Not So Healthy Lunch!

2015-04-15_1357_0019  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.

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  • 3/4 c juice
  • 1cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c cooled melted butter
  • 1 TBS zest from oranges or limes
  1. 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)
  2. Whisk the eggs in the juice until they are mixed throughrally
  3. Add sugar, butter and zest and mix
  4. 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
  5. Put in sterilized jars and put the lids on and allow to cool before eating.

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  • 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
  1. mix all the ingredients together and knead for about 15 mins until smooth and silky.
  2. Put in a bowl and cover and allow to rise for 45-50mins until double the size
  3. Shape into a loaf and put in a greased pan. Cover and leave about 30-40 mins until double the size.
  4. 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.
  5. Alternatively you can put it in a bread maker and follow the makers instructions.

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Pchum Ben

We have just had a week off school as Cambodia celebrates Pchum Ben. I have written about it in a previous post so if you want to know more then read here
The celebrations for Pchum Ben start 16 days before the actual holiday with very early chanting from the monks at the nearby wat (sometimes as early as 4.30 depending on who has arrived at the wat and requires the monk to chant) So this month has been somewhat sleep deprived!
As people are leaving offerings at each wat for their deceased relatives inside and outside the wat will be these piles of food with a cut out of a person or skeleton. Normally I don’t see them but this year I noticed them outside a nearby wat.

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As this is one of the holidays where shops could be closed for up to a week, many Cambodians return to their family in the provinces. It is a time where Phnom Penh is super quiet especially on the roads and the roads going out of Phnom Penh can be busy, so we have always stayed at home and just had a quiet week. This year was no exception! After the actual Pchum Ben day on Wednesday the wat fell blissfully silent and a lie in was actually possible!
I finally finished a project I started 6 weeks ago before school started to make a giant family planner for the wall. Giant it is… and also very bright!

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We were also able to get away to a local hotel with a nice quiet pool where they let you swim as a day visitor…well it was quiet until we arrived! We were the only people using it and it was a nice break from the house. We then finished off the day out with a meal at Divine Pizza.

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Great British Bake Off

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We have finally managed to get BBC iplayer here in Cambodia and to my delight have been able to watch the Great British Bake Off each week. We have been watching it with our lovely friend Ha-na, who was a runner up contestant on last years GBBO, which has been really fun.The only trouble is while you are watching it you just have to eat something and afterwards you just want to bake something yummy!! So this week in honour of GBBO I made a gluten free orange and lime drizzle cake. I thought I would share with all my coeliac friends out there or anyone who fancies a slightly different recipe. As you can see from my picture there was not much left!

Gluten Free Orange and Lime Drizzle Cake

  • 6 oz margarine
  • 6 oz white sugar
  • 2 oz rice flour
  • 2 oz buckwheat flour
  • 2 oz potato starch flour
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tsp gf baking powder
  • 1 tsp xantham gum or honey
  • zest of 1 orange and 3 limes
  • juice of 1 orange and 4 limes
  1. Beat the margarine and sugar until fluffy
  2. Add the eggs and beat until smooth
  3. Add all the remaining dry ingredients and fold in until smooth
  4. Pour in 2-3 tsp of orange and lime juice and half of the zest and mix well
  5. Divide evenly between two round cake tins and bake at 180 for about 20-25 mins.
  6. When the cake springs back to the touch, take it out of the oven and prick all over with a fork. Carefully pour nearly all the remaining citrus juice slowly over the cake allowing it to soak in around the middle and edges of the cake. Put back in the oven for about 2-3 minutes to let the glaze set.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining zest over the cake and pour the a tiny bit more citrus juice over the cake. Allow to cool.
  8. Between the cakes you can either put a citrus butter icing, marmalade or lime curd.

We had run out of icing and had no lime curd so ate 1 layer at a time straight out of the oven still warm. Very yummy!!! I know if a gluten free cake is successful….there is never much left over for me to eat later!

Countdown- Summer Holidays Part 1

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.

ImageFinally 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.

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Ewan with granddad Saunders

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Lucia with Granny Saunders

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Kids with goodies

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MMMM….Chocolate

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.