I know! It’s been a long time. Forgive me.
I’ve not been writing and sharing but I’ve been cooking and baking like never before. Let’s just say I cook nearly all of our meals at home. Yes. 99% unless we have guests or we are out and about in another city. For the most part, when we are at home it’s all homemade.
Since the last time I wrote in December 2013 ~ Woa that’s a long time ago ~ a lot has happened. We traveled a lot as usual and 2014 was no different== we were in Taiwan (3 months during Summer). Malaysia (2+ months), Texas (2 months for winter holidays), back to Thailand in January 2015 for three weeks and MOVED to Taiwan in February. We started homeschooling our daughter as of June 2014.
We’ve been in Taiwan since February 2015. We moved to a small town on Southeastern coast of Taiwan at the end of May. You can read about our jaunt from Thailand to Taiwan here on my other blog. Then about all the dramas since we arrived to Taiwan here here and here.
Life is simple in our new home surrounded by rice fields and the sky. And we love it. Well except as of September, we have lots of tomato fields around us too but that’s a whole other story on its own that I may tell you about. But you may not want to eat tomatoes again after reading it. Eeeek!
The great thing about living where we are is that we have an oven and a rice cooker in the spacious kitchen. The traditional Taiwanese rice cooker is my favorite because it could be used for steaming all kinds of food. More on that in other posts too.
In addition, my 12 year-old has had the opportunity to cook with me more in our new place which has a very spacious kitchen. She’s also had ample opportunities to bake here using the tiny oven. We’ve made steamed buns and bread with ingredients like sweet potatoes from a friend’s garden. She’s had the opportunity to learn about what it means to grow our own food, about gardening, composting, planting chemical free and being aware of how we treat the earth and the natural resources.
We only have bicycles. We don’t own a car. Local friends are always amazed that we ride all over the place with our bicycles and not own a car. We even volunteer at a town about 8 kilometers away from us and in order to get there we can either ride there or take the bicycles on the train to get there and then ride there.
One of the things we make a lot of lately since moving here is steamed buns. We’ve tried so many variety of recipes and tweaking them to fit the way we like to make them. We like using whole wheat flour and it’s been a challenge making steamed buns to rise properly. We make Japanese curries from scratch. I’ve taught my daughter how to make several Burmese and Thai dishes. She can make pancakes, fried rice, fried noodles, jams from scratch also. She is quite the helper in the kitchen.
So much learning and living going on here in our new living environment. Hope to share the delicious foods we cooked, baked and steamed.
Hopefully, my daughter, Culinary Cookie (her user name), the Junior Chef in the house, will also feel comfortable sharing what she is making in our Chili~ Lime ~ Garlic kitchen in Taiwan.
And with that we’re back to revive this blog once again!