Saturday, October 4, 2008

Vegan Mofo Day #3 - Dinner by Chuck

Soba Noodles & Tempeh w/Peanut Sauce by Chuck Soba Noodles & Tempeh w/Peanut Sauce by Chuck

This is a "nothing fancy" meal that Chuck prepared last night. In fact last night he was grumbling at the fact I was photographing it, this morning at the fact that I uploaded pictures and I haven't even told him that I'm blogging about it yet! It may just be a few things thrown together: tempeh, green beans, soba noodles and a store bought peanut sauce, but it was delicious. Soba noodles are just the best something I think we should always have in our kitchen. They have so much flavor and are really good for you. Plus they make it pretty easy to throw together a quick meal that is just fantastic.

Of course when it comes to throwing together a meal, Chuck is much better at that than I am. I tend to cook directly from the cookbooks. I have a bad habit of getting flustered when I've forgotten an ingredient or can't find something obscure. I probably cook less often than Chuck does because of this mainly, and the fact that when I do cook I pick some outlandish and difficult meal with obscure ingredients. It reminds me a little of our hike up to a lookout by Mt. Baker. I struggled on the way up (drank all our water, claimed I was going to die, wanted to turn back 80% of the way up...something like that.) and Chuck was exhausted on the way down. Meanwhile I was practically skipping and shouting about how it smelled like blueberries. We have different approaches and inclinations, but in the end I think his style has influenced me to be a little more laid back in the kitchen. Especially recently I've been more willing to improvise than ever before. And I'm willing to credit Chuck with that.


ambika said...

Ooo, this is a great reminder. I haven't made yaki soba in ages.

Jeni Treehugger said...

Looks fancy to me - looks blinking yummy too.

dandyapple said...

Yum. Why oh why haven't they invented smell-o-vision, yet?

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

That looks hearty and wonderful!