《挑山工》 — 冯骥才

在泰山上,随处都可以碰到挑山工。他们肩上搭一根光溜溜的扁担,扁担两头的绳子挂着沉甸甸的货物。登山的时候,他们一只胳膊搭在扁担上,另一只胳膊随着步子有节奏地一甩一甩,使身体保持平衡。他们的路线是折尺形的从台阶的左侧起步,斜行向上,登上七八级,到了台阶右侧,就转过身子,反方向斜行,到了左侧再转回来,每一次转身,扁担换一次肩。他们这样曲折向上登,才能使挂在扁担前头的东西不碰在台阶上,还可以省些力气。担了重物,如果照一般登山的人那样直上直下,膝盖会受不住的。但是路线曲折,就会使路线加长。挑山工登一次山,走的路程大约比游人多一倍。

奇怪的是挑山工花的时间并不比游人多。你轻快地从他们身边越过,以为把他们甩在后边很远了。你在什么地方饱览壮丽的山色,或者在道边诵读凿在石壁上的古人的题句,或者在喧闹的溪流边洗脸洗脚,他们就会不声不响地从你身旁走过,悄悄地走到你的前头去了。等你发现,你会大吃一惊,以为他们是像仙人那样,是腾云驾雾赶上来的。

有一次,我同几个画友去泰山写生,就遇到过这种情况。我们在山下买登山用的青竹杖,遇到一个挑山工,矮个子,脸儿黑黝黝的,眉毛很浓,大约四十来岁,敞开的白土布褂子中间露出鲜红的背心。他扁担一头拴着几张木凳子,另一头捆着五六个青皮西瓜。我们很快就越过了他。到了回马岭那条陡直的山道前,我们累了,舒开身子躺在一块被风吹得干干净净的大石头上歇歇脚。我们发现那个挑山工就坐在对面的草地上抽烟。随后,我们跟他差不多同时起程,很快就把他甩在后边了,直到看不见他。我们爬上半山的五松亭,看见在那株姿态奇特的古松下整理挑儿的正是他,褂子脱掉了,光穿着红背心,现出健美的黑黝黝的肌肉。我很惊异,走过去跟他攀谈起来,这个山民倒不拘束,挺爱说话。他告诉我,他家住在山脚下,天天挑货上山,干了近二十年,一年四季,一天一个来回。他说:“你看我个子小吗?干挑山工的,给扁担压得长不高,都是又矮又粗的。像您这样的高个儿干不了这种活儿,走起路晃悠!”他浓眉一抬,咧开嘴笑了,露出洁白的牙齿。山民们喝泉水,牙齿都很白。

谈话更随便些了,我把心中那个不解之谜说了出来:“我看你们走得很慢,怎么反而常常跑到我们前头去了呢?你们有什么近道吗?” 他听了,黑生生的脸上显出一丝得意的神色。他想了想说:“我们哪里有近道,还不和你们是一条道?你们走得快,可是你们在路上东看西看,玩玩闹闹,总停下来呗!我们跟你们不一样。不像你们那么随便,高兴怎么就怎么。一步踩不实不行,停停住住更不行。那样,两天也到不了山顶。就得一个劲儿往前走。别看我们慢,走长了就跑到你们前边去了。你看,是不是这个理?”

我心悦诚服地点着头,感到这山民的几句朴素的话,似乎包蕴着意味深长的哲理。我还没来得及细细体味,他就担起挑儿起程了。在前边的山道上,我们又几次超过了他;但是总在我们留连山色的时候,他又悄悄地超过了我们。在极顶的小卖部门前,我们又碰见了他,他已经在那里交货了。他憨厚地对我们点头一笑,好像在说;“瞧,我可又跑到你们前头来了!”

从泰山回来,我画了一幅画–在陡直的似乎没有尽头的山道上,一个穿红背心的挑山工给肩头的重物压弯了腰,他一步一步地向上登攀。这幅画一直挂在我的书桌前,因为我需要它。

Crumb Cake

I found the recipe online:http://www.food.com/recipe/new-jersey-crumb-cake-33645
This is my first crumb cake. And It turned out to be a big success. I did a little change based on the original recipe.
For cake:

Butter 60g

Sugar 80g ( I’m afraid the original recipe would be very sweet, so I reduced the sugar)

Egg 1

Milk 80g

Flour 140g

Baking powder 1tsp

Vanilla extract 1/2tsp

For topping :

Biscuit mix is used in original recipe. I changed it. I used flour and ground almond powder instead. I reduced butter and sugar too. Cos my husband is on a diet.

Butter 40g

Sugar 40g

Flour 40g

Ground almond powder 20g

Cinnamon powder 1 tsp
1. Cream butter and sugar.

