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30DC: 10 + 11

Have 11+ days already passed since I first starting blogging on this WordPress site? It’s amazing how time slips through your fingers when you’re not fully aware of day and night. Yes, I sleep and wake up at my usual time for work, but I don’t realize when the trickles of light enter the horizon or when they slowly fade away. I’m not sure if I’m not being observant, or because my mind if preoccupied with other matters, but, it just seems like summer (or my life in general) has been slipping away. But, I’ll be writing about that tomorrow.

Onto the 30 day challenge…

Day 10: Put your music player on shuffle and write down the 10 song that play

*Note: Since reformatting Winston (le computer), I haven’t downloaded any music back onto it, so I’ve been relying on various radio stations on Pandora…. and this is what it has given me (all liked music, by the way!)

  1. No light, No light by Florence + the Machine
  2. Hands all Over by Maroon 5
  3. Home by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  4. Piggy bank by Never Shout Never
  5. She is Love  by Parachute
  6. Boston by Augustana
  7. Turn on Billi by The Pierces
  8. Make it Mine by Jason Mraz
  9. These Walls by Teddy Geiger
  10. Porcelain by Patrick Stump

After the 15th or so song that Pandora played the music tempo picked up considerably — I’ve recently gotten really into post-hardcore and punk music again. Some metal too… so please give me suggestions if you love those genres too!

11: Your Family

I’m the only girl in a family of boys. Three brothers, in fact, one older than me by two years, and two younger brothers 5 years and 7 years apart respectively. My parents are still together, going strong (maybe a little too strong sometimes, if you get my drift…), and I live with my grandparents and one of my aunts.

At one point, a decade or more so ago, in the tradition of a traditional Vietnamese family, I lived in a house with my grandparents, two aunts, three uncles, and my own immediate family. Yes. That’d be 12 people in a house. And it was great (for the most part). I miss having a big family, but at the same time, it’s nice to hear myself think.

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This post hasn’t been particular interesting, I think, but in the spirit of a challenge, I felt the need to write on the prompts, however mundane my answers seem to be. I’ve been up to a lot lately – mainly broadening my experiences through the written word and contemplating. Tomorrow is a new day filled with events, however, so hopefully that’ll give me a well needed rest from my thoughts. Time will tell.

So, I’ll leave you with this, dear reader: how do you “stop” thinking?

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Food for the Soul.

Food for the Soul.

Honestly, there is nothing as fulfilling as properly cooked, home-made food. With the aromas wafting through kitchen air, you know full well that it will permeate through your pores in a few hours. The idea of food cooked with purpose – nay, with love (however corny that is) is enough to know that, with the best intentions, this food is going to be damn good.

Com dia (image), or “rice plate,” is a Vietnamese dish composed of only a few essentials – rice (obviously), something pickled, meat (or, in my case, meat substitute), and vegetables (usually lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber). The simplistic flavors of the dish is then fully realized through the sweet fish sauce (nuoc mam) in a symphony of tantalizing tastes. Savory, sweet, sour, salty. Delicate, crunchy, chewy. All your senses and textures are realized in one bite.

Whereas, I feel, other Vietnamese cuisine is overly complicated by the building of multiple layers of flavors upon one another (resulting in massive time spent in the kitchen), waiting for  the first seasoning to permeate before adding more, com dia can easily be whipped up in half an hour to hour – with a little prep work, of course- and easily feed 15 +. Certainly, the recipe can be reduced – but my family was able to feed that many with a lot more left over.

The dish’s simplistic nature is outright and to the point – simple ingredients, prepared well, become harmonious.

I’m not pressuring you to go out to your local Vietnamese restaurant and order this amazing dish, but, damn it. You’ll be rewarded with one of the simplest and humble foods that the Vietnamese cuisine has to offer. Not into simplicity or being humbled? Throw in some lobster tails and wine (we did!). The basics of com dia is neither limited nor hard to alter. Change your proportions of the ingredients to cater to those feasting on your meal –  meat eater? Great! Eat an entire plate worth of the bbq’d meat and sauce with a bit of lettuce to feel better. If you’re like me, fill half your plate with pickled goodness (especially pickled cucumbers) and round it out with brown/white rice.

Oh. And lastly, did I tell you, it’s friggin’ amazing?

Happy eating!

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