satay noodles

Here’s my amazing peanut sauce recipe, great for chicken satay or noodles:

3 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp coconut milk
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp lime juice
2 tsp sriracha
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp sambal olek
Chopped scallions

Combine everything in a saucepan over medium heat. The sambal olek is sort of optional. Enjoy!

Satay Noodles and Greens

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes


8 ounces dry rice noodles
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large leek
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 small green or red chili pepper, minced
4 handfuls shredded greens, such as cabbage, napa cabbage, bok choy and tatsoi
2 tablespoons hot water
4 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce (or 2 tablespoons regular soy sauce + 1 tablespoon brown sugar)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt


Soak the dry rice noodles in warm water for 5-8 minutes. In a bowl, whisk together the hot water, peanut butter, dark soy sauce, honey, five-spice powder, salt and set aside. We’ll be only using the white part of the leek (compost or use the green part to make broth). Wash the leek very well, separating the layers a bit to rinse out any dirt. Very thinly slice the leek.

Heat the cooking oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium heat until just shimmering. Add the leek, garlic and chili pepper. Cook for 2 minutes (take care to not burn the garlic).

Add the shredded greens and continue to cook until they have softened slightly, about 1 minute. Turn heat to medium-high and add in the soy sauce mixture

Drain the rice noodles. When sauce begins to bubble a bit, add in the rice noodles and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the rice noodles are cooked.

ietij  asked:

good lean vegan meal ideas?! (sorry I'm sure you get this question asked a lot but I had to ask) love you!x

not really sure what lean is asking for but I’m going to assume you mean some good ‘healthy’ (which to me means holistic-plantbased) meals :)

  • coconut veggie curry - vegetables of choice and lentils/beans/grains of choice cooked in a can of coconut milk or cream (or bottled coconut milk) with a ton of curry powder - service with fresh brown/white jasmine or basmati rice, rotis, naan, papadums, spinach/salad, coriander etc. 
  • spaghetti bolognese - veggies of choice & (optional) vegan mock meat/mince cooked in canned tomato and/or a jar of pasta sauce, basil, Italian herbs, garlic, pepper - served with pasta of choice and greens
  • veggie pizza - buy a pre-made pizza base (make sure its vegan) top it with a tomato based sauce, veggies of choice, (optional) vegan cheese, (optional) lentils/beans/mockmeat/etc & add some avocado after its cooked
  • wholesome salad - veggies of choice, lentils, beans, grains (e.g. rice, millet, quinoa), dressing
  • asian soup - miso paste, boiling water, veggies of choice/asian greens (e.g. bok choy, gai lan), knob of ginger, noodles of choice (e.g. udon, rice), (optional) tofu, wakame
  • asian rice bowl - veggies of choice, rice, salad, seaweed, edamame, sesame seeds, drizzle of sesame oil & tamari/soy/shoyu sauce
  • mexican rice bowl - tomato rice (cooked with mexican herbs if you have any), beans, salsa, guacamole, extra veggies/salad of choice, cilantro, (optional) vegan sour cream (the brand Tofutti is amazing)
  • falafel wrap - wrap of choice, hummus, tomato, lettuce, tabbouleh, (optional) vegan yoghurt & falafels
  • pad thai - veggies of choice (I recommend asian veggies), tofu of choice (pre-marinated satay tofu or deep fried tofu is my favourite for this recipe), flat rice noodles & satay sauce (recipe here or buy pre-made)
  • stuffed sweet potato - whole baked sweet potatoes, stuffed with guacamole (avocado, finely chopped tomato, finely chopped red onion, coriander, lime juice & pepper) & a side of salad/veggies or stuff your sweet potato with mexican tomato rice or quinoa or better yet, both!
  • avocado mushroom toast - toasted bread of choice, guacamole (as listed in the previous recipe) & sautéed  mushrooms with spinach, tomatoes & any other desired veggies (I like to saute mine in maple syrup as opposed to oil, & if you have it vegan Worcestershire & a touch of tomato pasta sauce is lovely) + if you like baked beans this could also do well in addition
  • smoothie bowl - thick smoothie (e.g. frozen bananas, frozen mangoes, maple syrup & dairy-free milk) topped with desired toppings (muesli/cereal, fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut etc)
  • protein smoothie bowl - instead of or in addition to using frozen bananas/fruit to create the creamy texture to your smoothie your going to use frozen silken tofu as your base (sounds gross but you don’t even taste it when you’ve add other flavours, so give it a chance), then you can add whatever flavouring you like such as fruit (e.g. berries, banana, mango, papaya), chocolate (cacao with maple syrup or pre-made chocolate sauce), vanilla (vanilla dairy-free milk, vanilla essence, sweetener of choice) etc & then toppings of choice 
  • fruit salad
  • shepherds pie - veggie bolognese as listed above placed in a deep dish pan & topped with mashed potato (can be plain potato or mashed with dairy-free milk/margarine/cream) then baked!
  • porridge/oatmeal - oats cooked in water and/or dairy-free milk of choice, mashed bananas, grated apple, dried fruit of choice, seeds/nuts & any other toppings you desire (e.g. fruit, cereal/muesli, desiccated coconut, more milk etc)
  • chocolate chia pudding - chia seeds soaked in rice milk (or dairy-free milk of choice - coconut cream is also lovely), cacao to taste, maple syrup & toppings of choice

