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Thank you for your patience. The last of the assignments have been handed in and life around here is slowly getting back to normal. Or as normal as can be with two exams looming but let’s not talk about that just yet ;)
What I would like to talk about is Cobb Salad.
Not so traditional Cobb
You see, I’d never met a proper Cobb Salad before, but when I was searching for something light, easy to make and nutritious for dinner, I landed here at Smitten Kitchen. It was love at first sight.
Of course, my salad didn’t end up looking much like hers because I tweaked the ingredients a little. (Are we surprised?). I added some cooked corn kernels, swapped cheddar for blue cheese to cater for the MC’s who don’t do mould, nixed the chives, watercress and iceberg because I didn’t have any and didn’t bother peeling the tomatoes.
I was similarly laid back about the dressing - can’t remember what I used but I know it included Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and olive oil, mainly because it was what I had in the cupboard. I meant no disrespect to the recipe, I just cook fast and loose especially when dinner time is imminent.
To my intense astonishment MC Junior ate the salad without complaining. She did leave a few bits of “green stuff” behind but I wasn’t going to argue!
Speaking of green stuff...here are some photos of the landscaping around our new apartment block in Singapore (heh, looks like I haven’t lost my knack for segues >p).
That's MC Senior mucking about with a giant chess set in the background.
Does anything look familiar?
The landscaper has thrown in edible herbs and medicinal plants amongst the ornamentals. There’s basil, lemongrass and pandan (screwpine). I’ve also spotted mint and mengkudu ( Morinda citrifolia). And just in case you’re wondering, no I haven’t helped myself to any of these because I’m not sure if they’ve been sprayed with pesticides.
And speaking of pests...oh ok, that was a bad one. Alright, these are not pests but don’t they look like some sort of giant cocoon? Any one want to hazard a guess as to what they are?
If you said “Dragon’s Beard Candy”, go to the top of the class. I found these little morsels at the shopping centre across the road.
Speaking of “across the road”...ok, ok, ok, I’ll give it a rest!
Seriously though, we’ve been spending the last week and a half getting used to our “new” surroundings at this “new apartment” (for latecomers, we have just moved from Sydney to Singapore, and spent a month in a serviced apartment in the city). We’ve already celebrated one birthday here (Mr. Kitchen Hand’s) and we think we’re really going to dig this place.
Birthday crepes. We splurged on imported strawberries. Oh wait! Everything is imported here...
So thanks for listening to me ramble, have a great week and I’ll be back soon with more tales.