August 4, 2009
I live to create interesting food - to look for more in food. I often go far - perhaps too far - with the number of ingredients it takes to make me a happy girl.
But then I look at the food that I love to eat daily. The food that I subsist on and the food that I use to attend to my cravings. Surprisingly - or not at all - they are simple foods. I eat bland Chinese egg noodles. I eat white rice. I eat plain sourdough baguettes.
My current obsession is Chinese long beans, stir fried sweet and a little past crunchy. I can never pass the produce section without excitedly packing them into a bag. I tend to bike home with them bending out of the top of my backpack - there are so many. When I get home I fry a pound of beans in a bit of oil and then add a splash of Chinese shaoxing wine, an overindulgent amount of brown sugar, and a touch of soy sauce.
I pack some in a Tupperware, intending to bring it for lunch, and leave half in the wok. I greedily dive my fingers in and pull out as many beans as I can manage. I tilt my eyes upwards in hopes of further jaw expansion, as I push them into my mouth. I rub my lips together so the sauce coats my lips. I finish the beans in less than 5 minutes.
I eye the Tupperware that I have set aside and impulsively tear off the lid. I pretend for only a second that I am eating just a few, and then consign myself to buying more tomorrow.
That is my current obsession. That along with a mug of ice cold water. What is yours?