2. Beat egg and milk, mix with butter.

3. Add flour and baking powder to the butter mixture. Then add in vanilla extract.

4. Pour batter into pan.

5. For topping: put all the topping ingredients in a bowl. Rub them by hand. And they will become crumb.

6. Sprinkle crumb topping over batter in the pan.

7. Preheat oven to 180 degree C. Bake for 30 mins. ( you can check with a toothpick. Poke the cake with toothpick, if it comes out clean, then the cake is done).


Powdered sugar is used to top the cake when cool. I didn’t use it. 

It tastes really good. Since I reduced sugar, it’s not too sweet. 

The topping is very crunchy. 

Fudgy Fudge Pie

I found this amazing recipe on http://www.food.com

http://www.food.com/recipe/fudgy-fudge-pie-75432
I made a little change according to it:

Butter 120g

Flour 35g

Cocoa powder 30g

Sugar 150g ( I already reduced sugar based on original recipe but still found it is very sweet.)

Eggs 2

Procedure is almost same as original recipe:

1. Melt butter, add flour, cocoa powder and sugar.

2. Add in eggs. Stir well.

3. Pour into pie plate.

4. Preheat oven to 190 degree C, bake for around 30 mins. (After 30 mins, the edge is a little burnt, so I think maybe 25 mins is also fine.)


In the plate topped with some cream and fruits. It is very soft inside actually. Outside is a bit crunchy.

Quick Chow Mein In Two Ways 两种快手炒面

When I don’t have enough time to cook meal or I feel like being lazy, I will choose to cook Chow Mein (fried noodles). 

1. Vegetable Chow Mein (蔬菜炒面)


Chop onion, shiitake,bell pepper and carrot into thin slices.


Heat the oil in the pan. Stir fry onion first.


Then add in carrot and shiitake. Stir fry for a while.


Noodles (I used udon, and noodles should be soaked in water till they get soft.) and bell pepper at last. Stir fry evenly.


Add in a little dark soy sauce and salt. Stir evenly.


Then add a little water. Because the udon is uncooked, so it should be braised for 2-3 minutes.


When the water is about to dry, add in some lettuce.


Stir fry till the sauce is dry.

2. Soy Sauce Chow Mein


Put udon in boiled water for three minutes. Then ladle them out and drain them.


Sauce: 

Light soy sauce: 2 tsp

Dark soy sauce: 1 tsp

Salt: a little

Sugar: 1 tsp

Cooking wine: a little
SHAOHSING RICE COOKING WINE 2x750ML


Heat the oil in the pan. Put in cabbage slices. Stir fry for a minute or two.


Then add in cooked udon.


And the sauce.


Stir fry them evenly for 1 or 2 minutes.


And it’s done.


You can add a fried egg, if you like.


Just serve with soup and some easy snacks. That’s not bad for an easy and quick meal.

Pumpkin Soup 南瓜浓汤


This is an easy and quick dish made of vegetables.


Chop pumpkin, garlic, celery, and carrot into small pieces.


Heat the oil in the pan. Put garlic in first.


Then the carrot and celery. Stir fry a little.


Pumpkin at last. Stir fry for around 2 minutes.


Then add in enough water that covers all the vegetables. Cover the pan with lid.



When the vegetables soften, use blender to smash them.


Put the smashed mixture of vegetables back into the pan. Heat it again. Because the smashed mixture is very condensed, you can add in some water.


Then add a little milk and salt. Keep stirring. It will be done once boiled again. After milk added in, the color will become a little lighter.


You can add a little herbs or spices you like.

And you can also make a little decoration for it. Just spread several milk drops onto the surface, and use a toothpick draw on it. Yeah, I’m not good at it. The white part I drew is not that beautiful.

The soup tastes great. The pumpkin I used is kind of sweet. Carrot and celery make it healthier. 

Vegetables in Cream Sauce 奶油炖菜

The other day I used canned cream of mushroom to cook this dish. It turned out very good and it’s also very convenient.


Campbell’s Healthy Request Condensed Soup, Cream of Mushroom, 10.75 Ounce (Pack of 24)

That’s the canned cream of mushroom I used.


Cut the vegetables into medium pieces. I chose onion, carrot and broccoli.


Broccoli needs to be boiled in the water for 3 minutes.


Heat the oil in the pan.

Put in the bacon bits. Stir fry til bacon gets a littles burned.


Put in onion and carrot. Stir fry a little.


Then pour in water over all the vegetables. Cover the pan with lid.


When carrot pieces become soft, add in the canned cream of mushroom. Keep stirring.


When cream is mixed well with water, and the soup becomes condensed, put in broccoli. Cook for another minute. Add a little salt and black pepper powder if you think it tastes a little plain.


Ready to serve. Very quick and easy.

Pan-fried Salmon 快手煎三文鱼


Spread some salt and black pepper powder on salmon steak. Let them stay for several minutes.


Put very little oil in the pan, and fry each side of the steak for 2-3 minutes.


Add some vegetables and lemon slices. I dressed the dish with sauce I made, which contained black pepper powder, sugar, dark sauce and water. My husband loved it.


A quick dish is ready in 10 minutes.