Monday, May 26, 2008

Basil Chicken and Black Bean Shrimps

Didn't have much at home, just ramaged through the fridge to use whatever was there to make this psuedo Chinese meal.
For the shrimps just stir fry some onion, add the green pepper, then the shrimps, followed by the black bean paste, a dash of sugar, a dash of salt, and some cooking wine. Less than 10 mins including prep.
The chicken is also some kinda stirfry except the basil leaves were fried to crunchy before hand. Leave only a bit of oil for the chicken pieces and garlic, fry until almost done, season with soy sauce, sugar, and whateverelse you fancy, then stir in the basil gently. Both are nice with a big bowl of rice. Speaking of which I found some red rice here, can't wait to try it.


I like this picture, eventhough you look a bit dazed. It looks as if you were sitting in your throne, in some ways that is true, as you are and will always be my little princess there is and always will be a special place for you in my heart. But then of course it is much nicer to sit on a real throne than a metaphoric one.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


You and your funny faces, I don't know about other kids, but you're so animated. Sometimes I really think that I have a cartoon character for a son. I especially like your smile, it's very different to mine, I always close my mouth when I smile, somewhat reserved. You on the other hand always smile with your little mouth wide open showing off your little pearly whites.

Friday, May 23, 2008


Your upper front teeth are about to come out, already six months old, time really does fly. This is an awkward picture because I caught you trying to turn. You can't turn completely yet but you're half way there. Very soon you'll be crawling all over the place, and from then on there's no stopping you.

Almost Vegetarian Lunch

I don't know how I came across this book but I am glad that I bought it. It contains simple vegetarian recipes that are easy to make and flavorful. I tried some of them for lunch and they were a big hit with the wife and kid.

First off there's the stuffed Chinese mushrooms with tofu. Then there's the tofu with mushroom sauce ( I added conpoy and used oyster sauce as a base so hence the almost vegetarian part). Lastly I tried to salvage the natto beans by following one of the simple recipes. Added soy sauce, lemon juice, and sliced okra to it garnished with lemon zest. The wife still didn't like it so I ended up packing it for dinner at work.

It's a great book, check it out. The Enlightened Kitchen by mari Fujii.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


People say that the second child is often less photographed, perhaps it's the fact that the element of excitement is missing, or the fact that parents are more occupied with two children. Whatever the reason, this seems to be true in our case, what is worse I think, is that we rarely take pictures of the two of you together. We really should make a concious effort to change that.

Natto Beans

There wasn't any cooking involved for this breakfast, which is great, minimum effort and maximum nutrition. Unfortunately neither the wife nor the boy was a fan of the natto beans, which not surprisingly costs an arm and a leg in Germany.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Just like last year we went for a little bike ride and a picnic on mother's day, the difference is that this year we had Anna with us too. We had grilled veggies and stuffed grape leaves, and Turkish bread, even Anna had some too. I tried to teach Kai to say Happy Mother's Day but all the mother was missing so it was just Happy Day, still made us very happy. Next year you probably will teach Anna though, maybe we'd even have another new baby.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Vietnamese Ricepaper Rolls

I used the two leftover porkchops and the pickled carrots to make sandwiches for lunch. As a side I made these rolls. Basically you can stuff them with anything, the main ingredient is rice noodles, and I added shrimps, lettuce, some of the sliced porkchops, beansprouts, woodear, and basil. Soak the rice paper in water piece by piece by a few seconds, roll everything up, and serve with a dipping sauce by combining fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, and chillies.

Lemongrass Porkchops

Had some lemongrass that needed to be used up. And since the grill is already up, Vietnamese pork chops were a no brainer.

Mince lemongrass and garlic, mix chops with it plus generous dashes of fish sauce and lime juice, and some sugar to balance out the taste. Let marinate for a while and grill for about 15 mins. Serve with some fried onions on top. The Vietnamese spring rolls were homemade by my friend at the Asiashop who happens to be Chinese-Vietnamese. For sides I pickled some carrots and cucumbers with vinegar, sugar, and chillies.

Monday, May 12, 2008


I knew you wouldn't eat the veggies so made a special all shrimp skewer for you, you took your time with it but eventually finished it. Your first skewer ever, a Kodak moment for sure.

Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

The weather finally warmed up. Set up the electric grill on the balcony, grilled some sausages last night and today did something little fancier. Marinated the shrimps and zucchini in a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, dill, paprika, salt and pepper. Soak the skewers in water for a bit so that they don't burn. Ate them with the rest of the stuffed grape leaves. The boy liked them too but only picked out the shrimps. He's suspicious of anything that's greem in color, except for peas.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Love these pictures. You are a happy kid, always smiling. I really hope that you will grow up to be a happy person. I mean of course you need to be smart and good looking and all that. But I get older, I realise that the most important thing in life really is happiness.

Stuffed Grape Leaves

The filling is the same as the peppers, but I used some grape leaves this time. Wrap them up and stack them tightly in a pot. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice on top, add enough water to cover them. Put a plate on top to secure them throughout the 45 mins of cooking. Serve with yogurt.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Stuffed Peppers

I've done these before but this time the result was better. Mixed minced meat with rice, onion, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper. Stuffed the bell peppers with the mixture, placed in baking dish, dissolve some tomato paste with water and fill the dish up to half of the height of the peppers. Baked, covered with tin foil for 30 mins and 15 without. Serve with rice, and yogurt.

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Your mom bought some hair bands for Anna and naturally you wanted to have the pig tails too when you saw Anna having them.