Friday, 31 January 2014
This soup is a MUST for me during chinese reunion dinners. My grandma would inevitable cook a hugeeee pot of these every year and all I remembered was, the happy smile on everyone´s face when this soup was served. The yummy goodies are well hidden underneath but dig a bit further, and you will be rewarded with something. Some people likes Buddha Jumps Over the Wall but to me, this is even better. There´s the lovely fishmaw, fishballs, prawns, cabbage, sea cucumber, pork bones and lots of garlic oil. I love it and this is the reason why I´ve cooked a huge pot for myself here in Germany by hook or by crook.
Thursday, 30 January 2014
More colourful post to follow, as it is Chinese New Year tomorrow and I´ve cooked up a storm since yesterday! As colourful as it sounds, it is my first time celebrating Chinese New Year out of Malaysia and away from my family due to my work commitment here. Not wanting to miss out, I went all out to grab whatever ingredient I can find here to replicate what I miss eating during the festive season. Some requires tedious preparation, for example this pineapple tart you see here but since it is hubby´s favourite, its my pleasure to make them. Today is officially reunion dinner´s day. It is the day where parents await their children from near and far to come home to celebrate Chinese New Year with them. I have been calling my parents every single day. Both of them sounded cheerful so its nice to hear that. But of course, nothing beats being there physically.
More post to come so I´m going to keep this short (besides, I´m working today! arggg!)
Friday, 24 January 2014
Easter is four months away but I can´t help bringing these lovely looking pastel bunny out. Our home is currently being festively decorated in red hues due to upcoming Lunar Chinese New Year. Its my first at home and hubby has been pestering me for plans and programmes?! I think he meant pineapple tart which he totally dig whenever he´s back in Malaysia. Oh well, looks like I have to start looking for a good recipe online soon!
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
What a long overdue post this is! But it is something which I´m very, very proud off and would be a grave mistake if I don´t share them here. It had been in my mind for awhile when I thought, hmmm .. instead of cooking the usual stuff for your yearly family feast that, this year, for a change, I should do something in addition for each to bring back to.
Point in case, my brother in law and his girlfriend who lives some kilometres away and is always munching in their car during their long journeys as I was told. Germans as one knows, loveee their bread so why not, bake my regular No-Knead-Bread and shape them into a wreath which befits the occassion. What I did to the regular recipe is adding in olive oil, an egg, some butter and substituting normal water with milk. And it worked marvelously. Our dinner was italian inspired so I added in some parmesan cheese and got them sprinkled with olives and seasalt ...
It turned out lovelier than I anticipated .. so I´m pretty please with it :-)
Monday, 20 January 2014
A picture speaks a thousand words.
It is winter here as ones know but it isn´t stopping me from buying more plants. Last year, I feel head over heels with Dahlias when most of the summer flowers wilted away. There weren´t just beautiful to look at, its easy peasy to grow, does not cost so much to own and maintain and, a little trick I learned which excites me even further is, the more you cut them off for your decoration needs, the more will surprise you the following days. I told myself, I´ve got to have more of these beauties next year which is exactly what I am doing. Now is the season to scout for new Dahlia tubers and look what I found :-)
I bought a few to be planted in a row ... can´t wait for it to arrive!
p/s : Photos credited to Poetschke Online.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
German cakes are so under-rated I feel that I need to do justice to it sometimes. Apart from the world famous Black Forest Cake, there isn´t any other cakes I´ve come across the moment I step out of Germany which is sad. Cake and coffee time in Germany is a big thing. But why aren´t they not making an impact begulf me.
One of my latest love apart from Donauwelle, Baumkuchen, Bienenstitch, Gugelhupf, Kaltehund, Frankfurter Kranz etc is this cake call Herren Torte. At first glance it passes of as Sacher Torte. But the moment you bite into it, there´s something to it that you can´t pinpoint but its delicious! This piece was store-bought, but I am very inspired to get to the bottom of this by baking it one day.
Just awhile ago, I found out that the secret ingredient inside are red wine and ground cinammon. Wow. I am more intrique now that ever! Stay tune for my mission :-)
Friday, 10 January 2014
Thursday, 9 January 2014
Hubby is thinking of starting a new lego architecture collection set. As for me, I have been painting a bit but ended up amateurish looking. Perhaps this `paint by number`series might help me a little and I already have a perfect spot for it which is in my PJ home for my parents :-) Hope I will finish them on time. The other two game on top is something new we got for ourselves ...
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Monday, 6 January 2014
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Picture above was my first attempt in making a Yule Log Cake, just two days before Christmas Eve. It was a disaster, even right from the swiss roll underneath. Nigella Lawson´s recipe did not work out for me this time so I reverted back to Mary Berry´s recipe. So here it is ... after much clamouflaging effect ...