xxxxxx much love

City Vocabulary: Xiàmén

In order to break up the monotony of my Song Vocabulary lists, I’ve decided to also start making vocabulary lists about various cities, as well! First up is Xiamen, since I will be going there this summer and hopefully also next school year! Let me know if you have a city you want me to do!

福建厦门 - fújiàn xiàmén - Xiamen, Fujian


  • 海沧区 – hǎi cāng qū – Haicang District
  • 湖里区 – hú lǐ qū – Huli District
  • 集美区 – jí měi qū – Jimei District
  • 思明区 – sī míng qū – Siming District
  • 同安区 – tóng ān qū – Tong’an District
  • 翔安区 – xiáng ān qū – Xiang’an District


  • 鼓浪屿 – gǔ làng yǔ – Gulangyu Island
  • 日光岩 – rì guāng yán – Sunlight Rock
  • 皓月园 – hào yuè yuán – Haoyue Park
  • 钢琴博物馆 – gāng qín bó wù guǎn – Piano Museum
  • 菽庄花园 – shū zhuāng huā yuán – Shuzhuang Garden
  • 南普陀寺 – nán pǔ tuó sì – South Putuo Temple
  • 胡里山炮台 – hú lǐ shān pào tái – Hulishan Battery
  • 厦门园林植物园 – xià mén yuán lín zhì wù yuán – Xiamen Botanical Garden
  • 五缘湾湿地公园 – wǔ yuán wān shī dì gōng yuán – Wuyuan Bay Wetland Park
  • 厦门大学 – xià mén dà xué – Xiamen University
  • 集美学村 – jí měi xué cūn – Jimei School Village
  • 集美大学 – jí měi dà xué – Jimei University
  • 白城沙滩 – bái chéng shā tān – Baicheng Beach
  • 海沧大桥 – hǎi cāng dà qiáo – Haicang Bridge
  • 环岛路 – huán dǎo lù – Island Ring Road
  • 厦门爱乐乐团 – xià mén ài yuè yuè tuán – Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra

Famous People

  • 陈嘉庚 – chén jiā gēng – Tan Kah Kee, founder of Xiamen University
  • 郑成功 – zhèng chéng gōng – Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga), chief commander of Ming troops who resisted Manchu conquest


  • 海鲜 – hǎi xiān – seafood
  • 沙茶面 – shā chá miàn – Seafood satay noodle soup
  • 金包银 – jīn bāo yín – Silver-wrapped gold (dumplings containing mushrooms, bamboo shoots, pickles, and sometimes meat)
  • 土笋冻 – tǔ sǔn dòng – Sea worm jelly
  • 薄饼 – báo bǐng – Baobing (spring rolls made with a thin wheat pancake and usually topped with a sweet red sauce)
  • 蚝仔煎 – háo zǐ jiān – Oyster omelet
  • 花生汤 – huā shēng tāng – Peanut soup
Blind Date - Ch.3

Synopsis: Saga was blinded in a freak accident at Stark Industries and ever since, Tony Stark and the Avengers have been helping her. Well, they think they’ve been helping, actually they’ve been holding her back, refusing to let her learnt to be self-sufficient.

Loki finds himself imprisoned in Stark Tower but when the Avengers have to leave, Loki finds a way around their security and encounters the blind doctor. He quickly finds himself intrigued by her and unlike her friends, he doesn’t go out of his way to “help” her perform simple tasks.

Both misfits in their own way, they quickly form a strong but needless to say, the Avengers don’t take kindly to the budding  friendship.

Based on this imagine

This Chapter: Loki is confused by many mortal practices, and he discovers that Saga is not a morning person. 

AN: Unbeta’d so please forgive any mistakes

Previous Chapters: Chapter One - Chapter Two

Chapter Three

The next night Saga phoned the Chinese restaurant and ordered a selection of her favourite dishes. Loki liked the black bean and the sweet and sour but he wasn’t keen on the satay, and he preferred noodles to rice.

What he found amusing though, was the fortune cookies, probably helped by the fact they were on their second bottle of wine by the time they opened them.

“So you have seers on Midgard?” he asked as he read his fortune.

“No. The fortunes in fortune cookies are bullshit.”

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