Thai Noodle Salad (Cold, Delicious)

Ayara, a restaurant/sauce company based out of LA sent us three very tasty sauces to make into something delicious. We got this steak sauce and my brain went straight to some kind of cold noodle salad, which I love. Being someone who does not buy ready made sauces from the store (personal preference/chef guilt/blah blah blah), I was at once skeptical and intrigued. Upon tasting them, pleasantly surprised. The flavors were so fresh and balanced. Soooo yeahhh, here's my recipe.

Megan Forbes


serves 4

  • 2 lbs skirt steak ( or flank steak) 
  • 1 medium cucumber 
  • 1 red hot chili pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped 
  • 1 lb fresh lo mein noodles

For marinade/sauce: 

  • 1/4 cup When Tiger's Cry steak sauce 
  • 2 tsp sesame oil 
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 tsp soy sauce 
  • salt and pepper 

1. Mix the ingredients for the marinade and pour 3/4 of it onto the beef, marinade for 30 minutes- to an hour

2. Get a pot of water boiling and cook the noodles according to the package instructions; drain; chill

3. Chop your fresh ingredients ( cucumbers, herbs, pepper, green onions), set aside.

4. using a cast iron skillet over medium heat, cook your marinated steak for about 4 minutes per side; remove from heat and allow to rest for 10 minutes

5. In a large bowl, toss the fresh herbs and  veggies, noodles, and remaining sauce mixture. Top with steak, season with salt and pepper, enjoy.

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Colorful Sip & See

We had so much fun planning this sip n' see for our sister Lindsay and her precious little lady, Charlotte. Lindsay wanted bright, vibrant colors with black and white as the anchor for the party. I made the food and our mom, Ginger did the flowers, among other things. I think she arranged all of those flowers in less than an hour which I feel is pretty darn fast. We have always felt that Goldmine and Hey Love! make a killer team when it comes to party planning. What a treat it is to do stuff with family.
The food menu featured, homemade donuts (which I only mildly recommend making them), belgian liege waffles (highly recommend making them), fresh cheese and produce from the farmers market, quiches, strawberry tart, and I'm pretty sure there was bacon in the mix somewhere. The mimosas were extra special 1. because the new mommy could have one ;) 2. we froze fruit nectar into cubes and then poured champagne over them. So, yeaaahhh. Enjoy!

Party Planning: Goldmine & Hey Love! Events
Catering: Megan Forbes
Photos: Christina Hussey

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Midsummer Dinner

It's probably too hot to eat outside with it being high summer, but we did it anyway. I think it had cooled to a balmy 80 degrees by the time we all sat down. We had that pink wine to chill us as well as fresh summer fruit accompanied with full fat greek yogurt (the only kind worth eating if you ask me) sweetened with honey. Oh, and a big dish of pasta. 

Say you wanted to "plan" a dinner like this, here is my advice: 
  • wait 'til the last minute and hope your friends show up 
  • do not tell them that you plan to take their pics
  • make this, this, AND THISSSSSS
  • toss all food onto platters and make sure that you have well chilled beverages 
  • limit outside time to 30 minutes, tops 
  • go inside and watch Stranger Things 
Written by: Megan Forbes
Photos by: Christina Hussey

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