i'm starving - spicy asian slaw*

spicy asian slaw salad

i was sitting around the other day starving for a crunchy salad.  i went on-line and found 2 or 3 different recipes that sounded good and that i had the basic ingredients for.  i combined the recipes and came up with this and now i'm addicted to it.  it is deeeeelish and good enough to serve to company.

i'm really watching my budget now because i want my house painted white and i need that awning too.  so this is how it goes...

4 c shredded cabbage (i used half red and green)
1 c shredded carrot
2 T chopped cilantro
1/2 c peanuts
1/2 c dried cranberries


in a medium sized mixing bowl wisk...

3 T peanut butter
 3 T rice wine vinegar
2 T agave syrup
1 T sesame seed oil (i honestly think you could get away w/using vegetable oil)
1 T soy sauce
1/2 - 1 t red pepper flakes - optional
1/2 t ground ginger - optional

and how about some fresh baked bread to go with...

  ever since meg from minimalist woman told me about this easy recipe i have been making my own.  this bread is so easy and it is delicious.  there are only 4 ingredients - flour, 1/4 t yeast, water and salt.   and no kneading.  all you need is time and since i have way more time than money, it's perfect for me.  it costs less than 50 cents a loaf to make. 

*no animals were harmed making these dishes

alex bought me this 70's silk blouse for mothers day and i thought i'd share it with you.

have a purty weekend


  1. I'm starving too! Thanks for the recipes and you and your new blouse look great.

  2. I just blogged about my favorite (red) cabbage plants this week so I think I will definitely try this recipe ~ it came along at the right time. Thanks for sharing....just looking at that photo is making me hungry!!!

  3. YUM!

    I make that bread all the time and variations of:

  4. Oh, that looks delish!! Love the blouse too. You always look great.

    P.S. I reposted with some new door colours. Please drop by and cast your vote. I wish I had a little (white) cottage like you.

    xo Terri

  5. Holy yumminess, does that ever look good. Love the blouse and glad to see a new post. I missed your absence! Blogger...eesh!

  6. thanks for the link love, dearest :)

    getting ready to make a nice crunchy salad for supper myself!

  7. Oh, those recipes look fabulous. I will have to try them both. Really, if a bread needs kneading, I won't even bother ;).

    Love the shirt and I have to agree with the white exterior. I do love your red home; but, thought about red for our future little place and felt that would be so restrictive. With white, you can do so many other things to bring in some color: flowers, throws, pillows, etc. Good choice. It will be wonderful and classy, just like you!


  8. LOVE the blouse! Pretty and fun! You look fantastic! And now yet another great recipe! Thank you Thank you. It's like Christmas time everytime I read the Gardener's Cottage--always such lovely gifts that you share. I would make that salad today, but I just put on a pot of veggie soup and used my only cabbage. It's a rainy day here-definitely not going out to the store, but I will soon. I don't know HOW to make bread, but Spicy Asian Slaw Salad...I can. :-) Thank you so much, Janet! -Suzanne in Illinois

  9. Hello, hello. so exciting to be back up and running.

    Yum on salad, want on blouse, happy to be alive.

    happy you're alive too.

    xo Jane

  10. Janet, you continue to look so chic, and you could pass for 35 easily. I am off to try the bread, I always worry about what they put into bought bread.

  11. Hello Janet:
    Well, cabbage [red or white] is a staple of the Hungarian diet but rarely does it look as appetizing as in your crunchy salad. East meets west, we think!

    Your vintage silk blouse looks wonderful. What an absolutely perfect gift. With the tie tied as a bow you could easily pass for Piaf...so very chic and French!!

  12. That salad looks delicious and healthy too. I'm going to try it.
    Also, can you post the recipe for the bread. It looks delicious too.
    Have a great weekend!

  13. I adore crunchy asian salads...
    I am very hungry just observing this image.

    I think I'll make this one sometime this week.

    I know some heritage homeowners around here who paint one side of their house at a time...
    you might start with the front and the awning and work your way around as you can afford the paint and have the time.

    It might sound quirky...just putting it out there Janet!

  14. yum!
    what are your tips for mixing and keeping organic peanut butter mixed?

  15. Spicy asian is my favorite food!!!! and the bread is something i would love to try, made from you of course.
    Lovely blouse and lovely Alex!!
    hugs my dear
    p.s. can´t wait to see your house in white

  16. belle - i included the link from the ny times no knead bread recipe.

    joan - well i actually pour off quite a bit of the oil and then mix it well with a knife and store it in the refrigerator.

  17. Delicious & beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Your slaw and bread looks wonderful. As does your mothers day blouse. Good taste runs in the family.

  19. Perfect timing! I just bought a gadget specifically for turning cabbage into slaw. I love slaw and now I have another recipe to add to my growing collection! Thanks Janet!

  20. I love asian salads. I'm so going to try this. I DO NOT attempt bread making. I can't even imagine doing that, but C is a very good with his kitchen aid and breads. I'll have to share your recipe and we'll give it a try!


  21. Your salad looks scrumch. Can't wait to try it.

    Your Alex has quite an eye. Doesn't look like '70s at all. And you're one hot mama.

  22. Janet,

    Even at 7am that salad looks delish! I'm also going to try making bread too....you're right that does take a lot of time, 14-20 hours. I have to try it...will let you know if I have as much success.

    You look gorgeous in your new/70's blouse. What a wonderful gift from your son.

    xo annie

  23. Chunky crunchy salads are the best! yummers



  24. Janet!

    Thanks for following along!!

  25. Love crunchy salads- looks so refreshing. And as usual, you look fabulous x

  26. Hi Janet. You should check out the cookbook that the NY Times article is from. "My Bread" by Jim Lahey. It is Fabulous! The pizza dough is the best (I sub-in whole wheat flour and a bit of cornmeal and oregano to mine). You'll never go back to TJ's dough after making your own. Friday nights are now homemade pizza nights at our house and hubby won't even touch pre-made pizza now.

  27. hi martha, i will check it out. i only use tj's dough in an emergency. currently i use cpk's dough recipe but i will check this out, thanks.

  28. I love this kind of salad. I really don't like peanut butter very much but am a freak for any kind of food that includes peanut butter in the sauce. I started mixing up this kind of sauce to put over my chinese vegetable medley when at the house. So good. You always share the best food.

  29. Delish! I make a similar salad with TJ's chile-lime peanuts for an extra kick.

  30. The Asian Spicy Slaw looks scrumptious! Got to make for me and the hubby!

    Thanks so much for posting - love all your photos-idyllic place you have!


  31. Pretty blouse and love the basket tote purse!


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