Saturday, 25 July 2020

Kale chickpeas and coconut noodles - and random links

I saw Dylan Moran on tv doing a great comedy stand up session recently.  He said something along the lines that you see the glamourous shower footage on shampoo advertisements and then you look at yourself and you look like a pig in a typhoon in a telephone box.  Likewise this dish looked gorgeous in the supermarket magazine but once I took the fish off (of course) and added my own bits it was ... well ... like the proverbial pig in a typhoon in a telephone box!

There is a lot of noodles around our place lately so I added noodles.  I had leftover roast pumpkin, limes from the tree in the backyard, and ponzu as a vegetarian alternative to fish sauce.  It was more interesting than amazing but I liked having noodles in a different way than usual.  By the way, the coconut cream was a grey sludge and I thought it might be off but when I googled it, apparently that just how it looks sometimes.

It is also that time of year when it is dark early and I lose my mojo for taking photos (and let's not mention the energy sapping effects of lockdown).  So I made no efforts to fancy it up but just shot it quickly before eating.  So I will practice the gentle art of distraction with some entertaining links I have come across lately:

More noodle dishes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Chow mein (v)
Lo mein (v)

Kale chickpeas and coconut noodles
Inspired by Coles Magazine
Serves 1-3

1 leek sliced
1-2 tbsp oil
1/4 red capsicum finely sliced
100g kale, chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2  x 400g tin coconut cream - thinned a little
50g spinach chopped
2 tbsp lime juice (about 1 lime)
1 tbsp ponzu
1/4 tsp chilli paste
200g pack of pre-cooked hokkein noodles
seasoning - about a pinch or two of salt
shredded coconut, to serve

Fry leeks and red capsicum in oil for a few minutes in frypan over medium high heat.  Add turmeric and kale for a few minutes.  Lastly add coconut cream (mine was really thick so I thinned it a bit with a drizzle of milk or water), spinach, lime juice, ponzu, chilli paste and hokkien noodles.  Season to taste.  Bring to the boil and stir to make sure the flavours are mixed through.  Sprinkle with shredded coconut and serve.

On the Stereo:
Franz Ferdinand - self titled album


  1. Noodles are always a good option, and that sounds like a tasty change of pace! I really need to experiment more with coconut cream... I usually just buy the regular cans of coconut milk and skim off the cream as needed. That definite sounds more convenient.

  2. I still think it looks good, you should not be hard on yourself BUI i am not a fan of noodles as you may remember. I do have lots of kale in the garden and need to get to it fast now, as the white cabbage butterflies have discovered them (sadly). Not seen coconut cream come out grey before.Off to check out some of those random links.

  3. Haha - I love Dylan Moran’s comedy. And of course I always associate him with Bernard. Yes, this time of year sucks - cold and dark, though yesterday was lovely once the fog lifted. This dish looks good to me - you are too hard on yourself. Thanks for the links - I have seen the window swap previous and love it. Excuse me while I go and check out the Archbishop’s cat ...

  4. I think it looks delicious! I hope you are safe, and staying healthy. Just a heads up that it is time for ISW again - the post is here:


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