As a child, it always rather impressed me that my Mum would disappear in to the kitchen and emerge later, hot and flustered presenting us with a roast chicken/beef/lamb, complete with obligatory roast vegetables. Since my Mum never invited me in to the kitchen to observe, I was fascinated how this cooking magic ocurred. I wondered at the complexities of a roast lunch and felt determind that I would learn this magic for myself. It wasn't until I became a wife and mum that the mysteries of cooking a roast became apparent, and a well practised one. However, I won't forget drawing from the oven my first roast and letting out a happy sigh, it felt good to have overcome one of life's little mysteries, underwhelming in the eyes of a bystander perhaps, but for me certainly one small step in to the world of cooking.
Here are some of my 'happy sighs'....
|Pho Ga/Ha Noi style chicken noodle soup in the making|
|Ca Phe Kem Flan/Vietnamese intrepretation of Creme Caramel made with condensed milk and a dash of coffee|
|Bun Nem Ran/Ha Noi Style Spring rolls with vermicelli noodles and fresh herbs|
|Banh Xeo/Crispy Pancake with prawns, quick fried slices of pork served with basil, coriander and spring onions. Nouc Cham dipping sauce on the side|