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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Glutinous Rice (Loh Mai Kai) For Breakfast & My Garden Flowers

One morning we went to a coffee shop where we used to order our favourite curry noodle (dry version). Hubby as usual ordered the "messy" dry version curry noodle with curry chicken and bbq pork. As for me, I had this appetite for "loh mai kai" or the steamed glutinous rice with chicken and bbq pork. I requested it to be served with curry gravy.
 Loh mai kai served with curry gravy. Sometimes, they will serve the curry gravy separately.
 Hope I can remember to request for the curry to be served separately the next time I ordered this. It was a nice, satisfying breakfast.
 At this moment, I am missing this "ban mee" breakfast. Its been a long time I haven't eaten this.
For lunch, hubby and I had boiled groundnuts.
 Groundnuts washed clean and boiled in water with a little salt to taste. I used pressure cooker to save time and gas. Cook till the groundnut are soft, then sieve out the groundnuts.
 I found this little heart shaped groundnuts. So cute!
 I opened the shell and found two nuts inside.
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The following flower photos are for joining Floral Bliss.
 Pseuderanthemum laxiflorum
 Light pink Cleome flowers.
 Deep pink or purple Cleome flowers 
 Dwarf Purple Mexican Petunia flowers
 Dwarf White Mexican Petunia flower
Purple Periwinkle flowers.
 Deep pink or purple Periwinkle flowers.
Red Periwinkle but look more like deep pink in this picture.
This snapshot isn't showing the true colour of the flowers.

Linking to Floral Bliss.
[Faith under pressure]

Consider it a sheer gift, friends,

when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.

You know that under pressure,

your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.

So don't try to get out of anything prematurely.

Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed,

not deficient in any way.

(James 1:2-4, The Message-MSG)

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Harvesting The Second Pineapple From My Garden.

Few days ago, I harvested the second pineapple from my garden. I harvest the 1st pineapple from my garden in January this year and you can click here to take a look at the pineapple or read the post.. These pineapple took about a year plus, almost 2 years to bear fruit but it was very rewarding to be able to harvest these pineapple from my own garden.
After the 1st pineapple harvest, I noticed another tiny pineapple coming out from this plant.
The colour of this pineapple and the flowers is of lighter shade compared to the 1st pineapple. There are of different variety.
This pineapple plant has 2 other shoots coming out from the soil.
The pineapple stem that supported the fruit looks thick and strong.
And it has little shoots (marked by blue circles) coming out below the fruit.
Little purple flowers of the pineapple.
Pineapple is easy to grow and does not need much care or attention.
2nd month
Many baby shoots growing from under the fruit.
This plant took more than a year, almost 2 years to bear fruit (with minimum care)
3rd month - sign of ripening, turning yellow.
I left it to ripen on the plant.
4 days later - I harvested the pineapple.
It turned out to be very sweet and juicy, the best pineapple I have tasted! I used the crown and the little shoots to plant again and will have to wait to see if my attempt is successful.
A child's wooden rocking horse.

Don't be like a senseless horse or mule

that has to have a bit in its mouth to keep it in line!

(Psalm 32:9, The Living Bible-TLB)

Monday, 23 April 2018

Home Cooked Dinner On A Cloudy Day

There are days when I am too lazy to cook. It is especially so when the weather is hot and sweaty and cooking in the hot kitchen is no fun at all. If I have to cook, then I will think of the simplest recipes to avoid spending much time in the kitchen. Here is one of such home cook meal for 2 people.
Lotus root soup, green veggie & steamed rice - a simple balanced meal.
Ingredients for the soup: lotus root, arrowroot, pork rib, red dates & goji berries. Everything is placed in a pressure cooker together with enough water to cook and then seasoned with salt to taste.
Blanched Romaine lettuce drizzled with a bit of soy sauce. Of course it will taste much better with some garlic oil but it was not available that evening.
Steamed rice for 2 people.
Most of the time I like to eat the rice soaked in the bowl of soup. I used to do that in my younger days when I want to watch some TV series in the hall.
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This was one of the days with an overcast sky.
Sunrise at 8 am.
Sunrise blocked by the cloud.
Evening sky at 5.50 pm.
It was a dull, gloomy day.

When a man is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong;

when he is cheerful, everything seems right!

(Proverbs 15:15, The Living Bible-TLB)

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