It’s Monday and I am officially back in London. “Officially” because “unofficially” I arrived about this time yesterday but was so exhausted and having been away two months (but mainly because my brain was mush from exhaustion), everything felt surreal and I didn’t feel as though I was really back.
But today is Monday, a work day. The week day routine is back. Reality bites.
And I miss my parents so ridiculously much
I know, I know, y’all think I’m being a sentimental human being cry baby which is completely polar opposite to what I usually am, but you know what? I’m not ashamed to admit it, but spending all day, every day for five whole weeks with my parents did something to me. We re-connected, re-bonded, got to know each other as adults (because I left home as shit of an 18 year old) and amazingly, no one so much as even wanted to kill the other person.
When I really think about it, I realise I haven’t spent this much time with my parents since I was prepubescent. No joke. Being broken and all that, I was at home Every. Single. Day. … and Night. And except for one ice creamery evening, I literally had every dinner with my mum and dad and spent every single day with my mum or both the parental units.
And as much as it sucks now, I wouldn’t trade the last five weeks for anything. I cherish the time we spent together and appreciate beyond words the way they looked after me when I couldn’t so much as take a step on my own or eat anything that wouldn’t glide itself down my throat. I kind of just wish that I didn’t live three continents away…
BUT! It’s only a few more months until I see them again and really, my brain probably still isn’t totally officially onboard yet. It appears to be stuck in the smushy land of love and Care Bears, so don’t worry, I will be my old perky self again very soon!
By the way, this fantastic looking dish is acar, a Malaysian salad of pickled vegetables. Them Koreans have their kimchi, we have our acar, and it’s just as stupendously tasty all spicy and nutty and crunchy and YUM.
It’s the last of my mum’s recipes that I’m sharing, so enjoy! x
|Acar (Malaysian pickled vegetables)|
|1 medium carrot
handful of green beans
1/2 medium red pepper
1 small green cucumber
1/4 small cauliflower, chopped
5 leaves Chinese cabbage
1/3 cup (50 grams) roasted unsalted peanuts, crushed
1 cup (250 mL) white vinegar
1/3 cup (75 grams) sugar
1/2 cup (125 ml) water
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon olive oil (for step 1)
2 tablespoons olive oil (for step 4)
* Note: mixed vegetables can be substituted and you need not use all suggested above. My mum often likes to use fresh pineapple pieces as well.
|Shared dish. Can me made 3 days ahead.|