Dinner: Rhymes with Gnocchi (or not) Fiocchi Part Deux

I had much fancier plans than to just boil the adorable fiocchi, plate up, drizzle with olive oil, fresh lemon juice and some coarse salt, but I was too busy around the apartment and found myself instead returning to the kitchen repeatedly to “check” on their temperature: i.e. pop one into my mouth. That ended up being dinner.

The lesson: fiocchi are extremely tasty even when plain and simple, as any pasta worth its flour should be.

And, bonus, tonight I discovered they’re extremely pop-able, which is often (if not always) a good quality in my book, opens up a whole new world of dining possibilities. Really, needs cutlery when you can use your fingers?


Lunch: Pad See Ew, I Hardly Knew You

You were just so good / And I was just so hungry / There was no courtship / Just devouring / You feel so good in my belly.

So I got incredibly tied up at work today and finally ordered one of Aura Thai‘s lunch specials just in the nick of time — five minutes until 3p, when the specials end.

I’d brought enough arugula and sprouts to make a small side salad to go with whatever I ordered today, and so I did one of my favorite things, which may cause Thai food purists to wretch, but I sort of love: I mixed the greens in, let them get all saucy and wilty, too. (Really, who doesn’t want to get saucy and wilty?)

The bitterness of the greens/sprouts actually worked nicely with the sweet soy bean sauce. As always, there’s plenty of sauce to go around.

EARLIER: Broth with noodles, roast pork and wontons at Aura Thai (Lunch, April 7, 2009)

Breakfast: Good Morning, Good Earth

Hands down one of my favorite herbal teas.

photoI don’t know what they put in this stuff* but Good Earth’s Original Sweet & Spicy herbal tea blend has got some pretty big flavors that all manage to play nicely together. There’s a zingy, spicy kick that wakes me up, and a finishing sweetness on my lips that makes me keep smacking them and savoring the flavor. The aromatic herbs leave a nice after-tea breath that feels a hellofa lot better than coffee (stale, bitter). And, I’m remembering just in time for the weather to turn (nice), it’s good hot or iced.

*Well I do now actually; just looked at the list of ingredients: red rooibos, chicory root, artificial flavor (what?! a little unsettling), rosehips, cinnamon, peppermint, lemongrass, papaya, chamomile, ginseg leaves, anise seed, ginger root, dandelion root, orange peel and orange oil.