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TWO-BITE CHERRIES

Two great things happened to me yesterday: Four pounds of Oregon Lambert cherries and In the Mood for Love at the Portland Art Museum. Nothing could have prepared me for the sweet intensity of a Pacific Northwest cherry. Some varieties are three times the size of a “normal” grocery store cherry — they are monster truck cherries the size of unripe figs or baby nectarines. They are the size of walnuts or ice cubes. They are magnificent and almost aggressively sweet, and amazingly cheap at the Farmer’s Market — about $3/lb.

MAGGIE’S MEALS WHEN SHE EATS ALONE

Sigh. The United Bamboo skirt that I was obsessed with has a sister, and she is the color of emeralds and has pockets. I am deeply in love. Would like to wear it with this Vena Cava faux fur, so ‘In the Mood For Love’ - smoky, rich jewel tones and unbelievable texture.

By the way, on the official ‘In the Mood For Love’ website, Wong Kar-Wai lists “Maggie’s Meals When She Eats Alone.”

Breakfast Rice in Broth
Pickled Squash
Preserved Vegetable, Beans, Dried Tofu and Sliced Red Chillies
Preserved Egg (or Salted Egg)
Dinner Preserved Vegetable, Beans, Dried Tofu and Sliced Red Chillies Noodles

Maggie’s meals for her home (Winter)

1. Cloud-ear and Pig Knuckle Soup
2. Salted Pork with Dried Tofu
3. Sea Cucumber and Shrimp Roe
4. Stir-fried Napa Cabbage, Shredded Pork and Rice Cakes

 

Maggie’s meals for her home (Summer)

1. Winter Melon and Duck Soup
2. Stir-fried Shanghai Cabbage and Shredded Pork with Sliced Red Chillies
3. Stir-fried Eggplants
4. Fried Pancakes with Red Bean Paste

1. Noodles in Oil with Meat 
2. Parboiled Shrimps
3. Steamed Fermented Tofu
4. Preserved Vegetable, Beans, Dried Tofu and Sliced Red Chillies

1. Meatballs (with Bakchoi)
2. Yellow Squash
3. Steamed Fish
4. Tofu with crab flakes

Maggie’s snacks for her home (Summer)

1. Dumplings in Soup
2. Wine preserved dumplings
3. Date Soup
4. Fried Shanghai Bun

 

Maggie’s fruits for her home (Summer)

1. Melons
2. Peaches
3. Pears
4. Plums

 

Maggie’s snacks for her home (Winter)

1. Sweet glutinous rice

There are so many things about this that I love. The fastidiousness and simplicity of how she eats; the beautiful orderliness of this list; the utter sensuality of food.