When my sister, Kate, and I were little we used to pretend play the most dire circumstances. A favorite was to be lost at sea on a boat (the sofa) with only castaways (100 stuffed animals) aboard.
Or when it was cold out, we would put on our most tattered mittens and gather leaves and sticks and pretend to be destitute, and all we could eat were the holly berries we could forage to eat by our stick “fire.”
Our mother really should have not let us watch “The Little Matchstick Girl,” or read us so many grim (literally, Grimm) fairy tales.I bring these escapades up because in the beginning of this quarantine, I approached it with almost the same excitement as an ominous adventure. We would stock up on a few necessities, and hunker down on the family “ship” for a couple of weeks. We would homeschool just like they did on Little House, and bake bread.
You know where this is going… the novelty has worn off.
I need a hair cut, my kid is totally stir crazy, and we are stressed to the hilt about trying to obtain PPP loans. Anytime someone mentions an ailment, I am sure we have contracted “it.”
My former partner in adventure, Kate, has pointed out that my cooking Instagrams and recipes have left her a little annoyed. “Who has time to cook, Laura? You really don’t get what it is like to have two kids who constantly bicker. And you are off mixing spices!” Did I mention that she decided to foster a rescue dog the very same day we had this exchange?
Oh boy, so this week I tried to keep it simple. Easy throw together recipes.
1 bunch broccolini
Snap off and discard bottoms of asparagus and broccolini, then cut into 2-inch pieces (halve thicker pieces lengthwise first).In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, and sesame paste. In another small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water.
Heat wok or large skillet over medium high heat, add 1 teaspoon of oil. Add the broccolini and asparagus and stir fry for about a minute. Then, add the chopped jalapeño, ginger, orange zest, and garlic, and saute´ for 30 seconds. Add soy sauce mixture and cook for 3 minutes, stirring and pressing the veggies against the side of the wok. Finally, add the cornstarch mixture and continue stir frying until the sauce thickens, about 15 seconds.
Like everyone else, we are parked in front of the TV after supper. Stephane and I were joking that we should start a new drinking game that goes like this: drink every time a commercial plays somber piano music or says “In these unprecedented times” or “We are here for you.” Heck, we would be wasted 10 minutes into the program!
I was out running the other day, trying to ward off the coopies. A gentleman and I were running towards each other on the same path, and he courteously smiled and crossed the road, and I waved and thanked him. I thought about what a small, yet big shift that was. That we showed each other kindness by avoiding each other!
Sending you vibes of strength for another marathon week.