Friday, March 6, 2015

Habanero and Fijian Chilli paste

My friend Maureen preciously from Fiji gave me this very very spicy tomato paste her mum made. It is amazing how after 100 years away from China, where my ancestors hardly ate any Chilli, 4 generations later, I can't eat my food without any chilli.

Once, a friend went to mexico and came back with some Habanero chillis, and he gave me one to try and plant. My friends and I had fun trying it.
Few days ago, I watch a UK TV, where the diners took and ate chillis. Silly people.

Habanero  is really a fiendish chilli. Beer or bread necessary to take down the burn!

Occasionally you can get them in upmarket supermarkets in Singapore, like Cold Storage Gourmet or the spiffy new Jelita Cold Storage. Jason's too. I must say that I don't make much use of them; I prefer milder chillis like the guero, the ancho and the poblano.

Was the hottest chilli when I grew it 15 years ago. But lost its crown.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chinese New Year, Day 15th

 Above, raw, semi panfried and then steamed.

Today, is the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, and the last day. The Northern Chinese eat this Jiao tze dumpling. This day is also called Yuan Xiao day. Some celebrate the lantern Festival.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Aloe maculata

Aloe maculata (synonym Aloe saponaria; commonly known as the Soap Aloe or Zebra Aloe) is a Southern African species of aloe.

Aloe maculata - previously Aloe sapinaria

Aloe maculata - previously Aloe sapinaria

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chinese Zodiac, Year of the goat/sheep

The Chinese Zodiac is a 12 year cycle. Each year of the 12 year cycle is named after one of the original 12 animals. Each animal has a different personality and different characteristics. The animal is believed to be the main factor in each person's life that gives them their traits, success, and happiness in their lifetime. A person may not remember the year he was born, but he definitely what animal he is.

The Chinese zodiac refers to a pure calendrical cycle.
The animals are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (ram or goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and boar.

Today, I taught my students of the legend why the cat is not included in the Zodiac.