I’ve never been a great traveller. On our honeymoon, we went to Jersey for 2 weeks. We couldn’t have gone abroad for our honeymoon like a lot of people do, as we had no money, and the Home Office had also kept my passport just to make sure that I wasn’t staging a fake marriage to a gullible white man.
After a week in Jersey, I was terribly ill. My body went into a complete meltdown due to a lack of rice in my diet. We had had a week of potatoes and pasta but no rice. My husband only realised then the high price of marrying a typical oriental, rice-eating wife. But it was too late for him.
Over the past 12 years, my body has slowly adjusted to a mixed diet with pasta, spaghetti, potatoes and rice. I’m almost weaned off rice now. When I took the plunge and visited my online friend Tilly (The Laughing Housewife) in Stockport, I was ready for anything thrown at me.
For 5 days, we had very interesting meals. Our first meal was minced beef with some sort of ready cooked rice and pasta. I think the meal was some sort of wet risotto, but I’m not quite sure. It could have been Tilly’s creativity worthy of a Master Chef challenge. Though the dish looked mysteriously browny to me, I had 3 helpings. (I was tired and hungry after nearly 6 hours’ journey.)
I found the family used quite a lot of Oxo cubes in their cooking — Oxo cubes in chicken, beef, vegetable flavours:
A small family would normally keep a small pack of the Oxo Cubes (in 12, 18 or 24). I was astonished to see that Tilly actually keeps a whole large tin of them. Their meals were tasty, rich with Oxo flavours. I also found out some facts about the Oxo cubes. They were part of the soldiers’ ration packs during the World War 1. In 1908, OXO was the official caterer of the London Olympics supplying an OXO drink to runners. The Oxo cubes have been a British icon since 1930s.
I’m not sure how healthy the Oxo cubes are. Perhaps I’m not used to their flavours, I felt they’re tasty but a bit too salty.
Do you use the Oxo cubes in your cooking? Are stock cubes common in your country?
Do you think Tilly should try prepare her homemade stock (broth or bouillon) as her 101/1001 Challenge?
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