Friday, September 28, 2007

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We stopped giving you breast milk at about 1 year, since then you've been getting a good night bottle from formula. We plan to stop that too when you turn 2, which is about 4 months from now. I am not really looking forward to it as sometimes it's really enjoyable lying next to you when you're drinking your bottle. However grown up you seem to be during the day, at this moment time simply reverses and you're back to being our little baby.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Salmon Wellington


Finally got around to making a proper lunch for my wife and I. I bought the pastry premade. So all I had to do was saute the onion in butter, with mushrooms and spinach. After that place the salmon on the pastry and top it with the onion mixture. Place another piece of pastry on top and fold in the edges. Bake in preheated 200c oven for 25 mins or until pastry is nice and brown. Serve with Hollandaise sauce.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

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I've busy with work and my studies that's why there aren't daily postings. Even though things have been a bit hectic we still took time this weekend to go for a walk with you in the forest next to our flat. You had a lot of fun, picking up sticks and poking us with them. You and I had a small stick fight, and your mother educated you on the various species of trees, flowers, and birds.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Coconut Chicken Soup, Braised Mushrooms Noodles



Very easy noodle dish. Simply stew the noodles with different kinds of mushrooms over low heat with oyster sauce and water until it's not too runny and not completely dry.

As for the Chinese soup it was a lot more work, had to crack open that coconut and skinning the chicken. Afterwhich just put the ingredients (dates, ginger, coconut, chicken, white fugus, almonds) in a large pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for a few hours and serve piping hot.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Chinese Soup and Teriyaki Salmon



I'm not very good at making Chinese soups. Just remembered that my mother makes this one a lot. And I so happened to have some organic corn on hand. Simply soak pork ribs in water, chop carrots and corn. In a large pot add the ribs, veggies, and a couple of dried dates. Bring to a boil and simmer for a few hours. Season with salt before serving.

The frozen salmon has been sitting in the freezer for a while now so decided to finish them to make some room. Mix rice wine, soy sauce, and sugar/honey together. Marinate the fish for an hour. Pan fry the fillets coupla minutes on each side. Remove from pan and keep warm, pour marinate into the pan and bring to a boil and let reduce a bit. Pour sauce on top of fish and serve with chopped green onions.

Also had mapo tofu, served everything with rice.

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I know I've posted milk mustache pictures before, but these are just too cute.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Arugula Pesto



Ordered some organic arugula by mistake, made it into a pesto.

Chop the arugula, saute the garlic a bit in olive oil, in a separate pan warm up the pine nuts. Blend everything together into a paste while slowly adding olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, before using the pesto add to it grated Parmesan. This way it keeps longer in the fridge.

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We had a visitor from Toronto this weekend. We took Jeff to Nuernberg, saw the old town, and then headed to the Nazi rally grounds. We were really nice considering the whole time you pretty much just sat in your buggy and couldn't walk around.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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We thought you woke up from your nap so we took you out, but then you felt asleep again on our bed lying next to your mother. Sometimes I think you're already a big boy running and laughing but when I look at you sleeping in your sleeping bag I see the little baby that you were not even 2 years ago.

Zwetschgenkuchen


I came across the recipe in the Sunday papers. I prepared the dough, cut the plums and my wife assembled and baked the cake.

Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with a bit of warm milk and a package of yeast. Let that rest for a bit. Then make dough by combining the yeast with 280g flour, 100g butter, a pinch of salt. Line the form with the dough and layer the quartered and pitted plums on top. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake at 200c for half an hour.

Serve with whipped cream.

Monday, September 10, 2007

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On Sunday the organic vegetables supplier had a small festival at their schloss. We went there with the Katatumbas. You enjoyed yourself, playing in the hay, checking out the pigs, and eating giant corn on the cob. We remembered when we went last year you were still so small. A little girl touched your feet and you started crying. I wonder how much bigger you'd be by next year.

Bul Go Ki



Had coupla friends over tonight for dinner, Kathrin and Patti. Actually met Patti just the other day, fellow Canuck, Chinese-Canadian to be exact. What are the chances of that.

Found a nice Korean food site, followed the recipe for the Bul Go Ki except that I added lots more veggies and also the fennel I had in the fridge, plus shrimps.

I made an ox-tail soup to go with the rice and meat. Washed everything down with a nice German red and for myself nice warm soju.

The living room stinks so much of food I think it'll take a whole week of airing out to get rid of the smell.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

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On Friday you had your first haircut at the hairdresser. It took three people a good 30 mins to cut your hair. Not to mention the 10 euros we had to pay. It turned out pretty well though, better than my haircut anyways.

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I don't know why we bother buying you toys when you're happy playing with an empty carton box. Reminds me of that visa commercial.