|Tomato Egg Soup with Cilantro|
Within the time it took to boil a pot of water, my friend Yingjie diced the tomatoes, beat the eggs, and concocted the traditional Chinese soup. She added salt and pepper, a few drops of sesame oil. She topped it off with chopped cilantro.
Yingjie is a visiting scientist, working in Ottawa to research indoor air pollutants. She was my houseguest for a few weeks as she got settled in this foreign land.
Everyday, she shared with me observations of Canadian people and customs. "Why are so many people here so fat? I've never seen such fat people. In China, I am fat." All 115 pounds of her.
Odd habits asides, Yingjie is in awe at all of our freedoms and luxuries. "I can't believe you can buy anything you like, so much food from anywhere in the world."
In the background, my own children were squabbling, as siblings do. And Yingjie listened with a smile. She reminded me, "You are so lucky."