It’s funny. . whenever I think I have control of everything and am in some kind of groove, I feel like it all kinda comes crashing down. OK, I’m just being dramatic. I’ve been reminded recently that things are never fully in our control and we have to just let go sometimes and take each day as it comes.
I feel like you can know the state of my mind by looking at my house. If it’s a wreck with stuff, mail, toys and papers with my recipe scribbles everywhere, you know it’s been a busy and crazy week. And I feel the way my house looks.
My little Madeline fell off the back of our couch a week and a half ago and fell head first onto our hard wood floors. Kid’s fall right? She cried immediately, which is always a good sign, and we gave her lots of TLC and didn’t think much about it. On Monday, the next day, she told me her head was still hurting so I took her to the doctor to get checked out. They did a quick neurological exam and she was fine. Her balance was fine. She was in good, lively spirits so off we went.
Then, on Wednesday, her head swelled a little (the swelling usually happens immediately I think) so I called the doctor again asking if I should bring her in. . “Has she thrown up?” “No” “Is her balance ok?” “Yes” “Is she acting different?” “No”. . “Um, ok, she’s probably fine. Just continue to watch her.” Then, last Friday morning, I actually get a chance to feel her little head. Wednesday, she really wouldn’t let me touch it. And I feel the spot where she fell on her head. It’s like mush. Extremely squishy, like a very ripe peach, but even softer and mushier than that. Like there’s lots of liquid or blood underneath.
So, I panic. I worry. A million things are racing through my head.
I wait until 8am to call the doctor’s office to get an appointment to bring her in. I’m on the phone shaking. . worrying. . and still trying to keep a smile on my face in front of Madeline. We get to the doctor’s office and the doctor is feeling her head and feels something. Just to make sure she does not have a small fracture, in addition to the fluid, they tell us we should get an X-ray. We head down to radiology and she has to lay on a bed and put her head on a metal square. We get all the X-rays done and head back to our doctor’s office. They come in almost immediately and tell us the X-rays are good and everything is fine and there is no fracture as far as they can tell and that we should come back in a week and have her checked out again. And the fluid will just be re-absorbed . . eventually.
As I’m driving home, I say a little “thank you” prayer and breathe a big sigh of relief. Phoebe, my oldest, never fell much at Madeline’s age. . Madeline is my crazy one so I think this probably won’t be the first fall on her head.
When we get home, we’re both starved and I whipped up one of her faves for lunch. Soba noodles!! And I threw on some raw veggies so today I’m calling this. . a soba noodle salad bowl!!
I like making quick meals for lunch so I can quickly get back to working, writing or playing. . and this dish delivers.
And like I mentioned above, I left my veggies raw, with the exception of the broccoli, plus I love a little crunch and bite mixed in with my soba noodle salad. If you don’t do tofu, you can use chicken.
I hope you enjoy! And if you’re wondering about Madeline’s check-up . . it’s tomorrow. . we’ll keep you guys posted but I’m sure everything is fine!
Quick and Easy Soba Noodle Salad Bowl
- 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon peeled fresh ginger grated
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper; optional for some heat
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 package 8 oz firm tofu, drained, rinsed, patted dry and cubed
- 5 oz cooked soba noodles buckwheat noodles
- 1 red bell pepper sliced lengthwise and into strips
- red cabbage sliced into strips
- fresh green onions diced
- sesame seeds
- Combine 1/3 cup chicken broth, peanut butter, grated ginger, soy sauce, honey, crushed red pepper (if using), and garlic in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
- Using a large sized wok over medium-high heat, heat the sesame oil. Add the broccoli and dry, cubed tofu and stir fry until nicely browned, for about 8 to 10 minutes. Add in the cooked soba noodles and quickly pour in the sauce mixture (reserving a little for the end) and stir together until everything is nicely coated. After a few minutes, remove from the heat and mix in the raw bell peppers and red cabbage and drizzle on the remaining dressing mixture. Garnish with the diced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.
That’s so scary!!! I’m so glad to hear that she is okay, though. You deserve bowls and bowls and bowls of this to stress eat!
Ouch – so sorry to hear about Madeline’s fall – so scary when our kids get hurt. I remember when my oldest rolled off our bed as a baby – I thought for sure he was badly injured but he wasn’t. I don’t think we as moms ever stop worrying. Hoping she’s ok. Meanwhile, loving how you whipped up this gorgeous bowl of noodles – soba noodles are a favorite!
I am IN LOVE with Soba noodles. Wishing the best for Madeline’s follow-up appointment! Hang in there.
Shikha @ Shikha la mode says
Definitely, definitely keep us all updated – those kinds of things are scary, even if it turns out to be not a big deal (which I’m sure this will be fine).
Oh Alice, I am so sorry to hear about the fall – that is so scary 🙁 I hope she’s ok and will be sending good thoughts and vibes that everything is all clear for Madeline’s check-up tomorrow. Loving everything about these soba noodles! It looks gorgeous and I love that you left most of the veggies raw for a nice crunch 🙂 Pinning.
Holy sh*t that’s scary, Alice! I’d have been blind with terror. You did everything right – you were constantly monitoring M, taking her to the doctor when there was a change in her condition, and thank God there’s nothing wrong with her. Big hugs to the both of you. When I was a kid, I used to roll down our crickety basement stairs all.the.time., thumping my head on the wall when I landed. I turned out ok <– this is meant to comfort you 😉 Ummm…this is just something you "whipped up"? It looks freaking fantastic! This would've taken me two hours to do (I'm strangely slow as molasses when I cook) but it would've been worth every minute.
I’ve been there before, the fright which captivates you when the little ones fall head first. Your words were gripping, Alice, and I hope Madeline is on the mend. The Soba Noodle Salad Bowl is a lovely lunch to come home to. You’ve captured it so beautifully in the photos, I can nearly taste it. Pinned!
Hi Alice, I’ve no doubt that any of the above things happening would account for a crazy week! How absolutely frightening and quite awful, as you said though she’s your crazy one (so at least) you’ll be well prepared when she starts playing sports in high school!!! With yummy and nutritious meals like this though, I think she’ll have super powers when she gets there, so it will all work out fine in the end 😉
I bet that was so scary for you Alice! So glad she is alright! 🙂
Bri | Bites of Bri says
Omg that is freaky and id be worried too. I’m glad to hear that everything is good. Fingers crossed for tomorrow. I love salads like this. Raw veggies are so crunchy and soba noodles make it seem more filling!
Maria|Pink Patisserie says
Oh my goodness Alice! That is so very frightening when those things happen! We’ve had more than our fair share of them too. So glad your sweet Madeline is ok! I can think of no better comfort food than noodles.. This looks so, so good!!
OH man so sorry you had to go through all of that Alice! Sounds absolutely terrifying to go through. I’m so glad she is okay! And this soba noodle salad… oh man it looks awesome! My good buddy swears that soba is going to be the next BIG thing… kinda like ramen is right now in NYC. He may be on to something, b/c this looks pretty big time!
OH my gosh. That is scary. I can’t even imagine how you felt. My little one has been falling a lot lately (learning to walk) and I’m a mess. I’m so glad she’s doing better.
A beautiful meal! I haven’t made soba noodles in forever but they are one of my favorites. Love all the veggies, yum.