I love looking through photo albums and picture magazines when I was younger; I was a strange little girl.
As far as I can remember, there were always stacks of magazines in my parents' house. In fact, there was a room in their house filled with old books and magazines and even though the room looked really intimidating, I still liked chilling out by myself. The musty smell of the old pages and silverfish never put me off spending hours in there.
My mother had always been a faithful subscriber to women's magazine such as the "Australian Women's Weekly" and homegrown magazines such as "Female" and "Her World".
Back then, I didn't care too much about their content, I just loved looking at the photographs.
... Come to think of it, nothing's changed, I still love looking at photographs.
These are some of my mother's collection of Ellice Handy's recipes that are now mine, he he he...
Ellice Handy's Coconut Sambal
1/2 coconut - grated
2 red chillies, finely chopped
6 small onions, finely chopped
1/2 stalk serai, finely sliced
2 oz dried shrimp, washed and finely pounded
2 dessertspoon oil
salt, to taste
Heat oil in a pan, fry onions till soft, then add the dried prawn.
After a few minutes, add coconut, serai and chillies, stirring all the time and using low heat.
Add salt. Fry till golden brown.
Serve with steamed glutinous rice with coconut milk.
Obviously, this recipe was written before food processors become a standard kitchen essential,
and who uses dessertspoon as a measuring tool anymore? It was so last year.