This year’s Home Made Challenge follows on the heels of a particularly gruelling three weeks away from home – two of which was spent in a remote location with little access to real food. I came back to an empty fridge, feeling like I’ve completely lost my food literacy.
The first few days of November -after a debauched weekend in Montreal eating tonnes of real Chinese food- I went back to comfort food when I had to cook for myself. For me, it’s noodles with vegetables and an egg with a runny yolk. I grew up eating versions of this simple combination of starch-vegetable-egg topped with sesame oil and soy sauce – we would have it on white rice or on noodles. My favourite was Chinese broccoli and fried egg on rice.
Cooking and eating this dish helped me reintegrate back into normal life that involved cooking my own food and packing lunch. (Admission: I hadn’t packed a lunch since the summer..) Over the past week, I’ve made pita chips, quinoa brownies, tonnes of noodles and pasta, zucchini fritters and even a Thai curry. All delicious, all super easy to make. I do get the random craving to just go and buy some ready-to-eat food though.
Tonight, when I tire of working on my essay, I plan on making some sunbutter cookies. Because it snowed for the first time today. (But do I really need an excuse to bake?)