Well, it’s Monday morning, and I’m juuuuuust coming to after a long weekend of watching things. I’m waiting for the first person to ask me, “What did you do this weekend?” Because then I can give them the exciting answer of, “I watched stuff.”
Maybe some people went skiing. That’s exciting too.
Maybe some people visited a nearby city for shopping, museums or wonderful food. That’s nice.
Maybe some people saw a concert or sporting event. Good for them!
I watched stuff. Some of it on the television, some of it on the internet and some of it in the movie theater.
It really began with all the hype over the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” (My friends already know about me and Serial podcast. And The Jinx.) I can’t get enough true crime. (Let me just clarify: I don’t want a true crime to happen against me personally. That’s an important clarification.) Anyway, I needed the ten episodes of “Making a Murderer” under my belt ASAP!!! Why? Because other people were all watching it. Pete and I began early last week and binged through the weekend until we finished last night.
It is VERY against character for Pete to watch a lot of television, so this took coaxing for him to watch with me. I keep a running commentary of outrage and disbelief when I watch shows like that. I want someone listening.
At one point Pete turned to me and asked, “Are you OK?”
I wasn’t OK. The system is broken, and I’m not OK with it.
I won’t spoil anything. You’ll have to watch and see for yourself why the system is broken. And then read the internet to get the other side. Pancakes have two sides, I always say.
We did leave the house long enough to see The Revenant on Saturday, after which we ate at the brand-new vegan comfort-food pub called Root, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Quick service. Great food. Cool hipster atmosphere. I was a dork among hipsters. It was very crowded, which was heartening for us. I had a vegan Reuben sandwich, and Pete had a vegan pot pie. We can’t wait to go back.
Sunday we had occasion to be outraged again when we saw The Big Short, about corruption surrounding the 2008 financial collapse. The system! It’s all broken!
Sunday evening was a blur of red carpet dresses, Ricky Gervais and Downton Abbey before I drifted into a deeply-well-deserved slumber Sunday evening. So much watching…
I deserve a Golden Globe.
Instead, I have Pad Thai, which is a one-dish meal anyone can whip up using leftover vegetables. You can swap out snow peas for broccoli, if that’s what you have. You can also add cubed tofu! Try all different things. The sauce makes it all delicious. I experimented with various sauce combinations, and this is the one meant just for you.
My advice: Mix the sauce and vegetables into half of the cooked rice noodles, and then serve the resulting mixture over half of the plain rice noodles. You’ll have a nice, layered presentation on the plate.
- For the sauce:
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ soy sauce or tamari
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- Remaining ingredients:
- 8 oz. cooked rice noodles
- 2 cups snow peas, ends clipped
- ½ cup carrots, cut into sticks
- 1 bunch scallions (green onions)
- 3 small sweet peppers, cut into rings
- 1 cup mung bean sprouts (or other bean sprouts)
- optional garnish: sliced limes, chopped cilantro, chopped peanuts
- In a small saucepan, gently heat (on low) the sauce ingredients until the peanut butter melts into the rest of the sauce ingredients. Set aside.
- Cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Set aside. If they become sticky, toss them with a tablespoon or two of warm water.
- In a larger pan, cook the snow peas, carrots, scallions and sweet peppers in a little water (about ¼ cup) for 5 to 10 minutes until softened, adding more water as needed. Add the sauce to the vegetable pan and heat everything through.
- Toss the cooked vegetables and sauce with the noodles and bean sprouts. Serve immediately.
- Garnish with limes, cilantro and/or chopped peanuts.
It’ll calm your outrage. I promise.