As this is being written, it’s almost 2 in the morning. There’s a major deadline at work. A major deadline at home. There was a major deadline missed on Monday. Taxes are due in April. And, I’m trying to maintain what’s left of my sanity. My body aches every time I wake up in the morning. It begs for a few days of sleep. Normally, when waking up in the morning, I reach for a bold cup of coffee to feebly add a little energy to my tired body. This time a generous cup of The Republic of Tea’s u·matcha Green Tea Latte (recipe here ) is whisked into a foamy drink. Matcha is green tea leaves grinded into a fine powder, and it has more caffeine than whole tea leaves. The amount of caffeine doesn’t cause my nerves to become jittery like coffee. Instead, the matcha (as with most teas) steadily increases my energy in an unnoticeable calm manner. With a banana, whole wheat toast slathered with butter and marmalade, I calmly start the day to weave in and out of crowded subways to walk up numerous stairs that lead into work.
As one can imagine, planning meals, grocery shopping and extracurricular activities are put on hold. However, a raw kale and friseé salad with an amazing u·matcha vinaigrette dressing was made. The vinaigrette is adapted from The Republic of Tea , and the raw kale and friseé salad is inspired from a famous restaurant in Brooklyn, The Farm On Adderley . To make the salad a more substantial meal, thinly sliced seared tuna and homemade croutons are added.
Quite honestly, it’s difficult to eat incredibly great tasting and healthy meals when working around the clock, because the creativity for such meals is being greedily allocated to other projects with pending deadlines. Which is why I love the simple creativity of this salad with a complex flavor. It’s nutrient-rich, goody greens tossed in a stress-fighting green tea vinaigrette. The total time from prepping to eating is about 30 minutes (that’s including searing tuna steaks). And, when days require long work hours, it’s important to will ourselves into hour-long breaks.
As mentioned, it’s in the wee hours of the morning. In the next few short hours, I begrudgingly wake up to curse the alarm clock. The day slowly starts with a light foamy u·matcha latte. Then, I will make a crazy rush for the front door of my apartment to meet another deadline.
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2 to 3 tbsp. olive oil; as needed
2 cups wheat or white Italian/French bread; cut into 1 inch pieces
Sea salt; as needed
5 oz. kale (tuscan, curly...); finely shred
1 to 2 heads of friseé lettuce; discard core and finely shred
1 shallot; thinly sliced
¼ cup toast sesame seeds
Matcha Green Tea Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
Thinly sliced seared tuna (recipe and ‘how to’ here )