I couldn't help myself. I know it's still pretty early in the year, but my local grocery store finally got in some organic asparagus, the first I've seen this year. They were pretty thick, and priced somewhere around gold bullion, but it was totally worth it.
I was time contrained, so I ended up stir-frying the asparagus with a little chicken, some ginger, a dash of dark soy sauce and some hoisin sauce. Very tasty. Just what I wanted. Chicken and asparagus was something my Mom used to make a lot when I was a kid, and it always reminds me of big Chinese food dinner parties. And it's amazingly easy. Added to that I whipped up some stir-fried cucumber with chili-bean sauce (cucumber is really good cooked) and some bean sprouts. Total cooking time was probably on the order of half an hour, and I dawdled.
Sometimes I forget how quickly you can make real food. But I'm always glad when I do.