Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Olympic torch

Walked one and a half miles to see the Olympic torch pass through our local area.Great to see the crowds and everyone enjoying the event,although those people trying to get to work may not have been so happy!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Chinese pork and eggs.

 First put six to eight eggs in a pan to boil for ten minutes.
 Then chop ginger and garlic finely.
I use streaky pork rashers without rind and with not too much fat.
cut into small chunks.Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a saucepan. Add ginger and garlic.Fry until fragrant, then add pork and fry until browned.
 Add sweet soy sauce and stir until well coated,three or four tablespoons.
 Add a teaspoon of chinese five spice powder.
 add two or three star anise.
 This is a beautiful fragrant spice available in chinese food shops.
 add two to five cloves dependent on taste.
 add a medium size cinnamon bark.
 add chinese cooking wine to taste, then add water to cover pork and simmer until pork is tender,about 30 minutes.
dry sherry is a good substitute for chinese wine.
 meanwhile when eggs are done,remove shells.
 add eggs ten minutes before end of cooking time.
Serve with freshly cooked rice as part of a Chinese meal.This is one of my daughters favourite chinese dishes.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


I've joined postcrossing together with my daughter. I used to collect postcards as a teenager and also exchanged letters with lots of penpals in my teenage years so love the idea of sending and receiving postcards from all over the world. I bought postcards from a lavender farm in Norfolk and now have five postcards travelling to Estonia, Russia, Texas U.S.A., China and Taiwan .Once they arrive and are registered I will receive five postcards back from other users of the site. Postcards received are displayed on each users profile page. As well as collecting postcards,  its a great way of learning a little about other countries and their cultures and lovely to receive mail that's not bills or junk mail!