05 October 2009

New Pad

Not for us but my notes ...

Click here to visit.

I tried moving this blog over but WordPress's import tool for my chosen template leaves behind the videos in Blogger posts and also changes the layout of contents. The solution is to re-load and edit which is a poor use of time, so I'm keeping this as Vol I.

The fun of blogging is returning to me. :)

29 September 2009

Meme : Save Yvonne's Sight

It has been over 7 months since my last post. Life was good, normal with up & downs, excitement after challenges, fun times with family and friends interrupted by occasional outbursts from unwelcome solicitors, and all that jazz called living on great days and survival on bad ones.

More about me later as this post is about Yvonne Foong, a stranger who is living and fighting with neurofibromatosis. I know of her courgeous story through Ruby Ahmad who tagged me through this meme ...

Yvonne has lost her hearing and now she faces losing her sight too. She is scheduled for an operation between 1 and 4 December 2009. But of course she has to raise the funds by herself. The cost of surgery is USD44,000 or RM154,770, and the cost of staying in hospital for two weeks is USD915 or RM3219.

She has raised about RM10,000 of this and is hoping to raise the rest by republishing her book I'm Not Sick; I'm Just a Bit Unwell in English and Chinese. The books are now available in Malaysian bookshops and from her web site store. She is also selling T-shirts at bazaars and via her web site store. You can read about her surgery and donate to her fund here.

Yvonne's Book Cover

You can also help by sending on this meme. If you do, please follow these meme rules:

1. Create a blog entry titled "Meme: Save Yvonne's Sight"

2. List three things you love to see. Add in the picture of Yvonne's book cover. The URL is http://www.yvonnefoong.com/images/banner/my-story.jpg

3. End with the line, "Yvonne Foong is in danger of losing her eyesight thanks to neurofibromatosis (NF). Please find out how you can help her by visiting her blog at http://www.yvonnefoong.com.

4. Tag 5 blog friends. Be sure to copy the rules, OK?

5. If you have a Facebook account, please check out Ellen's new invention, a "feme" pronounced FEEM, a meme designed for Facebook here. And if you want to blog about NF, that would be great too!

Three things I love to see :
1. Family & friends
2. Breathtaking scenery
3. A crime-free society

Please feel free to post and pass on this meme to help highlight Yvonne's plight and save her sight.

17 February 2009

Presents or Gift Cards?

Presents for me, simply because I tend to lose track of gift cards and miss their expiry dates. I didn't even know that plastic cash is universally tied to a validity period until forfeiture of an airline ticket to anywhere in the US, a full-body massage and music download. Consumers have to wonder at the logic behind it that favors retailers? I mean, do presents purchased in lieu of gift cards expire?

And who studies the fine print that cleverly hides the term at the back of each card? While I didn't have a case against written legality in the nullified cards, I am prepared to debate with the folks at Barnes & Noble for this antique ...

... one of David's Christmas presents in 1997!

Barnes & Noble has since adopted the trendy policy of progressively deducting the value of their gift cards but there is no wording of it on this certificate. They probably didn't expect procrastinators to be this good! Chances are they won't honor the certificate but it will be interesting to hear what they say.

Meanwhile, I'd better dine at Wild Ginger and shop at Land's End this week. The cards were issued in May 2005 and Dec 2006. I know!

13 February 2009

BOH Ada (Got) Ummph!

It has been a long while since I heard or saw this popular Malaysian tag line but it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the beautiful packets of BOH tea in this Christmas package from Malaysia. (Yes, Christmas! My bad-lah for not sharing this until now. Blush-blush.)

Recipes, Aromatic Tea, Mango Gummies & Xmas Magnet

They were from Pak Idrus & Kak Asmah who were so sweet to take note that David & I prefer tea over coffee which is more popular here. Boh is not easily available in the US, so it was double happiness for me!

I have enjoyed Boh tea all my life and didn't sample its competition, Lipton, until I had no choice. Memories of a school excursion to the Boh plantation on Cameron Highlands and being awed by terraced slope after slope of tea trees remain fresh to this day.

It is great that the Boh folks have moved forward with trends and added spices to their tea without losing its original aromatic flavor.

