I was talking about this dish the other day, maybe Friday, and I said I could make this at home. So I did.
From approximately 12:00, for those of you who can still read analog clocks, we have leftover chicken breast from my Thursday dinner out, then, clockwise, sliced water chestnuts, spiral-cut zucchini, bean sprouts, egg pancake cut into “noodles”, mixed mushrooms, and spinach. Rice under all, natch.
As the recipes said, I cooked each ingredient separately, with different seasonings (soy sauce in the spinach, five-spice powder in something else, garlic and onion in another thing). Then, thanks to the magic of modern technology, I brought everything up to heat in the microwave before arranging it on the plate.
I sprinkled it all with sesame seeds and roasted almonds, and drizzled mine with soy sauce and sriracha sauce.
So, so good! I thought it was worth the trouble, just for a treat, but Charlie didn’t think so. He prefers simple food, and feels guilty if I take much time away from my work, bless him!
He did like the look of it, though: He said it reminded him of the house platters he used to get when he was stationed in Germany. Funny connection, eh? So that was nice, getting an unexpected memory.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Today is St. Gregory’s Day, the day Slovenians (I am told) celebrate as The Day The Birds Get Married. Write about birds getting married. Or anybody getting married.