More Thai inspired noodles...Be like Lillard, and I think i'm ready to move to Uruguay.

February 22nd 2016

Yep, last week sucked royally...haha! With trying times often comes a period of growth, I guess like "April showers brings May flowers" well add about four more months to the "showers" part if you live where I live. Cancer, racism, sexism, judgmental bias. You can't escape the negative but one can learn to empower themselves by the naysayers. Cuz I'll tell ya what even if you lose that 20lbs, stop swearing, get rich, they may smile at you and act cool even, I think Kid Cudi put it best "Haters shake my hand but I keep the sanitizer on thick", but behind your back those who are stunted will find reasons to dislike guess what? Don't fall for it.....get your group of true supporters and treat em' right, be loyal, be supportive...but never sell out to please others...and please ladies stop competing and start loving other women, you are selling yourself short and being insecure. At a recent Clinton rally, Madeline Albright hollers awkwardly to a crowd that "there is a special place in Hell for women who don't support other women", a bullying approach to choosing a candidate for POTUS, that is wrong, that is women shaming, that is woman on woman misogyny, vote based on merit. Saying you have to vote for someone because they have the same sex organs as you is not feminism, it is manipulation. A big, fat, step backwards. Be true to yourself and watch your karma cuz just like me she's a bitch and ain't good to beef with. Ellen once said "the haters are my motivators", and sometimes the haters are people that are supposed to be family or folks you considered friends (remember what happens to Fredo in Godfather 2?). It seems like those really exceptional humans, don't make themselves the victims but instead use the neg to make a positive.Listen to Jay-Z on this one.
Damian Lillard, arguably one of the best b-ball players in history has done nothing but prove the haters wrong, if you need an example just look at the Blazers win against the Golden State Warriors(51 f*%cking points?!). If someone tells you it can't be done....all the more reason to do it. And if you are one of those people who think you are "cut from a finer cloth",hide under your religion as a way to never take responsibility for your actions, I got news for ya....that's not what Jesus would do and if there is a god, she won't be happy with you.We all inevitably mess up, we are all human, the difference is whether you own it or not.
Try as you will some folks are impossible and you are in no way obligated to let toxic people emotionally abuse you! Trim the fat. Life is too damn short for B.S. I feel like I need to live outside the U.S. at some point to get some perspective on how other more linear social systems work, and Uruguay is affordable and similar to what I would imagine paradise is. Rant is over.
On to Pad see ew, it's tasty as hell, and quick to boot. Basically it translates to "soy sauce, stir fry, noodles" and its one to have in the home cook arsenal, you can sub out ingredients to suit your taste or the season and whip it up in about 20 minutes and feed 4 people for the price of one serving at the take out joint you would normally patronize.
You will need:
1 14 oz package of rice noodles, the wider the better.
0.5 # ground pork, or your protein preference.
1 bunch red kale or leafy green you are into. (for traditionalists Chinese broccoli)
4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
a few tbsp cooking oil of choice
2 T oyster sauce
1 T soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 T rice wine vinegar
1 T water
2 eggs, whipped.
1 T Chili black bean sauce (optional)
2 T Fried shallots (optional)
2 T cilantro (optional)
chili paste to serve (optional)
1 lime cut into wedges
Soak rice noodles in hot water for minutes, drain. Mix the oyster, soy, sugar, water and vinegar together in a small bowl and set aside. Blanch kale in salted water for three minutes than ice bath to retain color. Heat a few drizzles of cooking oil (I used peanut) in a large skillet over high heat, add pork and black bean sauce if you are using it. Stir a bit, add garlic, drizzle a bit more oil, add noodles, and kale. Stir frequently, add sauce mixture. When noodles are a bit brown, push to one side, add eggs to empty side and let set up omelette style. Stir mixture together. Add additional toppings as preferred and squeeze lime over the top.
Tootles....enjoy your noodles. And in the words of my Mother Diana "don't let the bastards get you down."