The story goes that the Elder's parents paid for his birth with a bushel of potatoes. I know that part of the payment for my eldest was a pencil drawing. You can barter with goods and services or with the cotton fiber dollar.
In the Techie's kitchen I fixed a little veggie stir fry with Buckwheat Soba noodles. It was a first. I'd never fixed Soba noodles. What an attractive package.
The package said serves 4 and at $6.13 for the 8 ounces, I was careful to fix only enough for the two of us. I expected the noodles to double in size. They didn't. They just softened up. There they sat, a little handful of noodles in the bottom of the bowl. YIKES. I poured a little sesame oil over them, added the stir fry vegetables and thanked my lucky stars I had brought a salad.
I'm pretty sure I can live the rest of my life without Buckwheat noodles. What did they offer? 6gm of protein. That. But really. I wanted more. More bulk, more flavor, more drama. Don't bother with them. Why not cook up a pot of buckwheat groats and serve them on the side with a little herb pesto?