Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Its 9:30 pm on a weeknight. You're working on a deadline. You realize that your excuse for dinner from 5:30 pm isn't holding you past this hour....you are trying accomplish your work for the day, but all you can think of is comfort food. Something warm and nourishing, with a little bit of protein-- nothing heavy, or time consuming, or anything that requires you to dirty your hands and stop typing, or is likely to get any crumbs on the laptop or the papers around it.....
You don't want to go to the fridge, because it reminds you of all the other things you haven't paid attention to -- the little bit of rice left in the rice cooker bowl, the itty bit of coconut milk stuck to the bottom of the can, half an onion sitting in a ziplock bag trying its hardest to retain its moisture and not stink up the fridge, and that ever-so-cheerful bag of bok-choy from the farmers market that is trying to encourage you with its youthful charm :)
And so you get up, you don't want to cook....really...you don't....so you fill a small saucepan with water and put it on the stove -- maybe a cup of tea, or hot chocolate?
But no...you're hungry...so you drop an egg in it. And you remember that email you had to send, or that bill you had to pay....
You come back, the egg's been boiled. You take it out to cool, and rinse out the saucepan. Shall I eat the boiled egg by itself? With some bread and salsa? Nah...too dry...
You pull out all the sad things you've been avoiding from the fridge. And your best friends --fresh ginger, garlic and green chillies.
You swap laptop for chopping board , for a brief moment, and go at everything like a pro...mincing/dicing it fine.....the sad onion freed from its ziplock existence, the young tender bok choy, the boiled egg, the ginger, garlic and green chilli...
Saucepan back on stove, with half a teaspoon of oil, you toss in the aromatic stuff...ginger,garlic,chilli,onion....once they're translucent- the eggs and bok choy...another moment and the leftover rice, followed by the coconut milk (can rinsed out with hot water). Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Bring to boil. Transfer to your favorite soup-bowl. Get back to the laptop and Feeeeeeeeeeeeel Goooooooood............. :)
Feel Good that:
1) You whipped up something to eat in about 10 minutes overall- no wasting time
2)You didn't waste food by letting it die in the fridge
3) You ate stuff thats good for you rather than sugar or fat laden junk
4) Its warm and comforting...whats not to feel good :)
The ingredients in a spontaneous fridge cleaner recipe like this can be varied so much, but here's what I used:
1 hard boiled egg -- white only, diced fine
1/2 cup cooked white basmati rice
2 stalks bok choy - diced fine
1/8 of a large red onion, minced fine
1 tsp finely minced ginger
2 cloves finely minced garlic
1 small finely minced green chilli (indian or thai kind - substitute with 1/3 of a serrano or 1/2 jalapeno)
2 tbsp thick coconut milk, Arroy-D brand (almost like a cream), dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
a pinch salt, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp sugar
water or stock to get desired 'soupy' consistency -- I used about half cup
- ▼ November (4)