So last week this house reached the peak of end-of-school frenzy. The cupboards were bare, the few remaining produce items were going limp in the fridge, there was no time to go food shopping, and the Chinese menus were becoming more and more attractive. One night we ordered some Hunan style tofu, which turned out to be spicy and good. The tofu, accompanied by tons of veggies and black bean paste, was crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, just perfect. And the portions were so big!
The next day, I had a ton of leftovers. How to eat them?
Behold the Hunan tofu pasta salad: chunks of tofu, brown rice pasta (hey, it's made of rice, so it's kind of like rice, right? right?), celery and celery leaves, and cilantro tossed with the sauce from the tofu plus some apple cider vinegar. It was surprisingly good and refreshing!
To accompany it, a salad made with the last handful of mesclun greens, some apples, and some celery, this one tossed with a smidge of balsamic vinegar and garnished with a few slivers of scallion.
Not a bad lunch. It provided a peaceful respite from the chaos of the last couple of weeks.
To all of you college students or teachers, or for anyone living with one, I hope the stress of finals is done, or close to being done, and that everyone survived intact and well-fed!