Since winter break ended, I have been hearing stories of major events that took place during the holidays. To my surprise, there were quite a few engagements and pregnancies! That’s right. My very own friends are starting to tie the knot and contribute to the world population. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around this because I’m still convinced boys have cooties.
Back when I was thirteen or so and didn’t stay up past 11pm (something I should confess I still don’t do), I remember thinking about my age in 2015. “Wow, so I’ll be twenty-three then!”. In another ten years, I’ll be thirty-three! Then soon after, forty-three! At that point, I might have a daughter who will probably be experimenting with makeup and complaining to me about boys and maybe also, a son who wants to take the car out every night and is having a hard time choosing between Stanford and UC Davis (it’s a tough choice)! Phew, getting a little ahead of myself.
I’m still wondering about the cooties.
As an adolescent, I was under the impression that life really started after you get married and have a family, and everything you do before that is just preparation for that future. Eventually it occurred to me that this is life. There is no waiting for anything to happen. In other words, live in the present. Cliche I know, but there’s no better way of saying it. It doesn’t translate to “YOLO” or doing something wild like leaving everything behind to live with gorillas in an African rain forest, but I think it does mean you don’t need to wait until the end of that stressful quarter, or until you quit that uninspiring job, or until you fall in love to be happy. In conclusion, don’t worry, be happy.
Foodwise, something that makes me pretty happy is fried rice. This incredibly quick and easy fried rice is a dish Papa Choi would often make for us as kids. With just one bite, I’m transported back to my childhood. My siblings and I loved it so much, mostly because of the salty, delicious chinese style sausage. As an adult, I still love and crave it. If you have rice, eggs, chinese style sausage, and 15 minutes, you can have this delicious fried rice. It makes great leftovers, and if anyone is wondering what I’ll be having for lunch these next three days, just scroll down.
- ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 chinese style sausage, sliced ¼'' thick
- 6 cups (cooked) day-old medium-grain rice (equals 2 cups uncooked rice)
- 4 eggs
- 2-3 teaspoons soy sauce, divided
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar, then set aside.
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat up the oil over medium heat. Add the chinese sausage and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add the rice, and use a spoon to break up any clumps. Cook until the rice is clump-free and soft, about 2 minutes.
- Pour in the egg mixture, and turn up the heat to medium-high. Constantly stir until the egg is mostly cooked, then add the remaining 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce (depending on your taste) and green onions. Stir for another minute, remove from heat, and serve immediately.