Lemon with Mandarin flavored tea

Earl Grey with Tangerine flavored tea

Malaysian ladies of my time will remember heartthrob Dave in those 'Ummphic' TV commercials. He and I were in the same business circles for a couple of years. Poor guy tried really hard but failed to shake off the image. Every where he went, it was "Hi Encik Boh!", "Aren't you the Boh guy?" or "Today, got Ummph ah?". Fun times for us viewers!

A million thanks to Pak Idrus and Kak Asmah for sending over a perfect taste from home to keep us warm on these cold wintry days, and walk me down memory lane for a bit.

24 January 2009

Moooooo ....

The 2nd of twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac has arrived to govern a new lunar cycle, so here I am ...


If ever there is a year in which the world at large and the US in particular desperately needs a symbolic boost of prosperity and fortune, 2009 is it. Indications abound where we live - homes being sold, established businesses closing, increasing unemployment rate, ridiculous retail discounts attracting few buyers and in many stores, staff outnumbering shoppers most of the time. This week's anticipated Microsoft lay-off just confirms that the hard times will continue for a while.

Let's hope the ox is not just good-eating (David's description!) but plows hard in its own year to cultivate some much needed crop for everyone.

GONG XI FA CAI!


Many, many thanks to those who continue to frequent my blog for updates which have been grossly lacking. I do apologize, have been disgustingly lazy in between writing notes along another direction. Will try to improve! Meanwhile, I update my status on facebook (ritashho@gmail.com) daily, so if you like the network, we can lepak (shoot the breeze) there. :)

14 December 2008

From Ashes to A Dream Fullfilled

What do we do if we went out for an evening with friends and came home to find our house and everything that we own burned down to ashes? I don't have an answer and hope none of us ever need to find one.

Our friend, Jon Tobey had to face this devastating scenario on 14 Dec 2005 ...


He went to a coffee-shop, borrowed their computer and sent out this email ...

The good news is I think I've finally solved that rat problem.
The bad news is I'll probably have to move up to fat skis this year :-(

Because the really bad news is the when I got home last night my house had burned down.
All of my work GONE.
The 2000 pictures I took this year, my friends art, family heirlooms GONE.
Computers cameras music GONE.
My roomates entire life's possessions GONE.
My collection of fine male lingerie GONE.
The book of short stories I was finally putting together GONE. (If I ever sent you a story, please search for it, I consider this my biggest loss.)
500 bottles of wine, 35 gallons of mead, 40 gallons of beer all really, really gone.
The Hurricane
Over a dozen fly rods ($1000 of which I bought in the last two days), reels, lines, waders
Tax stuff, legal stuff
Tools
2 brand new cans of Progresso soup
Christmas presents

Well you get the picture.
Nobody got hurt and on the bright side, I still have 40 gallons of Vienna lager in the lagering fridge, which is not gone.

I'll be looking for a place to crash/work. In the meantime I don't even have a phone and am on a coffee shop computer. Once I get a suitcase, I'll be living out of it.

EMAIL IS THE ONLY WAY TO CONTACT ME. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ME ANY PHONE MESSAGES.

My eyes swelled up when I read it.

Last month, some 3 years later, tears flowed again when Jon gave an emotional speech at the dress rehearsal for the staff of Balefire, a brand new pub on the corner of Hewitt Ave and Rockefeller Ave in Everett, Washington State. Only this time, they were tears of joy. Jon has full-filled his lifelong dream of owning a pub, a dream that was thrust into reality by unimaginable misfortune.

Breaking out the champagne at Dress Rehearsal.
Jon is 4th from right, 2nd row.

Yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of that fateful day and Jon, in typical positive thinking and forward movement fashion, celebrated it as the birth of Balefire. I couldn't attend but David went, and was very pleased to see his name engraved at a seat along the bar and a personalized beer mug. Both were Jon's way of recognizing the volunteers who joined him on his amazing journey out of adversity.

Business is picking up at Balefire and Jon certainly deserves the promising start. His story is an inspiring one to share especially during the current difficult and fearful economic times. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did in posting it here.

13 December 2008

It's all about timing

This is our Snorkel wood fired hot tub laying forlorn in a shaded and hidden part of the back yard ...

We kinda forgot about it after we rolled it to the forest area to make way for the jacuzzi I needed for my foot therapy. That was in May. It had weathered but is still in good condition, a waste as firewood. We offered it to a couple of half-interested friends for $100 then but neither took it up.

