Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Story of Noodles

We got The Story of Noodles from the library. It tells the story of how noodles were invented in China over 2,000 years ago. Marco Polo eventually took noodles to Italy. If Marco Polo had earned a nickel for every package of noodles sold world wide, he'd be rich.

At the end of the story, there is a recipe to try. So in an effort to show that reading has value, we tried the recipe at the end of the story for our boys.

Long-Life Noodles
Source: The Story of Noodles

1/2 pound cooked fresh or dry spaghetti noodles
2 green onions, white part only, chopped
2 small cloves of garlic, peeled
1/2 cup smooth almond or peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut or soy milk
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon soy sauce or salt to taste

For the garnish:
1/4 cup roasted nuts
1/4 cup dried cranberries

1. With the help of an adult, chop the green onions and combine all sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor. Mix until smooth.
2. In a big bowl, toss the noodles with the sauce. Garnish with nuts and cranberries. Serve cold.

You can substitute other fruit for the cranberries. Try raisins, grapes, or fresh berries.

Notes: We ate it. I added cilantro. I thought it could use a little curry powder or chili powder. Also more lemon or a good squirt of lime would have made it super yummy.


Sue said...

It sounds great. And easy, which is good.

I'll try it because I love that coconut milk and peanut flavor combo. Maybe I'll add some curry, as you suggested.


Jocelyn Christensen said...

Looks delish!