Hi guys! Just wanted to check in with my first post in over a year because WOW time FLIES when you are broke all the time and also working really hard. What? How? WHAT? Ha ha ha ha graduating from college in 2008 with a degree in not thinking about my future has been awesome for me and the internet start up I didn’t create!
Here’s a list of all the great stuff I learned and some thoughts and musings from this past year that I am just SO #STOKED to share with you on my blog.
-OMG did you know that when you spend $60 on #leafygreens at the Farmer’s Market you still have to buy other food because kale tastes like shit if you don’t put cheese on it?
-I am literally dying with laughter that bringing my lunch to school or work or when I try to be spontaneous and go to the beach or actually every time I leave the house means that I have a minimum of two Tupperware containers on my person at all times and WTF LOL don’tcha just hate that the plastic never really feels clean?
-Ha ha ha ha ha ha I am having such a great time proportioning out my cabbage so it can go in every meal I have made since September 2013. I’M SO GREAT AT CHOPPING, YOU GUYS.
-Isn’t it awesome how on the internet there’s like so many shabby chic DIY projects created by people sponsored by Target for people like you and me of limited financial security? These are projects created FOR us by people who are GREAT at saving the money they actually have and the TIME they are actually paid for so that we, too, can have a life that LOOKS so good I can #lifeisgreat #diy #soulfood all the nineteen instagram shots I posted today of my super honest daily life of chambray and stripey paper strawwwwwwwwwsssssss.
-I am having just the BEST time being underemployed in a super duper expensive city that doesn’t give a flying fuck about my artistic aspirations becaaaaaause underemployment means the days I don’t leave the house with my Tupperware I get to eat soup for lunch that I make from #scratch! Soups like pho that I would much rather pay for but, being underemployed, I can’t afford to go out for meals that are not directly related to my #leafygreen Farmer’s Market expenses! SO, as I can’t pay for a class to learn how to cook OR buy the actual ingredients involved in the creation of most things on the internet OR travel to other countries for a culinarily immersive experience that would forever influence me as a chef, I WING IT, INSTEAD!
I AM LITERALLY SO EXCITED ABOUT MY LIFE!
Internet Filter Pho
Makes 1 Serving for your SUPER AWESOME LUNCH eaten in front of your excellent life on the computer!
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 1/2 c broth (or 1 1/2 c water and 1/2 a bullion cube)
1 clove garlic, minced
1-inch of ginger, minced
1 tsp lime juice
1 small carrot, sliced
1/4 c firm tofu, cubed (can also be soft, or left out entirely)
1/4 red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized chunks
4 stems kale, de-stemmed and ripped into small pieces
1/4 c green cabbage, thinly sliced
Approximately 3 oz stir-fry noodles (I use the Thai Kitchen ones, you can also use udon or soba or whatever other freaky rice noodles you have lying around)
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 TB each chopped cilantro and chopped basil
1. Cook noodles according to package instructions for the minimum amount of time needed for cooking or soaking (ie if the instructions say “soak 8-10 minutes” soak for 8 and not 10. Stay with me.) Drain and set aside.
2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil until hot. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry 1-2 minutes.
3. Add broth (or water and bullion cube if you’re fancy), lime juice, a squirt of sriracha, and a dash of soy sauce. Listen, this is how we do things around here.
4. Cover pot and bring to a boil.
5. Once boiling, add carrots. Cook for one minute with the lid on.
6. After one minute, add tofu and bell pepper. Cook for one minute with the lid on.
7. Then add cabbage, kale, and noodles. Give the pot a shake and let cook approx. 2 minutes, or until the kale has started to wilt.
8. Give a final stir, then put soup into a big bowl. Garnish with green onion and chopped basil and cilantro if you’re using them.
9. Serve with a slice of lime and so much sriracha your nose runs and you have to wipe it really carefully so your make up isn’t totally screwed before you post your #eatinlunch shot to the ‘gram.