Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lemon Sponge Cake


My wife is the baker at home, she baked this lemon sponge cake a few days ago. It was a bit too sour for me on it's own, but with the whipped cream it was perfect, specially with a nice cup of coffee.

Käse-Speck-Brezeln

There were a few pretzels left in the freezer from the weekend of Caroline's visit. Had nothing else for breakfast so I baked them this morning. I made two with cheese and bacon for the boy and I, my wife had the regular ones. They taste much better than the ones we buy at the bakery, fresh and moist.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

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We have to get a passport for you for our trip in July. Your mother used photoshop to make these, very cool I have to say. Your hair is funky as usual. Btw, you're already teething. I discovered that yesterday, front teeth on the bottom. Hope they don't hurt too much.

Chicken, Grass Mushrooms Stirfry


Not much to this dinner dish really, just julienn the celery, carrots, chicken and half the mushrooms. Saute some garlic and ginger, add the ingredients, season, and finish with a oyster sauce/starch/water mix. Also made a chestnut chicken stew, wanted to finish the precooked chestnuts before it gets too warm.

Porkballs Congee



When I was a kid I never ate fish, so my mother would make fish congee so that I can't pick out the little pieces of fish in it. Hated it, but the porkballs one I liked. Today I made it for lunch after our jog. For the porkballs I used minced pork, made it all sticky with the back of the knife, and then added some chopped up preserved Chinese cabbage, mixed with a sprinkle of cornstarch, some salt, sugar, and pepper. Didn't have enough time to cook the congee we were all hungry, so it was a bit watery, but tastewise it was good. Even my wife who is not a big fan of congee had two big bowls.

Sunday Breakfast



I have two weeks off for Easter, and this weekend I really didn't want to do anything, lots of errands waiting for me though. On Sunday we had a chilled breakfast, nothing fancy, just bacon, blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. First time this year for strawberries, they tasted lovely. Kai could say the word 'strawberry' now, kept asking for more. The other exciting thing was the new French press I bought, we gave it a test run, much bigger volumn then the other coffee make we have. As usual I made the batter and my wife fried the pancakes, I can never make nice ones, not patient enough I suppose. That's what I call teamwork.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Spinach Bacon Pizza


Rebecca took the kids out in the morning so that I can finish my assignment. I took a small break from

it to make this lunch. For the dough I dissolved the yeast with hot water, and then mixed it into the flour with a dash of salt. Worked it for a bit and let it sit for 30 mins in a warm place. For the topping I pretty much used the leftovers from the fridge. Found some frozen spinach, a package of bacon, some gouda, a piece of mozarella, and a big red onion. Instead of a red sauce I made a white one using sourcream and a dash of olive oil. Baked the whole thing at max for 15 mins.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

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There's nothing like cooking for friends and family. I actually don't have any pictures of me cooking, thanks to Caroline for this one. Notice that I use the big Chinese knife, I use it for everything, even when I cook western food, I think that night I made Cordon Bleu. When I go home in the summer I should cook more for my parents and sister, that's if my mother lets me make a big mess in her kitchen.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

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Caroline is here for for a couple of days, it is very nice to catch up. As always the good times are never long enough, but in the 2 days that she's been here she did manage to snap some nice pictures of you kids. Kai seemed to enjoyed her company especially.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Braised Chinese Briskets


I actually made this for my wife a couple of days ago, there were still some left over, so I had it for lunch with some noodles.
It's kinda like a Chinese goulash. You peel and cut the radish up into rough chunks, same for the meat. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the meat a bit to get rid of the bloody stuff. Rinse and set aside. Bring another pot of water to a boil, add the meat, radish, star anise, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rock sugar, Chinese wine, powdered spices, pepper, and bring to a boil and simmer for a couple of hours. You can add the radish later but the stuff here takes a long time to get soft.
It's nice on its own with rice or as a noodle soup.

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So you are sick. Had a slight fever for a coupla days

and waking up a few times during the night. Tough times for all of us. Needless to say that you're not in the best of moods, even when we offered you cake. I was shocked that you didn't even what to touch it at first, after a while you warmed up to it and ate half. You did ask for a kiwi though, and I was glad to give it to you so at least you get some vitamins.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Pasta with Clam Sauce


Had half of the canned clams left, made a quick lunch with it.
Saute the onion, garlic, stir in a dash of flour, then add the milk/cream. Simmer for a bit, and then add the clams and capers. Season with salt and peper. Don't forget to cook the noodles, serve with parsley and parmesan.
Took about 15 mins.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Steamed Egg Custard


Lots of eggs today, went through a whole box, including breakfast. For dinner I made Chinese, steamed fish

and this savory egg custard. Usually I like it simple, meaning just eggs and nothing else. But today I decided to go add some mushrooms, leeks, and clams to the mix, and instead of regular water I used the brine from the canned clams. Steamed for 10 mins, served with some soy sauce, and sesame oil. Downed lots of rice with it.

Sunday Brunch





Had Meike and Stefan over for brunch today, I was so glad that hell week was over and only two more long weeks to go before the holidays. It's always fun to have them over, the only two people whose names Kai can say completely. So we can eggs, bacon, toast,

corned beef has, blueberry pancakes, and oatmeal raisin muffins. I've blogged the other stuff before, so it's only the hash that's new. Very simple, just boil the potatoes, cut them in little pieces, fry onions in a pan, add the corned beef and the potatoes, fry until a bit crispy, season with salt and pepper, mash it up a bit and serve. Of course there are different variations but this one is quick and tasty.

The pictures are a bit blurry because the lens is smudged, don't know how to clean it, any ideas?

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Your mother took you to Stuttgart to see some friends and family last weekend, so Kai and I were at home by ourselves. We had a nice manly weekend, Kai even got drunk, but that's anyother story.
Some nice pictures of you from your little trip, but this is my favorite, such a pretty baby.