Poor NPY suffered a hit to the head playing hockey and was taking it easy so I just had to skip a run I signed up for. Frank came over because our signals were mixed and he thought we were going running but we ended up catching up instead. With NPY practically passed out on my couch, me prepping food in the kitchen, and Frank hanging around, I had that infrequent sensation of having a verifiable (little) household.
It was one of those rare days where I’m just awesome with a variety of food in my little house to offer up so this is what NPY and Frank, too, (if he had stayed) enjoyed:
1. Slices of edam and extra old cheddar cheese – one squishy and one more solid and strong
2. Fresh cherry tomatoes
3. Sundried tomato tuna salad
4. Curried spinach soup (from the Wild Rose Detox recipe book – no, I’m not on Wild Rose)
5. Asian-style chicken stew
6. Five-minute chocolate cake in a mug with Hagen Daas Caramel Cone Explosion ice cream
For one empowering evening, I felt ready for the big times. My menu is generally sh*t but I accumulated the tricks to make a varied dinner and not swear too many times in the meanwhile. (1) and (2) require no preparation. (3) and (4) were made beforehand and are those things that keep really nicely. (5) was the highlight. (6), well you can’t complain about spending five minutes to make cake, can you?
Making the Asian-style Stew is like the recipe-blogging version of the telephone game where Sulin interpreted TFP’s instructions very well and added her usual flair. Whereas when it came to me, the signal gets wildly distorted. I worked off Sulin’s recipe because it had clear instructions and proportions; however, I didn’t cut up the chicken, I used cauliflower instead of potatoes, I omitted the peas, and my since I don’t have Shaoxing wine, cooking sherry it was.
NPY and I eat out a lot and it horrifies me. So I tap into our tv junkie side and try to set aside a day mid-week to try a new recipe and enforce eating a balanced meal at home. In the summer, it is So You Think You Can Dance night. In the winter, it’s American Idol night.