Sunday, April 27, 2008

Stuffed Eggplants


Finally got the time to make dinner for the family. There was an eggplant in the fridge that needed to be used up, and hence came the idea for this Sunday dinner.
I very often have this dish at the Turkish place not far from one of the schools I teach at, looked up the recipe, seemed simple enough, so gave it a go.
Peel the eggplant leaving lengthwise stripes, make a small cut in the middle, soak in salted water for half an hour. In the mean time prepare the stuffing, fry onion with minced meat and garlic, add diced tomato, season with salt, pepper, chopped parsley, and paprika. Cook until the liquid has evaporated. Pat dry the eggplants, fry whole until a bit brown and soft. Soak up excess oil with paper towel, open eggplants up with spoons, stuff them with the filling, top with a piece of tomato, and pepper. Arrange eggplants on a baking dish, dissolve some tomato paste with hot water, and pour on top. Bake in oven at 220 for 30 mins. Garnish with parsley, serve over rice with sauce.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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I wish I had more time to keep up the blog. There are lots of nice pictures of you two. I have got some pictures of you playing with other kids, hopefully I will get to them soon. Both of you are growing up so quickly, perhaps it's already time for another addition to our little family.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hamburg Steaks




I should have been writing the 4000 words that I need to hand in but instead decided to make a nice dinner for the family before the week begins again. A simple salad of lettuce, carrots, imitation crab, corn topped with mayo and salmon caviar. The hamburg steaks were quite easy as well. Just soak the day old rolls in water, squeeze dry, and then mix it with the minced meat, an egg, chopped onion, flour, and season with salt and pepper. Form them into balls and flatten into patties with a knife or by hand. Fry in butter or oil until cooked through and a little brown on the outside. I've written about the Tiramisu before so that's nothing new.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Saturday Omelette


Nothing better than enjoying a relaxed breakfast with the family on the weekend. This Saturday I made omelettes filled with ham, mushrooms, and peas. For lunch I made a braised duck breast soba with leeks. I used the soaking liquid from the dried mushrooms and soy sauce to make the broth. Love the new bowls I bought from the Asiashop.

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Your favorite spread for bread is Nutella, you would eat pretty much anything to satisfy us so that we'd give you that piece of Nutella bread at the end of breakfast. What's crazier is that you don't like to get your hands dirty, so if there are no where you can hold on to without getting your Nutella on your fingers, you'd grab my hand and make me pick it up for you. Talk about getting someone to do your dirty work.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

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These are not very clear, but it's better that way, after two years of fatherhood I have certainly aged quite a bit. When I look at you and your sister though, I almost always forget about the work and all the effort seems worthwhile. Have to thank Caroline for these particular Kodak moments.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Cooked Eggs with Green Sauce


Meike and Stefan were over for lunch on the last Sunday of my break. I've been wanting to make this spring/Easter dish ever since I was at the in-laws.
Peel and cook the potatoes in water with a dash of salt. Cook the eggs in another pot. Meanwhile make the sauce by combining sour cream with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and sugar. Whisk together with a bit of oil, mustard, and an egg yolk. Chill and before serving add a generous amount of finely chopped herbs. I used dill, parsley, chives, and mint. Unfortunately it's the most authentic version but that was all the herbs I could get my hands on.

Baked Leeks and Cheese Pasta


Needed to finish the cheddar so threw this one together quickly for lunch. It's exactly like a mac and cheese except that I added leeks to it and didn't use macaroni. Not exactly light, but at least it was vegetarian, a nice change from the heavy Easter meals.

Chorizo Stew


I forgot when I made this, probably sometime during Easter. I think I wanted to use up the chorizo I bought for the breakfast burittos. Basically I sauted some onions, and then dumped the sausages, bell peppers, and potatoes in a pot along with a can of tomato and a can of water. Simmered until the potatoes are cooked and then added the beans, seasoned with salt, pepper, and oregano. Topped the stew with some olives, chillies, and cheddar.

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You are already almost 5 months. My little baby girl is growing up so fast, already looking like a little lady. This was taken over Easter at your grandparents' place.