One of the questions I like to frequently ask my culinary inclined friends is what their specialty dish is. Some say tacos, while others say nachos. That was obviously a semi-clever attempt to rhyme, but realistically, some say enchiladas, while others have said grilled steak–which I think is easier than making instant ramen so I press on for something more complex. So, what do I say when someone turns the question to me? Without skipping a beat, my reply is always, “noodles.” Whether the noodles are Asian, Italian, or Jewish, I have a natural love & knack for making great noodle-y dishes. Baked, raw, stir-fried, steamed, soaked, or freshly made, I can easily whip you up a bowl of delicious noodles whether you prefer them in soups, alone, or as a dipping tool. I suppose you’d like me to provide some troth of my noodle specialty, to which I say to you, NO PROBLEMO, AMIGO/A.
Here’s a real conversation I just had with Josh as I type this at 12:29 AM on the day after his birthday:
Me: Hey Josh, what would you say is my ultimate culinary specialty?
Josh: *swivels around from his computer chair to face me* Noodles & Asian fusion.
See, I can’t even make this up. Now that my boyfriend has totally verified my capabilities, let’s get on with this recipe I’ve just posted, which I previewed on Instagram last month. I bring you my Mediterranean inspired Hearty Alphabet Soup recipe. It’s vegetarian & vegan friendly too! It’s not exactly Asian fusion, but it does feature noodles & childhood nostalgia.
Hearty Alphabet Soup
To recreate this soup, be sure to check out my recipe.
More funsies in due time. It’s all been delayed due to moving. Speaking of which, my move to Boston has been easy, expensive, but easy, however, settling into Boston is a whole other story & not much of it is positive. Let’s just say, a certain postal company (FedEx) was terribly incompetent about delivering my mattress (said they tried to deliver, but didn’t buzz me while I was sitting at home the entire time for 4 days in a row WAITING for my bed to arrive), which resulted in 4 straight nights of painful urban camping via my friend’s couch, the floor, two chairs put together, & atop my bed-less bed frame. Realistically, the only way they’ll be removed from my “Poopheads List” is if they send a complimentary masseuse & a box of chocolates to my apartment. Obnoxious gift request for an obnoxiously awful service. I was 10/10 feeling so Fed Up with FedEx. It could always be worse & I’m thankful I’m not homeless, but for pete’s sake, how hard is it to ring the doorbell?!?!
How to Prevent Annoying First World Problems When Moving
The lesson learned from this experience is really simple: use UPS. I’m half-kidding. The real lesson from avoiding an incident of nonexistent deliveries of necessary items is to contact the carrier, giving them explicit instructions on how to handle your package if you’re absent, ask them the approximate delivery time, & use a company you absolutely trust. In addition, if you’re moving to a place that has a property manager off-site or on-site, call them & ask if it’s okay that they sign for your package. If your property manager is off-site like mine is, it’s probably best if you change the delivery item to their address & figure out a way to get it to your apartment. Communication is key whether you’re in a relationship or talking to the customer service agent at FedEx.
I wanted to punch a hole in my wall when I got an update telling me my 57 lb. (26 kg) package was to be held for pickup in Wilmington, MA, population 2000. Have I mentioned that I’m carless in Boston? Or that I weigh less than twice the package & I’m stupidly weak? Yeah…here’s hoping that my bed has arrived by the time I return home from my New Haven trip with Josh or … TIFFANY SMASH. His birthday week has been the highlight of my trip to the East Coast so far – 80% because of free hotel stay & comfy bed, 20% because Josh. Totally kidding, Josh is always 100% the reason for a great trip. Happy birthday to the Noodle King!
What is your culinary specialty? If you’re not much of a cook, what do you wish your culinary specialty is? Why isn’t it? Cooking isn’t hard, just do it! Only you are in the way of mastering your specialty.