Really, there’s nothing new to report here, but it is the 5th of the month which is the date for the regular monthly update for the first jar of padaek. This is what I’ve been doing from the start, so I may as well stick with it. Besides, I hate falling out of routine, and I like to keep my word, even if sometimes, my selective memory gets the best of me. So, without further carrying on, I would like to share with you a photo of the padaek with nothing much happening.
On to semi more exciting news – since the last update, I decided to move both jars of padaek – this one, and the more recent “green lid” #2 jar of padaek on to the kitchen bench. Before, both of them were stored in the kitchen cupboard, next to under the sink, which was convenient, safe and out of the way. On the kitchen bench, not only are they more visible/easier to observe, on a daily basis, they’re also in a warmer environment, especially when taking into account that they’re right next to the microwave and electric kettle. Thinking about it, I do hope that this is safe place for them. In actual fact, I think I might move them to the other end of the bench just to be on the safe side.
Anyhow, as you can see in the photo above, despite the move on to the bench and the fact that the weather has been very warm/humid lately, the padaek has still remained in “hibernation” mode. The green lid padaek also shows little sign of change/movement/progress, compared to its previous marked level. I will post a photo update for it on the 8th. As the days and nights continue to be consistently warmer/balmier, I do hope that the weather will soon somehow cause some sort of chemical reaction with the padaek and make it progress/ferment faster/properly. One can only wish for such a thing.
Perhaps a new update photo with water views will help. Oh padaek, when will you change, if ever?
Note: #12 indicates December. As I walked back to the house, carefully cradling the jar of padaek in my arms, I intercepted a family and nonchalantly greeted them. Looking back, it was a real log lady from Twin Peaks moment and I wonder what the family were thinking. Also, in case you give a damn, this is the longest time that I haven’t shaved off my mo and to be honest, I’m quite ambivalent about it. It looks nice/OK and all – mature, rugged and sophisticated ( in a bushy/shaggy kind of way), but some of the hairs have the most odd way of growing. The mo is thin so every hair counts and stands out, and there’s two right in the middle that are neither growing left nor right, but forward. Also, the hair on the left side are growing longer than the right. It’s weird, I know. Movember is over but I’m going to leave it on to see how long the other half can handle it. Sorry, no photos – not that you want to see it anyway.