Thursday, October 21, 2010


It may be bad manners to suck and slurp on spaghetti, but with noodles it's the only way.

And Billie has become a pro noodle-sucker. At times tonight she seemed to be competing with me for how fast she could slurp them back. While she managed to dodge any actual vegetables, she at least sucked back a fair few sesame seeds and bits of fresh coriander.

This is a delicious meal that's quick and easy to prepare, and is designed to be eaten cold (perfect for feeding the whole family).

Note that I've used honey - so best avoided if you're feeding an under-one-year-old. Substitute with maple syrup, which is what the original recipe calls for (yes, it's American).

You may have already guessed where this salad came from - Cynthia Lair's Feeding the Whole Family. I've just made a couple of changes.

 Lair suggests serving this tasty vegetarian dish with salmon. However, it's served us well twice this week as a main - just add a vegetable or two.

Feeding the family


1 pack of soba noodles (225g/8oz)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup chopped coriander/cilantro leaves

2 T sesame oil (Lair suggests toasted, but I just used plain)
3 T tamari or shoyu
3 T balsamic vinegar
1 T honey/maple syrup
1 T olive oil
fresh cracked pepper

Optional extras:
I used broccoli florets on Saturday and both broccoli and thinly sliced carrots tonight.
Lair suggests chives, red cabbage, radishes and scallions.

Toast sesame seeds in dry cast iron fry-pan/skillet on medium heat for about five minutes.  Stir frequently and remove when browning and crackling. Don't over-do them.

Cook soba noodles in medium-sized pot of boiling water for a few minutes (check package). Drain and rinse under cold tap immediately. 

Steam any vegetables, such as broccoli and carrot.

Whisk together dressing ingredients. Combine with noodles, coriander and sesame seeds. Gently stir through any vegetables.

Billie masters the art of noodle-eating


  1. A perfect combination of ingredients and a very tasty result.

  2. Lewis dined at mine yesterday and he happily slurped through an entire plate.. Mabes hasn't quite got the slurping action down yet, but we'll keep trying :)

  3. Great to hear. Go Lewis! Yes, Billie took a few goes to get the hang of it