Gifts from a fellow food blogger:
Thanks as always for your generosity CC, it's always a pleasure seeing you!
We said we needed a new cleaver......
Actually, the Missus mentioned this to my MIL. So when the D's visited, guess what we got? Well, not one...but three cleavers from China! Thanks to MrD Sr.
One daily use, lighter weight...a medium weight, and one that's super heavy and perfect for chopping up bones among other things. We really appreciate the gifts!
Someone asked me how I keep my knives sharp....so sharp that PeterL was kind of afraid to use them. A sharp knife cuts cleanly and is safer to use than a dull one that slips around. I have a Smith Abrasives Tri Hone that I really like along with a steel and a whetstone I've had for decades.
Recently seen at Thuan Phat:
The Missus has taken to shopping at Thuan Phat.....well, at least every once in a while. She likes thevariety; the place is much less "pungent" then Vien Dong was, and we do find items that catch our interest once in a while, helping to make the sometimes mundane task of shopping a bit more fun. I recently used up the last of the palm sugar we brought back from Cambodia, so I needed to restock. It had been so long since I last shopped for the stuff that I was surprised to find jars with tablespoon sized disks of palm sugar available. For those that have wrestled with the large blocks/discs of hard as rock palm sugar, this stuff is great. A drop of water and 10-15 seconds in the microwave and it becomes very soft.
There were a couple of items that caught my eye during shopping. Even though I have no use for it, this was almost irresistible.
First, I wondered if it really smelled like durian.....of course I'm not going to be dumb enough to open it in the store! Can you imagine....or worse, what if I spilled it? Gives new meaning to "clean-up in aisle five". Still, if your coffee smells kind of odd next time.....
Even though I hadn't made it in a while, it turned out well....the Missus got a kick out of the presentation. It's kind of an inside joke with us.
We' ve found that taking sometime to make your meal look a little more....well, pretty enhances the meal...even Sun Brand Cold Noodles......
The lemongrass chicken at Yum Cha Cafe is $3.99 for a half chicken and it's probably the best BBQ item they have. It does tend to dry out, so buy it intact and cut it up at home.
Funny thing is...the Missus is starting to text me photos of Her breakfasts when I'm at work......