Friday, January 8, 2010

No School today..

It has been almost 2 weeks and it's still snowing. It's never happend before as u can only see snow in Ireland maybe once in every 10 years. Yup... u read it right 10 years. It's always cold, wet rainy in here even during summer, but never a sign of snow. So, at first when the snow fell everyone began to get excited about it but not for long. The authorities didn't have enough equipment or preparation for this heavy snow so it's kind of hard for everyone here to do anything. Fortunately, the powers-that-be have decided to close schools for health and safety reasons. Yeay for me (not for Ameera). If not, I would have to push my big Jane pram with 2 boys in it climbing up and snow-covered down the hill and slopes to the bus stop to wait for the school bus.
This is how it looks like, imagine pushing them in the snow??errrr

So, there is nothing much we can do in this kind of weather, just staying at home hibernating, watching tv, browsing the internet, blogging, sleeping (impossible with 3 kids) and eating. Oh yeahh... u can easily get hungry during this time although for me, it's all the time, all the seasons. With limited raw food to cook I had to make do with what we already have in the house. So I've decided to cook Kueh Teow Meatball Soup.
Pic from my mobile. Excuse the quality.

Recipe: Meatballs
500gm Mince meat
1 1/2 Tbsp Coarse Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
1 egg
2 Tbsp Cornflour

Mix ALL ingredients in a large bowl and roll it into small or medium-sized balls. Put it on a plate and cover it with cling film. Leave aside.

Recipe: Soup
2 Tbsp cooking oil
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 big onion
1/2 inch of ginger
1 litre of water
1 Tbsp ground white pepper
1 handful of coriander leaves
Spring onions
Chinese cabbage
Chicken stock/cube

1 packet of dried kueh teow or rice noodles (cook according to intructions at the back of packet-differs from brand to brand)

Put all of garlic, onion and ginger in a food processer and blend until finely chopped. Heat the oil in a pot and fry the blended items untill brownish. Put in chicken stock (i used 2 chicken stock cubes) and add water. Add meatballs one by one followed by white pepper. Cover and leave to boil. Cut cabbages into small pieces and put them in it together with coriander leaves and spring onions. When the meatball starts to float in the pot, this means it's ready to eat. Serve them with kueh teow or rice noodles.

Serve this with additional crispy fried onion and chilli or soy sauce, if needed.

Eat it while still hot in this kind of weather.........

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