“When you move countries it must be exciting!! How lucky!!”
That is the typical reaction I hear. To be honest I have mixed feelings about this. The changes every 3 to4 years are not easy to tackle. Added to the visa rules and paperwork is the fact that we do stick out like the thumb in most situations.
In spite of all the challenges, I guess we have looked at it from an exciting opportunity toward understanding shrinking global barriers; Involving and learning communities and imbibing a few best practices in our lives. Here is one typical thing that happens
As we move from country to country the school menu has always added a little something to our comfort food list. Each canteen has its unique regional twists to the menu. Earlier, we bid adieu to Malaysia with a gorgeous takeaway of tomato sup bihun.
Guess what Sydney has added 😀
Cheesies or toastie !!!
Cheesies are the quickest fun snack to get on the plate. Perfect breakfast as my kids call it or the best ever midnight snack. The ease of putting a toastie together has taken the satisfaction levels up a notch. With explorative palates, the ooey-gooey cheese needed a bit more oomph. So here comes the addition. The slightly tangy perfectly spicy jalapeno pickles make the magical difference. The quick 10 pickling technique is what I have used to fix up this treat. I have to be honest and say I am sure it will stay for a long time, but in my household, it really doesn’t take long to finish the bottle of pickled Jalapenos. This quick pickling technique is explained step by step in the recipe card below and it is a favourite keeper condiment to go with crackers, the curry buns and even on the tapas table set up.
Get back to the toastie
I am sure this easy toastie / cheesie recipe is going to stay as the best memory as there is no better way to add it to that list as good food that you can look forward to. Moreover, with the children quickly becoming mini-adults, I guess it means a lot to us as parents to hold on to these memories. Here is a totally different one we adapted from our Aussie experience.
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Enjoy the country you are in and hopefully, we will be one peaceful world one day.