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Monday, January 24, 2011

Gravd Laxs (salmon)

 Graved Salmon 

This is a great way to cure Salmon and I have been doing it for years.
Usually, a regular size filet of about 600g - 1kg will do for a family of 4.  If fresh dill is not available, you may omit.  What you need are very basic - fish, salt, sugar and pepper and last but not least, appetite !

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Waldorf Salad

Not only son has 'I've been dreaming of this dish' request.  Dear daughter has her favourites and this is one of them....Waldorf Salad.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Daily Menus

White rice cake - stirfried with fine chopped preserved radish and sweet soya sauce, topped with crunchy soya sprouts.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Daily Menu

Lamb filet on butter roasted chicoree, accompanied with  tender beans and semolina wedges

Monday, January 17, 2011

Daily Menu

Lunch today was

Pork Filet sprinkled with butter caramel walnuts, accompanied with morel sauce...chaperoned by carrot and courgette petals.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Portugal - Porto (Part 2)


This is a good place to go when winter in northern europe is unbearable.  It was early December when these photos were taken.   Day temperature was between 10°C to 16°C if it was not raining.   Nights may drop to 5°C but hardly below 0°C    

It was still not too bad when it rained

This is what Porto is all about......PORT Wine

All the big names like Sandeman, Taylors, Offley, Grahams, Ferreira to name a few are here.
They all have rich history dating as far back as 1700  

Just take a walk along the Portwine Alley, start 'wine tasting'. 

 Portwine Alley by night.

This was at Graham's.

 'CSI' at work ? - Is this a crime scene ?

 A little church in town.  Was wondering what were those 'bubbles' on the alter.   Took a close look.

Kindergarden outing to Santa . Aren't the uniforms cute ?

It was 3rd advent Sunday.   It seems they were trying to get into the guiness book of records for the largest gathering of Santas.

There were thousands of Santas !!

The locals told us that the best suckling pig is here -
Restaurant Rocha in  Mealhada which is an hour's drive south of Porto.

Was finger lickin good.  The skin was paper crackling thin.

Was wondering what fruits were these hanging on bare trees.   Taking a closer look, they were persimmons.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Indulgence

Time flies, 2010 is over.
Trust you have been well and happy.
Here's Wishing you and your family
a happy and healthy New Year.

Waldorf salad with goose liver pate .

Gravdlax with sweet mustard sauce.

(Receipes will follow soon)

Cherry Joghurt Cake

Mum  :  Well son, what else do you miss now that you've had your cheese cake
Son  :  You know that cherry ding with yoghurt.
Mum  :  Ah !    Got it !

This is one cake which gives you a smug feeling even after you've indulged away more than 2 pieces in one sitting.

Instead of cherries, you may use pineapples, pears, apricots; whatever to your own liking.