Hi everyone! Another recipe awaits!
A friend recently received his Master’s degree and in celebration I made an on the spot stir-fry. Recently he asked me for the recipe and it occurred to me I did not write down the creation. Since then, I have mulled over what I could have possibly used and what follows is the recipe–as close as I can recall–and a few pics that my love happened to take that night.
Friendships and Food
Our friend is of Latino descent and his lovely girlfriend (also a close friend) is very involved and interested in Mexican culture. Additionally, they are both vegetarian, which worked out well for the ideas I had for the dish because I didn’t have to hold back on any of the veggies I wanted to include. I decided on an Asian themed dish but with a Latino (South American) twist. I wanted to make something that the two of them had never tried and it turns out I did!
When I think about eating and preparing food, I immediately think about sharing. In many ways, I feel like food is one of the most wonderful and full-hearted gifts you could ever give someone. A well prepared, home-cooked meal is full of dedication, trust, and creativity. Food, as a gift, polishes the idea of friendship because it’s sharing a part of yourself with the people in your life that mean the most to you. Preparing a meal, or giving the gift of food (especially if personally prepared, picked, sought out) is a way of leaving your mark on the world. Sadly, in some opinions, it’s much less permanent and much more easy to forget. I say let us remember these acts and appreciate every bite! Even when you’re sharing a meal with friends at a restaurant, take the time to truly appreciate the flavors, the environment and where the food came from. If it’s possible, you could even take the time to thank or compliment those who helped make the meal for you. Take a picnic with your friends and enjoy nature while enjoying your basket or bag full of wonders. Essentially, imbue the thought. I hope all of you enjoy preparing this meal and are able to share it with someone extra special. And remember…bite responsibly!
Peruvian Chili Lime Stir-Fry w/ Vermicelli Noodles
Ingredients / Utensils
Notes: I focused on the style in the cut of the vegetables. I wanted them to seem slightly uniform for a more aesthetic, pleasing look to the eye. I was going for a slender, matchstick or even julienne look to pattern with the small, delicate noodles. On my choice of noodle; I was inspired by Vietnamese dishes that frequently have vermicelli, thus I was hooked! I over-cooked the noodles just slightly that night, and they became a little gummy, but adding the slightest amount of sesame oil helped loosen them up. Also, I’m still perfecting the science of presenting a recipe because personally, I pour and shake my spices and liquids, thus it’s difficult for me to portion out measurements for others to use. I just go by taste. Patience, please! 😀
Think of the way your grandparents used to gather food for a week or more and then think about what their grandparents had to do. Now, think about the may outlets to which we are able to attain food. Here is a short list of just some of the places a person can obtain edibles:
What I want to emphasize overall is that there are positive and thoughtful ways to remain close to what you’re eating and those thoughtful behaviors in effect distribute your food dollars where they will make the greatest impact. I want to help extinguish any malaise you may have with eating healthier and contributing to your community in a sound way. Becoming more aware is not always an easy choice to make, but I’m certain that by individual efforts, even on the smaller scale, sustainable practices will change our country, and possibly the world for the better.