Russian Kale & Roasted Squash Noodles
Change is afoot folks. Not only have we officially welcomed in British Summertime but it looks like we'll be spending those impending sunny months in what is quite possibly the prettiest village in the UK, let alone Cornwall... Dylan Thomas thought so too so who am I to argue?! Tucked away at the far end of the county with some narrow coastal roads as its only access you will find Mousehole (pronounced 'Mowzel') - a quaint miniature town that is as picture postcard as you'll get. It's not a done deal just yet but fingers crossed by the beginning of May we will be setting up shop in the most adorable house with a terrace, balcony and sea views from the master bedroom. Pinch me 'cause I think I might be dreaming.
Whilst there are dozens of reasons why I'm excited to be headed back to the Penzance area, one of the main draws (apart from being nearer friends and family) will be the light. It might be a tad extreme to say I'm suffering from SAD but the distinct lack of light in our current abode has really gotten to me these past few months - probably exasperated by the fact I know virtually no-one here but I think a lot of it is definitely down to these cramped quarters we are living in too. We are so tucked away and surrounded by other buildings at present, it can be difficult to read the weather even when we're looking out the window.
Of course, this lack of light has really impacted my food photos too, and although I have tried to embrace the moody style they seem to be exuding, it is so frustrating being limited in this way. Annoyingly, there is one very small area which is suitable for snaps and trust me, I have tried every other inch of our living space to see if somewhere else might work and it just doesn't, ugh. So, not only is the light (of lack thereof) situation affecting my happiness it is also kinda cramping my blogging style too. I'm all about bright, open spaces with tons of natural light flooding in and instead we've ended up with a darkened cell that is overlooked from every angle - not a good look and quite frankly depressing as hell.
Luckily for us, our new place has HUGE windows with tons of natural light but still manages to remain very private - I'm already planning the BBQ's. Okay, so I'm probably viewing it with some mega Jackie O-esque rose tinted glasses at present but allow me these initial weeks of delight (squee!) before something inevitably happens to rain on our parade. Glass half full girl? Moi? Never.
what you'll need
1/3 medium butternut squash
large handful of Russian kale (or other greens)
1 garlic clove
1 thumbsized piece of ginger
2 portions udon noodles
what you'll do
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius/350 fahrenheit. Bring a large pan of water to the boil.
Cube the squash and bake in the oven with a little sunflower and salt for 30mins or until soft.
Halve the leek and finely slice. Heat a little sunflower oil in a pan and lightly fry the leek until soft.
Mince the garlic and ginger together and add to pan. Fry for a few minutes before adding the kale.
Wash and slice the kale, disposing of any hard stalks, and add to pan. Season with a pinch of gomasio, splash of sesame oil, soy sauce and sushi vinegar. Cook until it begins to wilt.
Cook the noodles according to the packet, reserve a little liquid, drain (and rinse if desired) and add to pan along with the cooked butternut squash. Gently combine, adding some reserved cooking liquid if necessary.
Season with soya sauce and serve. Finish with a final sprinkling of gomasio - I am currently obsessed with this stuff.