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May 6, 2010 7:07 pm 
Updated: May 23, 2010 9:08 am
Tonight I dined alone on my Singaporean dinner...Bob's throat is too raw from radiation to be able to eat even boiled chicken. Poor guy. He tried, he really did. I wanted to show you all the fish he bought me at the farmer's market last weekend...I thought it was pretty imaginative and cute, so it is flying from my awning now. Tonight there was only one dish on the menu besides a smoothie I made for Bob. I had Singapore Chicken Rice http://allrecipes.com/recipe/singapore-chicken-rice/detail.aspx< My container garden is growing by leaps and bounds! The big blue tub is mixed lettuces and they are starting to grow like crazy, as are the radishes and onions. I should be able to thin and use some green onions starting next week, so I'm excited about that! I won't have to buy them anymore!! Can you say WOOOHOOO!!
Swiss Phil is the one who chose Singapore and he also was kind enough to send me an email full of research! I think he must have ESP because I've been super tired and if I had to do it, it wouldn't have been this good! So a big THANK YOU to Swiss Phil!!
Singapore is a huge melting pot with the largest fraction of the population being of Chinese origin. Singaporean cuisine is an example of diversity and cultural diffusion, the influences coming from Chinese, Indian, Malay and Tamil cuisines. In Singapore's hawker centers, traditionally Malay hawker stalls are selling halal food may serve halal versions of Tamil food. Chinese stalls may introduce indingenous Malay ingredients or techniques. This is the fusion that makes the cuisine of Singapore a cultural attraction.
Singapore chicken rice is simple, but complex...just as you might imagine Singapore to be. You start out with water, smashed garlic, ginger, green onion and, although the recipe calls for a whole chicken, I used 2 breasts and 2 thighs. I brought this up to a boil and put a lid on the pot and turned off the heat. As tempted as I was to open the lid, I left it for an hour. Then I drained the chicken and ran it under cold water and stuck it in the fridge. Bob had a late day today and the last appointment wasn't until 2:30 this afternoon. So I just prepped everything and had it ready to go!



I love shallots and onions of any type! They do not like me!! I cry everytime...doesn't matter what I do...put them in the freezer, peel them under cold water...doesn't matter. So chopping shallots always takes me some time.

These are the aromatic ingredients for the rice part of the dish: shallot, garlic and ginger.






A famous club in Singapore is called The Clinic. Diners are seated in wheelchairs. The apertif is served in "saline drip" bags. Your starter course is served by waitstaff in a slightly blood smeared smock from a serving area likened to an operating room. The food, though, is reported to be 5 star!
One of the garnishes in Singapore Chicken Rice is sliced cucumber. I don't know what it is with me and cucumbers but I just can't seem to eat enough of them!



Another garnish is chopped tomato...






And, of course, green onion...I cut these at an angle just because I like the way they look that way.
Singapore is one of the richest states in east Asia due to it's strategic port location. It is made up of 63 islands, including mainland Singapore. Singapore is located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and it is 85 miles north of the equator.








I started the rice by sauteeing the shallots, garlic and ginger...then add cilantro and rice and chicken broth and...






I promise that this is better than any Rice-A-Roni you will ever have. I'm not ashamed to admit it, I love Rice-A-Roni...but this is way better!










Bob did try to eat, but just couldn't, so I made a smoothie in, what I thought, would be the spirit of Singapore. Actually, I don't know if it is, but, what the hell....poor guy's gotta get some nutrition in him! This contains a buttload of quartered strawberries, 1 banana, 1 can of papaya juice, 1 container of vanilla yogurt and 1 tablespoon of soy protein powder...










Like I said earlier, I pre-made everything I could...so I wound up refrigerating the chicken. I wanted to heat it through, so I crisped up the skin in a mixture of canola and sesame oil. Be warned, though, if the chicken has any moisture in the skin, whatsoever....











the grease will reach up and bite ya! Sweet Jesus, that sucker hurt!!














Here is Bob's Singapore Smoothie Sling...in my collector Alaskan Amber Iditarod glass....he knows he's special if I let him use that!!










And my Singapore Chicken Rice dinner....OMG! This is super good! If you don't have to take a break in the prep, it takes right at an hour to make it.





