|Delicious Pad Thai with chicken I had the other night.|
Pad Thai is definitely on my top 3 list of Thai dishes I like to eat. If I'm being honest, it's really more like top 2 because I always go back and forth between that and a Thai curry and I usually pick the curry but sometimes wish I had gotten the Pad instead. Thai food has quickly risen as one of my favorite Asian cuisines in recent years because is based on balance. Each recipe, if done correctly is supposed to have a balance between the 5 taste buds; sweet, salty, sour, spicy and bitter. And I was reminded of this all over again after returning home from a simple day and a half holiday, where we decided to grab some quick Thai food in Haarlem and then go home and unpack.
Because of this concept of balance a lot of recipes in Thai cuisine have more than just a few ingredients. In fact, Pad Thai alone can have between 15-20 different ingredients to make it taste just right! My life has a lot of ingredients, how can I always keep the same balance Thai food does? Is is possible? We all know the changes my life has recently encountered but a lot of people don't know that I am also basically a step mom and that is definitely a whole lot more ingredients than anyone could ever be expected to balance.....on top of my already constant juggling skills. Part of this juggling is that I am not their mother, I never will be their mother, I will simply be their friend when they get into trouble or better said when they call me cause they need help getting out of said trouble. But nobody really pulls you aside in gym class to tell you how hard being a step parent is.....you are constantly walking on eggshells for them, for your partner and their other real parent. So how you do you keep the spiciness in balance with the sweetness and the bitterness in line with the salty and the sour? I'm learning through cooking these kinds of Asian dishes just how it's possible if you keep everything in check because the last thing I ever want is to be the evil and wicked step mother.