Monday, August 27, 2007

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On Sunday we went for a nice ride on the bikes with the Katatumbas. We went to feed the wild boars and then headed to a park in a near by village. You were showing off your gymnastic skills to the ladies. Usually you'd only do it twice but this time with Regina and your mother watching you hung on at least 5 times. I started training you with the bigger swing, it's still a bit too high for you but soon you'll get the hang of it. Those little pants you were wearing, by the way, were custom made specially for you by Grandpa Chan.

Flammkuchen



This is very easy to make, I don't know why it's so expensive at fairs and carnivals.

There's a very good very good recipe there at Chez Teddy. I did it the classic way, which is with bacon and onion.

It's basically a very thin pizza with creme fraiche instead of tomato sauce.

Tagliatelle with Gorgonzola Sauce


This takes less than 15 mins to make. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Melt butter in a pan and saute minced onions. Add cream, melt chopped Gorgonzola. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Turn heat off and toss pasta with sauce. Serve.

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There are a few reasons why I don't like living in Germany, but they are mostly personal. For you though, it really is a nice place. There's so much nature, and space for you to run around. Not far from our apartment there's the nature protection area where the sheeps come to feed in the summer months. Just over the weekend we went with the Katatumbas to feed the wild boars. You also fed the deers not far from your grandparents place a few weekends ago. I never had any of this growing up, not in Toronto, and certainly not in Hong Kong. Your aunt aunt April and I grew up in air conditioned shopping malls. Your mother on the other hand played in forests and collected wild berries. Looking back, I would have preferred the latter. Hopefully you'd appreciate the choice we've made for you as well.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Brotzeit

The Katatumbas came over for Brotzeit last night. Brotzeit directly translated means 'bread time'. Basically you eat bread with various spreads. 'Obatzda' is a traditional spread in Bavaria. I made this one myself. Just mix chopped Camembert together with onions, butter, paprika powder. Season with salt and pepper, and thin it out a bit with beer. Smash and mix everything into a paste. Chill and serve with red radish. The other two spreads we had were Leberwurst, the German version of pate. And the other is called Zwiebelmettwurst, similar to beef tartar. Usually it's topped with onions and pepper. Of course everything has to be washed down with a beer or two. I got the special mug from Michelle, my student who is the beer queen of Erlangen.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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Here's a nice picture of your mother and I. It was about 2 years ago when we first arrived in Germany. You were still in your mother's belly, just like your little sister (or possibly little brother) now. We still looked pretty young and fresh. When you are reading this we probably would look much more 'mature'. You are probably thinking that we're just coupla old farts, but look, we were young once too.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Tossed Zucchini Pasta


Threw this together quickly for dinner. Still had one zucchini left, fried it with some bacon, onion, garlic. Cooked the pasta, gave it a toss with the zucchini mixture plus some tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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You are a big boy now, no more baby cups. You prefer to drink out of a normal cup. So far you've only spilt your drink once. Pretty good I think considering the size of your hands. Very soon you'll be drinking out of wine glasses.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Steamed Stuffed Zucchini


Ordered some organic zucchinis, used one for this dish tonight. Marinate minced pork with soy sauce, sesame oil, starch, and water for 30 mins. In the meantime soak dried shrimps. Peel zucchini, chop, and carve out the insides. Roughly chop dried shrimps and mix with the pork. Fill the zucchini with the mixture and steam over water for 15 mins. Prepare a simple sauce by diluting oyster sauce with water in a pan thickened with starch.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

IKEA Dinner


My wife went to IKEA yesterday, I asked her to get the frozen meat balls, the jam, and the gravy. That's what we had today. Haven't had much time to cook the last coupla weeks.

Btw, here's the site of one of the language schools I'm working for at the moment. You can see my picture and if you click on it there's a little something that I wrote.

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Your mother took these. I like them. Finally you're eating like a Chinese guy.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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Your mother took these over the weekend. The weather was horrible so we only went out once to the park. Lately you've been wanting to follow lines when you walk, your mother likes it because it helps you to learn to balance. I on the other hand see it as a sign that you're gonna blindly follow rules and grow into one of those people who can't think out of the box. I hope I'm wrong. Perhaps we should really think about moving back to Asia where everything and anything goes.

Garlic Butter Baked Shrimps


Quick appetizer idea. Simply wrap shrimps, shallots, minced garlic, capers, olives, and butter in foil and bake in preheated oven for 15 mins. Season with salt and pepper. Should've served it with some crusty bread to suck up the sauce. Instead we had some pasta with Alfredo sauce.

