{Taking Stock and making Salad}

No, not making stock. Its way too hot at the moment and nobody in my house would have soup anyway. But I have a friend who is making beef stock as we speak. Brave soul. But she makes awesome malaysian noodle soup. So she is used to hot food on hot days. We do cold things to keep us cool. Like Vietnamese Noodle Salad at the pool.

But today I wanted to stop for a moment and check in with myself.

What are you up to? Do you take stock? Do you want to join me?

Making : Flash Cards for my son
Cooking : Vietnamese Noodle Salad
Drinking : Matcha Green Ice Tea. Matcha is great.
Reading:  The Bhagavad Geeta
Wanting: A new computer. Like a new Mac
Looking: at my new haircut
Playing: Yatzee
Deciding: where to travel to
Wishing: for a still mind
Enjoying: a still mind
Waiting: for the cool change
Liking: early mornings
Wondering: what to cook next
Loving: girly friends
Pondering: on the fragility of life
Considering: taking a solo holiday on the Trans-Siberian
Watching: silly cats videos on youtube
Hoping: for a cool change (really not liking the heat)

Marvelling: at how fast the kids are growing
Needing: a foot massage
Smelling: jasmine essential oil
Wearing: singlet
Following: my own advice
Noticing: little details
Knowing: what I should be doing
Thinking: about food
Feeling: a bit hot and bothered
Admiring: all the snow in Switzerland
Sorting: tax paper
Buying: not much
Getting: excited
Bookmarking: Recipes from this site
Disliking: mindless FB chatter
Opening: my heart
Giggling: at my boys
Feeling: curious
Snacking: indian spiced roasted nuts
Coveting: some homemade chocolate fudge
Wishing: I was on a beach in Thailand
Helping: with maths homework
Hearing: the wind in the trees

So, now its your turn. What’s your stock take? Take stock and let me know so I can see what you are up to. Or read Pip’s lengthy stock take here.

In the meantime, here is my super crunchy, very raw vietnamese noodle salad.

Vietnamese noodle salad

  • 1 packet of brown rice noodles
  • red cabbage
  • grated carrot
  • red capsicum
  • vietnamese mint
  • coriander
  • cucumber
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbs sweet chilli
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • fresh red chilli

Cook/soak the noodles according to your packets instructions. Rinse under cold water to cool down quickly.

Instead of Rice noodles, you cold also use Arrowroot noodles, which would make it grain free. Or alternatively, try it with Zucchini Noodles for a totally awesome raw salad!

Finely chop up all your raw veggies. Be creative, you could also add bean sprouts, snow peas, tomatoes, etc. Fried eggplant would also be nice.

Mix up all the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad. Use your hands to mix it all up.

Toast your favourite nuts. We use cashews. Chop the toasted nuts and sprinkle over the salad. 

Options:

Use fried tofu or chicken strips for added protein / Substitute the Sweet Chilli with 1 tsp of coconut sugar

 

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You could also soak some  rice paper and use the salad to make tasty rice paper rolls. The kids love that.

Looking forward reading about your stocktake.

Alex

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