Last weekend, David started to get rid of his unwanted toys and decided to check if there was any value in the tub. New ones were selling at $2500, so he listed ours on craigslist for $1000, expecting to be negotiated down low or ignored. In two days, he received 6 replies to the ad. One guy from Alaska was ready to send the full sum without viewing! The first guy who came, took it home. Apparently, he and the others have been looking for one for the past couple of years.

As I watched the tub being rolled up into the buyer's truck and counted his green notes, the Chinese in me wondered if we should have removed the ad and upped the price. After all, we may need the extra cash down the road! LOL! David appreciated that it was already money we did not expect.

It's funny how time changed the situation in our favor. Folks were crowding rivers to cool off on those hot summer days and few, if any, wanted to turn pruny in a crate of hot water. Come fall and winter, the chilly air on clear stargazing nights created a demand for hot tubs.

I now wonder when is a good time to slot a Stanley squire chest of 14 drawers on the market. It has been occupying precious place in the den for several years.

03 December 2008

Gave Heartfelt Thanks, Gained Heartbreaking Pounds

Appetizers
Spring Onion in Ham Rolls
Grilled Oysters in Butter-Garlic Sauce
Tortilla Chips & Cheese Balls
Spinach & Cream Cheese Dip in Bread Buns
Crackers in Smoked Salmon & Steel Head Dip
Veggie (carrot, celery, brocolli) Sticks

Entrees
Deep-fried Turkey

BBQ Turkey
(yummy with home-made cranberry sauce!)

Honey & Orange Glazed Ham
Buns & Mashed Potatoes
Baked String Beans
Home-made Stuffing
Candied Yam

Desserts
Apple Pie

Cherry Apricot Pie with Almond Streusel Topping
(my favorite!)

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Cheese Biscuit

That was the YUMMYLICIOUS menu Jay & Karen (David's oldest brother & sister-in-law) served at their Thanksgiving dinner at Gold Hill, Oregon. Every dish except the buns was cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients on the day itself. The 10-hour cooking marathon which started on the eve was not unlike Iron Chef America at a leisurely pace. It seemed like everyone had a hand in churning up each delicacy even if it was just in cutting, slicing or stirring but no one proved that "too many cooks spoil the broth". It was all great fun!

Izzy - the youngest and most adorable chef ...
video

I mostly cleared counter space and washed utensils, did both so diligently that Karen's carton of tea bags is now in oblivion. LOL! Also, managed to cut a finger while washing a knife (darn careless, I know!) and at a subsequent point was frantically searching for the plaster that had fallen off. I thought it went into the short crust pastry I'd rubbed but thankfully Megan found it on the stove top. Phew!

Jay led the guys in cooking the meat which included sending the propane tank for a quick shower! This happened when they started to deep-fry one of the turkeys ...


The propane flame lowered to near invisibility when turkey met boiling oil. 15 minds gathered around to solve the problem, 3 took turns fidgeting with the gas hose and valve, and all decided we had run out of gas. David's attention in chemistry class and keen interest in all things knowledgeable paid off when it was his turn to inspect the icy propane tank. He deduced that the lack of flame was caused by butane contamination since it does not flow at freezing temperatures and suggested that warming the tank in the bathtub would fix the problem. It did! 40 minutes later, one smelling-oh-so-good and mouth-watering turkey was lifted from the fryer. Someone who was video-taping the excitement ended his narration with, "and that's the way we fry a turkey in the country - 15 guys having fun with one hot bird!" Hilarious and true!

Kids dining Japanese-style

A good time was had by all and I suspect that quite a few had to work off some extra pounds after the fact. I am still at it!!

More pictures and videos here.

08 November 2008

David's Thoughts on Obama

Now that the US presidential race is over and history has a new chapter, I should get back to putting words on my blog.

But first, to family, friends and fellow Obama supporters (there were so many of you!) who were curious as to why David who does not believe in God, religion and other right-wing policies and practices would vote Republican, here is a glimpse of his Thoughts on Obama.

Anyone with political plans for 2012? By then, I may be able to vote. :)

My Obama Pin

26 October 2008

Prawns in Red (Hot) Sauce

I'm blogging everyday now, even if it is just to bore you with what I made for dinner last night. Haha!