Garlic Butter Baked Shrimps


Quick appetizer idea. Simply wrap shrimps, shallots, minced garlic, capers, olives, and butter in foil and bake in preheated oven for 15 mins. Season with salt and pepper. Should've served it with some crusty bread to suck up the sauce. Instead we had some pasta with Alfredo sauce.

Garlic Butter Baked Shrimps


Quick appetizer idea. Simply wrap shrimps, shallots, minced garlic, capers, olives, and butter in foil and bake in preheated oven for 15 mins. Season with salt and pepper. Should've served it with some crusty bread to suck up the sauce. Instead we had some pasta with Alfredo sauce.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sunday, August 12, 2007

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The Katatumbas were over for lunch on Sunday. You were so hyper the whole time. It was nice to see you interacting more with Duke. Though I have to say that I was a bit jealous of Jeremy. You liked to play with him more than me. I suppose it's because he's really more fun, and definitely more animated than your boring Dad who just sits around and does nothing interesting.

Tex Mex Nachos




Hung out with the Katatumbas today. Really like them, cool people. Plus we've got a few things in common. Tex Mex day turned out great, we really had fun eating. The boys did too, munching on the taco shells.

For the nachos I topped the tortilla chips with some shredded cheese, jalapeno pepper, onions, baked and then topped again with minced beef, refried beans, salsa, sour cream, spring onions. The rest I've posted before. I just remembered though, tacos are among the first things I've ever cooked. I made them in the 7th grade in family studies at Highland Jr. High.

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I love this photo, your head looks like a coconut. You are much better now with the shampooing, of course you'd scream a bit but it really isn't as bad as the beginning. I think the trick is to do it very quickly so that you don't even realise it.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Gnocchi in Sage Butter


I am teaching this intensive course at the Language Center the past week so haven't had time to cook properly. The course runs for two weeks so it'll be another week before things go back to normal. I do miss my kitchen though, that's why we've invited some friends over for lunch on Sunday. On Saturday we went to get groceries in the morning and when we got home I made this quick lunch. The gnocchi was pre-made all I had to do was boil them for a few minutes in salted water. While that was going I melted some butter in a pan, crumbled some fresh sage leafs from the balcony and add them to it. When the gnocchi were done I tossed them in the sage butter, seasoned with a little bit of salt and freshly grounded pepper. Served with grated Parmesan. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes.Publish Post

Friday, August 10, 2007

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This finally came in the mail today, the reason for which I was 5 weeks away from you (and your mother).

Thursday, August 9, 2007

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More pictures from the weekend. You and the gummy bear lamp.

Monday, August 6, 2007

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Your grandparents set up this swing for you in their back yard. Rather than playing with it yourself you put the plastic bear lamp I bought for you in the flea market on it. We thought it was so sweet. Perhaps you'll do the same with your little sister.

Burrito



I suppose there's no right way to make burritos, but I know there's a big difference between authentic Mexican ones and Tex Mex ones. Made the latter last night for dinner.

I made the filling before I went to teach so that after I came back all I had to do was warm up the wrappers by steaming them (this way they remain soft and moist).

For the filling, saute onion and garlic in a bit of oil, add minced beef. Discard any excess fat from meat. Add to the pan corn, mashed kidney beans. Add canned tomatoes, and cook on low until water evaporates. Season well with spices, salt, and pepper.

Serve filling with sour cream and shredded cheese, wrap them up and enjoy.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

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This weekend we were at Grampa Gote's. We took many wonderful pictures, but these two are my favorites. You only missed a sword, otherwise you'd be the tiny version of Zatoichi.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

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This photo is little out of focus, but it's just so hard to catch you in the act of walking in your mother's shoes. You love to wear them, and not just these slippers, but pretty much all her shoes. Specially her high heels. I think it's cool though that you'd put one pair back before trying on another pair.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

回锅肉

This is one of my favorites, it's got the two things I love the most (no, not my wife and my son) but pork belly and spiciness.

First you cook the nice piece of pork belly in water for 30 mins or so. Then transfer it to a bowl of iced water and let cool. Slice into thin pieces and set aside.

Chop/slice/grate the garlic/white cabbage/ginger. Heat oil in a pan and fry the pork a bit. Remove from pan and fry the garlic/ginger. Add bamboo shoots and cabbage. Add a dash of water and cover with a lid for a few minutes. Return the pork into the pan and season with broad bean chilli paste and hoisin sauce. Turn the heat off and sprinkle in generous dashes of sesame oil. Serve with rice.