I would like to thank the 51 people who voted for next week's country. Bob pulled BroncosFan and SeHawkGal out of the hat. BroncosFan chose France and SeHawkGal chose Australia. This is the closest vote I have ever seen and I thought that I would have to flip a coin, but by holding the vote open for 5 extra minutes, georgi porgi came to the rescue with the deciding vote. Next week, we are off to France.
My groceries came to $12.21 for this week, which left $7.79 to go into the Beach Bag. The total after week 18 is $116.82! That's not too bad and I never really thought about saving change before, so this pretty cool to me!
Until we meet in France next week, peace, love and all that jazz!!












 
Comments
May 6, 2010 7:20 pm
That looks REALLY delicious! I'm sorry Bob is having a hard time right now. It will pass!! The smoothie actually sounds good too! Well done! See you in France. :)
 
May 6, 2010 7:20 pm
I think I'm officially addicted to your blogs. I am going to try the rice, it looks delicious! I love the step by step instructions. So sorry that Bob wasn't able to enjoy your meal but I must say, his smoothie looked pretty amazing too :-) I will continue to keep the both of you in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to France in an RV!
 
May 6, 2010 7:22 pm
Wow that looks great!Your more adventurous then I am that's for sure.Can't wait to see what you come up with for France!Your containers look like there doing well.My containers and my garden are doing good as well.I need to pick some more Basil and Oregano tomorrow.I was thinking of making pizza and use some of the Oregano in the sauce.Hope your husband gets to feeling better soon.Have a good night.
 
May 6, 2010 7:23 pm
Woo hoo first one here!!!! For some reason I was thinking about Bob & wondering how he was. Sorry to hear about the sore throat, my thoughts are with you both. Great job again!!
 
May 6, 2010 7:25 pm
Dang it can't type that fast not first one here. Looking forward to France half of my ancestral tree is from there!
 
May 6, 2010 7:25 pm
I hope Bob feels better soon. He is missing out on all this great food. You will have to cook it all again when he is well, so keep good notes. Mag
 
May 6, 2010 7:32 pm
Once again your meal looks great! Sorry Bob couldn't enjoy it, but his smoothie did look good. Love the souvenir glass. I'm addicted to buying glasses from wherever we go! I hope Bob's sore throat doesn't last too long. Hugs to him. See ya in France!
 
May 6, 2010 7:38 pm
Witchy, your photos are better every week! You might build a career as a professional food photographer! So sorry Bob couldn't eat tonight, but you did make him a great smoothie. A suggestion here. Could you switch international night to Sunday, after he's been off radiation 2 days? Maybe then he can eat? Just an idea.
 
May 6, 2010 7:41 pm
We had talked about that, Cactus, but we do so much stuff on the weekends: laundromat, shopping, visiting MIL, etc...just not enough time!! They prescribed him some lidocaine syrup to numb his throat, but he can't eat or drink for an hour afterwards because he could have problems with swallowing or choking...we knew this was gonna come down, but we weren't sure when...but I have soft stuff all stocked up for him and a spare Bob next door to take his place!
 
weeble 
May 6, 2010 7:47 pm
oh. hey, excuse me....but i thought i was surfing PW's site!!!! the rice looks amazingly delicious, and bob's smoothie looks pretty good too! keep up the yummy work:)
 
May 6, 2010 7:57 pm
I'm so excited for France! Beautiful dinner...and that smoothie looks tasty too :)
 
dj 
May 6, 2010 7:58 pm
In truth, both the Singapore chicken rice dinner and Bob's smoothie look good, but I think I might go with the chicken rice for myself. It looks very yummy! Hats off to you WW, it isn't easy, but you make it look like it is!
 
May 6, 2010 8:01 pm
Love your blog keep on keeping on!
 
May 6, 2010 8:03 pm
Another wonderful blog! Thanks WW!
 
BD 
May 6, 2010 8:36 pm
Love the blog. Love the fish! So gonna try the rice.... It looks and sounds devine!! I am just sorry Bob couldn't share it with you.... xx
 
May 6, 2010 8:36 pm
This dish looks fantastic. I wish I had some right this minute. I'm not so sure about the Clinic restaurant- creeeeeepy! LOL On a serious note, it sounds like you're taking great care of Bob- I know this has got to be exhausting and so tough on both of you. Hang in there though- it sounds like things are starting to improve!
 
