Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Leftovers for Heavy Sunday

I recently watched an interesting episode on how to create wonderful meals with leftovers in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall´s successful River Cottage Programme. In the commercial world it seems, using leftovers are common but are all wrapped underneath the table for fear of customer´s impression towards the restaurant. I mean, who wants to pay equal amount for something which was left from yesterday versus something freshly delivered and made that day? Well, this it seems IS the western´s mentality in judging a good cook / establishment which I must say, is so contradicting to some practises in the East. For example the famous Hongkong style soup of the beef noodle. Those flavourful soup are definately not freshly made. Or, those Teochew Duck gravy where every spoonful is bursting with heavy flavour. It is also not a one day magic and it is not a secret to those whom frequent the joint, infact the cook sometimes boast about it.

So what I wanna say is, leftover has its own appeal if used right.  Over here for example, it is common to see mother´s cook stews in huge batch before freezing them for future consumption.  Everyone knows this, but why is that, that restaurants here do not do this openly?

Anyway, me and hub had Saturday´s leftover on Sunday.  I am not sure if it is due to the many flavours consumed on the Barbecue Day itself resulting in me not abling to detect the taste of some meat properly, but we both agreed that the Grilled Satay, Thigh and Wings tasted fantastic on Sunday.  The chicken wing which I grilled at very high temperature in the oven for sometime particularly was soooo good, I thought I was eating a Wong Ah Wah chicken wing.  That btw, is the fame chicken wing in Kuala Lumpur.  Either that, or my imagination is running wild and I am  missing home, again :-(

We had them with some fresh salad of strawberries, apples, cucumber (they have proven themself fit for consumption, means old batch la), lettuce, raisin and some sunflower seeds.

We had them infront of the telly.  Bliss.

Barbecue Gathering in Netherland for Impromptu Saturday

Today is already Wednesday and I have yet to post up what happened since Saturday! Alright, alright, I do have a very good excuse.  Since last Saturday, I had been given a lot of tips and recipes to try out from this Barbecue Gathering Session.  Chatting about food, after all is my passion and without realising, my time is gone just like that.  Just yesterday, I made French Macarons successfully from these chat sessions! How constructive is that? And that shall be my next post here but first, let me show you what we girls ate and made.  Take a deep breathe and remember, these are for 4 young ladies (ahem!), 3 dashing husbands (ahem, ahem!) and 5 adooorable children (which fortunately s true la) in the span of less than 8 hours!

First, is Zhang or Chinese Glutinous Wrapped Rice which Lannie made.  I love it because it reminds me of home and how my mum use to make them. Although my mum´s one is much bigger, meatier and saltier, this is the best away from home in a foreign land.

Our host I believe had also slaved thru the preparation since early.  Thanks DH Almere for your wonderful concoction of Fresh Malaysian Popiah again! The chilli that comes with it is still as kicked ass.  Haha. By the way, she has a lot of very good recipes to share so do hop over here if you´re keen.

Another one of her other creation which reminds me of my version of Rice Cracker/Sardine/Mango Canape which a few Malaysian Food Blogger had tried, these apparently were featured in some magazine and DH Almere could not resist to try. I say, good choice!  Remember how I use to stress my hubby does not take seafood.  He had lots of helping and these here came with shrimp! So you can say, happy was an understatement for me :-D

DH Drachten made these.  Colour was inspired by ICI latest rainbow collection.  Joking :-D  This is Malaysian Kuih Lapis which is famed for its 9 layered colour and if done right, you can peel them off to eat.  Thank you DH Drachten for another of your wonderful creation!  After seeing this, I am very tempted now to take up my dad´s best friend´s wives offer to learn how to make kuih the traditional way.  She use to sell nyonya kuih for a living since 30 years and each time her stall opens, her kuih will be snapped up within hour.  Shall I, shall I?

This is the yummy, creamy potato/shrimp/mango Salad base before it gets dressed up by Cucumber.  Serve them ala Bree is great too.  By the way, that means on toast la :-D

DH Drachten made Kaya which unfortunately I did not try.  I was trying to stay away from coconut milk a bit because I have a history of bad reaction since moving here. And yes, most of my curries uses milk as a substitute.

