The basement work is halfway through now and the dust level has dropped. My kids have learnt to walk on the edges of the protective paper laid down on the floor for the workers to walk on or leap over it to get to ‘clean territory’. We ‘borrowed’ some clean paper from the contractor’s roll and put a layer over at night so we can walk about normally and roll it up in the morning before they arrive. I should be able to show you a finished picture by the end of next week. The men work hard and fast. During the first week of work, we thought we’ll be able to sleep in on Saturday but at 9am, the doorbell rang!
For dinner tonight, I made ikan bilis – salted and dried anchovies (in Malay) – fried rice. I brought them back from Malaysia already gutted and cleaned, and store them in the freezer. Before using them today, I gave them a wash and put them in the toaster oven at 200 degrees F for about 1.5 hours till dry and almost crisp. I then fried them in hot oil till brown and crunchy-crisp. They crisp up in no time because they’re already so dried. The fried rice is cooked the usual way and the anchovies are mixed in at the end. Great with sambal!
By the way, my new computer arrived but it’s a Mac. I’m still posting with my phone until I learn how to import and manage my photos!