This super-easy to cook & delicious dish is from the first recipe book I bought in life, back in 1983 and still a favorite ...

Spring Onions, Garlic, Ginger Powder, Yellow (very spicy) Pepper

Tomato Paste & Mixture of Stock, Rice Wine, Soy Sauce, Sugar

Prawns seasoned with Salt & Pepper

Deliciously Spicy!

25-year old recipe book still in its original plastic cover!

A Malaysian best-seller, the book is a compilation of over 500 recipes of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Nyonya & Euraisian home-cooked family favorites, sophisticated restaurant dishes and delicious concoctions of the roadside hawker stalls. The recipes are well presented in very simple language and not fussy with details to a fault, in the truest sense. A good number of them would list ingredients that are not mentioned in the method section or vice versa, use extra ingredients in the cooking procedure. Poor editing, me thinks. I have learned to study each recipe in detail before attempting it.


UPDATE : Full recipe as requested by Farina ...

Ingredients
500g large raw prawns
2 tbsps oil
4 stalks spring onions - shredded
3 cloves garlic - crushed
4 cm piece ginger - chopped
1 fresh red chilli - chopped
3 tsps Chinese rice wine
1 tbsp thin soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tbsp tomato puree
4 tbsps chicken stock
1 tsp cornflour

Method
1. Snip off legs of prawns, leaving shell intact. Wash well, drain and set aside.
2. Heat oil and fry garlic, ginger and chilli for one minute.
3. Add prawns and fry for 5 minutes, turning occasionally so they cook evenly.
4. Pour in rice wine and soy sauce. Add sugar, salt and pepper. Stir gently.
5. Add the tomato puree and stir again.
6. Thicken sauce with cornflour blended with a little water and stir on medium heat.
7. Dish out prawns and pour sauce over.
8. Serve garnished with spring onions.
Serves 4-6.

No mention of stock in recipe. See what I mean by poor editing?

25 October 2008

Happy Diwali

A special greeting to all Hindus around the world, friends and strangers alike, who are celebrating the Festival of Light ...


PS: T. Ramani ... don't forget to eat extra murukku on my behalf, you hear?? Warmest hugs to Prema, Mukesh, Divya and Manoj. I hope I got their names right this time. :)

24 October 2008

The wayward blogger returns

Pak Idrus, one of my favorite persons, gave me a nudge last weekend. He said, "It is fall out there and I think it is the time to be 'ceria'. It is not the time to hibernate as yet." Sound advice from a wise and always energetic man!

I wasn't in seclusion as much as having distractions aplenty during the past two months or so. Stuff of sorts were happening to and around us, one after another, eating up time on the clock and blowing me off my daily routine. Blogging gave way to spending real time with family, friends and helpful strangers who became friends.

It was also 'breakdown' period for our home appliances and equipment. Urghhh! The TV, fridge, food saver, furnace, DVR, work PC and laptop took turns to cause me grief. Even the truck, properly parked in a lot, managed to get a mirror smashed by a commuter bus! I spent many days on the phone discussing insurance, warranty and spare parts.

Then there's the US presidential race. It started as a past-timer when I was on hold for customer service folks taking care of our repair work. My sister and a few global friends were somewhat obsessed with updates and kept calling to hear my "up close" version. Their addiction rubbed on me and I am now an official political junkie.
It took me a while to understand the lengthy election, electoral, political and governance process, and how the US brand of constitutional democracy works in comparison with Malaysia's version. I enjoy soaking up the views and arguments of the analysts and strategists who obviously are spinning for the candidates they support, as well as the banter among the electorate, so many of whom are genuinely undecided and can be swayed. The open, public and intense scrutiny of the character of both candidates, and the way they manage their campaign by the free press is both intriguing and absurd to me. At times, I had to wonder if the Malaysian governmental control over the media is such a bad thing after all.

November 4th will be a historical day in the US whoever wins the election. As a PR, I have no say in it but I am pleased to have been here when it happened.

No relevant pictures to share except some shots of the 'ceria' (feel good) colors in our front yard, taken this afternoon, especially for Pak Idrus ...


For more beautifully-photographed and amazing fall images of our beautiful town, visit Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry. Jennifer who is also the author of The I'mPerfect Mom, is a good friend and neighbor whose cousin was my former neighbor back when I was living in Malaysia. The three of us and our families are getting together for a New Year's lunch. I can't wait!


