So what have we been doing? Outlet shopping!
Not exactly fun for the kids I know, but it’s a must-do for visiting grandparents (and really, any visiting Singaporean). Anyway the kids needed new shoes (the 4-year-old adores anything new to wear, the 2-year-old screamed and kicked and refused to try on any shoes. He is such a terrible two), the Husband needed new shoes for work. I can’t shop with kids around so I was the only one who didn’t buy anything!
Other things we did last week:
Had a swinging good time at the park and the little Irvington library. They don’t have much of an adult collection but the kids section is pretty good.
Ate Pakistani food. My favourite is the tandoori fish and the saag dal. And of course the naan. That was an excellent meal. These curries are pretty spicy so the kids ate naan and the tandoori chicken and fish with some carrot sticks.
There’s a Red Robin at the outlet mall. And they had a milkshake with Guinness and whiskey. I’m pretty much a sucker for anything with Guinness.
I woke up early on Sunday and made a Father’s Day breakfast of waffles! I tried a new-to-me waffle recipe that had cornstarch in it. I was a bit skeptical but those were some crispy waffles! I made a double batch despite only having one egg. It still worked out pretty well. It’s a keeper!
Since it was Father’s Day, I put the Husband to work at the barbeque. We grilled some lovely ribeye steaks, sausages and a whole lot of vegetables from the farmers market. I also made a cherry tomato cucumber basil salad. And also some grilled-in-foil radishes.
It’s Sunday night and I’m writing this post a little later than usual.
Oreos. As a kid growing up in Singapore, I always wanted Oreos. They were helluva expensive snack then, as they were imported from the US. These days, if I’m not wrong, the ones sold in Singapore are made somewhere else in Southeast Asia and so are a lot cheaper – but also tastes a little different. It’s been ages since I’ve had one, as I think the last package of Oreos I picked up might have been when I was pregnant. They’re just so good dipped in cold milk!
Cold barley tea or mugicha. The perfect drink for summer. I love how it can be cold-brewed – pop the tea bag into a jug of water and leave it in the fridge for a few hours for a refreshing cold drink. The four-year-old loves it too! (Don’t worry it’s caffeine-free).
I bought radishes for the first time at the farmers market on Sunday. I sliced some up, sprinkled salt and pepper, added a pat of butter, wrapped it in foil and put it on the grill. Before eating, a splash of lemon juice.
But what shall I do with the rest of the radishes?
How do you eat your radishes?
I also picked up sweet potato leaves and bok choy at the farmers market. The bok choy will probably go in a stir-fried noodle dish. The sweet potatoes would go well with lots of garlic and chili and shallots ground up together like a sambal.
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