Adult friend finded
It was the same as she'd left it: a pile of cushions by her bed for Little Brother to sleep on, a stack of poetry and famous literature on her desk that she was supposed to study to become a "model bride," and the lavender shawl and silk robes she'd worn the day before she left home.
The jade comb Mulan had left in exchange for the conscription notice caught her eye; it now rested in front of her mirror.
This self-appointed class is the only one I've ever studied well for.
I started playing around with the staples of the house: rice, beans, plantains, and chicken.
Basmati rice soaked in salted water to be steamed with green garlic and mounds of finely chopped parsley and cilantro, then served with a whole roasted, eight kilo white fish stuffed with barberries, pistachios, and lime. And then she'd get a glimpse of him with tears in his eyes and the rage would turn soft and slide into something like forgiveness.Sirine's earliest memory was of sitting on a phone book on a kitchen chair, the sour-tart smell of pickled grape leaves in the air.Her mother spread the leaves flat on the table like little floating hands, placed the spoonful of rice and meat at the center of each one, and Sirine with her tiny fingers rolled the leaves up tighter and neater than anyone else could- tender, garlicky, meaty packages that burst in the mouth.” ― “Alone in the kitchen, without Zod's supervision, he found himself turning to the wholesome food of his childhood, not only for the comfort the simple compositions offered, but because it was what he knew so well as he set about preparing a homecoming feast for Zod's only son.We look for someone who can pull us out of the darkness of adulthood and ignite the simple, childish joys of life.” ― “Since my earliest memory, I imagined I would be a chef one day.
When other kids were watching Saturday morning cartoons or music videos on You Tube, I was watching Iron Chef, The Great British Baking Show, and old Anthony Bourdain shows and taking notes. I have long lists of ideas for recipes that I can modify or make my own.
Mulan's gaze lingered on the comb, on its green teeth and the pearl-colored flower nestled on its shoulder.