Potluck Asian Slaw with Chili Paste and Socialist Camping

Hi everyone. I hope you had as fun a weekend as we did. My family, along with twenty other friends with their kids, camped in our friends’ backyard. How was this possible, you may ask? Why would anyone be insane enough to host and cook for so many? Well, there is a method to the madness. As you will see in the video below, and heeding the slogan, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” we were able to have more than enough food for a weekend without our host and hostess being glued to the stove day and night.

Everyone brought food for a different meal like quiche and cooked turkey bacon for breakfast (Julie), hot dogs and other meat (Linda) for dinner, Cold cuts and a lot of vidalia onions for lunch (Larry), Strawberry rhubarb and various leftovers for dessert (Alma) and numerous delicious dips for appetizers (Jules and Dani). I ate and drank too much, I admit (damn those mojitos with fresh mint from the garden!) but it was a great plan and everyone had a ball and was not bogged down by having to be isolated in the kitchen since most of the food was ready to go. Thanks Jules and Dani!

Here is what I plan to bring to the next home-camping trip (did I tell you, friends, that I will only camp in the comfort of your back yard from here on out?) It makes a ton and is perfect for your next BBQ or potluck:

Asian Slaw with Chili Paste:

One whole medium sized cabbage, washed and shredded into thin strips with a knife
2 packages healthier UNCOOKED Ramen like Noodles broken up with seasoning packets
One cup chopped peanuts, raw or roasted
1/2 cup canola oil
2 TBS Korean Chili Paste
1/4 cup sugar or more to taste-optional
1 tsp salt-more to taste

In a very big bowl (you may have to do this in two batches because it makes a LOT) Mix all ingredients together and allow chili paste and oil to evenly coat cabbage. Store in a large tupperware.
Note: To make this an entree and not just a side dish, add desired amount of cubed firm tofu, chicken, shrimp or beef.

Asian Slaw with Chili Paste:


2 Responses

  1. Lenin thought that only thru communism would women be relieved of the drudgery of home work. The idea of millions of individuals standing in front of millions of individual fires at the same time to cook a meal was preposterous.

  2. While I love the Asian slaw recipe, I love the group campout in the backyard idea even more! I'm going to have to give this some serious consideration – thanks!

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