The weather, it's cold. There was even a little snowfall last Sunday which lasted for all of ten minutes. It was a good thing we lifted our nose from our lunch, we ate lap mei fan made with two types of Chinese sausages - Lim Chee Guan Singapore regular type and Yung Kee Hong Kong liver version- which we had asked visiting friends to bring over.
As usual, I used my tiny and much-dented rice cooker of my singleton days. While the rice cooked, I microwaved the sausages which had been sliced and put into a bowl with some ginger, covered, for about 2 minutes which resulted in lots of oil spluttering and the bits on the top a little charred. The sausages plus oil were then chucked into the still cooking rice to continue cooking and so that the oils and juices flavour the rice. I doled out a portion for V, but for husband and myself, I drizzled some dark soya sauce and sesame oil for more colour and flavour. Some peas for vegetables and that was our simple lunch, we hardly felt the cold weather bristling outside.
Yesterday I went window-shopping with my friend. At Jean Paul Hevin on rue St Honore, we shared a slice of Mazoltov. It looks like a baked American cheesecake, only taller. Made with fromage blanc of 0% fat matter, as stated on its information tag, yet gratifyingly rich and creamy with subtle notes of orange flower water, closer to Japanese style than American and succeeding at becoming my new obsession. Alongside my old obsession the baba au rhum which I used to like ordering at Bistrot Marius until they stoppped serving it (!). An odd thing which I've noticed is that there is a higher chance of finding this dessert in seafood restaurants, like Vin et Maree which has outlets all over the city. Vin et Maree's version was not bad, but it would have been improved if they had whipped the cream with some rum beforehand so there is that layering of liquor upon liquor.
Tonight though I am not eating so well. Husband is away, he is on a flight to Singapore of all places. V will get a piece of organic salmon for dinner. The dogs will eat roasted vegetables and bifteck which I cooked and froze last week. I am probably going to have the default husband-is-away dish i.e. Comté with some dried natural apricots nicely ripened conference pear. Not terribly inspired, but perfect for watching telly with.
Oh lordy, look at the sky, and the time. Have to go fetch the kid. Au revoir!