Monthly Archives: February 2014

I have a problem – Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings

I’ll be damned if I don’t get four posts up in February. I’m getting lazy. I mean, I’ve always been lazy but this is a whole new level of lazy. My procrastination problem is starting to be an actual real problem.  This last week, I’ve done absolutely nothing, if not the bare minimum. The house is…….I can’t even find the words. But I just can’t find it in me to get off my ass and do the things I need to do, including blog posts. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s being homesick. Maybe it’s because the chicken crossed the road. I don’t know.

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Like dominoes we fell – Eggless chocolate cake

We were hit by the super-bug from hell this last week.  It all started when the girl came home Friday before last, looking like she had just downed a half bottle of Tequila. Her face was flushed, her eyes were sleepy and she was disoriented. Three days later, my husband had that same look. Soon after, I FELT that look. Of course, it’s not over till the youngest sends this bug on its way with a grand finale. The last days, I saw my son transform into a koala bear and attached himself to my hip. My shoulder was his pillow and my sweater his handkerchief. Did I mention that this all took place over both kids’ birthdays? Yeah…..Double happiness…..

Today also happens to be my dear dear brother’s birthday! So this post is for you too Sweetie!!

Brother dearest, I love you with all my heart. And on your 26th birthday, I wish you health, wealth and all the happiness in the world! Happy Birthday!! Muacks!!

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Steamed Chives Dumplings

In memory of Ahu – Gu Chai Kueh (Steamed Chive Dumplings)

The Lunar New Year was a sombre affair in this household this year. My grandmother, whom I called Ahu, passed away at the age of 93. But really, when I say sombre,I mean that in the most fleeting way. Yes, we were saddened by her passing and we mourned for our loss. But that was exactly it, it was OUR loss which we mourned. Because, when you look at the life she had and thought about the person she was, the only right thing to do was to celebrate her. So when I couldn’t make it back for her funeral, I decided I would at least cook her favourite dish and dedicate a post to her.

However, this has proved to be a difficult post to write and I have been struggling with it for the last 10 days. There is so much I want to tell you about my grandmother but I could not find a way to piece it all together coherently, so please bear with me. I figured I’d simply share some of the memories I have of her:

Photo courtesy of my cousin. Thanks Grace
Fun fact: Ahu had 34 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren! Wowsey!!

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In my absence

In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted anything in three weeks. The first week, the kids and I got sick. The second week, I was gearing up for the Lunar New Year and had a whole list of dishes planned. But the third week. The last week. That made everything else irrelevant.

On the first day of the Lunar New Year, my grandmother passed away. I had wanted to go back for her funeral and to pay my respects but circumstances simply did not allow it. So I’m doing the only other thing I can think of. I’m going to cook her favourite dish, or at least try to, and write a special post in her memory. But that’s going to take some time and I really don’t want to post anything else before that. I hope you don’t abandon me in my absence.

On that note, a blogger friend (I hope she doesn’t mind me calling her a friend) seems to have been reading my mind. Her last posts were of dishes that I’ve been meaning to write about. Almond jelly, potstickers, egg tarts and white cut chicken……now I’m afraid I’m going to look like I’m copying her.  Plus her photography skills are mad. So, in the unlikely event that you get bored waiting for my next post, check out Bonnie’s site. And even if you do have a ton of other things to do, check it anyway.

Until the next post, take care and don’t forget to tell your loved ones that you love them. Happy New Year!