A summer day for us means tubing in the refreshing New River, hiking to take in the mountain views on the Blue Ridge Parkway or swimming in in the pool with a backdrop of the picturesque mountains.
But after a day full of summer fun, do you always feel like the warm sun put a snuggly blanket on you, and all you want to do is curl up somewhere cool and fall asleep? The last thing you want to do is go behind the stove and cook something that takes any effort or is hot.
“My friend gave me a stalk of lemongrass, and I just held it and stared at without a clue how to use it! What do I do??”One of my dear friends messaged me this recently, and I assured her that she wasn’t alone in her befuddlement at lemongrass.
Nam prik ong is a life-changing, spicy Thai tomato and pork stir-fry. Its tantalizing smells of fried shallots, Thai dried chili and garlic, and its sounds of ground pork sizzling in the wok and popping cherry tomatoes, always brings me back like a time machine to Thai Hubby’s grandma’s house in Sukhothai, Thailand.
In the crazy corona days, I drift between wanting to create masterpieces in the kitchen since nights aren’t as packed lately and cooking is like therapy, or just wanting to make something effortless because I’m worn out with a new routine of homeschooling and not having much of a break from mom life and feeling sad about our world.