Sunday, December 30, 2007

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It's difficult to see from this photo, but your face is swollen and bruised a bit. It's because I slapped you yesterday, hard. You've developed this habit of not swallowing your food, you simply keep it in your mouth, and then you would inevitably spit the chewed mouth full out, disgusting. We've tried to be nice, but I just had enough yesterday, and when you did it again I lost it. I don't think I've ever hit you or anybody for that matter so hard before, on your little hand and your face. I'm not proud of what I did, and it hurt me as much as it hurt you. But I really want to rid you of this habit, hopefully the beating did the trick and we won't have to go through this again.

Chinese Pear Sweet Soup


Now that I'm feeling better, my wife is sick. She had a small fever and a bad sore throat. Made this Chinese remedy for all of us, even the boy liked it.

Simply peel, core, and quarter the Chinese pears. Soak, clean, and cut the white fungus. In a pot put pears, fungus, dates, Chinese almonds, and rock sugar. Cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for an hour. Serve warm or cold. Soothes the lungs and throat.

Hong Kong Style French Toast



Had this quite a bit when I lived in Hong Kong, I'd sit at the greasy spoon for ages reading my newspaper and smoking my cigarettes. Perhaps because I am going through a nostalgic phase, that's why I decided to make these for breakfast today. They usually deep fry them but as I don't have a deep fryer I pan fried them. Fill two pieces of bread with peanut butter or jam, dip in egg, and fry in butter. Ideally serve with syrup, but honey would also do.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Char Siu

Maybe it's because I was sick, but I really miss Hong Kong. Thought I'd give the homemade char siu a try, followed the recipe on wiki cookbook, turned out better than expected. Though it lacked that usual red color at the shops since I didn't have red powder at home.

Looking at the meat hanging gave me a strange sense of happiness, memories of the siu mei shops fill my mind.

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It's too bad that the picture is blurry, otherwise it'd be one of my favorites. We went to McD's for lunch and got this mask with your happy meal as part of the Bee movie promotion.

For some reason you refused to pose with it, perhaps it hurts your ears, so this is the only photo i managed to snap.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

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Some photos of you and Anna I took over Christmas. Call me biased, but I just think that you are the most gorgeous kid on the block, and I'm sure Anna will grow up to be a little lady as well.


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Goose



A little bit too much food for two adults and a little boy, but Christmas goose is traditional here so two years in a row I've decided to do what the Germans do. Roasted the goose for about 3 hours, made my own rotkohl, and 30 mins for the store bought kloesse.
To prepare the goose, remove intestines and fat from cavity. Rub inside and outside thoroughly with salt and pepper. Put goose in the roasting pot with a cup of water breast side down. In a preheated oven roast for one hour before turning over and roasting another two. Keep an eye on the water level, add water if necessary.

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This is Kai's second Christmas and Anna's first. We had a tree last year too but Kai didn't pay any attention to it. This year was a lot more fun, he actually helped decorating, and kept calling it 'baum'. I don't think he understood what the wrapped boxes are at the bottom, until I said to him c'mon let's open your new toy. It was a nice quiet Christmas, just our little family, next year would be yet more fun as Anna would be one year old.

Bagels


Merry Christmas everyone. we had bagels for breakfast today, a nice change from regular German breakfast, and the North American bacon and eggs.
Made a few kinds, simply with butter, cream cheese with strawberry jam, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers, and smoked salmon with cream cheese and pickles. The boy's favorite was of course the one with jam.

Mango Lassi

I didn't realise how easy it was to make mango lassi. Basically it's just mango nectar, yogurt, milk, and sugar in the ratio of 2/1/1/.5. Simply mix everything together and voila! We all had a nice chilled glass of it with the dal, butter chicken, and raita.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

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You, Anna, and your mother are in Mainz. I was looking forward to some down time alone but unfortuanately fell ill. One more class tomorrow morning and then I will have 2 weeks off, can't wait till you guys come back and open the X'mas presents. I've had your Duplo set in the basement for over a month now. I think also when you guys come back I'd try to take more photos of you and Anna together, but right now these will have to do.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Okra, Tomato, Shrimp Gumbo

Came across some okra at the Asian grocers, searched the internet for a nice gumbo recipe and found something from Emeril.

The only things I did different was that I added corn, curry powder, and a bit of chilli. Served it with basmati rice. I had really good gumbo once at this place in Toronto call the Real Jerk which is famous for their jerk chicken but for some reason they also had a few Southern dishes on the menu. Don't know if it's the same now, been years since I last went. Looking forward to going again this summer.

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A lot has happened since the last time I posted. Kai broke the laptop, family visits, Anna stayed at the hospital for 4 days, I handed in 3 assignments, lots of teaching, Kai began toilet training, bought tickets for Toronto in July, my grandfather passed away, basically just have been busy living. Some pictures of you Anna, you are now a bit over one month old, and you grew so much. This is really not fair to your brother but I think you already look like a little princess, with your brother I thought that he looked like a little yellow monkey until at least 4 months.

Puffy Sausages


Things finally begin to slow down a bit two weeks before the holidays. I have been eating out a lot, at the canteen at Siemens, and some Turkish fast food place close by the VHS. It has been a lot time since we ate breakfast together as a family, this Sunday we had bacon and eggs, along with these pufffy sausage things I baked.
I forgot why I bought the puff pastry, so I thought I'd just wrap the Nuernbergers up with a triangular piece each. Brushed them with egg wash and baked until nicely browned. Turned out pretty good, the boy liked them too.