Sunday, 30 August 2009
Have a nice week ahead everyone :-)
Saturday, 29 August 2009
So dear Malaysians living at home, all I wanna say is ... you LUCKY you. Treasure the diversity of culture we have back home. And I am not referring to just food :-) Everything is under our roof and is within reach. I wish for my beloved homeland to be blessed with abundance of opportunity and good government.
Happy Early Merdeka Everyone!
p/s : This Wicke flower here smells gorgeously Jasmine-like :-) Love it.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
I have also included some snapshots of my personal favourite space around the house :-)
For example ... my Inspiration Corner, and another Board which I had wrapped up but have no idea what to do with it yet. There´s also a little box hidden beside the office room sofa where I keep my knick knacks in jar bottles.
Also, I found a Year 2010 calendar in the shop today but without photos on! Perfect. Thinking of customising them as gifts soon! Gosh .. how time flies. The calendars are out already! Next to the calendar is a 30 year old French Cookbook which Mama gave me last week. My god ... this must be the oldest cookbook I have ever owned. There is a possibility that the recipe here can anytime be more authentic than Julia Child´s. No?
I had lunch outside today with a fellow ex school mate to discuss about some secret project. It was a simple Fried Salmon lunch in a local Imbiss, nothing spectacular but the salad that came with it was not good.
Here´s to more corners around that house where the Aster´s trying to find a comfortable spot on. The top is taken on my side of the computer table. Left photo is of an old sideboard located at the entrance of our home. The one on the right was taken in our bedroom. Spot Imbi!
Another favourite spot in the house is our sliding bar table in our kitchen. Before I arrive, this high table use to be empty. But it is now filled with my cookbook stand, a water jug, three bottles of Italian Oils, and cake stand which I double as fruit and vegetable platter. Haha. And right now, Jamie Oliver is claiming its limelight!
Well .. that´s about it. Will show more in the future. Have a nice day ahead everyone :-)
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
BUT ... it is apparently different here in Germany.
It is actual size my friend. With only a booklet for information. No feedback required too!
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Arggggg ... I can´t stand this song!
A little update on food front since I have not posted much of it lately.
Here´s two typical item the locals eat during lunch in a cafe. The one at the top is made of potato base with brocolli and cheese topping, while the bottom one is Frikadelle (Minced Pork) Burger sandwiched with yummy Saurkraut for extra kick. In general, this kinda lunch break cost about 2.00 Euro. Not too bad eh.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Behind our garden lies a playground, and right across the small street stood this house with perfectly manicured plants and lovely flowers hanging from their window boxes. Whenever I am around this corner, this house never fail to catch my breathe. If I have my own garden, I would want it like that :-)
Its summer season hence a Caravan were parked next to the park behind our garden. Not too mention all the wild flowers growing around it. Nice eh. Heyyy ... can you spot our home from the bottom right picture below? The building smacked between the tree and the swing is our home!
This is my second time seeing black blooms. First time was in Keukenhoff when they had Black Tulips on display.
I love this Hydrangea copycat but with small flower petals surrounding it. Anyone knows what its called? There is another picture above (Pic 2, Bottom Right) but the flowers were in white and baby green.
As you can see, the people here are kinda fanatic over their garden hence it nice living in a neighbourhood where home comes first.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
This year, Mama added a plants to her garden. Mama´s Hydrangea is growing very well. Infact, the small plotted area are so BUSHY with the bloom so much so that we had to snip them off to be enjoyed indoor. Nooo complain there :-) Apart from that, Mama added two new pots near the door too. I guess Hydrangea is not so difficult to grow and is versatile to the point that the bloom changes colour when the soil acidity changes. What an interesting plant! Anyway, while the main ones are pink in colour, the two new pots are blueish purplish in colour and I heart them A LOT. Lovelyyyyy. Oh ... check out our blue plums. They are fruiting well this year and I can´t wait to get my hands on them to make confiture!
Our apple trees are bearing lots of apples this year too! Hmmm yum, yum ... I cannot help thinking of apfelkuchen, appelgebak, apfelsaft and moreee already ... haha :-) Unlike last year, all the fruits decided to reward us BIG :-) including our grapes. Oh those grapes .... I still remember excitedly learning from Mama how to make Grape Jelly with it. Anyway, now that Autumn is entering, Mama had also started buying flower seeds for next years Spring and I wonder what flowers are those ....
The picture below are of Mama´s gurkin and zucchini plant and a type of yellow bloom whom had been growing pretty wildly in our garden. Yikes! And these are the ones which I had been decorating with in our living room like crazy. While our Zucchini gave us more than we asked for, the Gurkins growth were stunted at around 2cm. Hopefully, more luck next year.
