Try it on my own…

Technically, it’s not autumn yet in the Southern Hemisphere. The Spring Equinox is on the 21st of March when the sun is directly above the Equator and it will be the season of spring in the countries in the Northern Hemisphere. This, of course, means that the days will be getting colder in the south in countries like New Zealand…and Wellington will be as windy as ever…

Melissa - blowing in the wind

Gales are pretty common in that country and it would be best to stay indoors a lot more to stay out of the cold and the rain.

I suppose my daughter will have to fill up her fridge to stock up on her food in case she may not be able to go out to get her supplies. As far as cooking is concerned, I am positive that she has tried it on her own and is doing very well indeed. Over the weekend, she cooked this beef stew to go with her rice…

Melissa's beef stew

Now, don’t you think that looks really yummy?

As the lyrics of the song go:
I’m wiser now
I’m not the foolish girl you used to know
So long ago
I’m stronger now
I’ve learned from my mistakes which way to go
And I should know
I put myself aside to do it in your way
But now I need to do it all alone

And I am not afraid to try it on my own
I don’t care if I’m right or wrong
I’ll live my life the way I feel
No matter what I’ll keep it real
You know
Time for me to do it on my own…

I never had the chance to do things my way
So now it’s time for me to take control…

…It’s time for me to
Finally stand alone
Stand alone.

Thumbs up, girl! You make Daddy real proud, you really do!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

24 thoughts on “Try it on my own…”

  1. wow.. your daughter can really cook.. now you don’t have to worry she’ll starve.. πŸ˜€ I started cooking only when I’m away from home.. LOL..

    Is that so? I thought you were already doing a lot of cooking at home since school days. Seem like a real pro… Lucky guy, your future hubby! Muahahahahaha!

  2. I have always wanted to cook stew but don’t know how. Do you have the recipe?

    I don’t. My missus cooks nice beef stew…but the last time she did that was so very long ago I can’t remember exactly when now. Anyway, we can’t get good fresh beef here these days. My daughter loves beef stew a lot and I used to buy some pretty good beef stew at the occasional Sunday food fair at the church for her to eat. Dunno how she cooked that but it certainly looks good!

  3. Ooooohhh!!! *drool* beef stew…That looks really yummy…!

    It certainly does, doesn’t it? Ah…now I can relax when she comes home! LOL!!!

  4. STP, in time to come, u have to learn from your girl instead! with her cooking skills each day, she will practise till perfect… so now i think she will be cooking for her roommates? πŸ™‚

    I would think that she should be pretty good by the end of the two years there. If you hop over and see the things that Jade cooks:
    – hard to believe that she did not know how to cook when she went to the uk and for one year plus, she was surviving on buns and stuff. Now, like a real pro!

  5. wow the beef stew she made looks delicious =D

    Gosh!!! Now I can start counting how many people have said that. Bet she’ll be thrilled (…and inspired to cook more! LOL!!!) to see all the compliments! Thanks, everybody!

  6. so your daughter is emailing you all the pictures of the food she had cooked over there?!!

    She uploads to her Facebook…and I go curi from there! Hehehehehe!

  7. Certainly looks good, and am sure it tastes good too. Her flat mates must really love her. hehe

    She was chatting with me that day on skype…said her flatmate was with her and shared that for dinner…and she said it was nice! Only a few in that same apartment and only one can eat – not halal. The rest are in other houses/hostels/apartments at different parts of the city.

  8. to cook up something that looks good as that, you certainly aren’t foolish. looks really yummy. :-d

    Welcome, Erwin…all the way from Davao, Philippines! Thanks for dropping by. Ya, she’s certainly getting better at it real fast…and I am glad!

  9. I can see from her broad smile that she is really really happy in Wellington, and looks like she is just as good as you are now in term of cooking, in no time she will beat you at it.

    When are you going down to see her? jalan jalan makan angin tu.

    say hello to Melissa for me, will ya

    Ya…as long as she’s happy, I’m happy too. Sure, old people have to give way to the young ones some day, can’t go on forever! I would love to go around May/June – tickets very cheap then – around RM800-900 – winter! But with the extremes weather conditions in the world, may not be a good idea. End of the year, my tuition classes end by October…but have to see whether she wants to come home or not.

  10. It looks delicious!!! I don’t know how to cook this lei.

    Look at it and make me hungry, i better go and have my lunch now.

    I also dunno. Maybe I should read up some recipes in some blogs or books and give it a try. But hard to get good fresh beef here. There used to be one Malay stall here but these days, most of the time, it’s not open…and when it is, it’s crowded and the guy works at a snail’s pace!

  11. OMG! Her stew look exactly like my mum’s!

    Don’t all beef stews look like that – more or less? I know some add carrots…and a sprinkling of peas perhaps!

    1. Different lerr, Cikgu. I make beef stews too, but I prefer it peppery and very thick, and I add some peas as well. No carrots though…my mum’s beef stew is like Melissa’s, no peas!

      Yeah, I like my stews with thick gravy but not peppery…and I don’t mind carrots and peas. Wouldn’t mind some sliced button mushroom too.

  12. i used to cook beef stew for my children during their school days here- will add in carrot/button mushroom – just throw everything in the slow cooker.. nice n easy. ..oh…M dish should be vv nice with the fresh NZ beef.

    No potatoes? Would prefer them to carrots… Must try and get hold of some beef one of these days and cook some. Ya, I told her in NZ, the beef’s so fresh and sweet, you just grill a thick slab on a pan and eat with BBQ or black pepper sauce…it will be so yummy – no need for any elaborate cooking and ingredients.

  13. Beef Stew good for winter. Well done, Melissa!

    Is it? The Chinese would probably go for something with lots of ginger and wine to keep warm…like during confinement! LOL!!!

  14. ALamak…havent had my dinner yet

    Gosh…and that was almost 9.00 p.m. Very usual of city people, I guess – irregular eating hours.

  15. awww..your daughter so guai wan laa…my mum would weep if she saw this.hahaha

    Why would she weep? Looking at the things you cook in your blog, she wouldn’t give this a second glance. All so pro…and impressive. Anyway, you also so kuai mah…or at least that sweet little girl that I used to know! πŸ˜‰

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