Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sesame Snow Pea Salad and a New Puppy!

When we got home from Maine, our snow peas were ready to pick. This was a good thing, since the Kitchen Genius had a family reunion the next day and we didn't have time to go to the grocery store. He whipped up an absolutely delicious sesame snow pea salad that everyone loved.

Since he came up with this yummy recipe I've made it again twice - first with the last of the snow peas and then again when my bean crop came in, substituting green beans for the snow peas. Sugar snap peas would also be great.

He used a toasted sesame ginger seasoning made by Victoria Gourmet in Woburn, Massachusetts. You can order it on the link above or substitute 2 Tablespoons black and white sesame seeds, toasted, 1 teaspoon finely chopped gingerroot and salt and pepper to taste.

The Bruno family reunion was a blast and the food was incredible, of course, with an enormous Italian buffet. There was eggplant, chicken marsala, lasagna and all the other family specialities including the giant meatball!

Here's KG getting some sister love while his cousin looks on:

And for everyone who left kind messages when our sweet Bonnie passed away, I wanted to introduce our new puppy, Sadie. She's an absolute love and quite a little clown.

Just so our cat Daisy doesn't feel left out...

Sesame Snow Pea Salad

2 pounds snow peas
1 large red pepper, cut into 2 inch strips
1/4 cup garlic scapes or scallions, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup sesame oil
2 tablespoons Victoria Gourmet Toasted Sesame Ginger Seasoning
dash of red pepper flakes

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop pea pods and red pepper strips into pot and boil for 1 minute. Drain and immediately shock the veggies by submerging in ice water. Drain again very well. In the meantime mix dressing ingredients together. Toss with pea pods and red peppers.

For a printable recipe click here


The Diva on a Diet said...

Ok, next time I want in on that giant meatball! Wow, that looks crazy good! As does the snow pea salad ... just my cup of tea. Yum!

Welcome to little Sadie, she looks like such a cutie. And Daisy is adorable too. What a lovely little menagerie you've got going there. Love it! :)

Thistlemoon said...

Glad you had a good trip! YOur new puppy is adorable. I am so sorry for your loss. :-(

Reeni said...

What a precious puppy - love her name!!! And a pretty kitty! The pea salad looks yummy. I'm sad because I didn't grow any this year, grew edamame instead - so far there's nothing! They just don't want to grow.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Sadie is such a cutie (and Daisy too of course). The salad looks delicious and it sounds like you all had a great time--and great food!

noble pig said...

How cute is that pup? Wow. And the salad is beautiful too!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Hello Sadie! I am glad you have a new friend.

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

what a gorgeous salad and to think it was made on the fly...the colors are so vibrant.

The new addition to your family is adorable!

Pam said...

I love the colors and flavors of this salad. Mmmm.

I love the name Sadie - she's such a cutie and so is Daisy.

Robin Sue said...

Looks like a great reunion and what a cute puppy! Sadie is adorable!

Lo said...

Mmm. Fresh peas -- so sweet. And that crunch!

So glad that you enjoyed your trip. Sadie looks like a great little pup to come home to -- I'm thrilled for you!

vanillasugarblog said...

ok girl where are you? you've been missed in bloggerland!

Anonymous said...

aww...sadie is so cute! My dogs name is sadie too! and my sisters name is daisy! Very cute :)

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