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Mongolian Cooking

We went to a newly-opened Mongolian restaurant while in San Diego – I think it was newly-opened, it was looking kind of bare.  Or maybe that’s the in-trend decor for restaurants – high, bare ceilings, and minimal decor all around.

It wasn’t the usual buffet-style Mongolian meals that we usually see, where you pick your ingredients from the display and the chef puts it all together to cook for you.  We had to choose the ingredients from a menu, and then they bring everything to the table, and you cook.  lol  For some reason, choosing ingredients from the menu confused us, and so we asked the server to help us out.

This is what we apparently chose – vegetables, shrimp, noodles ….

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… slices of beef and pork … and a big pot of broth to cook everything in.

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I liked the “ying-yang” pot.  I suppose that if there were two diners eating, each would have their own side to cook.  In our case, since there were three of us, one side was a regular broth, and the other side was the spicy broth.  So the guys cooked their meal in the spicy broth, and I had the other one all to myself 🙂

The meal was filling enough, with the noodles all mixed in.  I think too that slowing down and waiting for the meats to cook helped slow down the urge to eat fast and fill up quickly.

And now that we’ve experienced this, maybe next time we won’t look like total clueless klutzes when we order and cook at the table! 🙂

Spicy Chocolate !

Ummm … no.

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And I will definitely not be eating that chocolate.

And I can’t believe they actually have a whole store dedicated to all things hot and spicy … bottles of ghost pepper extracts and mixes, and other variations.

Hubby picked up a bottle of the Carolina Reaper, said to be the spiciest pepper in the world right now, see-sawing with the Scorpion pepper – which we have already, being that it’s from Trinidad and Tobago.  He can get those at any time, and he says it’s the best, because even if it is super spicy, it brings out the flavours of the food, and enhances the taste.  I don’t think he’s tried the Carolina Reaper yet, probably waiting for the right time and cuisine to eat it with.

Me?  I stay away from those.  Just catching a whiff of it will clear my nose and send me into a coughing fit.  A micro-drop to give a little zing to the food is enough.  But if it’s at the point that it burns my tongue and I don’t taste food any more, then sorry.  The dinner can be made by a master chef, and I won’t even touch it.  Because, really – how does one enjoy food and eating if your tongue and throat is burning?  I don’t understand that, but to each his own.

How about you?  How much spicy pepper can you take?

 

 

 

 

Trying to Settle Down

Oh wow … I skipped through all of July without blogging !

I think I’m getting old … I can’t keep up with all the activities any more … I tried quick posts on Facebook and Instagram – the new technology for the year, and that worked for a while but I think even that is falling behind now …

Anyway, in a nutshell … 


We had an unexpected trip to Trinidad at the beginning of summer, and then three weeks later flew across to San Diego, California for a soccer tournament.  We stayed an extra couple of days so the boys could see more of California … 


  So our routines have sort of flown out the door, and we’re not quite ready to settle back down yet … 

Tin will be starting his senior year in high school … aaarrghhh!! really???  senior already?  Maybe I’m the one who’s not ready for it.  He doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, which drives me crazy, because there’s so much to put in place before the school year starts!  And .. he’s finally got his license!  No, that’s not his car – he’s just sitting in it! 😂my stress level and blood pressure has been up these past few months, and now that he can drive out on his own, it’s double-double pressure … and no, he’s not bothered by it, because of course, this euphoria of being able to drive around on his own, with friends, anywhere, is ultimate freedom … *sigh* what to do?


 

So, I’m going to make myself settle back in a routine … and we’ll start that with working on the blog again, if for no other reason is that it makes me sit and write – or I should say, type.  There’s something about the fingers on the keys and the clicking of the keyboard, isn’t there?  Sometimes, I just want to re-type a page or two of documents just to type and exercise my fingers. Yeah, weird … 

I’ll work on a photo recap of the summer up till now .. That will also give me a chance to sort through the thousand and more photos that I took these past few months …


Have a good weekend, all !