Living in China there weren’t too many choices in “good” ice cream. More often than not, it was broken, crushed, had been thawed and refrozen numerous times, or was stale.
Oh there were choices….. if you wanted red bean, green bean, corn (seriously?),
black sesame seed and an array of other choices. But even after 12 years those still haven’t grown on any of us!
There is just something about a display cabinet full of ice cream that will never compare to ……..corn! (sorry Brad!)
Whenever we’ve been in Oz, or travelling somewhere, the girls have always relished the opportunity to eat “scoopy ice cream” as it became known to our family.
Well this week, we have enjoyed the opportunity to eat “scoopy ice cream”
– and boy has it been good!
A beautiful day, clear water and beach.
The girls hired a Jet Ski, took turns driving and had a blast!
All good things must come to an end!
Due to the nature of what we did in China, relaxing wasn’t something we often did!
well let’s just say,
it was very needed,
and very good for us all.
There are a number of famous market style eateries in Penang which open after 6pm. One of them is Red Garden which wasn’t far from our hotel.
The kitchens of various stall holders are set up around the outside of a courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard, there are numerous tables and chairs.
Choose a table, take note of the number. Assign someone to sit at it while you go and make the mind boggling decision what you are going to eat.
Put in your order and table number and return to the table. About 10 mins later, your freshly cooked food will be served to you. Pay and eat.
BBQ Sting Ray – it was so tender.
Grilled Eggplant – Aubergine.
Another gastronomical delight with just too many wonderful choices!
Room for desert????
Deep Fried Ice Cream
Too right! I’d been looking forward to these pancakes since last time!
Gabrielle has just seen the realisation of a dream. 2 days before we left China, she picked up her finished CD – Devoted.
Gabi plays the keyboard and guitar and loves to sing and write songs.
She has saved money for years so that she could record some of them in a studio.
She has loaded her first song to YouTube and will continue to load the others through this week.
Here’s the link if you would like to listen:
All but 2 of them she wrote. One is a fun song Gabi & Lily “covered” using cups as instruments. Lily joined Gabi and sang with her to add in some harmonies.
The last one – God Made You Unique – is sung in Mandarin. It has a special meaning to us all. It talks about how God made each of us different and unique and no-one can replace anyone else. Our girls learnt it soon after we arrived in China, and the children at the House of Love also learned it, and often sang it too.
I hope you enjoy the songs and are blessed by them.
A special thanks to A Mother’s Art Photography for a beautiful photo of my girl.
The streets were busy by day, but came alive at night. All sorts of street vendors selling all sorts of delicacies. The vendors have a cart on which is everything they need to cook their delicacies.
This lady had an old ice shaving machine. See the block of ice gripped under the machine.
She turns the crank handle and in a flash – shaved ice!
All these are parked on the side of the street, with cars and buses buzzing by.
People wander up and down or pull up on a motorbike and make their orders.
In between the stalls are an array of plastic tables and chairs to sit at while eating.
You can even get freshly squeezed fresh juice in a plastic bag.
The drink is prepared, poured into a plastic bag and a red string wound around one corner of it, making a handle to hold it.
Works well, but skill is needed to ensure against spills whilst eating!
Living in China gave us a love of street food, so we have had a wonderful time sampling the fare here in Penang.