Recently I took out my Ipod which I’ve not used in a long, long time.
I apologized for ignoring it and then charged it. I think there were no hard feelings, because I was immediately rewarded with a bunch of crazily nostalgic, deliciously dreamy tunes.
They took me back.
I remembered my mother singing and dancing to MJ’s – The way you make me feel, and my brother and I jumping around with her.
I remembered slow dancing with an old boyfriend to Red red wine and thinking this is what love is. (Hilarious it seems now :P)
I remembered rewinding Quit playing games a hundred times on my walkman, feeling like the song was written for me. (I know. SO embarrassing.)
I remembered discussing what the sign in Ace of Base’s I saw the sign was with my best friend. (I still don’t know. What was the sign?)
I remembered singing I want to hold your hand with my band in school and feeling like we were the coolest singers in town.
Music brings back so many memories. And when you remember old things, they’re all coloured with the mist of nostalgic happiness. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy :)
To go with all the happy memories, I needed a bowl full of comfort food.
I checked my fridge and saw I had broccoli and sausages. That is how this yummy stir fry was born.
It has all kinds of textures and flavours going on.
Crispy broccoli, crunchy almonds, plump sausage bits, the sour hit of fish sauce, and yummy garlic that I could eat in everything.
And it’s healthy too.
Want a bite? :)
Broccoli, sausage, and almond stir fry bowl
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
1 head of broccoli
2 tsp olive oil
8 medium chicken sausages
1 onion, roughly chopped
5-6 garlic cloves, chopped
a handful of almonds
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp dark soy
salt and pepper to taste
1. Chop the broccoli into florets and blanch. Set aside.
2. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a wok or deep pan and fry the sausages for a few minutes, until cooked. Remove, cool, chop into pieces (on the diagonal) and set aside.
3. In the same wok, add the remaining oil, and fry the onion and garlic till light brown and fragrant. Add the broccoli, sausage, and almonds. Stir well.
4. Mix up the fish sauce, vinegar, honey, and soy in a small bowl. Add this sauce to the wok and mix everything together. Add salt and pepper to taste, and transfer to 2 big bowls. Eat hot.
Listen to an old song you loved while you eat this. Savour the last whiff of winter and some wonderful memories :)
Do you have a favourite old song? Tell me about it :)