We’re due to visit a friend in another part of the country.
Weeks before our departure, my friend showed signs of a panic attack. She sent me emails, asking: “What would you like to eat? What do you not eat?” “Are you a vegetarian?”
After reading my posts about dogs, she finally had a meltdown. She revealed, “I do have 2 dogs you know.”
Welcome to the British hospitality. Continue reading
Last week, Jane Austen fans celebrated 200 years of Pride and Prejudice.
Jane Austen was buried in Winchester Cathedral. I visited Winchester regularly. When I visited Winchester again with my son yesterday, I made a point to find a trivial fact about Mr Darcy.
Come dine with Mr Darcy
Opposite to the library in Jewry Street is a Thai restaurant named Bangkok Brasserie. This restaurant serves a unique dish called Colin Firth’s Thai Mango Chicken for £7.95.
“Yellow curry with added mango; created for actor Colin Firth. 75p to Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group, a charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers.”
On this occasion, we didn’t eat in this restaurant and I only entered the restaurant to pick up the menu, as my 12-year-old-boy found KFC a more superior alternative, and he couldn’t possibly appreciate Colin Firth as passionately as his mother does. However, when I last tried Colin Firth on my birthday — I mean Colin Firth’s Thai Mango Chicken — it was absolutely delicious.
I remembered a waiter in the restaurant told me that Colin Firth’s parents dined there frequently, and Thai Mango Chicken was their favourite. They asked for the permission from the parents to name the dish to honour Colin Firth. Daily Echo has more details.
We headed down the high street, and I saw a remembrance flower bed for horses.
I stopped to take some pictures, to my son’s annoyance. I explained that as there’s been news about horse meat in burger recently in the UK, this picture about horses could be interesting to my readers.
These were not ordinary horses.
These were the horses (hundreds of thousands of them) killed in the South African War from 1899 to 1902.
In June, I wrote about Closeness with Cakes regarding our first fund-raising event for a children oncology ward, Piam Brown Ward.
To be honest, fund-raising in a school fayre demanded hard work and the preparation consumed a lot of my time. It was hard keeping sane as the wind constantly tried to turn the cakes into dancing cakes. Continue reading
We celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee yesterday with a mix of oriental and western food.
My friend Annie prepared a feast, fitting for a queen.
Oriental: We had rice, steamed sea bass, steamed vegetable and grilled Chinese BBQ pork
Western: We had roast chicken, roast potatoes and roast duck
The duck was actually from France. Annie’s daughter came back from France with a school trip, and her host family gave her some duck to
(smuggle) take home to England. It was delicious.
One highlight of the meal was Chiu Chow Chilli, by King Asia. Annie’s brother is in the food industry, and he brought us this delicious chilli sauce that his company has just launched in the north of England.
Chiu Chow Chilli — it’s hot and rich
I love proper chilli sauce. I grew up eating chilli for most of my meals. Chiu Chow Chilli is rich, hot with a touch of sweetness. It’s the most delicious chilli I’ve ever tried in England.
Our Jubilee feast — a mix of East and West
Roast chicken, roast potatoes
Sea Bass, vegetables, roast pork
Beautiful cupcakes from Annie
God Save the Queen!
Rice, roast chicken, duck
Chiu Chow Chilli — it’s hot and rich
Chiu Chow Chilli from King Asia is absolutely delicious!
English is such a fascinating language. It’s common that people do not always say what they mean, or do not mean what they say. Below is a list of 5 things that I’ve learnt:
1) A Cream Tea is not a cup of tea with cream
On our honeymoon in Jersey back in 1999, my husband asked if I fancied some Cream Tea. I said yes as I was thirsty after a long walk.
He later gave me a plate with a fat, boring looking bun (I later learnt it was called a scone) with jam and cream next to it. I sat and waited patiently for my tea. “Where’s my tea?” I asked. Hugh pointed at the fat, boring looking bun and said ‘You said you wanted some Cream Tea.’
Cream Tea means a scone. Continue reading
I’ve slowly picked up some survival tips after living in England since 1996. Here are 5 of them on culture:
1) Always starting your greetings with the weather, not food
Now I say ‘Isn’t it lovely!’ or ‘What a lovely day!’ to greet people, as ‘hello’, as opposed to saying, ‘Have you eaten?’, which is a Chinese way of asking ‘How’re you’.
And, I’ve learnt to agree with people when they praise or moan about the weather, because English people don’t expect you to disagree with them about the English weather. They just don’t. Continue reading
I’ve been living in England since 1996. From being a student, a wife, to a mother, I’ve noticed my habits have changed quite a bit. Here is a list of my 5 changes regarding food:
1) I no longer own a rice cooker
The 2 British people in my life prefer pasta to rice. When my rice cooker broke a few years ago, I didn’t replace it, because I couldn’t find a good one even from John Lewis. I must be the only Chinese person under the sun without an electrical rice cooker. Now, whenever I need to cook rice, I use a saucepan and control the heat manually.
2) I enjoy drinking tea with cow’s milk
When I first arrived in England, cow’s milk in tea would irritate my body. I felt sick. I had tummy ache. After a while, my body slowly adapted to cow’s milk, and I’ve become a tea addict now and I drink tea with cow’s milk day and night. I also need a tea break very often.
3) I use a fork to eat rice on a plate
As we don’t eat rice a lot at home, when we have rice, such as with Chilli Con Carne, we use fork to eat rice on a plate. In my previous life, rice was eaten from a bowl with chopsticks. Continue reading