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Sleep Deprivation and Chicken Udon Noodle Soup with Lemongrass

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I can’t sleep. It’s really annoying. I used to sleep like a log and not wake up ’til the alarm woke me. Then I married an insomniac. And had three kids. None of them slept for 12 hours as a baby like the baby books told me they would. Usually someone wakes up in the middle of the night because of a bad dream, a potty break or just because. One night, I think my youngest, the princess was 2-years old, and all five of us were awake at around 3-o’clock in the morning. I shook my head in frustration. Things have calmed down a bit, but I’ve been ruined.

Now when I wake up on my own or because of a munchkin or because of my snoring husband, I can’t go back to sleep. I think about the zillion things I have to do when I get up: pay this bill, run to Target, oh, don’t forget to stop at this market, did I pay that other bill??? It goes on and on.

Like I said, I’ve been ruined.

So when I can’t go back to sleep at 3-o’clock in the morning, (after laying awake in bed for up to an hour) I blog, edit pictures, type up recipes, catch up with my other food blogging buddies, watch hulu… you name it.

And here I am, almost 4-o’clock in the morning. I’ve been up for two hours and I’m still awake.

I blame my husband, of course.

Continuing with my quest to try new things and branching out of my comfort zone in the kitchen, I present to you my first udon noodle soup. Another great recipe from Fine Cooking. I found these delicious (and stick-to-my-teeth-noodles, as described by my 7-year old) noodles during my adventures at the Vietnamese market. And the are FRESH udon noodles, not dry.

This was a very quick and easy soup to make and it was my first time using lemongrass – yeah, another first! Why was I intimidated by lemongrass????

Filled with shitake mushrooms, chicken, fresh herbs and oodles and oodles of yummy udon noodles. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Must be the sleep deprivation.

I cheated with the toppings. I wasn’t in the mood to chop my carrots into matchsticks, so I bought broccoli slaw and picked out the carrots. Hubby enjoyed it with the broccoli, too. You could use bean sprouts and cabbage to top your soup, as well. The possibilities are endless, of course.

Well, my post is done. I’m still awake. Maybe I’ll catch up on an episode of “Bones” or “Parenthood” on hulu. My eyes should be droopy in no time, right?

Oh, a word of advice for the singles out there: If you like your sleep, don’t marry an insomniac. You will have kids who don’t like to sleep, too!

For the full recipe for Chicken Udon Noodle Soup with Lemongrass, click here!

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3 Responses to Sleep Deprivation and Chicken Udon Noodle Soup with Lemongrass

  1. Mei Teng at #

    Lovely noodle dish.m

  2. Such delicious soup, love the flavors here with the addition of lemongrass!

  3. A delicious soup! And I'll try this recipe, especially in Romania is such a cold and hot soup would be very useful.

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