Love having you around…

I love having people around and it’s the same too even in the case of my daughter. Ever since she left for her further studies in 2007, there would be just my missus and I at home and it is not easy to cook for two, that’s for sure. Most of the time, we would have leftovers and would have to eat that for a few days on end and we would not be in the mood to cook or bake anything special as well.

With Melissa working now and presently home for the holidays, even though it is just an addition of one person, it sure makes a lot of difference. We are always thinking of where to go to eat or what to cook or bake. ..and on one of the days when she was around, she baked these lovely cupcakes/muffins…

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I don’t know exactly what cake it was but I think she had white chocolate and chopped dried strawberries in them…

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…and they sure tasted great – ย a bit sweet, probably because of the chocolate, but everyone loved it.

On another day, we decided that we would like to have pasta for lunch so Melissa cooked this superb spaghetti bologneseย with generous chunks of beef and carrot added…


…and we had some satay beef from the day before in the fridge so we used that as an alternative sauce for the pasta as well…

S with SB

…and the fusion turned out very compatible. It was very nice indeed, I must say.

On another day, we decided that we would like to have a Vietnamese roll-meal so I got all the stuff ready…

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We had big tiger prawns, peeled and steamed, some lightly-blanchedย taugeh (bean sprouts), thinly-sliced omelette, glass noodles (Melissa said she would prefer that to mihun), lettuce and the special gravy of hoisin sauce, peanut butter, fish sauce and prawn paste.

We certainly had a great time piling everything onto the soaked and softened Vietnamese roll paper…

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…and adding the sauce and the pounded chili…

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…before rolling it all up and enjoying every bite of it…

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Yum! Yummmmm!!!!

I went to buy some croissants to make sandwiches on one of those days but we were early and they did not have any yet at the time. In the end, I decided to just get their herbal French baquette instead…


…and had it stuffed with tuna, mayo and cheese plus sliced tomato and lettuce. It was nice but I found the bread kind of tough and rubbery and not really to my liking.

Later in the day, for tea in the afternoon, Melissa took what was left of it and cut it into slices and covered them with my tuna spread and added chopped tomatoes and grated cheese…


…and put them in the oven for a while to toast until the cheese had melted. Ooooo…it was a whole lot nicer and we finished the lot in one sitting!

Sighhhhh!!!! The week is coming to an end and the school holidays will be over in a couple of days. How time flies when you’re having fun!!!

Author: suituapui

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

37 thoughts on “Love having you around…”

  1. From the title of this blog post, can see how much you love your daughter, a daddy’s love.

    I’m sure every parent feels the same way towards his or her child…

  2. Everything looks great and it looks like Melissa does well in the kitchen also. Which isn’t surprising since both you and your missus prepare some lovely meals.

    I really like the variety of goodies you have to pile on your Vietnamese roll paper. It’s so nice seeing a proud papa talking about his daughter. I’m also a proud mom. I enjoy hanging with my daughter. We don’t have to be doing something extravagant. We enjoy each other’s company.

    Yes, our lives revolve around our kids – they bring so much joy, really. Going back to her rural school tomorrow…so will only get to see her on weekends, after this.

  3. You should set up a restaurant in Sibu!

    Thanks. Sigh!!!! If only I had known I could cook when I was young and had gone into it instead of becoming a poor miserable teacher. Would be very rich by now! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. Betul betul like father like daughter. Both cook well.

    Had vietnamese popiah in mil hse before. I duno like the skin. Taste like paper with roaches smell.

    Still preferred our usual white skin popiah

    Maybe it was the brand, maybe you did not soak and soften and rinse the skin enough in the warm water – the one we have, no smell… Very nice! Here, can’t get good popiah skin – thick, yellow…rubbery and got flour smell and I don’t want to use the supermarket ones either.

  5. sometimes when you are tired of (scratching your head) thinking what to eat, it’s always a brilliant idea to try out new things at home.. get on all your creativity and whatever you have in the fridge, improvise and create interesting dishes, hahaha, though have to be very open to sometimes “lousy” food, but hey, i guess it’s the process of spending good time with your loved ones right?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Precisely. Well, I do that ALL the time – the main reason being I’m too lazy to go out and shop for ingredients that I need…so I just look in the fridge to see what I can use especially stuff sitting in it for quite a while – women are different! They would go out and buy specific ingredients, cannot deviate from the recipe – use a bit and shove the rest into the fridge. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’d just make do without or improvise, substitute with an alternative…or cook something else.

