Archive for July 2011

Sex and The City 2

July 31, 2011

R worked a night shift last night so I plonked myself down on the sofa after Lucien had gone to bed, holding a massive bowl of steaming hot soupy instant noodles and put Sex And The City 2 on (Mmmm… bliss). I wasn’t quite sure if the movie would be any good but I ended up pleasantly surprised. I mean there were loads in there I didn’t identify with: strutting around in designer wear, sky high heels and looking immaculate all the time (I think I am a t-shirt and stretchy bottoms kinda girl at heart), eating out at posh places every night, living in an expensive apartment and the general extravagance etc. But I think I particularly felt connected with Charlotte who in the film was trying to be a good mother yet retain her individuality. Some of the quotes were surprisingly thought-provoking and meaningful, e.g. “Marriage is not a full-time job but it is work.” Leaving you with my favourite quote by Samantha to the girls, “We had a deal ages ago. Men, babies, don’t matter. We’re soulmates.” Oh and this song absolutely rocks. I had to put it on non-stop repeat. If you want to listen to the original version by Helen Reddy, it’s here.

Chinese Cabbage, Carrot and Chicken Congee

July 30, 2011

Chinese Cabbage, Carrot and Chicken Congee

How’s that for alliteration? This is Lucien and I’s favourite congee. We usually share it when I cook it. Lucien will gobble up the chicken with the congee and leave me with the rest. It’s the sort of food I would eat on a cold winter day, when I’m feeling rundown, when I want a taste of home or when I want light, nutritious and tasty. It’s so delicious yet so dead easy to make and I’m going to share my recipe.

Ingredients for the 4C Congee

A small handful of white and brown rice

4 leaves from a Chinese cabbage, finely chopped

1 small carrot, finely diced

1 chicken stock cube

1 small piece of chicken breast or thigh (deboned)

Method

Wash the rice and put in twice the amount of water than you do if you wanted to cook rice

Put the stock cube, cabbage, carrots and chicken into the pot

If using the slow cooker, put it on HIGH heat and cook for 2 hours

If using the rice cooker, just press START but remember to monitor it every 20 minutes or so to make sure it doesn’t dry out. Add more water if it does

Serve with coriander or spring onions with a dash of soy sauce if desired

Enjoy!

My life list

July 29, 2011

My blog is going through a little face lift and I have been updating and refreshing my content. While reading through my life list, I was surprised how many of them I can actually tick off now. Next one to go from the list would quite possibly be #9. Leaving you with my current favourite family photo.

Wild thoughts

July 28, 2011

I spend my time on buses and trains thinking about my friends and family. But mainly of my friends because I hear from my family every day. I think about friends whom I haven’t heard from in a long while and wonder how they are getting on. I wonder what’s keeping them from dropping me a line or two. Is it because they are busy with their children, feeling tired at the end of each work day, or maybe they have lost my contact details? I’m not saying I value them any less because they don’t write to me or feel annoyed about it. I am saying there are many times when I just sit quietly in a bus, watching the scenery change as my mind is filled with thoughts of how they are. Wondering what they are doing at that exact moment when I’m thinking of them. How strange that I am so far away. How nice would it be if I could be home. When I could pick up the phone, dial a number and arrange to see a familiar face. I guess sometimes when you are 7,000 miles away from those you love, you just need to know they haven’t forgotten about you.

Interesting read

July 28, 2011

Interesting (?) reading materials I find lying about at home. If you are interested in poo poo I guess.

A family meal

July 19, 2011

R spotted a Pizza Hut buy-one-get-one-free offer the other day so we printed off the voucher and drove to the restaurant last evening.

We normally head out before 6pm if we go out to eat just so we can finish and get home in time to bathe Lucien and put him to bed. Pizza Hut was relatively empty when we go there and we sat somewhere at the back because my husband was worried “Lucien may scream and disturb other customers”.

In the end Lucien was unusually well-behaved throughout our meal. He was happily feasting on bits of breadsticks, pizza crusts and other pieces of food we chucked on his tray. Because he was so calm and quiet, R and I had a good conversation and took our time to enjoy our meal.

We even had time to stop by the Gap Outlet Store next to the restaurant to pick up a few things before heading home.

I know this doesn’t seem like a big deal but it’s moments like these which make me happy and content. Spending time as a family. A simple, relaxed evening.

+65 Singaporean Supper Club

July 17, 2011

A Singaporean who loves to eat and cook is starting a Singapore Supper Club called +65 for Singaporeans in London. He tells you when he’s going to cook a meal. You sign up. He emails around the menu. You gather in his dining room for some orgasmic homecooked local food and meet other fellow Singaporeans. You pay an agreed amount for the meal. What a wonderful, wonderful idea. I think I’d definitely sign up for this once my vegetarian stint in over.  I always knew the best food aren’t found in posh, pricey restaurants, but in places tucked away in a nondescript street with peeling walls, no signboards, never advertising yet packed with hoardes with people. The best food is also usually found in homes, cooked by those with love. via Su Lin.