[Debby, talking about a sandwich she just had] It was covered in <muffled> spice.
[everyone mishears it as “kinky spice”] !!!
[Erin] Kinky Spice, the long-forgotten Spice Girl!
Our local library sponsored a guided bird-watching walk through the cemetery across the street. Most people brought binoculars. I brought my camera and a zoom lens. Here are the highlights:
Kung Pao Chicken
- 1 Flat-bottomed wok or large frying pan
- 2 mixing bowls
- measuring cups and spoons
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs boneless, skinless, cut into bite-sized chunks
- 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tbsp shaoxing wine or dry sherry
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper white or black
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp sugar granulated
- 1 tbsp sambal oelek
- vegetable oil
- 2 bell peppers diced large
- 2 celery stalks sliced thin
- 1 tbsp ginger, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup peanuts, roasted
- 2 scallions sliced thin (optional)
Marinate the Chicken
- Add tamari or soy sauce, wine or sherry, cornstarch, sesame oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved. Drizzle 2 tablespoons over chicken and mix.
- Add the vinegar, sugar, and sambal to the remaining marinade and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.NOTE: if you're doubling the recipe because you have a lot of chicken, don't double the sambal or you may make it too spicy.
Stir Fry the Veggies and the Chicken
- Heat pan over medium-high heat. Add tablespoon of oil, followed by the bell peppers and celery. Season with salt and stir fry until crispy-tender and browned in spots (about 4 minutes).Add garlic and ginger and stir fry another 30 seconds.
- Transfer veggies to a plate.
- Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to the pan, followed by the chicken. Spread evenly across the pan and let cook until golden brown and a little seared on the bottom, 3-4 minutes.Stir fry for a couple of minutes, until cooked through.
- Add vegetables back in, and add peanuts.Give the sauce a quick whisk and pour in. Stir fry until sauce thickens and coats everything, about a minute.Sprinkle in scallions and serve over rice.
- use extra-firm tofu;
- squeeze the water out by wrapping in towels or a couple of paper towels, then putting on a plate and leaving something heavy on top for 20-30 minutes;
- cube the tofu into bite-sized chunks
- toss with a little cornstarch, then fry over medium heat until all sides are golden-brown.
- Continue with rest of recipe.
Beta made a child-appropriate educational video as part of her senior project. She did a great job. Enjoy!
It’s good to take a refresher course in empathy, from time to time. I may need it more often than most.
When someone appears to be having a moment, start by asking:
Do you want to be helped, heard, or hugged?
Follow their decision and go on from there.
For the source of the quote, and for a deeper discussion, see When Someone You Love Is Upset, Ask This One Question.
When you pay attention, you get to find out about cool stuff like watching the Minuteman reenactors practice their drills prior to the big day.
We’re gonna ignore that it’s been like 6 years and we’re gonna pretend I’ve been posting.
This is a short story I submitted to a contest. I won it, and netted 50 bucks in the process. I also ended up redoing it as a comic, which I may post at a later date. Enjoy!