July 10, 2014

The BFG's Not-Snozzcumber Soba Noodle Salad

"It starts always with a tiny little seed of an idea, a little germ, and that even doesn't come very easily. You can be mooching around for a year or so before you get a good one. When I do get a good one, mind you, I quickly write it down so that I won't forget it because it disappears otherwise rather like a dream. But when I get it, I don't dash up here and start to write it. I'm very careful. I walk around it and look at it and sniff it and then see if I think it will go. Because once you start, you're embarked on a year's work and so it's a big decision."
—Roald Dahl
In high school, one of my friends called me Big Friendly Girl, like the the Big Friendly Giant (BFG), because I was taller than most of my classmates.

Every time she'd call me that, I would think about snozzcumbers, which make their appearance in this gem of a book. Supposedly, they resemble cucumbers, but they taste horrific. I've never had a snozzcumber, but I imagine it to be something akin to what happens to a cucumber when it has grown moldy after languishing in my refrigerator too long.

One of my favorite ways to eat cucumbers is in the form of a cold noodle salad. Now that summer is upon us, I just want to feast on frozen grapes, cucumbers and watermelon all day. I despise humid weather, but there is one saving grace of blistering heat: it makes me appreciate the flavor of cold noodle dishes that much more. The following recipe is something that Sophie and the BFG would like as much as frobscottle, methinks. I hope you enjoy it, too.

The BFG's (Big Friendly Girl's) Cold Soba Noodle Salad
1 small bundle of dried soba noodles (I used these)
drizzle of rice wine vinegar
pinch of salt
a drizzle of sesame oil
1/2 Japanese cucumber (the skinny kind), chopped
1 scallion, sliced
1/2 boiled egg (find tips for making the perfect hard-boiled eggs here)

Cook the soba noodles according to instructions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl.

Season with rice wine vinegar, salt and sesame oil. Mix in the scallions and cucumber. Top with the boiled egg. Go ahead and eat freely. The roar of the air conditioner will drown out the sound of your slurps.

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