Lately, I’ve been working on some writing that is not for this blog, and it’s been consuming a great deal of my time. There are days when I’m so busy tapping away at the computer that I almost forget to eat lunch. Yesterday was one of those days. I realized it had been hours since breakfast and stumbled into the kitchen, weak-kneed and lightheaded.
After staring into the fridge for a few minutes, ideas for two dishes began to take shape: one would be a bold stir-fry, the other a cool, refreshing salad.
I pulled out some leftover pork belly, a mildly hot green pepper, ginger, half a leek, silken tofu, some miso, and a packet of red pickled ginger. From the cabinet, I retrieved ground toasted sesame seeds, mirin, sake, shoyu, and sesame oil. On the counter were garlic and a container of tiny, sweet cherry tomatoes. I grabbed those, too.
Then I set to work chopping, slicing, mincing, and mixing.