I recently lost the use of my right eye due to an infection. Don’t worry, it’s not permanent and I’m not trying to mindfuck you with a guilt-trip about how sight is important, about how people do not appreciate the gift of sight and how blind people will never enjoy the colors of the world. No, there’s Facebook for people like that.
No, this is about the food I ate while on the road to recovery and the people who fed me. And a melty cheese bacon sandwich recipe.
Basically, I was eating two small meals a day for about a week, if I ate at all. I figured if I was going to spend most of my time in bed in a dark room, you don’t need much food and there wasn’t much appetite.
Depth-perception was difficult but I’ll be damned if I can’t boil water, fry an egg and some bacon for dinner. Not my best work but it will be sad if I cannot fry bacon and eggs with only one eye working and the other hurting.
I was a little surprised when she said she’d visit me and cook me dinner. She spent an entire day cooking three courses. Being Peranakan, all spices were pounded and ground from scratch and slowly cooked to extract flavor. She made Chicken Liver Salad, Thai Green Curry Chicken and a most excellent Chorizo, Pork Loin and Bean stew with roasted Bell Peppers.
I slowly savored the Chorizo Bean stew and ate it over 2 days. She cooked the best stew I’ve had all year.
Mum and Sis came over for dinner when I was feeling better bearing lots of food like the famous Fong Kee duck, roast pork and char siew. The Roast Pork was very clean-tasting and the Char Siew was satisfyingly fatty but I threw away the chicken the next day because it gave off a rank smell after heating it up. You don’t need eyes for that.
Mum made her delicious “pizza bread” with tomato sauce, pineapple and ham which I augmented with some bacon. It’s a fact that things taste even better with bacon.
During dinner, I revealed where my favorite baguette was sold and so mum went out and got a loaf for me the next day. I celebrated with bacon and tomatoes and micro chives and garlic as a garnish.
And my sister bought me a whole Maoshanwang Durian. Packed full of nuitrients, it was such a treat that I finished it all in about 20 minutes, about the time my sister took to drive home.
And finally, when I could finally open my eyes, I celebrated with a mixed grill of pork collar, wagyu beef and roasted shishito peppers. It wasn’t as good as the bean stew she made though.
Bacon Raclette on Baguette with Roasted Tomatoes
There’s nothing like a melty cheese and bacon with roasted tomatoes on a baguette to fortify you on the road to recovery. It’s so easy to assemble that even a half-blind man can do it.
Ingredients: (makes 1 sandwich)
hope you are feeling better =)
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