|Our front garden is a carpet of white snow!|
I usually spend Monday's at my parent's home and we had planned to go to a Chinese Supermarket to stock up on goodies for Christmas. Mum makes Chinese soup every week and at Christmas time she makes one with exotic roots and tubers. Well, exotic to the natives here but I've grown up seeing them so not weird and wonderful to my eye! This soup would have the following: 粉葛 Arrowroot or Kudzu (I would pronounce this 'fun goht' in Cantonese, I believe it may be known as 'fen ge' or 'ge gen' 葛根 in mandarin);
蓮藕 Lotus Root ('leen ngow')
馬蹄 Water Chestnut ('mah tai')
It would also have things like pork bones, carrots other goodies to make it flavoursome and sweet. I had suggested we go buy these last week but noooooo parents wanted to leave it to the week before Christmas. Personally, I though getting it two weeks before the event will hopefully mean less crowds. Parents obviously wanted it last minute as possible so it would be fresher. Well. With the snow that we had and the chance of more in the afternoon it totally scuppered the idea of me leaving my house to get to them (they only live 25 miles away 35-45 minute drive normally). So, Chinese supermarket trip has not been made and the likelihood of having this yummy soup is slim.
|Chickens are snowed in!|
Although I have some more material to blog and pics to show you (foodie ones too!), I'm going to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Festive Christmas - may it be merry and bright! Best wishes for 2011!!!