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From spring to later summer

Eating well has always been my joy and way of living. This year I could enjoy cooking more, probably due to the weird good weather, my super relax mood and unexpected long time off. Or, if I eat well, I feel well. It is not necessary to be comprehensive food, but just comfort, healthy home cooking, can be enjoyed by myself, two persons plus little one inside or with friends.

I could not agree more that  cook and eat well are the simple joy and celebration of life, which can be reached daily. My inspiration could come from seasonal food, ingredients from pantry, TV receipts, magazine, or anywhere, whenever. Be casual, spontaneous and creative are the essential fun of cooking, for me.

(All photos and food were made by Leee )

P.S My favorite foodie/culture/documentary programs this year

A cook Abroad – Series of BBC TV chefs

Parts Unknown – Anthony Bourdain

Fearless Chef – Kiran Jethwa

Marokko in zes gerechten – Chez Benali

Wedding day – Lieve Blancquaert

Langs de oevers van de Yangtze – Ruben Terlou

Without those writings, how could fulfill the passion and interests for food and/or food related lives. Here are those writings, but not all, which have made me.

 They are sorts of food magazines, with different styles and ideas.

I also like free edition from local supermarket, not all, but AH one is definitely the queen of free. I have made a scrapbook, especially

containing all the interesting receipt and food photos from AH magazine. I think it is already 5 years old.

Multinational cooking is my favorite, because as long as it is delicious and it really does not important where it comes from (p.s. unless I would like to know more about it). French cooking basically invades everywhere. Therefore, I have my Asian, Indian, special Chinese classical ones, and Italian writings. Most only provide receipts. Recently, I am falling for those combined with deep feeling, just like “Made in Italy” by Giorgio Locatelli.

 

Off course, I have my categorical editions, for instance for pasta, pastry and cheese cake.. I am absolutely a devoted fun of sweat, Chinese flour made food.

 

Besides, some edited cooking books are so valuable for beginners or those who want to learn more about basics techniques. “The Cook’s Book” is definitely the first I would like to recommend. Although you might find a big mix of top chefs’ little bit, which might not be that deep and professional, you will be surprised how practical this book could be. An amazingly useful! “The Bread Bakers Apprentice” is another example which is written by bread baking processional (Peter Reinhart), yet with endless passion and innovation.

 

 

I have to say it is difficult to find good quality Chinese cooking books, but we do not lack of very good food writers. I am very mush enjoy their personal bond with food in various ways. We can all love food from different angles, different perspectives. Off course, those in English could also give you a brand new vision of how the lives have been changed and influenced by food. They are just good writings and stories, and something to do with food. En, “Fortune cookie” by Jannifer Lee, “Kitchen confidential” by Anthony Bourdan, “Heat” by Bill Buford, several books by Nigel Slater, Rachel Khoor, Kylie Kwong, Neglia Lawson……

  


Or you can have the books about kitchen eiltes, like..

It might be only pictures. For me, 2-3 is top amount.

Come from my background, I can’t miss book with insightful discussion and scientific observation. Again, something about the society issues are related with food, health, disease and research. Gary Taubes is the one with criticism and ability.

As cliché, food could be involved in the whole life stories and different aspects. That is why I could enjoy those various writings, limited in or beyond the topic – “food”.

(All books are leee’s collection, and all photos are made by leee at home, enjoy!)

时常记起10岁、11岁的自己读《傲慢与偏见》时的情形。

还是小学生的自己无论和心智,还是外形上都不搭调。早早就将小姨在中学时代曾躲在被褥里看的台湾言情小说看了个遍。不知道什么缘故,偏偏不好花功夫学语文。大概那时对死板和模式化的课本内容丝毫不感兴趣,却四处找东西来读。年龄小小的自己,却是读了不少乱七八糟的文字。后来竟厌了言情小说,那时自己不过十一、二岁。这也就出现了奇怪的现象,十几岁后的自己常常抱着少年老成的小说在看,周围同龄女孩却为都市言情醉生梦死。

追溯起来,似乎是那个夏天。照例,在退休后住在乡村的外公家过一整个暑假。看腻了小姨的言情。有时百无聊赖,常常和稍大的亲戚或更小的表兄妹们溜到最近的镇上,那里至少有集市商店。此时,闭上眼睛,浮现出十几年前那个小小街景:虽然是九十年代,偏远的小镇居民还有周遭的村民应该还像是70年代末,80代的样子吧;不大的集市,繁忙的时候都是自由买卖的农民;你可以找到任何和农作有关的东西,手工制作的格式生活用具,应有尽有;商店小小的店面里挂着花花绿绿,对我这个城里来的小孩而言,有点土气的衣服……那个情景,你在现在的哪能找到?对我而言,那个场景,是一种不可替代的记忆。自己成长中的很多第一次,很多转折,很多最最纯质的,美好的体验,都是不可替代的。

