Sunday, 30 August 2009

Crazy Auction and Goodies at Farmer´s Market!!!

We have just returned from an exhilirating bicycle tour to a nearby town where an Annual Farmer´s Market Festival were held. It was a 14km journey (return journey) - was not too bad a lenght really as we totally enjoyed the market but right now ... instead of writing in words on what happened today, shall I just leave you with these photos to do the talking, okay? Hubby is waiting for me to start dinner with the items we´d just picked up :-)

Have a nice week ahead everyone :-)

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Saturday, 29 August 2009

Merdeka Celebration with Wicke ...

I wish I can tempt you with photo of delicious Nasi Lemak or Assam on this special occassion, but as you can see, my blog had been filled with nothing more than photos of flowers lately as I have been eating a lot at home and cooking Malaysian delicacy sometimes is such a chore as I need to travel a fair bit just to get its ingredients. At times, I will have a meal outside but even then, it is nothing new. The same old stuff, day in day out. Boo.

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!

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p/s : This Wicke flower here smells gorgeously Jasmine-like :-) Love it.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Aster Flower Around the House

Aster is by far, my favourite of the five packet of flower seeds hubby picked up and
planted on our plot of garden few months ago. Although the packet came with
photo of pink coloured crysanthemum looking flowers, the real thing was far better.
It had not only the pink coloured bloom as printed on the cover, I was surprise to find white,
baby pink and purple hue once popping up a few weeks ago. They are, according to MIL, very long
lasting too and could last all the way till October :-) Nice.

I plucked some Aster a while ago and tried finding them a nice spot.
Can you decide which is a good corner for the Aster?

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Well .. that´s about it. Will show more in the future. Have a nice day ahead everyone :-)

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

GEFRO Soup, Sauces and Seasoning Freebies

Mama gave me another surprise today. She had apparently enrolled my name to receive free food goodies for trial and tasting from companies around here. She passed me a box after explaining what she did and so I though, okayyyy ... another one of those mini packet stuff which is so common back in my homeland. The companies usually produce them in smallest sachet ever and distribute them to as many household possible or even better, attach the freebies in magazine to reach out to as many readers as possible. The box on my hand was probably stuffed with LOTS of brochures etc ... I thought.

BUT ... it is apparently different here in Germany.

It is actual size my friend. With only a booklet for information. No feedback required too!


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The bio range which unfortunately was not included seem interesting :-) Anyone heard of this brand?

Saturday, 22 August 2009

First Lemon Plant ...

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And all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree
I'm turning my head up and down
I'm turning turning turning turning turning around
And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree

Arggggg ... I can´t stand this song!
But I am loving my new pot of Lemon Plant. Woohoooooo! I have been eyeing one for the longgggest time ever but paying 20 Euro a pot is just too risky for a beginner like me hence I held back a few times until today. Luck was on my side. A local supermarket was clearing it for 2.50 Euro a pot and there were only one and only left! Hidden in between some other bushy plant, it was just my luck that I found it, really. I told myself that it is meant to be mine this time and happily, it came home with me. My only hope is ... I hope I can keep it alive until it bears lemon! Haha.


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In addition, these are two pots of ... oh hang on, got to go ransack my bin for the wrapper for its name.

Backkkkk ... hubby cleared the bin already! How fast was that? I am sorry again that I am not able to furnish the name of this flower plant. So anyway, it was really pretty when I saw them in the garden centre here and was not too boring as compared to the crysanthemum plant which everyone seems to be picking up here coz its in season. But since I am from South East Asia and crysanthemum is abundance there. Besides, it is associated to flowers for the altar table and funeral ceremony so ... I try to avoid them as much as possible.

I was in the mood to grab some seeds for next Spring´s gardening but did not find anything I fancy except for this packet of African Bride :-)

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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

Flowers around my Neighbourhood

The bottom right photo was taken at the street leading to our home. I love the colour combo of this house´s Hydrangea. Sweet and lovely :-)

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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 :-)

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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!

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This is my second time seeing black blooms. First time was in Keukenhoff when they had Black Tulips on display.

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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.

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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

Our Summer Garden

I took the opportunity to snap photos of the flower plants and what not in our garden as well as those around our neighbourhood yesterday afternoon, seeing that the weather´s fast approaching Autumn. Time surely does fly here, and interestingly, 7th August 2009 marks my first anniversary living in this land :-)

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!

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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 ....

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Chilli Sardines, Kunyit Fried Chicken, French Bean Omelette ...

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My dinner last night. Alone ... while Hub was in cycling tour.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Kneipen Festival Ahaus - Livehaftig 2009

Once a year, Germany comes alive with its summer celebrations and Nordrhein Westfalen region where Ahaus is located were no exception. In most cases and unlike other European counterpart where their celebration centres around food, Germany is well ... what is Germany without its famous Beer drinking session :-)

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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 :-)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It was such an enjoyable night with hubby and we should really do this more often :-)

(with or without festival)

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Books, Books, Books ...

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Have a lovely weekend everyone while I bury myself into tonnes of

yummy book I borrowed back from the library :-)

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Chicken Soup for the Soul

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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 :-)

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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 :-)

Yum, yum!

Robbie Williams - Bongo Bong

Pretty cool video from one of my all time favourite singer. Though the song Bongo Bong is originally from Manu Chao, I thought Robbie´s version was really not too bad :-) Hear Robbie sing in French! Classic.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Colourful Harvest, AGAIN

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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 :-)

Somekind of Orchid, but not Orchid

updated 5th August 2009
They are called Alstromeria btw, thanks Chai Leng for the tip.
I am sooooo loving this bunch of Orchid lookalike hub picked up from Enschede last Saturday.
Anyone knows what they are called? As usual, I cannot help placing them around the
house to find the right spot for these beauties.

On the dining table?

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Coffee table?

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Next to window?

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Infront of window box?

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