Day 18: Share #write31days

Getting my Mom to eat much was challenging at times.  Her appetite overall was fairly good, until it wasn’t.  So we would try to entice her to eat more with bringing in some of her favourite snacks and treats.  Cadbury Crispy Crunch bars, Dairy Milk bars and plain Miss Vickie’s chips were generally all accepted, as were chocolate pudding cups.

There was a Tim Horton’s in the basement cafeteria in Parkwood, where my Mom spent the last one and half months of her life.  I thoroughly enjoyed Tim Horton’s again, as I’m not normally in Canada, and would order various treats throughout the week.  My Mom’s favourite donut was the chocolate dip donut, but when she stopped her interest in that I reverted back to the good old blueberry muffin – something that would always bring me back to my childhood.  Sure enough, I didn’t have to twist Mom’s arm very much to convince her to share some with me.

I’d give her the top portion (which is always my favourite part), to which she’d say, “Why don’t you give me the bottom part, Beth?”  She had sacrificed enough in her life, always putting her family and friends first.  Giving her my favourite part was the very least I could do.

Kateful 2.0 – Spicy?

Last night we had green curry with chicken (and mushrooms instead of eggplant because that’s what was in our fridge). We added extra coconut milk to dilute the spice so Kate could eat it too. She is a big fan of green curry. 

But last night I wasn’t sure if I had diluted it enough and so I kept asking Kate, “Is it spicy?” She would pause slightly from shoving the food in her mouth and shake her head and say, “No.” Then she started asking herself, “Spicy?” “No,” she’d answer in response. Every few mouthfuls, “Spicy? No.”

passionfruit – my new fruit of the year…

My fridge and palate have been overrun with passionfruit the last month or so.  It’s funny to me that how many new experiences, foods, places and cultural issues are introduced to me on a regular basis even though I’ve lived in Thailand for more than four years.  But move to a new location, get some new friends and the likelihood of having new experiences on a daily basis increases.

So for your viewing pleasure, take note in how amazing God made this curious fruit!  I eat them while they’re still quite sour but a lot of people would rather wait until they’re sweeter.  Both ways are fine by me.

banana wheat bread

I made another batch of what I like to call Elf Bread (aka Banana Wheat Bread) tonight.  I add a little more bananas like some of the commenters on allrecipe.com suggest.  I also add some oats (but not too many that all the extra moistness from the bananas is absorbed by the oats).  A little bit extra wheat germ too.  And sometimes chocolate chips.  It’s a-ma-zing with its slight nutty taste.  And – which is really the main reason why I’ve been baking it – it keeps me full in the mornings (or whenever I’m snacking on it). 

Ask any friend of mine here or there and they’ll tell you that I’m constantly snacking or hungry.  I think it’s a blood sugar thing and a fast metabolism.  I’m not sure.  But I’m certainly not complaining about the fast metabolism.  It’s just nice to find another breakfast alternative that gives me energy and keeps me full throughout the morning.