Saturday, January 19, 2008

Back to Winter and Half Boiled Eggs

I finally arrived back to a freezing 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius without the wind chill factor) of cold, blowing snow and fierce, biting winds late last evening, and am glad to be back in the comforts of my own little paradise I called home. And after getting the kids cleaned, put to their own little beds and the pets fed, I was too exhausted from flying halfway across the world and jet-lagged to explore the house til early this morning.

The kids awoke at 6 am and we headed to the kitchen for breakfast. The kids wanted cereal and toast, while I was craving for a half-boiled egg.

The trick to half-boiled eggs is the desired consistency and it's all in personal preference. The eggs should be at room temperature, and I find that local organic eggs turn out better for me. Maybe it's the shorter shelf life at the store? Anyway, to achieve half-boil eggs, simply bring a small/medium pot of water to a full, rolling boil. Pour over the two eggs, cover and leave it for 3-5 mins for the standard half boil egg. I prefer mine more to the 5 min. mark. In Penang and Singapore, my friends like theirs with white ground pepper and dark soy sauce. I simply chuck mine down like a shot followed by strong, hot coffee.

It was during that breakfast that I noticed that the Christmas tree was still in the family room, and am glad that Hubs left it there for us to enjoy. There were still presents under the tree! They quickly opened the ones from Dani. Thanks sweetie! She got her dad the Planet Earth DVD and a family name book. And the kids received the dress up accessories from Disney's Snow White and the Princess. I got to take pictures of them and was just happy to see them with their presents.Soon we will be heading out into the wonderful white winter landscape to investigate the groceries stores and asian markets and once again fill my refrigerator and pantry with glorious food. Will be blogging about food again soon...

Yes, it's good to be back!

18 comments:

lilyng said...

welcome home, hope to see you this weekend

singairishgirl said...

It's always lovely to be home. :) So sweet of hubs to leave the tree up. Wow, a lovely and long Christmas holiday with presents still to open. ;)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Welcome back!! H is so sweet to leave the presents under the Christmas tree and I bet he missed you all a bunch! Get settle down and I can't wait to read all about your trip. :)

singairishgirl said...

Oh wow, that looks like a wonderful present. Bet they were thrilled. Can feel the excitement of them opening them. :)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Lily,
Thanks! Is there a party this weekend that I didn't know about? Will call you if I'm in Denver this weekend. :)

Hi Singairishgirl,
Thanks! Yeah, we are behind on Christmas now. Hehe!

Hey C,
Thanks gf! Yeah, he's a sweetie indeed! :)

daphne said...

Hope u had a great break! Looking forward to more posts. missed your presence =)

s.s. said...

That's what Dani got your kids eh? Nice that she remembered them, but not you? hehe!

Beau Lotus said...

Welcome back, V!

Must say we've skipped the x'mas tree this year since we were in Singapore and I didn't bother to wrap up the kids' presents either, giving them to them here and there as I purchased them to boot.

Will try to make up to them next x'mas, I guess.

Big Boys Oven said...

we cant wait to read your coming posts!

J@n!ce said...

I'm craving for half boil eggs too... yum yum :)

Judy said...

Cold, wet, hot, dry, nothing like home! Right?
Your girls have grown so much!

Cris said...

Welcome back! We missed you and can't wait to read your stories! :-)

beachlover said...

Welcome back to winter wonderland!!.wah!!...so nice your hubby leave you and the girls the tree and gifts..Since you're back ,I'm heading to where you come from in days.Any good place to recomand for makan and jalan jalan?.

Cynthia said...

nHey sweetie! Good to have you back. Ouuuu, you get to enjoy the opening of Christmas presents still, lovely.

wonda said...

Welcome back! What's cooking in your kitchen now?

Retno Prihadana said...

Welcome back, nice to see ur posting again. Hmm..half boiled egg is my favourite for breakfast.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Welcome back! I've missed you!

SueSue said...

Hi welcome back. I bet you must have a nice holiday here.