Grilling Thai chicken at The Prem Organic Cooking Academy
On this day of Thanksgiving, we wake to bulbils singing in the trees and news of dozens dead in Mumbai. Thousands remain stranded in Bangkok, as we await word of friends and colleagues scheduled to arrive from North America, South America and the Middle East.
Life still goes on. It always does in critical times. We spend the morning touring The Prem Organic Cooking Academy and Farm, where visiting foreign students milk their own coconuts while their supervisors try to determine how to get the group out of Thailand.
We plan to meet friends for Thanksgiving dinner tonight. The sun shines, and little looks different on Chiang Mai’s streets. Fewer tourists, perhaps, and a caravan of red shirts heading toward government offices. But otherwise, it’s a cool, pleasant day with little sign of the chaos around us.
Some days more than others, we must try hard to find thanks and goodness in the small things. Like grilled chicken, sticky rice and a decent northern curry. Organic vegetables and clear skies.
Of course, here in Thailand, discussion revolves around political upheaval. But most people would prefer to move along, put politics aside. As one Prem Center instructor noted: “Cooking is better…. Just cooking and eating.”
May your kitchens be peaceful, wherever you are today.
Organic farming at Prem
(By the way, Al Jazeera consistently has the best and most comprehensive coverage on news from this region.)