May 6, 2010 8:42 pm
While the food looks great as always, my favorite this round was the Iditarod glass. Sorry can't miss a shout out to my state. On another note I am on my way to make a smoothie because that just sounds good at the moment. The picture did me in. Continued prayers to Bob
 
Daiseyland 
May 6, 2010 8:54 pm
Poor Bob. He might enjoy some custard, too. It's one of those old-fashioned get well ideas. I think you can bake it in the crock pot. Can't wait to go to France with you. Hang in there. This is just one of those times that happen in all of our lives.
 
May 6, 2010 8:54 pm
Citrus Punch is most certainly correct. You're taking great care of Bob and I'd bet you're the best thing that ever happened to him. Remember our saying!
 
May 6, 2010 9:00 pm
Oh! That chicken plate looks yummy. The Singapore Smoothie Sling looks good, too. Great job, WW. And how very nice of the Swiss P. to assist. I stayed at the YMCA in Singapore once, and rode public transportation (which likely ranks as the most international event of my life to date...and ate...CHICKEN from one of the many, many food stalls. Your presentation is home run, as usual! Remembering Bob, and you even as we "travel".
 
May 6, 2010 9:09 pm
So sorry to hear that Bob is feling so bad, but that smoothie does look delicious. So glad you are still cooking for yourself, if I don't have someone to cook for, I usually just grab a sandwich or do something super simple. looking forward to your next blog, can't wait to see what you will cook.
 
May 6, 2010 9:45 pm
Hi WW! Everything looked delicious, even the smoothie! Keeping you both in my prayers and hope that Bob feels better soon!
 
May 6, 2010 9:53 pm
Dang Woman! That looks GOOD! So does Bob's smoothy! You are quite the wife Laurrie! Bob is a lucky man! BTW - your garden is looking fantastic! Way better than MINE! ;-)
 
May 6, 2010 11:11 pm
Super job as usual ..... can't decide if I should hire a car and drive 90 minutes, or wait for next week's "France in a RV" to go get some real French food.
 
May 6, 2010 11:25 pm
Yep -- what ^^^^ they said! Sounds yummy, looks yummy, probably smells yummy and I just KNOW it was yummy! Good account of Singapore, and good job on the smoothie! I'm sure you'd find something similar at a Hawker stall!
 
Kim 
May 7, 2010 1:39 am
Another great culinary visit for those of us who cannot make the physical trip! Sorry to hear Bob could not enjoy, but that smoothie sounds pretty good!(If he is allowed, how about adding a shot of rum?)Thank you, I always look forward to your posts!
 
May 7, 2010 4:56 am
As always another great meal! Sorry Bob was feeling bad and couldn't enjoy it. I hope his throat starts to feel better soon ! Your garden is coming along real good too. I can't wait to see what you bring us from France!!! Till then all the best to you and Bob!
 
Saveur 
May 7, 2010 5:18 am
Binti and I at the computer this morning, Binti is my Black Persian kitty. She really liked your plate, she went right up to the screen and started pawing at the chicken, seriously! Looks delicious! My best to you and Bob this week. You mentioned they gave him lidocaine viscous. We used to do a "magic mouthwash" for our patients that had the lidocaine viscous plus diphenhydramine and Maalox plus, swish and swallow to coat and soothe the mouth/throat. Had to be made at an old fashioned pharmacy that compounds, though. Take care, and keep cooking and writing about it!
 
May 7, 2010 6:01 am
I love your blog! Your pictures look delish. Saying lots of prayers for Bob (I am also married to a Bob :-) ). I'm already looking forward to next week!
 
May 7, 2010 6:29 am
Looks great as usual! Can't wait for France!
 
May 7, 2010 6:36 am
Looks great! Wonderful job as usual!
 
May 7, 2010 8:14 am
Beautifully done, my burnt-knuckled sister! Had I known you had extra Singapore rice, we could have dined together wearing matching Band-Aids! Rock on. :)
 
May 7, 2010 8:35 am
OMG Witchy! I have that exact same Alaskan Amber Iditarod glass (even the same year) :) Great blog and everything looks so delicious. I sure wish I had your green thumb. Keeping Bob in my prayers as always.
 
May 7, 2010 9:42 am
Hey there Sunny...you come on down from Seattle anytime, my friend and we will definately share a beer, a meal and some good times!! Hi Saints...great minds think alike and we both know that our hearts are in Alaska!!
 
