One of the best parts of going to graduate school (aside from being out of the Army) was learning Chinese cooking. I had a classmate who taught my wife and me the "practical" Chinese way. He stopped by with his little rice cooker. We went to a grocery, bought some bok choi and beat sprouts and odds and ends, and came home. He put a pot on each of the four burners, turned them all to "high," poured a little vegetable oil in each, and proceeded to toss hands-ful in the general direction of the stove. Most hit. All were unequally distributed. (We were taking a statistics course at the time.) A little dab of various sauces (hoisin, black bean, soy, chili oil...) and we had four completely different, delicious Chinese dishes.And all men and women are welcome on Wedliny Domowe, regardless of their beliefs or ancestry! We don't care if our members are green with blue stripes and polka dots! Aren't we all children of the same creator? Some of my best friends are indeed, of Chinese extraction and I'm proud to be called their friend.
Since that day, we have done similar "encounters" with people from all over the world. Although the results occasionally are mixed, the fun was always there and the memories will always linger. We do Chinese, Indian(+Pakistani & Bangladeshi), Ethiopian (+Ghana), Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian (these guys have an incredible sense of humor), Swiss (+ French & German), Mexican, Peruvian (+ Chilean & Colombian), Polish, Russian (+Ukrainian, Moldovan, Belarus).
So, every time we have guests and I pull on my green pants, blue striped shirt, and polka-dotted socks......
Here's to whirled peas and world peace too. WooHoo! I'm looking forward to some good recipes.