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House Hunting

May 17, 2011

When I mentioned to a friend that I was now beginning to house hunt, she seemed excited for me.

Umm…shoe shopping is exciting.

Having my friend Lisa come this weekend from Montreal is exciting.

Losing 5 lbs and fitting back into my jeans is exciting.

My girls getting an A is exciting.

House hunting. Not exciting.

This week I saw four homes.  Three of which I’d charge the seller money just to give me.  The other one….I just laughed, and then left.  Tomorrow I have two appointments and Wednesday five more.

Ugh.

With all this excitement ahead of me I figured I’d better make something that can be used all week.   Peanut sauce can go a long way and I still had some apricot, cashew paste leftover from last week.    Stir fries, satay, dips, wraps and dressings are all quick dishes that love a good peanut sauce.

Peanut Sauce (using cashews)

2 cloves garlic

1 inch piece of fresh ginger

1/4 cup ketchup

2 T Dijon mustard

1/4 cup apricot, cashew paste (or peanut butter)

1 t cumin

2 T brown sugar

1/4 cup shoyu (or soy sauce)

juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup water (or more for a thinner paste)

Add all ingredients to your blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Stir fries are super quick and healthy.  Add some leftover chicken or baked tofu along with peanut sauce.

I make peanut sauce different every time depending on ingredients available.  Here are some swaps you can do if you don’t have the above.

fresh garlic (1 tsp garlic powder)

fresh ginger (1 tsp ginger powder)

ketchup (sweet chili sauce)

Dijon (honey or yellow mustard or even 2 tsp mustard powder)

any nut butter can be used

cumin (coriander powder)

brown sugar (honey)

shoyu (tamari or soy sauce)

lemon (3 tbsp cider vinegar)

coconut (1/4 cup coconut milk but use less water)

water (stock or even white wine)

See how versatile this sauce is??   You’ll never buy bottled peanut sauce again :0)

Have you ever shopped for a home?  If so, did you enjoy it?  

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    May 17, 2011 11:46 am

    Mmmmmmmmmm, I can’t wait – save me some!!!!!!! I love your peanut sauce almost as much as I love you! Can’t wait to see you! We are all very excited!

  2. MOM permalink
    May 18, 2011 4:54 am

    Shopping for a house is fun. But its the nightmares after you sign the big Morgage. Now the bank owns you for the next 40 years.

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