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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beer gardens (Germany & Vietnam)

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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 
Vietnam
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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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 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.