The past weekend in San Diego was a wet weekend… a very wet one indeed. It poured.
And it poured
And it poured.
I usually love the rain. Usually. That’s the key word. This weekend was just unusual. Yes I was in a not-so-loving the rain mood, or should I say I had my first LQ (lover’s quarrel) with it (the rainy days).
It all started when my son and I were on our way to the hair salon. He’s going to his first formal dance, the Winter Formal, so I told him to get a haircut… yes a trip to the hair salon for my son is something to “argue” about.
“But I like my hair as it is” his usual reply would always be.
“But you must, it’s your first dance! You should look sharp in all the photos.” I insisted.
So off we went. I left him at the salon, drove up to the drive-thru ATM, and just as I got the cash and was carefully tucking it in my purse, the car behind me honked his horn. "Oh no he didn't!" was my initial response. My windows were still rolled down and the sound of a loud honk went straight into in my left ear. I stuck my head out and gave him the "look" while I yelled back “How rude!” I felt the rush of blood through the back of my neck because I normally would not react like that. I usually let it go! Ok fine, I see eyes rolling so let me put it this way... I don't react that way, at least not in public.
Ok calm down Malou, calm down I said to myself. I was driving away from the bank when I saw the yellow and red clad clown smiling at me as if saying “ drop by for a cup of cappuccino, it will help.” I don't usually succumb to the invitation of a clown but this time Ronnie McD persuaded me. … ahh coffee, just what I need. SO I went straight to the McDonald's drive thru.
Everything went well, the voice over was very polite, I went to the next window paid for my coffee and aha, I remembered I had to go rush back to the salon where my son was waiting. I was near the salon and I was just about to grab my hot cappuccino… UGH… the cup was nowhere in sight… that’s when I realized that after I was told to go to the next window to get my coffee, I drove past it. "WHAT"S GOING ON WITH ME??" I screamed...that was when the meltdown began..
It’s the rain! I said… For the first time I blamed it on the rain. I now know how the rain makes people crazy. From the crazy driver of the car behind me at the bank drive-thru, to the crazy pedestrians suddenly appearing out of nowhere right infront of your dashboard it seems... and all the crazy drivers driving in haste... twas just crazy crazy crazy! I guess living in southern California has a few drawbacks, one of which the residents don't know how to drive in the rain.
When my son joined me, I was busy looking for my ATM card, which I misplaced as a result of being in haste due to the rudeness of the other driver. "Mom what's wrong with you? You look disgruntled!" my son said. "Mom, please slow down. Focus mom, you’re fine" he said… Upon hearing that, I snapped back to normalcy! My son was like a breath of fresh air… he was like the much needed sunshine during a gray morning. My head cleared. I was more focused and back to the excitement of my son going to the winter formal….
Wait a minute, maybe it was not the rain after all. Maybe it was just me, trying to be sentimental about the whole winter formal thing… The image of my son with his dark tux and crisp white shirt and tie, looking all grown up, brings both excitement and apprehension to me. Suddenly, my son whose interests are just playing video games and sports, is now all grown up. I guess it’s the crossing over to another stage that I was afraid of… hmmm maybe? I didn’t have to blame it on the rain after all.
Tomorrow is Valentine's day... my friend asked me what my Velentine post is. I said I don't have anything special for Valentine's day.... but my next post is Mongo Bean Soup. She said "Mongo what?" how un-Valentine!" So this is not a Valentine feature... I just served it in a heart shaped soup bowl... how's that for Valentine's spirit! The recipe I'm sharing is a dish I normally cook on a Friday...so here's sharing with you last night's dinner...
Mung Bean (Mongo) with Ham and Bacon Soup
1 1/2 cups green mongo (mung) beans
2 tbsp oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 small tomatoes, diced
left-over ham or pork hocks
2 tbsp fish shrimp (except if you are allergic to seafood or if you can't take the smell of this, please use oyster sauce instead)
strips of bacon
Boil the mongo beans together with the ham hocks in 4 cups of water.
Let it boil until the meat from the hocks fall off the bone.
Fry some strips of bacon (I usually fry most of the bacon in the package, I know, I know it's bad cholesterol but I indulge once in awhile)
When the ham is cold enough to handle, take it off the bone and slice it into cubes.
In the same pan where you fried the bacon, saute garlic, onions and tomatoes. Add the shrimp paste or if you can't take the smell of this seasoning, you could opt to use oyster sauce instead.
Add the sliced ham. Pour the mongo. You could add more soup stock depending on how thick you want your mongo bean soup. I want mine to be a little thicker. Season it with salt or patis (fish sauce) to taste.
Ladle the soup into a bowl and top it generously with bacon strips, have a cup of steamy white rice to go with it and enjoy!!!!