  6. Additional 1 person will surely makes the home lively again after all the quietness. Owh!!..Melissa knows how to cook and bake well at the same time. One of the lucky papa. All I can say is thumbs up to Melissa.

    She enjoys doing it…when her mum lets her. You know, doting mums! Yak..yak..yak…and eventually takes over. I don’t do that – let her learn…and I’d just wait to enjoy eating only. Hehehehehehe!!!!!

    1. Yup, doting mum will go yak…yak…yak..and count me in for that too, hahaha…but I won’t take over for sure cos I have no idea what he/she is cooking. You are smart, just wait to eat.

      Best thing to do. If anak gets put off, doesn’t want to cook anymore…no more nice things to eat in future. Must be clever one. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  7. Your girl is really such a young age, she can cook and bake so well already… staying away from home has its benefits too, once they stay outside, they want to experience and learn new stuff… no wonder you miss her so much when she is not around… so much good food on the table… hmmmm……

    Missing pampering her also, showering with love and attention… The same with you, I know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Yea, it’s surely hard to cook for just the 2 person.
    That cake looks very fluffy, must be yummy!

    Ok, it’s here! Caught by Akismet, dunno why… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  9. Opps, my comment went missing!

    Yea, it’s hard to cook for just 2 person.
    The cake looks fluffy, must be yummy!

    Must have gone to SPAM. Yes, it was. VERY nice, slightly too sweet for me…so just nibble and eat slowly, then ok. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Wow! Looks like there is a born Chef in your house, Arthur! I am sure you miss Melissa’s presence and cooking when she is not around.

    Of course! But at least, now we get to see each other once a week…

    Just came over from your blog, soooo difficult to comment – tried to comment 5 or 6 times – some problem between google and blogger, it seems. Kept saying ERROR and asking me to refresh…also no use. Gave up in the end, malas want to type the same thing again and again. Tsk! Tsk!

  11. I read somewhere that Loneliness is the most painful thing for humans. We all need friends and companions all the time to keep going. We can share meals, happiness and fun besides sharing shoulders to cry too.
    Melissa has grown up so fast. It was just like yesterday that I read about her still in her studies. Now she has graduated, teaching and baking joys of cakes for her dear parents! I can see your happiness!!

    Not lonely lah! Missus is around, family and friends too…but of course, one’s anak has a special place in one’s heart. So nice to be able to spend time together…

    1. Agree with TM, loneliness is the most painful thing for humans.

      Why be lonely? I enjoy being alone…and that does not mean I’m lonely. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. I love vietnamese spring rolls! so healthy and fat-free, haha, can substitute prawns with chicken breast too :p as well as throw in bunch of coriander xD

    We had that…with prawns too the last time we had those rolls and also the time when we had it in Wellington. This time around, it was our no-meat day so I left out the chicken. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. wow…so many cooking and baking from Melissa, lucky you and Lucy, can sit back and enjoy the food.

    Satay beef pasta, look interesting, and i am sure it taste very good too.

    Ya, so fast, holidays come to an end, my holidays also ended, no more sleep in a bit more, next week back to normal routine again. Haih.

    Yalor, two weeks gone just like that… Looking forward to the long one at the end of the year now… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. I cook for 1 and 2 everyday and have certainly gotten used to it. Haha. Cooking for 6 becomes a novelty to me hence the supperclub is a good practise. I like my spaghetti drown in sauce like that too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Been having nts of leftover Rendang with pasta and they actually work really well together too.

    The problem is my missus comes from a large family and her recipes are for at least 6 or more people. When I cook, I would “measure” servings for two for lunch and dinner – if not enough, can always cook something else or just fry an egg. I can’t stand seeing leftovers in the fridge, much less having to eat the same thing of a few days. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Yes, that satay beef with the pasta was really good…or at least to my Asian tastebuds – I loved it!

