My Kitchen, My Castle

Sitting in a dark room — living in my head and completely detached from my body — for 10 hours a day is not a good way to get over jet lag.  I have netted about 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night for the past three nights. Preoccupied with the lives of all sorts of strangers on the big screen, my present reality seems nonexistent.  When I walk out of the screening room each night, I forget for a second which city I am in.  I have been through more poignant or absurd or dreadful situations in the past three days than I could ever directly witness in a life time.  Such is the bliss and sometimes the dreariness of movie binge watching.

I came back to my hotel room after seeing four films last night and had a good cry in the shower because I had been feeling too much and doing too little.  I missed my family terribly and I longed for my kitchen. 

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My POV as I quickly walked by the dessert display…

One good thing about jet lag from the US to Asia is that I could get to the gym at 6 in the morning, which I did today.  I worked out on the elliptical machine for 45 minutes and burned almost 600 calories!  The gym equipment factories must make different machines for 5-star hotels, or the hotel repairman must have fixed the machines.  I guess the hospitality business is all about making the guests feel so good that they come back, and they eat more Tiramisu and Panna Cotta in the hotel restaurant, which I also did after the cry in the shower and after I found out that Serangoon Road was nominated for Best Drama Series for Asian Television Awards and I was nominated for Best Actress for the show.  All I needed was a little excuse to pig out and I certainly had one.

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On the set of Serangoon Road in Batam, Indonesia.

Crab lunch

Pigging out with the cast and crew on Sunday

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With co-star Don Hany from Australia

As I write this blog, I find myself fantasizing about cooking and thinking up recipes in my head like Angela used to do in Andover.  I re-read this email from her from April this year – subject line: I want to talk about cooking with my mommy.

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What I need to be doing

“…oh and by the way i invented my own zucchini pancake recipe that i can’t wait to try:

Zucchini Pancake Ingredients:

4 cups sliced raw zucchini, 454 g = 73

1/2 cup chopped onion, 80 g = 34

1/3 cup oat bran, 40 g = 150

4 large egg whites, 132 g = 68

1 tsp olive oil, 4 g = 40

1 tbsp garlic powder, 9 g = 28

1/4 cup pecorino romano, 28 g = 110

Zucchini Pancake Total Recipe Nutrition Information:

503 kilocalories

44:29:27 carbs:protein:fat

fat: 16 g, 6 g saturated, 1 g polyunsaturated, 3 g monounsaturated

cholesterol: 25 mg

sodium: 719 mg

potassium: 1838 mg

carbs: 57 g, 14 g fiber, 14 g sugar

protein: 37 g

vitamin a: 24%

vitamin c: 142%

calcium: 37%

iron: 22%

Makes four servings of 126 calories each. Carb side for lunch/dinner.

i don’t know if you could tell but i really really like umami flavors. that’s why i included a full tbsp of garlic powder and an ounce of pecorino also. i think even authentic pecorino is cheaper than high-quality real parmigiano-reggiano (the real deal from parma that has a seal and everything) so that’s good. it’s tastes the same to me since i am hardly a cheese connoisseur.”

I don’t know about 1 tbsp of garlic powder.  Sounds way too much, but I will try her invention with her when I get home and report the result on our blog.  Can’t wait!

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With fellow past winners of Golden Horse Best Director Award

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