I love it when I have space from the kids. Because I spend all my time with the kids, it's a treat to have quiet time. When here, they keep my brain overfilled all day and once they are in bed and I get 'me' time, my brain is kinda numb. It's only when they're not here that I find myself reflecting on how we are doing as a family, our daily routines, changes I'd like to make etc.
So once I've finished chatting to you, I'm going to throw myself into my remaining kid free time with oomph!! A little bit of reorganising our living space, a touch of gardening and some serious planning complete with lots of lists and time tabling!
But I need to ask a burning question. How do you wash your rice? It disturbs me to throw out good water. Years back, I used to just rinse rice in a strainer under the running tap until the water ran clear. All that lovely water going straight down the drain! These days I put the rice into a container with a little water, swoosh vigorously, strain into a fine mesh strainer over the sink and repeat. I only do it three or four times and the water is still cloudy but I figure I've wasted enough water at this point so proceed to cook it. Do you have a better method?
500 grams of peeled raw prawns
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon chilli paste
1 tablespoon cornflour mixed with one tablespoon water
Pat prawns dry with a clean tea towel. Combine cream, garlic and chilli in a saucepan, bring to boil. Remove from heat and thicken with cornflour mix. Heat a frying pan to hot. Add a knob of butter and some olive oil, stir fry prans until just changed colour. Pour sauce over and heat through. Serve on boiled or steamed rice.
And there you have it. A ridicoulsly unhealthy but yummy meal that a responsible parent wouldn't serve to her children! I find this meal makes enough to serve the two of us with enough left for me to sneak into the fridge for my lunch the next day. Hubby's at work so what he doesn't know won't hurt him. :-)