Reading Leslie’s writing at the whole plate and seeing Luke’s and Natalie’s photos at him + her inspired me to write about the small things that bring me joy in Bangkok. I’ve been working a lot and feeling dull. It has been too long since I’ve posted.
I’ve fallen in love with mini Asian eggplants. They are full of tiny seeds. Once fried, they burst with flavor. We live a couple of blocks from a beautiful fresh market with so many vegetable choices. Each day I have to resist coming back to the apartment with arms full of cabbage, cilantro, okra, basil, and green, yellow, and red chilis.
I found some vegetarian chili paste with tamarind, and I’m slowly learning variations on stir fries with vinegar, ginger, and soy sauce.
These mini bananas are so cute and extra sweet. I’ve been chopping them up for muesli or unsweetened yogurt.
Best of all–I love these Asian-style knives we got at the supermarket. Our apartment was only equipped with a small steak knife for cooking–it wouldn’t do. These beautiful knives have made cooking so much easier and a joy.
*Thanks to Nanci Griffith for the title.