Sunday, December 09, 2007


Judy from Grandmother Stories is right. Moving to the UK involves a lot of rubbish. Big mounds of garbage unfortunately. However, on the bright side, we’ve managed to chip away at a teeny tiny section of that garbage and whoohoo – we’re almost settled.

We have a roof over our heads and that roof comes with a nice warm kitchen. What more could you ask for? Um, well, that kitchen could have come with a gas cooker however, it has electric hobs!! I’m not usually best friends with electric cookers however I think I’m going to have to make an effort this time. I tend to forget that you have to take pots and pans off the hobs once I’m done otherwise it will continue to cook (and burn) while the hob cools down!

Other than that, a new and extremely frustrating and exhausting job (and life) has unfortunately robbed me of all creativity and prevented me from blogging (and also reading your blogs) more often (If only money grew on trees!).

My lack of energy has definitely been reflected in my poor attempts at cooking. I’m sure Hubs will start complaining soon about having to eat the same things night after night after night. However, I still prefer to eat my boring attempts at cooking rather than Hubs’ attempts (trust me it’s not pretty when he gets in the kitchen!). Anyway, I not only need a ‘money tree’, I also need an ‘energy tree’!

This has been our dinner for the last 2 nights running: stir fry green beans and tofu with rice…zzzzzzzzzzzz. Well, at least it’s balanced!

Also, a big thank you to all of you for checking back here to make sure that I’m still surviving England and the English weather!


  1. Take all the time you need to recuperate from all the exhaustion of moving - I know it's really taxing mentally and physically. We'll be here when you're good and ready to whip up all them goodies! The tofu and beans are not bad at all - I could eat that! Take care and enjoy your new home ;o)

  2. I believe your creative juices will start flowing again once you are more settled to life there. Can't wait. :)

  3. Welcome back, tofu and green beans it is very healthy. I am so glad everything work well finally for you both, give it a time to settle down in new country.

  4. I have not been cooking much too ever since I moved. For us, it has been leftovers of dine-outs. So, it's like the leftovers of leftovers. I think the green beans and tofu suits me fine. :D

    Now, I only cook soup pots - i.e boil some water and put all the ingredients in it and eat it like "rojak". Sigh...

  5. We all have our off days. Your tofu dish still looks a lot more appetising compared to what i'm serving hubs these days. hehe.

  6. passionatenonchalance.com10 December 2007 at 19:00

    dealing with a hard job and moving man oh man! well i love tofu and green beans, now i want to make some...

  7. Hey, glad to see you back blogging! :) Hope everything will be better soon! Tofu and bean curd sounds healthy!

  8. Welcome back, Wok&Spoon! (Whenever I ate a Tim-tam, I thought of you.)

    Are you guys turning vegetarian?!
    If not, I suggest jazzing up herring, mackerel or sardines in tomato sauce with some coriander and chilli powder (heated together) as an addition to boiled pasta. Easy, quick and tasty!

    Here's wishing you lots of energy, love and creativity!

  9. I could actually live with tofu and beans with rice. Healthy and nice. Have it with some fresh cut chillies in soy sauce. :)

    Congratulations on your new home, new job and new electric hob!! :D

    I think a lot of us do feel exhausted come this time of the year. The weather doesn't help. Come 21st December, the day will start to get longer! Yippeee!

  10. i love rice toppings!! yours looks yummy and as you as its healthy..

    just discovered your blog thru wandering chopsticks..i got curious coz it said on your profile you are based in france;;but in this post you've moved to england?? is this for good?

  11. It's been 6 months since I moved and I still haven't finished unpacking. So moving to a new country gives you at least a year or more to set up. ;)

    Meanwhile, at least you're eating healthy right?

  12. I moved up the hill one year ago and still don't feel quite recovered. :) Take it easy and your blog friends are thinking of you!

  13. Welcome back! Hope you will have time to blog more even with work and lack of energy. Congrats on your new home too!

  14. Glad to hear that you are finally settling in. Moving is exhausting even if you're moving from one house to the next much less packing up your life and moving to another country. Glad to have you back.

  15. this is are back and we miss you!!! :)

  16. The whole move sounds really exhausting. Good for you for getting some healthy food on the table before falling over in a coma! Hope you get a chance to put your feet up a bit!

  17. Yay! You are in your new home and started blogging again! :)

  18. Ohfortheloveoffood: True, the tofu and beans aren’t bad…but would you eat them 3 days in a row like us? ;-)

    Singairishgirl: I’m still waiting for those juices to flow ;-)

    Everything4Sweets: Thanks! Things are getting there.

    Tigerfish: Heheh – your soup pots sound yummy!!

    LyricalLemongrass: Off days? I’m having off months! ;-) hehe!

    Passionatenonchalance: Me too – I love having crunchy green beans and soy sauce!

    Wenching&Esiong: Thanks!

    Argus: Hey – great ideas – esp. with adding the chilli. Hehe – I add chilli to everything to jazz it up ;-)

    Judy: Yeah, me too – can’t wait till the days get longer!! When’s summer coming??

    Dhanggit: Thanks for dropping by ;-) No idea if this move is for good yet…we keep changing our minds!

    SteamyKitchen: Thanks!

    Msiagirl: Hehe – I feel your pain!

    Little Corner of Mine: Do you have an energy bank? I need to make a withdrawal ;-)

    Cynthia: Thanks! That’s so sweet!

    Big Boys Oven: Thanks also!

    Lynn: I can’t wait to put my feet up too – looking forward to the Christmas break!

    EastMeetsWestKitchen: Thanks ;-) I’m hoping I can blog more soon!

  19. wokandspoon,
    Wish you're coping fine in UK. Welcome back!:)

  20. Just wanted to wish you & your hubs a wonderful and safe Christmas! xo Carol

  21. Welcome back, dear... I'm sure you'll recover from the move and new job soon enough. I'm certainly looking forward to more culinary creativity from your blog. :)

  22. the tofu looks so good! i wish i could eat that for lunch!

  23. Hi, Merry x'mas and a Happy newyear to you and your hub.

  24. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and family!

  25. We wish you a great Christmas and a jolly New Year!

  26. Hey, chin up...your dish looks delish and one of the dish that I've almost forgotten. My mom used to cook that a lot, with shrimp. :)

  27. Kok: Thanks for the wishes!

    Ohfortheloveoffood: Thanks! Hope you had a good Christmas too!

    Kenny: Thanks! Looking forward to catching up with your blog too!

    Katy: Hey – thanks for stopping by!

    Everything4Sweets: Thanks! Hope you had a good Christmas too!

    LittleCornerofMine: Hope you’re enjoying your Christmas and holidays too!

    BigBoysOven: Same to you! Happy New Year!

    RasaMalaysia: Yeah, it’s my quick and easy dish! Hope you’re enjoying the Christmas and holiday period!

  28. Moving is tough and in a new country ... that is tougher. In our new house, we still have lots of things to do to get it in shape like the walls, windows, curtains, flooring etc.

    Hope you will get all your energy and creativity back soon. All you need is to rest more. :)

    Love your tofu and beans - I can live this dish for days sans problem. :)


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