Saturday, March 28, 2009

Enjoying Ribs

I love it when you eat nicely (and by nicely i don't mean clean). I made these strawberry ribs for dinner and although it was no surprise to me that you carnivours liked the ribs it was still nice to see you eating so happily. Especially for Kai since you've been very picky with your food for a long time now (ever since you were Anna's age). As much as we don't like to clean up the giant mess on the floor after Anna finishes eating, it is also nice to see her playing and getting a feeling for different foods.


Sometimes I have this at the cantine, they are kind of like the German gnochi. Didn't bother making fresh ones so just bought a package from the store. Melted some butter in a pan and fried the bacon and onion for a bit. Then add the schupfnudel followed by the sauerkraut. Season well and served with a dash of sour cream and some chives. Nice quick lunch for the weekend.

Croquettes and Teriyaki Pork

Came home one day from work and realised that I hadn't so much in the kitchen for dinner. I had some potatoes, peas, a red pepper, and a piece of pork.
With the potatoes and peas I made the croquettes by boiling and mashing them, then dipped in beaten egg, and breadcrumbs. Deep fried until nicely browned.
Sliced the pepper and stired fried with oil and garlic. Remove onto plate and then add the teriyaki sauce marinated pork. Fry for a few minutes, cut and arrange on top of pepper.
Turned out pretty well, at least the kids liked it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Corn and Mushroom Congee

Made this congee for my wife and the kids for breakfast on the weekend. She's been sick for a few days now and I've trying to feed her some soothing Asian comfort foods.
It's basically the same as making a plain congee except that you´d put some corn and Chinese mushrooms in there at the end. Anna was a big fan and surprisingly so was Kai. Maybe it was because of the corn.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Simple Spinach Dish

For the little bit of cooked spinach in the bowl I used a big bag of spinach. Just washed the leaves and sauteed in a pan. Rinsed under cold water and squeezed out all the liquid. Used a sushi rolling mat to pack the spinach tight. Left it in the fridge for a bit and cut in small pieces. Served with sesame seeds, sesame oil, and soy sauce. The boy helped with sprinkling the sesame seeds.
He also helped coat the pepper steaks with pepper.

Anna and Kai on Joy Ride

We bought a bicycle seat for Anna so dug out Kai's first helmet to try for fit. Somehow Anna really liked it and put it on her head by herself and walked around in the flat. And of course big brother Kai wanted his too so we had two kids walking around the flat with helmets. Then Anna climbed on the bike by herself and surprise surprise Kai wanted to go on it too. Anna was a bit skeptical at first but then started to enjoy riding in the back, I guess because Kai could really swing the bike back and forth.
Something about Kai's smile. It used to so natural, but I guess it was my fault always asking him to smile and pose for the camera now his smiles are so exaggerated and fake. So the strategy now is not to ask him to smile anymore but rather just capure him in the moment.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rebecca and Anna, Jason and Kai

Finally we have a family picture (of sorts) thanks to Caroline. Anna is ever so sweet with her little smile, and Kai is looking very hungry sitting on my lap.