I used to shop at Todaro Brothers, an Italian small grocer/ Specialty foods shop as I lived in the neighborhood. While they had great selection of imported foods and nice produce and bread and stuff, their prepared foods were the bomb. Fresh and fairly inexpensive as far as that goes. They had an Italian tuna salad that I bought to bring to the US Open like 12 or 13 years ago, when Capriatti had that not-so-comeback and the Williams sisters still wore hair-beads and there were no sexy men, i.e. Federer in the game, so however long ago that was. I also thought, I can make this. I added rice to mine to make it more of a meal and made it to death when I was eating gluten free. This means I hadn’t added it beck into rotation forever until about 2 moths ago when there was the heat wave and I remembered that I used to make this. Luckily the husband had forgotten that I used to make this like every single day.
It’s fast, simple and is pretty much comprised all of just kitchen/pantry staples. It also makes a ton and can be eaten hot, warm, or room temperature. Perfect for a humid late summer night, and perfect to make post work and after-work workout.
If it were 1981 and Black Flag were here they would be really really excited because We`re gonna have a Pizza Party Tonight – Alright! There`s no Black Flag but I can still pretend that Pizza Party and TV Party are the same thing.
Pizza Party can be either super fast or take some time, in this case it is fairly fast. Either way it is way cheaper, way better and way faster (kinda) than ordering up one. And you know there is no corn syrup in the sauce. I hate corn syrup. Even Lombardi`s corn syrups their sauce these days. At least I am convinced the do, it is way too sweet, if it isn’t corn sypup it is pretty sugary. Maybe you like sugary, then just make your sauce sweeter.
I like pad Thai but I kinda hate the syrupy cloying crap that restaurants serve. This takes a bit longer than a lot of the stuff I make so I think it is best suited for non-after-work cooking since it requires full prep. I’ve tried a bunch of different recipes and a modification of this: http://chezpim.com/cook/pad_thai_for_beginners. It is the best luck I’ve had. I have some recipe that calls for catsup in it. Really Nina Simons? Catsup?!?! And your book claims to be all about recreating your travels to Asia. And Bon Appitit hired you!!! Catsup?!? Yeah, I never made that recipe as is either. Then again I am bad at following recipes.
I can’t vouch for total authenticity and I really have no excuse, but whatevs, this is what I call Drunken Pad Thai. And not cuz I’m tanky. It has some elements to Drunken Man Noodles.