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Soba and Zumba

I seriously can’t even decide which to start with. You would think considering that this was a food blog the answer would be pretty obvious, but… That means you have yet to experience the awesome and amazing wonders of Zumba… And regardless of how much this pains me I’m going to ask you to please stop reading, and get up, and go to a class now. (This page will be waiting for you when you get home!).

Well, since the only ones of you left reading have experienced the fantastical world of zumba before I have to ask…Why has NOONE ever told me to go before!?

So basically, Wednesday night was my first time going to Zumba ever. Let’s compare some texts to my friends before and after…

Before: Just heading to some ‘Zumba Party’ thing with my mum and her friends now… Should be a laugh! It’s like some kind of dance class right?

*Insert one and a half hours of jumping around, laughing, shaking, attempting to dance, jiggling things that I didn’t know I could jiggle, kind-of-dancing, salsaing, hip-hoping, body-rolling, pretending-I-can-dance, laughing really hard*

After: OHMYGOD WHY WAS THAT SO COOL.

True story. And if you haven’t ever tried it and you’re still reading this… I’m not kidding, go, go, go, no excuses. I should reiterate the “with my mum and her friends” part up there, i.e. if they, and I, for that matter, can do it… No excuses.

And need I mention it’s like going to the gym for five hours, seriously.

Sidenote: For those of you who have no idea what I’m going on about… Check it out.

Moving on! Soba soba soba time. I love soba.

Fact-of-the-day: I was born in Tokyo, and even though I left when I was three, I kind of have an affinity for many things Japanese. (I’m not Japanese though)

I actually never discovered soba till way more recently though. Usually, I just eat it prepared with the regular soba sauce which it’s traditionally eaten with (I’ve never actually tried to find it in Philadelphia though…) sometimes adding shitake mushrooms and some sesame seeds. Personally, I prefer buckwheat soba (the brown one) to cha soba (the green one). Soba is really easy to cook too, just boil some water and cook for 3-5 minutes, and bam, quick snack. However, this can also get a little boring after a while and it isn’t much of a meal so I thought about changing it up a bit, and it turned out pretty great!

Sesame Soba with Edamame and Carrots

This actually turned out really good! I kind of winged it with the sauce measurements but it really turned out nicely, I even prefer it to the actual soba sauce! And of course, it was super simple.

So here’s what you need:

3-4 oz Buckwheat soba

1 tablespoon Sesame seeds

1 1/2 cup Edamame (same thing as soy beans, shelled frozen ones work well)

1 Carrot chopped/sliced

Sauce:

2-3 tablespoons Soy sauce (I used the light version)

1 tablespoon White vinegar

1 tablespoon Lemon juice

1 teaspoon Honey

And here’s what you do:

  1. Boil some water, add the soba and a minute or two later add the edamame, cook to the instructions on the soba packet. Most packs will say somewhere between 3-5 minutes, just taste to make sure its not uncooked but you don’t want it squishy either. Drain, then rinse under cold water. Put it into the fridge to cool.
  2. Peel, chop/slice the carrot and add to the noodles.
  3. Mix the soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice and honey together in a small bowl.
  4. Pour over the noodle mixture, mix, sprinkle sesame seeds over the top.

Tada! What could be easier?

Tip: I think if you wanted to add some corn this would be great too!