I am honestly not looking forward to today. Hopefully by the end of today, I will have finished a horrible chunk of dirty lab work. But if that happens, I will be coated in coral dust (my newly washed hair gone to dogs and my lovely outfit ready for the laundry). This can't be happening to me and I am so not reday for it :( :(
As I write this post, it is honestly going to be the best part of the day..at least till 3-4 PM. And on such a very tiring morning as this, it is best to think of..right..good and nice comforting food :) See, I am already smiling. And no points for guessing, but I do have in mind a dish, which I made only a couple of weeks ago, after returning from an equally tiring day at the lab. But it was the end of the day. But on the flip side, it was in cambridge cold. So more or less we are on the same page. A beautiful morning in California with a dust covered day awaiting me against a tiring day at the lab followed by walking in intense cold in Boston. And what made that day end nice, was a simple dish I concocted off my weariness. I am sure just writing about it today, would take the sting off this rather sunny nice morning :)
So here is to a dish that makes a bad day..somewhat nice :)
2 Potatoes- sliced up. You can also use yams.
A big bunch of green beans all chopped up
1 big tomato- coarsely chopped.
1 Jalapeno- coarsely chopped. Optional
2 cloves of garlic- minced
1 tbsf cumin powder
1 tbsf hot paprika
1 tbsf brown mustard
2 tbsf Olive oil. You can use regular oil too
Salt and black pepper to season
Lemon wedges for garnish
Here is what you do-- stir fry :)
In a big skillet that is :) However, first bake your sliced potatoes/ yams at 420F in the oven for 15 mins
(don't forget to pre-heat your oven for a good 10 mins). Okay, now take your non-stick skillet. Heat oil and add baked potatoes, tomato and green beans. Stir-fry for 2-3 mins. Add the minced garlic, jalapeno, hot paprika, cumin and mustard and stir fry for another 2 mins. Reduce heat to lowest and cook for another 5 mins, with occasional stirring to prevent sticking to the bottom. You may add bits and bobs of water to prevent sticking. I do that. Once done season with the salt, pepper. Give everything a good shimmy shake and serve hot. Garnish with lemon or parsley or coriander. It is your bad day. So go crazy :)
Nothing like freshness of veggies in a flavorful stir-fry to perk up rotten days
Happy eating and healthy living!