Translate (Bitte diese Google-"Übersetzungen" mit Vorsicht genießen!)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Swabian Apple 'Cake'

I have to re-post my favourite apple recipe once again.  Don't let the creamy pudding scare you away.  You may use whatever apples you have or, with pears, berries or rhubarb. 
Believe me, once you've tried it, you're hooked !

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Autumn is a season of rich colour of like these 'melons'.  Believe me, they're real.

Have look at these beauties.......

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Boiled Orange (Valencia) & Almond Cake

Oranges brighten up a cold winter.  Not only do they brighten up a home, you can have them after each meal, squeeze them for juice, grated zest for cakes and cookies. The tangy flavour is unmistakeable.
It is so special when food brings back memories and when I read through this recipe with 'boiled oranges', I started reminiscing of childhood times when I was coughing out my lungs. Medications didn't seem to work. Finally, oranges were used.  I can't remember who gave or recommended this cure but it worked.  Simply boil 1 or 2 oranges in some water till soft, squeeze out the juice, mix the warm juice with honey and drink.       

This a dense and moist cake which can keep for a week.  Not very sweet, buttery, orangey......awesome !! 
The colour would have been better if blood orange is used.  I highly recommend organic orange for this recipe because you are eating the entire orange.  If you have no other choice, wash the orange with hot water before you boil it.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fish risotto with stewed chicory

When one mention rice in Italy, Giovanni is not thinking of fried rice or sushi.  He is thinking of RISOTTO.  Risotto rice cooked not in rice cooker but in a pan.  The rice is cooked briefly in onion and olive oil and then white wine is added followed by stock. End result will be a kind of soupy cream rice with sprinkled or stirred-in grated Parmigiano cheese.   

This was exactly what I had to for lunch - Risotto rice (without cheese) with codfish filet and stewed chicory.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fig & Frangipane Tarts

 We don't find Figs all year round in Germany.  They start to appear  late in summer and the season is short. The varieties are limited, green or brown/purple and they're either from Turkey or Spain or from some parts of southern europe.
I usually eat them as fruit, two bites and they're gone.   Or in a salad as a component with goats cheese.  No, I don't peel them like some people do. Such a waste !!
For a change, I decided to bake them - A delightful tart with buttery casing.  This dessert is perfect for autumn, serve warm from the oven or at room temperature with or without a dollop of whipped cream.

Friday, September 21, 2012


Summer is coming to an end......too soon.  Nights are getting frosty so I had to bring the tomatoes in even though they are still green.  Guess family and friends will be getting gifts of GREEN TOMATO JAM  :-)

These were my salad the last 2 days
These became soup - tomato soup 
Should anyone be interested in the seeds of this variety of tomato, let me know.  
In german, they're called reisende tomaten.  Seems it is a very old breed and originated from Peru or Ecuador.  Genetically untouched. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Daily Menu

Not in the mood to post receipes but here are some goodies which I made/baked in August.

Kuih Salat/Pulut Seri Muka
Butter 'Cake'
Woon Cai Kou

Friday, August 24, 2012

Summer 2012 (end August)

It is end of August,  the summer is soon coming to an end. This dwarf sunflower at full bloom.   
 In a few weeks, it will look like this.

Meanwhile, it's tomato time !  First havest of the year.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Summer of 2012 (August)

Hot Summer - Temperature continue to soar.  
In such sweltering baking condition, thousands of people will wander towards water,  like lemmings on their annual suicidal migration. I'm no lemming so I stay put !! it when it comes, happy to see it go. 
Too hot to tell stories so here is what's in my garden, short short....hehehe

Monday, August 20, 2012

Easy Fish Curry (sour)

You don't need hours to throw together a tasty 'authentic' fish curry ...and with minimal ingredients ! This curry tastes so delectable you will not believe it is so simple and fast - ready in 20 minutes despite the fish filets were frozen. 
It is also a healthy one-pot dish with vegetables of your choice - I used cauliflower.  

2 onions (coarse chopped/sliced)
2-3 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
A handful cauliflower florets
3-4 pcs fish filet (frozen)
3-4 tomatoes (quartered)
1 heap tablespoon Garam Masala
Sugar and salt
1 heap tablespoon Tamarind pulp (dissolved in 200ml water)

1. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add onions, fry till soft.
2. Add the masala, stir for 2-3 minutes until you smell the aroma of spices.
3. Add the tomatoes, garlic,  cauliflower and then tamarind juice, cook for 5 minutes at high heat.
4. Reduce heat down to medium, place frozen fish filets on top, cover and simmer another 5-8 minutes.
5. Continue simmering and add salt and sugar to your taste.  A little lemon juice if you like it more sour.
6. Spoon the fish curry into a serving bowl.  Sprinkle/garnish with coriander or mint leaves.
7. Serve with rice, naan bread or chapati.  Enjoy !

Note: Fish filet is generally added almost at end of the cooking process so it doesn't fall apart in the pan.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Coconut Cream Tarts

Spring was a blur this year and now we're already in mid summer.....I'm still blur !!
I'm spending alot of time in the garden where time seems to pass so quickly. Most of you will surely agree with me, the more plants you put into your garden, the more time you have to spend to maintain them.  Regardless what they are - shrubs, flowers, vegetables, etc.   Even an apple tree needs care.  Ever so often, I was close to ordering a tank/truck load of cement and pave the whole garden then cover the whole area with artificial grass for the sake of a green view  for the neighbours should they get inquisitive about a cement truck in my backyard !!
I am still catching up on posting some receipes which are still in 'draft' status, some new receipes for the coming semester courses, more photos, etc etc etc........
The word Sommer Holiday does not exist in this year's itinerary.