我甚至还依稀记得市集那家书店的模样,稀稀落落的书置在硕大的店里。那时应该是要推广乡村教育吧,给了这么大的门面。我一个人溜溜达达,一副煞有介事的样子,淘着可看的书。就是那次,用零花钱给自己买了《傲慢与偏见》。我人生里第一本文学小说。

我还记得,坐在外公家坎台上不分早午,时时刻刻,畅快淋漓的读着它。那个年龄的我,第一次读到这么鲜活,个性迥异的角色。紧凑的故事,起伏有趣。爱情变得复杂,自嘲变得睿智。它为我开启了另一扇门。

常常能再记起第一次读那本书时,那一刻的感受。无论过了多少年,都丝毫没有退却。

“What an odd thing it is to see an entire speces-billions of peope-playing with, listening to, meaningless tonal patterns, occupied and peroccupied of for much of their time by what thay call “music”…..Oliver Sacks
 
Breathe with it, live with it, enjoy the great gift from who give us.
 

      “我认识她的时候。她穿海蓝的裙子,像小女孩似的在风中飞跑。也许我从来没有见过她跑步的样子,上学的样子,但她蓝色的裙子确实像海水一样,在风中飘动。我在她身后说话,看她一步步走着,裙衣不知怎么在风中变成白色。我们在山间看见那片水了,是好几个人一起去的,石头在溪水中间交错,鱼躲在石头下,你对我说有人把你的鞋藏起来了。”— 顾城
        G的记忆似乎已经停留在那个想象的时刻,伴着他不灭的爱情和一种隐藏的怯懦。看多了那些各执一词的说法:蒙蔽自己的也好,痛心疾首的也好,淡淡一记的也好,回忆陌生人般的也好,还有谁能像他自己那样的说话?真实变得不再重要。从好奇,到忘了他自杀前该有的模样,随着他的回忆看到的只是一颗纤细而坚定的心。原本该是恨的文字,却在他那里依旧是难以掩饰的不能自拔的爱,爱的放纵,爱的使他可以忘却一切。他大概很难学会违心,懂得欺骗,他竟是那么真实,真的让人不寒而栗,也让人觉到一种洒脱和美丽。     

“我的欲望像满山的小树,无穷无尽伸着,渴望着,那么强。一枝一叶都含着果实的甜,含着到达以后那无穷无尽的生长。春天的蓝天啊,那么甜美,春天最新鲜的树叶都唤起那愿望;鸟在天上的鸣叫,啾啾啁啁都唤起那愿望;大地整个在生长,在生命中间唤醒它的愿望;那么甜美,又那么决绝。那些云,银色的海上一阵阵飘过去,真让人动心。我把石头一块块放好,在土地上,但愿望并没有停止。像树林里的河水一样流动,渴望和盲目的四季使我走向一个地方。我就是这样开始,像大地和春天,总有暗影。”

      我猜想他是那种在不经意会露出孩子般笑容和顽皮的人,那之下却什么隐藏都没有。也许不该如此包庇曾放下不可弥补错误的G,可他的情感纯粹到不能不让人折服。在那文字间流淌的是纯然的感受,丝毫不显得矫揉做作。有时也很惊讶,怎能那么强烈的感到。 

“如果我再见了英儿,她再跟我说这些话,我知道我会愉快的,我的心会变得干净温暖,但是一切结果是不可避免的,但那是多么好的结果啊。”

仿佛一个执着的孩童,我相信他能在这“如果”中,变得干净温暖。他也是个偏执而自私的人吧!字字句句都是那么的自我,那么充置着让人坚信不疑的爱恋,爱的专一也好,爱的充满了诱惑也好,能想象雷含着泪绝望的和他合著《英儿》的情形。他是那么聪明,不在乎现世,却时时在乎着自己的心,时时对自己的感情清楚地洞察着。

“你们是我的妻子,我爱你们,现在依旧如此…..”

“你们真好,像夜深深的花束,一点也看不见后边的树枝”

“我们之间本来有一个梦想,一些模糊的渴望。但是从来没有想到我们的身体和欲望是如此的吻合。她的轻巧给了我一种放肆的可能,一种男性的力量的炫耀,这是我在你面前无法做的,你的无言的轻视,使我被羞愧和尊敬所节制。”

       时时感叹会藏匿在内心深处的一种作祟,不需要任何理由,一种感受,不能遮拦。G纵然纯粹,他是不是有点高估生活所能给予他的满足。死亡保持了他的纯粹,过多的“奢望”和“要求”,以及那构想中的拥有,引致了他的终止。  我很赞赏G和他一样以自杀结束自己的YK的才华。但有什么理由不去热爱生活本身呢!他们曾描绘的点滴之美,不也随着他们自己的离去而被否定了。是难以抗拒的恐惧和怯懦? “天哪,有人跟我在一起的时候,我的心真好极了。这个时候,我知道我谁也不恨,一点都不恨。” 