29 September 2008

Selamat Hari Raya!

To all my friends, fellow bloggers and readers celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri ...


I wish I am back in Malaysia visiting open houses, catching up with one another and making new friends, after the makan sessions of course! Hopefully, next year.

12 August 2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away ... Sun, Sun, Shine My Way

No more Seattle weather jokes for me, not for a few months at least. They are backfiring with a vengeance!

My doctor gave me the warning when the results of my annual physical exam showed a high deficiency in vitamin D. She listed the lack of sunshine in our city as one of the causes. I raised my eyebrows and laughed out loud when she said it but apparently, my exposure to daily equatorial sun for over 4 decades prior to life here, has relevance. The significantly weaker sun rays in the Seattle area over a shorter period have failed to trigger the level of vitamin D production my body requires. Another cause is lactose intolerance and a reduction of fish consumption in my diet.

I've always believed that supplements help one's health in the long run but didn't think that vitamin deficiency can be harmful to be life threatening. One of the dangers tied to Vitamin D deficiency is risk of fracture and bone weakness. No wonder, my heal bone shattered last year! Other complications for aging adults (my category-lah) are osteoporosis, muscle weakness, cancer, high BP, multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

My low mark is not fatal but worrying enough for a medical prescription until October. It comes with fishy and milky additions to my daily menus. At the same time, I literally have to soak in the sun - 10-15 minutes, at least twice a week to face, arms, hands or back. Thank God the weather has been cooperating lately.

Lola has no deficiency but a compulsion to follow me everywhere,
so she is sunbathing as well, full coat of fur and all!

10 August 2008

Roof Up ... Floor Down ... Pills Gone!

LOL! David doesn't deserve credit for the cute endearment. Nor do I. It belongs to someone who loves the boys dearly and knows them very well. :)

I hope they settled back into their home and normal routine without much difficulty. It can be tough on kids especially when their vacation home was a construction site managed by a baby-sitter with zero motherhood days and limited baby-sitting experience.

The roof ...


looks great and we love the floors, especially this dark one ...


which covers the living, dining and office space. It transitions well with the beech wood we had earlier laid down for the kitchen and matches the antique theme we chose for the bedrooms. Poor Lola has been slipping, sliding and skating everywhere as we wait for her paw-wax to arrive. She spent more time on her daybed in the past fortnight than she ever did in her entire life. Smart dog!

The house still looks like a bomb had gone off in it as cleaning-up has become a massive project of its own. We underestimated the amount of dust that will be stirred up by the pulling of our old carpet and allowed the painter's plastic to remain in its unopened box in the garage. Now, all surfaces need contact with a dust-cloth, every single item must endure a soapy-rinse and I am wiping individual leaves of the house-plants during commercials on Olympics highlights. You'd think I know better with my event planning background, huh?

I am having some fun though, taking the opportunity to clear clutter for a minimalistic look. Not an easy job as those of you who live with hoarders will agree. I am the daughter of one and married a pro! David is so good at it that his mental inventory puts him on alert to look for an item the day after I put it in the trash bin without his knowledge. That alarm has beaten the garbage truck on more occasions than I care for!

The positive side to his obsession is being a magnet to true treasures. They somehow find their way to him. Two such treasures are a Malaysian keris and a Turkish knife.


We don't know the history of the keris or whether it was actually made in Malaysia. It was a souvenir from two of David's closest buddies who holidayed in Malaysia in the early 90s and got engaged in the exotic setting of tropical forests of Sabah. It looks really old, is well-carved from metal that surprisingly has no trace of rust and its case was carefully crafted to hold it snugly. David who collects weaponry likes this piece quite a bit.


The knife from Turkey is a true gem, being one of the 2,300 specially commissioned knives that were presented by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first president) to his officers following their defeat of the Ottoman empire. David found it in the historical town of Kas which was founded in the 4th century BC. I have to admit it is an awesome knife to hold.

Turkish floral designs on one side of the knife ...

... Arabic inscription on the other.

These two won't be on their way to the trash bin. :)

28 July 2008

Two 'Energizer Bunnies' ...

... and a few pictorial reasons why I have been out of touch, not blogging and ignoring emails.

Kiefer doesn't like shirts and shoes but is a puzzle wizard!
This is one of his non-"It's not fair!" moods.

