• Though I am a very sophisticated gluten free diva, anyone who knows me well, knows that I have a silly streak a mile wide. Which is why, when I was awarded the Memetastic Award by two blogging friends (Carol and Tia), I couldn’t resist kicking my heels in glee, putting on my very best diva dress, and celebrating with the hubs. Oh, I’ve won other awards before. My husband and I have a wall full of very important and prestigious awards for our children’s music, and while we are VERY proud of those hard-earned awards, getting the Memetastic Award is just a whole other category of amazingness. Now, you’re probably wondering what the heck a Memetastic Award is, and I shall tell you, but not yet. First, let me tell you about our celebratory meal and then after I finish bragging about my gustatory prowess, I’ll tell you about the award I won, which is part of the reason I’m blogging tonight in the first place. I have a feeling you might want to try making the dish I’m about to share with you for your very own celebrations (or just for the heck of it). The Gluten Free Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles, that is. Oh, and if you or someone you cook for cannot eat peanuts, I bet you could make this dish with Almond Butter or Sunbutter, like my friend Carol from Simply….gluten free did in a recent post at her blog. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that one of the ways in which I show my love for the important people in my life is by cooking for them. My hubs loves, with a capitol L, peanut sauce. I always make a big batch of it (either this recipe or the one I’m sharing in today’s post) to either bring to our favorite Vietnamese Restaurant (for dipping their summer rolls into), or for a dish I make at home, one of our favorites, Gluten Free Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles. The great thing about this dish is that it is really adaptable. You can use whatever vegetables you have in the frig in place of the green and red cabbage, and you can add leftover chicken or grilled shrimp (a personal fave). We ate this before we went gluten free and continued to eat it after we went gluten free by making a few simple substitutions, gluten free pasta being the most obvious. The other thing I like about this recipe is that it’s kind of like two courses (salad and main course) in one. To your Gluten Free Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles dish, add veggies you might in put in a salad (for example, napa or green or red cabbage, scallions, broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, cucumber etc.) and voila, two, two, two mints in one. Speaking of mint, I bet that would be nice to add to this dish. Next time, I’ll have to try that. See what I mean? The sky’s the limit. One word of caution. Remember to avoid overcooking the noodles. If anything, cook them al dente. Otherwise, once you add the sauce to the noodles, they will get pasty and quite frankly, to use a sophisticated gluten free diva word, yucky. Gluten Free Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles click here for printable recipe 1 lb. gluten free spaghetti 4 tbsp sesame oil 1 lb. extra firm tofu, drained and pressed dry 1 – 2 tsp. grapeseed oil 1/2 c. peanut butter 5 tbsp wheat free tamari 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar 2 – 3 tbsp agave or sweetener of choice 3 cloves garlic 3 tsp ginger, minced 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper or 1 tbsp chili garlic paste 1 tbsp hot water 1/2 cup red cabbage, sliced thin 1/2 cup green cabbage, sliced thin 1 tsp grapeseed oil 1 cucumber, julienned 1 large carrot, julienned 2 scallions, sliced Cook the spaghetti until done, being very careful not to overcook. Drain and run cold water over noodles, raking your fingers through the noodles until they are no longer hot to the touch. Allow to continue draining in the colander. When fully drained, pour noodles into a bowl. Add 2 tbsp of the sesame oil, toss until coated, set aside. Slice the tofu into 1/2″ slices (you should have about 10 slices). Saute in 1 tsp. grapeseed oil until crisp on each side, flipping halfway through cooking. Remove from pan and cube. Set aside. To prepare the sesame peanut sauce, put the remaining 2 tbsp sesame oil, peanut butter, tamari, vinegar, agave, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper, and hot water into a food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside. Stir fry or steam the cabbage in 1 tsp grapeseed oil over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. To assemble the dish, add the tofu and cabbage to the noodles. Pour 1/2 cup of the peanut sauce over the noodles, tofu and cabbage, tossing to coat the noodles. Add more sauce, as desired. If necessary, before adding more sauce to the noodles, thin the sauce with additional hot water (only adding one tbsp at a time to the sauce). To serve, place on a plate. Top with julienned cucumber, carrot, and scallion. Drizzle additional sauce over the entire dish, to taste. Ok, drum roll please. Ladies and Gentleman, please put your hands together and give a warm welcome for The Gluten Free Diva, winner of the coveted Memetastic Award (loud applause, whistles, feet