Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Papa the Donkey





We went to a sort of Pioneer Village on Father's Day Weekend. And most of the time this is how you two got around, with me hauling you in a rental wagon. Sometimes I really feel like a donkey, especially when I am on the bike with the kids buggy attached and four bicycle bags on the bike. It was disappointing for me that Sunday because in Germany father's day is not the same day as THE REST OF THE WORLD and so I didn't get anything special, not even a 'Happy Father's Day'! I even cooked that night, how sad.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Baked Potato Chips



Tried this out as a side dish. Of course it was a hit with the kids this kind of crispy stuff. Sliced the potato real thin, seasoned with salt and pepper, add some olive oil and baked on baking paper at 180 for 30 mins turning them half way through. Best snacks ever! I ate a third before serving them for dinner. The main dish was a eggplant schnitzel. Same procedure as a normal schnitzel except I had to first bake the eggplant for 30 mins before removing the skin. Served everything with a cold tofu dish and miso soup and rice.

Secret




Dont' know what you two were up to behind the balloons. Probably spliting that box of tic tacs. We were waitng for mama to pay for some shopping outside a store and I was dead tired. So as long as you weren't fighting I couldn't care less what you did. Looking at the pictures I just realised that Anna was wearing all of Kai's hand-me-downs! She almost looks a boy with long hair! A hippie boy!


What's up cool guy?







These pictures remind me of those pics in Japanese men's fashion magazins of people on the street and what they wear. You look kinda thugish in them, I guess because you were tired. Otherwise you look kinda cool. I could already see what you would look like as a teen. But what's up with the balloon man?

Drama Queen







For dessert Anna, Kai, and I shared a mango. You kids got the fleshy parts and I had what was left around the pit. When I returned from the kitchen two minutes later I found Anna smearing all her mango on the table and lots of it on the floor so I started to scold her. Didn't even take one second for her to start balling. I found that so hilarious that I had to take pictures as evidence of her acting skills.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Soccer Fan

World Cup 2010. You got the German flag face painted, even though they were already half faded by dinner time. I guess we know which team you are cheering for.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Our First Family Car


It's a used car but still so exciting to be mobile again. We could finally go places! Zoos, castles, and far far away children friendly excursions here we come! Thanks Grandpa and Grandma Chan!

Alternative





Sometimes you kids are creative with playing. For example with this threading game. I don't know who started it but when I came in the room I just saw you guys sitting on the floor with parts of the game between your toes. Somehow that was a lot of fun for you. So I just rolled my eyes and went back to cooking.

About Kai's hair cut. Yes, I messed it up, it's not supposed to be so short. The weather is getting warmer and you seem to be perpetually sweating so I decided to give you another trim. Unfortunately used a setting too short. You didn't mind though, maybe you are not at that age yet to care. I still think you look cool. But something else hit me. I realised that you are quite forgiving of my mistakes and flaws. Maybe I should cut you some slack too instead of being such a tough ass all the time.

Meals with Papi


Your mother was away in Munich this weekend. It was my birthday present for her to get away for a few days to relax and see some friends. So I spent the weekend with you kids alone. Turned out great, had ice-cream everyday. But I did cook 'real' food for us. Mostly used up the stuff at home. Made a Japanese curry with ox tail, and a carbonara with prosciutto, and we even made pizza together with some leftover bell peppers and sausages. Instead of using tomato sauce (of which I was out), we used bbq sauce instead! You guys had loads of fun throwing the toppings on top of the ready made dough, not to mention gobbling up half the cheese before the pizza hit the oven.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pan Fried Butterfish and Stir Fried Water Spinach




I usually try to cook using regional ingredients. But there are days when I really crave some Chinese soul food. Luckily I am able to get these 'exotic' ingredients at the Asian grocery store.
Water Spinach is usually grown in Asia but these, according to my friend at the store, are from Holland. Simply stir fried a bunch with chilli, garlic, salt and fish sauce. She also happened to have some a few pieces of frozen butterfish. I simply pan fried them in oil, then seasoned with salt and pepper. Served with mayo.