Souvenir From Cambodia

I had amazing holiday in Cambodia which I spent most of my time with my family. I didn’t do so much things, yet those little things were so precious.

I couldn’t discribe the feeling being with my sisters, brothers and my parents. I had to come back home for lunch and dinner with them almost everyday. I just enjoyed foods and their company, it was just more than perfect for me. People asked me why didn’t you do other things rather than staying home? I just could not discribe the feeling how this home fill my emptiness. Anyway, I didn’t need to explain.

I also want to dedicate this post to few people who I had chance to be with and they had tried so hard to catch me up to get into their schedules. I am appreciated for their efforts. I felt the support and strong connection between us.

First of all Boramy, my cousin, she did lots of things for me to make me discovered the Phnom Penh nowaday. Without her, I might couldn’t live another luxurious Cambodian lifestyle again. She created appotunity for me to meet another two amazing people, Nana and Piseth.

Second Piseth, a young Cambodian guy, he had spent so much time to drive me to Kompot and took us to different places to see different views. What was more, he reminded me to the quality of Cambodian men again, elegant, sweet, responsible, funny, respectful, generouse. Ps- old fashion Cambodian men, the precious!!! I was almost forgot these good qualities of them. Only the luckiest woman will have him.

Third Nana, a young lady of my age, the owner of Iora Cambodia. She is amazing, simple, funny!! I like the way she speak so gentle with her sweet voice. She has good taste in fashion which is easy to go shopping with and also get advices when you do shopping in her places. Really intelligent and strong woman. I would never thought she was an easy going like this.

Forth my Tepy, a friend from high school, We laughed at our crazy things; it looked like we didn’t grow up yet. 14 years old again.

Last but not least, Kimleang, my best friend. We still enjoy spending time to do same things like 17 years ago. Time flies with her.

Now I am in Lyon. I need to get back to my solitaire life. I miss them so much…

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Oskar Bar

Located along the river side in Phnom Penh. The First night since I’ve arrived in Cambodia that I hung out after diner. We were 4 at the begining, three beautiful women and of course one sweet elegant Cambodian guy.

We were supposed to be at Sky Bar   since my cousin wanted to show me the view of Phnom Penh at night time from the top building. Unfortunayely I was raining so the Sky Bar plan was cancelled; after several suggestion, we decided to come Oskar bar. It’s quite chic and full of foreigners and their lovers.

What made my night special was all of us were born in the same year 1980 which is Monkey in our horoscope. What was more the last friend who joined us was born in the same year, too. So we called it Monkey night. It’s maybe a coincidence yet lately I met lots of people from the year of 1980. Am I old now?!!! Whatever, my 30s made me live the life of my dream.

I also enjoyed the company, they are so sweet, kind and funny. I had lots of fun… let party again!!

The returning home

Living in France teaches me the value of life. I was born in a family with a good reputation. In Cambodia things were like magic, it was happened naturally which made me felt like it was normal. Actually, because my family treated me special. Yet, I didn’t realize that luck and I always wanted to escape from this old tradition. Moving in France life was completely different, I arrived in the modest conditions which I thought it was just a joke at the first time. Unfortunately, it was the reality. I had to learn to live with my new environment even though I didn’t feel like it was where I should belong. Suddenly, the strict education from my family became a very strong background and made me feel like a giant tree which none of typhoons could destroy. Strong racin had been plugged into the ground until the heart of mother earth, I am so thankful to my family for this strong base.
I had to fight to find myself which I had been lost day by day in France. 7 years of obscurity, I finally got back my voice, my life, my light, my freedom. I became stronger, what is more I became who I really am, my value. I understood ” To recognize the light, you need to live the dark “.
I keep moving on and life keeps surprising me. I was nothing 4 years ago and now I am somebody, I rebuilt my own empire. I discouver amazing life, enjoy it even with less.
Coming back to Cambodia 2017, I am different. I feel love, I am loved and my love is not the same. It is pure, my world becomes clearer; more enjoyable and I spread it to my family. I am treated as a queen even though nothing so fancy. But you know, when you feel like a queen wherever you go, you are still one.

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Pierre Orsi

Last night I was invited to a French gastronomy restaurant, Pierre Orsi. I was surprised with the Decor from the outside, I felt like Christmas, party time. As we walked in to the restaurant, a guy in old fashion costume opened the door for you. Then we were welcomed by well-mannered staffs and they guided us to our table. I was so in love with the decor inside, elegant and effortless. Ps-i also in love with their toilet, omg!! What I admired the most was I felt like home, family dinner. And at the end of the dinner we got a visit from Mr. Orsi, the Chef!!!!

