What’s the difference (2)…

Everyone is different in his or her own way. It would be a very boring world if all of us are the same – identical clones of one another. Fish are like that too. Some live in the sea, others in the rivers and they come in different shapes and sizes…and colours. For instance, I got this fish from Kpenyu…

STP's steamed fish 1

It was red in colour, very red – like blood. It is not that obvious in the above photograph, maybe because of the lighting. I do not know what it is called and if I should see something like that in the market, I do not think I will buy it – because of the colour. Sad, isn’t it? That people judge and discriminate against things and even their fellow-human beings just because of the colour.

But it so happened that a few weeks before I got the fish from Kpenyu, I saw it on of those Singapore shows on AFC. They claimed that it was very good and delicious, and very popular among diners in the island republic. Hence, I did not view the fish adversely when Kpenyu gave it to me. Shouldn’t we be like that, especially towards others? Shouldn’t we get to know a person better first before passing judgement?

Well, I placed the fish in a plate, added slices of ginger and garlic as usual…and this time, I added some wolfberries (which bring all kinds of health benefits, it seems), a bit of diluted chicken stock granules and a few shots of Bacardi…

STP's steamed fish 2

…and steamed it for a while. Somehow, it did not appear that red after it had been cooked…

STP's steamed fish 3

…and when I tasted it, I found that it was really very delicious…

STP's steamed fish 4

Imagine if I had told Kpenyu that I did not want it or if perhaps, I had given it away to somebody as I did not feel like eating it simply because I was put off by its peculiar colour, I would have missed out on the pleasure of dining on this unique and very tasty fish.

Well, much has been said these few days about this Susan Boyle on “Britain’s got talent”. Kpenyu kept pestering me to go and watch the video clip on youtube, and Clare has a post on it in her own blog and in her comment in one of my earlier posts, she even posted a link to it. I finally got round to watching it and every time I did, it had not failed to bring a tear or two to my eyes. If you haven’t seen it yet, you simply MUST click the link to go and see for yourself this emotionally-charged video. The message is crystal clear: Never judge someone based on age…or appearance (and colour) lest we miss the immense beauty that lies within! Step aside, Adam Lambert! Susan, you’re simply the best!

Have a lovely weekend, everybody!