Fried Chicken … and Carrot Cake!

I decided to give the girls a treat today — fried chicken! Here, they mostly eat pork and beef. In fact, restaurants don’t usually serve chicken. If they did fry the chicken, they use the wings so I decided to use drumsticks for a change. I remember the girls asking me what KFC tasted like … I guess this is as close I can get to it. I used a generic recipe but added eggs and corn starch to give it a crispier shell. One of the girls, Christine, wanted to help me put them into the wok:

frying them up

Big brother Vincent came to join us later in the afternoon. I met him this past summer during the Cultural Exchange program. He had been planning to visit for a while now, and it was nice of him to drop by and spend time with me and the girls. He even agreed to sit through Cinderella 2! But sadly, there was no Chinese language option in the DVD so we decided to do something else.

enjoying the chicken

Carrot cake!

Like most kids, they do not like vegetables. The thought of making carrot cake sounded unappetizing. They suggested brownies or chocolate cake or some type of fruit cake. However, chocolate is not available in this area and I only had carrots in the fridge. I assured them that it was going to taste good. I guess they believed me because they readily went to work.

stirring, mixing, grating

They ended up having seconds because they liked it so much. Another success! At this rate, I’m going to have to look for more bread and cake recipes. Maybe next time I go out of town, I can pick up some chocolate. We’re on a roll.

sampling the cake

Since Cinderella 2 didn’t work, the girls decided to draw pictures instead. They have a school assignment to get familiar with the Taj Mahal. They looked up the picture online in my Macbook and started copying it. If my Chinese was better, I could have given them some more background information. More incentive to learn more vocabulary and improve my Chinese!

drawing pictures

5 Responses to “Fried Chicken … and Carrot Cake!”

  1. kim says:

    sp did they like the fried chicken? the carrot cake looks very orange, must have used a lot of carrots!

  2. kim says:

    do the girls come often? does it interfere with your writing?

  3. mbcohao says:

    they loved the fried chicken!! too bad I only had enough for one piece a person … as for the carrot cake, I’ve never made it before so I just assumed it’s supposed to look like that. I followed the recipe … by the way, thanks for the apple crisp recipe! it looks simple enough that I just might try it one of these days!

  4. mbcohao says:

    the girls come almost every night, but I can only spend extended time with them on the weekend … sometimes, they just hang out here on weeknights while I do other things.

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