My Blogging Routine: Sesame Soba Noodles

by simplylife on March 28, 2012

When it comes to things like multiple to-do lists, seemingly random piles distributed all throughout the house and torn magazine pages laid across the couch, I like to think there’s a method to my madness.

The same goes for blogging.

Let’s face it.  Blogging takes time.  While I wish uploading pictures and telling you about the most delicious sandwich I’ve eaten in 2012 happened in the blink of an eye, it doesn’t.

But it’s become my hobby.  While some people love gardening, sewing and DIY projects around the house I: 1) don’t have a green thumb (in fact, I still can’t figure out how to keep basil alive), 2) the last time I used a sewing machine was in 6th grade home ec. class.  true story.  I made a pillow and felt like I conquered the world (do they still teach this?); and 3) we’ve lived in this apartment for nearly 2 years and still haven’t finished hanging all the pictures.  oops.

However, I love spending extra time on a quiet Saturday taking pictures and experimenting with a new recipe.

I realized the other day that everyone has their own blogging routine (whether your write or read!).  Maybe you read your favorite blogs while sipping your morning coffee, or write your posts in the evening while nibbling on dessert.

If you’re curious about my method to the blogging madness, here goes:

Personally, I find that actually uploading the pictures to my computer and then to the blog is what takes the most time for me (maybe this is due to an old computer and/or not being very tech savvy?).  Since this part takes the longest, I usually do this on the weekends and will upload all the pictures from the previous week and separate them by different blog post drafts.

Then throughout the week I will open drafts with the pictures already separated and add the recipe/writing and get it ready to post!  Tip: this is an excellent thing to do beside your student husband who’s studying. ;)

Oh yeah, and the actual cooking and photographing part takes place during the week as well. I love to cook (so that part would happen regardless of the blog) and just make sure to write-down the recipe as I go, and then usually spend less than 5 minutes taking pictures just before we eat!

This Sesame Soba Noodle dish is one of my newest cooking experiments.  I love the taste of soba noodles and decided to mix it with some of my favorite flavors.  It’s bright, bold and (if there were any leftovers) I have a feeling it would be just as good the next day, served hot or cold.

Sesame Soba Noodles

by Simply Life

Keywords: saute entree salad vegetarian vegan pasta beans Japanese

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. soba noodles
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. lemon or lime juice
  • Ground ginger, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 carrots, julienned
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/3 cup shelled edamame
  • 2-3 tbs. sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions, chopped

Instructions

1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, lemon/lime juice and red pepper flakes. Heat half of mixture in skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, and red pepper and cook about 4-5 minutes, until tender. Add edamame and cook about 1-2 minutes, until warmed through.

2. Meanwhile, cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain soba noodles and toss with remaining soy sauce mixture. Toss with cooked vegetables and top with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve and enjoy!

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My other favorite part of the “blogging routine” – reviewing new products and learning about different companies!  I was sent a bag of Multi Grain Granola and Organic Chia Energy Squares from Nuts.com.  The granola was sightly sweet and is a great mixture of rolled oats, peanuts, sunflower seeds raisins and more!

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Chia Energy Squares but quickly learned they have a soft, chewy consistency and are a great snack to enjoy on-the-go! I loved the small size so that I could just have one or two when I was craving something small.

You can see the ingredients here (gotta love that short ingredient list!):

Nuts.com is a family owned business and offer everything from coffee & tea, to chocolates and dried fruit!

~What doe your blogging routine look like?

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  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Yummy recipe! I share your photo uploading method and can imagine it works well with your husband’s routine… It definitely worked well for me before I was a doctoral student – now I just feel like I don’t have time for anything!!

  • http://www.110pounds.com/ Lisa Eirene

    That looks delicious! I’m craving noodles now.

    I do something similar to you. I take the photos, fix them in Lightroom, upload them to blog posts and then write them later. I use my breaks and lunch break at work to write since I don’t usually have time after work. It does take a lot of time!

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Fun post! I used to have more of a blogging routine when I was a student; it was a purposeful break from studying. But for the past couple years now I just blog whenever I make the time. And it does take time! Two more things: this dish looks awesome aaaannd I really want to try those chia energy squares – they look awesome!

  • http://www.4seasonsoffood.com/ Ranjani

    This looks great – I love soba noodles too. I used to always blog in the evenings but now that I have time off I am trying blogging in the mornings instead. I try to do the photo editing right after I cook so that it’s done when I’m ready to write the post.

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    This dish looks great! As for the blogging, it’s the writing that takes the longest for me. I keep editing, editing, and editing!

  • http://twitter.com/HomeSkilletCook Jenn and Seth

    these noodles sound fantastic! i hear you on killing basil…i can’t seem to keep it alive either!

  • http://www.snappygourmet.com/ Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet

    This looks like it would be a great lunch! And I have to agree, uploading pictures seems to be way more time consuming than anything else!!

  • http://www.peasandcrayons.com Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    My schedule has changed drastically with the deployment so I need to get a hold on an actual blogging routine… I feel better with the day mapped out and flowy versus random. random leads to TV =) haha — love the recipe girly!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I usually start with the pictures when I start a post, and then write around them. Other than that, my routine is pretty haphazard! I like the idea of uploading/editing pictures all at once though. That would probably save me some time…

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    Interesting to read about your blogging routine. I usually plan my blog posts at the start of each week, and cook throughout the week/weekend and/or take pictures at restaurants. I do most of the writing on weekends, and just queue up my posts – it’s the writing that takes more time than uploading/formatting pics.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh that is so interesting! Funny how it’s in reverse…but that we both do the most time-consuming part over the weekend!

