Thursday, October 30, 2008

Punky Brewster's Tree house, The Wardrobe and other things...

I was completely enamoured by Punky Brewster's tree house, and my child-like wish is that whenever Dwight and I own a home, we have a splendid, sprawling tree that would accommodate a tree house. Yes, a good tree is important, not your average myrtle in front of California's haciendas. Yes, yes I know...scary, too. Children, fractures...all that. Still...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Changeling was pretty a 2.5 hour sort of way. Or was it just the premiere? Anyways, it took all in me to hold my tongue at some of the'll know when you watch. Loosely based on the Chicken Farm Killings in what is now called Mira Loma ( yeah, we're famous out in these parts), and a mother who lost her son in LA, Clint did a pretty good job for his second movie. There is nothing funny about this movie...except for the Del Taco commercial guy reading out a verdict in court. Hard to miss that one.
All in all...a good one, folks. Night.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Good Friends

We are grateful for the travels our families have encountered in their raised us with the keen ability to adjust to new homes and food, schools and playgrounds. We are even more grateful when visits from old friends speckle our days with impromptu runs to LA and San Diego, or just for good creme brulee at the Yard House. Samantha and Alden dropped in from Dubai, and have left us to travel the Americas. Gosh, we miss them. It reminded me, of the joy of girlfriend talks and nonsensical giggles late into the night such as when Alden stole Joanne's slipper under the restaurant table, leaving her to wonder if an imaginary cleaning lady swept it out on accident. It was especially hilarious because Joanne had sincere concerns about walking out of the restaurant with the unusual fashion of one slipper. Come back again, you can steal her 'chapals' any time. That, or move to Houston:)

I hope they don't kill me for this...the lovebirds had a California dreaming moment with Patrice Gaspard-Nelson ( she got me into this blogging habit AND she's a brilliant artist) who, at short notice, captured their love and friendship.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Cooper Wishes You a Happy Sabbath

This hunk of a hundred-pounds-Chocolate-Labrador has taken over many hearts in the Barrett and Sturt households. You will quickly forget he is a dog, and find yourself chatting with him as his piercing eyes do all the talking. Come by and see for yourself:)

True TGIF is all about Tea

A good cup of tea with cardamom, that's TGIF.

What's with the blog name?

What is pepperwater? Rice and peas? Key ingredients to the cultures of our lives. Tune in as we make amateur attempts to share in cyber world. In the mean time, here are a few recipes; Anglo-Indian pepperwater ( otherwise known as rassam or mulligatwany, as spelled by culinary linguists). Great for clearing the sinuses and even better with 'fry'.

And rice and peas- a staple in Jamaican homes, and I am a die-hard fan after a visit to Faith's Pen on the island. Simple, warm and comforting.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

We have arrived

Finally, a post for our family!