Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings and Green Onion Pancake

This filling was very hard to deal with. Rice vermecilli, mushrooms, carrots, wood ear, and the usual suspect of spices. Somehow I did manage to make them look presentable and opted for the steaming method. Ate them with some Chinese green onion pancakes.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


You're crawling every where now. Always on the look out for new things to chew on, smiling and laughing all the time. Your mother and I both agree, that you make it very easy for us to love you. Not that your brother doesn't have any tricks himself. When I took a bath with him the other night, suddenly he hugged me and said 'mein Papa (my Papa)', and my heart almost melted.

I was so excited to tell your mom. After listening to me, she said 'Oh, he pull that trick on you too huh.' He sure knows how to press our buttons that boy.

Asian Style Schupfnudeln

Schupfnudeln is a potato noodle, the German version of gnocchi. The shape however reminds me of the Chinese silver needle noodle, which is made with rice flour.
I decided to stirfry them Asian style for a quick dinner. Saute onions, then sliced mushrooms, carrots, tofu, add the noodles, then dark soy sauce, sesame oil, and a dash of sugar. When the noodles are done add the bean sprouts and egg. Garnish with corriander, serve piping hot with chillie sauce.

Lemongrass Chicken Wings

The chicken wings were made the same way as the pork chops I blogged a while ago. The only difference is that I baked them in the oven. As for sidedish, I threw together this bean sprout, carrot, lettuce, tofu, corriander salad, with a fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, chillies, sesame oil dressing. The three of us ate the whole dozen of chicken wings, even Anna chewed on the bones.

Wife's Cheesecake

As I've said before I am not a baker, even if my life depended on it. My wife is the official cake maker for our little household. It was very nice of her to make my favorite cheesecake for Friday afternoon. Brilliant way to begin the weekend.

Ploughman's Lunch

We had pancakes for breakfast, and then went for a nice walk. Before we went for the walk I put lunch on the table so that the cheese can warm up a bit and also to have food ready when we came home. I was a good idea, since we were all starving from the walk.
A traditional ploughmans's lunch consists usually of some English cheese (I bought yellow and white cheddar, and some stilton), pickles, bread, butter, and some sliced onions. We washed everything down with a cold glass of beer. Even the boy enjoyed the cheese and pickles.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Smoked Salmon Lettuce Salad and Potato Pancake

After the heavy cheese, potato, and sausgae combo for lunch I needed something lighter for dinner. I dug in the fridge and found some smoked salmon and a bit of lettuce. With a bit carrots threw this salad togther with a wasabi, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, lemon juice dressing. And with the rest of the potato, along with bacon, carrots, spring onion, made this pancake. Sprinkled some bonito flakes on top and served with rice and miso soup.


Finally diaper free! Well, almost. At night we still put one on you in case. I have to say though that I can't take any credit for your toilet training, it was all your mother. She even went to get underwear with you, and you chose ones with Bob the Builder. Perhaps we should keep (maybe even frame) your first pairs of underwear, just to show your future girl friends and wife (singular hopefully).

Sunday, June 8, 2008


You picked these out yourself. We were at the drug store getting some stuff and you were

walking around with the little kiddie shopping carts. And then you found these and put them in the cart, they weren't expensive and looked okay so we got them for you. It was a good purchase because you really do wear them, unlike some of the things we've bought for you. Btw, the haircut is the work of your mom.

Baked Bratwurst and Mash

My wife took the kids to the playground in the morning so that I can do my assignment in peace. After I finished I gave her a call to see what she wanted for lunch and she reminded me that we have some bratwursts that need to be eaten. I started to make a mash to go with them and then thought why not put the sausages on top the mash and bake them with mozzarella? The result was nothing special, but was nice with a salad as a Sunday lunch.

Monday, June 2, 2008


Needed some cleansing after several days of sausages, fries, and beer. The weather is humid and hot, perfect fora cold tofu dish.
Chill the tofu well, when ready to serve, arrange nicely on a plate and top with ingredients like scallions, grated ginger, lemon zest, bonito flakes, and seaweed. The possibilities are endless really, depends on what you have and of course what you like. The most important thing though is the soy sauce.
The salad was nothing special, but I made a quasi Asian dressing. Mixed lemon juice, soy sauce, sugar, wasabi paste together and then slowly added sesame oil. Served the two dishes with Japanese rice.

Okra Turkey Stew

This is lunch from over a week ago, been busy so just got around to posting it. I had a similar dish at a Turkish fast food place here and since I had some okra left in the fridge decided to give it a go.
Dice the onion and fry in some olive oil, add the sliced turkey breast and (because I had one in the fridge) the chopped bell pepper. Let that fry a bit and then add the okra, water, tomato paste. Bring everything to a boil and simmer for 20 mins until the sauce has thickened a bit and the okra is tender. Season generously with salt, pepper, and parsley. If you like it hot then add a dash of dry chillie flakes. Garnish with parsley and serve with rice.