MIRACULOUS ASPARAGUS

MIRACULOUS ASPARAGUS

Asparagus should be considered a happy vegetable. When it sprouts from the ground, it declares the end to Winter: the last of things shrouded in layers, the retreat of cold, wet and bleak; the passing of days hunkered down and staying inside. It sings the arrival of...
MORE GAIN THAN PAIN

MORE GAIN THAN PAIN

This week’s post is going to hurt me a little. As I begin to write it, I’m already hit by the sour-bitter-cringing anticipation that’s made my cheek and jaw muscles cramp with a sharp pain. My throat’s involuntarily contracted and my tear ducts are on standby. My...
CANTALOUPE OR ROCK MELON, THEY’RE GREAT!

CANTALOUPE OR ROCK MELON, THEY’RE GREAT!

How much is 100 tonnes? What I mean is, 100,000 kilogrammes – just how big would a pile weighing that much be? How much floor space would it take up? How wide or tall? How heavy really is 100 tonnes, not just in the mind’s understanding of what‘s “heavy!”, but if you...
THE GOODNESS OF AVOCADOS

THE GOODNESS OF AVOCADOS

I love chips. I don’t mean the fish-and-chips kind. Well, I love those too, thick cut. But in this case I’m talking about the Sea Salt kind, the Sour Cream, Spring Onion, BBQ-flavoured, Kettle, Black Pepper, Chicken-flavoured kind. The potato, corn, kumera, tapioca,...
HAZY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN

HAZY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN

Hazy days are here again. Actually, they’ve been here for a few weeks now. According to news reports, we can expect the haze to remain an unwelcome visitor to Singapore till November – Yuck!   Sadly, this has become an annually expected “normal season” in...