Manual Mode

28/03/2015

I bought a new bread maker. So I decided to give the old one to my helper.

Before passing it to her, I decided to test it out. I knew the stirring wings were a little dodgy – stiff and wouldn’t come off easily. So I decided that I should have a go and show my helper how it could be used.

Lo and behold, in the early process of mixing the dough, the wings snapped!

So I ended up having to mix by hand!
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Never having done it before, I had to go online to figure things out. Resting and waiting for the dough to rise…
IMG_0042 Later, I gingerly put the mixture in the other oven.

Then to my horror, when I came back, I found that my helper had turned it off by accident! When I checked online, everything said that half-cooked bread could not be re-cooked….

But it seemed such a waste. So I decided to experiment.

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Later, when it came out, it seemed all right. A little hard crust never hurt anyone. The question was, “What about the inside?”

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Got the bread knife out and voila! A little dense, but hey, not bad for trial and error!
IMG_0048YUM!

 

Ma Friend

20/03/2015

First to greet us when we get home.

Always keen to go for walks with us.

Alert whenever someone new comes.

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Runs away when strangers approach her.

Barks at even the little children.

Doesn’t like unfamiliar cars.

Considers motorbikes the enemy to be chased off the premises.

Yes, meet my nine-year old canine named Sprite.

 

Taking Turns

01/03/2015

First the older one fall ill. It’s confirmed – he has dengue fever. Off I rush to go and nurse him for a few days. He is so weak that when the platelets begin to rise, I bring him back home to recover. He has lost so much weight. Initially he didn’t even have energy to drink, and he lost his appetite. Thankful that he is now recovered though he is still below his weight before he fell ill.IMG_4316

Not long after, the second one comes home for holidays, and on the second day, he cuts himself while playing frisbee on the beach. Three stitches later, he has to slow right down, even use crutches a for a few days, and has to have Momma nurse him in a different way – daily dressings!
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Wow what an eventful time my two Arrows have had! Momma has been quite stretched too. But thankfully, all’s well that ends well.

Nourishing Foods

15/01/2015

My favourite piece of equipment in the house at the moment has to be my breadmaker. Hubby had accumulated points from the use of our credit card so, with a little encouragement from a friend, we decided to chip in and make our own bread. Yummy!

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The wholemeal one is totally wholemeal-ed by us. Someone had given us hill rice, with the husks grounded off. So I scooped a little of the bran into the flour and added some rolled oats, and voila!

I also enjoy multigrain so into the mixture went pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and black sesame seeds …. yummilicious!

This is one of my favourite ways to eat my bread – cheese on toast with slices of cucumber. I could have this all day….IMG_4141

SURPRISES!!!

08/01/2015

For the first one, they let me talk as they cleared the table. We were in a restaurant and had had a lovely meal. I happily chatted away and then a cake appeared.

I said, “Wow, what’s this?”

Brother-in-law says, “Dessert”.

“Oh,” I said. I was expecting fruits as usual.

Then I looked closer and saw the candles and the wordings.

IMG_3941_2Boy, did I get caught out!

A few days later, I got back to work. I had been traveling for my actual birthday. Whilst I had been on leave, three people celebrated their birthdays in my office. Fancy that! Two are members of the small team we have, and one was dropping by the office. What timing!

 

Anyway, while away, they sent me a photo to say that the white cake below on the left was my birthday cake which they were eating in my absence. Hah!

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When I got back, I got stuck into my work, trying hard to clear my table. Suddenly there is movement at the doorway and the lights go out. Haha! They tried to surprise me! This time, with the cake on the right! Amazing colours and taste!

What joy to be blessed twice this year! Feeling loved…..

Favourite Food

01/01/2015

The steamed popiah….

This is one of my favourite of all the things I can eat. Hotplated flour wraps encasing the most yummy thingsIMG_3876_2

 

Contents mostly vary from place to place, but one thing that is essential – the stir-fried sengkuang vegetable. You can add crunchiness from the deep fried prawns or crispy flour. You can add slivers of carrots for colour, enhanced by bit of cucumber with their skin still on. But the ultimate ingredient is this humble root vegetable. IMG_3891Another key ingredient which those of my hometown would know is the sweet sauce. As far as I know, this is the only place which will serve this sauce for this dish. Uniquely done this is a must-not-miss for my trips back to my birthplace. Yummmmmm!

 

Expert Help Required

28/11/2014

My beloved Ovation guitar has a major problem. The entire sound control panel has fallen into the body of the guitar! I am in such distress because I miss playing with it. IMG_9591That guitar and I go back a long way. When I pick up another, it feels like I am a beginner all over again.

Someone did say that maybe I should get replacement. There are all sorts of Starter Packs available and since this instrument is almost twenty years old, perhaps I ought to consider looking for others….

I suppose I should consider….

Rainy Weather Havoc

10/11/2014

It’s been pouring cats and dogs and more. They don’t call this place the land below the wind for nothing. This part of the country often gets the tail ends of the typhoons which onslaught the Philippines.

Sometimes we get bad landslides, like this one. This time round has been particularly bad – there are many landslides happening. Thankfully no lives have been reported lost.
IMG_9615We cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like across the Sulu Sea. I have some friends there. I hope they are well.

 

Wonderful Wind Instruments

04/11/2014

Do these curved items look like they belong to an animal?

IMG_9933Well, you would be right. These are shofars. They are made from the horns of animals such as the ram for the shorter shofar, and the antelope (such as the Kudu) for the longer and more curved ones. Blown correctly, they can sound like trumpets and other wind instruments.

I have heard some play these as if they are indeed musical instruments. What skill! Listening to them makes me want to buy saxophone or clarinet or SOMETHING to make some musical notes. In fact, a saxophone would be so nice – I love the mellow sounds.

But I lack skills. The purchase of one would require me to invest in lessons as well…. or perhaps frequenting a place where someone else played it would do too. (A wistful sigh escapes me as I type the last line)

“Rabbit Food”

01/11/2014

Recently at our weekly meetings, someone has been asking for vegetable sandwiches. But no eggs, no mayonnaise, no spreads.

The mind boggles. How on earth do you create a reasonably tasty sandwich?

Solution – taadaaa! Behold, the tomato and cucumber only sandwich!SandwichesSurprisingly, it’s a very tasty sandwich! I confess to finishing whatever is leftover at the end of the meeting!

And yes, I coined the phrase “Rabbit Food” ….

 


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