Gosh! It’s been over a month since we thumbed through yesteryear! Seemed like eons ago 😀
Wow! My first post anno 2013, which I think is something worth mentioning, innit? Fortunately or unfortunately, we did not have a white Christmas last year. The temperatures were quite mild last December; however, they did not last long until fluffy white flakes of snow carpeted the entire land. We had a freezing January month, which went for days and then weeks and again encompassing February…
Boy, was I longing for something warm. My thought darted to the warm and sunny summer in 2010. It was an extraordinary summer because my Mum and my younger sister came to visit us.
This photo of my Mum and sister has been on my ‘to-post’ list for a long time. The photo was taken in Lourdes.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Our summer 2010 saw us heading South West France, direction Castillon-Debats in the region of Midi-Pyrénées. We rented a holiday villa for two weeks. The villa was surrounded by acres and acres of land filled with floras. The following photos will give you an idea of our summer hideout.
Our holiday villa was quite secluded; hence, the surveillance cameras were compulsory.
Big Brother is watching you 😉
And by the way, being Asian, the kitchen is an important domain. A normal greeting by a Sarawakian – or any Asian, I believe – would be any of the following:
Lu chiak pa boi? < Kuching Hokkien>
Ngi shi(k) pau mang? <Kuching Hakka>
Dah makan tek? < Sarawak Malay>
Ngak keman? <Mukah Melanau>
The exotic sounding phrases meant one thing in common, and that is simply, “Have you eaten?” Well, that’s how one Sarawakian greets another Sarawakian, and not necessarily from the Chinese origin only.
Food is where the heart is 😛
Ooops, sorry for the sidetrack; now back to Castillon-Debats…
I cooked almost everyday from Spaghetti Bolognese to Chicken Ratatouille. It was almost always a one-dish meal, by the way, to keep things simple and wholesome.
I made sure we had different dish everyday, and each day was complimented with the freshest of the fresh vegetables of the region! They were in abundance in every nook and cranny, hence, no problem there 🙂
I opened the refrigerator. It was almost empty. Well, that was the idea as it was our last day in Castillon-Debats. Slowly but surely, we cleaned up the fridge and the pantry.
On the last day, I found two courgettes (zucchinis) and a packet of unopened chorizo in the fridge. In the kitchen pantry, there was a packet of uncooked spaghetti. In an earthen pot next to the hob was a whole bulb of garlic. And of course the indispensable bottle of olive oil, salt and pepper.
I put all the items together but sautéing each component separately, frying first the minced garlic (I used the entire bulb!) and then removed them when they turned slightly brown. With the garlic oil, I dropped in the thinly sliced courgettes, stir frying for a few minutes and removed from the pan immediately. Then in went the sliced chorizo. The oil from the chorizo simply oozed out giving the most amazing smoky aroma and the red colour. Once the chorizo became a little bit crusty, I removed them from the pan. Finally in went the cooked spaghetti. I tossed and turned the spaghetti in the chorizo-garlic oil making sure the pasta strings are combined completely. When the spaghetti was starting to get warm, I tossed in all the three sautéed components (garlic, courgette and chorizo), and finally some salt and pepper to taste. I drizzled some olive oil before serving.
When my sister took the first bite of the Spagetthi Chorizo ala Nasifriet, she exclaimed, “Sis, you know what, this reminds me of kolo mee!” LOL!
I will never forget THE day; the day I cooked up the “Accidental Kolo Mee” in a small village in the south of France.
Enough said, but, what the hell is kolo mee? Somehow, I heard your thought 😉
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I tried making this spaghetti chorizo back in Belgium, using the same ingredients, but somehow, they tasted a bit different. Nevertheless, I will never forget my sister’s remark that summer day in 2010. “Kolo Mee” the Pyreneeën way! Ha ha!
Oh by the way, to all my Chinese readers, friends and families everywhere, I wish you a happy, healthy, successful and prosperous Chinese New Year 2013!
Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!
Have a great year ahead!