Accidental “Kolo Mee” somewhere in the South of France…

Posted: February 9, 2013 in Family, Feel-Good, Greetings, Nostalgia, Pasta, Sarawakian, Savoury, Travel
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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.

1. Mum & sis 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.

2a. Holiday Villa_entrance2b. Holiday Villa_Castillon-Debats

2c. Holiday Villa_Castillon-Debats_village2d. Holiday Villa_boys + cows grazing

2e. Parsley_Castillon-Debats2f. Sage_Castillon-Debats

2g. Rosemary_Castillon-Debats2h. Thyme_Castillon-Debats

2i. Sunflowers_Castillon-Debats2j. Tiger Lily_Castillon-Debats

2k. Blue Passion flower_Castillon-Debats2l. Fig_Castillon-Debats


Our holiday villa was quite secluded; hence, the surveillance cameras were compulsory.

Big Brother is watching you 😉

3. Holiday Villa_Surveillance cameras

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.

4a. SpagBol4b. Chix ratatouille4c. Chix ratatouille

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 🙂

Last Supper

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.

5a. Spag Chorizo_minced garlic5b. Spag Chorizo_sliced courgettes

5c. Cut chorizo5d. Spag Chorizo_cooked spaghetti

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.

Et voilà!

6a. Spag Chorizo_kolo mee16b. Spag Chorizo_kolo mee2

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 😉

Let’s hear from the experts and check out these links –

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! 


7. Year of the Snake 2013

Have a great year ahead!


  1. Gel says:

    Gong Xi Fatt Chai, Nasifriet & family!
    Chorizo goes with anything asian or western, so versatile! Heh heh
    That is one scary looking snake by the way 😛

  2. Chris says:

    Gong Xi Fa Cai! 😀 It’s freezing over here as well. Love the pics and was intrigued with your accidental kolo mee. Now, will be waiting for you to post the real thing. 😀

  3. Nasifriet says:

    Sin Chia Joo Ee! Kong Hee Fatt Choy! We just got back from Rome!!! Did not have Chinese, because when in Rome, we have to do what the Romans do. We tried the local foods, some good and great and others, so-so. We were having lunch on Monday when we heard of the Pope’s announcement..

    Hope you had a fantastic CNY. Bet Kiefer got lots n lots of angpow 🙂
    C U all back in BE soon..

  4. Nasifriet says:

    Gong Xi Fa Cai! Angpow gia lai..Ha ha ha! Did Alex get an angpow from you?
    BTW, we just got back from Rome, hence the silence for a while. We did not see many Chinese restos in the centre, or maybe we did and weren’t aware they were Chinese restos 😦 Have you been to Rome? You should as it’s a nice city.

    Oh yes, gotta make the “real” kolo mee one day *wink*

  5. Chris says:

    Nope, never been to Rome. We’ve never been to Europe actually…one of these days! 😀 Hope you guys had a great time there and Happy Valentine’s Day! 😀

  6. Nasifriet says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too! I just (re)-visited your posts 🙂

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