it's another beautiful, sunny, clear and crisp day outside. hopefully soon we'll see the ground!
it's been a busy week/weekend - jam's been working several hours a day from home. he went onsite on friday and he's back there today. i've been feeding him oriental inspired food for suppers - here's a few:
that's a korean dish called japchae. the noodles are called invisible noodles. they are made from sweet potatoe starch but all i could find around here were sweet potaoe starch vermicelli noodles. still delicious. there's carrot, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and spinach all cooked in a ginger, garlic, rice wine vinegar, soya-sauce. the egg garnish is called jidan and it is made with two eggs, yolks separated from the whites. then a bit of salt and pepper added to the whisked eggs. and some pickled ginger on the side. this dish can be eaten hot or cold...but we prefer it cold.
next up is some stirfry. i just use whatever vegetables are on hand and make a stronger soya sauce-based ginger/garlic/rice wine vinegar sauce to cook the sauteed veg in.
saturday was our matriarch's 85th birthday party. we went down on friday evening to help our brother G and sister C set up and decorate. sister C was worried that there wouldn't be enough food??? let me just say that that would be impossible - she has been baking and making sandwiches for the past month. we had fun setting up and decorating and then went upstairs to make the last of the sandwiches. we made an assembly line at the table - jam had the bread and would put a scoop of tuna or salmon salad on the bread, pass it to brother G and me - we were the spreaders- and then we would pass it to sister C who sliced the sandwiches into little triangles. we whipped off 3 loaves of bread in about 15 mins. it was fun and silly. we enjoyed ourselves!
then on saturday when we had the party the tables were overloaded with food. we had a nice group of people show up and they really enjoyed themselves. they all said that all of the food and sweets were delicious! our matriarch had a good time and sister C gave me and jam a special friendship card and thanked us for our help. it is nice to feel appreciated and even nicer to get to spend time with our dear brother and sister. brother G gave me a very special gift that i will treasure.
jam is back at work today and may have to go in a few days this week. crab fishing season starts on april 1st but i am not sure if the boats will be able to get out because of the ice-flows in the harbour. i hope the boats and fishermen will be able to get out soon.
our besties in fourchu, C&B, invited us to Easter supper this Friday afternoon. their kids (who are adults but i still call them kids!), who we love, S&D, will be there along with D's girlfriend. i am sure many other people will drop in and out. it will be nice to go and have supper with them and then head down to chase the ace after supper.
i have been sorting seeds and planning the garden but we are definitely off to a late start this year. i get the feeling that when spring really hits we are going to go from winter to spring in less than an hour. come on spring!
i hope you all have a great week!