So what do chefs cook at home?
What do they whip up for their family without the accoutrements of the restaurant at their disposal, or with little time? What is a favourite comfort food that hits the spot?
For chef Karen Peters, comfort means noodles.
Sichuan Peanut Noodles - Sichuan, China
2-3 Tbsp chunky peanut butter
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
2-3 Tbsp vinegar
2-3 Tbsp good soy sauce
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup good Chinese hot sauce (to taste)
1 heaping Tbsp brown sugar
drizzle sesame oil
Cooked Chinese noodles
Options: chopped or grated cucumber for serving cold, cooked tofu for hot or cold, chopped scallions or chives, snap peas, etc.
Mix the first eight ingredients into a smooth paste. Mix with cooked pasta or noodles and serve immediately or chill.