Monday, 1 September 2008
Seeding & BBQ Day
Two weekends ago, we did our routine gardening again but instead of gardening at our balcony, we downgraded ourselves to the ground floor. lol. Juergen also trimmed the plants growing aggressively on the staircase leading to our balcony and I helped with cleaning up after that.
Back to gardening, Mama Else knows that we are keen on gardening, and space is limited around the balcony area hence the offer. Gardening on the ground was new to me but not Juergen, hence he proceeded to prepared the soil. First, he used a broom stick to impose some lines on the ground. When that is done, all we need to do was distribute the seeds evenly inside the line ...
Our first batch of babies ... and this was what we decided to plant.
Two rows of Spinach.
One row of Choy Sum!
I would have wanted more rows but little did I know that the seeds were less than the pimples on my face!
Salad for healthy days .. haha
And more salad ...
Ooooo .. ohhhhh ... and more parsley too. I only had herb seeds left and a packet of spinach but I reckon that I would feel jelak eating so much spinach once it is ready for harvesting and parsley, well .. I can always dry them or transfer them into a pot.
And lastly ... get someone big and strong to cover the seeds with some soil. Water them sparingly.
We also harvested these after gardening ...
Cressa ... which took 4 days for its sprout to show and another few more days for harvesting. A darn easy herb to grow and you can use it to substitute basil leave in your cooking.
And fresh, crunchy, flavourful beans ...
Since the weather was lovely, we decided to have a BBQ. For just the two of us.
We pulled the shades out in our balcony to protect us from the direct sun, bring out our breakfast table and two antique chair from the storeroom which were handmade by Juergen´s grandpa and looked so much like the chair in Van Gogh Bedroom´s painting ( really!).
Anyway ... have to remind myself to sit on them delicately. We moved the BBQ set from the spare room too and gave it a quick wipe. Brought some bouquet of flower for the table along with some candle lights too with cutleries and plates to eat with.
We are such romantic souls. *grin*
There is of course, food and drinks to go around.
Juergen made us a glass of Singapore Sling. It was really good! Just like the ones we tried in Singapore!
And of course, beer. The most essential drink in this country.
We enlisted our dear Ipod to be the entertainment for tonight.
While waiting for the BBQ item to cook, we digged into a huge bowl of pasta salad. In it were the most tastiest pieces of Roma tomato which we discoved from Kaufland. We seasoned them with yoghurt dressing and a bunch of Cressa.
These were some of our spread.
We marinated some chicken pieces with german sauce marinade and got them skewed with zucchini, onions and tomatoes. We boiled some potatoes, seasoned them with some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and got them grilled again over the pit. And it was so good.
I also marinated a piece of white salmon with some oil and lemon juice. Grilling them over was a bad idea coz it turned out dry and its flesh tends to stick to the grill.
For the rest of the chicken pieces (read; pieces that Juergen does not eat e.g head, feet, wing, thigh, drumstick), I had them seasoned with soya sauce, sesame oil and a bit of belacan powder. It turned out really well!
The far left were turkey schnitzels.
We also had some sausages too (of course), and zucchini from the garden.
In no less than an hour, everything was gone. We are both fast eater naturally, and after a hard day´s work, not surprising to find us gobbling down our food like speed of light isn´t it?
Another update ... Mama Else gave us 3 gingko nut for seeding. Honestly, it looked exactly like the gingko nut that we get back home, only thing is .. this comes with an instruction box on how to grow them.
The instruction says, place them in the fridge overnight. Which I did.
Then soak them in water for 24 hours. Which I also did.
After soaking, put the nuts in a pot of soil and water them occassionally. Its sprout will only show up after a good 4-6 months wait time!
But I did that anyway. Let´s see what happens.