Sunday, November 7, 2010

Halloween for Grown Ups

Well, I'll just say it:

I don't love Halloween.

  • I don't like to dress up.

  • It's hard taking three over-the-top-excited kids on a candy/stranger/traffic/scary walk around the neighborhood.

  • I don't love candy, but I will eat it if it's in front of me. I will eat a lot of it if a lot of it is in front of me.

It didn't help that it was on a Sunday night this year, which meant no time to recover before work/school. But we got through it and the kids had a blast. I had fun too, don't get me wrong. I love family events. Especially if they are free.

The night after Halloween, Dave and I had a pretty spooky night of our own. It was a perfect Halloween for Grown Ups.

After the kids went to bed we stuck in the last episode of our current favorite show.

A few colleagues were talking about it one day and I could not imagine what kind of appeal this show had. Who wants to watch a show about a serial killer? Well, as it turns out, Dexter only kills bad guys. So that's okay. Right?

Plus, the actor who plays Dexter is from Raleigh. We played his high school for my freshman year homecoming game. So really, we are pretty close to being best friends.

Season 1 and season 4 are to die for (hee hee). But by no means, should you skip seasons 2 and 3. Currently season 5 is showing on Showtime. And since we don't have Showtime, we have to wait until the season is over. And then we have to wait until that season comes out on dvd. So expect me to be grumpy until I can watch Dexter again.

Our celebratory Halloween/Dexter dinner was one of my current super-favs...Rice Noodles with Chiles, Pork, and Basil.

Rice Noodles with Chiles*, Pork**, and Basil

12oz rice noodles

2 Tbs peanut oil
1 Tbs minced garlic
5 small dried hot red chiles
ground pork
1 Tbs soy, 2 Tbs fish sauce (or any combination of the two, equaling 3Tbs)
1 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs rice vinegar
1 cup shredded basil
salt, crushed red pepper

Soak noodles in warm water until soft, 15-20 minutes. I usually change the water several times. If you want, you can boil like regular noodles instead of soaking. Drain, then toss with 1/2 of oil.

Heat remaining oil over medium high heat in deep skillet, until it smokes.Add garlic and chiles and cook, stirring, for a minute. Add meat and turn heat to medium. Cook, then add soy/fish sauces and sugar. Stir to mix. Add drained noodles and toss (I stir fry the noodles a bit until they are as soft as I want them). Add vinegar and basil. Add salt and red pepper to taste.

*I can never find dried red chiles that are hot. I haven't been to the asian market, but I'm sure they have them. Add quite a bit of red pepper if you like it hot.

**I use ground turkey, not pork.

Confession: I crave this several times a week, and wish I could eat it that much. Actually, I could eat it that much, but Dave...not so much.

Confession: This Grown Up Halloween dinner was the first time that I've eaten any kind of meat since our trip to Birmingham. A few slices of proscuitto that weekend was the only meat I had eated in about 4-6 weeks. I've really embraced this meatless living. I decided from the very beginning that if I wanted to eat a cheeseburger, no prob. No rules. As it turns out, I don't miss eating meat at all. It might not last forever, but I love knowing that there is no food or diet soda that I can't live without. Because I've wondered before.

So make this dinner and watch Dexter. And if you know what happens during Season 5, DON'T TELL ME!! I will be such a happy girl when I can settle in with Dave and Dexter again.

1 comment:

  1. Dexter is a favorite in our house too. Seasons 1 and 4 were the best! This season is shaping up to be pretty good as well. I never know that Michael C. Hall was from Raleigh...very cool!