Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

It is easy to forget certain holidays here in China. With Lucas working for a German company in China he was not given the Fourth off.   Not a big deal since we had a big barbeque last weekend and it was going to be just us anyway.  I didn't even really think about the up coming holiday until yesterday, without all those loud obnoxious store decorations we all complain about and make fun of it really is easy to forget the holidays.  To make it feel a bit more like home I took the kids to the pool for some fun.  They had a blast swimming around in the kiddie pool for a good hour or more before I called it quits and headed home to dewrinkle. 
Since I am officially sick of burgers I decided to try a different American classic for dinner, fried chicken!  I've never actually made fried chicken and I was disappointed that I couldn't find buttermilk which most fired chicken recipes call for.  Betty Crocker, who never lets me down, had a simple buttermilk free recipe though.  So with the kids watching on from the edge of the kitchen, no one is allowed in the kitchen while I cook, I took on my first go at fried chicken.  But, where would fried chicken be without mashed potatoes and corn on the cob? 
Feeling a bit heavy on the starches and fats I included a leafy salad with my Fourth of July dinner.  The chicken was good, but I can't help but think it would have been better with buttermilk.  The only think our Fourth is missing is a firework celebration.  But, we will only be in China for a short time, so, for now I will be happy with our unconventional celebration.  I've always been proud to be American, but being an expat I feel even more pride in my country and heritage.  China is a great country, but I can't imagine living under a government that does not allow me the freedoms I've always taken for granted.  God Bless America!

1 comment:

  1. No one allowed in the kitchen while you're cooking! How's my sous chef Lily going to learn!!??