My daughter has just told me that she does not like nuts in her cookies. My head whips around, my eyes wide and disbelieving
Whew . It’s been two absolutely hectic weeks and I feel like I’m coming out of a long and rather challenging gauntlet. My boss was here from overseas ( Yes, I have a boss! So when I say I am a worker bee I really do mean it! ) and we had a series of intense meetings.
Have you ever had one of those days when you just needed caramel, croissants, and rum in the morning? Don’t we all just have days like that? When only sugar, booze, and French boulangerie, will help?
So many new places to eat are opening up these days.
Hi! How have you all been doing? Good I hope. I’ve been under the weather this past week. One of those nasty, unidentifiable bugs that make you feel generally lousy ( runny nose, itchy throat, achy body ) but not lousy enough to render you totally bedridden. And if I’m not feeling lousy enough to be bedridden, then you know where I am…doing everything else but. Slogging through work, going to meetings, cooking for my home ( and for my blog…which incidentally is really the same sort of cooking ), running errands, and then going to bed at night feeling spent and pitiful. I wake up the next morning feeling just a measure better and think I can do it all over again. Sigh . Not the best of habits admittedly. You feel lousy for a reason…your body is telling you that you need to slow down, catch a breath, and reboot for a bit. But do I every listen to my body
When it’s time to do the grocery I always ( ideally ) like to fly solo. When the whole brood comes along, things no doubt get crazy with all sorts of stuff mysteriously appearing in the cart by checkout time. And don’t think this is solely from the little ones
So, I’ve been walking lately .
I was at our neighborhood coffee shop yesterday morning.
Did I ever tell you that my father was a photographer? If not by profession then definitely by heart. Long before the arrival of digital cameras, he lugged his ( what seemed to me then ) huge camera everywhere. I had to pose for so many photos. “ Look up…look left…look down…chin up… ” I obeyed like the dutiful daughter that I was ( still am actually ). And then there were the photos that weren’t posed…which where much worse. Did I ever tell you that I am an ugly sleeper? Well, we have the photos that prove it. As we do the “ just about to take a bite of food ” photos and the “ in the middle of disagreeing with someone ” photos.
If you are thinking that much of what we eat at home is Asian food , or at the very least Asian-influenced food, then you would be absolutely right. My pantry is packed with everything from soy sauce ( regular and dark ) to sesame oil ( Chinese and Korean ), oyster sauce and hoisin, Shaoxing wine, rice wine, rice wine vinegar, mirin, fish sauce, coconut milk, various chili pastes ( with and without soy ) hailing for different Asian countries, plum sauce, sweet chili sauce, and probably a few other items that I can’t recall at the moment