If you read my last post, you saw that I was in COLD/FLU hell.
I still feel a little zoned-out and spacey, but I’m not hacking up a lung and not collapsing into a whining heap. My family likes me again- depending on who you ask, I guess.
Besides an occasional night with my buddy, Alka Seltzer Nighttime Cold Formula, I found lots of immediate relief from really spicy foods. The resulting runny nose is the best, best relief. Not cool for everyone around you, but hell, I’d rather breathe than look fabulous.
Well, not REALLY, but, hey.
I came upon a GREAT idea on Pinterest for a ramen noodle re-do recipe. Great because it’s do-able in a wink, and great because it was someone’s brilliant little twist to make cheap ol’ ramen a memorable pad thai, even for the non-asian-foods-cooking chef/food-obsessed newbie or whomever.
OMG. Seriously one of the best alterations to the cheapest, shittiest (shittiest because it can sit in your pantry for 3 years and STILL be good), saltiest foods in the grocery store. And, this clever little concoction clears the stuffiest of heads. Yay, yay, YAY me AND you…if you make it.
It happens to be from the Martha Stewart website, too, which means it’s a FABULOUS recipe. I think all of her recipes, or her little worker bees’ recipes, are yummy, lovely and worth making.
Upon making this recipe the first time, I found a new love…an ingredient I’d never used before- Sriracha sauce (aka, HOT-ass Chinese ketchup).
Where has you been all my life, lover?
It’s the new condiment of choice in my house, better than ketchup or homemade ranch- it can be put on anything. (Well, maybe not cookies or pie) The hubby uses it on eggs, the boys use it on sandwiches, and I devour it in this new nasal “roto-rooter” noodle dish.
This easy-peasey recipe goes like this: boil ramen and flavor packet, drain off most of the liquid when the noodles are cooked, add a blob of chunky peanut butter (the trans-fat-sitting-on-the-shelf kind like Skippy is better than the natural, stir kind…need the added sugar!), a few hearty shakes of soy sauce, a generous teaspoon squirt of sriracha, mix, add little chopped lovelies like cilantro, sliced green onions and chopped peanuts and…your life and nasal cavities are forever changed. And, your tastebuds are addicted.
P.S. I made a triple “dose” of this yesterday for one of my sons and I. It was just what I needed on a F R E E Z I N G cold day: the perfect amount of carbs and comfort to induce a nice, long nap/coma. Aaaah. That’s what I’m talking about….
P.P.S. Here’s the Original recipe from Martha’s website.