These are kind of carmalized onions, maybe sweated a little bit?
Take your onions, I used about half an onion. Put on heat with corn oil, and let the onions cook for a couple of minutes at FULL heat. Add salt, and italian seasoning. Turn down the heat to 5 and add chicken stock. Cover the pot with the cover. Wait for about 10-15 minutes until super soft! Add chicken stock last minute for extra flavor! Enjoy!
Father and Grandfather walking together in Taipei (taken by sister 2)
“Your grandfather – he eats like Japanese. Slowly, thinking about each bite.” Grandmother chuckles a bit when she says this, and then says “We’re very different! Me, I eat to eat, very quickly.” Grandpa doesn’t hear this part, but keeps offering me small bits of breakfast. During the war era he says, there wasn’t much that they could eat and food was rationed quite harshly in Taiwan those days, so he picked up the habit his father taught him – to make use of every single last bite. Breakfast is a number one part of your daily routine, too. Back in the day, it was early rise at 6:00 am, breakfast from 6:30 – 6:50 am, then off to school. I think about how I can barely crawl out of bed by 8:45 to make it onto the train by 9 am, and suddenly feel a bit lazy.
This morning, I fried three eggs for us. We add a bit of pepper and a little bit of sauce – but it isn’t soy – maybe it is fish. Anyway, it is less salty which is what we’re going for (healthy breakfast!). Grandma makes radish cakes that she bought the other day – they are more Hong Kong-ish than Taiwanese and Grandpa makes coffee. He adds 2 spoonfuls of Ballantine’s scotch whiskey and says this is the best way to have a cup of morning coffee. We eat some toast from a local bakery – bread is always better in Taiwan! – and put a bit of almond butter and roasted peanuts. A small orange and banana later, I feel full but healthy. The last part is a bit of yogurt my grandmother has made, given 2 spoonfuls of green tea powder (cancer fighting).
I think about how many years have passed since I’ve been home. A lot has changed here but I’m happy to share breakfast with our grandparents. In an ideal world, we would probably have more time for breakfast, and more time to spend here as well. I feel overwhelmed and stressed all the time in New York – and forget quite often about the things that exist outside of the little universe I’ve created all for my own. Being in Taipei has been a welcome break from it. It’s something too, about having been gone for this long. To be reflected on a later date.
I’ve asked every temple in Taiwan and Hong Kong for a job, or a career, but those things come to I guess when they can. Fortune-telling offers guidance, but it is no crystal ball. That being said, I was insanely happy to be able to spend Christmas and new year with my family. Now enter corny Chinese ballad song?
Yup, you heard me! I made my first omelette yesterday for brunch. It was the typical fold-over omelette. Don’t want to get too ambitious! For filling, I put in chopped onion before cooking the omelette in the pan. I also added in some shredded cajun turkey meat and some Chinese spicy beef. The only other filling it needed was some cheese! Mmm. It was good enough for me, at least 🙂 Later, for an afternoon snack, I made a smoothie out of a peach and frozen fruit bits I found in our freezer (the parents freeze everything, I swear). What frozen fruit bits, you ask? Big grapes, bananas, and what I think was pineapple. Then I added a little milk, ice, agave nectar, and plain yogurt. Delicious!
Since Mom’s been gone in LA, I’ve been mostly improvising my meals. Dad made breaded pork and noodles today, though, as celebration of Mom being back. Now I’m in a food coma until forever watching Arrested Development (and the CMAs, thanks to Sister 3). Ah, the comforts of home.
So here’s a really nice recipe for CHEESE LOVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Get two bland crackers, butter, and parmesan cheese.
Mix the butter and cheese VERY well! Make sure the cheese is grated before mixed with a spoon.
After that, spread on one cracker, make a sandwich!
Sorry because Sister 3 has two major projects of the year and she needs to WORK! But some nice recipes RIGHT here!
Really good sweet corn-
Cooked sweet corn
Japanese Seasoning (Salt&Pepper mix)
Mediterranian Sea Salt
Take kernels off the corn with a knife.
Put butter, the corn, the salt, and japanese seasoning.
After that, put in microwave for 30-60 seconds.
Finally, strain by putting the corn on a paper towel, and draining it out with the other to get the butter out.
Voila! The BEST corn EVER!
Salt for seasoning!
Chop up the potatoes and carrots and seaweed (mince the seaweed!).
Get the corn off the cob.
Get a pot of hot water and put lots of miso in it. I’d start with half a spoon, then so on.
Put the veggies and seaweed AFTER THE MISO.
Put in the salt to make it a bit salty if you want to!
If these don’t work out, I’m sorry LOL!
See ya! Sister 3!
Well, the food I want to eat is:
Seriously, the best kind of soup is chicken noodle soup. Hearty, simple, warm, this can make you feel better in a flash 🙂 Simple ingredients: Chicken Broth(campbells), a LITTLE bit of noodles, and veggies! Make sure everything is soft so you can eat it ever when you aren’t feeling good!
FROZEN LEMONADE! Add honey, freeze for a day. The kind of “chop” it up so it’s like a yummy slushie!
So, the food you want to eat for TODAY is,
RED VELVET WHOOPIE PIES!
Red velvet cookies with marshmallow filling. HEAVEN!