Tuesday, 22 December 2009

A bun in the oven

Updates have been very sporadic on this blog for the past few months, for which I apologise to readers (if you are still around). Other than being busy with work and other aspects of life, I have not been cooking very much, or thinking about food very much. Actually, I 'went off' food for a time and was also feeling completely run over and exhausted day in and day out. The reason for the sudden onset of physical malaise is that I have, what one might call, a bun in the oven, or as I like to call it, a bao in the steamer.

Char siew bao

I am currently 5 months pregnant. The baby is due in late-April 2010. There are plenty of challenges and exciting changes ahead, lots of it unknown, since we will be first-time parents, but AP and I are looking forward to all of it very much. I will still be updating this blog as much as I can, especially now that I have gotten over my food-aversion phase and is actually enjoying food again (I wouldn't have believed it if you told me this a month or two ago).

After getting over the worst of the morning (read: all-day-and-night) sickness, cravings that I've had so far tend to be limited to foods that I grew up having. I guess that kind of makes sense, to crave comfort food from one's childhood. I don't know what I would do if we didn't have reasonable access to T&T (large Chinese supermarket chain in Canada -- a real godsend).

A major one is char siew bao (steamed bbq pork bun), which is a steamed fluffy white bun filled with savoury and sweet BBQ pork. They are often found in dim sum restaurants and also in Chinese bakeries. Variants of char siew pau may have the same filling in an oven-baked bun or wrapped in flaky pastry (rather like a sausage roll).

Char siew bao

Granted, I love char siew bao anyway and didn't need pregnancy as an excuse to want them. But in recent weeks, there were sometimes nothing else I would rather have for breakfast other than char siew bao. Thank goodness we could buy pretty decent ones from T&T. They come sixin a pack, so I can have a supply in the fridge ready to be steamed and reheated when needed (I use my wok as a steamer, as in this post). I love having one for breakfast. Or afternoon snack. Or supper. Nom nom nom...

21 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! :)

Dawn's Recipes said...

I just wanted to say "Congratulations!" and let you know you're not alone. I'm due mid-April, and my blog has been suffering for it too.

Su-Lin said...

oh wow, congratulations!

and yeah, aren't T&T fantastic for ready to eat foods?!

noobcook said...

congratulations! that's fantastic news. Happy Holidays too! :)

Fuzzballette said...

Wow! SO happy for you! Thank you for sharing the news! My friend is 4 months pregnant and also completely went off food for the first 3 months. But now she's eating with a vengeance! All the best to you and AP!

mook said...

hey, of course we're still around to read you...
now that's good news, a good xmas nws. enjoy this amazing adventure!

Charmaine said...

Congrats to you and hubby. What an exciting event to look forward to. All the best with the pregnancy. still looking forward to your articles.

Little Ol' Liz said...

What wonderful news -- something precious to look forward to.

May 1 is a great Birthday, if you happen to run long. But as Grandma reminded me with our first,"apples will fall when apples are ready."

Little Corner of Mine said...

Congratulations! Spring time is a great time to have baby.

(( Ms. K )) said...

Congrats!

thebutcherthebaker said...

Congratulations on the fantastic news!

Nilmandra said...

Thank you all for the kind comments!

Dawn's Recipes: Congratulations to you too! Nice to know someone else at similar stage :)

Su-lin: Thank god for T&T!

Fuzzballette: I was so glad that my appetite came back, I was beginning to think I would never like food again!

Little Ol' Liz: The baby will come when ready, who can tell! Spring is a nice time though, so I am happy anyway.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations my dear!!! :):) Have been faithfully reading your blog despite not being very vocal. Take care!

- Laura -

tigerfish said...

Congrats! and take good care!

RPGamingGirl said...

Congrats!

Nic said...

Congratulations :)

Marie said...

Congratulations! What great news! :)

Janice said...

I craved for Bao too when I was preg with the gals...even made them from scratch as the ones in the shop ain't as nice...

Spiceaholic said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to your updates, how exciting! :)

Nilmandra said...

Janice: Wow, I am not sure I would go so far as to make bao from scratch myself... Thankfully I won't have to find out! :)

Anonymous said...

hi, cant view the char siew pao recipe, error with the link. may i know where else can i see it? longing to eat char siew pao :)

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