Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Spring Onions, Chives and Awards

14 May

I’ll start by saying a big thank you to Kimberli at Kimberli’s Kitchen for passing a Versatile Blogger award onto me. Go and check out her blog, she makes lovely cookies!

The rules of these things are that :

  1. You must thank the person who awarded you by linking back to their post (check)
  2. You have to list 7 interesting things about yourself  (Seven! Oh dear) 
  3. You have to pass the award on to 15 other new or newly discovered blogs. (That’s the easy part)

The following blogs are new (or new-ish) to me and I find them all inspiring in different ways…

Journeys of Your Life. Andrew is living the dream and doing his round the world trip in style. Stops in New York, Peru, Thailand, Bali, India and more. Jealous much?!

A Meandering Mango Bhavani takes some of the most beautiful pictures of food I have seen. I want to be that good!

Pearl & Pine Sarah has an understated and beautiful blog. Her food is simple and elegant. I love her photos of Seattle it makes me want to live there even though it seems to rain all the time!

The Culinary Taste Rita lives in Tuscany with her husband and little boy Lapo. She makes simple, seasonal Italian inspired food and she has just written a children’s book for her son’s first birthday.

Beloved Green Clarkie makes delicious food that you want to eat. Her step by step photos are always gorgeous and she has a soft spot for beautifully designed things.

Two Tarts Sarah are Dulcie are two friends who like to cook and make things from scratch. They show you how to make things like ricotta and mascarpone and then give you a list of gorgeous recipes to make with them. They also post full menus for entertaining which is really brilliant.

Chocolate Chilli Mango As the name suggests, Viviane is obsessed with chocolate and uses her Italian genes to come up with some beautifully delicious sweet things that may have an exotic Aussie twist!

KO Rasoi Sanjana makes the most mouth-watering Indian vegetarian food out there and photographs it beautifully.

Alexa Marsden Alexa is an artist and photographer who also has a  beautiful vegetarian/vegan food blog. Some people can just be too talented you know!

Sweet Caroline’s Cooking Caroline is, as the name suggests, very sweet. Her happy, smiling face greets you when you arrive at her blog and you immediately feel at home. Home cooked beautiful food at it’s best. Margarita cupcakes, need I say more!

Mission Delectable Kirsten lives in San Francisco and I love every delicious recipe she posts. Her photos are light and beautiful, and her dog is just gorgeous!

Moderate Oven Dani makes healthy, seasonal dishes for her family using local produce and has a beautiful vegetable garden to pick from too. So jealous!

A little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock n’ Roll Mama J muses on food, family, music and life. Her vegetarian food is always what I want to eat right now. She also takes beautiful pictures of flowers!

Rufus’ Food & Spirit Guide Rufus is not a spirit guide in the yogic sense (as I thought when I first read it!). What he does do is make interesting, eclectic recipes and amazing cocktails. I love that combination!

The Taste Space  Janet/Saveur posts delicious vegetarian recipes with a definite world flavour. Think Middle Eastern, Asian and Mexican with a whole lot more thrown in. My idea of heaven! 

Okay so that’s my 15 new- ish finds. I really hope you check them out and have a good look round. You won’t regret it and if you feel like leaving a comment don’t forget to say who sent you…..

So back to the recipe while I struggle to find SEVEN interesting things to share about myself….

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat so they are gluten-free. They are also delicious. They have a nutty whole-wheat flavour which goes perfectly with the sesame oil. You can serve them hot in a stir fry or noodle broth but I actually prefer them cold which is how the Japanese serve them. Something about the cold bringing out the flavours and textures I think. They are also extremely more- ish (not Moorish). You can definitely eat a large bowl by yourself, no problem. Which is fine because they’re good for you.

This is our little chive plant which is growing on our roof terrace. It’s beautiful purple flowers make it stand out from the rest of the herbs so I wanted to do a recipe using chives as a main ingredient. This is a Nigella recipe that I make quite often, I just added the chives, it’s delicious…

Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Spring Onions & Chives

serves 1, vegan, gluten-free. Adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe

  • about 100 gr soba noodles (about 200 gr cooked)
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar (or sherry vinegar)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • a bunch of chives, finely chopped
  • 25 gr (or more) sesame seeds, toasted

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan over a medium heat until golden brown, and tip them into a bowl. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add some salt. Put in the soba noodles and cook them for about 6 -8 minutes (or according to packet instructions) until they are just tender. Have a bowl of iced water waiting to plunge them into after draining.

In the bowl you are going to serve the noodles in, whisk together the vinegar, rice wine, soy sauce, honey and sesame oil. Then add most of the spring onions and chives into the bowl with the cooled, drained noodles and mix together thoroughly before adding most of the sesame seeds and tossing again.

Leave the sesame noodles for about half an hour to let the flavours develop if physically possible.  If not, serve straight away garnished with the remaining, spring onions, chives and sesame seeds.

Okay so here we go: Seven “Interesting” Facts you may not know about me……

  1. I’ve been a vegetarian for 25 years (that’s scary)
  2. When I was 13 I saw an episode of the TV show MASH where they had a pet lamb. By the end of the show they had to eat it. I never ate meat again.
  3. I developed breast cancer 2 years ago aged 36. I’ve just finished my treatment which was 6 months of chemo & lapatinib (a clinical trial) followed by an operation to remove the tumor. Then 6 weeks of radiotherapy and then a year of Herceptin.
  4. I now feel better than ever and attribute my swift recovery to a combination of conventional treatment, healthy diet (during treatment I stopped eating dairy (cow) products and all sugars, including fruit), reiki sessions and some alternative medicines such as Salvestrol, LDN and Melatonin. Salvestrol and LDN I will continue to take for the rest of my life.
  5. We used to own a restaurant where I designed the menus but I never went in the kitchen, except to make tea.
  6. None of my friends and family can believe that I now cook because from the age of 18 I lived on a diet that consisted of Marks & Spencer’s mashed potato and hummus, and I NEVER cooked!
  7. My ambition is to publish a vegetarian/vegan cookbook that will be a  vegetarian culinary journey around the world.



