March 30, 2016 Lunch – Vinaigrette, Dinner – Mapo Dofu
I met Aaron, Amelia, and Ioanna at Vinaigrette for lunch. Aaron ordered a ½ sandwich and salad, Ioanna and I ordered the Frisée, which is a classic French Salad with frisée, lardons, and a poached egg with a sweet French seed mustard vinaigrette. Ideally the sweet mustard vinaigrette mixes with the warm yolk and the bacon fat from the fried lardons for a luscious dressing.
Amelia ordered an Omega salad with spinach and bacon plus grilled artichokes.
Amelia also ordered a carrot, soda water, turmeric, and fresh ginger spritzer. I ordered a kale, Apple juice, and lemon spritzer. I liked the refreshing flavor. There was a light touch of kale in my spritzer, which was mostly soda water and a goody amount of Apple juice.
I wanted to go meditate at 6:40, so a little after 4:00 I started prepping Mapo Dofu. I chopped 1/2" onion, two pork steaks, 1 T. Ginger, 1 T. Garlic, 1 eggplant, 15 stalks of asparagus, about 1/3 lb. of sugar snap peas, ¼ lb. of green chili, 6 or 7 fresh shitake mushrooms, 2 baby portobello mushrooms, 1 T. Wood ear, and 19 ounces of tofu.
I first sautéed the onion, pork, garlic, ginger in 2 T. of peanut oil with 2 tsp. of garlic/chili paste. Then I added the eggplant, mushrooms, asparagus, and sugar snap peas. Then I added enough chicken stock to cover the ingredients and added the tofu, 1 T. each of Chinese Rice Wine and soy sauce and ½ tsp. of sesame oil.
I the covered the wok and went to meditate. I invited Todd, the other meditator to dinner. When we arrived home at 8:30 I heated the PPI rice and chopped a green onion and we served dinner.
Tonight I did things a little different. I cooked the Mapo Dofu for two hours, which created a lovely natural sauce I chose to let the sauce stand on its own, without thickening
Mapo Dofu the way I make it is a perfect one dish dinner.
I drank hot green tea with dinner.
My compulsion to eat dessert is somewhat under control these days.
I ate a second helping of Mapo Dofu instead of dessert.
As an afternoon snack I ate a couple of candied apricots.