For my last adventure in the Moosewood Cookbook, I wanted to make a point to try another one of the international recipes in the book. This particular one said it was from Indonesia, a country I do not particularly know a lot about, but the recipe was mostly veggies with a peanut sauce base, and I have loved other peanut sauces from Vietnam, Thailand, etc. Plus, I love the idea of just more interesting salads that make me actually want to eat them.
I made this recipe for my dad and me, since I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy and my dad just found out that he is diabetic. He was having a hard time with the frustration of “great, now what do I eat?” so I decided to make something yummy that would be good for both of us. In fact, this ended up being the last meal that I ate before I went into labor the next morning so I felt like I was giving my daughter a good, healthy start coming into the world!
The peanut sauce:
The sauce cooking (I used my immersion blender again to make a smooth, creamy sauce that came out great!)
Assembling the salad:
The possible ingredient combinations (we didn´t use everything, but we had some great results–I HIGHLY recommend the addition of the Trader Joe´s chili-lime cashews on top!)
The bottom layer of veggies:
Pouring on the sauce:
Yummy toppings and final touches!
Education notes: Fostering lifelong learning is a goal for most teachers. I also try to encourage students not to take everything at face value and to do their own research. I kept that in mind while cooking this recipe–how authentic was it, anyway? I did a basic search and found out that the recipe (at least as I prepared it) was closer to karedok, a raw vegetable version of the dish. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gado-gado . While the Moosewood Cookbook version allows for more flexibility in the composition of the veggies and toppings, there seems to be a prescribed composition for a more authentically Indonesian dish. I would love to hear from anyone who has family in Indonesia or who has traveled there to see how this compares to their experiences.