New York Times, "Farming Science, Without the Conscience."

Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze

Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are easy to make and brimming with green tea flavor. A perfect and unique treat for St. Patrick's Days!

Produce On Parade - Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze - Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are easy to make and brimming with green tea flavor. A perfect and unique treat for St. Patrick's Days!

I love making baked doughnuts. They are so easy to whip up and Todd absolutely loves them. I confess he was more smitten with my cookie dough doughnuts...but my taste buds prefer these green tea ones or my chai spiced doughnuts. To each their own!

If you need of a festive and unique dessert to star on St. Patrick's Day, look no further. I've got you covered!

You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.
— Jimmy Dean
Produce On Parade - Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze - Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are easy to make and brimming with green tea flavor. A perfect and unique treat for St. Patrick's Days!

If you're looking for a quality culinary-grade matcha, I use this organic one. 

Produce On Parade - Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze - Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are easy to make and brimming with green tea flavor. A perfect and unique treat for St. Patrick's Days!
Produce On Parade - Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze - Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are easy to make and brimming with green tea flavor. A perfect and unique treat for St. Patrick's Days!
Produce On Parade - Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze - Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are easy to make and brimming with green tea flavor. A perfect and unique treat for St. Patrick's Days!
Produce On Parade - Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze - Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are easy to make and brimming with green tea flavor. A perfect and unique treat for St. Patrick's Days!

Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze

Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are quick to make and brimming with green tea flavor. NOTES - Be sure to use culinary grade matcha. You don’t want to be using up all your expensive drinking matcha. If you don’t have coconut oil, I use olive oil all the time and I swear you can’t taste it.

Yield: 12 glazed doughnuts

Ingredients

  • Doughnuts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup vegan sugar
  • 2 tbsp matcha, dry
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Glaze
  • ¼ cup coconut milk or other plant-milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tbsp matcha, dry
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • heaping ¼ cup finely shredded coconut flakes

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour through and including the salt. Make a well in the center with a large spoon.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour into the dry well, while stirring. Stir until just combined.
  3. Scoop the batter into a regular doughnut pan coated with a nonstick cooking spray. The wells should be filled about ¾ the way full. Too full and the doughnut hole will close in, not filled full enough and the doughnut will have a huge hole in the center. If you have a six doughnut pan like me, you will bake them in batches. If you have a twelve doughnut pan, you can do them all at once, just be sure they are cooled for about 20 minutes before glazing.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a minute. Then, run a butter knife blade around each doughnut to loosen it from the pan. Tip the pan upside-down to remove the doughnuts. Place them on a wire cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter.
  5. Once the second batch of donuts is done baking and has cooled for about 5 minutes, it’s time to make the glaze. Whisk together the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan, excluding the coconut flakes, over low heat for a couple minutes until runny and there are no matcha clumps. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut flakes.
  6. Then, immediately dip the doughnuts face-first into the glaze one by one. Dip them in the glaze for about 5 seconds, then pick them up and allow the excess glaze to drip off. Set back on the cooling rack. Then repeat again for a second glaze dip. Allow the glaze to harden while the doughnuts rest on the cooling rack. It will take a couple hours for the glaze to set and be hard. After it’s hardened, store in an airtight container.
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Produce On Parade - Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze - Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are easy to make and brimming with green tea flavor. A perfect and unique treat for St. Patrick's Days!
Produce On Parade - Green Tea Doughnuts w/ Crunchy Coconut Glaze - Baked doughnuts with powdered green tea mixed right in the batter! Adorned with a sweet and crunchy coconut-nutmeg glaze, these are easy to make and brimming with green tea flavor. A perfect and unique treat for St. Patrick's Days!

Dutch Word of The Day

Luck --> geluk (heh-look)

Information for The Day

A little humor for today from BuzzFeed - 21 Things That Happen When You Don't Eat Meat.