Back to Vegetarian

Guess what…I am back to the start of my bookshelf, which means we are revisiting my vegetarian cookbook, Plenty, which according to Amazon is a best seller!

The recipe I had tagged was for Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Rice Noodles.  I am not really sure what purple sprouting broccoli is and since I couldn’t find it I guess I will not know, but I subbed it with broccolini (which the recipe said to do if you can’t find purple sprouting broccoli).

I first got to work making a spice paste.  I put fresh ginger, green chilies, lemongrass, garlic, shallot, ground coriander and cumin seeds, lime juice, cilantro and oil in my food processor and processed unto a paste.

I then heated some oil in a skillet and added some chopped red onion.


After the onion cooked for a few minutes and was translucent I added the spice paste.


Then after 2 minutes I added salt, sugar, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk.  That was brought a boil, then reduced heat to low to simmer for 5 minutes.


Meanwhile I cooked wide rice noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes then drained and tossed in toasted sesame oil and lime juice.


Also meanwhile I cooked the broccolini in boiling water for a couple of minutes and drained.  To assemble I topped some of the noodles with the broccolini and spread a few spoonfuls of the sauce all around.


The Verdict:  Not big flavor, which I was hoping for.  Also I never seem to have much luck with the wide rice noodles.  They tend to stick together on me.  So for those reasons I am giving this one a thumbs down.  I guess it wasn’t terrible, it was edible, but just something I wouldn’t crave.


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