Sometimes you just need something simple for dinner.
Of course, there are days when you need something simple, delicious, as well as green.
Hey guys, do you realize that you are seeing me for the second time this week? (Read: second blog post for the week) Eid is still on, people are coming over even now, but I’ve nonetheless managed to write two posts in a week? Wowers. Someone give me a pat on the back please?
As a kid, I loved Eid so much. Visiting my maternal grandma on the morning of Eid was something I used to really look forward to every year. The moment she passed away, Eid was never the same again. As I grew older, there were more responsibilities and work to be done during Eid. For the past few years, I have realized that I share such a love-hate relationship with Eid.
Reasons why I love Eid
- The house is at its prettiest. On normal days, the cushions on the sofa can end up anywhere around the house, but during Eid, it is strategically placed on the sofa and left as such for at least 30 days.
- I love putting in $ in the envelopes (For the kids that come to visit)
- Eid is fashionably fun because somehow, everyone looks really pretty and all dressed up!
- It is the time of the year where we seek forgiveness from each other, from our past mistakes. Pretty therapeutic moment I have to say.
- Lots and lots and lots of good food.
- Meeting up with the favorite family members. Take note of the word “favorite” because I do not look forward to meeting just everyone. Pardon my bluntness, but how can I love someone who asked me if I lost any weight during fasting?
Reasons why I do not like Eid
- Too much work, for someone that bakes like crazy for at least 16 days during Ramadan, It is hard to be all energized like a Duracell bunny.
- During Eid, you have to mostly dress up properly even if you are at home. Yup, no sweatshirts and that super comfortable xxxxl T-shirt of mine with an overstretched neckline. My mom’s hawk eyes literally prey on my dressing sense during Eid.
- When you meet certain people who have a lot of things to say and too many questions to ask but you still have to keep that smile on your face.
- At 11 pm, I am all dressed up in my nightie and snuggling up on the bed, in front of a laptop and a phone rings, and madness follow. Changing to some decent looking dress, brushing the hair, using a bit of talc and making sure the cushions on the sofa are strategically placed and that the cookie jars are filled with cookies. All that in 10 minutes. For real.
So last post was a healthy one and today its a healthy recipe too? You must be thinking that I have turned into a health junkie. I wish I did!! Truth is, I am munching on some potato chips right now and I have something Nutella-ish coming up in an upcoming post!
I am a huge fan of asparagus, if you can’t tell from this Lemon Asparagus or this Bacon Wrapped Asparagus. Asparagus is so versatile. You can chop them up in salads, steam them or even throw them on a grill. Too easy really!
Fresh asparagus were sauteed with some olive oil and garlic and a dash of light soy sauce and sesame oil were added followed by a sprinkle of black pepper and toasted sesame seed! The asparagus were crisp and delicious. The saltiness from the soy sauce and the nuttiness of the sesame seed and sesame oil really shined through. It was a perfect medley of flavors!
These 5 ingredients Sesame Asparagus makes a great side dish to almost any meal! I served mine with chunks of grilled chicken that was marinated with sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and black pepper!
- 2 pounds asparagus, ends trimmed,
- 1-2 tablespoon light soy sauce (Depending on the salt content of the brand of soy sauce)
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 3 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
- ¼ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and saute chopped garlic for 30 seconds.
- Add asparagus and stir fry for 2 minutes.
- Season with soy sauce, black pepper and sesame oil.
- Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately