For Tuesday’s evening meal: crispy tofu with cashews and blistered snap peas, glossy and delicious.
Wednesday, you could mark the middle of the week as a triumph with roasted salmon and toasted sesame slaw, or you could acknowledge that cooking every night is difficult and sometimes exhausting and it’s OK, on a Wednesday, to order in your favorite pizza and eat it straight out of the box in your living room, in front of a screen.
On Thursday night, I’m liking the looks of a shakshuka with feta, to eat with warm pita.
And on Friday, I’m thinking you could run out the week with Amu’s chicken korma, named for Sohla El-Waylly’s mother, who taught her the recipe. (Sohla cooked that dish and two others for our YouTube channel, taking up our “Cook My Life Challenge.” You’ll learn a lot.)
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Now, I don’t know how you’re feeling about eating in restaurants right now, but I think it’s impossible to read Tejal Rao’s review of Nobu Malibu and not feel the powerful urge to be there yourself, high above the beach in the gloaming, eating uni tacos and experiencing the vibe. (It’s likewise difficult to read Priya Krishna’s report from a new Peruvian restaurant in rural Vermont and not feel the urge to experience pachamanca right away.)
It’s a far cry from pea shoots and the smell of a freshly baked blueberry pie, but it’s a joy to read most anything Mimi Swartz writes for Texas Monthly. Her reconsideration of San Antonio, the city she left almost 50 years ago, is no exception.
My current streaming comfort, like being under a duvet in an air-conditioned room: “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet,” on Disney+.
Finally, speaking of animals, Joseph Quaderer has a pretty cool story in Hakai right now, about one of the last remaining habitats for the endangered saltmarsh sparrow in North America: Idlewild Park, next to J.F.K. Airport in Queens. Enjoy that and I’ll be back on Monday.