raw cucumber noodles with satay sauce

the day before yesterday, i woke up early (as always) with a start and decided to stay in bed awhile to properly wake up and read a bit. suddenly, there was this very loud noise and i almost jumped out of 
bed. it was a dove, in full flight, crashing agains my window. she (i believe it was a girl – but somehow all doves appear to be girls to me… which, i know, wouldn’t be working) sailed to the floor. i was panicky. what if the bird was lying, hurt and unable to escape, on my balcony now? i didn’t dare look around the corner of the sofa outdoors to see what was going on. after roaming my flat for 10 minutes straight, trying to calm myself, i decided to have a proper look. the bird was sitting (!) upright on my balcony. granted, she looked a little… well, gaga wouldn’t put it nicely, but it’s still true (nice doesn’t bring us anywhere, sometimes). she was shaking her little head and her eyes made funny movements. i didn’t think she was going anywhere on her own accord, if i’m being completely honest. but i very much wanted her to be okay. so i decided to put a bowl of water before her, so she could take her time to recover. probably not my best idea yet: when i went out to her, she was so stressed by my presence that she wanted to escape. i was very briefly happy to see your lifting her wings – only to find that she was, once more, headed into the window. after a second crash (ouch… that must have hurt, yet again) she escaped through thet open balcony. luckily, she seemed to be okay. now, what’s the morale of the story? sometimes, the little help you (plan to) provide is only a kickstarter for others to help themselves. or make their escape. whichever way you see it. bye, lovey-dovey! stay safe!

raw cucumber noodles with satay sauce

serves two
deutsches rezept auf sistyle


2-3 cucumbers or zucchini, washed and unpeeled
1/4 glass peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 lime, juice
1 tbsp. ginger, grated
2 tbsp. whie wine vinegar
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. harissa or sriracha
1/2 cup hot water
for garnish:
2 tbsp. peanuts, chopped
2 radishes, julienned
handful each: thai basil, mint, cilantro (coriander)


start by making the satay sauce: combine all the ingredients. add the warm water and stir to smooth the sauce. season to taste with more soy sauce for saltiness, more lime juice or vinegar for a sour touch, more honey to balance things out or more harissa / sriracha for heat. with a julienne peeler, peel the cucumbers lengthwise, leaving out the core with the seeds, rotating the cucumber by 90 degrees whenever the core is reached. with a fork, build little nests of the cucumber noodles and arrange them on plates. add the satay sauce, then sprinkle with herbs and radishes. serve immediately
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