Monday, 1 June 2009

Our Weekend

We had such a lovely weekend!! We decided that we would go out for dinner on Friday night (we've not been out for ages) and that we would try our local Thai restaurant. We had heard good things about it but, having eaten authentic Thai for two and a half years, I was slightly worried that it wouldn't live up to expectation. I shouldn't have worried...it was fab!!! It's run by a lovely lady called Khun Som (she came to the UK to study about 40 years ago and loved it so much she never left!!) who was really excited that we had lived in Thailand and that we could speak some Thai. We had Tom Yum Gung (hot and sour spicy prawn soup), spring rolls, beef penang curry and chicken with chilli, limes leaves and noodles. Khun Som told us that we should phone a day ahead next time we are planning to come for dinner and she will make us her special chilli sauce recipe!! (my mouth is watering at the thought)


On Saturday we were up and about early in order to get to London to see the cats. It was so so lovely to see them!! The minute we arrived they both starting purring like wee maniacs and cuddling everything in sight but there was something weird......Lugs has changed colour!!! If he hadn't had his wee stumpy tail (Manx cats are from Thailand and most Thai cats have stumpy or curly tails....the first time I saw it I thought the tail had been docked but no, it's genetic....you can see it in the photo) we might have thought he was a different cat (well, till he opened his mouth and did his weird little miaow ow which he uses to announce that he's there and wanting attention). He used to have quite a reddish tint to his fur but he is now definately just grey. I looked it up when we got home and was astonished to find out that this is very common in Siamese, Burmese, Himalayan and Balinese cats. It's all to do with skin temperature......at higher temperatures the cat has lighter coloured hair and cooler areas have darker hair....it is obvious that this country is a lot cooler than Thailand and that's why he has changed colour....amazing eh!!! (I don't know if he'll change again when it get's warmer....I guess we'll just have to wait and see!!). I wish we had taken the camera but I guess there will plenty of other times when they are back with us.

When we got home we decided to try out our new barbeque. We had been to a beer and sausage festival the previous weekend and enjoyed it so much that we tracked down the butcher that had supplied the sausages (It wasn't that hard....we just asked!!). So on Saturday afternoon/evening we sat in garden in the sunshine and cooked a couple of Beef and Black Pepper sausages followed by a couple of Duck and Orange ones which we had on freshly baked rolls filled with salad (well, I had salad...Chris doesn't think you should eat anything that is green!!). It was lovely just chilling in the garden.

24 comments:

  1. The food looks fantastic! Especially as I am sitting at work eating my ryvita and cream cheese - I'm looking for sympathy here - but somehow I don't think I'll get any!

    I've heard of white cats changing colour with the temperature - they can get sunburn, but didn't know that stripey ones could go paler in the cold. Poor wee pet. I must watch Spot and Floyd to see if they get darker in the heat, since this week is the first time we have had any up here.

    Love Mum x

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  2. The Beer & Sausage festival was fab wasn't it. I even managed to take my 11 month daughter there for half an hour. More sausages on the barbie for me tonight too!

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  3. I'm going out for dinner tonight and have my fingers crossed for Thai food, I've never been to Thailand but I love it.

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  4. Mum - The food was lovely, not as hot as we would normally have it, but it was still really tasty!! I'm looking forward to trying it with her special chilli sauce :-)

    Hehehe, you've got a bit muddled....hot = lighter and cold = darker. I don't think you need to worry about Spot and Floyd...neither of them are Thai cats and I think you would have probably noticed by now :-)

    Malmesbury Photography - It was brilliant!! The first time I had ever been to something like that...we went with our neighbour and then each chose a different beer so that we could get a taste of as many as possible. We ended up staying for quite a while and I have to say that all was right with the world when we left :-)

    Queenie - I adore Thai food, I love the spicy clean fresh taste to it. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's Thai for you too.

    C x

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  5. Oh yum yum yum to the Thai food. I can't get enough of it.

    Wow to Lugs changing colour like that. We had a cat with lots of white hair and his ears were very pink. The vet instructed us to use sunscreen on his ears because he would be prone to skin cancer!

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  6. There's a pretty good sausage butcher in Malmesbury and another good one in Chipping Sodbury which happens to have the best baker in the South / West next door - Hobbs Bakery.

    Hobbs is very very english - but brilliant all the same. Try and you'll see.

    M

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  7. JJ - That was the first Thai food I have had since we got back and I've really missed it!! You know how pungent it is when your cooking with loads of chilli....well, I couldn't make any here because I couldn't open the windows in the kitchen!! We now have keys for the locks so that's will be changing in the very near future!!

    I know...it was really odd!! We were both a bit worried about it...thought it might have been stress or something (they don't have an awful lot of space to run around and Lugs loves charging about like an idiot!!). I was really relieved when I found out the cause.

    I can't imagine trying to put suncreen on either of ours!! Did you not end up with lacerations?

    C x

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  8. Mark - You managed to sneak in there!!

    The butcher at the Market Cross (L T Walker...I think) is the one that does the divine sausages....I don't think I have ever seen so much variety!! If your in the vicinity I can highly recommend the duck and orange!!

    Ooohhh, we shall definitely try the bakery!! We really missed decent bread when we were in Thailand (They put sugar in it....barf!!) so are enjoying being able to buy home made bread still warm from the oven!!

    C x

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  9. That's amazing about the cats. I had no idea that could happen, sure they're just as beautiful though!

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  10. That's fascinating about Lugs! Still the same character though:-) It must have been lovely to see them. Not long now!

    That restaurant was a good find. And to be special customers - even better!

