The inter-semester break has gotten off to a good start, even though I am still having sleeping problems. I have plenty of ways to keep myself occupied and have even succeeded in getting some work done. The last few days have involved a lot of cooking. We have entertained guests for the last four evenings and have cooked an amazing amount of food.
Yesterday was particularly enjoyable. My friend Hannah and I decided to try to cook a proper Chinese meal. We began the day at 10 o’clock in the morning and travelled to Dundee to look for ingredients in the Chinese supermarket. Having returned to St. Andrews, the early afternoon was taken up with looking for extra ingredients and things for the meal in various stores in town. In the mid-afternoon we started cooking and cooked solidly until just past 7pm. We made dim-sum dumplings, spring rolls, long soup, chow mein, egg-fried rice, boiled rice, Chinese sausages with pak choi (I am not sure if there is any left, but if there is, I might try to make some kimchi) and a number of other dishes. The meal was very tasty, but it was the cooking that was the real experience. I had never attempted cooking a Chinese meal before, but it is definitely something that I want to try again.
I got off to a slow start today, but was able to get some reading done, an hour or more of Hebrew revision, a little Chinese and Greek, some knitting and some tidying of the house. I also managed to organize my room, which is no mean achievement. The following are some miscellaneous links that some of you might find interesting:
I met Richard Mouw in the Netherlands a couple of summers back and had a couple of great conversations with him. Now he is blogging.