We had exactly THIS last Sunday (the day after Christmas) after all the heavy eating but how come my version of Soupe Auvergnate looks retarded? It tasted marvelous nevertheless, especially with freshly baked Ina Garten´s Gougeres and hubby´s freshly baked bread. We even had a glass each Riesling wine which we ordered not long ago, along with Pannacotta for dessert. Now, this is what I call a Sunday Meal :-)
Monday, 28 December 2009
Errr ... can fix the lights in our wardrobe Lou Kung??? Haha!
Saturday, 26 December 2009
Dinner was kept simple but delicious. It did not take long before the timer indicated that the Hawaii Schnitzel were ready in the oven. Not more than 20 minutes, and just about time for Mama to chop her mushroom and paprika up for a quick stir fry. The side rice were kept simple too, just lightly toasted with butter and herbs to fragrant it up. This year, Mama brought out a bottle of Champagne from another producer instead of Piper Heidsick or German Sekt. I like them better as it was not too sparkly. Sad to say, my tummy´s kinda sensative to good old German Sekt. Later that evening, we had a serving each of Pannacotta. We had more food the next day. Schweinbraten, Boiled Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables with Red Wine Pudding. All prepared with love from Mama Kocks. This is our Christmas.
Thursday, 24 December 2009
We are ready to celebrate Christmas and usher 2010 with the ones we love! And to you all whom had been frequenting my little space here, thank you very, very much for dropping by. Have a blessed Christmas and New Year everyone and see soon!
Sunday, 20 December 2009
So here´s what had been happening this week ... and perhaps, I will squeeze in another entry more before the final day if I have the time. We will see. Just incase I am not popping in here again, I would like to wish you all once more a Merry Christmas YÁLL and Be good!
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
- A cute Christmas Mug complete with teabags and coffee packets
- A pair of Winter Socks
- A Candlelight Holder with a tealight inside
- A Bottle of Homemade Liquor
- A Can of Whip Cream (to be served with the homemade liquor)
- And a Christmas Poem!
Now, now ... I can´t wait for Christmas Eve to enjoy them. Praying for snow now :-)
Monday, 14 December 2009
It was more than a Christmas Market visit this year :-) Thanks to Gabi and Marion whom organised everything from A-Z (even transport back to our respective home at 1am!), VIELEN, VIELEN DANK!
Patience, I must have ...
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
I found this song from a dear friend´s recent add in Facebook and boy, it surely is cheery for winter season now :-) Thanks Paula! Muchos, muchoosss gracias Paula for the Viking Costume! And, and ... wow, what happen to Alejandro Sanz? He surely looks good here!
I owe you a bigggg lunch when I come down to London :-)
To do list by this week ...
- Get hubby to fix the tires on my bicycle tires otherwise, my form submittion to Finanzamt will be forfeited!
- Start baking Xmas cookies. All the ingredients except for Almond Powder is ready. Gotta go pick it up too.
- Finish up the Bar. It had been three months since but only 80% painted. A bit more Ms. Kang :-) Finish what you started ...
- Remove the masking tape from the staircase. Also, wipe the white staircase CLEAN. Gosh, I am not sure if white colour was such a great idea after all now that winter is here.
- Xmas decor, my way. Hub did his round by decorating our Advent Candle platter but I have tonnes of ideas still. Since our living room is green and grey, I have been thinking of introducing some glittery blue into the decor. Found some gorgeous ideas on the net like above. What do you think?
- And presents, presents, presents ... Hub´s one is tough. I know what he wants but prob is, it will cost me quite a bit to get it. Should I, or should I not? Hmmmm ... Mum and Dad´s one is solved. All I have to do is call up this friend to ask if her dad has the supply. If all goes well ... we will have an extra companion in the house soon :-) As for Hub´s brother, we are thinking of getting him a case of this very, very lovely wine. He and his GF is such a wine freak so why not eh ... In the process, it is also time for us to stock up ours. So here we go ... another 2-3 cases to add to our tiny, little space but I guess, we have to soon make use of our cellar space at the lower ground floor.
Okay peeps ... gotta run!
Sunday, 29 November 2009
One is visiting the super power plant located right in the middle of the company compound. But sad to say ... it was way under utilised. Why? Because, this use to be the space for the army and they needed them to do ... hmmm, I guess whatever they need to do but hubby´s company needed the space to produce tipping trailer only. And as you know, tipping trailers are hugeeeeee hence, the space was really a good change. We spent a good 2 hours visiting each of the departments.
To put it simply ... it is a darn cool personal transport which one balances on standing upright, and needs only to tilt your body forward to move forward, tilt backward to stop, or moving your steer left or right for other direction. My first round around the course which the organiser prepared were a bit scary because this vehicle is sensative! It felt as though you might tip over with just a bit of movement from either your hand, leg or body. Tense up a little bit and it may jolt a little, go too fast and you may loose control at the turn. But after warming up and getting the rhythm right, it is like riding a bicycle. It was super cool!
