There was a large pile of unopened mail waiting for me at home upon my return from China a week ago. It took me a few days to sort them all out. It’s quite a chore, but sometimes there are pleasant surprises within the pile. A couple of days ago, I opened a package and found a bottle of Pic’s Really Good Crunchy Peanut Butter and a bottle of dry roasted peanuts from New Zealand. Our whole family have been enjoying the peanut butter in the past couple of days. We love the pure and intense peanut flavor in this very simple and delicious peanut butter with only two ingredients – peanuts and sea salt. I have written in previous blogs about my love for peanuts, be it peanut chocolate fudge or peanut chocolate ice cream pie or noodles with Asian peanut sauce. There is definitely a peanut loving gene in my body.
I made a spicy Thai peanut dip for the okra that I found in the farmer’s market. I blanched the okra in boiling water for less than a minute. I then rinsed it in cold water and drained it. Within 10 minutes there was a simple, satisfying low carb meal on the table. You can use the dip for any number of vegetables of your choice: carrots, celery, turnip, cucumber… You can even use it as a sauce for noodles.
Spicy Thai Peanut Dip
2 tablespoons peanut butter (I used Pic’s Really Good Crunchy Peanut Butter)
1 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon xylitol or sugar
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha (depending on how spicy you want the dip to be)
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic (optional)
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger (optional)
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil (optional)
Chopped green onion, crushed peanuts and chili peppers for garnish
Using a big spoon or your fingers, mix all the ingredients together. Garnish with chopped green onion and chili flakers.