Right now I'm sitting on my couch enjoying the aroma of onions and garlic cooking in olive oil. On another burner is a giant pot full of vegetables. Next to it is a skillet with roasting eggplants. To the side of the stove is a cutting board with even more chopped vegetables. What's going on?
On Friday I'm heading up to Massachusetts to be with my family for Christmas. I go every six months and see my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. The one problem is that it's very difficult to eat healthy while traveling, especially during the season of many fine home cooked meals. My family is Italian, and thus most meals are a healthy salad coupled with an unhealthy pasta dish.
Luckily for me, I am BFFFFs with Evan, and it just so happens that she is the right combination of ruthlessly sweet and culinarily gifted. The result is that any night I'm not at Casa de Luz, it's likely that she's either cooking for me, or that I'm eating leftovers that she froze for me.
Evan likes to tell people about how one of the first times we hung out she ordered vegan food and I made fun of her for it. The direct quote that she likes to remember is me saying, "Why would you eat vegan? That's so stupid." Purposefully or not, she played a part in me turning vegan.
Some of the more delicious things she can cook are a curry that tastes like it must be unhealthy (it's not), poblano pepper corn chowder, apple pancakes, and tempeh enchiladas. At the moment she's molding 20 pounds of vegetables, beans, and other healthy vittles into enough vegan food for me to eat for a week in Boston.
We went to Wal Mart where I bought tupperware and a neat collapsible cooler (and a shredder, candles, kitchen towels, etc., since that's what happens in Wal-Mart), which I intend to pack on the plane. Hopefully it will all stay frozen and delicious for when I get there.
The good news for you, dear reader, is that I will soon be building a Playboy-esque empire here in Austin with the help of Evan and some other friends. If you wrangle your way on to my supple yet exclusive guest list, you will be able to watch classic movies at our monthly movie night or play boardgames at our monthly boardgame night, all the while eating vegan (and probably some non-vegan) snacks!
I thought I was done with this post, but Evan has wanted a post for a while and is working really hard to make me delicious food, so I will share some juicy facts about her.
Turn to page 125 to slay the dragon,
OR Turn to page 140 to eat your grandmother.
I don't know if most people would want a stalker or not, but I have one and I think it's great. Technically she may be more of a secret admirer, but I don't have any proof that she admires me, and I do have proof that she's crafty enough to find my addresses. There's also been some speculation that she isn't actually a hot girl, but is someone playing a trick on me.
I walk into work and see a large envelope sitting on my desk. Hmm... I'm not expecting anything. I look at the to address.
First of all . . . . I have to admit that Mother's Day is one of my favorite days of the year. In my case, I get to give my Mom a bit more TLC than usual. Well, she truly is the one person who's stood by me, my sisters, and my brother all of our lives without fail. This is a pretty amazing thing considering all the hardships we've been through. [caption id="attachment_927" align="aligncenter" width="463" caption="Guess who that baby is."][/caption] My Mom was given the name Lualhati and was born in a small town 3 hours north of Manila, Philippines in a very small farming town called Zaragoza (in the province of Nueva Ecija). Her Mom (my Grandmother) was Soccoro Roque, and her Father (my Grandfather) was Rafael Roque. She was a schoolteacher, and he was both a tailor and a farmer. They raised 4 children together in this sleepy little town where everyone knew each other. My Mom would grow up to be a school teacher herself and has taught at the elementary and grade school level for many years. She is arguably the most meticulous and organized person I know. (Her towels and bedsheets, for example, are stacked and aligned with precision on a color coordinated grid. I've always thought she might have had a wonderful career in the military. ) She's also the type of person who remembers other people's birthdays. She's very perceptive and incredibly shrewd. Incidentally, she's also quite beautiful . . . She's part of a long line of very beautiful women in my life that goes all the way down to my sisters and my little niece Lai. If my Mom has taught me anything (and she's taught me a lot, by the way), she showed me, by way of example, the importance of being there for the people you care about. My Mom continues to live a lifetime of being there for me and my whole family. She has been consistently dependable and supportive all of my life. It is because of her that I make every effort to be at my nephew's championship football games. It is because of her that I stay faithful to my closest friends. It is because of her that there has been and always will be a lot of love in my life. This is the stuff of life--a cherished lesson my Mom has unknowingly taught me. Happy Mother's Day, Mom, and thank you, for everything. Secondly . . . My Mom is not the only Mother in my family. My older Sister Leth is raising 4 lively and adorable children with her husband Danny. Here is her life's work in progress . . . . Here she is (yup, another beauty) . . . She also has a cool blog called LuluBelleSunshine. Check it out here. She blogs about all kinds of cool knitting patterns, easy recipes for delicious food (She's a very good cook with a knack for seasoning), and our family. While my Mom might be one of the most organized people I know, my sister is probably one of the smartest--one of those kinds of people who barely listened in class but still managed to get good grades--(yeah, one of those). She's a fast learner at just about anything, and as you can see by her knitting skills, she can succeed at anything she puts her mind to. So far, it's quite apparent that her son Tyler has inherited this special gift. Happy Mother's Day, Sis!! You get to celebrate this day for the rest of your life. Your kids are lucky and blessed to have you. We are all going out for a Mother's Day lunch. I'll take pictures and share them later. I hope this is a great day for everyone! -gordo