If I have to mention one more talent DH Almere is good at, it is food styling. Look at her effort.  A simple Bitterballen being dressed up with colourful, decorative toothpicks.  Do look out for her photographs too in her blog.  She really is a fast learner. I reckon, she is genuinely passionate about it and it shows.

Okay, a few food were not captured here for example DH Oosthuizen´s Fried Meehoon, DH Almere´s Fried Chicken Rice and Fries (which she is going to feature her recipe soon) and DH Drachten´s Barbecue Meat (Yok Kon).  Why I am mentioning this is that, I cannot help but telly up how many dishes we enjoyed in the span of less than 8 hours :-D  This Strawberry Salad with Crispy Almond Crisp. It is so needed to have something light to balance off all the heavy weight!

This is DH Oosthuizen´s Chicken Wing ala Jalan Alor.  This is very-very close to Jalan Alor´s version so all of us are eyeing this recipe from her :D  Well done CL!

The Indonesian Satays are very famous here but there´s nothing like good, old Malaysian Satay serve with Peanut Sauce.  Though it uses primarily chicken breast, the tenderness was evident and the taste of lemongrass, oh yummm!  Nuff said :-D

The accompanying Peanut Sauce prepared by DH Almere.  A lot of work goes into it and yum!

DH Oosthuizen Barbecue Chicken Thigh.  They were good! I have not one time tasted any sauce that is not good from her.  She knows her marinade mixture well and are all well balanced.

And this is just ONE session of the eating session. We had like, 3?  Pre boat ride, Post Boat Ride aka Appetiser Buffet and then Barbecue Dinner. Haha.

And the finalè, actually not quite coz we had a George Clooney after.  The coffee, not the man.  Althought we will not hesitate the man .. ahem.  This is DH Almere´s last masterpiece of Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream. Hub had two helpings after all the heavy eating, so take a guess how good this is? :-D

All and all, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves from the moment we stepped into the house to going home. Even during our ride back to Germany, me and hub talked non-stop about it.  DH Almere and her family had been really hospitable and we felt most welcome.  Thank you Blee! :-D  I still think you deserve to be called that .. look what have you accomplished!  To the other girls and the other family member, you know who you are, thank you for your effort too!  You girls deserve a biggg hug :-D

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sweet Pie Crust for Vegetarian Friday

I did mention around Tuesday that I wanted to try out two recipes from the DH girls.  Enthusiastically, I got the pie crust and filling ready but was soon dampen when hub came home with a not-so-good stomach condition.  I took the easy way out by chilling the pie crust in the fridge first and figured, I will come back to that when hub´s tummy is good again. 

When Friday came, I separated the crust into 1/3 and 2/3 portion to make two varieties of topping.  The original recipe for this pie crust is sweet base but I omitted the sugar because I wanted to make both savoury and sweet kind.  The savoury ones were stuffed with chicken pie filling while the sweet kind was made into a tart base for a simple, sweet custard which I later top with seasonal strawberries.  I am very happy with both the outcome because the butter taste was very evident in every bite.  Yum yum yummm ... but, out of curiosity, I do want to try out the original recipe once I get my hands on some really, really good rasberries when the season arrives.

We had both the pies for coffee break before hub dissappeared downstairs to touch up MIL´s recently reconstructed bed, and then the balance for dinner before he dissappeared once again for some last minute friend´s house visit and shopping.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Clueso - Zu schnell vorbei

One of my favourite German artist whom reminds me of Sting :-D

Königsberger Klöpse without Capers for German Thursday

A local supermarket chain reopened yesterday and without any second thought, I went to check it out.  I also held back our German Thursday meal planning to see what is on offer.  Then I came across Königsberger Klöpse packet sauce which requires me to only pour them over some meat patties and potatoes and voila, German Thursday!  But the course calls for an important ingredient which is Capers. 

And you know how things goes.  Of all things they don´t have, it is Capers.  Bummer.  So plan B is, grab a can of mushroom to concoct up my version of Königsberger Klöpse.  Sauce was a simple cream sauce with side serving of seasonal white asparagus, which I cooked thoroughly due to the recent e-Coli scare in Germany here.
So what do you think of my version of Königsberger Klöpse?

