There’s no reason to be depressed about living alone. According to my mother, it builds character and encourages self-reflection. There are some basic challenges, however, like single handedly paying the rent, entertaining yourself and making dinner. On the other hand, the upside is walking around naked, smoking guilt-free and pleasuring yourself whenever the mood calls. All in all, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages if you’re inherently self-absorbed, which in this city is a virtue.
I can’t help increase your income or provide at-home stimulation, but I can suggest a method of feeding yourself that will make eating-in a more practical ritual. A common concern among the “I can’t cook” crowd is cookware, or lack thereof. Many tasty meals can be made in a non-stick wok or a deep frying pan. As far as kitchen staples are concerned, all you really need is kosher salt, peppercorns, soy sauce, hot sauce, vinegar and olive oil. Everything else can be bought fresh, the same day of your meal. Don’t hesitate to ask the butcher for one chicken breast, instead of the prepackaged set of two or to break off a single carrot from the bunch. Consider it a handicap for living single; by no means is it an outrageous request. Self-affirmation: also a virtue.
Chicken Stir-Fry à la Seule (serves 1)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 chicken breast, cut in six pieces
A handful of green beans, stems removed
1 red pepper, seeded and sliced in strips, lengthwise
3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 head thinly sliced red cabbage
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 clove chopped garlic
1 small hot pepper, seeds removed and chopped
Salt and pepper
First, get all of your ingredients cleaned and cut. Heat the pan. Add the olive oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. When you place it in the pan it should sizzle and then sear. Cook the chicken through (2-3 minutes on each side.) Remove.
Heat the other tablespoon olive oil in the pan. Add the green beans and red pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Then add mushrooms, garlic, hot pepper and ginger. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the cabbage and then douse with vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Once the cabbage has wilted, toss and transfer into a big bowl. Take a seat and flip on the television. Get naked if you want