[Life – Standing in Front of the Stove] 【灶臺柴火中的修行】

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[Life – Standing in Front of the Stove]

By: WANG Qi, Betty (Hall 10)

Translated by: CHIANG Man Ying, Michelel (Hall 10)

Image: http://www.theworldofchinese.com

No matter if you deep-fry, pan fry, boil, or stew… In preparing your dishes, one will always know how important the heat is if he or she is a pro in the kitchen. A slight difference in temperature, or in the duration of cooking, will also affect the tastes of what you cook. For example, in making pork chop soup, you must simmer your pot in order to have the meat soft and tender, the soup full of flavors; in frying vegetables, you must keep the heat burning hot in order to have the vegies crisp. To make the perfect dish, you must keep everything in just the right amount, right temperature, and perfect.

In fact, life is all the same. We love hard, chase after our dreams, strive hard to obtain money and power… Sometimes we may even go beyond the limit without realizing, and everything turn out not the way we expected, and even worse. We were buried in worries and complaints, not knowing that – dishes are cooked in different level of heat.

Cooking might seem to be an easy task for some people. They used to think that all you do is make the food hot. However in reality, making the perfect dish is not easy at all. Cooking is like a practice. You have to be careful enough when you cut the vegetables, be patient and wait for the meat to cook slowing, be calm and composed when hot oil splash towards you, and to be creative and think of innovative and new dishes…

The entire process is a mental training of your temper. Here is a humble suggestion to you: whenever you feel like work is too hard, life is too overwhelming, try to slow down your pace, and cook yourself a meal. What you can realize and learn from, might somehow surprise you.

【 灶臺柴火中的修行】

文: 王琪 (舍堂十)

圖: http://www.theworldofchinese.com

內行人都了解,火候的掌握對於烹調食物至關重要,無論是煎炒煮炸,火候多一分還是少一分都會影響菜品的味道和口感,像煲排骨湯一定要文火慢煮,肉才會慢慢軟爛,骨頭的精華和營養才會融入湯中,而有的菜則需要大火快炒,才能保證其酥脆的口感。完美的菜品一定是火候恰到好處的。

其實人生何嘗不是這樣,為人處世又何嘗不是這樣。我們用力愛,用力追求夢想,用力得到金錢地位權力,有時候已經超越了「度」而不自知,當結果沒有得償所願時,我們只顧著煩惱和抱怨,殊不知,不是所有的菜都能用大火烹調。

做飯在有些人看來很簡單,無非是把食物做熟,但如果要把菜做的完美,卻是一件不易的事情。做飯就像一場修行,你需要在切菜的時候足夠細心,需要有耐心等待不易煮熟的食物慢慢煮到火候,需要在油火四濺的時候穩住手腳,需要足夠的新意創造新菜。整個過程都是對心性的磨練,當你覺得心中有煩惱無法釋懷時,不如靜下來為自己做頓飯吧,也許就會找到你要的答案。

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