Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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We did lots over the long weekend, even went to an Indian restaurant for dinner. The daughter of the owner gave you your first Chupa Chups, it took you no time before you got the hang of it. We didn't know why you kept drooling though. In any case you had fun playing with the little girl, her name was Siya.

Today is your mother's birthday, we're going to a concert without you. Kai Pantel will be here baby sitting. Hope all goes well and that you enjoy your time with uncle Kai.

Chicken Adobo


Don't get put off by the photo, this dish taste much better than it looks. The Filipino version of the Chinese soy sauce chicken.

In a big pot bring to a boil and simmer chicken, crushed garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves, black peppercorn, water. Cook the chicken for 30 mins or until tender. Remove from sauce and fry in oil until the skin is crispy. Serve with rice and sauce.

The sauce is the best thing, make sure you save it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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On the day we went to the Bergkirchweih your mother took some nice pictures of us. I wouldn't have gone on the ride if you didn't point at it with such excitement. You should know that I don't do well at amusement parks, but seeing you so happy was worth the light headedness and the nausea.

Monday, May 28, 2007

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You've been on the Ferris wheel a few times now, but this time was probably the first time that you knew what was going on. We were at the annual beer festival - the Bergkirchweih. We came last year too but you were only a few months and still on breast milk. This year you really had a blast. You ate crepes, then your mother's candied apple, and then some of my pork knuckle. Maybe next year you'll be ready to have a sip of beer.

Baba Ganoush and Marinated Goat Cheese



Baba ganoush, basically an eggplant dip is quite easy to make. Half the eggplant, rub olive oil on the flesh side and bake with skin side up for 30 mins. Let cool a bit and scoop out the meat. Mash with lime juice, sesame paste, crushed garlic, season with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil on top and serve with pita bread.

The goat cheese would have been nicer if I let it marinate for another day or two. Crumble the cheese and marinate in a jar with olive oil, lemon juice, chillies, peppercorns, bay leaf, lemon peel, lemon juice.

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This is your sunglasses trick. I don't know why you love to play with glasses but hey whatever keeps you occupied. We were at the Africa Festival at Wuerzburg and you performed your famous trick for us and Daniela. Very cool.


Berries with Yogurt


There was really no cooking involved with this. Just something I made for breakfast over the long weekend. Put some muesli in a bowl, spoon in yogurt, top with fresh berries and honey. The nice thing about the weekends is that we can have long and relaxing breakfasts together.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

We came home late for lunch. Everyone including me were starving so I just made something very quick - spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. It took about 15 mins.

Boil the pasta according to package instructions. In a pan saute lots of minced garlic with olive oil. When the pasta is done add to the pan and toss. I added some cherry tomatoes, seasoned with salt and pepper. Topped with rucola and parmesan.

This photo is of the little boy's portion, he jabbed the fork into it the minute I put it on the table. Guess he was hungry, as always.

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We rented a car for the weekend because your mother wants to go to nearby Wurzburg to see a friend on Sunday. Today we used the car to pick up some groceries, and then in the afternoon we went to the Dechsendorfer Weiher, a lake close by. We rented a boat, which you took upon yourself to steer. But you were only entertained for a few minutes before getting bored, and the rest of the 30 min rental you were quite a handful. Things were good again when we got to the Chinese restaurant and you got some food. Naturally you chowed the food down like there's no tomorrow. Sometimes your mother and I worry that people would think that we don't feed you at home.

Friday, May 25, 2007

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I took you swimming yesterday. You didn't enjoy it as much as I thought you would. Perhaps it was because we didn't spend too much time in the kiddy pool. That area was too shady and therefore a bit cold. So I took you into the regular pool instead. I thought that I would teach you to kick your legs or to blow bubbles. But the whole time you're clinging onto me so tight. I guess you're still afraid of the water. I should better take it slower next time, or maybe some water toys would help.

Apple Pie















Lunch was nothing spectacular, just some breaded fish with potato salad. But I did make a nice apple pie for dessert, used up the rest of the dough from the mini turkey pies.

For the filling I peeled and cored the apples. Mixed the apple slices with lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour. I baked the pie for an hour at 170c. I served it with whipped cream because I forgot to buy ice-cream. There's still half of a pie left, not too late to get some vanilla ice-cream to go with it.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

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So this is what usually happens when we come home in the mornings. You'd be most of the time asleep in the bicycle wagon. And when I wake you up to go upstairs you'd throw a tantrum. Reminds me of your aunt April. I remember when we were kids she'd always fall asleep in the car on the way home, and when your grandmother had to wake her up she'd cry and scream. Next time I'll take a photo of you being nasty for the records.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Corn Chowder

I quickly put the soup on for my wife before I went to teach. Took less than 15 mins. Peel and finely dice potatoes, boil in lightly salted water for 10 mins. Drain and set aside. Finely dice onion, celery, and bacon. Fry until fragrant in a soup pot. Sprinkle in couple tablespoons of flour, add corn, then milk. Stir until thickened. Add potatoes and simmer for 10 mins. Season with salt and pepper. As I was at work my wife took charge of the picture taking. And a great job she did.

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I don't know if it's the warm weather that makes you lazy, but you just were just lying around today. On our bed, on the sofa, on the floor. Suited me fine as long as you weren't complaining. So I just let you be.

