Sunday, 31 January 2010

On organisation

I am posting this from my new Laptop! DH, the kids and I went shopping on Saturday. First stop at the tailor, so DH ordered a new suit, then we went for lunch and finaly off we go to Funan Mall, THE place in Singapore for electronic stuff. And before long we got myself a new laptop. So nice and fast.

This has not relation with the first part of this post, I am reorganising at home. This is not as easy as it seems. Of course, Edna is at home to help (some would say to do everything). But I like to have things in a certain order/place and I do not want to upset her, or to have her in my way whent I am doing it. Therefore I took the opportunity that she was off today to reorganise my kitchen shelves. How many packs of sugar does one need? How many different types of rice? All of this is now sorted, organised, labelled. Kids and DH have been trained... How long the order will last?

Now this is related to the previous paragraph, still under the urge of making the home a nicer organised place, I decided to take pictures of my shoes. Sure you've seen this many time: the idea is to place a picture of the shoes on each box which make the search easier. In my case, it is more a case of putting all the boxes away and free some space in the bedroom. So far here are the one I have done. I like the Polaroid look. And yes, I have much more shoes than that, but Alice's essay on electricity (R=V/I) is due tomorrow.

Friday, 29 January 2010

12 !

This is a late post (almost a week late) and a very "non-original" one. But my little boy

turns 12 last Saturday!

He is not a little boy anymore, but a very handsome one (and I am not the only one to say so). Handsome, charming and caring - that him. So girls beware!

Friday, 22 January 2010

9 1/2

Juliette has been cross with me. It seems that I did not bake a birthday cake for her 9th birthday. We did a party or more precisely a picnic in the park, but it was also the occasion to say goodbye to our friends before our move to Singapore.

She has been nagging me recently for her cake. So before it's time to think about Victor's cake, I bake a Victoria Sponge. The recipe comes from Mary Berry's Foolproof Cakes. It is a great book, easy recipes and nice pictures. For this cake, I added some cream filling: 1 cup of mascarpone with 1 cup of double cream whipped together with icing sugar and a drop of vanilla extract.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Bliss in the kitchen

Bliss in the kitchen, that's the name of a friend's blog dedicated to cooking.

A much as I love crafting, my happiness wouldn't total without cooking. I love food, I love to read cooking book and I love to prepare for my loved ones.

Some time ago, a friend asked me about my life in Singapore; I will probably come up with a post about it, but I though I should start with what we are cooking at home first. It is very different from what I used to prepare back home in England. Here you have so many different sort of fruits, unknown veg and spices.

So let's start with Victor preferred dish: Steamed Fish in Banana Leaves (from Best of thai cooking - ISBN-13:978-962-8734-82-5).

You need:
  • 2 large banana leaves (not easy to find even in Singapore, I use foil instead)
  • 350 g firm white fish fillets
  • Red curry paste
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • Shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
And now a bit of crafting:
  • cut leaves (or foil) in 10 cm square, make a 3cm cut towards the center on each corner. Fold in the corners and staple to form a little basket.
Next, the preparation:
  • Cut the fish in small strips, combine with curry paste and coconut cream. Fill the little baskets with the mixture. Top them up with a bit of shredded cabbage and fish sauce.
  • Line a steaming basket with either banana leaves or foil, place the cups in it, and steam over simmering water (you can use a wok, a steamer or a normal pan with a ball upside down at the bottom). It take around 7 min to cook.
  • Squeeze some lime juice and chilli sauce (or sweet chilli sauce) and serve.

Off course, we serve this with rice.


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

My kind of blue

Yay! Finished my first project of the year. It is a little hoody for Baby Felix. It has been knitted with Sublime Yarns Baby Cashmere Merino, the pattern is from Debbie Bliss - baby cashmerino 3.

Knitting the last stitches, I realised how much I love this kind of blue.

Some may argue that is not exactly blue, it has an pinch of green too . Ok so maybe, this is my kind of green then. Especially, when it can be found in this packaging like this one.

I love this blue/green (whatever) and the present that was wrapped in the box.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Looking back... looking forward

We spent 3 weeks travelling in France and Qatar, then we had visitors for a couple of days, Victor started at his new school and Juliette forgot everything about maths, needless to say that very little crafting has been done. I hope I will make up some time next week to catch up.

In the meantime, here is a snap shot of what I have done last year. Not much I agree, but again I will "produce" more in 2010.

I am not making a list a New Year resolutions, I know by experience that it will not work for me (does it work for anybody out there?). Only one thing, take one long suffering project and finish it, no restriction on taking on new projects though :-) So this week, I am finishing Baby Felix' hoody, and I am almost there - pictures will follow shortly.

Friday, 1 January 2010