A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Friday, October 10, 2008

What I Had for Lunch Today: Stirfry with Broccoli and Chestnuts

This is a recipe I found in Yankee Magazine years ago. It's supposed to be made with chicken, but I use tofu in its place. I thought of it when I saw little bags of ready-to-eat peeled, cooked chestnuts at the local job lot for an obscenely low price.

Deep-fry cubes of tofu, and nuke some broccoli. Then stir-fry a couple of scallions, cut into 1" pieces, in hot oil. Add a splash of white wine, a splash of soy sauce, a couple of spoons of ginger syrup (or a bit of chopped fresh ginger and a couple of pinches of sugar), a few of the chestnuts, the broccoli, and the tofu, and toss it just until everything is hot. Drizzle with toasted sesame oil.

This is served with rice and, in my house, plenty of Lan Chi Szechuan Sauce with Garlic.

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