Week of Rest
My family has been hit with a case of the sniffles, cough and sore throat. It started with the husband, passed on to yours truly, then the son, followed by the daughter. So I have been busy with taking care of the kids, and nursing my own throat. Needless to say, it has been a bad week.
Foe the past five days, I have been taking it easy on the kitchen front, cooking light and relatively hassle-free fare, like the stir-fried beef and broccoli dish, steamed egg, stir-fried chicken and mushroom etc. On top of having to prepare meals for the kids, I also have to pay attention to a little gardening project of mine - my Mint plant!
I grew this plant out from Mint stalks bought from the supermarket - first I cut the stalks at the buds, then removed leaves on the bottom rungs of the stalks, and lastly I placed them in a plastic cup filled with enough water to cover half the length of the stalks, and waited for roots to show themselves. I read that it would take an average of about a week or 2 for roots to appear, but 3 days later, my Mint stalks had grown 3-inch long roots! I then proceeded to plant the Mint stalks, roots and all, into 2 separate pots and sit them by the window sill. As you can see from the photo above, they are growing pretty well. I plan to use them for my fruit-infused detox water, Mint tea, and smoothies. And speaking of which...
The Strawberry Banana Smoothie that my children usually finishes without leaving any for me. Not that I mind, I'm all for my kids going gaga over anything healthy. There was half a punnet of Korean strawberries sitting in the fridge and one last remaining frozen banana in the freezer, PLUS the freaking hot weather where there was not a touch of wind or even a slight breeze, all these factors came together and I decided to try to beat the heat with the Strawberry Banana Smoothie, blended with no less than 6 ice cubes and 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds to fill the kids' tummies up a little so that they won't bother me for snacks until dinnertime. I laid off the Apple Cider Vinegar that I usually add into my other smoothies because I felt that the strawberries contributed the sourness to the drink as is already. I just wished I had some avocado to make the smoothie creamier, but maybe next time...
Well the weekend is here, and I am hoping for a better week starting Monday where the children and myself can enjoy a clean bill of health, so that I can speed up the progress of adding more recipes to Kitchen Missus, and work on the Chinese version of the site as well. This week really felt like everything came to a standstill, with the only consolation for me being that my new business website www.doublequills.com is finally completed, and with the finalisation on that site, I can focus 100% on this site. Here's hoping everyone had a good week, have an even better weekend, and let's start the fresh week on Monday with more enthusiasm and productivity than the previous week.
With that, I end this post with a really adorable picture of our 11-year-old Westie, Cleo, in one of her sleepy moods~