  15. Ooo..the Vietnamese rolls look pretty inviting. Next time I ll use the glass noodle!

    Melissa likes glass noodles – I think I prefer mihun but it’s ok with me – I’m fine with anything. Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Oh! Very nice home cooked food. Melissa is quite the cook/baker, eh? I must try making that Vietnamese spring roll thingy. And I agree with Melissa, I never liked the meehoon they put in the rolls. Glass noodles are definitely better though I have yet to try. Back in the old days I would become depressed when the school holidays were coming to an end. Glad those days are over and Melissa is rather fortunate that she still gets to come home every weekend. No need to plan running away like I did hah! hah!

    Indeed! Something to look forward to – the weekends and that helps – makes time seem to fly by so fast! I prefer mihun but I’m ok with glass noodles – I eat anything! Hehehehehe!!!!!

  17. Ya…time flies. Sometimes too fast…especially happy time.
    I can see that Melissa has passion in cooking. *good!*
    The cake look moist!

    It was and the texture was so soft, really nice. Just a bit sweet, next time can cut down on the sugar.

  18. this post reminds me of an incident last night. A mother asked her daughter to go home tomorrow night (which is tonight) .. and the daughter told her mother.. i’ll think first and let you know.. i can see the disappointment in her mother’s face ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Sad, but unfortunately it happens all the time…

  19. Yum, indeed. All of them. Melissa is so sweet to take over some of the cooking and baking at home. ๐Ÿ˜€

    She enjoys it! A nice break from teaching boring ill-disciplined kids that are not at all motivated to learn.

  20. ooo, your daughter has inherited your talent for cooking! the spaghetti bolognese looks genuinely attractive. i want! ๐Ÿ˜€ the toasted tuna bread looks rich and deliciously creamy too, and the vietnamese rolls look like a lot of fun *though i’d skip the tomato sauce) ๐Ÿ˜€

    That’s not tomato sauce…though I do agree that it looks like it. That was my missus’ homemade chili dip – and that’s what happens when one uses a blender unlike me pounding away on my good ol’ mortar & pestle. Ya, everything does look good, eh? That’s MY girl! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. One of my favourite food of all time is Spaghetti Bolognese and the one on top there looks very delicious that if I tasted some, it can easily be my favourite version of spaghetti bolognese ;D

    Happy Friday, yo!

    Come on over! I can get my girl to cook for you – she’s the one who’s into pasta, what’s best and what isn’t.

  22. Sir, just a question. What camera did you use to capture all these vibrant pics?

    Vibrant? Gee!!! I just click…click…click with my fully-auto digital camera – Canon IXUS 115 HS. Two years already, I think should be quite cheap – they would have newer and better models now.

  23. The cupcake looks so moist and yummy.
    But I think you overcooked the spaghetti a bit.
    Best served when it’s al dente ๐Ÿ™‚
    Try linguine next time, it’s slightly thicker than spaghetti so you can soak up more meaty sauce.

    It was al dente, just right – my girl is very fussy about her spaghetti too, would not like it overcooked. I’m ok…as long as it is soft enough, too soft also not a problem at all for me…and it does not matter what pasta we use – my girl’s the one. I would not bother to buy as she may not like it – just let her buy what she wants and let her cook herself. The cupcake was good…though it would prefer it a little less sweet.

  24. there’s too much savory on this post the spaghettie (which is by the way my favorite food), the cupacake and that last one they were all scrumptious meals

    My daughter would be delighted to cook for you – she loves it when there are people who truly appreciate her effort.

  25. Now is 5 minutes to 5pm, it is still early for dinner, but it was already 3 hours passed my cup of beverage. I m hungry now, and looking at your food, I am indeed hungrier. I swallowed my saliva twice just while reading your post. Muffin, Vietnamese roll and spaghetti are all very delicious looking. While typing this, I again swallowed my own saliva.

    Drool! Drool! How people suffer when they’re watching their figure – not me, thank you very much. What you see is what you get! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Is Monday tomorrow, I really wish the holiday can be longer!!! The fun time always flies past quickly!!! =]

    Indeed! Melissa had to go back earlier as they had special classes to help the UPSR pupils…unfortunately. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  27. wah, I like the Vietnamese rolls… drools!!

    yeah, nothing beats spending time with family and eating… its a priceless combination…

    We do enjoy these little family “parties” – something different for a change. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Spring rolls !!!! I wanna eat !!!

    I think I love this more than popiah… Must soften the skin on the spot, roll and eat…so not as convenient, I would say.

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