Talking about menu, we didn’t have to take one hour to think what we are going to chose because they made their menu so simple yet what they suggested were sublime, Mmmmm, I was so spoiled.

Salmon tartare was served while we were choosing our dishes… That was delicious.

 

I am amazed the foods were presented beautifully and so simple, clean. I know there were lots of work behind those simple dishes. By the way the taste were magical; lots of flavors. Gosh!!! I really appreciated my meals.

Here are some pictures I got from my last night dinner.

 

 

 

Veggies bourguignon

Beef bourguignon is one of French traditional dishes. It needs time to marinate meat and slow cook. I could say it’s so delicious. By the way, Veggies bourguignon is quite delicious as well, I have to admit that. The ingredients are the same as beef bourguignon but you replace meat with veggies. In my recipes I used ancien vegetables… I actually made vegetable in the oven, I had so much left over so I turned it into viggies bourguignon. I just added some red wine and laurel, salt, sugar and black pepper then some cooking time.

Here we need

1 parsnip

2 carrots

3 potatoes

half of pumpkin

1 rutabaga

1 celery rave

garlic, shallots, olive oil

Bourgogne red wine

seasoning

2tbp of wheat flour

sugar ( I used it to adjust the taste of wine )

salt, black pepper

thyme , laurel, 2 cloves

How to make it

  1. Pre heat the oven to maxi for 15 mins
  2. I cut my veggies in pieces added salt, black pepper, olive oil, garlic, shallots, thyme, laurel all in one then seasoning as your taste and put in 30 minutes in the oven. ( you can enjoy your veggies like that and add some balsamique venegar or you can continue to the step 3 )

     

  3. Transfer the veggies in a hot pan, stir with some olive oil then add 1 or 2 tbp of wheat flour ( corn flour). Keep stirring to cook flour with veggies.
  4. then added red wine, keep stirring. You can add some veggie broth if you have or water. keep stirring about 5 mins then lower the heat to the lowest.
  5. now you can add some sugar , then cover the pan and let it cook for 20 mins. Ps- keep your eyes on it cuz it can burn so keep stirring from time to time. you can cook longer if you think it’s necessary.

Now here you have it mmmmm

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The retired of my negative emotion

Other day while having dinner with my daughter, she talked to me about a new film of Will Smith, Collateral Beauty. I watched the trailer, it was kind of make sense. We write lettres to the Univers but never to our emotions. Well, what came up in my head this morning when I woke up was I wanted to let my negative emotions go on their retirements. Wow, this would be amazing that we could free ourselves from the bad shadows. We’ve been living inside our body, sometimes we lived with sadness, anger, hate, disappointed, guilt etc… To talk about it becomes so difficult, because of the fear of the outside environments’ reflexion. Therefore, the negative emotions grow older, heavier, bigger day by day interior until one day we might feel lost, Lost in ourselves. The same stories keep repeating, strange questions keep coming to ourselves ” why me? ” ” what have I done wrong? ” ” no, not again!”.

Going to the therapist is the best way, at the same times, therapists just the people who tell you where is the key to get out. We are our master, we master our own destiny.

So I will start writing a letter each day to my emotions, so that they could leave on their retirement happily ;-).

I would like to see how will it work for me, it’s my first experiment to myself.

Pappardelle noodles and XÉRÈS VINEGAR

Cooking at work makes me feel like home. Yeah, I know I am so lucky to have a small kitchen here to cook whatever I want ( or almost ).

Here we need for one person

olive oil

a cup of brocoli flower

1 minced shallots

3 minced dried tomatoes

a cup of Pappardelle noodles ( I used fresh one )

some water

Seasoning

2 tbs of XÉRÈS VINEGAR

salt, papper to taste

dark soy sauce ( a touch of Asian dish 😉

How to cook

  1. Heat a pan then add brocoli flower in, stir well, follow by minced shallot and dried tomatoes. Keep stirring.
  2. Add XÉRÈS VINEGAR then mix well until the brocoli almost cook.
  3. I add Pappardelle noodles directly to my veggie sauter. Add some water to cook the noodles then salt and pepper. Keep stirring until the noodles is cooked. Then voila.

 

 

Optional you can add cheese or basil before serving

I love both!!!!