stamping). Emcee: Gluten Free Diva, please tell our audience how you reacted to receiving this award. GF Diva: I wept, tears of joy. Big crocodile tears. Ruin-my-makeup kind of tears. I’m not kidding. This is like, um, like a once-in-a-lifetime award and I’m just overwhelmed with the magnitude of it. I can barely speak. Emcee: Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge, someone who might’ve been instrumental in your winning this award? GF Diva: Oh yes, yes, yes. First, my husband. I can’t say enough about his support. He has contributed to my life in ways that go beyond the sphere of this blog. My lifetime partner, my musical partner, my soulmate, and the one who tells the truth when the meals I serve him are abominable travesties. It happens, I’m afraid to say. Before you write me off, please know that being a Gluten Free Diva takes a lot of work. Sometimes I make dishes that I don’t even tell you about. I’m sorry to have to use this really bad word – it is so unlike me to curse, being the Gluten Free Diva and all. But sometimes I make dishes that suck, I mean bigtime suck. And what does he do? My husband eats them. Even when they suck. Except for when he can’t. And that happens. That’s when suck doesn’t even come close. You won’t think less of me, will you? Emcee: Of course not. You are, after all, the Gluten Free Diva. Moving on, in addition to your husband, are they any others who you would like to thank? GF Diva: Oh, most certainly. I can’t forget my family and friends, my other loyal tastetesters. You, each of you, has a big place in my gluten free diva heart. Every time I look at this Memetastic Award, I will think of you and thank you for your bottomless love and support. I would not have made it this far without you. Emcee: Anyone else? GF Diva: Oh absolutely. To all of my subscribers. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Can I tell you the butterflies I get in my stomach when I get your comments, when I know that my recipes and stories make a difference in your lives? You all make it worth it. Emcee: In addition to celebrating with a meal of Gluten Free Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles, is there anything else you will do to celebrate? GF Diva: Oh yes, the celebrating will go on for at least a year, maybe more. We have plans, trust me, some of which include traveling to a remote island and resting (after all the phone calls and emails I’ve gotten as a result of this award, I NEED to just go somewhere to decompress). Oh, and before we leave, I will be interviewed by a really important and well-known magazine (please don’t ask, I’ve been sworn to secrecy, for at least the time being) that has been begging me for an interview. I finally had to relent. I mean, what’s a diva to do? Emcee: I understand that the award brings with it some responsibilities. Can you elaborate? GF Diva: Yes, it would be my pleasure to do so. You see, I must bestow this award on five other people who I hope will continue this tradition by bestowing it, each of them, on five others. And so on and so forth. Sort of like paying it forward. And also, there is one other thing. Something I’m not very good at, but for the integrity of this award, I will do. I have to lie. Big, nose-will-grow-very-long-like-Pinocchio lie. And not just once, but four times. I shudder, but lest I digress and lose my nerve, I have to tell you four whopping lies and one totally truthful statement. And I hope, dear readers, that you will leave me a comment, should you be willing, and I hope you will, guessing which one is the truth. Just because you can. The five people I choose are Stephanie of A Year of Slowcooking, Kim of Cook It Allergy Free, Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs, Brittany of Real Sustenance, and Elana of Elana’s Pantry. They are all much deserving of this award (sniff, sniff, dab my tears….). Here are the five factoids I want to share with you. Which one is real? And which ones are a bunch of malarkey? 1. I am a ghost writer for a very famous series of children’s books. 2. After five years of selling Mary Kay Cosmetics, I won a pink cadillac. 3. I once won the lottery and then had to relocate and assume a new name. 4. My second piano teacher was a Russian princess by marriage. 5. When I was 22, I bungee jumped off a bridge in Vermont. So, what do you think? Which one is accurate? And which four are complete fabrications? If you’ve read this far and are in the mood to totally crack up, go here. Jillsmo, the person who started this meme, is the mother of two beautiful boys and is far fucking out. OMG, there I go again, cursing. So unlike a Gluten Free Diva to do so, but I must tell you the total truth. Like JIllsmo, I have a toilet mouth. It’s one of the things that drew my husband to me. Thankfully, he still finds it attractive. If you only knew what a lucky diva I am. (P.S. Surprise, surprise! Hubs read my post this morning and was sort of surprised when he got to the “f” word I used in the second sentence of this paragraph, said it wasn’t becoming of a Gluten Free Diva, so I’ve crossed it out. Thank you, dear hubs!) Do come back, won’t you? I promise, I won’t curse again. Pinky swear.
    • Jill Sims

