Vegetable Soup with Green Lentils

Today we were supposed to apply the first of the two last coats of our new nonskid, which included not only painting but also dusting with Intergrip. Of course, when we least needed it, contrary to the calm that prevailed the last couple of days, we’ve been harassed by quite a breeze since the previous evening. Nevertheless, the spirits were still high and we hoped that by noon the wind might calm down and we would be able to finish the job after all. So we needed something to satisfy our hungry stomachs but at the same time something light, in case the weather really started to cooperate. Apart from that, we were left with an oddly shaped, slightly stale piece of bread, so it was decided that for today’s lunch we would have a quick soup with bread croutons. The following recipe was adapted from the previously praised The Bean Book.

PS: The nonskid post will follow up soon!


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Banana Bread

I guess, for most our English speaking friends, there’s nothing so revolutionary about the good old banana bread. However, since it’s so popular with our Taiwanese friends and so very useful if you are suddenly left with too many overripe bananas, here is a very easy variation that works every single time:

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Once again we’ve left our sanctuary at Xingda fishing harbour and returned to Kaohsiung. Main reason being that Jana was asked to share few of her delicious “instant meals” with few friends.

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At the beginning of last week, still in our oasis of quiet, we finished the last version of the translation of Li Ang’s novel “Magic Garden”, put it aside for a week to read it one last time before we send it to the publisher and submit it to a scrutiny of a proof-reader. Have you ever noticed that every time you read what you wrote, there’s always an error to be found? We’ll soon know how many we’ve left behind.

Anyway, we felt good about the work done, and the rest of the week just flew by. We cleaned the boat and became hosts to couple of groups of visitors.

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