May 7, 2010 3:33 pm
You are so right! I wish I was there right now :)
 
amber 
May 7, 2010 4:07 pm
i envy your green thumb! i can't keep anything alive and i love picking fresh veggies and the taste of them as well (not to mention they money you can save). i wish you the best in your garden!
 
May 7, 2010 7:03 pm
LOL! I don't know so much about a green thumb, Amber...I think it's more luck than anything!! And good potting soil!
 
MARCIL 
May 7, 2010 8:51 pm
Looks great WW! Can't wait for France!!!
 
May 8, 2010 3:47 am
sending love to you and Bob, I know he is sorry he couldn't eat that dinner! I'll bet that smoothie was awesome though, it sure looked like it. see ya around on fb. xx
 
May 8, 2010 6:15 am
Thanks, Marcil and hey there Rooster!! I think it's awesome that you created a profile on here!!
 
May 8, 2010 7:16 am
Dinner looks delicious. Looking forward to France.
 
May 8, 2010 7:26 am
Thanks, Nana!! I may be bending your ear on the bread recipe that I've picked out...I'm still super new to that, but I've enjoyed what I've learned so far!!
 
May 8, 2010 7:29 am
Simple easy dish. Those are often some of the best. Looks fantastic as always. Tell Bob to hang in there.
 
May 8, 2010 7:38 am
It WAS fantastic...I didn't think the chicken would have much flavor being boiled, but I was pleasantly suprised at just how tasty it actually was! Thanks, Ken!!
 
May 8, 2010 11:48 am
Your Singapore looks awesome! You will have to repeat those meals when Bob can enjoy them. The father of a friend of mine has just started radiation therapy for Stage 1 cancer of the larynx and I have shared your smoothie recipes with her for which she is most appreciative.
 
aideen 
May 8, 2010 2:45 pm
Hi, New to the blogs and love yours. So sorry to hear about your husband but I'm sure he's getting the best of care living with you! Need to ask... how the he** do you spend only $12.21 a week on groceries????
 
May 8, 2010 2:54 pm
That's groceries for this meal, aideen, not the week...LOL! If only that were the case....dare to dream!! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!
 
May 8, 2010 2:55 pm
I allot myself $20 to work with for each international meal...if I need a special utensil or anything, it has to come out of that $20. Whatever is left over goes into my Beach Bag savings for a trip to Long Beach at the end of this project.
 
May 8, 2010 3:27 pm
That looks amazing! And I LOVE rice a roni too! I may have to try that rice. Your small pot gardening is inspiring me too. Great job!
 
May 8, 2010 3:57 pm
WW - If you come to Long Beach, NY all you would need to spend is airfare cause I would gladly host you and Bob! His smoothie looked just as good as your Chicken Rice dish, but I hope he starts feeling better soon.
 
Alex 
May 8, 2010 4:35 pm
I just started reading your international cuisine blogs, and they're great! I agree about the photos, professional quality. For some reason the picture of the green onions looked the best to me. Maybe it sounds weird, but they looked beautifully cut! lol
 
May 9, 2010 5:14 am
WW your rice looks delicious! Even this early in the morning! (I spend my Sunday mornings traveling with you and Swiss Phil! Great job once AGAIN!
 
May 9, 2010 7:28 am
Valley Girl...The rice was really good and I'm glad I found such an easy recipe and this time, my rice turned out great! I usually have a hard time making it and it turns out crunchy!
 
May 9, 2010 7:33 am
BigShotsMom...you're on, babe! One of these days, I'll show up on your doorstep! WFDM...I love reading Swiss Phil's blogs on Sunday, too!! Alex, I'm glad you like the blogs, I have a lot of fun writing them...if it ever turns out to be like a job, I'll quit, but until then, I like to write and take pictures and cook, so these work perfectly for me! I have to LOL at your reference to the green onion picture because I'm so particular! My husband can't believe that I can pile those up and zip through like that, but I'm can do some pretty knife work and I keep them razor sharp...and, yes, I do hack into my fingers from time to time, but it's a lot less as time has gone on! I'm working on perfecting my technique with my 2 cleavers...I've always admired the Asian chefs who do that, so I practice with garlic and parsley all the time! I'm getting better!
 
