Broken noodle

Everything is broke. My bank, my brain, my bones. Who can remember if nobody sends a notice. My dentist could have at least scratched it in under “we do big beautiful smiles.”
“You’re 44; go to bed.” Or not as good, but probably more effective:
“You are 44; get out of bed.”
I am relying on fruits, vegetables, and the promise of going to the beach.
None of that is helping my broke bank. I feel like I must have spent at least $14.00 on a small bag of cherries and maybe even more for my onions. My backyard is looking more and more promising as a small farm venture for other members of my family to pursue. For God’s sake, I know times are tight, but we can’t give up fruits and vegetables.
As a matter of fact, remember that the success of a vegetable noodle dish is in plenty of vegetables. For 9 ounces of long thin noodles, cooked in plenty of salted water until right before you think they are done, add 1st, a few tablespoons of unsalted butter. You heard me right. In another hot, hot, little heavy saute pan you want to sear off a few slabs of extra firm tofu in a spill of olive oil. Season them on one side with salt. Don’t mess with them until they are completely brown and gorgeous one side. Flip. Give each a few drops of good soy sauce. In that same saute pan, once the tofu is done, add another spill of oil, and get going 3 scallions and about 10 leaves of fresh mint. Season with salt and a little pepper. Toast and crush about 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and fennel. Add that. Finely dice 1 zucchini. Add that and let it go until barely cooked through and a little browned. Taste for delicious. Wash and dry well, some baby leaves of arugula. Drizzle with a tiny bit of sesame or olive oil, a dash of white vinegar (or rice vinegar) and a sprinkle of salt. Cube the tofu with a sharp knife, and toss everything you got in with the pasta. You should barely see the noodles for the veg. Taste again. If you like, sprinkle with a few toasted sesame seeds. Can you believe it? No garlic. I know. I ran out and I was too cheap to pay for more at the deli.

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