Leighanna Lucas lives in Chicago with her husband and two very personable cats. A brilliant food-maker and generally sweet, hilarious human being - she’s also the brains behind Wise And Wonderful Cookery. Big thanks to her for her contributions to Young Mary’s Record - as we would microwave the Thanksgiving turkey if it was an option.
If I have learned anything valuable in my short life, it is the dang truth of this little cliche: variety is the spice of life.
All those things people have uttered over the years, those worn-out sayings about life, they are all so true. There is a point in youth where you believe none of them apply; I’ve found the place now that laughs at the idea of defeating the cliches of life, because I know how futile it is. The sayings wouldn’t be so worn, like an awesome old leather jacket, if they didn’t fit the lives of most people. So friends, if the shoe fits, buy it—fake it till you make it— and then make pad thai at home.
Easy Pad Thai:
You will need:
- 8 ounces dried rice noodles (wide, flat noodles are typical of pad thai but I used what I had lying around)
- 2 tbs. brown sugar
- 2 tbs. lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 1 carrot, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/3 cup corn (I use frozen)
- 2 large eggs, light beaten
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts (I used slivered almonds because I didn’t have peanuts on hand; worked fine.)
1. Soak noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, lemon juice, and soy sauce.
3. Heat sesame oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. Add peppers and cook 3-5 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and corn cook 1 minute. Add eggs and cook, constantly stirring and scraping skillet with spatula until eggs are almost set (about 30 seconds). Transfer to a plate and set aside.
4. Add soaked noodles and prepared sauce to skillet. Cook while frequently tossing until noodles are tender, about 1 minutes. Add eggs to mixture and toss together. Serve, top with cilantro and peanuts.
- October 14 2012