At work the other day (in a sort of not-for-profit re-sale shop) we were looking at a “scrap-booking charm” someone had donated. My co-worker asked, “Is that a roll of toilet paper?” Yes: there in a miniature reproduction made of plastic, was a roll of toilet tissue mounted in a tiny faux ceramic holder! We wondered why anyone would want to put such a thing into an embellished to-be-remembered-forever scrap-book page. What sort of pictures would you want to commemorate with a roll of toilet paper?
Then I thought about our recent road trips and recalled the various kinds of toilet paper we encountered at public “rest stops.” Some were almost normal, if a bit crunchy and non-absorbant. Some were so thin than one could see through them. Others were both transparent and only 2½ inches wide. How does one use such stuff?
Yes, the role of toilet paper (pun intended) in our society is a valid topic of consideration. Have you noticed that toilet paper rolls really are narrower than they used to be? Depending on the sort of dispenser you have in your bathroom some are too narrow to use anymore.
Ah. but this is a food blog, so enough about TP…
But… well, just read on:
Have you noticed that at the same time chicken breasts are getting larger even HUGE?
My last post about spicy sesame noodles asked for 3 chicken breasts to be elegantly poached and served over a lovely Japanese version of sesame noodles with seasonal vegetables and noodles meant to serve 4. But the three skinless boneless breasts weighed 1½ pounds. That is really a LOT (too much) of chicken per person when it is served with the lovely vegetables and noodles!
So I poached 3 chicken breast as called for in the previous recipe but once they were cooked, I knew there was far too much chicken for the recipe. As you see, I did not let the third breast go to the bad: It was delightfully used in a pasta salad with the extra cucumbers, red peppers, snow peas and green onions. I added some chopped green salad olives, the sort stuffed with pimentos, and very inexpensive in grocery stores in the U.S. I cooked up a good dose of shell-shaped pasta and tossed the lot with a bit of bottled vinegrete dressing.
Voila: a quick easy and tasty meal.