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12 November 2007

Becoming Self Sufficient

Location : Reading, England.

Yesterday night while I was having some fresh air out at the front of my house, I saw frost on my car. This is the first time I've seen frost on my car and this is a clear indication that winter has finally arrived. Normally it hits like early November but it's a little late this year. There will be heavy fog and rain the next couple of days according to the weather soothsayers. Brace yourselves dudes and dudettes, 5 more months to go...

I think my cooking skills have improved quite a lot. Yesterday, I cooked some good 'ol Malaysian yummies :-

  1. Kiam Chai Soup(Chinese Preserved Vegetable Soup)
  2. Sambal Belachan(Malaysian Chilli Condiment)
  3. Tao Eu Bak(Soya Pork)
  4. Sambal Udang(Chilli Prawns with Prawn Paste)

I don't know what came over me but I came back from town feeling hungry like a wolf...except wolves don't get to eat food this good! Typical of me - when cooking in the middle of an overwhelming sensation of malnutrition, I tend to cook an overwhelming meal too....yes, all that was for me, me and ME. By the time I sat down to eat, I was thinking how in the world am I going to finish all this? My Mom would've been proud of me. Sometimes I wish I could settle down to a simple meal out of a can or just bread and cheese but I can't! Not when I have been pampered by Mom's good cooking most of my life. Even my mates back in Malaysia beg to come over to my folk's place whenever my Mom cooks. This ability to cook could either be a good or bad thing - perhaps I'm becoming too self-sufficient. Heck, I'm thinking too much!

Oh yeah, was my birthday a couple of days ago. Thanks for the phone calls and text messages. Was nothing big...just the same shit, different day.

Posted by Ripcord at November 12, 2007 11:22 PM


Yo maybe you could open a restaurant or something there. :)

oh and happy belated birthday dude.

Posted by: Kevin at November 13, 2007 03:56 AM

you're not the first to say that! but unfortunately, belachan is not a well accepted ingredient in this part of the world... it smells like gym socks to white folks! =)

Posted by: Ripcord at November 13, 2007 11:14 AM

Hey bro, I just cooked sambal udang petai last week!! and taucu fish. Know wat u mean abt cant survive on bread,cheese,bacon and ham!

Posted by: Addy at November 13, 2007 01:59 PM

Happy birthday dude!

Don't forget: the north is still calling you...

Posted by: Someone else at November 14, 2007 07:59 AM

Tao Eu Bak(Soya Pork) <--- yummy

haha .. remember those baked beans days? .. look at you now, plenty of food .. enough to feed a small country. =p

Happy belated birthday!

Posted by: odrii at November 14, 2007 04:01 PM

joe from smdj.... i see u're writing again. could i get yr email? i wanna get some info from u. thks !

Posted by: eoj at November 14, 2007 04:18 PM

addy : this is what overseas living does to you - forces you to be a cook!

raph : cheers dude! argh...i still haven't made it up there...and petrol prices have just gone up! argh...

odrii : gosh, u even remember the baked bean days huh! haha...yeah, it's been a while since i had rice and baked beans. oh, i don't want to remember them...

eoj : hey man! never knew u read my blog. good to be in touch again...what u doing these days?

Posted by: Ripcord at November 15, 2007 07:18 PM

Hey there...Happy belated Birthday! was my birthday 2 weeks ago, nothing special about that day other than feeling jet-lag...haha. Have a nice day!

Posted by: some1sayhi at November 16, 2007 07:13 AM

oops... not too late i hope...
Happy birthday to you ...
30th? 35th? lost count? hehe

is your task to your 'motherland', to educate your white folks on belachan, but i do have some aussie friends who love belachan kangkung... hehe

Posted by: zbjenak at December 22, 2007 01:46 PM