My girls and I sing and dance in the car to Amber‘s “Love One Another” in the morning. In the rearview mirror, I see both girls’ ponytails bobbing left and right to the beat, and the older one actually sings some of the words. “Love One Another, sisters and brothers, Love One Another….” I see her little mouth move to the words, and it’s pretty entertaining.
The foliage is gorgeous. Brilliant shades of orange, red, yellow, purple light up the trees, and we point to the various colors in Japanese in the car. “Right, upwards!” “Left, to the middle!” It’s funny watching the little one turning her head on a two second delay, as she figures out what we are pointing to.
Today’s lunch is:
Organic chicken wingette, grilled first, then braised in a pan sauce of soy sauce, mirin, Trader Joe’s organic low-sodium vegetable stock, and white pepper. This adds more flavor to the chicken, and is delicious even when it’s cold.
Steamed organic sweet potato drizzled in the same sauce as the chicken.
Sauteed organic pea shoots with minced garlic in olive oil, seasoned with a little salt, soy sauce and white pepper.
Quartered organic beets, roasted
Sliced lotus root, sauteed with a little sesame oil and soy sauce. I drizzled it with a little of the sauce from the chicken, and put it on the bottom of the chicken section, which is why you won’t be able to see it.
Hopefully she’ll give the lotus roots a try. They are crunchy, similar to the texture of water chestnuts, but in appearance, they are very different. When thinly sliced, each slice is about the size of a medium potato, but with holes. It is a good “sponge” of anything it is cooked in. I love them, and ate a good portion of them before I could even pack them for her lunch!