Sunday, 30 August 2009

Another Sunny Day

While Elsa and her friends were out doing this........

Mr Dudwey and I chose to spend the day in a more sedate setting of the deer park in Dyrehaven.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Beef Curry

My ankle is giving me problems.....

I was not able to put any weight on the ball of my feet or suffer an excruciating pain. So for the better part of today, I have been tippy-toeing around the apartment, much to the delight the tenants of the apartment below us. For once, I'm glad we're still staying in this small place until of course I have to go down those dreaded stairs.

I scoured the larder and found some sachets of spices, sent to us many, many months ago by my mom. Good thing they have a long shelf-life. So, for dinner, I'm doing the tear-off sachet, dump everything in the pot kinda cooking.

Why didn't I do this more often?

Beef Curry

500g beef , sliced
1 sachet Nasi Kandar Curry mix
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 canned stewed tomatoes
1 cup water
400ml coconut milk
Fried onions, for garnishing

Mix the curry mix with 1 cup water .

In a pot, with a little oil, fry onions, ginger and garlic until aromatic. Add in the curry paste and fry until thoroughly cooked through.
Add in the sliced beef and mix until the beef is well coated in spice.
Add in the stewed tomatoes and half of the coconut milk.
Let it simmer for about 15 minutes over medium flame until slightly reduce.
Add in the rest of coconut milk and leave it to gently simmer over low heat for another 20 minutes. Season to taste.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Beautiful Homes

An Artist's Studio and Backyard

Before leaving for Denmark, I had the opportunity to take a peek into the life and works of some Dutch artists. One of them has her studio looking into her beautiful backyard.

A little playhouse at the end of the garden

Perhaps in the future, I would love to have a studio as charming as this.....

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Away Day

It will be a day (and a night) without Elsa.....

She was off to Næstved with her 8th grades schoolmates for the annual beginning of the school term Social Overnight. This program gives the students the opportunity to get to know each other and their teachers better.

Have fun, Elsa!!

With Elsa away, we were free to immerse ourselves in some of artistic sites on offer in Denmark.

For this, we again headed north to a town called Humlebæk to a very well-known gallery, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Mr Dudwey contemplating the impossible??!!
I see a pattern emerging...

View across the Øresund

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

New Neighborhood

We have finally narrowed our house search to two possible areas.

Birkerød and Holte are two northern town which are about 20 to 25 minutes away from Copenhagen city. These two towns make up part of Rudesdal municipality or kommune, in Danish.

These towns are surrounded by beautiful lakes and lush forest and greenery that I'm so fond of and idyllic farms with thatched roof houses.

Birkerød town centre with it's quaint open-air pedestrian mall, or strøget in Danish. I felt like being transported back to Wassenaar (sigh....)

A small green haven just behind the shopping area

Holte Havn, a scenic lake with boating facilities in Holte town centre

Our new neighbours???

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Kronborg Castle

Being an admirer of all things Bard, I suggested that we make our way north to the Castle Kronborg in Helsingor, the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet.....

The Royal Chambers

the Ballroom

Mr Dudwey contemplating the universe in this tiny ancient potty. Me doth wonder if Hamlet himself sat on that very potty when he was scheming the avenge of his father....

The Chapel

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Malaysians in Denmark

The Malaysian Malay community in Denmark are mostly made up of employees of multinational companies, long-time residence and universities students. Though they may be small in number, they make it up by being a very welcoming, tight, friendly and warm group.

For the first day of breaking of fast, we were invited to Pak Herman and Kak Siti's residence in Nivå where we were treated to a table overflowing with delicious homecook food. Although we went there not knowing anybody, we came away with some new found friends.

Thank you Kak Siti and Pak Herman for being such gracious hosts and for having us over.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Chocolate Torte with Strawberry Vanilla Cream

Chocolate Torte with Strawberry Vanilla Cream

Chocolate Torte
recipe taken from Hershey's

2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2/3 cup Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/3 cups milk

Heat oven to 175C.
Line 2 round pan with parchment paper; grease and flour pan.

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture, alternately with milk, beating until well blended. Spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack; carefully peel off foil. Cool completely.

Trim edges from cake; cut cake crosswise into 2 equal pieces each.
Place one layer on serving plate; spread with strawberry syrup and about 1/2 cup filling. Repeat with 2 more layers; spread fourth layer with remaining filling.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Strawberry Vanilla Whipped Cream

1/2 liter whipping cream
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

15 strawberries, chopped
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Beat whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in medium bowl until thickened.

In a saucepan, heat strawberry and sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolved. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
Leave to cool completely.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Lunch at Dewi's

My first ladies get-together in Copenhagen!!

Puan Dewi was kind enough to invite me to her home in Island Brygge for a delicious Singapore-style lunch of Nasi Ayam and Mee Goreng.

Puan Dewi has been one of many wonderful cyber-friends I have gathered over the years. Little did we know that we might one day end up meeting each other, let alone living in the same country with daughters going to same class in the same school........what a glorious little world we live in!!

There are more photos to see at Dewi's

Ramadhan Mubarak to all my Muslim friends.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Spaghetti with Curried Mincemeat and Tomato

Spaghetti with Curried Mincemeat and Tomato
A Back to School special

450g mincemeat
2 canned cream of tomato soup
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp curry powder
1 bay leaf

Brown mincemeat on high heat until it's natural oil start oozing out.
Add in chopped shallot, garlic and curry powder. Fry over medium flame for about 1 minute.
Add in tomato soup and bay leaf. Simmer for 25 minutes.

Elsa getting ready for her first day at the Copenhagen International School...

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

A Full Larder

Finally, the packers managed to track down the "missing" boxes. These are mostly food items, dry goods, canned food and all my cake baking ingredients.

I guess, I've run out of excuse not to cook......

For our first home-cooked meal in Denmark, we had spaghetti with paprika lemon chicken with arugula, sun-dried tomato and black olives

Sunday, 16 August 2009

The Neighbourhood

Just a minute walkaway from our apartment is the Tuborghavn.

Some yachts anchored up in the harbour.

The Waterfront Shopping mall

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

The story so far.....

We arrived in Copenhagen on Tuesday, the 11th at around noon. We stopped by the Settling Service/ Relocation agent office to get the keys to our transit apartment.

Now, the apartment is on the 4th floor and there is no lift service. So, the three of us have to carry a car-load full of stuff..... it was not pleasant!! 

The living area

I'm loving my new kitchen (minus the acid green carpet, of course)

View of Hellerup main shopping street, taken from my kitchen window.....

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Road to Copenhagen

Our journey began right after breakfast.....

We've been staying at the Novotel Hotel right smack in the heart of The Hague city for the past 8 days. Our journey north took us first to a small, beautiful, albeit uneventful German town called Dötlingen where we stayed for a night.

The next day we found ourselves in Lübeck, a town with great many restored brick Gothic architectural heritage. Lübeck's historic city centre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. 


From Lübeck, we headed towards Puttgarden for a 45 minutes ferry-ride to Rødbyhavn. From there on, we're well on our way to Copenhagen, where our destiny awaits...