RECIPE. Nov 16, 2010

Pork Vegetable Noodle Blessing

This post almost didn’t happen. It was almost lost to lack of motivation, drive and pure laziness. The allure of sweats and a comfortable couch almost erased the possibility of this post ever occurring. Add a fussy infant to the equation and I’m surprised it ever occurred. It was almost replaced with mac and cheese out of a box with some green beans and pork or the more likely solution, delivery (insert carbohydrate dish here). Then I realized the time it would take to make the mac and cheese or get delivery would be the same amount of time as this dish and I needed to get my hands into something creative and clear my mind from the frustration of trying to please a tiny human.

As soon as I settled into the familiar tasks of cutting, slicing, frying and chopping I could feel my shoulders slacken and my eyes soften. The tension in my neck began to melt and I even noticed the corners of my mouth turn up, just so slightly. While cooking can require so much energy, it gives back a hundred times over. It is my way of bringing myself back to the moment, increasing mindful presence and focusing on just the task at hand. I reminds me I’m so much more than the worries or fears that can fill my head and opens my world past the confines of my kitchen. It’s a blessing.

This dish was a result of looking in the refrigerator and combining ingredients that I assumed would sound good together. In other words, I was too lazy to go to the grocery store and decided it was time to combine leftovers in a science experiment sort of way. Lucky for me, it turned out really well. I have included rough estimations so you can recreate it but don’t sweat over the exact numbers, just get the ingredients and add a little this and that until it looks good to you.

Heat peanut and sesame oil in skillet/wok. Add garlic and ginger and fry for one minute. Add spices and fry another minute. Add sliced cabbage, carrots and harder parts of bok choy and fry for 3-5 minutes or until softened. Add pork, cooked noodles rice vinegar and soy sauce and fry for another 3-5 minutes or until well combined.

Transfer about 1-2 cups of stir fry to bowls and top with chopped peanuts. Enjoy!