Release me…

I’m a meat person and I must have meat for my main meals, lunch and dinner. Fish, prawns and other forms of seafood don’t count and if I have those instead of meat, later in the night, I would feel hungry and I may have a problem turning in for the night unless I go and have a bite of something first.

Having said that, my meat diet brings another problem especially when I have too much of it and not enough roughage. Frankly, I do feel that those few miserable slices of cucumber by the side of my plate of chicken rice or nasi lemak would not be enough to do the job to make sure that everything would be released smoothly and easily when the time comes. That is why I will always eat a lot of fruits on days when I do not get to eat a lot of vegetables, mainly our local bananas and sometimes, papayas or pineapples. I’m not into those expensive imported ones.

As for the vegetables that I will eat, I find that the green leafy ones work better than the rest. The problem is the former do not keep very well so you will have to cook them quickly if you happen to buy those.

Since I got rid of my sweet potato leaves…

…I only have my cangkok manis and Brazilian spinach…

…in my garden and even though I do enjoy the latter a lot, the ladies in the house are not fond of it so everytime, I would cook some and eat it all by myself.

I just harvested my cangkok manis the other day…

…so right now, I will have to wait till the leaves have sprouted again before I can have anymore to eat. Incidentally, they are selling those organic hydroponic ones, all loose leaves in plastic bags, these days. Perhaps it is psychological, all my imagination, but I find that those are not as nice as the naturally-grown ones, sold still on their stalks and stems.

Well, the other day, I felt the need for some green leafy vegetables so I went to the solitary plot that I have left to harvest my Brazilian spinach…

I used to have a lot but since nobody wanted to eat, I got rid of the rest. I had to harvest regularly and I gave it all to my neighbour everytime. She seemed so delighted and kept saying that her grand-daughters enjoyed them so much! I did not want to do that too often in case they felt that I always gave to them things that I did not want.

That day, I did not have any prawns or sotong (squid) in my freezer so I fried it with garlic and ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and belacan (dried prawn paste)…

…and I also added some thinly-sliced fresh chili and an egg.

Yes, it was very nice…

…and there was enough for me for lunch and dinner.

As a matter of fact, there was a bit left at the end of the day but I was way too full so I just threw it away – there wasn’t enough to make it worth keeping and yes, that sure helped that evening and the next day when it was time for me to go and do you-know-what at you-know-where. LOL!!!