28 Responses to “Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Spring Onions, Chives and Awards”

  1. Andrew Forbes May 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Beautifully presented!
    Thanks for the shout out on your blog!

  2. Adora's Box May 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Love soba noodles. They are just so pretty and tasty, too. Nice recipe, simple but good flavours. Stunning photos.

  3. Susan May 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Your pictures today are just beautiful. That salad looks like it could be plucked from the screen with some chopsticks! Delish!

  4. thefooddoctor May 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Thank you for the referal to all those wonderful blogs
    looking forward to checking them out..
    your pictures are just beautiful!

  5. Chad @ thebreakupnote May 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful – I will def. be saving and making this recipe.

  6. sarah May 15, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    I love soba noodles…and spring onions…and Nigella…and your blog! Lovely photos and great post- I’m just terrible with the rules of these awards but your list is so inspiring I just might do it!

  7. Ami May 15, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    hi Natali,

    Lovly post, I just love the way you grow these herbs in your roof top and I like the surrounding you guyz live. Sorry to hear about Big C, I like your spirit, keep going, You’re gonna be great and of course your cook book will rock the world!

    Lots of good wishes for your success from Ami

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide May 15, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    I am too a spirit guide in the yogic sense! Ha, OK I’m not fooling anyone there. I can’t wait to check out your list. Thanks for including me! I do love Caroline’s blog. And Rita is always great. She makes me so jealous… “oh this would be fantastic with my 30-year-old balsamic from my neighbor.” (Slight exaggeration.) Well I’m off to do a vinyasa sequence. Namaste.

  9. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide May 15, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Oh and that recipe looks wonderful. Great photos.

  10. This looks delicious! I’ve got the Nigella book with a similar recipe and have been meaning to make it for a long time so you’ve just inspired me to do it (or make your version!!) Was great to read the 7 things about you – I love your positivity, it’s an inspiration to all. Stay healthy and happy : )

  11. bhavani@ameanderingmango May 15, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Wow! What a lovely post and thanks so much for the sweet words and shout out 🙂
    It’s inspiring to hear about what you’ve been through, your strength through it all and the changes you’ve made for your health. Keep up the great blogging!
    (and I love Nigella inspired recipes – it looks delicious!)

  12. Maris(In Good Taste) May 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    This looks absolutely fabulous! Your photos are simply beautiful!

  13. Mama J May 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Thank you so much, I’m honored! I can’t wait to check out all the other sites mentioned above!

  14. tony ward May 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    This one MUST taste as good as it looks, great pic’s.
    Think we’ll have to give this one a try too.
    You actually have 107 great things about you princess……….now where do I begin ?? x

  15. thewonderingchef May 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    This looks just delicious 🙂 soba noodles and chives, just love them 🙂

  16. Caroline May 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    You are awesome!!! Thank you so much for including me on your blog–I will definitely re-post the award when I post something tomorrow. 🙂 You are way too sweet. Also, thank you for sharing about yourself. You are truly an inspiration. As always, this food looks spectacular and beautifully photographed. And Rufus, I LOVE your blog as well–read it every day!

  17. Rita May 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Thank you SO MUCH for awarding me: I am sooooo honored and flattered!!!
    Two more things to say:
    1) Those onions look amazing!!! I want to grow some myself too!!!!
    2) I didn’t know about your cancer: I’m so sorry, but I’m really glad you feel better now. Really happy for you!! When reading a blog, we usually see the best part of it: we never stop and think that behind a beautiful picture or a nice post, there are people with life and problems, joys and pains. I say it again: I’m so happy you feel better! And I do hope you can publish your vegetarian/vegan book.
    Lots of love!

  18. Mission Delectable May 16, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    Natalie: thank you so very much for including my little blog!! I’m honored. 🙂

    These noodles look delicious. I have a similar recipe that I’m actually making tonight. They’re absurdly yummy. I usually just use scallions, but really like the idea of adding chives as well. I’ll give it a try tonight!

    I’m in awe that you’re a cancer survivor. And am so glad that you’ve had a swift recovery. I look forward to the day when you publish your cookbook! I’m sure that, like your blog, it will be filled with beautiful pictures and delicious recipes.

  19. happywhennothungry May 16, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    This dish looks fabulous! I love soba noodles, so will definitely have to try this. Your photos are beautiful. Congrats on the award too!

  20. tiffany May 16, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    Awesome fun facts! And lovely dish! And … beautiful pictures!

  21. Tes May 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    I will definitely try this recipe 🙂 It sounds so fresh and delicious 🙂 I love these beautiful chive flowers 🙂

  22. fooddreamer May 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    This salad looks so wonderful and flavourful. And congrats on your award, much deserved!

  23. Dani May 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Thanks so much, Natalie! I can’t wait to look through the list of blogs, but it will have to wait until I’m home from an upcoming trip. Looking forward to it… and I really love that chive photo. Beautiful.

  24. Sarah May 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning Two Tarts – made my day. 🙂 Fun to learn more about you via fun facts, too. Vegetarian for 25 years – awesome! And congrats on completing your breast cancer treatment!


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