|Back row: Daughters in law Lucy, Jane, Pat and Margaret. Front row: matriarch Dorothy and her niece|
Sadly though this year we lost one of family, a feisty, lively gardener/lawyer/mother/daughter-in-law named Margaret. The happy part of the story is that she left a lovely daughter and a brand-new grandson behind to carry on her legacy. And today I'd like to toast her by sharing with you one of her standby recipes. She loved parties and would often serve these noodles as part of a buffet.
As you can see by the photo of my copy (in Margaret's handwriting,) the recipe is well loved.
Margaret's sesame noodles
Cook a pound of good quality spaghetti noodles as directed on the package. Rinse the noodles and drain well. In a pretty bowl, toss them with 3 tablespoons sesame oil, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons cider vinegar. This can be done ahead and set aside at room temperature.
For the sauce, place 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons sesame paste, 3 tablespoons dry sherry, 1 tablespoon hot oil, 1 teaspoon hoison sauce, and one and a half teaspoons chopped ginger root into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse these together until smooth. Taste for flavorings, and add sugar if desired (1 to 2 teaspoons.)
Serve the sauce along side the noodles, which should be garnished with chopped scallions and cucumbers.
Hope you enjoy the noodles! The family will also enjoy remembering Margaret's joie de vivre, including her regular parting words to her husband as they would leave a dinner party, when the rest of us wanted only to crawl off to bed:
"Where are you taking me next?"
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