The t-shirt was given to you from Aunt Macy and Connie, way before you were born, just before your mother and I came to Germany. It really is a cool shirt, your brother/sister will probably wear it too. Hopefully you won't stain it like you did with the other ones.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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Your mother works for Siemens. It's a good company really, they take care of the employees. In Erlangen they have a big sports center for the employees and their families. Lots of green, soccer fields, exercise rooms, etc. This is where I work out. But today we came here to have lunch, so that you can run around a bit as well. After some ants chasing, we shared a huge portion of schnitzel and fries. You seemed to have enjoyed it. Maybe I'll take you with me to the weight room next time, so that you can start pumping iron.

Monday, May 21, 2007

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Your new shoes. We got them on Saturday at the Adidas outlet. Since we came to Germany I have been teaching at the HQ once a week. I'm entitled to a 30% employee discount, that's why most of your shoes are from them. Right now you are size 21, but I guess very soon you'll grow out of them. The rest of your outfit is from grandma Chan.

Mini Turkey Pies and Swiss Chard

I was cleaning the muffin form and thought, I can make mini pies with this. And I did, for today's dinner.

Originally I wanted to make veal pies but the butcher was out. Settled for turkey instead. Used up the organic oyster mushrooms, and a handful of vegetables.

First saute some garlic and onion in a bit of olive oil, then add the diced carrots, peas, mushrooms, lastly the turkey. Add cream, simmer with rosemary and thyme to reduce the liquid a bit. Season with salt and pepper. In the mean time prepare the pastry. Of course you can use pre-made dough too.

Use hands to combine 2 1/2 cups of flour with a cup of butter, then add 1 cup of cold water. Incorporate everything to form dough. Wrap with cling film and store in the fridge.

When the pies are ready to be baked, roll out the dough and line muffin cups. Fill with turkey mixture, top with crust, seal and brush with milk. Cut small openings on top of pies and bake for 30 mins.

I served them with some swiss chard simply sauteed with olive oil and garlic. My wife is not a pie person, but I really liked them. Reminded me of those pre-made beef pies my mother always bought when I was in Toronto.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

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Some pictures of our day out yesterday to Herzogenaurach. I teach here once a week. One time I found this nice eiscafe and took you and your mom here. This day we came with Kai Pantel.

You only let me hold your hand when you need me for going up and down the stairs, so today I took a picture for my own records.

After the ice-cream we stopped by the water fountain in front of the town hall. And of course you wanted to play with the water. As I was snapping some shots uncle Kai held you back from falling into the fountain.

And yes, of course you had lots of our ice-cream. You preferred chocolate over strawberry though.

Rhubarb Muffins



There were a few pieces of rhubarb from the organic food delivery, instead of making crumble again I made these muffins. Turned out to be my best so far ( according to my wife).

Preheat oven to 220c. Mix together 2 eggs, 1/4 cup butter, 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, a dash of vanilla. Then add a cup of yogurt/sour cream/buttermilk, 2 cups of peeled and chopped rhubarb. In a separate bowl mix together 2 1/2 cups of flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, and a dash of salt. Next add the dry ingredients into the wet, combine well. Spoon mixture into buttered muffin form, filling 3/4 full. For a glaze simply mix together 1/2 cup of sugar, a dash of cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of melted butter. Sprinkle mixture over batter. Bake for 20 mins.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Pineapple Fried Rice


Chopped everything up before we went out in the afternoon, so all I had to do was fry them in the evening after some ice-cream eating and shopping.

Fried the rice as usual but this time I used shrimps and fresh pineapple along with peas and carrots. The veggies were asparagus and grass mushrooms. It was a bit too spicy for my wife as I chilied up both dishes. Otherwise it was a nice, quick dinner. Afterwards we relaxed and chatted with our chauffeur of the day - Kai Pantel on the balcony.

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You were standing on the bed today before we went out, sure enough just seconds after I've warned you about falling, you did. You went down like a piece of timber and hit the sliding table at the end of the bed.

We tried to give you some ice to sooth the wound but you didn't like it. So I took some pictures instead. Your mother thought that it was almost perverted of me to take pictures of you in such state. But I feel that this is part of your growing up, as life is not just smiles and laughs. I'm sure you'll appreciate it in the future.

Friday, May 18, 2007

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This morning the laundry machine was on, and you kept going into the bathroom to check it. I didn't know why until I remembered that last time your mother let you help her put the laundry in the basket. So then I waited until you woke up from your nap to do the laundry, saved the fun stuff for you. You really did a great job, not one piece left in the machine. I should remind you in the future that you used to love helping with the errands.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

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You didn't eat for the last couple of days. I know how you feel though, so I didn't force you. But like the doctor said, I had to make sure you drink plenty. Had no problems there as you seem to be very thirsty anyways from diarrhea. I mixed your medicine ( an electrolyte solution that replenishes the minerals that you've lost) with apple juice. You just keep gulping it down like it was sugar water. Second day of being a nice cuddly baby, both your mother and I are loving it. Of course we do want you to get better soon, but we also know these moments are priceless.

For other concerned parents with children who's got diarrhea, here's a pretty good page.