Organising a two days long class or a painting excursion to a park seem impossible at the moment. 🌸🍃☀
So I took a 1 hour online class, google for a photo, and starting simply painting! 🎨
This is the result:
My sisters mistaken it as a lotus flower… 😭
Actually it’s Torch Ginger Flower (bunga kantan); the bud is used in Asam laksa and curries.
This is far from what I want to achieve. But I will take baby steps. One day it shall be as realistic as @art.by.ratna paintings💪
#bungakantan #flower #stationery #watercolour #watercolourpainting #art #pink #painting #travelpalette #torchginger #torchgingerflower #edibleflowers
Made a healthy and easy soy sauce ginger-coriander dip to go with free-range organic steamed chicken.
Just mix together pounded fresh ginger, julienned sawtooth coriander, soy sauce and chicken stock from the steamed chicken.
Oh, I love my sawtooth coriander plant. I find so many uses for it. Yesterday, I just made tomato vinaigrette with it for my sister’s lunchbox. I need to plant more of them soon.
I truly believe it’s not hard to eat healthy. My family has been quite busy lately. So we just made steamed chicken, stir-fry vegetables with mushroom, fried eggs with onions, and ABC soup. Our stomach and heart is so full! 🐓🍚🍳🥦🥢💕
When I first do ‘adulting’, I forgot that I had hobbies: things I love to do for fun. Oh how dreary life (and I) was.
So decided to paint again. I organised a watercolour painting class with my friends and bought some art supplies from @stickerrific . But how do I find time to make it a part of my life?
I figured that if I watch less Instastories and scroll less of my Facebook feed, I will have some time. So I skipped consuming social media to sketch and paint. I do that in small blocks of time, 15 to 30 minutes.
This illustration of Cencaru Sambal is created over six sessions. I truly believe that when there’s a will, there’s a way.
Next I’ll love to organize a private watercolor class with @art.by.ratna and a sketching outing at a park. Who wants to join?
Our work need out eyes to be glued to the screen and bottoms on the seat. So whenever we can, we should look at greeneries and walk everywhere.
This weekend, I’ve hiked for hours, got lost in the jungle, and got bitten by leeches. I had such a good difficult time; I learned to endure bodily pain, deal with uncertainty, understand the spirit of adventure, and be calm.
Sometimes I wonder why I torture my body and mind like this. I could’ve just sleep in. But then when it’s all over, it’s amazing to *know* I can do more than I think I’m capable of. Besides I think my legs just got sexier from all the exercise 💪🌳🍂☀️🐜🕸
When Seashore, a publishing house under Popular Bookstore, asked me to write ‘3 Ingredient Recipes’, my first thought was: is that even possible?
I explained that I can possibly develop 50 recipes using 5 ingredients. But three?
Then the editor told me that seasonings that are commonly found in the pantry e.g soy sauce, salt, cornstarch, etc are not included. I heaved a big sigh of relief.
I was impressed by Seashore’s editorial direction and thoughts though. They understand that someone who cooks often will have basic ingredients such as seasonings and long-shelf life ingredients in their pantry.
They wanted to show that you only need a few main ingredients to cook a meal. For example, to make Braised Chicken With Mushrooms, you will need 1) chicken 2) dried Chinese mushrooms 3) ginger. A cook will probably have the rest of the ingredients such as soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and shaoxing wine.
SOME OF MY FAVOURITE RECIPES IN THE BOOK
- Kimchi Pancake
- Stir-Fried Pumpkin With Basil
- Spicy Papaya Salad
- Thai Fish Cakes
- Stir-fried Curried Squid
- Lemon Chicken
- Minced Pork with Salted Fish
- Homemade Chicken Nuggets
- Apple Pie
- Ambarella Pickle
This cookbook is in Chinese and English
Because the large Chinese characters on the cover, many people assume that it’s a Chinese cookbook.
Nope, it’s bilingual. You can read it! So please drop by Popular and get a copy 🙂
A wish I have for myself…
A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full or wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later year…the alienation from the sources of our strength.
With the genius behind Rotiboy. At their 20th anniversary party, I found that they’ve sold more 500 million buns!
Some time ago, at a dinner party, I was fortunate to be seated opposite of Hiro and his wife, Naree, where he told me about making steamed buns from scratch and selling by the roadside at Batu Ferringhi.
I’ve always love listening to people’s passion, hard work, and perseverance. It reminds me that there is no shortcut in life.
P/s: Dressed as a flapper girl or a darker version of blonde Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby.
#rotiboy #mexicobun #malaysiansfavouritebun