I was able to dig up a suit for today that has always been too big on me, to go to a University Senate meeting where I have to sit with the President and Executive VP, and I'm feeling a strange sense of relief to be hiding in my clothes.
I have, unfortunately, been eating for two lately, it seems. I know that you're not supposed to, but I'm hungry ALL. THE. TIME. I don't remember this with Ian; it's a little frightening, actually, that even when my stomach feels like it's about to burst I find myself salivating over all sorts of things. Things that are bad for me. Cake. Chocolate. Ice cream. Fried things. We pulled out pictures of me last time I was pregnant, and I don't look too much bigger this time around, but still, this must stop; I need to be able to fit into at least some of my clothes again some day!
I'm sure that some of what I cooked this week didn't help, either. What do you do with too many scallions? Madhur Jaffrey, wise in the way of things vegetarian and ethnic, says you make scallion pancakes. Seems harmless, right? Well, despite my reputation for healthy cooking, these are not even remotely good for you, and I'm almost ashamed that I served them for dinner (I redeemed myself only marginally by offering grilled zucchini and eggplant as the other half of our meal). Ian had a virus this week, so he didn't help us eat them, either; we were left to our own devices. A word to the wise: though they are dangerously tasty, don't eat two or more pancakes' worth of wedges at once if you want to fit into your clothes the next day. Even if you really are pregnant and hungry.
(there is a lovely step-by-step photo essay at Almost Bourdain, but my recipe is just a little bit different; I recommend my recipe, with AB's step-by-step photos.)
1 1/4 c. warm water
10 scallions, cut crosswise into fine rounds (both green and white sections)
10 T. vegetable or peanut oil, divided (yes, go for the unhealthy here ... it's just not the same with olive oil)
1 t. salt
1 t. freshly ground black pepper
Put flour into a big bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the warm water and, mixing as you go, make a soft dough. Collect the dough together and make a ball. Knead briefly and make a ball again. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
Flour a large work surface thoroughly. Put the dough ball in the center and flour the dough ball; roll out into a 20 inch round, dusting with flour when you need to. Brush the surface with oil, and spread the scallions over it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Starting with the edge closest to you, roll up the dough into a long fat log and pinch the ends to seal in the spring onion and oil.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat with 3 T. of oil. When the oil is hot, add your pancake to the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, turning once, until the pancake is light golden brown and crisp. Remove the cooked pancake to a paper towel to drain and add 1 T. oil to the pan. Repeat the cooking process until all of your pancakes have been fried.
Cut into wedges and serve immediately with a dipping sauce of 2 T. soy sauce, 1 T. mirin, 1 t. sugar, 1 t. sesame oil, and 1/4 c. very light stock OR 1/4 c. soy sauce, 2 1/2 T. rice vinegar, and 2 t. sesame oil.