In this week’s Foodie Friday Guest Spot, we’re drooling over Spinach Soba Noodles, a baby-friendly recipe adapted by the lovely Nomita, founder of gorgeous baby style blog Ebabeelikes. Savour Nomita’s post and scroll down to find out more about this stylish mama:
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This is a Nigella Lawson recipe that I love for kiddies and adults too. Being the sneaky mummy that I am, I try not to waste any opportunity to get some dreaded veggies in to the bambino.
This dish has turned out to be the best incognito carrier of spinach, I kid you not! The spinach isn’t part of Ms Lawsons original recipe but it is very much a part of my adaptation. I’ve also adapted the dressing quantities a bit to suit my taste.
So, what do you need?
250g soba noodles
50g sesame seeds
2 large handfuls spinach chopped (I prefer to use baby spinach)
5 teaspoons soy sauce
1-2 teaspoons honey
1-2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 spring onions finely chopped (optional)
Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan over a high heat until they are nice and golden. Tip them in to a bowl.
Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet. When there’s about a minute left chuck in the chopped spinach. Drain and immediately run lots of cold water on them. This just prevents them from sticking.
Mix the dressing ingredients: soy, honey, rice vinegar and sesame oil
I suggest you err on the side of caution with dressing ingredients and keep tasting as you mix them up together. You can always add more of whatever you think it needs. If you like it sweeter add a bit more honey but if sharp floats your boat be a bit more generous with the vinegar.
Pour the dressing over the spinach clad noodles and give it a good mix. Sprinkle over the chopped spring onions if using. And finally sprinkle over the sesame seeds.
With the sesame seeds, I’ve found that giving it to the bambino in a little bowl on the side adds even more appeal to the dish. She just loves sprinkling them on the noodles herself.
This is really a meal in itself and a very yummy one but if you fancy more, a piece of grilled salmon is a tasty companion.
Try this and you’re sure to have your very own mini popeye!
About Nomita (pictured with daughter Anya)
‘I’ve always been drawn to beautiful things and great design. After having a baby a whole new world of children’s design opened up to me. I was particularly keen on creativity, ideas and inspiration that would appeal to kids and adults too. One fine day I started writing about it and ebabee likes was born almost on a whim. Now it’s become my other baby!’
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