growing up I talked to myself a lot… due to the fact that I was  a middle child, only girl, awkward socially and had a vivid imagination…

it began with Cabbage Patch dolls… then straight into Barbies… I kept my Barbies in a closet in my room, fully dedicated to them, and as soon as I would get home from school I’d go to my room, lock myself in it, open the closet door and enter my made up world that was far superior to what was going on in grade 4 at school…

beginning of grade 5 I sold every Barbie… I had over 50 of them… in a desperate attempt to make myself cooler and more involved in reality than my fantasy world…

but it is almost like an addict… where you quit some vice only to replace it with another…  and for me it was a fake boyfriend I made up…  long distance of course…  we wrote each other a lot…  I’d write him, then write to myself from him…  Brian… he was quite the catch… I eventually broke it off with him because it was just getting too weird…

grade 6 involved me setting up an ‘office’ and going there after school every day to keep my fake company going…  I would even dress up in my Aunt Linda’s old power suits to head to my ‘work’…

then along came my obsession with turning black…  yes, my skin colour… my mother had told me there were no limits when it came to prayer… so I would pray every night that my skin would turn black so I could eventually play for North Carolina in their basketball program… and I’d wake every morning and look at my hands to see if it worked…  and they were still white… borderline too white…

as teenage years came I was able to stifle the urge to imagine and create my own little worlds… although there was the time in grade 8 where I would put makeup on in the morning listening to the Green Day and talk to myself in the mirror and pretend to be a groupie…

 

this is why I can’t ever be too judgemental of my kids… because I was about as weird as it gets growing up so nothing they can do would shock or disappoint me…

now in my thirties, the imagination is not quite as vivid and the talking to myself has significantly lowered… it is reserved mostly for the dogs and cats now…  but the dogs in particular I believe understand what I’m saying…  and if the cats do they’ll never give you the satisfaction…

which brings me to a Thursday night last week…  it is the night I love to cook because it is the only night out of the entire week generally where we have no hockey…

so I cooked this ode to Wok Box meal… had Brandon my oldest come set the kitchen up like we were at a Wok Box… take orders… and then put the order sheet up for me to fill…

he asked ‘what protein do you want?’ … Ethan said ‘beef’ and Brandon wrote down chicken…  what sauce?  ‘teriyaki’ and Brandon wrote down peanut sauce…  our options were slightly limited…

 

recently, at a pilates class, I even tried to pretend like I was the instructor…  I tried to count and crunch at the same time… I have no idea how she does it…  I ran out of breath…  and this is why I always place myself at the back of the class…

  

you can cook this meal without pretending you are running a wok box… but I don’t know why you would…

 

chicken and rice noodles with peanut sauce and slaw

Ingredients:

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 5 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Chicken:

  • 1 kg chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • sesame oil

Slaw:

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped diagonally
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1 bunch radishes, sliced into matchsticks

Noodles:

  • 400 g rice sticks (or rice noodles), cooked to package directions

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup chopped, unsalted peanuts
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Peanut Sauce:

  • in a small saucepan, combine ingredients and cook on medium/high heat for 10 minutes

Chicken:

  • in a large bowl, combine ingredients
  • pour sesame oil into a large saucepan or wok
  • cook on high heat in two batches

Slaw:

  • combine ingredients for slaw and set aside

Noodles:

  • follow package instructions
  • bring a large pot of water to boil and turn off heat
  • place noodles in, stirring and cook for 5-8 minutes until soft
  • strain and serve