I had an interesting day out grocery shopping yesterday. I went to Queensbay Mall again as usual, and as I was walking pass the Center Court from Second Floor, I was tempted to take a peek to see what’s going on at Ground Floor.
Interesting enough, it seems that they have rearranged the barricades in an attempt to make the 12 animals more accessible. And from zero (0) people taking note of those zodiac frames last week (besides me of course), I observed at least 5 different people taking photos of those frames.
I’d like to imagine that some of those visitors took note of the animal frames because they read my blog. And I’d definitely like to imagine someone from Queensbay Mall’s management read my blog, realized their cock up and rectified it. Makes me feel like my blog is at least good for something.
And then, when I was taking the photo, someone tapped me from behind and asked: “You RealGunners right? Why are you taking photos of this? I thought you already blogged about it!“. I turned around and saw a mommy carrying a toddler. No, I didn’t recognize her, and she did not tell me anything about herself except that she is a silent reader.
Yeah, I definitely think that some of those visitors took note of the animal frames because they read my blog!
Anyway, I think yesterday’s trip would be the last of my grocery shopping trips before the coming Chinese New Year. I’m going to drive back to KL on Tuesday, it doesn’t make sense to buy supplies for Monday alone. And I sure as hell am not looking forward to get into that insane crowd in the supermarket section again!
Even yesterday, it was difficult to buy things. I didn’t manage to buy any chicken as what I saw was not appetizing at all. I think all the good cuts were already taken. Instead I ended up with some frozen fish. Again.
I always thought cod fish is super duper expensive. But that packet with two slices of the fish, it was RM13.99. I think that’s cheap. But then maybe they are not cod. The label said “Frozen Cod Portion”, I wonder what does cod portion mean? Cheapest part of a cod fish? Or fake cod fish?
Anyway, I decided to cook one piece of that cod portion for dinner tonight. I was watching this video from FoodTube the other day where a Scandinavian guy did a poached cod and I thought I could do the same.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9bhgNmuzFg]
To poach the cod, I did what Bart did. Throw the piece of fish into a pot of cold water, set the water to boil, then take the pot of the heat and leave the fish to simmer in the hot water.
In the mean time, I did a broccoli stir fry.
- Cut up a head of broccoli. Chop 2 cloves of garlic and cut 2 strips of my not-so-secret secret weapon (bacon) to small pieces.
- Heat a pan with olive oil, then saute garlic and bacon bits until it smells wonderful.
- Add the broccoli and cook for 5 minutes.
When the broccoli is done, the fish should be done. 15 minutes, give or take a bit.
To serve, I scooped out the broccoli and bacon bits from the pan and placed them on one side of the plate, the fish on the other side. Then I squeezed lemon juice into the leftover garlic and oil in the pan. Mix the sauce up and pour it over the fish.
As I was eating, I thought, this can be an auspicious Chinese New Year dish. After all, I believe the cod is a staple among many Chinese (Cantonese) on the reunion dinners. At least it is a staple in my home.
It is a must to have a fish dish at reunion dinners, every year. After all, it symbolizes 年年有余(鱼) Nian Nian You Yu/Nin Nin Yao Yu. The Chinese pronunciation for the word 鱼 fish is the same as the word 余 extra.
年年有余 is literally translated as every year there is extra… And I’m going to wish all you readers today the proper translation..,
May You Be Filled With Abundance (of Good Things) Every Year!