Sometimes I just want comfort food, something simple and yummy. I love warm bread with fresh lemon curd BUT lemons are not easy to get here so my Cambodian twist on it is orange, passion fruit and lime curd. Also the bread really has to be freshly made and not this nasty bought stuff, it is the anticipation when you smell the bread cooking! I had to make do with my gluten free bread but it still tasted nice.
Orange Passion Curd
3/4 c juice
1/4 c cooled melted butter
1 TBS zest from oranges or limes
Juice of 1 orange, 2 passion fruit and about 10 limes to make up 3/4 cup juice (make sure you sieve it to remove pulp and seeds)
Whisk the eggs in the juice until they are mixed throughrally
Add sugar, butter and zest and mix
Cook at 1 min intervals on high, stir each time with a metal spoon until the mixture turns thicker and coats the back of a spoon
Put in sterilized jars and put the lids on and allow to cool before eating.
1/2 tsp yeast mixed with 1TBS sugar and 140mls warm water. Mix and leave to begin to bubble
Mix in 4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 TBS oil
200 mls water
mix all the ingredients together and knead for about 15 mins until smooth and silky.
Put in a bowl and cover and allow to rise for 45-50mins until double the size
Shape into a loaf and put in a greased pan. Cover and leave about 30-40 mins until double the size.
Cook for 35 mins at 180-200. You will know it is finished if it has a nice golden crust and has a hollow sound when you tap it. Allow to cool for about 20 mins before eating.
Alternatively you can put it in a bread maker and follow the makers instructions.
We know we have been in Cambodia a long time when…
Some of us wear jeans in the hot season
Some of our children choose pork and rice for breakfast over croissants and donuts
28 degrees is a nice cool day for the hot season
We eat more rice than pasta and potatoes
Forget how to drive a car and prefer a motorbike
Can’t sleep properly if there is no fan sound
Will equally choose sweet iced coffee or iced tea over the hot variety (I also like bubbles/tapioca pearls added)
I think it creeps up on you. When you first arrive in Cambodia, everything is new and interesting or difficult to adjust to.Your senses are assaulted with noise, smells, sights and people everywhere. It is difficult to say when you feel you have settled in as it is different for everyone.
I think that having a positive attitude and giving things a try balanced with remembering traditions and special things from your home country helps to live well in Cambodia. Learning from Cambodians and asking for help when you need it and using local knowledge for things we have no clue about. When I first came to Cambodia God gave me a picture about walking like Cambodians. The Cambodians say foreigners are known for walking loudly and quickly where as Cambodians will take a much slower and quieter pace, pausing to look around as they go.
In a new culture I think it is a good approach to take a slower pace, to pause and look around before making judgements about how things are done and appreciate the great things about the culture and people. I know there are loads of things I have learnt in my time so far in Cambodia from my Cambodian friends and more I will still have to learn. So if you are new to a country or have been around awhile then take time to pause and look around at the good and amazing things, but also be prepare to work alongside indigenous people to make good changes which will have long lasting benefits.
Then end of term in mid June was the usual crazy madness of too much to do. However for us there was something to look forward to. Granny and Granddad were coming….and lots of goodies. Phoebe the organiser she is drew on the wall (tiles with whiteboard marker) a countdown chart.
Finally the day arrived and we went to meet them from their 10pm flight at the airport …..there was much excitement. The next day we had a catch up on several birthdays and a large pile of goodies. We can get chocolate here but it id quite expensive and has something added o make it melt slower which changes the taste. Each of the children had a small budget and had ordered from Tesco’s online from Cambodia…delivered to Grandparents in Liverpool then brought to Cambodia via Dubai and Thailand in their luggage!!! The things you can do on the internet.
Ewan with granddad Saunders
Lucia with Granny Saunders
Kids with goodies
It was so nice to see Granny and Granddad Saunders again after a year. We had lots of things planned to do but before that we all needed a few days to chill out…except the temperature was 30 and humidity was 89%!!! Lucky we have one Air-con room for them to stay in.