Forever Nigella: Picnic Pleasure

Helen at Fuss Free Flavors is hosting this month’s Forever Nigella theme: Picnic Pleasure. I originally wanted to make a finger food dessert that would be easy to pack. But after consulting with my surgical oncologist friend (Codename: Candelabra), we changed direction when Candelabra surprisingly suggested Nigella’s sesame peanut noodles. (FYI, Candelabra is allergic to nuts!) She stated that the noodles sounded delicious even without the peanut butter, so we decided to make a peanut version and a peanut-free version!

My noodles coated with the peanut butter sauce

Candelabra's peanut butter-less noodles

I took the liberty and made this dish even speedier by using a bag of frozen “Asian stir fry” vegetables, which included sugar snap peas, bell pepper strips and water chestnuts. I also used chow mein noodles even though Nigella’s recipe calls for egg noodles. As you can see, Candelabra followed the instructions a lot better with all the tasty herbs in her dish. These noodles were pretty delicious. I can definitely imagine myself eating this noodle dish warm or cold at a picnic. If you want to join us next month for Forever Nigella, check out Sarah’s blog at Maison Cupcake for the rules! (Trust me, they’re easy and not that many!)

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ronda
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 19:28:00

    Oh…I love peanut noodles!

  2. Andi Winslow
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 19:31:24

    Looks delicious, today I made my first Nigella Lawson recipe. Doughnut French Toast and very tasty………………….andi

  3. ceciliag
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 19:54:42

    I love the one without the nuts, i am not allergic.. i just love that one better!!! yay c

  4. JamieAnne
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:13:26

    These look amazing! Yum!

  5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 21:48:27

    You do such a great job on challenges!

  6. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 22:29:21

    Looks fabulous, as always! I would go with the peanut-free version, but I think my husband would prefer the sauce.

  7. Anita Menon
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 00:12:10

    I would go for the peanut free version.

    you have great food all the time.

  8. Food,Photography & France
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 01:27:52

    I could go with a bowl of those noodles – nuts and all.

  9. Liz
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 06:19:40

    Oh, I love these Thai inspired noodles! So full of flavor and all those yummy flavors. My kind of picnic food🙂

  10. Louise
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 07:45:04

    Yes, yes, yes, this sounds delicious. I’ll take the peanut version, PLEASE!

  11. Elaine
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 07:55:21

    Both of your versions of the dish look so delicious! I like both of your presentations as well.

  12. kitchenbelleicious
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 08:46:51

    Yum! Peanut noodles are so delicious and fun to eat and make. I love this version and your pictures are awesome

  13. forgottenbeast
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 08:48:50

    Ooo-If she can’t do nuts, could you try that recipe with something like tahini? ‘Cause that sounds pretty darn good. Regardless, can’t go wrong with noodles and asian veggies.

  14. claire
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 09:03:57

    i am so impressed- every challange you make an unbelievable dish!

  15. Three-Cookies
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 09:32:39

    Satay noodles – interesting! And definitely looks delicious

  16. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 09:32:57

    I love these noodles, I remember when Nigella featured them on her TV show and I went out to buy Skippy peanut butter the next day especially!

    Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella – both of you!

  17. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 10:22:23

    Yuuuuummmm! This looks fantastic both ways. I can’t wait to try this…it’s been 113 here in Los Angeles and I am so ready for a cold noodle salad for dinner.

  18. foodfashionandflow
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 12:32:43

    Those noodles look so yummy! When can I come for lunch?

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

  19. Caroline
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 12:53:52

    Noodles coated in a peanut butter sauce are very, very dangerous for me. I’d eat the entire helping in one sitting!

  20. Reem | Simply Reem
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 16:45:37

    Yummm.. Peanut noodles are such a pleasure to eat. Yours look fabulous…

  21. Clarkie @ Beloved Green
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 16:48:52

    Great substitution, it looks amazing!

  22. rebecca
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 17:42:44

    oh I love this idea for a picnic

  23. Simply Life
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 18:24:53

    what a fun event!

  24. spicegirlfla
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 18:38:03

    I’ve made a similar dish for picnics and either with or without the “nuts” its a great tasting dish. It puts a whole new twist to serving a pasta salad at a picnic. Great idea for this upcoming weekend.

  25. peachkins
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 19:14:02

    your noodles looks really tasty!

  26. sara
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 21:47:28

    Lovely! These noodles look really yummy!🙂

  27. Cakelaw
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 23:32:41

    This sounds so good! And why shouldn’t it be – it’s a Nigella recipe. I lugged my Kitchen book out last night for the first time in ages. I must make something out of it soon.

  28. Laural @ Being Healthier
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 07:58:38

    I might have to join in all the fun! those noodles look fantastic nut or nut free versions alike!

  29. Peggy
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 09:28:08

    Both versions look super tasty!

  30. Tanvi
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 10:15:27

    The color of those peanut noodles looks so beautiful. Love your entries!

  31. Krissy
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 11:51:33

    Both versions look really delicious, however, I would go for the peanut butter sauce. Thanks for this idea…Hubby is really into peanut butter right now and also loves this type of food…so, guess what we are having for dinner?

  32. Beth
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 12:53:34

    This looks great, and I’d definitely go with the peanut butter version!

  33. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 14:35:42

    I love pb noodles and my girls would love this for dinner. yummy!!

  34. Miriam Barton
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 14:46:14

    Excellent idea! Love it! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  35. Kristin
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 16:49:55

    Peanut butter sauce??? Be still my heart!

  36. Candelabra
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 17:56:29

    First chance I had to read the post….

    I did use tahini to make this… because it was nutty in aroma and taste, it gave me the distinct feeling that I should should be having airway swelling and hives but, thankfully no such reaction.

    And I used rice noodles because I didn’t have the sort called for in the recipe.

    Definitely delicious and worth trying!

  37. sanya
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 00:51:00

    What a great picnic idea! I really like cold noodles and can try the nut-less version for the kids! Great work!

  38. Summer Rose
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 02:55:53

    Hey Yummy C ,hiiii!
    Well this months theme is cute , i sure need to catch up on Forever Nigella , dont i?
    Ur idea is fantastic and am so hungry jus looking at ur yummy pics!

  39. Kelly
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 07:54:07

    There’s something utterly scrumptious about sesame and peanut butter… just love this!

  40. Chaya
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 21:03:03

    This is my kind of food and I could eat a bowl of these, right now. I am not sure if I have made this recipe . If not, it needs to move to the top of the list.

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