Updates from Inside the Igloo


Greetings from Boston!

As anyone who’s been watching the news in the US probably knows, we’ve been having some weather around here.  Specifically, snow.  Upward of six feet of snow, with more on the way. We’ve broken the 20 day snow record, we’ve broken the 30 and 40 day snow records, all that we have left is the snowiest winter record, and hey, there’s still a month of winter to go.

None of this snow has melted.  It lines every street, every sidewalk, in banks higher than my head.  I cannot express to you how unrelievedly snowy it is here right now.  It’s been challenging to get groceries in for the last three weeks, with the result that when I heard that this month’s Let’s Lunch theme was noodles, my mind took it somewhere other than comfort food.  I don’t even want to contemplate how much starch out of the cabinets I’ve eaten lately!

Instead, I offer you salad, as antidote to winter.  Okay, I know I am not actually going to get scurvy (I know this because of the lifesaving citrus-y sidecar I had at the cocktail hour last night), but the psychological pressure of all this snow is starting to make having something fresh and green seem like an emergency.  Also, I have a new peeler. It came in a set which I bought because they were pretty colors (this is how all my kitchen equipment happens), and it peels vegetables into lovely julienne. Who doesn’t want to play with that?  If you’re in the northeast, try this bright, lemony salad during Sunday’s snowstorm and remind yourself: summer will come again.  Eventually.

Emergency Anti-Hibernal Salad (Apply in case of February)


One yellow summer squash, julienned
One zucchini, julienned
Two radishes, thinly sliced
One sunchoke/Jerusalem artichoke, thinly sliced
Handful of snow peas, sliced lengthwise
Handful of grape tomatoes, halved


2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. sherry or cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk salad dressing together; toss vegetables with dressing and serve immediately.  Serves four as a salad course.


Still hungry?  Check out the other offerings on Twitter, hashtag #LetsLunch, or below:

Lokshen Kugel at Monday Morning Cooking Club.

Gingery Chicken & Bok Choy Noodle Soup from Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan.

Ramen with Bacon Southern Style at Sweet Savant.

Grilled Tofu Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad at J Loh.

Thai Glass Noodle Salad at Insatiable Munchies.

Chicken Noodle Soup with Roast Barbecue at Asian in America.

Biang Biang Noodles at the Gastrognome.

Korean Stir-Fried Glass Noodles (Japchae) at the Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook.

Marinara Chicken at Wok Star.

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  1. I’ve been searching for zucchini or squash noodle recipes and this is perfect. I love the simple dressing you added and will definitely make this soon. Hope all is okay in your snowy corner. Thanks for the blog visit and glad to do Let’s Lunch with you!

  2. Demetra says:

    I bought a julienne vegetable peeler and it has quickly become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I love the way it makes long slender carrot “noodles”. Stay warm and keep the scurvy away with more Side Cars!

  3. Looks lovely and refreshing! what is your new peeler? The julienne looks just right.

  4. What a pretty plate! I’m going to have to try this. Stay warm!!

  5. Lisa G says:

    Annabelle, I love your faux noodles!! This looks like the perfect dish for Sydney right now where (I’m sorry to report to you) it is hot and humid every single day. I hope your weather starts to improve soon…my son was in Boston last week for only 1 day to visit Harvard and it was closed because of the snowstorm!
    Lisa x

    • Annabelle says:

      Oh, no! What bad timing. Although as I recall, it poured rain for my entire college pre-frosh weekend and somehow that did not change my mind about where I was going to go.

      One of my local friends is asking everyone she knows with ties to England to send available children through the wardrobe to deal with our obvious white witch problem. Seems like as reasonable a response as any!

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