Cucumber

My first time growing cucumber. This is an experiment growing cucumber indoor. The window gets plenty of sun so no worries about the sun. We ate this cucumber tonight, so juicy and fresh.

Preserved turnip鹽藏日曬白玉蘿蔔

A special gift from an unexpected visitor 淦克萍. She came with a friend bearing this huge pot of preserved turnip from her food lab, specializing in local Taiwan ingredients.This is only one year old and it can be kept for 10 or 20 years. After twenty years, the pieces will shriveled and blacken. They are best for chicken soup or braised dishes.

Uninvited house guests

I reached into the box to find a marker pen. Before my hand started rummaging, I heard a rustling noise and my stretched arm coiled back instantly. A mouse with three new born babies, still suckling on the mother’s teats.

What should I do? Kill them? They gnawed and chewed my cushions, ruining my very expensive cushion covers. How do I kill them in the most humane way? Drown them? A big rock?

I chickened out. Didn’t have the bravery to kill them. I set them free in the field.

How many tails can you see?

Country living

Neighbour Wilang came bearing gifts from his farm. Aren’t these eggs lovely? They come in different sizes delivered on a cushion of shredded coconut leaves.

The eggs come from this luxury coop. The whole rearing compound is split into three separate buildings: nursery where little chicks stay to avoid infection, school-age chicken where male and female are segregated , and the adult coop where one rooster is matched with 20 hens. This is what I love about country life in Dulan, we share whatever we grow in the farm.

Aren’t these eggs lovely? They came on a cushion of shredded coconut leaves.

This is where the eggs come from, this 5-Star luxury coop. The whole rearing compound is split into nursery where little chicks stay to avoid infection, school-age chicken where hens and male ones are kept segregated , and the adult coop where one rooster is matched with 20 hens.

The day the electric pole went down 電線桿被撞斷的那一天

Woken up by the sound of heavy machinery this morning. Looked outside and there were three blue, white and red cement trucks in our compound. Today is a big day at the construction site, pouring cement to the moulds. If this is not done well, there will be lots of problem with the house later. It’s public holiday today and the trucks were stuck in traffic, slowing down the progress today. We decided to spend the day in Kampung House, away from the noise and dust of construction site. At about 11am, the power in Kampung House suddenly went dead. No electricity at all. P went to check and discovered that our power pole broke from its base, most likely hit by one of the cement trucks.

Kampung House is still without power but at least the concrete floor is now done.

Happy Tomb Sweeping Day!

Fugang Harbour Fish Market 富岡漁港

經常去成功漁港的魚市看拍賣,每天下午1-2點左右。福岡漁港離我們比較近,今天終於看到魚市拍賣會,每天早上九點。魚市拍賣正在進行中。有牌照的人才可以買魚,出價得標後馬上附上印章,魚就是你的了。

Asian butterfly pea 蝶豆

Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as Asian butterfly pea or Bunga Telang in Malay, is a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family. The flowers of this vine were imagined to have the shape of human female genitals, hence the Latin name of the genus Clitoria, from “clitoris”.

It is a natural food colouring used in many Malaysian desserts. In Taiwan, the fad is to make this into a colour changing drink. I made a tea by adding hot water to six flowers. No taste at all, just an earthy aroma.

In this glass I use 6 flowers with boiling hot water.

This is after 10 minutes.The blue liquid turned purple with a dash of lemon juice.這兩天整理菜園,發現蝶豆開花還結了許多豆莢。我知道蝶豆花可以染色,馬來西亞的糕點只要是藍或紫色,大概都是用蝶豆染色的。蝶豆花也可以泡熱水當茶喝,不過豆莢不能吃,當觀賞用,花只開一天就凋謝了。

蝶豆學名Clitoria ternatea),又叫做藍豆,是豆科蝶豆屬的植物。由於蝶豆的花外觀類似人類女性外生殖器因此它的拉丁語屬名被命名為「Clitoria」,詞源為「陰蒂」(Clitoris)

http://kplant.biodiv.tw/蝶豆/蝶豆.htm