I haven’t a clue what Mr Groundhog has seen but it sure feels like spring is coming. My first blooms and buds of the year have appeared all too suddenly. Don’t you just love it when they catch you by surprise? With the weather being so lovely, I wanted my house to smell summery. And it just so happened that a friend posted her strawberry summer cake and a rave review of Smitten Kitchen’s recipe. You can’t go too wrong with strawberries and a butter cake combined can you. A glance at the recipe and I think I was sold.
Birthdays are relatively simple affairs for us. No grandiose parties, no invitation cards and certainly no candles. We’re not against any of these. We attend birthday parties when we’re invited and enjoy celebrating these special events. Oh, but the candles, yes, we’re against them. Why? Because we think it’s unhygienic to eat cake laced with a sprinkle of someone’s saliva and it’s such a waste to have to remove delicious cream off the cake because of it.
Birthdays, for us, are family affairs. It’s about spending time with the important people in your life who’s going to make your special day a truly special one.
The movies make weeks, months and years a breeze. You meet a guy, you fall in love, you marry him or, maybe you don’t, but it all takes an hour an a half or maybe two from start to finish. The last 6 months of my life, if it were condensed into a movie, will probably be a lot longer than that 2 hours. Unless, of course, the director was a pure genius at summary and editing skills. Anyways, so much has happened, some more life changing than others, but the point is, I miss my food blog. I miss it SOOO VERYYY MUCH - no words can describe it. I also missed trawling the net in search of new recipes that would create this overwhelming desire to go to the store and get the ingredients to whip it up.
Today I felt a little nostalgic and homesick. With Eid approaching swiftly coupled with the knowledge that a few of my friends will be spending Eid back in Singapore with beloved family and friends, the distance suddenly seemed a little too far which no technology can bridge. In this somewhat sulky mood, I decided to cheer myself up with some good prawn dish, prawn being my favorite. I wanted something mild yet flavorful. Something Malay and yet not so Malay. And something that I’d never tried my hands at and yet not too challenging so that I don’t lose my enthusiasm to try even before I got started. And finally I came across this wonderful Peranakan or Nyonya dish on tiffinbiru.com. With some modifications to suit my taste and mood, this simple dish went a long way to curing my nostalgia and making my day. You should try it too. It’s definitely going on my Ramadhan menu, not only because it’s a prawn dish, but also because it’s so quick and easy to whip up. Oh…and of course because I wasn’t the only one who was licking my fingers (and the pot and bowl) at the end of the meal!
Summer is finally here. The sun’s been playing hide-and-seek for the last few weeks and I am mighty glad that it’s made up it’s mind at least for this week to stop hiding. So while I rejoice in the sun, and been MIA from my blog, I have to admit that it’s not the only reason for my absence and tardiness in updating my blog.
Apparently, this summer is anything but boring. It’s going to be a busy period. Well I’m not complaining because it’s a great time to start weeding out those clothes that the kids have suddenly outgrown. How is it possible that I never notice them growing until they start to complain about clothes that don’t fit? Hmm…and sad to say, I have outgrown some of mine too. Ack!