Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Autumn: a photo, a poem and a plate

I posted a picture of fallen leaves on my Facebook page, and Maria Theresa, one of the subscribers attached a few lines from a poem by Maureen Kwat Meshenberg of Heart's Calling

When I saw your fallen leaves photos I thought it would be a perfect visual accompaniment to that line of poem, Maria Theresa writes.

With the help of Theresa, (thank you :) )  and with the permission of  Maureen Kwat Meshenberg of Heart's Calling (Maureen, thank you!) I am sharing the poem in its entirety below. If you love the poem, (which I'm sure you would) visit Maureen's Facebook page Heart's Calling for more poetry.  You will be enthralled by the magic of her words.

So for today's post, I am sharing with you Autumn:  a photo, a poem and a plate.  May you also find inspiration in unexpected places... Happy Wednesday!

In this day,
in this morning-
I clothed my soul,
with autumn's dawning.
Beautiful colors
to fabric me-
rest to be, so freely...
touching my life,
with possiblities.
For in this breath of morning,
comes to me with beauty-
I choose how they hold me,
to wrap around me.
Breath to my waking,
I see sometimes breaking-
but spilling out of me,
are my colors to just be.

Lemongrass Pork with Shitake Mushrooms


1- 1 1/2 lbs pork, butterfly sliced 
2 stalks of lemon grass (sliced and crushed)
1/4 cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper3 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tablespoon fish sauce
1 lime - add the lime juice
4 clove garlic - minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1 cup soup stock
Cooking oil for frying
2 pcs carrots, sliced
1/2 c bamboo shoots (I used the canned one)
4 large dried shitake mushrooms (soaked in water then slice when soft)
1/2 cup straw mushrooms (I used the canned one)
1 stalk celery, sliced

Season pork with salt and pepper.  Dredge the pork in flour (also seasoned with salt and pepper).  In a wok, fry the pork in batches until slight brown. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine: hoisin sauce, fish sauce, soup stock, lime juice, sugar and chili garlic sauce. Whisk to blend.

Using the same wok, saute garlic and onions until fragrant. Add the lemongrass and pork. Pour the sauce mixture. Cover and let it simmer.  When pork is tender, add the mushrooms and vegetables.  Cover for a few more  minutes and voila it's done! Enjoy!

I'm sharing  more photos I captured around St. Louis for you to enjoy...


  1. Such poetic dish and mouthwatering too
    Autumn served up with it's warmth and hue
    Oh Delectable aroma must have its due
    Send some quickly, dear Skip to Malou

    1. OH Lei,
      You are a poet,
      you just don't know it.
      Your comment made me laugh
      I can't get enough...

      hahaha i can't compose a stanza haha.
      thanks for dropping by!

  2. I love all the flavors looks very yummy. I love the pictures and the poem as well

    1. Thanks Helena. I'm glad you enjoyed this post.

  3. Love your new blog. As a native St. Louisian, be sure to check out the botanical gardens and Shaw Nature Reserve this fall! Wagon rides on Sundays are so much fun! will take you to both places. In the winter, when it's cold and dreary, go to the same website and check out the butterfly house.
    Best wishes in your new town and with all your new adventures!

    1. Hi Terri,
      I haven't been to the Botanical Garden but I know I should. I already told hubs that we should go there this weekend before it gets too late.
      Thank you for sharing the website. I will keep it in mind to check it during the winter too.

      Thanks for dropping by.

    2. If you have never done the seasonal rotation, I hope you will like it and let me welcome you to STL. The Gardens are wonderful and for the most part, so is the city. There are so many great things to check out here and the local/organic/whole foods movement is very active. I'd be happy to make suggestions if you are interested in any new adventures to try!
      Best wishes on your new adventures!

    3. Hi Terri,
      You are so right, STL has so many great things and great places to offer. Yesterday we had dinner at Sen Thai Bistro and across the street was a very interesting architectural church. I was mesmerized.
      I've been in this city for about a year now but for the most part I've been away. I am enjoying the seasonal change (lived in FL and CA and of course the Philppines)so the four seasons are wonderful blessings. I consider them little miracles that... so upllifting and heartwarming. Thank you and may you have a bliss-ful bless-ful day.

    4. If you want some more options, feel free to email me at There are so many good options here. The Tower Grove Farmer's Market on Sat mornings is a must while it's still active for the season!
      Enjoy this amazing day!

  4. What a beautiful autumn! I miss those colors sometimes :) strange to live where there is no much different in seasons..

    1. I do understand, because in my home country we don't have 4 seasons as well.
      I hope you are enjoying the week.

  5. youon't just have a talent for cooking, you also have a great eye for photography! love the pics and the food looks yummy! pang fall picnic! :-)

  6. What gorgeous photos of fall, an inspiring poem and a delicious pork-mushroom dish....I'm enjoying myself so much, I may never leave your blog site, Malou! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful things with us today!

  7. Oh I just love this feature, Malou! :) 10 stars for you!!!!

  8. What great fall photos and poem! I'm heading to her Facebook page now to check out the rest. Loving all the vegetables with the pork in the dish.


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