I do not own any QUICK MEALs cook book - Most of my daily meals are quickies.  So here I share with you my quickie tart.  It is similar to Portuguese Tart but with a typical asian touch.

You may make the pastry cases from your own homemade puff pastry.  I took the easy way out....I used store bought ones

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Making of Mr Bean

Temperature was 33°C and humid.  We were chilling down under the shade of a restaurant with cool beers and juice,  listening to a street performer/musician's mesmerizing rendition of Mozart's Magic Flute. Well, watching the world passing by until this caught our attention.......................................  A camera with a mini tripod attached, balancing on a soccer ball and the ball in turn was in a basket on the back of a bicycle !!   

Sunday, July 1, 2012


I have been MIA again !   BUT not voluntarily.  Freaky weather was the cause - June thunderstorms were very destructive this year. There were flash floods, hailstones and even cyclones.  Needless to say, we were not spared.  2 weeks ago, dark clouds appeared in the afternoon and within 30 mins. lightning zapped and we had power failure.  What's worse, our phone went dead and no internet connection. That's penalty for contributing to greenhouse effect on global warming.
It took almost 2 weeks to get the whole 'communication system' working again. 
I wanted to post this before the disaster - these peonies are long gone but I caught them at their peak with my camera.  The best time for viewing these beauties and experience their fragrance is between early to mid June. There are astoundingly 1400 varieties of peonies, colours ranging from white, red to yellow. To lengthen the bloom, I cut them and put them in water, in shallow plates and vases after I've shaken off ants and insects/beetles.  The fragrance filled  the house for days.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Quiche (Lorraine)

Do not be intimated by it's name - Quiche Lorraine,  a classic french dish.  Do not fret.  It is only an open tart with filling of custard and savoury ingredients like ham, onions and cheese.  

I was rummaging through the fridge, trying to find something that would whet my disinterested appetite when I came across some whimpy carrots, a slightly shriveled leek.  What would I do to use them before they expire.  Going shopping was no option so I have to make do with whatever I had lying around the house/fridge.  My eyes finally settled on a tart tin and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to put together the receipe for R & D.

Instead of going through all the trouble of measuring, kneading flour and butter for shortcrust pastry, I used ready made flaky pastry.
 Please excuse the quantities stated - they're between 'about, some, roughly, abit of.........'

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beer gardens (Germany & Vietnam)

Beer gardens are always Germany's 'water-hole' in the summer months.  The folks love to spend their time in fresh air, surrounded  by nature, with traditional atmosphere of umtata music, simple food of Weißwurst with sweet mustard, pretzels and Spanferkel (roast piglet).  It is not surprising that such traditions are spreading over every corner of the world.
Let's have a look and compare.......

In Munich

In Vietnam

Munich - You even have the city major 'helping' with the tap 
Entertainment - Live show
Vietnam : Live show with music from scratchy grammaphone
Germany : Live umtata music (anybody watching ?) 


Now comes food - Spanferkel 
Roasted over open pit.  Paper thin crispy skin.

Vietnam - NO COMMENTS !!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Asparagus with Hollandaise sauce

Spring is asparagus season.  A very simple preparation involving heat and water.  Boil potatoes (and some carrots)and asparagus.  Serve with ready-made hollandaise sauce from 'Mr Thomy' :-)
Here, they're wrapped with cooked ham.
Frankly, I prefere asparagus crispy,  regardless whether they're white or green. - cooked the asian way.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Herbal Lunch

I was out in the garden looking for mint to make a refreshing chai.  Strangely, not a leaf in sight.  It must be the weird weather, hot and dry during the day with frosty nights.   Other herbs were sprouting quite happily and since herbs are healthy, curing every kind of sickness under the sun, I decided to make a herb salad for lunch.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Beauty Cakes

It is May and I'm writing this from the depths of work and annual spring cleaning, stuck in things which are swirling around me.  Or am I swirling around them?  It's rough but sometimes one got to let some things go, shelve them 'till later'.  I haven't figured out which to chase down - Jeeees! it's chaotic here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Daisies (Wreath/Crown)

MOTHER'S DAY is near.

Here is a tribute to all Mothers........A Daisy symbolises innocence,  purity and since it always appear in spring, new beginnings.  The Daisy also means loyal love and 'I will never tell'.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Food Sculpture - A Table Display

 When food turns into art, it becomes the centre of attraction.  Transforming bland and bored looking vegetables and fruits into amazing forms.  That's when the WOW factor starts.
If you're wondering if I..............  No, not me :-)  I was too caught up with spring cleaning. 
This display was done by a thai cook.   

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dried Meat

Preserving meat is a tradition that has been around for centuries.  The meat may be game, fowl or fish. The difference is in the cure - spices and way of dehydration. Be it Biltong (South African), Jerky (American), Neua Tod (Thai), Bündner Fleisch (Swiss) to name a few. 

This delicate snack  (Yes, a snack) is very addictive.  Chewed on while watching TV, hiking  or travelling.  It does not need refrigeration, lightweight and delicious.  Even suitable for those on diet if not for the high sodium content (and pricey too).  All the more reason to make them yourselves.

One doesn't need prime cut.  I used Minute beefsteaks and prepared them as follow....

500g Minute Beef steak cut into thin strips
2 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
2 tsp salt
1 tsp peppercorn, fresh milled
Optional : 1 tsp chili powder if you like them spicy

Mix all the above with the steak strips and marinate overnight.

Place the strips evenly onto a tray and dry in oven with door slightly ajar at 80°C until dry. You may hang the strips out in the sun (you must keep the flies away though) if it's hot enough.
Remember, heat is not intended to cook; gentle heat to dehydrate. 
I placed mine on wood oven shelf  overnight.
If 'jerky' is properly stored, it will keep for months.
For your information:   from 500g of steak, finished product was 150g 'jerky'.