I love Downton Abbey*. I just re-watched season one, and there’s a scene when Matthew is explaining how he will be a solicitor and learn how to oversee the house simultaneously. His solution is that he will be at Downton on the weekends. To which Maggie Smith’s character responds, “What’s a weekend?”.
I’m starting to understand what it feels like to not know what a weekend is. When you’re unemployed and school isn’t in session it’s easy to forget that most people don’t get to lounge around in the backyard on a Friday, reading classic literature a book People magazine and decidedly not working.
(Before you all decide to hate me, please keep in mind I would much prefer to be working and I'm looking for a job)
(Also, as hard as it may be to believe, I played no part in creating this fabulous "winter" weather)
I hope you all have something simply fabulous planned for your weekend. And if you need a snack to keep you going through the weekend, I’m going to suggest you make edamame. Not just any edamame though. This edamame. Which has the flavor notch set to high.
Go make a batch...and have a fabulous weekend. (Whatever that may be)
*If you haven't seen Downton Abbey, do yourself a favor and watch it. The edamame are a great snack to have while you watch, even if they are just about as far from British as you can get.
Stir Fried Edamame with Orange and Chili Recipe (printable)
Who doesn’t love to have a quick and impressive snack up their sleeve? If it happens to go really well with a glass of white wine, so be it.
1 bag frozen edamame
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons grated ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4-1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes (I used closer to 1 teaspoon, but its easier to add more than it is to take it out. If you don’t like spicy food, just leave it out all together)
Zest of one orange
Juice of 1/2 of the orange
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Cook the edamame in boiling, salted water for one minute less than the directed cooking time. (Mine were supposed to cook for 5 minutes). While the edamame are cooking, combine all the other ingredients in a small bowl. If you don’t want to do extra dishes, use the bowl you plan to discard the shell in.
Drain the edamame and place the now empty pot they were cooked in back on high heat. Add the soy orange sauce to the pot and bring it to a boil. Add the edamame and stir so all the pods are coated in sauce. Continue to cook until very little of the sauce remains on the bottom of the pot.
Serve hot, room temperature, or cold.