I’m going to apologize to you all for today’s post. There is no funny story, no memory from the past, or some interesting research that I have done. Instead it is a recipe, that my Mom did teach me, and a letter of apology.
When I started this journey to blog three years ago, it was solely for the purpose to document recipes that I would want to revisit in the future. Stories, anecdotes, and essays where more of an afterthought when it came to posting on brb…eating and wasn’t a priority of mine. However, a few years have gone by and I realized that I found joy in sharing the stories with everyone about my memories, experiences, and connection that I have with food.
I did a food blog marathon a few years ago as a challenge to myself to continue writing and follow through on projects. I, like many people, start things with excitement, joy, and determination to finish but soon fall into the comforting embrace of laziness and procrastination. So, in 2010, I challenged myself and completed my first 30 posts in 30 days marathon. I was excited to accomplish something as challenging as a marathon. However, in all honesty, I was not proud of the posts. They felt rushed, forced, and shallow at times because my focus was on the recipe and not on the story.
This time around, with a slightly improved writing style, I’ve set out to do a marathon that I am proud of. Instead of focusing on the food, I would focus on the story and find out what dish that inspires from it. From that I have been able to share spills in ice water, the history of Chinese restaurants, and my mom and dad trying to force me into a life of crime. But, today, I’ve hit a block. The first time I did a marathon, posts took an average of 3 hours to create, cook, and write. Now, I work 8 to 9 hour days and in addition spend 4 to 5 hours developing and creating the recipe, photographing the completed dish, and then writing the post to share with everyone. At the end of the day, doing this on a daily basis is rough and something I didn’t plan. But, I’m not letting it deter me from completing.
Since I made the rules for this blogging marathon, I feel like it will be ok to add one more rule. I’m here by stating that it’s ok for me to not have a “traditional brb…eating” post once during the marathon process. This will give me a chance to recharge, reboot, and be re-invigorated to continue on in the rest of the marathon. So, I’m using that rule today as I share with you a recipe that my mom made when I was young. It’s a stir-fry recipe so it’s quick, easy, and fresh. It is the perfect post on a day where I am suffering from a loss of words.
I also now understand, why some of the bloggers that I admire write on a weekly basis. And the ones that write more than once a week, I admire you even more.
1 tsp oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 c garlic chives, one inch pieces
2 c mung bean sprouts
1 tbs rice wine
1 tsp salt
heat oil in a wok or pan on high heat until it begins to shimmer
stir fry garlic until it begins to change color
add chives and bean sprouts and stir for a few minutes
season with rice wine and salt and stir
serve as a side