Gage in an angelic non- "Everybody hates me!" moment.
He loves the hot tub and is quite the water dog!

The bar and silverware chest looking out of place in a messy hallway.

Bare stairs ready for laminates.

No, we are not having a garage sale
but we will sell if the price is right. :)

Democrats & Republicans. LOL!

Old Faithful decided it needs some attention too
and produced a leak in the fuel tank. Sigh.

17 July 2008

Who will make a better parent?

Damian, David's nephew from Oregon, is in town to install a new roof and floor for us. He brought his two boys, Gage (6) and Kiefer (5) along and they are staying with us for 2-3 weeks. They arrived yesterday afternoon, and both David and I have had some personal time with the boys ...

Gage: I am hungry.
Aunt Rita: What would you like to eat? Would you like a hotdog?
Damian: Aunt Rita, they are always hungry. You feed them dinner or lunch, and 5 minutes later, they will be hungry because they can say it.
Aunt Rita: I have brownies and ice-cream?
Gage: Ohhh ... I want brownies and ice-cream.
(Aunt Rita serves brownies with ice-cream in the yard. Less than 3 minutes, both brought their hardly touched plates to the sink.)
Gage & Kiefer: We cannot finish the brownies & ice-cream.

Kiefer: I want to play a game. Can you play a game with me?
Aunt Rita (opens up chest of games & puzzles): I can't play with you now but you can play any of these, one at a time. Play one and put it back before you open another game.
Kiefer: But I want you to play with me.
Aunt Rita: I'm sorry I can't, Kiefer. I have to cook dinner.
Kiefer: Can you play with me after you cook dinner?
Aunt Rita: OK, after we eat dinner.

(Every 10-15 minutes or so ...)
Kiefer: Can you play a game with me now?
Aunt Rita: No, I said after dinner.
Kiefer: When are we eating dinner? I am hungry.

After dinner, they were engrossed with some cartoon show on a new-to-me TV channel - NIK which we never watch. Phew!

Later that night, Gage & Kiefer who were put to bed, decided that they didn't want to sleep yet and got up to play. David who was getting ready for our bed, heard them and went downstairs ...

Uncle David: Guys, we need to talk.
(Gage & Kiefer sat down.)
Uncle David: OK, here's the deal. This is my house, not your dad's house and not your grandpa's house. When you are in my house you follow my rules. OK?
(Gage & Kiefer nod their heads.)
Uncle David: Rule #1 is when it is bedtime and you are tucked into bed, you sleep. You do not get up to play. You sleep. When you wake up in the morning, you can play. We can do fun things, go to the park, play games, cook stuff to eat and all the good stuff. The fun things are not for bed time. You sleep when it is bedtime. Do we have an agreement?
Gage & Kiefer (nod their heads again and get under the covers): Goodnight, Uncle David.

Both were asleep by the time David got back upstairs. I am thinking having big blue round eyes and 300+ lbs of beef has its advantages!

12 July 2008

Braised Chicken with Mushrooms & Carrots

I didn't like mushrooms when I was a young girl, not that we could afford to stock them up for regular consumption. They fall under the category of expensive festival food reserved for feasts on special occasions.

My aversion began when I discovered that a mushroom is actually a fungus and not vegetable. Fungi was then registered in my grey matter as organisms thriving only in the filthiest of damp murky places. Mere mention of the word will send a somewhat severe gag reflex disorder into active mode. It didn't help that newspapers often had mushroom headlines in the literal sense -- 'Family of # hospitalized after eating wild mushrooms' or 'Only 2 survivors in mushroom meal tragedy', etc.

Such reports have dwindled with progress in the food industry and health awareness, and I am better educated.

These days, mushrooms are a must-buy on every trip to the grocery store and my favorite is the shitake variety. Its flavor is more pronounced and especially rich when braised in a savory sauce ...

Oyster & Dark Soy Sauce, Carrots, Star Anise in Cooking Wine
Garlic & Ginger, Chilli, Shallots

Chicken in Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce & Pepper Marinade

Dried Shitake Mushrooms soaked in water.

I like this color combination.

It could do with a bit more sauce but still ... Yummeeee!

This wasn't a part of any feast but I did cook it for a special occasion - the arrival of summer in Seattle, finally. :)