18th April 2020 – Saturday
I woke up at 6:15am this morning. I’ve haven’t woken up that early on a weekend for such a long time. The only reason why I woke up that early was because I was expecting my Ocado grocery delivery. My hubby thought it was a good idea to pick an early slot 6:30am – 7:30am … but this morning I was not so sure. It was a struggle to say the least. My groceries didn’t come until 7:45am … so that was a long wait this morning.
Today was a bit of a dreary day … wet and chilly. It’s days like these that I don’t mind staying in lockdown. A classic movie and a cup of tea is just right up my street. In the afternoon I put my feet up with a cup of tea and biscuit and settled down to one of my favourite classic movies … “Gone With The Wind“. Yes, it’s over three hours long but it such an endearing film. And I love love love the beautiful dresses and immaculate outfits … and spoilt Scarlett O’Hara and her hissy fits just makes me giggle. My favourite character has to be the housekeeper Mammy … her rambles (often to herself is so funny!). The film is just perfection!
We had Vietnamese chicken noodle soup (pho) for dinner today. We normally have it with fresh rice noodles which I buy from our local noodle making factory. But because of the lockdown, they have had to close … my husband was going to pop out and buy the dried packet ones, but me and the kids are not too keen on the dry versions. So I was sitting there thinking about the rice noodles and thinking about how they were made. It can’t be that hard to make right? Or do I need a special noodle making machine?
I was curious … and ever since I have been on lockdown I have been actively trying out recipes and experimenting.
So I had a little nose on the internet and found out that it is not that hard to make. Literally two ingredients and some water: rice flour and tapioca flour. I always have these flours in my cupboard. So I gave it a go … and I must say I was so impressed. For my first attempt they were amazing!
How amazing do they look. They were a little on the thin side … my hubby would have liked them a bit thicker but he was super impressed!
So for dinner we had it with some chicken soup. It was actually really good and the kids loved it!
We call this dish “pho” and is probably one of the most well known dishes from Vietnam. I’m not the biggest fan of the chicken noodle soup, I prefer the beef flavoured soup with pieces of sliced beef and brisket. But chicken “pho” will do for today.
I hope you all had a great day … stay safe and stay home.
~ The Cake Lady (and family) xx