May 10, 2010 6:01 am
Hi witchywoman! I love your blog and your pics make me oh-so hungry! I have an RV question for you though. My hubby and I are retiring to an RV in two years and I was wondering how on earth you take it to foreign countries... or do you just rent ones when you get there? Just curious as I love to travel the world and am not all that keen on being stuck on one continent. I sure hope that Bob starts to feel better soon! Take care!
 
May 10, 2010 6:24 am
LOL! MULDERNG...I'm not going to any foreign countries...I'm just cooking from foreign countries! Sorry for the confusion...but the is the only way to experience some of these countries for me and Bob! I picked 52 different countries and I cook a meal from a different one each week with a budget of $20 for each meal. The leftover money out of the $20 goes into my handy-dandy Crown Royal bag for a trip to Long Beach, WA for us at the end of this project next January. I'm on week 19 this week...I'll be cooking a French meal...no promises that it's authentic, but I'm there in spirit! Thanks for reading, and I hope I see more of you! I started this project because I wanted to show people that the sky's the limit as far as RV cuisine. You don't have to be limited. I've baked bread, I've discovered new spices that I've never tried before, I've had to use my imagination as far as substitutions for different things, as I cannot find them here in the town where I live. I'm in Longview, WA and we are limited as to what kinds of ethnic restaurants we have to choose from. I hear they just opened an Indian restaurant in town, but I haven't been there yet. For years, the only choices were Mexican or Chinese. I've never tried any of the other cuisines, so I figured if I wanted to, the only way to do that is to cook them for myself. I have tried Japanese, as my aunt is Japanese, other than that...I've been searching high and low to find ingredients that I need. This is a logging/mill community, therefore, that means meat and potatoes! So sometimes, it is a very difficult task for me. We do have a couple of Mexican markets here in town, but no Asian...so sometimes I get super frustrated trying to find different things. The supermarkets only carry so much. People have tried to open specialty shops but just as soon as they open, they close down for lack of business, such as a wine shop that opened years back...it just wasn't popular enough and didn't generate enough revenue to stay open...hard to sell wine to a bunch of beer drinkers...LOL! I hope that clears a lot of things up for you, but if you have any more questions, please...ask away!
 
May 10, 2010 8:28 am
I laughed out loud also at MULDERNG's question!! Looking forward to France ~ I am way behind, since I might make the meatballs this week. That chicken really does sound excellent. Hafta try that soon as well. I am praying for comfort and recovery for Bob. Keep up the good work, WW!
 
May 10, 2010 8:38 am
Hi Suzanne R., there's no comfort for Bob right now...he's a sore guy! But we were expecting this and he has to get worse to get better...he is all for kicking cancer's @ss!!!
 
May 10, 2010 9:08 am
I always enjoy your blog and am jealous of your garden. It's still too ccold here in Chicago to plant anything outside (still 30's at night).. If you or Bob have any questions re his treatments, I have the resources and contacts here to get you some answers (medically connected) updraft23@comcast.net Good thoughts your way!
 
socalmom 
May 10, 2010 9:30 am
Great blog as usual! Love and prayers to Bob-I'll be trying out your menu this week for sure! Hey, I live right by Little Saigon (Westminster, CA) and Little Korea (Garden Grove where I live) If you ever need a certain spice let me know-I'll Fed Ex it to you ASAP! Thanks again for your recipes and your lovin', funny spirit! Hey, my container garden (which looks alot like yours) is coming along! I have 3 Roma tomatos that are all most ready! I'm stoked!
 
May 10, 2010 9:48 am
Hey Rice-A-Roni is good stuff!! :) Wonderful meal, it looked fantabulous and Bob's smoothie looked yummy and extra special in that glass. Looking forward to France!!
 
Mom2jnk 
May 10, 2010 11:29 am
Hi, glad to stumble upon your blog. I am from Singapore and have been in the US since 2004. Interesting to see what you have done to the Chicken rice recipe. It sure look really good and I am amazed at the knowledge you have about Singapore. Hope you continue to enjoy all the great food of the world and the smoothie looks very good too!! Keep cooking and hope that Bob will be well enough to enjoy all these wonderful food with you.
 