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Moelleux au Chocolate and Escargot Dinner for Fusion Wednesday

Thanks DH Almere and DH France for the gorgeous, gorgeousss Moelleux au Chocolate recipe! They turned out perfect, just like how I´ve seen on many blogs.  It was really chocolatey and rich, and for those of you whom wanna give this a try, I am thinking of sharing the recipe but first, let me ask permission from the recipe owner first yeah :-D

Check out the melted chocolate in the centre.  Glorioussss ohh chocolate :-D

Last night, hub had only these for dinner.  He had been working hard downstairs to assemble MIL´s new single bed from their old XL bedframe material eversince we decided ordered a new bed for FIL´s condition.  Their old bedframe must go because the Elderly Care personnel had requested more space from both side of which the old one lacks due to his bed mechanic being inside the King Size bedframe.  But what a pity because the bedframe was custom-made to match the whole house interior and it also holds so much memory for them.  Hub decided to salvage the material and shrinking it into a single bedframe.  In theory, it is straightforward but practical wise, the bedframe´s curves and design is not so simple to be downsized. But I believe hubby can do it.  He is very handy liddat though he is not at all from carpentry background.  His job involves more calculation and planning the production floor in a totally different industry aka vehicle production so I must say, Bravo Hubby!!!

Lately too, hub´s tummy had been getting upset frequently.  I suspect he has been skipping lunch due to urgency matter in his workplace :-(  Because of that, he´s been eating small, frequent meals at home ( I hope he does that too at workplace) and just the night before, he was having a hardtime finishing up the Nasi Ayam Malaysia.  Poor hubby :-(  So, I do hope he gets better soon.

I heat up another french inspired appetiser to fill up my tummy.  These are frozen stuff but I can say, it tasted nothing like the frozen ones I´ve tried in Livron, France when I was with my cousin sister. Though not so bad, they were undersalted and hmmm ... unspringy which this dish, Escargot is so famous for.

But I ain´t got a choice here.  The only time I found them was at Netto Supermarket during their French Fair week.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Nasi Ayam Malaysia For Asian Tuesday

Hari ini saya nak blog dalam Bahasa Malaysia, okay?  Dah lama tak guna ni, takut lupa pulak.  Ahhh, yang ni Nasi Ayam ala Malaysia dan inilah hidangan makan malam kita semalam.  Dah lama saya tak makan ni, so kena lah rajin-rajin sikit dan masak sendiri kan?  Mujurlah resipi Nasi Ayam tu tak berapa susah.  Bahan bahan pulak semuanya ada kat peti sejuk.  Pertama kali kawan saya kat England masak untuk saya, saya terlompat tinggi bila ayam yang dah dimasak dalam air dimasukan dalam kuali penuh dengan minyak.  Air dan minyak tu, kan musuh besar.  Semalam, saya guna pelbagai cara untuk men`protect`/kaliskan diri.  Haha.  Dengan kain dan pelbagai alatan dari dapur dan luar dapur.  Suami tergelak nampak aksi saya yang lucu tu.  Sakit kena minyak pencit eh, gelaklah la kau tu suami ohhh suami.  Tapi penting tu, biar sedappppp .... kan? :-D

How´s my rotten Bahasa Malaysia? Haha. 

Tonight, I have something exciting up my sleeves.  I am going to attempt DH Almere´s two recipe for dinner!  She´s been loading up the most yummiest recipe lately and I can´t help but try it! Stay tune!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Fried Brocolli & White Asparagus Pasta for Pasta Monday

It is strange that some people gets rejuvenated after exercising but not me.  I was in slump yesterday (haha) and walking around the house like a zombie.  It did not help too that I was trying to do some paperwork in German language and I can´t say it ain´t easy at all, EVEN with the help of translation software.  So after helping my inlaws downstairs to remove some parts of the bed (FIL is getting a new bed), I came up to cook these.  A simple stir fry pasta dish with lots of bacon bits for flavouring.  This style of cooking is very common with us before I got into the current planning action mode.  For a change, it is actually nice and comforting, not to mention quick!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Icelander Poppies, Pink Chilean Flamingos Peeping and Tacos for Big Feast Sunday

Yesterday, we were in the mood to do some gardening shopping.

