Create your own

My daughter thinks assembling her own plate is akin to making her own dinner. She feels in complete control. And she likes that.

So every once in a while, I come up with a way to offer a “create your own” dinner. Tonight it was a Thai inspired salad.

I like to watch people mix ingredients to their own taste. The head tends to tilt to one side, sometimes a tongue peeks out of the corner of the mouth in concentration. There are a whole range of thoughts and ideas clicking through the brain, until the creation is “just right”. It is worth the time and effort to prepare all the ingredients for a dinner party to sit back and watch rough and tough men – create for themselves.

After all, a good deal of cooking is really understanding what flavours to mix together. Everyone has a unique sense of what combinations they like best. Through practice and experimentation, we learn and challenge ourselves to enjoy new things. That is the spice of life, I think.

Thai Noodle Salad

  •  200g thin rice noodles
  • carrots finely sliced or shredded
  • pea shoots
  • yellow bell pepper, finely sliced
  • cilantro
  • mint
  • cucumber sticks
  • almonds, or whatever nut you like
  • 200g firm tofu, diced
  • fresh limes
  • sauce of ponzu, sesame oil and fish sauce
  • sambal oelek

Pour boiling water over noodles and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Place noodles in individual bowls. Build your own to taste.

4 thoughts on “Create your own

  1. enjoywithjoy says:

    I totally agree on experimenting the best part is when you create something better that you expected 🙂

  2. That sounds like such a great idea! 🙂 It’s good for those who like more of one thing but dislike various other things in their salads. They can fix their own serving and put whatever they like in it. I will have to keep this idea in mind.

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