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Sesame Peanut Noodles and Orange-Rhubarb Jam

I needed dinner the other night, and we literally had NO food…so I had to go back to “what’s always in the kitchen” and the answer to that is soba noodles and peanut butter.  Fortunately all the other ingredients for this happened to be available as well, so I went with this recipe.  I replaced the smooth peanut butter with chunky, cause that’s all I buy, and the crushed red pepper flakes with some Asian chili paste.  I also did some mandolined cucumber as the only veggie in the mix since it was all I had.

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As good as this looks, I wasn’t actually a huge fan.  I think I would’ve preferred it as a warm dish, which would’ve been good to know before I let it chill in the fridge for a couple hours.  It also tasted a bit “fishy” to me, and the only culprit I can possibly imagine is the cucumber, although I’ve never really found cucumber to  be fishy before.  Maybe it’s the combo of the cucumber and peanut butter?  I’m not sure, but I don’t think it’s something I would do again.  I can’t blame the original recipe though, I’m sure it was good, as all the comments support.

As promised, I finally have a picture of that orange-rhubarb jam for you:

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I got the recipe here and the only change I made was using raw sugar instead of plain and about half as much of it.  This was plenty sweet for me, so I don’t know why you’d use a cup and a half of sugar, which seems a bit ridiculous.  I also don’t like things too sweet though…so if you’re into really sugary jam, well then you go right ahead.  I had no idea it was so simple to make jam…and with just three ingredients and about an hour,  I was pleasantly surprised by this.  Even though there’s no strawberry in here, I was nearly convinced that I was eating strawberry-rhubarb pie sans the crust…not a bad thing.   I HIGHLY recommend you give this a shot before rhubarb season is over….that is, if you’re into delicious, fresh, jams easily made with local organic ingredients and heart-wrenchingly good on toast.  I mean if you’re not…feel free to skip it.  Not my loss.

Selah.

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