Joe Bob 
May 10, 2010 12:41 pm
Hi, Sorry to hear about your husband with his treatment. I will include him in my daily prayers.Actually for both of you. God Bless
 
May 10, 2010 4:18 pm
Hi Good Witch! I underwent cancer surgery and received radiation therapy for the throat in 2002. I so feel for Bob. Feel free to contact carycat1@yahoo.com.
 
May 10, 2010 9:31 pm
mulderng formerly... LOL! Well don't I feel silly! Hahaha... That's okay I am quite capable of laughing at myself... lifes's too short not to! Thank you for clearing that up for me! I think your idea is GREAT! A little imagination goes a long way sometimes! I will definitely be tuning in again to see what kind of delicacies you are cooking up. My family lives there in Washington in the Tri-Cities and I was born and raised in Idaho so I have a pretty good idea of what you are talking about when it comes to meat, potatoes and beer! LOL! I currently live in Okinawa, Japan and LOVE Japanese food... much to the detriment of my backside! I'm always in the market for great recipes though and am a frequent flier of allrecipes.com. I'm looking forward to what you have in store for us next. I wish Bob well and will pray for his speedy recovery. Take care! Nikki
 
Lee B 
May 11, 2010 4:08 am
WW- as usual I find your writings on the cyber trips to be so rewarding!! That blister looks like it really made you wanna howl! When my youngest daughter spent so much time on the oncology unit, I swear all she could keep down were smoothies and popsicles.So I understand (somewhat) what you and he are going through. Just a lil advice from someone that has been in hospitals with kids,sometimes for months-TAKE CARE OF YOU TOO!!It may seem selfish to spend time alone, or with a friend over a cup of tea (or a glass of something stronger!)or even a walk alone-but please believe me, WW...after you re-charge and regroup your thoughts,you will have the energy to face the next challenge head on. Please give Bob a hug from me!!Take care special lady...
 
Lee B 
May 11, 2010 4:34 am
and in no way am I trying to insinuate that you aren't doing the above. Just a little advice is all I'm trying to give!!!
 
Lee B 
May 11, 2010 4:36 am
and in no way am I trying to insinuate that you aren't doing the above. Just a little advice is all I'm trying to give!!!
 
May 11, 2010 7:12 am
EarlyRetirement...I was LOL because I've been asked that question before! I'm glad that you have a sense of humor!! I have a good one myself and I crack myself up all the time!! Lee B...thanks so much! I have my alone time every weekday while he's down getting radiated, so I'm cool as far as that goes. And I really do appreciate the advice, I appreciate all of that I get! irayd8: nice to see you again, and thanks for your email addy, I definately will send you one sometime! Lynda, it's nice to see you!! Joe Bob, thanks so much for the well wishes!! mom2jnk: we can thank Swiss Phil for the knowledge of Singapore, he did most of the research for me! He's an awesome guy!! Terry S, I will send you an email sometime, thanks for the addy!! socalmom: that's an awesome offer and I appreciate that more than you'll ever know!! Send me an email at bwitchywoman at hotmail dot com so I have your email! Thanks again, everyone...Bob only has 2 1/2 weeks left of radiation, after that, I'm not sure what happens!! But I do know that the tumor is shrinking, so I hold onto that with everything I have and that's how I keep the faith!
 
isagamer 
May 11, 2010 7:41 am
stumbled on your blog today while looking for a good chicken and asparagus recipe. It is coming on in the garden like gangbusters and i like to use it up as we do not like it frozen. I loved your recipe and will certainly try it. Tell Bob as my mom told me "this too shall pass." thanks again from a canadian down toronto way
 
May 11, 2010 8:54 am
Thanks, isagamer...I will definately pass that on to Bob when he gets home from treatment today...we appreciate it!!
 
May 11, 2010 1:19 pm
I don't normally read blogs, but the "RV" caught my eye while I was looking for recipes. My husband and I were "full timers" for 8 years and met a lot of people like you and Bob, who lived in an RV because they moved a lot for their job. Then I read that your husband was going through radiation. My husband just finished his, for prostate cancer. Bless you both. There is hope on the other side! Love your blog, but I was a little confused too about you being in Singapore. That is such a neat idea. Will definitely keep up with your blog.
 
