Christmas this year must be my most special Christmas I have ever had, very pampered in all ways. I didn’t have to cook for a few days! Being back from Malaysia after taking care of my dad for a few weeks in hospital and the long journey back here, I felt like I have gone through a washing machine. I can’t remember when was the last time I had been so exhausted. But I was really glad to be with my parents, especially my dad, to be there for him when he was so weak and sick.
Arriving at London Heathrow airport on Christmas Eve, I was looking much forward to the fabulous blueberry cake that I still crave for. But sadly it was not served that day. There’s a picture of it on my Blueberry Pound Cake post. I tried to make it a few times but it never turned out the same. Will continue to try. Really hope I get it right one day.
Well, instead of the blueberry cake, there were fruit mince pies. In UK, Christmas is not Christmas without those fruit mince pies. Despite all these years here, I have never liked mince pies. So when my hubby served me latte coffee and mince pies, I was not very keen. But I was very hungry, cold and sleepy so anything would do. But no, I was wrong. Right at my first bite, I fell in love with it…..just beautiful! I actually ate 2 pieces, then off to my dreamland on the sofa while waiting for my flight to Aberdeen. I must have eaten all the wrong mince pies all these years!!!
I realised that when I was away, everyone back home here suddenly grew up….including my hubby….haha. They have no choice but to learn to cook….good for them! I was thrilled to see that my daughter, Sharon, cooked several mouth-watering dishes while I was away, which she put up on her new blog, Fun and Life and Everything in Between. I am totally impressed….raw hidden talent discovered! I must say she is going to be a better cook than me, much to my joy. But she still misses my food and our many jokes and chats while I was away. She wrote, “Never ever EVER leave us for so long again. I will simply not allow it =D.” Awwww…that really touches my heart….but it’s such a strong warning not to be ignored! Never mind, I will take her along next time
Not only did my hubby cook gingery chicken soup for me, my youngest daughter also cooked gingery chicken soup for me to keep me warm in this extremely cold Aberdeen weather. Hers is very simple but it really warmed my heart and body. Feeling tired and sleepy from jet lag, that soup with rice is more than enough to bring big smiles on my face. Since I came home, she refused to let me cook….how sweet of her!
On Christmas Day itself, I got up very early, feeling very hungry. I suddenly remember my mom used to cook poached eggs in Milo with added sugar for us when we were young. But I love sweet condensed milk so I used it instead. Yeah…that would be perfect for me. It was really simple and very delicious. I would have eaten 4 eggs if not for concern of high cholesterol! That was my best breakfast. My body surely needs all the protein and sweetness….yuuuummmm. Oh, if you are crazy over sweet condensed milk like me, you can even make it yourself at home. It’s very easy and cheap to make yourself. Just click on How To Make Condensed Milk. Use less milk powder if you want it more runny.
My youngest daughter also got up early on Christmas morning and made a marble cake. It was a little over- baked and a bit dry but that was a very good start for her. However, it tasted moist and more delicious the next day. It was really good with a cup of hot milk or chocolate. I was totally impressed and happy. I hope that she continues to learn more baking and cooking even though I am back home now.
She surprised me with another dish for lunch……spaghetti carbonara. My gosh…..looking at the ingredients, I know I will put back all the weight that I had lost, in an instant…..haha. Forgetting about my waistline, I tucked in happily and finished my whole plate of it…totally satisfying. It was very rich but very delicious. She passed me the copy of the recipe she printed out and told me I can learn from it! No, I would love her to cook for me…hehe.
In the evening, my girl packed home several dishes from Wagamama. We had a great time eating and watching TV together. Below here are what we have:
This curry chicken rice is very different from the Malaysia version. It looks and tastes delicious. It’s very easy to cook curry if you have ready curry paste. The best one that I like is a Malaysian brand. Click on Fast And Easy Malaysian Chicken Curry. It’s very delicious, whether with rice or noodles.
This fried noodles is very delicious. I really like it. The noodles are huge. It must be udon and not the normal noodles. The pink strips on top are spicy ginger strips. I am not quite keen on that. I would prefer chopped chillies. I would love to try and make my own udon one day. I’m sure it’s quite similar to making the normal noodles which I always enjoy making.
If you have never tried making noodles, I hope you will try it at least once. It’s fun and taste much better than bought ones. Even my daughter, Sharon tried it recently. She was very creative. She made healthy green spinach noodles and made it look like a Christmas tree. I miss that as I was away. Check out her spinach noodles at Healthy Homemade Christmas Tree Noodles.
Look at that noodles…so green and healthy! She made a simple sauce to go with it. I heard it was really delicious. I guess you can never ever buy this anywhere except homemade.
This fried chicken is very delicious with the sauce and a squeeze of lemon. I hardly do deep fry because of all the grease and cleaning up to do after that. Maybe I should try in summer…deep fry outside.
This fried rice is quite delicious. It looks good, too. But may be I still prefer my own fried rice where I use SPAM or char siu chicken. Click Delicious Spam Fried Rice for my favourite fried rice. My daughter also cooked a delicious one using crab sticks, Special Fried Rice.
These dumplings are delicious except that the skin is a little too tough I think. Nothing is better than making your own dumpling skin. It should taste chewy and very delicious. It’s very easy to make at home and very cheap, too. You can go wild with the filling. Dumplings are a good way to hide vegetables. Click to learn more.
Simple, Easy Chinese Dumplings To Make At Home (Part 1)
Simple, Easy Chinese Dumplings To Make at Home (Part 2)
Simple, Easy Chinese Dumplings To Make At Home (Part 3)
This bowl of noodles is a little disappointing. Too much noodles in too little soup. The noodles were a little too soft too. They should have separated the noodles from the soup for takeaways. I also don’t like those huge chunks of chicken breast meat, tough and no flavour. Cooking noodle soup at home is very easy if you have ready chicken soup. The best is to use your own homemade noodles. I have a few of my favourite noodle soups here.
But my girl commented that her sister, Sharon’s Wagamama Chilli Chicken Ramen Recipe is way better. I totally agreed based on the picture here below. Sharon has to cook this noodle dish for me. I was away when she cooked this. Looks so mouth-watering! Nothing is better than home cooked meal. You can be very generous with the quality and quantity of ingredients used. It is also served hot from stove to table. Besides it’s way lot cheaper to cook at home.
Oh, this year I didn’t have to handle any wrapping of presents. Arriving home on Christmas Eve late evening, I found that my hubby had wrapped all the presents…good job. But then when it was opening presents time on Christmas morning, my daughter held up hers, looked at it from different angle and remarked, “Looks like it has been run over by a car!”…..haha. What a good laugh we all had! You can just imagine how badly wrapped it was! Forgot to take a picture…sigh. I better don’t complain…at least he did it…hehe.
So, this is a real special Christmas to remember….very simple and relaxed but full of sweet moments with my family. To top it up, I was really delighted to know that my dad was discharged from hospital on Christmas Day. He was so happy to be able to join my mom and my sister’s family to celebrate Christmas.
I hope that all of you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday. As 2010 comes to an end, I hope that 2011 will be a year of good health and success…a better year!
Quote of the day……
“Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.”Helen Steiner Rice