Cooking with Xuelian

A few weeks ago, I contacted my OU Cousin with the intention of catching up. We text intermittently, but for about six months, we hadn’t seen each other at all, and I hate that. It seems like convenience wins over everything, and because we never bump into one another on campus or happen to both be studying in the library, we don’t see much of each other. In my message to her, I proposed that we cook some traditional Chinese food, as I wanted to try it, and I enjoy cooking. She was very excited, and we went to Sprouts to buy ingredients, most of which consisted of meat (pork, beef, and chicken). Because she already had a large cabinet of sauces and spices at her apartment, that’s where we went, and she introduced me to her lovely roommate, also from China. It was such a genuine and fulfilling experience, and I must say that the dishes were both nice to look at and delicious to eat. In the corner of the first photo are packets of Chinese tea; I’ve already had about half of them, as they’re packed with caffeine and have helped me get up for my 8:30 physics class. 🙂

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