Grocery & Food Fun

NOTE:  I posted photos of the babies on the blog, but for some reason the post did not come through on the RSS readers.  If you want to see the photos from our “shoot” you can go here.

Photo:  How about some un-refrigerated eggs?

Today we are still suffering a little from the illness we’ve had.  We have two with lingering low grade fevers, and the rest with stuff noses and sore throats.  Basically that means that we are not able to play with babies and so we are stuck in the apartment.

We have started a batch of black beans for tomorrow’s lunch and and are planning on making Cayenne chicken for dinner tonight.  I *hope* we got cayenne pepper at the market!  It was ground for us right then and there, but I have no idea what Cayenne pepper looks like in the dried form.  Basically I picked up a pepper and asked if it was hot and then asked for “less hot.”  They took me right over to the one I purchased.   ;o) Wish us luck on that one!!  (Update:  pretty darn close if not right on!)   Hey, at least I found tomato and avocado!  I’m feeling pretty happy with my finds at the moment.  Now, if  I could just find some barely, I’d be rockin’!

Because we can’t play with babies the girls have been pretty bored.  We have practiced violin and viola, done 30 minutes each of Mavis Beacon and Fluenz.  So, I pulled out a deck of cards and we started doing math games!  They are still busy with that, and when they lose interest I’ll start dinner and have them do chores.

I am very much looking forward to Latern Festival.  When that rolls around everything will get back to normal and we’ll be able to find some teachers for Chinese and music.

Oh, and before I forget, last night we learned how to make Italian pasta!  It was AMAZING!!  A girl from Italy is here volunteering.  Her name is Coco and she taught us a simple (VERY simple) recipe for pasta with tomato sauce that I loved!  In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to spaghetti!  ;o)

How about some pea flavored Activa?

We could have taken home chicken feet, ready to eat!  Apparently the chicken feet come from the US.  They are waste there,

but the chicken farmers make more money selling them to the Chinese than to dog food manufactures!

They are a delicacy here!

Or how about some rooster?  Head attached!

Why are there tiles on the side walk when this is a northern clime?  They are VERY slippery!

I was just told by Coco that the bumps are for blind people.  They are long at the walkways and dots where you are supposed to stop.

Wow, who knew that disability access was a priority anywhere in China?!

And of course, I have to include a sign!   

4 Responses

  1. Ginger says:

    It is fun to read your posts. They make me glad I’m in Seattle this winter. There’s enough culture shock here for years of learning. And I lived here for 20 years already.

  2. Jeannetta says:

    It’s amazing to me that our government has put so many regulations on our food; it looks like the Chinese are healthier people and have less regulation over their food supply. Who’d have guessed 🙂
    I am glad however that I don’t have to see chicken with heads attatched 😀

  3. Ke, Hai Lian says:

    So wait , where is the pasta receipe???? Com’on we’re Italians here!

  4. Angela says:

    This is so fun being able to read your blog- So envious……..glad you finally got there and you are doing everything we both dream of!