Saturday, February 25, 2006
Today , I had the most amazing day. I went to my dear friend La's house. She is from Laos. This is not her, but she showed me a picture of her and her husband in the same wedding dress. La is a wonderful gracious woman. She was the one that was in the car accident that I wrote about before Christmas. She's been off work for about 4 months and now she is back and well. I missed her when she was off work and am so thankful she is back. Today she invited me and another co worker to her home to teach us how to make spring rolls. It was so much fun, We made them, cooked them and then ate them. She also made us shanghai noddles. Laotion people cook with spice, and the noodles were quite spicy but good. The spring rolls were yummy. La's sisters and sister inlaw came over too and we enjoyed visiting and sipping on wine and getting to know each other better. Then the gals took us down stairs to sing Karaoke from Laos. It was fun. Before we knew it was 7:00 P.M. and all the husbands started to come in. Next thing I know we are invited for supper. They call it hot pot. Very popular in Laos and Thailand. It's a big electric fry pan in the middle of the table and you cook, thin slices of beef , squid, mushrooms, onion, and on other plates there is bean sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce, rice noddles, and rice wrappers. You can put all or some of the cooked or fresh food in the wrapper and then dip it in a really nice dipping sauce. Yummy. The only thing that I was uncomfortable about is that when all the husbands came everyone started talking in Laotion but me and my friend Malik . It was strange. As we are eating around the table , men and women are all talking and laughing. I did not know if they were talking about us or not. I could see that Malik was very uncomfortable so she excused herself. I ate then I excused myself and we left shortly after that. For the most part the day was fantastic. I want to ccok like this for my family sometime. We like to try different foods.