My intention was to go grab something simple for our pot on the balcony and look what I found?! Icelander Poppies in various gorgeousss shadessss.  Its love at first sigh so I quickly grabbed two pots although they ain´t cheap.  Hub in return picked up a bush of Margarites, a small olive tree??? (yup), two pots of cherry tomatoes, a pot of sunflower, a pot of coriander (oh, that´s for me) and a pot of Lupine after hearing me sing praises of how beautiful DH Hamburg´s Lupine is :-D

Seriously .. garden centre´s are evil.  They make you part $$$ even before the ink is dry.  Look at the various colours, shapes and types?! How to resist???

After shopping, we decided to go check out the nearest nature reserve parks whom were known for their Pink Chilean Flamingos.  Some pair apparently escaped from the nearest zoo sometime back and had since turned an island located within a lake here into their home.  They had also multipled so much that the authority renamed the island Flamingos Island :-P

It is not a straightforward walk to go peep at these Flamingos though.  The park is huge and you have to follow a supposedly 5.8km trail before getting to the nearest point for peeping.  I find the walk BORING, with nothing much to see except for the occassional Foxglove popping alongside the trail.

This trail here is the more interesting part, with fields overlooking an old church and what not.  But mostly is just a walking path and weeds at the side.

The only other plant I find interesting are these Irises.  I have to be very, very careful when taking this photo though coz right infront of it is my super best friend aka Ms. Brennensel of which I had just few days ago a light contact with and quickly went on a stingy episode with my right hand.

The chart for the Flamingos peeping states 5.8km walk but we honestly believe its a lot more than that.  It is perhaps in the region of 8-9km but to make matters worst, this is the closest we could get to the bird! With a binocular at hand, the most we could see were pink spots on our screen. Not even a head le.  So yeah, you can say that I was clearly dissappointed!

But I digress because, the park people should be given credit for keeping the park this way.  If I wanna see close up, I should just go to a zoo where the animals live in captivity isnt´t it? Or better still, watch a program or read a book about it at the comfort of own home.

We came home tired, hungry and thirsty.

Good thing is, hubby offered to make us dinner :-D

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Middle East Picnic Dinner for Impromptu Saturday

21st of May.

I have again forgotten this very important date.

With blurry look on my face and tousled up hair which I´d like to think to myself its sexy :-P, hubby handed me a package yesterday morning before setting off to work.

Huh??? I said. Its not my birthday, names day or Christmas. Whatever for?

Ahhh .. open it and you will know.

I held the package in my hand still and went back to sleep. Like that.

At about 9am (yes, the weather had been making me this way for the past week), I finally understood the significance of yesterday. How could I, for it was the day we first met!

Thank you for that little red double decker bus charm loukung! I LOVE IT!

So off I went shopping to prepare us a nice dinner for the evening.  Our first date was in a well known Middle Eastern Restaurant in KL.  Since it is not possible to bring him to KL on such short notice, and of course the important thing being, the restaurant has since filed for chapter 11, I shall bring the restaurant to us then :-)

We did it with a twist of course.  With fine weather smiling upon us, he helped me laid the picnic blanket on our lawn.  Hub also opened up a bottle of our favourite Riesling from Mosel area.

We had Baked Pita Bread.  Served hot from the oven with chopped coriander, salt, pepper, gyros seasoning and lots of olive oil.

I skewed a few pieces of chicken drumstick meat on some skewers before popping them into the oven to grill.  They were then drenched with a special Middle Eastern sauce (package stuff) called Ali Baba.  It was surprisingly tasty, especially Ali Baba :-D

I boiled a batch of chicpeas to make hummus.  Unfortunately, it was no where as smooth as a real hummus because our hand mixer ran out of battery halfway and I was too eager to start the evening.  Taste wise was surprisingly good albeit a bit coarse in texture.  Just add lemon juice, basic seasoning and lots of olive oil, and you´re ready to go.  We both prefer them this way versus the actual hummus where tahini is use.

Tomatoes, Cucumber, Raisins, Coriander, Mint, Lemon Juice and Lots of Olive Oil to balance off the heaviness of the other.

We ended our evening by rolling on the grass and looking up to the blue skies.  It was probably around 8.30 - 9pm when this picture was taken, but look how bright it is still.  Oh .. I also spotted LOTS of plums (top) forming on our plum tree too.  It is funny that you start noticing things when you´re in a different position.  