      OK I think number 5 is the truth and all the rest are lies

    • http://www.glutenfreecat.com Heather@GF Cat

      Your silly side is incredible! What a fun and thoroughly entertaining way to celebrate this award to the fullest! Congratulations, you OBVIOUSLY deserve it! Ha!

      And I'm going with #1.

      • Gluten Free Diva

        Thank you Heather. I had ALOT of fun writing the post!

    • http://dietdessertndogs.com Ricki

      Thanks so much for giving me this award! I am truly honored (especially since it was given by someone who owns a pink Cadillac–real OR imaginary!!) :D I am notoriously bad at completing memes, but I promise to try. . .just can't promise when it will get posted. ;)

    • Gluten Free Diva

      Whenever you can get it done will be great Ricki. I'd love to see whatcha come up with!

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    • http://www.alisacooks.com Alisa Fleming

      #4?

      And how did you know peanut noodles are one of my alltime favorite dishes?

      • Gluten Free Diva

        #4. Bingo. Not sure how I knew, but I did. Now that I know for sure, though, you'll have to come and visit!!!

    • Kathy

      by process of elimination, it has to be #1. I mean with your way with words (and voice of an angel) you must be a children's book artist! lol

      • Gluten Free Diva

        Um, no. But thank you for the lovely compliment! It was #4.

    • http://glutenfreeeasily.com Shirley @ gfe

      I'm guessing #5. It just seems like something you'd do and VT is in "your neck of the woods." ;-)

      Shirley

      • Gluten Free Diva

        Nope. It was #4. Bungee jumping and me would never happen in the same sentence:). Good try though Shirley!!!!

    • http://priyanka-cooking.blogspot.com/ Priyanka

      Lovely blogs and recipe… Also congrats :)

      • Gluten Free Diva

        Thanks Priyanka. And thanks for stopping by!

    • Sunshinegirljam

      I'm guessing #4… your 2nd piano teacher was a russian princess by marriage!
      Although, #1 sounds TOTALLY plausible!!
      I LOVE reading your blogs!! You crack me up… you potty-mouthed-delightfully-darling-dirty Diva, you!! :oD

      • Gluten Free Diva

        Bingo!

    • http://www.veganopolis852.blogspot.com Veganopolis852

      Congrats on the award, I just made your Spicy Peanut recipe for lunch tomorrow…can't wait! Smelled good, and sauce tasted good. Can't wait to try it altogether, hubby said he'll help me if there are any leftovers..hahahaha

      • Gluten Free Diva

        Leftovers? Were there any???:)

    • http://www.citylifeeats.com Valerie@CityLifeEats

      This post totally made me smile :)

      • Gluten Free Diva

        Hee hee. So glad Valerie!

    • Laurel

      Are you kidding? No. 3 and I have to admit the new identity is the most brilliant bit of subterfuge I've ever seen!

      • Gluten Free Diva

        Nope.

    • http://yeahgoodtimes.blogspot.com jillsmo

      I seem to have that effect on people; they immediately start cursing after they visit my blog. It's addicting. And fun!

      And those noodles look AWESOME

      • Gluten Free Diva

        But my dear, I didn't mind at all. It was kind of fun to let loose:).

    • http://stretchingmyimagination.wordpress.com Stretch Imagine

      Congrats on the award. What brand of sesame oil do you use? I'm not sure what brand would be GF.

      • Gluten Free Diva

        Trader Joe's. Or whatever I can find at the Asian supermarket. It adds such a lovely flavor to the dish, for sure!

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    • Jennifer

      I'm curious, for those of us with peanut allergies, as well as wheat and gluten allergies, can you use almond butter instead of peanut butter? It looks soooo delicious!

      • Gluten Free Diva

        I would imagine so. I use almond butter interchangeably with peanut butter all the time. Let me know if it works!

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