Curve ball

I am recovering…

Walking boot with air pump to help reducing pressure to the ankle, tissue oil, palm pollen milk, wheel chair,  all those things happened in my life for the first time.

I had some beautiful memories of visiting the backyard gardens.

Cherry flowers, frog calling ponds, newly harvested broad bean, golden canola flower… I remember the summer time in the childhood days, people took electric torch to the rice field to catch frogs, light worm flying around the riverside… Before it got dark, family sat together under a tree at the backyard of the house, enjoying a pan of crabs.  It was cooler to have dinner outside and we enjoyed the breeze of riverside in summer days, the relaxing farming environment.  We cook the fresh broad beans with a kind of brook mud eel,  which looks alike eel but much shorter, together it makes a thick soup called “黄鳝豆瓣羹”.  It was very hard to catch another kind mud fish called “泥鳅” in the brook. Kids also caught little tadpoles in the ponds for fun. Today young people are still doing it, I do not know why…

I think about going to the most remote places of China when I get recovered, such as the land of the diversiform-leaved poplar forest.

Good time to read old books, watch some good domestic films online,  listening to Himalaya audio records…

I found classic literature, music are best to soothe the minds.  My favorate subjects are history, religion and art.

Things about Vietnam come into my mind, beautiful blue hues of the sky and river, pink church, travel routes…

Foods from Vietnam and people from Vietnam come into my life…

I see those things as magic.  They heal me as beautiful light.

While I thought back my life came to a curve ball stage after 10 years oversea living, I am finally back in China, a country I love in the earth but I was scared and worried about its future.  Polluted air is one thing.   I wanted to live in the west of China, where blue air, abundance of mushroom, tea, coffee and wines.  To realize my original plan of establishing more business in China before going abroad, I shall plan now to include more pictures into my life, which I  think the years developed as the most important life stories for me to restart and to build on.

Finally, thanks for God to bring me back to China and leave me some time and space to reborn!  I have my belief and I am stronger…


Wild food

Talking about wild foods, we did a back garden visit and I tried to show my bf the seasonal flavor of most delicious one, “Ji Cai”.  Here is a photo.

This is the food we chopped off and make dumpling fillings.  It grows in the field.

Here is another one we call “Cao Tao”, old season now.

“Ma Lan Tou” is another veggie which sells at the supermarket.  It cooks with dry Doufu and gives a freshness in the teeth.

These plants could be picked up in the field in the old days, now people just do not care to do it.

As people go outdoors in early April to sweep the graves, they may also pick up wild spring onions and dig up wild mountain bamboo shoots.  I tasted the wild spring onion once a few years ago.  We normally cook them with pork chops or “Ji Yu” a river fish which could be grown in the spring water near tea plantation or just in the rice field.  The wild one just tastes more tough and more aroma and flavor.  My sister brought me some wild bamboo shoots this time.  They tasted very tender comparing to the tough root looks.

While the best green tea “Long jin” picked before the Qing Ming Festival, tasted more sweet and costs much higher than late time picked teas, we appreciate also the fresh tea leaves to be cooked with shrimps.

We also enjoy the seasonal cakes of two different flavors.  The yellow cake is covered with palm tree pollen. The green one is mixed in with “Ai Qin”, a wild plant,  people picked up the dry them by hanging the bunch on the door to dispel mosquito and evil spirits.

Those plants just make me memorize the kid time of mine.