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Monday 23 April 2007 6.51am
Reading that Kaptau, you should write a book about where you grew up, it sounds wonderful! what tasted like chillies though? was it the guava or red ants? or i am really stupid and read it wrong?..:-)
Monday 23 April 2007 10.28pm
It was the red ants that tasted like chilies. Many apologies. I have wonderful memories about my childhood with lots of stories to share. SE1 is the best site ever with lots of good people sharing simple things in life (e.g. lemon grass). The wonderful things in life are the simpler things in life. These are the best things in life:-)

Lemon grass is mainly used in curries and tom yam soup (thai hot and sour soup), not sure if anyone heard of 'pandan' leaves. I think 'pandan' leaves are only available in chinatown. Pandan is also used in curries, desert and even as a natural dye for its green colour. I'm pretty sure pandan trees can be grown here. The leaves are bolder and greener and they certainly don't overgrown so rapidly like lemon grass. They smell exceptionally nice and if you have any pets at home, they may chew them. The tribes in the rain forest would use the leaves to wrap the chicken for BBQ. They also made this wonderfully fragrant rice in long bamboo sticks and cooked them in large open fire. So, the leaves or the bamboos were the plates while the spoons are made from coconut shell/leaves. Everything was biodegradable. For a city kid it was a privilege to have such wonderful experiences in life. Before the monsoon rain came pouring, we would make a little diversion of a nearby stream. A rattan cage will be put at the end of the diversion to catch the cat fish during the rain. The cat fish would be collected after the heavy down pour and taken back to the village to be made into curries by the tribes. Grandfather's plantation was a safe heaven. Mum was never worried that I would be mugged. People in the plantation are multiracial and racism was never heard off. Mmm, I think I have gone a little too far from the current topic. Will stop here.
Tuesday 24 April 2007 7.18am
Kaptau, now i fancy catfish curry for lunch instead of a egg sandwich from prets!:-)
Tuesday 24 April 2007 11.00pm
Keep me posted here on how well your lemon grass is growing. Cheers.
Monday 28 May 2007 12.30pm
Ivanhoe and Kaptau,

my lemon grass has rooted extremely well in the water, the bit I stuck in a pot outside dont seem to be doing much but it has not died, so what miracle of nature may be hiding below the earth....
Saturday 2 June 2007 11.25pm
Thanks for the update!
Thursday 5 July 2007 1.52pm
the lemon grass stuck in the pot outside is showing nice feathery leaves....yippee
Monday 6 August 2007 1.30pm
Took me ages to get round to this, but I've now got some in a pint glass and they're starting to show roots. HOORAY!

...if you press it, they will come.
Tuesday 7 August 2007 6.36am
I was wondering whether to bring them in when it's colder? but I am so pleased that something fresh and new is growing in my garden apart from weeds...
Wednesday 8 August 2007 3.56pm
Don't know what to do when it gets cold Jan. Maybe start knitting jumpers for them ;0)

...if you press it, they will come.
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