May 11, 2010 6:20 pm
Hi Normak...thanks for stopping by! We are planning to do this for one more year, but you never know...I can make all the plans in the world and that doesn't necessarily mean that's what's gonna happen. I hope your husband is ok after his treatment! Bob got word today that they might cut him loose a little earlier than originally planned, so I am crossing fingers and toes! We are trying to maintain a positive attitude throughout this whole ordeal, and I think we are doing ok so far. I have him happily absorbed in a bowl of potato soup at the moment, so I'm happy about that. He lost 5 pounds this last week and I need to get it back on him. Our main goal is to avoid the dreaded feeding tube! They put him on a stronger pain med, and I think it's working ok, so far...I'm adding you and your husband to my prayer list...I don't ask anything for us, just you guys...we'll be ok! Thanks again for commenting and I hope to see you more often!
 
May 12, 2010 7:19 am
I just love reading your blogs! Such a fun idea. Hope Bob is feeling better soon. :)
 
May 12, 2010 8:03 am
Awesome blog WW! I love reading about your international adventures in cooking. Looking forward to France next week (quite frankly, French cuisine kinda scares me..!) Hope Bob is feeling better soon.
 
May 12, 2010 8:13 am
Thanks, ShannyBanany! I appreciate that you took the time to read!! thinkpete...all of these cuisines are scaring me because I have to go the extra step and find soft foods that Bob can attempt to eat! He'll be fine once this radiation is over!!
 
May 12, 2010 11:49 am
Did you know that Singapore is perhaps the cleanest inhabited place on Earth? There are stiff fines for the slightest bit of littering, so no throwing out your gum or cigarette butts!
 
May 12, 2010 11:56 am
I'm new to allrecipes.com, but have become addicted to your blog from the first day I stumbled on here. I know it sounds cheesy- but you are truly an inspiration for a new cook and gardener like me. Good luck to you and Bob getting through the radiation- keep smiling! Your blog always makes me smile!!
 
May 12, 2010 2:45 pm
I didn't know that, Rhianna, but that is the type of information that I'm interested in...Singapore is very high up on my list of places I want to visit before I die...I want to see it! Thanks for the info...I appreciate that very much!!! :)
 
May 12, 2010 2:46 pm
ThroughHisStomach...thanks for stopping by! That's really cool when I hear something like that!! Bob is doing all right, I won't say he's great, because he's not, but he'll get through...we always manage somehow! You just keep cooking and keep gardening...it'll get easier as time goes on! I hope to see you again in France!
 
GEEDEE 
May 12, 2010 3:27 pm
prayers for you both. keep up the good work!
 
May 12, 2010 7:24 pm
Thanks, GEEDEE, much appreciated!
 
May 12, 2010 7:25 pm
Watch for the France blog tomorrow night, if all goes to plan!
 
yingaling 
May 12, 2010 8:41 pm
Hello WW *wave*! I've been following your blog and I'm so excited to see your Singapore take. I'm Singaporean currently living in Seattle (well, the Eastside really). On my last trip back to Singapore, we went by The Clinic and I took a peek. It was actually quite eerie, got the creep. Hubby and I ended up dining alfresco in a French restaurant, a few doors away from Hooters, hmm... Wonder how THAT happened. Anyhow, am very happy to see your herb containers garden blooming! My herbs here are sprouting like weeds too, unfortunately the tomatoes are not doing too good. Keep cooking, keep blogging! Sending healing thoughts and best wishes to yours and Bob's way.
 
May 13, 2010 5:05 am
I'm having problems with my tomatoes, too, yingaling...I don't know what it is! It's not aphids, and at first I thought Bob had over fertilized or something, but I picked off the gross leaves and I've got new growth coming in, so I throw my hands up in the air, because I just don't know!!
 
May 17, 2010 4:47 pm
That actually looks really good and really healthy. Where do I find the receipt? I would like to make that. Also that shake looks awesome. He really is a very lucky guy to have you. Sending Prayers for both of you.
 
SeaGlassLover 
May 23, 2010 9:08 am
Hi! Do you have a private email address (of course you do!) that I could send something to you? Thanks!
 
 
 
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witchywoman

Home Town
Forks, Washington, USA
Living In
Castle Rock, Washington, USA

Member Since
Oct. 2007

Cooking Level
Professional

Cooking Interests
Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Photography, Music

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About Me
I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and cupboards...you really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published. I've had my blog featured in a magazine. I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends. I've recently had several recipes published in a co-op cookbook of international food bloggers.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down! My motto? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You've got nothing to lose by trying something new!
 
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