Today is my first attempt to write down a recipe in a format that you can follow. I’m not used to measuring. I usually cook from feeling. I start cooking with an idea and end up throwing in all sorts of different herbs, spices (and other things like the neighbour’s dog) in the process. I’m in a happy world of my own when I cook. Totally oblivious to everything other than the food and my kitchen. It’s total Zen : -)
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Today I tested out my new blender. I tried to make an ice smoothie with the strange fruit from two days ago called “See-daa (សុីដ ា)”
Two handfuls of ice cubes into the blender along with one fruit without skin and seed of course. And then I squeezed in the juice from two limes through a sieve to stop the pips. And then blend………….
Today wasn’t much better than yesterday. Once again within ten minutes I had a pain in my chest and was quite out of breath. All in all I ran maybe 45 minutes but with many short 5-30 second breaks of walking. My normal run is between 30-60 minutes non-stop and at twice the speed of today. Mind you I only had about three hours sleep last night…..!
It’s rainy season here in Cambodia and today there were thunderstorms all day. It started whilst I was out running. I got drenched and loved it. Such a feeling of freedom. If the rain had started before I went out, then I probably would’ve chickened out. I am a sissy and I don’t like getting wet : -)
Me on my street before running….. ……and me after!
Today I went running again for the first time in over a month. I’ve been ill. I have a hyperactive thyroid that fluctuates being hyperactive for reasons I cannot yet fathom. Anyway I’m on medication again and running today was difficult. After just 10 minutes I was so out of breath. (Well I do smoke and drink. And when I drink I smoke a lot.)
Usually once I start I get into a rhythm quickly. And my lungs feel a lot better for it too. Let’s see what tomorrow brings…
So I finally went out and bought a blender today. It cost $18 and was the second cheapest I could find. Very exciting all the things I can do with it. Let’s see if it doesn’t end up like my juice maker. After a couple of delicious juices it just sat on my shelf and collected dust for years.
Anyway here’s my new blender. There’s even a little juice-maker part on the left there that fits into the jug. Curious if that works. Of course there’s a grinder for hard spices and nuts. I love this contraption.
I’ve been using a mortar and pestle so far in Cambodia but I can’t get the spice mix anywhere near smooth. On the right is the wooden one which I’ve been using for everything-garlic, onion, ginger and even whole spices like cumin and coriander seeds. I read online that the wooden one is for vegetables. The stone one is for spices. So off I went and bought a stone one. Alas the darned thing is so heavy that I put it on my storage space under my kitchen worktop where it has stayed until today (I had to take it out to photograph : )
This is a strange fruit I picked up at the market a couple of days ago. I first tried this when I was here last year. I’ve never seen it before I came to Cambodia. It’s called a “See-daa (សុីដ ា)” in Khmer.
The texture inside is very dry rather than juicy. It is extremely sweet and the flesh is soft. It also has a very distinct aroma/smell when it is ripe. There is one large stone in the centre of the fruit.I bought some last week at the market and the woman charged me 1000 riels (4000 riels makes 1US $) per fruit (which is expensive for here and I had a feeling she overcharged me as a foreigner-I hate that!) I thought she meant per kilo, otherwise I would’ve picked the largest fruits.
Two days ago I bought the same fruit again from a different stall-and she charged me 1500 riels for 2. So with joy I bought four of the largest she had.
I’ve ate two and don’t feel like any more now-they are so damn sweet. I got over excited at thinking I was getting a bargain. (I often get over excited buying food! ) I’ll go and buy a blender tomorrow and see if I can make an ice smoothie drink out of it. Otherwise they’ll go bad. And I always have a little guilt feeling when I let good food go bad. That’s another story I’ll go into at some point in the future.
Oh in case you’re wondering why I love to cook and don’t have a blender? I have only been here in Siem Reap, Cambodia 2 1/2 months now. I’ve only just rented this room I live in since 1 1/2 months. So I’m building up a new kitchen from scratch (for the umpteenth time).
And I LOVE buying new kitchen stuff (like my mum).
Oh I forgot the name (I’m terrible with names) of the fruit. I’ll add the name tomorrow.
Note added 17th September 2012:
This fruit is called an egg fruit, canistel or yellow sapote. I found the English name by chance on a Cambodian fruit poster at the clinic I attended with dengue fever.
I am Nurul Amin and this is my very first post! I don’t have a clue about blogging, haven’t written anything other than short abbreviated emails and text messages for years! And really don’t know what I’m doing : )
But I do know what I like and love. Amongst other things,
I LOVE FOOD!!!!
So this blog is primarily about food!
I will be writing about my thoughts, experiences, frustrations and anything else that matters to me in the moment! Of course mostly around and about food. This means recipes (my own and from others), different food and drink, kitchens and cooking equipment that I come across/use.