How true is that in every aspect of our life eh :-P

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Salads, Lemon Curd Poppy Seed Muffins, Indian Curry/Briyani Rice & Mojitos for Vegetarian Friday

Yesterday, I had a little incident in the garden with a plant called Brennesse which left my right hand stinging almost the whole day.  Nothing I did made it go away.  I soaked my hand in cold water, washed it with assorted clearner and apparently, that made it worst.  I receive some tips to spit on the stinging area with my own saliva.  Did it but it went away for a while before returning again to remind me how nasty she can be.  Vinegar did not work too.  It got so bad at one point that I was scratching not just the part which I unfortunately had contact with, but also my left hand, my back and my two butt cheeks which my hubby thinks its funny!  Due to that incident, I kept myself occupied by baking, preparing a time consuming dinner, made cocktail, cleaned the house, did a bit of gardening (yup, but was very careful with unweeding this time round) and many other things I can´t recall.

I had a simple lunch right after the sting because contact with water made it worst so, just ate whatever thats easy on preparation.

I baked a dozen Lemon Curd Poppy Seed Muffins which was so good (ahem, according to hubby) that he ate 5 during coffee session!

I was contemplating back and forth between a Vegetarian Indian Dinner or a simple Magharite Pizza but alas, I was in the mood for something spicy.  The vegetarian curry was a simple concoction from Babas curry powder, onions, shallots, cumin seed and the likes before throwing in some root vegetables for some crunch.  Fresh potatoes went in, so as carrots and just before it is ready for serving, I threw in some chunks of brocolli for colour.  I love the rice.  It is from one of my cookbooks from a North Indian author and I find her recipes really interesting, so I think I´m gonna try out some of her other recipes in the near future.  The rice had lots of shallots, saffron, cashew nut, star anise and cardammon.  The whole meal left my lips stinging due to the spiciness, and NOT the plant .. haha

So, we ended the night with some rum, mint from the herb container, tropical brown sugar and lime wedges ... all mashed up and filled with lots of ice and top with sparkling water ala MOJITO!

That was how I spent my Friday.  How was yours?

Friday, 20 May 2011

Maultaschen & Nutella Buttermilk for German Thursday

Maultaschen are basically german´s call to Italian Ravioli or Chinese Dumpling.  Unlike their Italian counterpart where its usually poached,  then serve with sauce or cook in the sauce, the Germans I must say is a bit more creative when it comes to their little dumplings.  Apart from the standard way of serving and as seen here with sauce ala Italian way; they pan-fry them, bake them, toss them into soup (ala chinese), add them into a salad or stuff them with sweet filling to be serve as a dessert! 

Pretty interesting I must say and gives it a whole lot more reason to make them in batches, freeze them and thaw them for future usage and experimentation.  Haha.  But I made only 6 pieces last night.  Bummer.  Should have made more since the whole works is quite tedious.  But in general, we both enjoyed our Maultaschen dinner with spinach, cheese and bacon bits stuffing ala Italian way.  Sauce was from the can, simple stuff but taste wise was surprisingly good.  So overall, I classify the dinner as a winner.  Ahem .. :-P

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Lets Talk Flower Names and its Characteristics

As mentioned on my earlier post, Tanty Anna came over with a bunch of Peonies or Pfingsrose in German again.  These are all from her garden and apparently, she has quite a bit of it.  She had also earlier on offered to give me one of her mature plant to take home so that I don´t have to wait that long for our miniature Sarah Berhnard to start flowering!  Now, I bought Sarah Berhnard because I like my flowers in certain colours and shape.  So, I was kinda in a dilemma and was uncertain if she should dig the whole plant out just for me.  But after this surprise gift, I am having a hard time deciding which one I like best!

Anyway, I did some research on each to find out more about its characteristic.  The information here has been mainly extracted from wikipedia and the likes.

Peony Henry St. Claire is a brilliant double red bomb, late midseason with fine stems, it makes a good cut flower. The color carries a long distance in the field and the foliage is a glossy dark green making it easy to pick out of the hundreds of other varieties we grow. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

Peony Edward F Flynn has brilliant deep red double flowerer and is perhaps one of the very best to be introduced by A.M. Brand, later blooming than most other red double peonies. It is similar to Phillipe Rivoire but with stronger growth, more robust foliage and larger flowers. Plant in full sun. Good cut flower. Week 5 bloom date rating.

