Pad Thai for the Walking Dead

It has been an interesting year thus far. I think every day is interesting when you are a parent. Especially of  2 and 5-year-old boys. They say and do the craziest things.

The mostly vegetarian husband and I decided that it was time to move the littlest veg kid out of his crib and into a “big boy” bed. The oldest veg kid transitioned very well and we assumed it would be the same for the youngest. That was until I was awakened in the middle of the night to a “thud” (probably when he fell out of bed) and then several “boom, boom, booms”. Each one getting louder. Then followed by some strange whining/ crying. I am assuming that, at 2, he was not trying to sneak out to go to a keg party.

I made it up the stairs in two giant steps. I opened his door- almost crushing him behind it. He was sleep walking into door over and over again. I am pretty sure that once he fell out of bed, he didn’t know where he was and was trying to get out. He proceeded to put on this zombie act 2 more times last night.

Meanwhile, the mostly vegetarian husband slept through the entire thing. I told him what he missed during his beauty sleep. I advised him, “we have a Walker”. It is official, we have a sleep-walker. Not a ‘Walker’ like in that show the Walking Dead on AMC. I have a feeling that I am going to be frequenting the zombie act nightly for a while.

So what goes great with horror movies? Pad Thai! So that’s what’s for dinner:


1 (12 ounce) package rice noodles

1 (14 ounce) package of extra firm tofu (drained, pressed and cubed)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

2 tablespoon white wine vinegar

4 tablespoons fish sauce

3 tablespoons white sugar

1/8 tablespoon crushed red pepper

2 cups bean sprouts

1/4 cup crushed peanuts

3 green onions, chopped


  1.  Soak rice noodles in cold water 30 to 50 minutes, or until soft. Drain, and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or large heavy skillet. Saute tofu until browned. Remove, and set aside. Heat the rest of the oil in wok over medium-high heat. Crack eggs into hot oil, and cook until firm. Stir in tofu, and cook for 5 minutes. Add softened noodles, and vinegar, fish sauce, sugar and red pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste. Mix while cooking, until noodles are tender. Add bean sprouts, and mix for 3 minutes.

On a side note to anyone watching the Walking Dead; when is it going to get better? I keep feeling like it is going to end up like Lost.


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