It's funny how loss just creeps up on you and smacks you in the face.
I was making some tuna fish with egg noodles; a favorite of my grandmother's. Honestly I don't know if it was really a favorite of hers, but she sure made it a lot. Most likely because it was quick and easy. It was certainly a favorite dish of mine to eat.
So I'm making it and it's all done, looking just the way it's supposed to look, though I hadn't tasted it yet. Usually after tasting it I would realize something was missing and then I'd call her, but today as I looked down at the bowl it dawned on me once again that she's gone. She can't tweak my recipe or laugh when I tell her what I forgot. She can't change the subject and meander into some story she's told me already a hundred times.
Tuna with Egg Noodles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
1 bunch of scallions
2 plum tomatoes
1 can of chunk light tuna in water
1/2 bag of egg noodles
1 TBSP Mayonnaise
1 TSP spicy mustard
1 TSP lemon juice
1/2 TBSP Butter
1) Dice Scallions and Tomatoes
2) Mix Tuna, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Lemon Juice, salt and pepper (to taste)
3) Add Diced Scallions and Tomatoes, blend then let mixture sit covered with plastic wrap
4) Boil Egg Noodles for 9-10 mins in 2 Qts of Water (add dash of salt and 1/2 TBSP butter to water)
5) Drain Egg Noodles and add to Tuna Mixture, mixing together
Note: My grandmother didn't typically add tomatoes. That was my innovation based on one of my favorite cooks, Mrs. Mirjah, suggesting it to me.