Monday, December 31, 2012

Asian Pasta Salad and Happy New Year

Asian Pasta Salad

Happy New Year to all you lovely people

Looking very relaxed and scruffy
I've had a lovely little break.  We managed to borrow the father in law's yacht and have been swanning around Pittwater for a few days.  Not in the yacht, we were too scared to take it off the mooring, lest it break down and we be stuck with a big repair bill,  but we did burn around in our dinghy, visiting wasterside friends and some of our favourite spots.

The cabin boy
We are back home now and I thought I'd drop in to give you the heads up on a great salad, which may be of use to you over the next few weeks.
I first ate this pasta salad many years ago, on a neighbour's vineyard in the Hunter Valley.  Our vineyard has long gone, but this Asian Pasta Salad has become a family staple.  It is impressive, tastes delicious and keeps well for 3-4 days with refrigeration.   It is a terrific one if you don't feel like cooking on these lazy Summer days.  Serve it with BBQ meat or fish of any kind.  Yum.

Asian Pasta Salad
1 (2 serves) packet of fresh egg fettuccine, cooked according to directions, cooled with cold water and drained.
20 mushrooms cut in half and sliced
1 red capsicum/pepper, seeds removed and diced 
2 spring onions diced
1 bunch of coriander leaves chopped.  Retain a few sprigs prior to chopping and reserve as a garnish.
4 tablespoons chopped peanuts ( you can buy them like this). Plus one more tablespoon to garnish.

For the dressing 
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
juice of 1 lemon

Combine salad ingredients.  Mix well.  I use my hands.
Make salad dressing by whisking the ingredients together in a bowl.  Pour over salad several hours prior to serving to allow flavours to develop, mix well.  
This salad served 20 people on Christmas day, as part of a buffet lunch.

Enjoy and happy holidays.  Wishing everyone a fabulous New Year.  My New Years resolution is to say 'yes' to every opportunity which passes my way this year.  Last year it was to get the men in the house to put their dishes straight into the dishwasher and it was a complete fail.  Here's to better luck with this years attempt.  So now I'm off to stack said dishwasher.

Oh and don't forget my Rustoleum paint giveaway here.  If you want to do a few quick projects around the house this year, this one is sooooo for you.  Not many entires yet, so your chances are good.

And thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas comments and emails you sent my way.  They were very very touching.
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  1. It sounds like you had a fun time on your father-in-laws yacht - I would love to sleep overnight on a yacht!

  2. Hi Carolyn,Happy NEW YEAR!! God bless you and your nice family. I love past salad too. Kiss in your heart.

  3. Escrevi uma mensagem, comentário, mas acho que não apareceu, então Feliz Ano Novo!! Deus abençoe você e sua família. Beijos!!

  4. looks like you had a lovely few days!
    salad sounds good too.
    a very happy new year to you and your family!

  5. Hi!!

    That's so great that you had a much deserved break and
    what better place than on a boat!! A nice way to end
    the year.


  6. I love the top shot of your family and the one of your handsome son. This salad seems actually doable for me and my limited desire to be in the kitchen. I love the mixture and taste of the mushrooms with the red pepper. I bet it is delicious! Happy New Year, Carolyn, to you and your family.

  7. You've already toasted the new year on your side of the ocean! Wishing you the happiest of new years from the other side of the ocean!

  8. Happy New Year to you, Desire! May you have a lovely, creative year ahead, and enjoy the sunshine!

  9. This looks so yummy! Love your blog! I would love for you to visit my linky party going on now at

    Have a great day!

  10. Looks so fresh and delicious! Over here from Rattlebridge Farms... new follower too! will be looking forward to see what else you are up to! Deb

  11. Your salad looks delicious. I love asian flavors in a salad it make it feel so fresh and fun. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures

  12. This looks so amazingly good. Would love for you to visit me @
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    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  13. This salad looks so good. I pinned it. I am so looking forward to making it. Thank you for sharing. Jo-Ann


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