Sesame Noodles with Garden Kale
Kale is a superfood, especially when it’s covered with sweet, spicy dressing.
We have tons of red kale growing out back, it volunteered from kale which I let go to seed last June. I’m glad I did because it’s yummy! The thing I like most about having an edible garden is you always have some kind of food, there’s no need to go to the store all the time. You save $ and time.
When I went outside to water the garden, I remembered a friend telling me about a peanut kale dish she had at a restaurant in Los Feliz. She said it was so good it was like spicy candy. I decided to give it a try. I made a basic sesame noodle type dressing, which I’ve made lots of times before, then I added extra sugar for the candy effect.
Here’s how I made this: Boil water, blanch kale for 1 minute until it turns bright green. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add soba noodles to the same pot, cook soba noodles for 3 - 4 minutes.
Drain noodles. Toss with the kale and sesame peanut dressing:
In a small bowl, grate 1/2 inch ginger root, grate 1 large garlic clove, add 2 tblsp soy sauce, 2 tblsp rice wine vinegar, juice of 1 orange or tangerine, 1 tblsp sesame oil, 2 tblsp sugar, 2 tblsp tahini (sesame paste) and 1 tblsp peanut butter, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. Mix and taste. If it’s not just the way you like, adjust sugar and vinegar a little at a time. Garnish with sesame seeds and samba oelek.