Do try if you spot them! You will loveeee the experience ... trust me.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
So here´s to our Spring Garden next year. I hope to see you in Spring lil Ms. Tulips, Allium, Ranunkels, Crocus and Scala, deal?
Monday, 16 November 2009
Haley's daddy and aunt is an old friend of mine. Though we had lost touched due to relocation (Haley's mum and dad being Singapore base), meeting up after all these years still feels good and warm. Just like old times. Anyway, I did not hesitate a minute to meet up after receiving the invite from Haley's daddy as who knows when we will get the chance again ...
The party ... well, all I can say is ... Haley, their first born is one lucky baby!
I don't remember growing up having a party complete with customised invitation card (the one showned above), cute baby cakes, yummy Macadamia birthday cake and other delicious bites -and all being held in a nice white cafe, adorned with my favourite childhood colour. Pink. I only remembered blowing candles into a standard birthday cake with garish colour and eating lots of red stained coloured food such as hardboiled eggs and agar agar. But if one were to have a mummy whom happen to be an award winning photographer cum designer in Singapore, I guess all details will not slip through her fingers :-)
To me, it was more than Haley's 1st birthday party. It was a gathering of old friends with not just Leslie (Haley's dad) being present, but also Sook Mei (Haley's aunt), Joyce (ex-schoolmate), May (ex-schoolmate) and Helena (ex-party-mate) ... ahem.
The food was good. I would say that the catered food were geared more towards the adults. The Aglia Oglio were particularly spicy but good! Al dente and all ... it is such a simple dish but yet, I could not get it right. I was rather impressed with their Chicken Caesar Salad too. The caramalised Balsamic Vinegar actully lent an impressive smoky, sweet flavour to the usual bland salad leaves.
Bijou's Grilled Chicken Wings and Chicken Kebabs were really good too. Too bad that it was not served hot, otherwise could have been better. The Baby Scones were the first to finish. It was cute alright especially after smouldering sinful amount of cream and strawberry jams in them. Unlike all my 36-24-36 friends, I ATE A LOT.
For those interested to have their prenant stage or any other family related memory captured, do check out Allison's work here. Really impressive!
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Enough of swooning at her place eh ... lets move on to food. H, as usual ... prepared an array of local and western delight for 5 adults and 2 kids. We had Sushi Rolls (and this itself filled us up pretty quickly!), Damansara Jaya Rojak (yeah, the one from the Uncle infront of Atria and boyyyy ... it is still good after all this years!), Lasagne (from Delicious I think) , Salmon and Cheese Quiche (also from Delicious), Kentucky Fried Chicken (I miss this too!), Pad Thai Noodle, Potato and Pasta Salad, Leafy Salad, Stinky Blue Cheese (which I stayed awayyyy ..yuckkk) and Durian Puff! Yummmmm!
Whenever I am with the girls ... loud Yum Seng follow suit. It is a trademark within our group irregardless of location or occassion! The Lindemann which H opened up were nicely chilled.
Well ... everything have to come to an end eh. And so we parted after the session and hope to meet again before I leave next week. I hope.
Anyway, my mum want to thank those whom forwarded their well wishes here and some in Facebook. Now that she is a lot better ... I will be flying home really soon to be with my hubby again.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
- Grilled German Wurst (which is a must during BBQ here!)
- Teriyaki Prawn Skewers with Sesame Seeds
- Grilled Turkey Breast with Black Pepper and Butter. Turned out really yummy!
- Japanese Potato Salad but with normal mayo dressing instead of the fame Japanese Mayo.
- And ... Steamed Green Curry Paste and Ginger Fish.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
I did quite a bit of shopping before receiving the news. Now that mum is recovering ... I am finally in peace to post this up. Here´s what I did on the third day of the trip. I went hunting for an autumn/winter jacket in Geneva alone and look what I found :-)
Tried this one on .... loveee the colour but the cut felt retrain. It was way above my budget too. I think it was around SF 280 SF / MYR 940.
Hubby chose the one with silver lining while I kept the other one.
I have also added 3 french cookbooks to my collection, with one being Molecule type which came with some gadgets, a silicone mold and recipe book, of course. When not looking, Andrew sneaked in another cookbook into my collection too. Thanks! But eerrrr ... someone´s gotta help me translate those recipes!
I carted home french butter all the way from France to Germany with my 8 hours train ride, and thank god, its Autumn weather hence it was all in good shape. I also smuggled in Alpage and Doux Gruyere and lovely, loveeeelyyy Comte.
And Cailler Chocolates! All I can say it, it is so much more better than Lindt! And the best part is getting the Gruyere and Cailler straigh tfrom the source in Gruyere :-)
My only hope is, I hope there are leftovers for me to enjoy when I return from Malaysia in a month´s time.