Have you missed me? You might've noticed, or maybe not (even worse!) that it's been slim pickins' for posts from me this month... and just a month after I promised more frequent posting. Tsk tsk on me. [Warning: excuse follows] It's a very busy time at the company I work for, which just so happens to coincide with an uptick in the myriad of things due for classes this semester. My hands have begun to take on a smooth, powdery feeling from handling so much paper as I move it from one pile.. to another pile... to the waste bin or, if they're lucky, the rest home where all good papers go to die: a crisp manila folder.
I know I shouldn't complain. I will admit to smiling to myself, even, as I careen around Chicago from one train to the next - shaking my mittens at the fresh sheet of snow that hides the slick ice beneath. It's ridiculous in a way. This is temporary, this wandering around in a fog of bibliographies and spreadsheets fueled with a steady diet of bad coffee. Work will slow up, as will school. And there are always good things to remember. Basic things like love, and warm socks... and yes, food. Always food.
So what do I eat during these times? Lots of quick stuff, obviously. Things that don't require much thought, certainly. Things that aren't apt to be so heavy as to make me fall asleep onto my laptop, definitely. Basically, that means a "if you can boil water" meal. And boil water is exactly what I do. That means rice/pasta/noodles + veggies + sauce/flavorings. Normally this is great tasting, quick... but not exactly picture-worthy or recipe-worthy. Last night, however, I looked down at my bowl, blurry-eyed with reading, and decided to get out my camera...
I am not going to write a recipe for this, because it's meant for the sorts of nights when recipes are not to be fussed with. And frankly, I'm just too tired for it, my dear people, and I'm afraid it would come out in APA style (horrible academic joke). I'll just spare you this and tell you the very simple steps...
- Put water on boil (or broth if you're feeling industrious)
- Add soba noodles
- Add vegetables - in this case, Chinese broccoli and some purple cauliflower I found at the market
- Boil on until the noodles are done (veggies will comply and be ready at the same time)
- Add flavor - I used good soy sauce, sesame oil and kimchi
Now *book spine cracking*, I'm going to get back to it...