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给《英儿》,去的,留的
读者leee
 
 (一) Denmark  

      顺利从Denmark Elsinore回来,算是颇有收获。走前匆匆打印了巨幅海报,可惜有张图resolusion不行。到后四下看看其他poster,小出一阵汗,具体心情就不详述。还好最后上场的时候,表现不坏,依旧有待进步。按照概念,虽算不上大型交流会议,不过百人,却都是欧洲同一方向的specialists, researchers,从有的presentation,讨论中受益匪浅。只是偏clinic,几个researcher感觉personality很有问题,有的实在不是我的味口。何妨,邹邹眉罢了!当做听广播。但从小小办公室走出去,遇到很多新的面孔,交流一番,很是refresh,思路似乎又大展,也为研究寻求一些新的机会和方向。 

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(二) When you read back to the history, it will definitely reveal something. I am daring to say “truth”, which people always argue about, but, at least, it will help you to think reasonably. After spending a night, I finished this book《陰謀與虔誠﹕西藏騷亂的來龍去脈》(rough translated: Jesuitism and Godliness: Tibet and rebellion). I feel so pity that the author did not translate this book to English, since some financial reasons, otherwise, at least, a part of people who have open mind will have more just evaluation. What he wrote is so neutral, from the social demography and human’s instinct point of view, from the thinking of philosophy and religion, and he tried to show readers his true experience in Tibet. Honestly, I agree with his substantially.

 

Life there is not just like people dream about, but more crucial. The so called national or religionary “leader”, is also not pure and innocent just like people think. Especially, he is trying to use religion to desecrate religion. Personally, I preference many nice parts of “Zen”, but I still think that should beware of the propaganda of religion. It would be changed to a weapon and manipulate others, just like in Tibet. Besides, people are individual egoism. What they said obviously had distance with what they did. Meantime, politics and history are not simply hanging there and can be easily found out, are not the definition without any research and proof, or from the single and bias resource. When I read more and more details of the past history, suddenly, I notice how smart we should be, in order to get away from a nonsense and continues battle. Maybe, it is impossible to find a perfect answer. At least, react after think and learn from others. —-

Simultaneously, I watch a TV progamme about history of Tibet in BBC. Well, I have to say the British reporter seems indeed considering about the circumstance of Tibet, and tried his best to be honest. However, in the other hand, based on his self-speaking and such narrow interviewed resources, I only find superficial opinions. Or, it can be defined as a memory show of the last “royalty”, who used to live in the top of pyramid and still try to purify their desire of conquest, and not yet upgrade to the western style. That is so called the advocacy of “democracy”.     

《陰謀與虔誠﹕西藏騷亂的來龍去脈》Jesuitism and godliness: Tibet and rebellion 

这是部和lust,caution有点相反的影片(小说), 爱的痛苦由性得到缓解, 也由此化解等待的漫长, 才得以让Florentino Ariza成为那个极端的浪漫者,在作者设计的五十一年九月零四天的执着中,他似乎变成了一种理想的象征。他的行为有着两面性:以痛苦为由,放纵着自己的肉体,是个形骸放浪的诗意“绅士”;在意识里,却深深坚信自己的童贞为女神而保留。他显得那么容易受到伤害,那么的坚贞,又那么的无辜,以致任何人都能原谅他的狂热和邪恶。因为他有一颗不灭的、理想的爱情心。我想这不是一个简单的关于执着,关于爱的故事。相比起优雅的,务实的Fermina Daza和Juvenal Urbino,Florentino Ariza是活在这个真实世界之外美丽的邪恶的模范。很喜欢一段相关的评论:

this view is as simplistic, contending that the author has woven a story so dense that the reader risks falling into its trap of sweetness and simplicity if they do not pay close attention to what is happening. García Márquez himself said in an interview: ‘you have to be careful not to fall into my trap.’ This is manifested by Florentino Ariza’s excessively romantic attitude toward life, an attitude which shapes his obsession with Fermina Daza, and his gullibility in trying to retrieve the sunken treasure of a shipwreck. Ariza’s situation is able to charm the reader into sympathizing with his situation, even though he is a ‘pervert, a rapist, and a murderer’, Florentino Ariza is able to garner the reader’s sympathy, even though the reader is consistently reminded of his more sinister exploits.”

《The Dangers of Gullible Reading: Narrative as Seduction in Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera》

然而我又确实偏好Ariza这个人物。看着他伪装的缓解和偏执,他又是个可怕的理想实践者。作者没有偏护他的意思吧!替他装上行头,成个风情的浪漫者,成个没有廉耻的肉体,最后还给他希望和幸福,让他风雅、满足的成就了永恒的爱。

相比小说,这次我选择电影。也许在刻画其他两个主角上,电影逊色不少,缺少的对生活的矛盾和琐碎的描述,使得有些情节突兀。而小说对我来说细节实在是太多了,没有电影来得简洁。当然能坐下细细读它一遍,一定能有更多发现,但…电影画面来得华丽,尤其是音乐,相当值得投上一票。

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