The beginning of my weekday-wake-up-routine before I go to work is this: blearily open my eyes, roll off the edge of the bed, throw myself towards the bathroom, wash my face, and reach for my chewable vitamin C. Unfortunately, that reaching is usually done blindly as I'm drying my face. As I placed the tablets into my mouth yesterday (I decided to take two because I've been tired the past couple of days and don't want to get sick before my exciting weekend!), and bit down, I wondered why they were larger than usual and had less of the sharp tang.
As I dazedly stared down at the bottle in my hand and read the words 'Sleeping Pills', my first thought was - 'damn'. I realized I had an interesting day ahead of me, one that would be carried out with awkward long pauses after my boss asked a question of me, and uncoordinated walking into various objects, such as doors.
Thai peanut dressing is as prosaic as air in restaurants. But a good Thai peanut dressing, that is more rare. When you have a good peanut dressing recipe, you can use it for dipping sauce, for marinade, for salad dressings, well, for anything you can do with a sauce or condiment. It's pretty specacular, and you can change it according to the palette(s) you're giving it to - whether spicy or mild, a little sour or sweet. It's a delightful, malleable thing. And what is better to end a sleepy day than a little spice, and a little love.
1/4 c. coconut milk
1/4 c. peanut butter (real stuff, not kraft, not sweetened)
3 tbs. sugar
1 tbs. soy sauce
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced and crushed
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 c. peanut or sesame oil
1 tbs. red curry paste (optional)
perfect tofu (recipe here)
1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
handful of fresh mint, shredded
1 large carrot, jullienned
1/2 small daikon, jullienned
4 large mushrooms, sliced thinly
1 c. fresh bean sprouts
1/2 c. broccoli, chopped and cooked slightly
1/2 roasted peanuts
1. Place first 9 ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more peanut or sesame oil to create the consistency needed for salad dressing.
2. Place vegetables/salad stuff on a plate, with tofu on top. Drizzle dressing over salad. Sprinkle peanuts on top.
3. Pray. Eat. Enjoy. Don't ever take sleeping pills before work.