The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, 22 February 2007

Chinese New Year weekend

Gong Xi Fa Cai! A very happy new year to everyone!

We managed to have a small celebration even though we're away from family. On Saturday, the eve of CNY, we invited a few friends around to our place for a small dinner. I cooked Thai yellow curry and some garlic prawns to go with the coconut rice (long-grained Jasmine rice is really expensive and hard to get!). Kimchee brought some stir-fried veges. It was a nice relaxing affair, more so an excuse to get together and have a catch-up session. After dinner, we watched a lighthearted comedy called Spanglish which was really enjoyable. This is one of the few movies starring Adam Sandler that I actually enjoy.

Thai chicken yellow curry with potatoes and carrots; garlic prawns

The next day, we were invited by Natalie (Canadian Chinese) to have a CNY lunch at her lovely apartment in Nanao (a big town/small city a bit more than 1 hour's drive south from us). She prepared a yummy Chinese feast for us which included minced duck, beef noodle dish, abalone, stuffed lotus root and Coca-Cola chicken. Out of all the food fare presented, I contributed only one - sweet 'n sour chicken. Afterwards, we enjoyed some simple sweet potato soup made with satsumaimo and munched on my brownies. I ate so much! This was a good opportunity for us to meet our significant others, and to get to know one another better :)

The feast prepared by Nat - oh, and that's my one dish on the right:

The lovely Nat in her sparklingly new kitchen; and the group whom we shared lunch with (minus one who out of the room at the time):

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