The Kindness of Others

When the Organizational Olympian came over to see the state of The Littlest Kitchen, she brought over a passel of groceries from Chinatown. “One, I will never get around to finishing all this food. And two, I feel bad for you.” I’m certainly not one to say no to food, but I’m not out to make others feel sorry for me. I got myself into an overspending mess, now it’s time to pay for it with penance.

But people can’t help but be kind. Like my fellow co-worker who took me out to lunch in fear of my dropping dead of malnutrition. Or the friends who have invited me over for dinner. Or a celebratory dinner for getting a new job. So much appreciated. I would probably do the same for a hare-brained friend on a money diet.

Putting to good use what the OO brought over, I made a baby bok choy stir fry with black bean sauce over Korean mixed rice for us. It was the least that I could do for a generous heart.

Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry

-mince 2 garlic cloves, 2 scallions, and a 1-inch piece of ginger
-thinly slice 3 Thai peppers (optional)
-chop 1 lb. baby bok choy
-cut 1/2 lb. tofu into 1/2″ cubes
-thinly slice 2 Chinese sausage on the bias
-heat 2T peanut oil over medium high heat
-when shimmering add sausage until it’s rendered some of its fat, about 2-3 minutes
-add aromatics, heat until fragrant, about 1 minute
-add tofu and bok choy, cook until bok choy is bright green, about 5 minutes
-add 2T black bean sauce, heat through, about 1 minute


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