Thursday, March 31, 2011
Have you ever gotten to the stage where you think you have seen just about every photo of you there is? I definitely feel that way about my childhood. It was funny a few years ago when some old pictures turned up of our family in a old "garage party" and a fishing trip. It was really weird seeing them. Kind of surreal as you know it is you but it does not quite compute as you don't remember it and you have never seen it before. My beautiful friend Tan sent me a picture yesterday that made me laugh so I thought I would share it. I have no idea where or when it was taken but my God, look how young we look! Nick looks 12! (And yes Nicole, he does look a bit like Eric Bana in this one!) Thanks for sharing Tan!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Hot off the press....this just in....photo of wayward husband playing "Survivor Thailand"on motorbikes. Apparently he is having a great time. He's due home soon so will post some proper pictures and tell you a bit about his adventure. Meanwhile.....Oh My God.....how hot does it (he) look?
Sunday, March 27, 2011
As I am sure you are aware, Earth Hour was celebrated throughout the world yesterday. I was very pleased with Saigon's efforts. In a lot of ways she can be behind the times but she tries really hard. They tried a re-cycling system once but unfortunately the infrastructure was just not there and it was a complete and utter failure. She still gives you 14 plastic bags for 17 items of food but I am glad to hear that many supermarkets including Co-Op Mart are now using more biodegradable plastic bags. Last night she did herself proud for a city that tends to struggle when it comes to the environment. Well done!
|I hope you all managed to do your bit as well and hopefully not stand on as many leggo pieces as I did stumbling around in the dark!|
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Now there is a statement you don't see every day! I was shopping at my local street market in Ton That Dam, D1 when I came across the most amazing looking dish. Unfortunately I had just stuffed my face full of mushroom hotpot whilst having lunch with a fellow school mum or I would have given it a taste. When I wake up feeling a bit dusty it is hard to beat good old chips and gravy. I reckon this might give it a run for its money!
|From what I can gather there are cubes of potato and then she throws in an egg. Loving the old kettle boiling away too!|
|Throw in some chopped chives|
|fry it all up and....|
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Ventured into the murky depths of District 10 (well not really, its about 10 minutes from home but it sounded dramatic didn't it!) to visit a BBQ restaurant. It is called Lang Nuong Nam Bo, 285/C145 Cach Mang Thang 8. There was a large group of us and it turned out the be the perfect place to really enjoy some great local food with a local atmosphere to boot. The place is HUGE! Not just big, HUGE! As we pulled up in the cab the wafting aroma of BBQ had me salivating. Lets just say I was not let down. The menu was extensive and I would quite like to go back and try some other dishes like the individual BBQ's at your table. We ate, drank and got merry for the grand sum of less than $15 each.
|This little piggy went to......my belly!|
|This really was a delicious as it looks. Very juicy on the inside but that skin was amazing! It takes a bit of getting used to eating around the bones as they just pretty much take a cleaver to it and chop it to bits.|
|Now I know i mentioned I would like to go back and try a few dishes but I might just give the goats prick a miss.|
|Ok, this is more like it. It just ain't Vietnam unless there are a plate of spring rolls on the table.|
|The roast chook was beautiful.|
|These are the pumpkin flowers that I have also mentioned in a previous post. Cooked really simply so the flavour of the flower comes through.|
|Ah, the pig. Can you just see how juicy and crispy that skin is?|
|We had a few non meat eaters and this artichoke dish seemed to fit the bill.|
|This system has a lot going for it. Much easier to count the empties than to try and keep track on the bill. (No I did not throw any of ours into next doors basket....but I thought about it!)|
|Where would you be without a big chunk of ice in your beer?|
|To wash it down.|
|Our waiter was amazing, anticipating everything we may need (read: he kept bringing us lots of beers)|
|Smoky, noisy and fun.|
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Ah, I remember the good old days. "Honey I'm just popping out to the shops to pick up some bread and milk". An easy task. Here, however, is quite a different story. Not necessarily bad, just different. The first big difference is that there is no one stop shop. Each week I visit a minimum of 4 places to buy all the food for the week ahead. Even then, I quite often find myself short of some vital ingredient that was there last week and now nowhere to be found in the whole city. Usually it is best to go out without a recipe in mind and just see what is available and work from there. The next big difference is that it is usually an adventure. Here is an example of me ducking out to get a few things yesterday afternoon.
|You can always be guaranteed to find things like watermelon, lychees and the stunningly beautiful dragon fruit.|
|I don't actually buy my red meat here. There is a butcher who imports Aussie beef and lamb so I use them. I find the local meat just too tough. It is always interesting to wander past though and see what innards are on display today.|
|Amazing fresh shucked peas. Yum! The vegetable at the bottom that looks a little like broccoli is Thien Ly (excuse my spelling, I have no idea how it is spelt). I LOVE this stuff. Stir fry it up with some garlic and oil. Delish!|
|Not quite Woolworths.|
|When I get a bit peckish shopping I go and see this lady. I have no idea what it is called (if anyone knows let me know!). From the taste of it, it is tapioca with chunks of banana it it.|
|All served with a big smile and a bit of banter in my terrible Vietnamese. 6,000 Dong a bag which is about 30 cents Australian. This lady has the most disastrous teeth but would never show them in a photo!|
|This lady sells all of the basics.|
|Now THIS lady has a great set of choppers! Of course, again, you wont get them immortalised on film. She is my watermelon go to lady!|
|Right. I found some lovely looking cauliflower at the market and wanted to make some soup. Do you think I could find a leek at the local place. Nary a leek to be found so I had to go to Ben Thanh. 5,000VND for a leek, check.|