cabbage, spinach and tofu on noodles with peanut sauce plus butter tart squares

I lost computer access for a little while, thinking my lovely computer was a dud, it had been to the apple shop going through diagnostic tests and turning up fine. Phew! It took a bit of getting used to being computer-free, but I not only adjusted to my new lifestyle, I embraced it! I picked up and finished books (many in the same day), I went on exciting bike rides and met up with friends to play in the sunshine. I also did quite a bit of leafing through cookbooks and did quite a lot of cooking. Being computer-free was time well spent! Luckily, I didn’t miss any work or annoyed any clients by not being available and it was only when my picked up my computer on Monday afternoon, did a client ring up with a small job. Phew, again!

And because I’ve been away from the computer for so long, I’ll quit my yapping and post 2 yummy recipes right away.

Butter tarts seem to be a genuine Canadian invention. A mixture of eggs, sugar and raisins are baked into individual tarts and the result is similar to a pecan pie, but decidedly different. I love butter tarts and I still have yet to get over my fear of making pie dough, so I went a different route and opted to make a still very Canadian butter tart bar. Interested to know more about the butter tart? Listen to the CBC on what makes a great butter tart.

11 comments to “cabbage, spinach and tofu on noodles with peanut sauce plus butter tart squares”

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    SusanV   March 29, 2006 at 11:25 am

    I love noodles with peanut sauce. I may have to give your version a try!

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    Heather   March 29, 2006 at 11:58 am

    I just finished eating a butter tart…not homemade…you’ve inspired me to give my Nana’s recipe a go (I’ve been afraid of the recipe not turning out exactly like hers always did) and see what happens!

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    Amy   March 29, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    Glad you’re back! I finally made your Mexican fish and bean salad a couple days ago. Delicious!

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    kickpleat   March 29, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    Susan, thanks for stopping by! This turned out to be a pretty good peanut sauce and quite a bit different from the usual one I make with coconut milk.

    Heather, you should totally give your Nana’s recipe a go! It’s like a legacy, really.

    Thanks so much, Amy! I’m glad the salad worked out 🙂

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    Lena   March 30, 2006 at 10:36 am

    just found your site via oh joy! and i love it!!


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    kickpleat   March 30, 2006 at 11:08 am

    Thanks Lena! I love your site too and have just added you to my blogroll.

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    Erin Eats   March 30, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    Ohhh, you said peanut sauce. Damn, this looks good.

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    Tania   March 30, 2006 at 11:31 am

    I was wondering where you’ve been … Glad to read your posts again, but two killer recipes in the same post? O, it’s too much! They both look wonderful!

    I share your pie crust phobia. I’ve been meaning to make an edible crust one of these days, but am too scared to open the box of shortening. I’ve made enough rock-hard dough frisbees for an entire ultimate team!

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    kickpleat   March 31, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    Tania, I don’t know what it is with pie crusts! I feel like if I had a food processor, it’d be a snap…but then again, grandmas around the world made excellent pie crusts without the luxuries of food processors. I guess I’ll just have to conquer my fear and do it!

    Thanks Erin, I also love peanut sauce! mmmmm 🙂

    Rorie, I can totally understand your cravings!

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    Rorie   March 31, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    My goodness! TWO amazing new recipes to try …. they both sound delicious, but I’m seriously craving noodles with peanut sauce after reading your post.

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    Heather   April 18, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    I am muddling through early pregnancy and nothing sounds good…except the food of childhood and as an expat Canadian, yep, Grandma’s butter tarts. I’m with you on not feeling like dealing with pie dough though, so your recipe is *exactly* what is needed.

    You are a goddess and a lifesaver 🙂

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