Finally life is humming along nicely again. I'm back to my usual sleeping routine. The dog gets his walks and the kids are eating wholesome dinners again.
Well, they were very satisfied with dinner last night even though it was a very simple one featuring mainly greens like bean sprouts/shitake mushroom, sambal kangkong, dou miao (young sprouts) and asparagus/sliced fish. They have been brought up on a simple diet from young, so they're easy to please. The fact that they prefer vegetables and seafood over meat makes my job alot easier.
My parents brought us up this way too. Being Teochew, we always had lots of vegetables and steamed fish at the dinner table. Teochew specialties like braised duck, ngoh hiang (meat rolls) and steamed crab would make an appearance on special ocassions. Dinner would only begin when everyone was seated round the dining table. Dad came home for dinner every night without fail.
It dawned on me that I am indeed quite traditional. From the Teochew cuisine to the way I sit round the dinner table with the kids, it's like a scene out of my own childhood.
In fact, the kids are so used to this lifestyle that on days when I can't have dinner at home with them, they feel like something is amiss.