Another week done, and life goes on much as usual. The weather is still fairly hit and miss, sunny today, but we’ve had flooded streets and foggy days for the last week. We went for a wander up Gushan (our local mountain) again with a couple of the new teachers this weekend, and the humidity made it fairly hard going, with not much of a view, but still all good exercise and a functional hangover cure. We paid the £1 entrance fee to the “18 scenic points” area this time, and had an explore around there, which yielded some amusing names for some fairly unimpressive boulders, (vanquishing tiger rock, 8 hermits cave). We never found out how or why the tigers were vanquished, and I’m pretty sure if you share a cave that small with 7 other guys, you’d be a socialite, and not really deserving of the moniker “hermit”. The views from the pagodas would have been spectacular on a clearer day though, so perhaps we will return and take some pics another time.
The real success of the week as been in our culinary efforts. we bought a slow cooker and a bbq with the intention of making something other than stir fry, and while I haven’t actually used them in anger yet, Sam has made some great progress on the baking front.
Fuzhou is famous for its dessert baking, and in terms of spectacularly ornamented cakes and sweet pastries it’s a goldmine of delicacies. Trying to find something savoury with which to construct a solid sandwich however, is impossible. This prompted Sam to have a crack at it herself. Those of you who are fortunate enough to have sampled her baking efforts in the past will perhaps understand my surprise, but so far, touch wood, it’s gone well. (I jest about her former baking efforts, of course).
The first loaf, we tried in the slow cooker, an its turned into a giant scone, but undeterred, we bought a bread tin, and moved our efforts to the oven. Loaf two was solid, more akin to a brick than bread, but served well enough for dipping in the two cans of Campbells soup we got hold of.
Our third attempt, given proper time to rise on the balcony, worked out pretty damn well. I managed to get a picture before we tucked into it, and by tonight it’ll be nothing but crumbs.
This probably isn’t particularly interesting reading, but we got pretty excited about it, and it is a taste of home we’ve been missing, so I thought I’d share it with you all. We shall update you in the weeks to come of our baking progress.