Last night I returned from my classroom’s annual two-day camping/team building/bonding trip to Upham Woods in the beautiful Wisconsin Dells. Actually, we returned at the end of the school day, but then I had to rush off to my 2 1/2 hour class I’m taking so I’ll be certified to have student teachers in my classroom. By the time I was heading through our little town of Mount Horeb at 7:00 p.m., takeout food sounded pretty good. I stopped at ye olde only “Chinese” restaurant we have, and brought home some sauteed vegetables and “Szechuan Tofu.” It wasn’t bad, and it was even prepared by authentic Chinese people, but it wasn’t what we had come to expect and enjoy on our trip to China…..
You are looking at some delectable eggplant and beans, mixed vegetables, and something called “Grandmother’s potatoes,” which were mashed with oil, scallions and garlic. Really delicious!
In the above photo, you see a grated-potato dish (kind of similar to a Jewish latke), sauteed vegetables, a fresh and spicy cucumber salad (more about raw food in a later post), and of course eggplant…. we really loved eggplant dishes in China. They tasted so much better than what I make at home. Probably because they are swimming in ten times the amount of oil I would use….
Naturally, we asked for vegetarian food wherever we went. However, it didn’t stop us from noticing what else was available…..
You could say that it was Chinese food that started our family’s pilgrimage to China. If it hadn’t been for PM’s taste in food, she would not have chosen to go to Chinese camp over ten years ago. That led to Chinese in college …. and rest is history!
Next time: Chinese food on the streets.