I'm extremely fortunate. Living out here in the middle of the quiet French countryside, I may be missing out on the huge choice of food outlets that are available to those of you living in large cities, but there's actually an excellent Restaurant in nearby Lourmarin, Bamboo Thai, that serves deliciously fresh dishes.
Far better however, I have a couple of friends from home living close by who are brilliant cooks. Whenever I miss food from home I get a call (or make one) and off I go to feast on the spicy, delicious, home-cooked Malaysian dishes that I love. Lucky lucky me.
This last week I was invited to meals at both homes, and have over-indulged with pleasure. I don't know if any of you have tasted or know anything of Malaysian cusine, but here are some photos I had to take to share.
The first meal was a lovely lunch at the home of a friend I've known since I was 15. Her French husband cooked the curry and it was a huge success. She prepared all the rest of the delicious dishes ...
Rice plus wild rice
An essential condiment, the very spicy Sambal Belacan
The very next day we were invited to dinner and a sleepover at the home of another wonderful Malaysian friend, who served up two of my favourite dishes. We had a curry laksa for dinner but of course I forgot to take photos. Sorry, was just too greedy.
I did, however, remember the next morning when she served up one of our typical breakfasts from home, rice cooked in coconut milk and served with a spicy sambal, golden fried chicken, crunchy ikan bilis (a tiny fish similar to anchovies), and a bit of cool cucumber ...
Had to include a close-up of the Egg Sambal. Yum
Yes, I'm definitely blessed. Do you live far from your original homes and/or families? What do you do when you miss food from your homes?
I've now managed to make myself quite hungry again. Is it too soon to call good friends for another visit, you think? Wish me luck. Cheers.