Tofu salad

Nov. 12th, 2010 09:05 am
rikibeth: (Bandanagirl - Vampire Red)
I only worked one day this week. It was kind of harrowing, because the kitchen was down three people, and I'd never been there before, and three different people telling me (conflicting) things to do, but the highlight was that I got to invent a tofu salad.

Here's what I put in it:

6 tubs Nasoya Extra Firm tofu, cut into large cubes
4 red bell peppers, diced medium large
2 red onions, diced not quite so large
Enough snow peas to make it look like a good color balance
Half a bunch of flat leaf parsley, chopped

Dressing: soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, chopped garlic, white pepper. I couldn't begin to tell you proportions, I just grabbed a fistful of plastic spoons and kept tasting until it seemed good. If there had been fresh ginger in the house I'd have put some in. A squirt of sriracha sauce or a dash of sugar wouldn't hurt either, but I was in a rush.

Garnish with a sprinkling of black sesame seeds.

Chef said it was delicious.

Scaling it down is left as an exercise for the reader.
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In other words, I was able to replace the dashboard lights in the instrument cluster, but in the process I dropped a warning lamp somewhere back there. Nothing crucial is unlit, because the upshift/overdrive off light was not providing useful information, so yanked that one and swapped it into the empty space, but there's a lamp floating around back there. I should have pointed the Maglite at the back of the cluster FIRST instead of trying to do it by touch, I wouldn't have yanked so many warning lamps in the process.

The parts people at Gengras Volvo are super nice and forthcoming with helpful tips instead of being dismissive. This is refreshing.

I also picked up the wiring harness for the tailgate. It'd be nice to have the high brake light and the rear defroster and the license plate light and the rear wiper all working again. They haven't since I've owned the car.

This means that, yes, I finally got the car back from Claude with its brakes fixed. $189 and change for replacing the master cylinder. Ugh. What was worse was the $249 for the RENTAL car, but given the skeevy guy pulling up to me (and wow did I not look like anyone's idea of a hooker, I was wearing my kitchen checks and a zippered hoodie and a Jack Skellington bandana covering ALL my hair), there wasn't much of a choice.

Am feeling MUCH better than yesterday, when I stayed home from work because I was running a fever again. Of course, the run-over-by-a-truck feeling could have been my body fighting the lingering cold, or it could have been the onset of That Time Of The Month, since that started yesterday afternoon, ugh. Anyway, today I put in 8 hours, and got lemon bars made, and and a half-sheet of krispytreats, and raisin scones to go along with the apricot-almond ones, and everything's in order for tomorrow, I think. The place survived without me for a day, which surprised me a little, but it wasn't 100%.

It's so nice to have my OWN car back.
rikibeth: (Bandanagirl - Vampire Red)
The good part: I can sleep in (which for me is about 8:30 AM), I can do work around the house, I can even go to Haven tonight if I find someone who'll pay my gas in exchange for driving them ([livejournal.com profile] cherrybutterfly, I'm looking at you).

The bad part: I haven't been at this job long enough to get holiday pay. My paycheck next week is going to SUCK.

The weekend at [livejournal.com profile] talandra's was very restorative. Got to hang out, got a bit of game time, got a great deal of pointless but soothing crewelwork embroidery done... when I finish this "bell pull" with all the different flowers on it, is anyone interested in that sort of thing? Not my style of home decor at all, I just like the process.

Saw the Harry Potter movie. Brief review: meh. It needed more Snape.

After the weekend, I was a lot better able to cope with work. I made a point of looking at the checklist a lot, and pulling up components before we needed them... I hope they're happier with me.

Gave three of my co-workers rides home today, because it was pouring rain, and they take the bus. I remember how much not having a car sucked.

Despite the sucky paycheck, this is a big improvement over a 22-hour shift of pie-baking insanity the way I had last year. Looking back, I have no idea how I did it.

*sigh* Still, two days off will be nice.

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