STOveLEN moments

traditional stove
A couple of months ago, I saw this traditional Chinese charcoal stove by the roadside near my house.  Without hesitation, I took it home as it reminds me of my grandma’s stove and it brought back warm childhood memories. 
I grew up watching my grandma cook with this stove.  When my brother and I were older she taught us how to light the charcoal stove.   Back then, we would pour a bit of kerosene on the charcoal before using a matchstick to light it.  Then we use a handheld fan made from palm leaves to fan the flames.  And I remember my brother and I would get up early on a Saturday morning to light the charcoal stove to boil a big pot of soup for lunch. 
I kept this complimentary charcoal stove in the yard together with the rest of the empty flower pot.  Recently, Sydelle asked me to cook something using this stove.  Both my daughters think that this little stove is pretty fascinating.
Last Friday, I bought a bag of charcoal. On Saturday morning,  my hubby helped to light the charcoal stove.  He’s an excellent helper when it comes to stuff like this.  It takes about 15 – 20 minutes for the stove to heat up.  Then I put in a big pot of chicken soup to boil.


After one and a half hours, the chicken soup is ready and it smells amazing.

soup is ready

Next, I cooked some tomato rice.  This is something quick and easy and it goes really well with the soup.
Pour some olive oil. Saute onion, garlic and bacon
add canned tomato
Add a can of tomatoes
Stir and add some black pepper and salt
add rice
Pour in the rice[pre-cooked]
Give it a good mix.  Remove pot from stove and cover it for about 10 minutes.
lunch is served
Lunch is served!


  1. Thanks, Pat. Do you realise that you’ve made me feel quite hungry now ? But I have my morning porridge with banana and apricots. We have a clear morning and 18c. It feels perfect. I’m still a bit sleepy so I might relax for a while on my bed and listen to the radio. What are you doing there, Pat ?

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      1. Hello Pat. Today we have guests and nobody checking out so no big work but I am working. I am helping Kumar with his new booking platform. You too, Pat. Have a good Wednesday but maybe it’s already evening there

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