Take-out style sesame noodles with peanut-lime chicken

This is a recipe for everyone who loves noodles and everyone who loves chicken bites compared with noodles. Here I combined two different recipes but obviously you can do part of the recipe if you are more into having a more veggie version of this, so you'll go making only the take-out style noodles, excluding the addition of the chicken. With or without chicken, this one is a go-to plate for all the asian-cuisine-freaks out there..

Take-out style noodles with cucumber (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

3/4 pound dried rice noodles
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, plus a splash to loosen noodles
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
3 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar
1 tablespoon granulated or brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger, I used ground one
2 teaspoons minced garlic (from 1 medium-large clove)
cucumber, very thinly sliced
1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, roughly chopped
A handful of chopped fresh herbs, such as mint and cilantro, for garnish
some slivered scallions and carrots, for garnish

Cook noodles according to package directions and rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well. Drizzle with a tiny splash of toasted sesame oil to keep them from sticking until dressed.

Meanwhile, whisk tahini and peanut butter in the bottom of a small bowl, then whisk in soy sauce, rice vinegar, remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil, sugar, ginger and garlic to taste until smooth. Adjust flavors to taste. It might seem a bit salty from the bowl, but should be just right when tossed with noodles.

Toss sauce with cold noodles. 

Peanut-lime chicken (adapted partly from Smitten Kitchen)

1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 6)

Dipping sauce
3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons lime juice
1 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced
Small Thai or Serrano chiles, thinly sliced, to taste 

Peanut dressing
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
a pinch of ground ginger, or shave some fresh if you have on hand
2 tablespoons natural unsalted peanut butter
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Pinch of cayenne 

Whisk all dipping sauce ingredients in a small serving bowl, making sure to dissolve the sugar. Leave to ripen for 15 minutes. 

In a blender or small food processor, puree all peanut dressing ingredients to a smooth sauce, about the thickness of heavy cream. Pour into a serving bowl. 

Stir together the dipping sauce and the peanut dressing in the bottom of a low-sided bowl or dish. Add the chicken to the mixture and toss to coat. Let marinate at least 15 minutes.

Grill the chicken under the broiler until nicely browned, about 3 to 4 minutes a side. Let cool slightly, then chop roughly into 3/4-inch pieces. 


To serve: At this point, you can place everything on a large serving platter, with piles or small bowls for noodles, vegetables, chicken and toppings (peanuts, herbs) and let your family and friends put it together in their own bowls as they wish. Or, you can assemble it for everyone as suggested:

Divide the dressed take-out noodles among bowls. Top each bowl with the chopped chicken, cucumber, carrots, scallions, peanuts and herbs of your choice. 

You can also serve with chile-garlic paste on the side, if you have it on hand.




1/ listen to the new !!! (chk chk chk) album, "as if"
2/ of course- watch this movie
3/ have this mirror from the Stockholm collection in my life
4/ make this decadent brownie with chocolate frosting recipe
5/ stay at The surf lodge in Montauk for a few days
6/ read this book by Marianne Faithful


Take me there


Whenever I find myself in Honolulu, HI, I will lead myself towards The pig and the lady for a "family meal" or simply find a sit along their dessert bar (!) for a soft serve or even better: have a try on one of each kinda thing..;)


Designer of the week: Caterina Gatta

This is my latest designer crush 
Definitely check her out, she's gonna be big-

Caterina Gatta and this is part of her amazing Spring/Summer16 collection


Music of the day

new one from the last shadow puppets-bad habits//
they are back after almost 8 years/album out in April---


Something old, something new

new favorites: vintage-style patent leather slingbacks from here and high rise cropped jeans by these guys trend line, to pair perfectly with this cropped top by Zara studio from a few years back-


The starman

I was really shocked when I heard the tragic news on David Bowie a few days back. I really couldn't believe it and my thoughts were immediately gone almost twenty years back when I was lucky enough to see him perform live in Athens, Greece. He was leading a festival whose rest of the cast were Lou Reed (!) and Elvis Costello and I will literally never ever ever ever forget the moment he appeared on stage. Honestly, and probably due to the young of my age at that time-so don't you blame me- I didn't have great expectations of the line-up of that day. Now, and every time I have a discussion on Mr. D, I cannot but admit how completely taken I was that day by his whole "god-like" appearance/performance, a memory that's permanently stuck with me and will never fade as the years go by.. 



Wonderful mod-y collection from Longchamp for spring16, face of the campaign: Alexa Chung-



1/ spend a night (or more ;b) at the new Ace hotel in New Orleans
2/ taste cocktails and dishes here
3/ enjoy the illustrations of this one
4/ listen to Brolin's debut album The Delta
5/ decorate with more plants of different shapes and sizes
6/ put this flag in the car as a tribute to the kids who always ask...


