I was actually amused to read all the comments in my previous post, Super Star In Bad Cooking. Makes me feel good that I am not the only one who went through burnt food and burnt pots…..*smiling*. I actually imagined looks of horror on everyone’s face…haha.
You probably wonder whether it happened again. Well, I’m blushing to tell you that it did. Only that, it didn’t get as bad. I burnt the shallots while trying to make fried shallot oil but didn’t burn the pan…..phew! It would have been worse. The whole house would be greasy. I managed to salvage it in time though it was more burnt than what I wanted. But at least I can still use the oil though not the shallot which is sadly the best part, so good sprinkled on food. I thought I have been very careful, but still not good enough…*BIG sigh*.
By the way, not all things had been bad like burning food and cleaning badly burnt pots. My second daughter came back excitedly one evening with a little bag in her hand. She said, “Mom, I thought of you when I was at Starbuck today. I know you like macarons so I bought you 2!’ Immediately my tiredness and stress disappeared. She gave me a big hug, passed me the bag and said softly with an apologetic expression on her face, “But I think they were not macarons. They look like macarons!” I looked inside and took out her ‘macarons’. They were whoopie pies and they cost £1 each! I thought that’s very expensive cos they taste like cakes filled with cream and small in size. But then that’s not important. It was just Right Love But Wrong Food! I really appreciate her sweet thought. I felt so loved as a mom!!! It’s just SO sweet of her!
Then the other week I had my little friend, Ellie, came by again. She has just turned 4. She was the one who loved my Unsuccessful Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Turned Out Best. I told you in my previous post that I have been cooking a lot of fried rice and fried noodles lately because of my busyness. I cooked fried rice to share with her. She liked it very much.
Thumbs up for my fried rice. Kids don’t lie. Must be very delicious. She brought BIG smiles on my face. Ellie is a regular visitor. She came again the other day and I cooked fried noodles for her. But she told me, ‘I like your fried rice!’ She just warms my heart. So, fried rice it will be when she comes again.
Well, my life had been on the fast lane lately, trying to do too much in too short a time. Now I’m away, apparently on a forced ‘vacation’. But gosh…my brain can’t stop working….*sigh*. I must have been so exhausted I slept almost the whole day yesterday. When I get home, I will be playing badminton for inter-company competition the very next day! Sounds like a super woman huh. How scary is that not to have time for more practices. So, I am trying to play badminton in my mind! I wanted to withdraw this year but I fell in from too much persuasion by others. I guess every company is short of women players so you know how precious we are at this time…haha.
I played mixed double last year and got first runner-up in the end…not bad huh. The credit has to go to my partner. He is really good. He picked up most of the shots. My husband’s company got overall 1st runner-up. The photo here is my team, Team A. We have another team, Team B. The pretty girl next to me is my second daughter. She is the one who bought the whoopie pies for me, thinking they are macarons. She is good in badminton but this year she is playing for her company where she is having her training…..*sigh*. She loves sports and also plays basketball and volleyball. Now, imagine if she is playing against me on that day! I told her she has to be easy with me otherwise there won’t be good food for her…haha.
Oh, and she loves snowboarding, too. I don’t have much time to see her during weekends because she will leave early for the snow covered hills. I feel cold just looking at this picture. Ooops….look at that snow ball in her hand. Someone is going to suffer…haha.
To tell you, my friends say I am good in badminton…yeah. Proud to know that….I mean at my age, even though I know I am not that good. There are so few women players that I have no choice but to play with guys every week. Now I will tell you why I am good. It’s because I am quite smart…..*wink*. 5 reasons I can give you. I guess you will change your mind by the time you finish reading my 5th reason!
1. I play mixed doubles only even though the opponents are 2 guys. Very often we win. Whoever is my partner is very lucky to have me…haha. As if I am so good! You better continue to read on to find out.
2. My partner has to be a good player to make up for my weakness…yeah…..*smiling*
3. My partner will have to cover the back while I cover the front. So he has to run like mad and hit the shuttlecock with all his strength to get it far or do drop short if he is tired….hehe
4. My opponents hardly smash the shuttlecock at me. They are very gentlemen….*smiling*. Of course they have to, otherwise I won’t want to play with them…haha.
5. I don’t know all the proper techniques how to play badminton well. Good players always suffer because my techniques always confuse my opponents…haha. They see me as a little fragile thing but then sometimes when luck is on my side, I can hit quite far. Other times, it just managed to cross the net. That’s unusual skill…pure luck….haha
So, you see how ‘good’ I am…..*wink*. If you want to go for badminton, learn to play like I do and you will be fine! But if you don’t believe me, then you have to come and see how I play….hehe.
If there’s any sports for exercise that I would recommend, I would say ‘badminton’. It’s one game you can play the whole year round even if it’s burnig hot, cold or snowing outside. It’s a good game to socialise and build up stamina, too. My badminton friends are really wonderful, friendly people. We joke and laugh at lot as we play friendly matches each time. We challenge each other to be a better player while not putting down the other person. That makes me want to go every time. Hope you make effort to exercise regularly for good health.
For your info, I have not been trying my macarons again after my previous 6 attempts in a row. You can read about it at My Big Fat Valentine’s Day post. I will try again one of these days when life is not as busy.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Quote of the day……
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”
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