Literally. I was so sick on Friday I thought I was going to have to go home. Being a teacher and being sick are two things that do not mix. On Tuesday I upped my dosage to 1000mg a day, 500 in the morning and 500 in the evening.
So yesterday morning I ate yogurt and blueberries and when I got to work took my pill. About 45 minutes after taking I became dizzy and unfocused. Everything seemed to be spinning, and the kids idle pratter didn’t make any sense. I felt better when I sat down, but the nausea started. I tried to eat something, although what it was escapes me…… I had a massive headache.
I sat in my corner and directed my class from afar, luckily they are good kids and don’t really need me once they know what to do. At lunch I gave in and bought school lunch, chicken sandwich (mystery giblets, cartilage and white bread) over cooked carrots and frozen blueberries with marshmallows? Seriously, no wonder our kids don’t want to eat at school. And half a candy bar. As soon as my blood sugar rose my headache cleared and I felt fine. I don’t understand how I am supposed to make it through the day feeling so terrible. My low carbohydrate snacks did nothing for me.
when I came home the daily camera had an article on the best pho in the area, and so J. And I went out for dinner. I do believe that pho might just be one of the worlds most perfect comfort foods.
as you might notice homemade pho is sort of a pho-cking nightmare to prepare, so you might as well anti up the $8 and go out.
5 pounds beef knuckle, with meat
2 pounds beef oxtail
1 white (daikon) radish, sliced
2 onions, chopped
2 ounces whole star anise pods
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 slice fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 1/2 pounds dried flat rice noodles
1/2 pound frozen beef sirloin
sriracha hot pepper sauce
thinly sliced onion
chopped fresh cilantro
bean sprouts (mung beans)
sweet Thai basil
thinly sliced green onion
Place the beef knuckle in a very large (9 quart or more) pot. Season with salt, and fill pot with 2 gallons of water. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 2 hours.
Skim fat from the surface of the soup, and add the oxtail, radish and onions. Tie the anise pods, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns and ginger in a cheesecloth or place in a spice bag; add to the soup. Stir in sugar, salt and fish sauce. Simmer over medium-low heat for at least 4 more hours (the longer, the better). At the end of cooking, taste, and add salt as needed. Strain broth, and return to the pot to keep at a simmer. Discard spices and bones. Reserve meat from the beef knuckle for other uses if desired.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Soak the rice noodles in water for about 20 minutes, then cook in boiling water until soft, but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Slice the frozen beef paper thin. The meat must be thin enough to cook instantly.
Place some noodles into each bowl, and top with a few raw beef slices. Ladle boiling broth over the beef and noodles in the bowl. Serve with hoisin sauce and sriracha sauce on the side. Set onion, cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, green onions, and lime out at the table for individuals to add toppings to their liking.