Oh lookkkkk ... I though I did not snap a pic of Mama´s new Hydrangea but I did after all :-) Lovely colour isn´t it? The other bloom I kinda fancy, and will occassionally use them for cooking and eating is the Schnittlauch Flower (sort of like Spring Onion). The pinkish one at bottom left are actually from a huge plant bearing three assorted colour flower in one plant! How amazing is that? No idea what its called though.
Mama decided to cut down the rhubarb plant to only one this year. Not sure why. If only there´s a lot like last year. I will than turn them into Rhubarb Liquor - something which I had tried several times during my Stammtisch gathering and I love them to pieces. It is pleasant tasting and super addictive :-) There are a whole lot more which I did not snap as I had featured them here before. You can scroll back past feature from Spring season onwards with Garden titles if you are curious.
So there you go ... Mama´s little garden which she´d put a lot of care into. Pretty little space isn´t it? Well ... better enjoy them as much as I can now :-)
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
Hubby and I attended the Kneipen Festival Ahaus last Saturday where a group of participting Pub come together to offer affordable selection of Beer, Liquor and anything alcoholic. It was interesting for me as I get to try various drinks in one night (not too mention recuperating from hangover on Sunday!) and yeah ... local beer, draught beer, Fruit Beer, Oak Liquor and the speciality of this region ... Red Orange Beer! I tried them all and looks like I found a new LOVE too :-)
In total, we managed 8 pub from the 12 listed with our unlimited entry ticket. Not bad eh ... for first timer like me. We topped up our drink chips twice where for as little as one chip (1.40 Euro each), we´re able to redeem a basic, small portion drink mentioned earlier. Though pricier than usual, it was worth every cent as the beer served were all fresh and COLD - perfect for summer weather.
The music was ... OOHLALA ... rocking good! Apart from top notch sound system being present there, the crowd were alive and kicking. I particularly liked the ones playing old pop music in Vivendi and a spanish group (I believe specially flown in from Spain) whom did a kicking version of Gypsy King hit songs!
To get from one pub to another, a hop on hop off bus service were seen circling the routes every five minutes or so. Happening! I though riding the hop on bus were an experience itself as the crowd in there were ALIVE on its own. Perhaps they might turn the bus into a clubbing bus next year? The funny thing is ... I did not spot any drunken the WHOLE night. This proves that Germans can REALLY drink.
Apart from drink counters ... the Imbis were hotcakes too. Set up just right outside each pubs, most of them are seen selling standard german favourite snacks such as sausages and fries. Apart from Doner Kebab which we grabbed earlier from a Turkish Pizza Cafe, we filled our tummy with two portion of Pommes (fries) and Wurst from Poland!. Though moderate in taste (the ones you get from supermarket and fry them yourself are way better), its a relieve to be able to grab a bite when hunger strikes.
We pub hopped from 8 till 1pm with Drebbers being the last :-). Though we had the drink chips left, we left the place after 10 minutes as it was SO PACK. We than though we´d manage Müllers and Schlosshotel next but my feet gave way. So off we went for a final Imbis session with Fran (whom we bump into upon exiting Drebbers) before heading home to lala land.
It was such an enjoyable night with hubby and we should really do this more often :-)
(with or without festival)
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Thursday, 6 August 2009
I know a few Brazillians here, and they can ALL cook very well. Fortunately, they share the same value as Malaysians - which is to catch up with each other over a meal and this happen to be one of their favourite past time apart from sun bathing :-)
Me and Debora was at Elisa´s place for lunch. She made a huge pot of chicken soup. On diet it seems and its a norm for brazilians to have soup for lunch so that they can show off their bikini body during summer. Now we know eh. It was very, very good that I had three bowls. The chicken drumstick was undercooked though (see picture, and I was the one whom picked it up btw) but the combination of radish cubes, carrots, onions and potato flavour made up for it. There is a hint of spiciness too, which added some kick :-)
Monday, 3 August 2009
Time to up my vege and fruit intake. My migrane is getting from bad to worst. I´ve came across many home remedies site recommending one to drink juices from grapes and detoxing oneself with lots of fruits and vegetables as remedy. I am feeling sluggish lately too. Hence, off I went downstairs yesterday to harvest a lil something to kick start. With Mama´s help, I harvested three Kohl Rabi, a bunch of green and purple beans (such shortie I know), a zucchini flower which was broken when I spot them hence picking it up and one tomato. Time to get cooking in the kitchen and get a bit well :-)
On the dining table?
Next to window?
Infront of window box?