Sorry I have not been posting lately for several reasons – busy schedule has kept my meals really basic and habitual and I was too consumed to muster up energy (could also be an excuse) to write a post. But now that I have completed parts of my tasks, I thought I should return to write ‘something’ to let you know that I am still alive. 🙂
As I have mentioned, my meals have been really simple and straight-forward. No hour-long baking session or chaotic kitchen exploration. I do, however, still grocery shop because keeping up with healthful nutrition keeps me going during stressful moments. (I also find grocery shopping very therapeutic for me). I love bitter melon and different countries actually grow http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_melon. The Chinese version is more ‘plump’ and taste milder, whereas the Japanese and Indian varieties are more pungent and the texture resembles volcanic eruption. But I am a ‘worldly’ lover and do not discriminate against any vegetables. The other day, karela (Indian bitter melon) were on sale, so I dropped some into my basket for dinner one night. I de-seeded and sliced the melon into stripped and sautéed them with reconstituted black wood ear and peppery cilantro, along with ginger, chili pepper, and crushed garlic. This dish tasted wholesome and refreshing to my palate. Just what I needed to ground my being.