Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fried Chicken, Coleslaw, and Fries

So I continued with making great use of the deep fryer. For Sunday lunch I made some KFCish food that I have been craving for since I was last in Toronto.

For the chicken, rub with paprika, all spice, and salt. Submerge chicken pieces in butter milk over night. When ready to fry drain chicken and dust with flour. Generally they should take between 10 -13 mins.

The coleslaw was also made the night before. Shread carrots and cabbage, add salt, sugar, vinegar, and a whole lot of mayo. Mix well and let chill in the fridge.

The kids loved it, and so did I.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Deep Fried Tofu and Vinegar Ribs

Put the deep fryer to use once again for dinner on Sunday. I simply cut the egg-tofu in pieces and deep fried them until golden brown. Then sprinkled salt, pepper, chili flakes, and five spice powder on top. Also made some vinegar ribs and garlic broccoli to go with rice.

Wiener Schnitzel

Sunday was all pork day. Had sausages for breakfast, and then schnitzel for lunch, and ribs for dinner. I've blogged this before, but I wanted to show the nice beer mugs we have. Sometimes it's so hard to come up with new ideas for food, I am glad schnitzel is always a favorite with my wife and kids.

Chicken Karaage

So I finally bought a deep fryer. I was so excited about it, been thinking of all the fried foods I can make now. The first thing I did was the little chicken nuggets for our dinner on Valentines. Marinate the chicken pieces with soy sauce, grated ginger and garlic for a bit. Then coat with starch and deep fry until golden brown. Serve with lemon wedges. Also made smoked salmon salad and agedashi tofu. For dessert we had vanilla ice-cream.

Anna in Bed

Tried to capture you lounging about on our bed. You were still a bit sick (had fever the whole last week), so you are more than cuddly. But I guess you don't want to be filmed without make up so you pushed the camera away.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Kai Sings

Normally I really don't like it when you speak German when I am home, because we try very hard to teach you English. But your mother and I were very happy about this post dinner entertainment. This is a song that you sing everyday at the kindergarten... 'It's nice that you're here, I'm very happy....'

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cabbage Rolls and Mash

Had some cabbage to use up in the fridge so just stuffed them with some other stuff that I had to use up, namely leftover rice and beef.

Blanch the cabbage head till soft and carefully peel off the leaves. Mix whatever you're using for the stuffing in a bowl, add herbs and seasoning. Wrap the stuffing up with the leaves, pack tightly in a pot. Squeeze lemon juice on top and add dashes of olive oil. Mix a bit of tomato paste with hot water and pour that in. Put a plate on top of the rolled cabbage to keep them from moving. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 mins. Serve with rice or mash, they taste better the next day.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Anna the Firefighter

Don't know how you found this, it was a gift for Kai from Aunt April, but you wanted to put it on. Still a bit too big, but you looked cute in it. Hopefully you won't really want to be a fire fighter, we would just worry too much about you. That goes for Kai as well.

Drunken Chicken

Tried to make drunken chicken but wasn't really sucessful, used too much wine. Boil the chicken with scallion, ginger, and salt till done. Set aside to cool and then put in small jar with some of the cooking liquid and xiu hing wine. I should've diluted the wine more with the cooking liquid. The flavor was too strong, ended up eating only a few pieces of it.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Bike Ride

Kai got a new bike for his birthday from Grandpama Gote. We took it with us already last time we there for Xmas but haven't really gone for a ride yet. Last Sunday we took both of you out in the Uni area for a test drive. Anna loves her tricycle too, and she also enjoyed standing on the back holding onto Kai. It's so great to see you two get along.

Kai's 3rd Bday

Some birthday pics from your 3rd birthday. Your mother baked the marble cake, your friend Nicola came over, and of course you opened your many many presents. I like this picture of you and Anna, reminds of a picture of me and your Aunt April.

Ketchup Shrimp and Sha Cha Beef

Quick Chinese meal. For the shrimps, saute them in oil and add ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, starch, and a few dashes of water. When the sauce thickens then it's done.

For the beef. Slice beef thin and marinate with the usual suspects. Soak vermicelli and place in pot. Saute beef in oil, add a couple spoonfuls of the Sha Cha sauce and serve over the vermicelli. Made a seaweed soup to wash everything down.

Rice Balls

Tried to make rice balls on the weekend but they didn't really work out. For some reason they didn't hold together. Any tricks you know about?