I packed this, I was in the mood for steamed broccoli,
baked Japanese sweet potato, steamed pork gyoza, tamarind,
kiwi fruit, longans, and banana. And that's exactly
what I packed.
The gyoza look vacuformed, don't they? They sometimes turn out that way when I steam them. I don't plan
it; it just happens. By the way, I put those gyoza together
some weeks ago, then froze them uncooked. When I was
in the mood for them I just thawed and steamed them.
This lunch would, I think, please my college art
instructors. It's got a nice rhythm thing going on,
with each side divided into a top third and bottom two-thirds,
the slices of kiwi and the round longans both echoing
the shapes of the cut potatoes, the arches of the tamarinds
echoing the round edges of the gyoza, the different
shades of green and brown drawing your eye gently from
one side to the other, with the light areas providing
stability... I tell you, lunches like this are the stuff
of Composition 101 classes.