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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Minced Pork With Salted Fish & Sauteed Zucchini For Dinner.

On this particular morning, we didn't go for our morning walk because I have to send hubby to the railway station to catch the train to Kuala Lumpur. 
This view (7.30 am) greeted me when I opened the gate to reverse the car.
It was a day trip and I was at the railway station in the evening (6.30 pm) to pick him up.
The train was delayed and I took a walk in the park in front of the station. I walked over to check the Ipoh tree, newly planted to replace the one that was uprooted by a storm.
The tree was planted on the 21st Feb. 2018.
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Hubby came back from K.L. with some "mui heong" salted fish. A friend brought the salted fish all the way from Kuantan as a gift.
I used some of the salted fish to cook the next evening's dinner.
Steamed minced pork with "mui heong" salted fish.
I mixed the minced pork with a little sesame oil, Chinese cooking wine, cornflour, a little water, and a little oyster sauce. I cut the salted fish into small pieces, placed them on the minced pork and topped with ginger strips 
Sauteed yellow zucchini and carrot with dried shrimps and garlic.
This is the first time I have seen and cooked a yellow zucchini.
The zucchini was given by friend who visited a vegetable farm.
When there is a salted fish dish, we need to have rice to go with it.
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The following picture are for joining Good Fences.
We passed by this zinc sheet gate and chain link fences on our way to visit a friend.
Trying to prevent passers-by like us from having a clear view?

Linking to Good Fences.

None of us can hold back our spirit from departing.

None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death.

There is no escaping that obligation, that dark battle.

And in the face of death,

wickedness will certainly not rescue the wicked.

(Ecclesiastes 8:8, New Living Translation-NLT)

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)

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