I enjoy reading this book. I like the short stories for their quirkiness, simplicity, the interesting characters. I read this over the past few weeks, picking it up on bus and train rides. I teared a bit while reading "Troll bridge" about a man who decided to switch place with a troll and "The Price" about a brave cat protecting his human family. I can't wait to read more about Bod in Neil Gaiman's other book, The Graveyard Book.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
During a recent work trip to Beijing in early December, we did a short walk at part of Great Wall of China. My face, hands and feet were freezing cold when it was windy, even though I was wearing a thick beanie, down jacket, thermal layer, socks and gloves. I felt like an old lady as I slowly climbed up and down the flights of steps at the less challenging stretch of the Great Wall. It was a nice experience to share with my other 3 colleagues being my first time there. I'm not sure when I will next visit it again.
Bob and Cinnamon have been at Kittycare Haven at Lim Chu Kang for 2 months. Sia Ping and Binti keep their room clean and the 2 cats are eating well. Sis and I have been driving down every Sunday to spend at least an hour with them. I will bring along wet tissues to clean them and also comb their fur. Bob will happily let me hug him, while Cinnamon will purr noisily as I comb her fur. Hopefully by early February next year, Bob can return home while Cinnamon will join Angel at Sis' new home.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
I love soups that are full of fresh ingredients. A reason why I like having my meals at Real Food and Soup Spoon. I tried cooking a soup for the family using whatever we had in the fridge, and it took more than an hour for the soft bone pork meat to soften. It was very satisfying to see everyone enjoy the soup with rice and other dishes during the dinner :)
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
A few weeks ago, I was in love with Chinese Spinach and cooked it a few times for my meals. However it could not be a daily affair as preparing the vegetable for cooking is quite tedious. I need to peel the outer thin "membrane" of the stems so that they will be softer after cooking. Some of the leaves may have tiny white spots (aphids?) so I have to be alert and removed these leaves. I must really crave for Chinese spinach (hoi cai in Teochew) and in the mood to cook it.
Saturday, October 03, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Angel is scared of thunder, so it is not surprising that he was also affected by the loud noises coming from the singing and music by the band playing at the park in front of the block of flats next to ours last night at 7.30pm. The RC organised the event for the residents to celebrate Mooncake Festival. Poor Angel just rested on his side and stared listlessly while waiting for the celebration to end. I played with him and Cinnamon separately with a toy to try cheering him up. I had to coax him back into Sis' room with his favorite catnip around 9.30pm, so that he can stay in the room and we can let Bob out for a while. Luckily by then, it was announcement of the lucky draw winners, which was not so loud.
Even after a late lunch, I couldn't stop thinking about the ripe avocado waiting for me to transform it into something yummy. I love the chocolate avocado cake I made the past few times, so I measured all the ingredients and toned my arms by mashing the avocado. I waited till after a light dinner and feeding the community cats to try the cake. Eating 2 small slices made me feel satisfied and happy :)
After successfully roasting yummy sweet potatoes, I decided to do the same for potatoes and cauliflower too. They ended up as late lunch for me and Sis. I had to cut, marinate and wash the dishes but I think it is worth the effort to prepare healthy tasty food.
This handsome ginger cat will visit the park occasionally and he doesn't disturb Shadow and the other roaming pet cats. He is more interested in chasing after the birds. Recently he displayed some interest in our food when we ordered him some after greeting him and stroking him. We are not sure if the aunty feeder whom we avoid due to some differences feeds him and the other female sterilised cat enough food. Anyway, when my path crosses with these 2 cats, I will do my usual hello with my hand to their nose, and stroking their head, neck etc and feeding them some kibbles.
Sunday, September 06, 2015
Mom used to cook Chinese spinach for dinners some years back. When I was young, I would equate spinach with Popeye the sailor man and that I would be strong like him after eating it too :) Earlier this week, mom had bought a big bunch of Chinese Spinach thinking that she could cook it for our dinner. It didn't happen as Mom had no mood to cook dinner and Dad bought dinner home for her and himself while I settled mine after work. When I cook a simple meal for myself, I have be in a good mood and look forward to eating what I am preparing. If Mom doesn't have appetite eating what she cook, there is no point for her to prepare and cook for us in the first place. Dad has always been an understanding partner and doesn't want to see Mom miserable. I would have dinner at Caveman Food or Real Food at Novena Square 2 before heading home. If I have time and mood, I can prepare a simple meal at home. Not wanting to let the Chinese Spinach go to waste, I attempted to stir fry it with minced pork and egg omelette on Friday night. Yesterday, I cooked it with sliced fish and dill leaves and some spinach leaves and fish were overcooked as I should have cooked the stems first before throwing in the rest. Both spinach dishes were edible with the first attempt more tasty. Mom taught me to peel the outer layer of the spinach stems so that it won't be too tough when cooked. I was surprisingly patient as I did the peeling the 2 nights. Maybe cooking my own meals has become a form of therapy :)
I wanted to finish up the remaining 2 sweet potatoes I got from Cold Storage last weekend. I steamed part of them and placed some diced pieces to cook together with Japanese rice. The porridge turned out colourful with some spring onions but its nice taste came from miso and natto not the sweet potato. Sweet potato is great simply steamed or toasted after coated with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Thursday, September 03, 2015
I love sweet potatoes. At home, mom will steam them. I have been eating the baked ones from Caveman Food, a paleo diet food stall and also more tasty wedges from Real Food at Square 2, Novena. When I saw huge sweet potatoes at Cold Storage, I got them and tried baking fries using a simple recipe. The cutting was a bit tedious, as I needed a chopper and mom's kung-fu to chop the potatoes into half before I used a knife to slice into smaller piece. I was happily eating the freshly baked fries that day and toasted leftovers the next 2 days :)
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
I was at home most of the time yesterday, but experienced the happy mood of friends on social media and also seeing happy faces of fellow Singaporeans at National Day parade on the TV. I hope Singapore will continue to be a peaceful country and people live, play and work together harmoniously.
Last Saturday, the highlight was catching up with a good friend (an ex-colleague) at her place in the late afternoon. I kind of miss having her around in the office, even though it has been more than a year. We have been catching up through weekday lunches and the few times I took leave in the afternoon to hang out with her. We know about each other family, interests, attitude towards work, so I cherish her friendship and I am glad that both of us make the effort to keep in touch :)
Friday, August 07, 2015
I finish the remaining broccoli by mixing it with some peanut butter and using the water that cooked the broccoli to make a simple miso soup. That was part 2 of lunch. I am happy that the Magimix Mini Plus food processor is a good buy as I have used it to make hummus, guacamole and today energy bites. The recipe calls for dried prunes, dates, almonds, cashew nuts, cocoa powder and matcha. I substituted almond milk with soya milk and added some maple syrup to make the mixture a bit easier to roll into balls. Finally I coated them with soya milk powder so that they won't get stuck together when I store them into the container. They taste not too sweet, and healthy and yummy 😋
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
I tried making vegetable stock on Sunday, but I didn't let it simmer more than 30mins, so the veggies weren't tender. I also find broccoli to be quite strong smelling, and will use it for stir frying. With the stock and cooker veggies, I was able to churn out my lunch (kimchi salad and miso soup) and dinner (vegetable soup to go with the not so nice roast chicken drumstick from the nearby coffeeshop). Love the colours and knowing that I was eating healthy stuff :)