    Nice to see you both chilling with the BBQ. Love the sound of those sausages.. x

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  11. What a perfect weekend! Hope the sun keeps on shining. Unfortunately, it's forecast for rain, and rain over here...

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  12. Mum, move away from the table, put your ryvita and cream cheese down, and run to the nearest chip shoppe, order gorgeous fish and chip, a can of Irn Bru, and a macaroon bar, that takes care of 4 of your 5 a day, so methinks a greasy, sugary doughnut should bring the tally nicely up to 5.

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  13. Your weekend sounds wonderful. That was so interesting about Balinese cats.

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  14. Sounds like a lovely weekend Carol, was waiting for an invite to the barbie, none came.
    Funny that about the Lugs, changing colour, same thing has happened to me, I am not Persil white anymore, I look as if I have called in at Blisters " R " Us, and bought a trolley full, followed by a trip to the Come in and have your face painted red like a clown with bulbous nose shop.

    Thai food sounded wonderful, without the hot stuff.

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  15. Helen - Neither did we!! I can't tell you how relieved I was when I read about it being common (and harmless) in Thai cats!!

    He's still gorgeous :-)

    Lane - I really can't wait till they come home. It'll be great to have them both bounding about again :-)(well, Lugs bounding about and Gai sitting watching him with a 'what the hell are you doing' look on his face)

    Brilliant Thai food and within walking distance too...and I've discovered where I can buy fresh Pomelo so I can now make Pomelo Salad (and there was much rejoicing)

    It was lovely chilling in the garden...it's been a long time since we've been able to do that!!

    Ladyfi - It's supposed to be nice for the next couple of days but it will then get cooler again :-(

    Ann - LOL...she could forgo the doughnut and go for a deep fried mars bar!!

    DJ - It was lovely...the kind of weekend we hoped to have when we made the decision to come back :-)

    Ann - We had to test it first....can't invite people for a barbecue when it's not been tried and tested ;-)

    LOL at Persil white....sunburn is no fun...no fun at all!! I'm sure you will be back to Persil white in next to no time :-)

    Naaaa, the hotter the better!! You just need to build up your tolerance!!

    C x

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  16. That food sounds delicious. I've never tried authentic Thai food, I really must.

    I never knew that about Thai cats, fascinating. It must have been so lovely to see them again.

    Love the photo of the bbq, yum!

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  17. Never tried a deep fried mars bar Carol, don't know why, somehow that delicious culinary delight seems to have passed me by.

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  18. Good answer Batman, re; the barbie, we don't happen to work in PR do we!!.

    Think it will be a while before I am Persil white again, nearly in the 90's down in Southern Ireland, 59's is about right for me, and it is not sunburn, I just tip the bottle of factor 9 million for babies over myself, it is the heat, even though I hide behind the couch all day, the sun seems to get me.

    I have a lot of allergies, bit of a freak personally, have to be careful what I eat, stupidly tried schezwan sauce with a Chinese carry out last week, two forkfuls and my tongue was on the floor, perspiration ( well I am a laydee, so cannot say sweat ) falling down my face, tongue still dragging on floor, keep flinging the damned thing over my shoulder.

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  19. Debs - Oooohhh you should!!! Tell you what, if we ever get the chance to meet up I'll make you something and bring it along with me :-) (Moon gave me a whole load of recipes before we left...most of which are her family recipes)

    Twenty-three days to go!!

    Ann - I must admit that I've never tried the deep fried mars bar either....I can feel my arteries hardening at just the thought of it!!

    Ann - LOL....I am so not perky enough to work in PR!!! I worked in the charity sector (ran my own Social Enterprise) before we left for Thailand and then whilst we were there I set up a Welfare Team and a 'People Bank' of volunteers as part of the BWG (Which stands for British Women's Group...and No, I never made Jam!!).

    Ahhhh, sun cream factor balaclava....I know it well...I have a friend, Tom, who needs the same!!

    Sorry, but your comment about flinging your tongue over your shoulder did make me laugh...not very supportive I know but I couldn't help it!! Allergies are no fun...I have problems with some E-numbers and my lips swells up....I have quite a big mouth anyway (no comments please) so when it swells up....well, Mick Jagger eat your heart out!!!

    C x

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  20. Ann

    Carol beat me to it, I was going to say that I would see your donut and raise you a deep-fried mars bar. To be honest, I can't think of many things more disgusting, but don't tell anyone! :-))

    Love Carol's Mum x

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  21. E's are good, E's are good,
    but not for me in food, me in food.

    A few years ago I picked up a juicy red jelly in a tub, took it home, sat on the couch to eat, the first spoonful I noticed something, the second, I could actually see something, my lips were swelling right in front of me, just like Mick Jagger.

    Just think Carol, we wont need any surgery, or enhancements, for the " trout pout ", we could just smear our lips with food containing E's, and job is done.

    A um no goiny mentin your big mooth hen, yur mooth is yur concern so it is, so dinny ye worry, yur mooth wull no be mentoned again, you just keep yur big mooth tae yursel hen, mooths ur fur keepin yur teeth in.
    PS Carol, how's your mouth.

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  22. Carol's Mum, thought you were she ha!!.

    I will raise your deep fried mars bar for a strawberry tart, nobody makes these like the Scots do.

    Some Irish friends who often go to Scotland want me to make them some tablet, it was so hot last night, could not go outside in the heat, so decided to make some, forgot the most important ingredient, sugar, we only had a quarter of a bag, so this afternoon, I will go to her house, ( where three people will be waiting for their tablet, empty handed ), oh I will just tell them I saved their teef for another week.

    Ann
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  23. Get Carter, another good film ruined.

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  24. Oops sorry, just clicked on History, and it came on here, I wrote without looking, shall put it in the correct blog.

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