This is Peony Doreen.  Peony Doreen has large rounded light rose-pink outer petals that cradle a center of pink and yellow staminodes. The fragrant Japanese type flowers blooms Mid to Late-mid, season on strong 32” stems. A very distinct and striking peony for your garden. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

Digitalis purpurea  (Foxglove, Purple Foxglove/Lady's Glove or Fingerhut in German), is an herbaceous biennial or short lived perennial plant. The leaves are spirally arranged, simple, 10-35 cm long and 5-12 cm broad, and are covered with gray-white pubescent and glandular hairs. The foliage forms a tight rosette at ground level in the first year.

The flowering stem develops in the second year, typically 1 to 2 m tall, sometimes longer. The flowers are arranged in a showy, terminal, elongated cluster, and each flower is tubular and pendent. The flowers are typically purple but some plants, especially those under cultivation, may be pink, rose, yellow, or white. The corolla is spotted inside the bottom of the tube. The flowering period is early summer, sometimes with additional flower stems developing later in the season.

The fruit is a capsule which splits open at maturity to release the numerous tiny (0.1-0.2 mm) seeds.

Due to the presence of the cardiac glycoside digitoxin, the leaves, flowers and seeds of this plant are all poisonous to humans and some animals and can be fatal if eaten.

Delphinium or Rittersporn (in German) is a genus of about 300 species of perennial flowering plants in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native throughout the Northern Hemisphere and also on the high mountains of tropical Africa.  The leaves are deeply lobed with 3-7 toothed, pointed lobes in a palmate shape. The plants flower from late spring to late summer, and are pollinated by butterflies and bumble bees. All parts of the plant contain an alkaloid delphinine and are very poisonous, causing vomiting when eaten, and death in larger amounts. In small amounts, extracts of the plant have been used in herbal medicine.

Larkspur as it is also known, especially tall larkspur, is a significant cause of cattle poisoning on rangelands in the western United States.  Larkspur is more common in high-elevation areas, and many ranchers will delay moving cattle onto such ranges until late summer when the toxicity of the plants is reduced. Death is through cardiotoxic and neuromuscular blocking effects, and can occur within a few hours of ingestion.

Iris is a genus of 260 species of flowering plants with showy flowers. It takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species.  As well as being the scientific name, iris is also very widely used as a common name for all Iris species, though some plants called thus belong to other closely related genera. A common name for some species is 'flags', while the plants of the subgenus Scorpiris are widely known as 'junos', particularly in horticulture. It is a popular garden flower.

And last but not least, the Poppy or Mohn in German.  All species of poppies are attractive and most are cultivated as ornamental plants. A few species have other uses, principally as sources of drugs and foods. The opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) is so widely used, for both drugs and food, that its worldwide production is monitored by international agencies. It yields opium and opiates, poppy seed for use in cooking and baking, poppyseed oil for both culinary and other uses, and is also cultivated as an ornamental plant.

Symbolism of Poppies
  • Poppies have long been used as a symbol of both sleep and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy in particular. In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead.  Poppies used as emblems on tombstones symbolize eternal sleep. This symbolism was evoked in the children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in which a magical poppy field threatened to make the protagonists to sleep forever. 
  • The poppy of wartime remembrance is Papaver rhoeas, the red-flowered corn poppy. This poppy is a common weed in Europe and is found in many locations, including Flanders, the setting of the famous poem "In Flanders Fields," by the Canadian surgeon and soldier John McCrae. In the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand artificial poppies (plastic in Canada, paper in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand) are worn to commemorate those who died in war.
  • The California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, is the state flower of California.
  • In Mexico, Grupo Modelo, the makers of Corona beer, used red poppy flowers in most of its advertising images until the 1960s.
  • A poppy flower is depicted on the reverse of the Macedonian 500 denars banknote, issued in 1996 and 2003.
  • The girls' given name Poppy is taken from the flower.
  • Poppies (Amapolas in Spanish) are commonly featured as the central flower in Puerto Rican wedding.
  • Artificial poppies (called "Buddy Poppies") are used in the veterans' aid campaign by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which provides money to the veterans who assemble the poppies and various aid programs to veterans and their families.
There you have it ... there is so much to flowers than meets the eyes.