Friday, August 27, 2010
Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: Peanut Coleslaw with Lime and Cilantro from Gluten Free Goddess
I have a million things to do before I leave for a trip tomorrow to Bald Head Island, North Carolina, but I was really inspired to participate in GlutenFreeEasily's Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger for August. Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger was started by Sea at Book of Yum a few years ago and I am thrilled to participate for the first time in this event.
I am adopting Karina at Gluten Free Goddess whose poetic blog inspires me to continue to cook and write in the hopes that I will one day have a blog as fantastic as hers.
Because my refrigerator broke last week, I was searching for a recipe that wouldn't require refrigeration and I stumbled upon Karina's list of Gluten-Free Picnic Recipes that sounded like the right direction given that my fridge was 80 degrees. The Coleslaw Recipe with Peanut Dressing sounded like it would do well at room temperature and I love, love, love Asian inspired food. I had some peanut butter on hand and it seemed like a recipe that needed minimal ingredients so I wouldn't have to buy to many items--which also was appealing given how empty my fridge was. I refrained from buying the red cabbage because of I was leaving the next day and I had no fridge. I know you aren't supposed to alter the recipe but I am hoping that they will forgive me for this slight adaptation. I also chopped up the entire bunch of cilantro. Usually I carefully pick off the leaves, which is kind of a time consuming process. But, because I was in a rush, I used the whole bunch and discovered that you actually don't really need to pick the leaves of the stems.
Chopping the coleslaw reminded me of when I used to have to chop cabbage at Le Bernardin years ago. When I first starting working there I would tell people I was a professional chopper because so much of my job, at times, involved chopping this or that perfectly. The peanut sauce in the coleslaw recipe is both delicious and simple and could be used as a dip or on noodles.
Please check out the original Coleslaw with Peanut Sauce recipe as well as all Karina's wonderful recipes and photographs on Gluten Free Goddess. Karina's post on How To Go G-Free is also an amazing overview of foods that are gluten free. And if you want to participate in the Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger for August visit Gluten Free Easily and sign up.