How a Med Student Spends a Day Off (Rachael Ray’s Sesame Soba)

Every Friday, a group of women writers is blogging their way through 50 Women Game-Changers of Food – find more information here. Here’s who’s joining this week.

Mary – One Perfect Bite
Val – 
More Than Burnt Toast  
Joanne – Eats Well With Others
Taryn – Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan – The Spice Garden
Heather – girlichef
Miranda – Mangoes and Chutney
Jeanette – Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Katie – Making Michael Pollan Proud
Kathleen – Bake Away with Me
Amy – Beloved Green 

Thursday night, I got off from the hospital at midnight. Eighteen hours is a pretty long shift and all I wanted to do was fall into bed and sleep for the next day. When I called my family on my way home, after telling me that he was eating a fudgsicle, causing me to go into a two-day-long-fudgiscle-craving-that-has-yet-to-end, Dad said, “Oh, tomorrow’s Friday. You have to cook!” In my sleep addled brain, I could not figure out why Friday=cooking to him. I mean, I knew my fridge was empty, but how did Dad, who was all the way across the country, know that? Is he stalking me? Does he have nanny-cams? Did I tell him I was completely out of food? Is Friday somehow associated with food in our family? Was it some weird holiday I was not aware of? Had I made plans that I had completely forgotten?
Haha. Oops, my bad. Thanks for reminding that I was supposed to cook for 50 Women on Friday, Dad. Can I claim sleep deprivation? 
So this is what Friday looked like:
1am – go to bed
8am – wake up, glare at the clock, through on clothes
9am – move some boxes of donated medical textbooks I am shipping to Yemen. Friend who helps says “Couldn’t you have picked a lighter cause to champion than books? Maybe pillows.” 
10am – shower, then fall asleep on bed
11:30am – wake up, run errands, head to Union Square
2pm – lunch at Republic, which is possibly the loudest restaurant in the history of mankind. 
3pm – browse the farmer’s market, find nothing (!) to buy
4pm – Harry Potter 7.2, because I’m way behind the times
7pm – grocery store
8pm – make these noodles. Have my Chinese roommate tell me that the sauce is innovative. Unsure of what to make of this comment. 
9pm – study. 
midnight – go to bed
(Saturday) 5am – hey, T, wake up. You have to go to the hospital and work until Sunday! Good thing you have soba to take with you and eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 am meal, whatever that is called. 
I really like the ginger-soy-vinegar flavor of this sauce, which is interesting and lively, but not too strong. It compliments the nutty flavor of the soba well, and ginger and carrots are always a good pair. I also really like the edamame in this – good texture and flavor contrast, and since I’m going to be eating this for the next twenty-four hours, good protein. 
I left off the sesame seeds since I’m going to be keeping this in the fridge for a little while, ditto on the scallions. Other than that, no changes!
Sesame Soba

Adapted from Rachael Ray

Serves 4. Allow 40 minutes. 

12 ounces buckwheat soba, gluten free
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce, gluten free
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 large cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup cooked shelled edamame
2 large carrots, coarsely grated
1 small bunch scallions, chopped (optional)
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)

1) Bring a pot of water to the boil. Cook the soba for 4-5 minutes or according to your package directions until al dente.
2) Drain and rinse with cool water.
3) In a bowl large enough to hold all the noodles and vegetables, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and garlic until well combined. Whisk in the olive oil.
4) Toss the noodles and vegetables in sauce and top with the scallions and sesame seeds, if using.

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9 Responses to How a Med Student Spends a Day Off (Rachael Ray’s Sesame Soba)

  1. Deborah says:

    What a schedule!! Good thing you had these noodles for leftovers. I think I'd really love this dish. I'd love to have you come link up to my Saturdays with Rachael Ray!

  2. girlichef says:

    Mmmm…this sauce does sound tasty…and innovative ;P ha ha ha ha.. Don't days off go by just too fast?

  3. Katie says:

    Oh, that sounds delicious. The perfect meal for a busy day!

  4. Miranda says:

    That does sound like a very good dish. I'm glad you had leftovers though to take with you for your busy weekend!

  5. Okay, now I feel guilty for not making my post on time Friday! LOL I love Asian-themed noodle dishes and will be adding this one to the list very soon!

  6. With a schedule like that, I am so impressed you were able to cook up something that delish. My best friend is in med school right now, I bow down to the both of you!

  7. I would not want your life. :-PYou had me at "gluten free."

  8. Jeanette says:

    I can't believe you had time to make this with your hectic schedule! At least you have something good to eat for the next 24 hours!

  9. Joanne says:

    Oy. I have to say, I am NOT sorry that I get a few years off before having to go through this. If you ever need a meal, my kitchen is always open and my fridge is always full!These soba look so good…love that sauce!

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