I had a quiet, relaxed morning, reading blogs, commenting, responding to comments left on mine, etc. Brunch was some of the leftovers that were sent home with me from last night's memorial dinner: it is a type of homemade rice flour noodles, we call "indiappa" which is also known as "string hoppers" in English.
|Indiappa/String Hoppers with Shrimp Curry and Sambols|
To make the string hoppers, rice flour is mixed with warm water and salt to make a soft dough which is then pressed through a wooden mold (although there are metal ones, as well, now) that has a disc with holes at the bottom. As the mold is pressed down, the dough comes out in strands and are mounded on small round woven wicker mats, about 3-inches in diameter (although, these days, there are plastic mats, as well). Once the mounds of dough strands are about 1/2 inch high, the strands of dough are cut off and another string hopper is made on a different mat. The mats with the strands of dough are then steamed until cooked (no longer sticky and pasty); it takes about 5* minutes or so for them to steam. They are then removed from the mats and served with curries and spicy relishes we call "sambols". On the plate above, I have some coconut sambol (light orange to the left) and onion sambol (dark brown on the top right). A gravy made with coconut milk, turmeric, onions, and spices, called "kiri hodi" or milk gravy, has been poured over the string hoppers to moisten them. String hoppers are often eaten for breakfast and as dinner; but rarely as lunch. I, however, will eat them at any time, because I like them.
In the late afternoon/early evening, I attended the memorial mass for my friend. I was able to meet one of my friends at the church, that I hadn't seen since before Christmas. She is my late friend's niece and her daughters are friends with my daughter; it was nice to see her and one of her daughters, today.
After the service was over, I offered a ride home to another one of my friends who was there. Her husband had dropped her and their daughter off at church and gone back home; my offer of a ride home meant she didn't have to call him to come and pick her up. She invited me in and gave me soup and a plate of dinner to bring home with me!
It started to rain just as I left my friend's home and has been raining ever since. But not as strongly as it did on Friday.
After I came home, I had a cup of tea, washed the dishes, scrubbed the kitchen sink and dish drainer, and watered the indoor plants. I had planned to tidy my bedroom today, but I didn't; I will do it tomorrow.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to attend my friend's memorial mass
- Meeting up with more friends
- My friend giving me dinner to bring home
- More rain for the garden (but not too much!)
- Video chatting with my daughter and having a really nice discussion about various things.
Sunday's To Do List:
- Sleep in! (It is 4:20 a.m. as I type this; prednisone keeps me awake!) - DONE; till 10:00 a.m.
- Paperwork/Filing - DID SOME
- Tidy my bedroom - Monday
- Attend Memorial Mass (look up directions to church) - DONE
- Water the indoor plants - DONE
- Do the dishes - DONE; Scrubbed the sink and dish drainer, too
- Clean the litter box - Will do after I post this
- Do a load of laundry - Monday
- Rest! - DONE
Monday is a holiday, so I have the day off from work. I am not planning to do too much - just a bit of grocery shopping and some housework. However, I might go to the fabric store for more elastic! I can't adjust any more waist bands until I buy some wide elastic.
Monday's To Do List:
- Tidy the bedroom
- Do a load of laundry
- Try to finish the paperwork and filing
- Grocery shopping
- Shop for elastic?
- Clean out the fridge
- Empty the trash bins
- Take the trash cans to the curb
Today's spending was a donation to the church.
How was your Sunday? What have you planned for Monday? Are you having a holiday and a day off from work, too, or is it a regular work day for you?
* edited to change string hopper steaming time to 5 minutes, not 15!