Lemon lime pound cake

This cake is what you need to keep you company with your everyday morning coffee. One of its ingredients is 7up (what????) and its base is coming from an old classic recipe for cakes used in the 70s. It is moist and so flavorful with the right amount of citrus into it. The lemon and lime zest and juices create a cake so balanced and its glaze is one of the most delicious ones, not too sweet with a hint of tartness enough as to not overpowering the sweetness of it all. Make it in a bundt pan for a fancier look ;) 

Lemon lime pound cake (adapted from the Pioneer Woman)

for the cake: 

3 sticks Butter 
3 cups Sugar 
5 whole Eggs
3 cups All-purpose Flour 
1/2 teaspoon Salt 
1 cup 7-up 
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest 
1 Tablespoon Lime Zest

for the glaze: 

2 cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted 
1/4 teaspoon Salt 
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest, Dried For At Least 30 Minutes
1 Tablespoon Lime Zest, Dried For At Least 30 Minutes
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Water + More As Needed

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Combine flour and salt, then add it 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. With the mixer on low, slowly add the 7-Up until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of both lemon and lime zest and mix. Scrape the bowl and mix again.

Thoroughly spray a bundt pan with nonstick baking spray. Add large spoonfuls of batter until the pan is filled, then even out the surface. Bake for 1 hour 10 to 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it sit in the pan for 15 minutes. Carefully turn it out onto a cake plate and let it cool.

Combine all the glaze ingredients in a bowl and gently whisk until thick but pourable. Use a large spoon to drizzle it all over the cake. Let the glaze set, then slice and serve!

Optional: Sprinkle with a little extra lemon and lime zest.

Bon appetit!


Hunting for style

Have you heard about HIPHUNTERS? Well, the other day I was browsing through the web searching for some gifts I wanted to purchase for some friends and family (you guys! of course I'm not done with the gifting part: I always leave out some for when the chaotic holiday period ends and that way I'm rolling into January without any post-vacation blues marks ;) you must try that!). Somehow and while I was trying to decide on what to gift among 20+ brands' tabs, I stumbled upon this genius online boutique which guess what: every single label I wanted to shop from was there! Crazy, right? I know..I loved it!

Everything from the most eponymous to the most sophisticated and independent is right there. My forever and always crushes such as DELPOZO, CARVEN, SIMONE ROCHA, ERDEM, CEDRIC CHARLIER, CA&LOU, SPORTMAX, ISA ARFEN, DANNIJO, LULU FROST, J.W. ANDERSON, ROBERT CLERGERIE, JACQUEMUS, ROCHAS, to name just a few, are also there.

The selections are endless, you can shop literally for everyone and it ranges from the most exceptional and unique dresses (take a look at this "love-at-first-sight" ERDEM silk-organza dress that Alexa Chung wore in a gala or at one of my favorite DELPOZO dresses, which are both available!), to the most perfectly made bags and fine accessories, to the wonderfully curated men and kidswear collections. 

What I loved most about HIPHUNTERS right from the first moment is that aside from all the beautiful selection of designer brands gathered all in one place (yes! that's a plus factor for me), there is a really exceptional selection of items from some of the most emerging designers right now, uniquely curated and tastefully picked by the team behind Hiphunters, all of which you can find in the boutique market.

A bit of a browsing there made me already a fan of NOELLE ET FILLES, BY SUN, LAUTEM, WENDEE OU, SUPREME BON TON, HELENA ROHNER, IDAMARI, ATELIER BARTAVELLE..you are making the list for just a few of my new favorites!

Below are some of my favorite pieces around the HIPHUNTERS boutique right now..

1/ WENDEE OU florence clutch bag tan and turquoise fur, 2/ HELENA ROHNER goldplated brass bracelet, 3/ BY SUN peacock green S shape flares dress, 4/ BY SUN black heavy wool coat with faux fur collar, 5/ WENDEE OU pompom key ring, 6/ WENDEE OU chaplin tablet mini case, 7/ BY SUN sheer slip irregular top, 8/ SUPREME BON TON asphalte silk scarf, 9/ THISISNON V-neck dress, 10/ YDE sculptured gold blouse, 11/ LAUTEM my funny valentine white

1/ INES FIGADERO small girl face nappa leather bag, 2/ MAX MARA crocodile effect alpaca and wool jacket, 3/ ROBERT CLERGERIE pandy embossed leather shoes, 4/ SIMONE ROCHA gloves with crocheted trim, 5/ CARVEN double breasted blazer, 6/ J.W. ANDERSON checked wide-leg culottes, 7/ SIMONE ROCHA flower embroidered tulle top, 8/ GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN metallic sling back pumps, 9/ CEDRIC CHARLIER fur collar, 10/ MIU MIU cat eye sunglasses, 11/ AANDRA NEEN pyramid choker

Such an exquisite collection of stylish, fashion-now items..Sale is now on so you have more than one reason to do your shopping* :) I am definitely going for a shopper bag from Xenab Lone, a timeless ring from Idamarithe cutest pink dress from By Sun and these crazy shoes from my all-time favorite Robert Clergerie..

*Plus, worldwide shipping and free returns-> :) check it out my friends..love,