Lucky for me, and my husband, I love to save bits of food. I'll happily freeze the last serving of this or that, and I tend to collect ingredients that I don't currently have a use in mind for, but hey, they're on sale!
So, I've been working ridiculously long hours lately. I've been lucky to be able to eat a meal at home, let alone one I've cooked myself. I came home starving last night, and was despaired to have nothing ready to eat. I rummaged and grumbled, and finally came to the conclusion with the right twist, I actually could make a meal.
I always keep pasta on hand. I love my carbs, which unfortunately shows more than I'd like. I also usually have onions and garlic on hand. I happened to have a final jar of kimchi I made last fall, and a decaying bunch of cilantro in the veggie drawer. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I made a meal of pasta tossed with onions, garlic, the last of the cilantro, and a good couple scoops of kimchi. I dressed the lot with a thread of sesame oil and some sesame seeds. It was fantastic. I know of lot of you reading this might be slightly put off, but think about it- lo mein is wheat pasta tossed with meat, onions and oil. I just didn't have any meat.
The point is sometimes you have to be a little creative. And also have random items on hand. This is yet another public service announcement for keeping a well stocked pantry.