  • http://secondcityrandomness.wordpress.com/ Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    Blogging has been a great hobby, but yes- SO much more time than I originally thought! As long as it stays enjoyable, I’ll keep doing it…

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      I couldn’t agree more!

  • Anonymous

    My blogging used to be a lot more planned! Now its very on the fly (I guess a baby will do that to you haha). I’ve been meaning to try soba noodles forever. Looks like a delicious dish.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You should definitely try soba noodles- they have a slightly different taste/texture than regular noodles and cook super-fast!

  • Junia Kim

    hehehe i read blogs while i’m at work during my free time or while my other friends are working at a cafe. i wish i had more time to blog more, its so hard since i can’t take good pictures at nighttime!

  • Junia Kim

    and my dad LOVES soba noodles. bookmarked!

  • http://merigoesround.com/ meri

    I love reading about different bloggers routines! I like to blog, then go make dinner, then read blogs while I eat!

  • Mom

    Thank you for sharing your blogging “system”! I really understand it now and it sounds like you’ve made it work…especially sitting next to your studying hubby! Your dish looks wonderful!!!

  • http://hotlyspiced.com/ Hotly Spiced

    Your blogging routine sounds very organised and I love how you can work beside your husband while he is studying. I’m trying to become organised and it is starting to happen but I always go to bed wishing I had an extra two hours in the day to get myself sorted! Your soba noodle dish looks very enticing – bright colours and flavours there for sure! xx

  • http://jojoshouse.com/ JoJo

    Yes blogging is time consuming I’m realizing.. It’s a nice way to keep a diary though :)
    Nice to see your way or doing it, I’m trying to figure out a way to do mine that’s right for me and consistent.
    I would’ve thought you spent more time on photographing your food though, because it looks so beautiful! Always.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thanks! On the weekends sometimes I spend a little more time, but during the week we’re too hungry and just want to eat! :)

  • Deepa

    Thanks a lot for your tips for organized blogging. Also noodles look awesome. Great clicks.
    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

  • http://www.simplyreem.com/ Reem | Simply Reem

    God, trust me I am so trying to fix a routine but somehow I always end up running b/w blogging and life…
    It does get crazy but I love it…
    B/w I am a true lover for Soba and your recipe looks wonderful!!

  • http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne

    My blogging routine sounds VERY similar. On good weeks, I have all my photos for the week edited and good to go by Sunday night,.,.and on bad weeks…not so much. Then i write my posts in the mornings before I have to go to lab! Occasionally I try to write them ahead of time if I know I’m going to be super busy. It’s time consuming but SO worth it! I love soba noodles and this salad sounds so tasty!

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    Oh, this dish looks divine! I want to climb into the screen :) I’m so impressed you take your photos in about 5 minutes, they always come out so beautifully.

    Interesting to hear your blogging routine – I also tend to upload photos in advance, in part because I can then work on the words whenever and wherever. I’m still figuring out the time side of things though!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    I agree, uploading the pictures and writing the blog/doing the nutrition stats is what takes me the most time. I try to spend about an hour or more on my blog each day I have off, but lately I’ve been trying hard not to spend more time than that (I can’t let social media take over my life!).
    I definitely had to pin this recipe because a) it doesn’t contain onion and only very little garlic, and that’s amazing, and b) I love sesame and I’ve never tried soba!! Can’t wait to try this.

  • http://twitter.com/FoodieAsmita Asmita

    You are really very organized. I really need to pull up my socks and get things done in order. I enjoy the cooking part a lot because I am so passionate about cooking and baking. The writing takes the longest time for me.
    The soba noodles look fabulous! Beautiful clicks.

  • http://swankydietitian.com/ Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    Your routine sounds great!
    I often will try to cook on the weekends (take advantage of good lighting) and then edit my pictures before I go to work during the week. It makes it easy to type it up that night.
    I wish I could blog more often, but I am a few too many things going on at the moment. ;)

  • http://gowiththedough.wordpress.com/ Hillary

    I love your routine; I try to blog twice a week, or whenever I have time, really! Teaching and living my life take precedence, but I do love setting aside time to write!

  • http://bananboatsandcabbagepatches.blogspot.com/ Shannon

    really like your blog….Great blog!
    Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the versatile blogger award, come to my site for the info!
    http://bananboatsandcabbagepatches.blogspot.com/

  • http://quarterlifecrisiscuisine.blogspot.com/ Bee

    Looks delicious :) I love quick and easy noodle dishes!

  • http://christinespantry.com/ Christine

    This looks good.

  • http://www.ofmusesandmeringues.blogspot.com/ Beth

    Your noodles look delicious!
    Unless I’m on holidays, I post every Sunday (food) and Thursday (travel). I might have some ideas ahead of time, but usually I end up writing and posting at the last minute.

  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    I definitely upload all my photos at once and separate them into blog posts before doing any writing too.

    This dish looks amazing! I recently tried soba noodles and am excited to try more recipes with them.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I upload photos every night and then will go through them and organize them and either post or organize the pictures into future posts.

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    My blogging routine is pretty much the same, except I take a little more time to style and photograph my recipes.

  • http://www.teczcape.blogspot.com/ Tigerfish

    I also find writing the most time-consuming but if there is inspiration to write, I don’t find that bothersome. Then comes the cooking (at the right time, so that there is natural lighting for photo-taking) that is most bothersome to me. Sometimes, after cooking a new dish(new recipe), then I find my apt. losing the sun, the feeling kinda sucks. Well, too bad since I still depend on a point-and-shoot.

  • petesjoy

    Made this tonight and it was delish! Really great, tangy sauce, which I doubled the amount of so I could marinate some chicken in it.

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