The Bonding Place

I love home-cooked meals…

Everyone chips in during the 30- 45 minutes session in the kitchen. Those who did lesser work during the cooking do the cleaning up after. Fair deal :D

Everyone chips in during the 30-45 minutes session in the kitchen.
Those who did lesser work during the cooking do the cleaning up after.
Fair deal 🙂

As you know, my children are young adults and I do not get to see them for most part of the day. Thus, it is rare but we do cook at home (late dinners usually after 10pm and so most of our meals are easy to prepare) and when that happens, it is a time for teamwork as everyone chips in in our tiny kitchen. We share encounters of what happened in the day. We seek advice and offered solutions. Some problems are a bit tacky but we remained all ears and sympathetic.

Sometimes, we make desserts. Other times, we simply buy them. Take for example this plain chocolate cake. The children were at this bake shop when one of the staff that day happened to be Ryan’s ex-student in the language school. He asked if she remembered her basics and to “test” her ability, he requested her to put a few Korean words on the cake… “An-nyeong-ha-se-yo” greeted each and everyone of us a cheery “hello” that night 😀

Since “life is short, eat dessert first”, I am going to share our cake first.

One week before my children were scheduled to go on their holidays, we were frantically trying to clear the fridge of any perishables. We had repeated foods like aglio olio, jumbo prawns, smoked duck breast, cod and the occasional lamb cutlets. Come into my kitchen and join me for a virtual meal 😉

Cod marinated in Japanese soy and sweet mirin topped with caramelised onions and baked.

Cod marinated in Japanese soy and sweet mirin topped with ginger julienne and caramelised onions and baked.

Pan-frying the salt and pepper seasoned jumbo prawns in butter.

Pan-frying the salt and pepper seasoned jumbo prawns in butter.

Valerie preparing fettucine for our dinner after hours.

Valerie preparing fettucine for our dinner after hours.

Mac n Cheese

Mac n Cheese

Sam and Valerie made a combined effort in dish. Pan-fried tubular egg tofu (thinly slced), onion omelet topped with smoked duck breast.

Sam and Valerie made a combined effort in dish.
Pan-fried tubular egg tofu (thinly slced), onion omelet topped with smoked duck breast.

Breaded lamb, seared then baked. Served glazed with home-made pesto. Sides of honey carrots and spinach.

Breaded lamb, seared then baked. Served glazed with home-made pesto.
Sides of honey carrots and spinach.

I used to joke about my children’s innovative “table cloth”, lesser cleaning up after, I supposed. Valerie wisely offered “It’s a very educational fabric”.

The kitchen is my family’s favourite place for bonding. Where’s yours?

Happy bonding 😀

The children just left for Korea a few hours ago and I miss them already 😦

Click here to see Valerie’s Aglio Olio recipe.

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4 Responses to “The Bonding Place”
  1. wingedprisms says:

    Oh yes. To All the dishes!

  2. Sofia says:

    Lovely photos Sam! I love the one of Valerie preparing the fettucine (even if you can barely see her!) xx

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