Friday, May 20, 2011

One of Those WTF Recipes

I have a morbid curiousity when it comes to food.

If it sounds disgusting, I have to try it. (Hence my attempt at cinnamon spaghetti and the hajiki seaweed delightfulness).

So when I saw a recipe in Vegan A Go-Go! that looked like someone literally threw a bunch of leftover pantry items into a pan and made some weird crap, I had to try it.

Matthew's Spicy Tomato, Peanut, and Kale Pasta Pg 97

To make the pasta sauce, you will mix tomato juice, peanut butter, chopped kale, and an asian chili garlic sauce.

Disgusting, right?! Why would ANYONE mix these things together?

So here I freaking go.

Chop up your kale!

Also, if you're wondering what that white thing is on my hand, it's this really fuckin' cool ring I got from my friend Emily, who has a vegan ceramic jewelry shop at I feel like her personal advertiser, because I'm always telling people about her shop, but I DON'T FUCKING CARE BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME.

First you cook the tomato juice and kale in a large pan over medium-high heat. You want your kale to be nice and tender!

Then, you're gonna mix in the peanut butter...

And then the chili-garlic sauce!

So while all this is going on, you're also going to be cooking your choice of pasta. If you don't know how to cook pasta, I'm not telling you. Because you should know that. So if you don't know how, please slap yourself in the face and then go consult a basic cooking book.

When it's all done, slap your sauce over the noodles and prepare for a feast!


The sauce will taste kind of like an Asian peanut sauce. But not. The tomato juice base really balances out the spiciness of the chili-garlic sauce and the sweetness of the peanut butter, creating a conglomeration of god-knows-what with bits of delicious, tender kale. It will inspire your taste palatte and fill your tummy.


Ease of preparation: 5/5
Chop, cook, mix! That's all there is to it!

Deliciousness: 3/5
Tastes like a decent pasta dinner. It didn't knock my socks off, though. I guess the fact that the ingredients should create a vomit-tasting pile of slosh and then they don't should be super impressive (and it definitely is) but it doesn't make this dish AMAZING. Just kinda good. Anyways, it's super easy and it's really filling so it's a good recipe to have on file for a hectic night.

Prettiness: 2/5
I rarely find bright orange sauces to be appetizing, but that could just be my personal preference. Regardless, I'm writing this blog, so the ratings will be how I want them, bitches!



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