What a week…
Last week was one of those weeks – you know the ones. Everything seems to go wrong. Work is busy, you have something on every night, your hubby and your cats get sick (double whammy!) and then little things happen, like you burn something you’re cooking or you speak to a friend and she’s also had some crappy news.
But it started with this green soba noodle salad which was yummy, so that’s something – it made a fabulous work lunch (though if you ask M, ‘less garlic when you post the recipe’, so I have complied).
Of course as it was that kind of week, I have lost whatever I wrote the recipe down on – so use the below as a rough guide as it’s all from memory….
- 180gms of dry soba noodles
- 1 large bunch of asparagus (I had 20 spears), cut into thirds
- 1 cup of frozen peas
- A handful of fresh basil, roughly torn
- ½ a cup of raw cashews
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp of olive or coconut oil
- 1 tsp of tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 tsp of rice malt syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
- Boil your soba noodles with your asparagus and peas until the noodles are tender. Drain and rinse under cool water and put into a large bowl. Set aside.
- Add your teaspoon of oil to the pot with the garlic and lime zest. Fry on a low heat until fragrant.
- Turn off the heat and add your lime juice, tamari and rice malt syrup to the pot with a splash of water. Stir quickly before pouring into a small bowl
- Add your torn basil and cashews to the noodle mix
- Toss through the garlic & lime dressing
- Serve topped with extra cashews or finely sliced fresh chilli
I didn’t opt for the chilli as my stomach is still sensitive from being so sick a few weeks ago.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram you would have seen me mention that the week ended on a particularly low note with the loss of my childhood kitty and Mum’ & Dad’s third child. So many of you left kind comments which is so special – thank you. He really was a special guy.
This is Rama. Or Ramy, as he was mostly know. Or Rama-Talama as he was sometimes known. Or, when I was a teenager for some reason I called him Hakim, so that too. He had kidney disease for a long time and on Friday he stopped eating and tests showed he was incredibly uncomfortable and his body was shutting down, so Mum & Dad had to say goodbye.
I took this photo a few weeks ago when I was checking on him while Mum & Dad were out for the day.
He was 19 – his birthday was just a few weeks ago on January 17.
Cuddle your fur-babies for me and have an amazing week,