I have no excuse for not posting for quite sometimes, though I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of you to be ‘here’ reading this post. 🙂
For the past 8 days and 7 nights, I went to a vipassana retreat. Before that, I had to prepare for a trip, which meant I had to buy many white tops and pants/skirts etc.. So you probably can imagine how busy I was for the last 2+ weeks. Curious? Here are some rules while being there:
- only wear white
- no electronic device of any kind
- no talking
- only vegetarian food has been served
- must stay in the retreat the whole time
I went to this vipassana retreat in order to practice the dharma along with 250+ people. The program taught us how we should ALWAYS be aware of our actions and our feelings, i.e. stand, walk, sit, sleep, chop, open, close, soft, hard etc. It taught us to ALWAYS be conscious. We practiced meditation while walking and sitting. We studied the core of Buddhism. Basically, you can say that it taught us to be a better people, to prepare to die, and to live in a present.
As you might already know, I live far apart from my loved ones; I live in San Francisco and they, in Bangkok. It had always been my biggest fear to not “be with them” in time before their passing. The core of Buddhism is that everything is transient; happiness is impermanent, nor the suffering. Yes, we learnt this in school, but study it again in depth helped me understand life and deal effectively with ALL my situations. Now you know why I disappeared for awhile.
While I was eating all vegetarian meals at the retreat, my mind was thinking about my favourite dish from my childhood, stir-fry wax beans with eggs. This has been my favourite dish since my kindergarten; it’s one of my sentimental dishes. In fact, this was one of my school lunches!!!! I added pancetta, so it became a grown-up dish. Whenever I miss my family in Thailand, I made this one to remind me of my happy childhood. No, you can NOT find it in the restaurant hahaha, but it’s super easy to make you don’t need any restaurant for this one.
stir fry yellow and purple wax beans with eggs & pancetta
- 12 oz. wax bean
- 3-4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 oz. pancetta
- 2 tbs. canola oil
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (or soy sauce)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- white pepper
Heat the wok over high heat. Add canola oil, pancetta and stir fry until crisp. Set the pancetta aside.
Add wax bean and stir fry until cooked through; push all to one side of the wok. Add eggs and let them cook until the eggs ALMOST cook through, and stir everything together. Sprinkle with white pepper, top with pancetta and serve immediately with rice.
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