Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
|It's the house inspection day today!!
Mr Dudwey and I, along with our settling service agent, Helle, had made an appointment with the house owner weeks ago. I was all excited to see the house all cleaned up and empty, but, alas, this was not so. The house owner has not done any major clean-up as far as I can see. In fact, all his belonging are strewn haphazardly all over the house. I was a tad disappointed.
He promised that everything will be out of the house this Sunday just in time for our stuff to come into the house on Monday......I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed!!!
with this amount of leaves to sweep, I'll be thin and fit in no time at all......not!!
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as parklife.
Monday, 19 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
|It’s the October school break, also known as the potato week.
In the old days, children were given a week off school at this time of the year so that they can help harvest their potato crop.
The only potatoes Elsa will be harvesting will be at my FarmVille as I have sub-contracted her to do the deed.
Come noon, we were quite bored being at the apartment all day that we decided to head for the city centre for a bout of retail therapy. At the end of the day, Elsa got a pair of sneakers and I got to tell off a waitress for being rude. Thus ends a rather eventful day for the both of us.
Beef with Black Pepper and Raisins
300 g sirloin steak, cut into cubes
1/2 cup fried shallots
3 tbsp thick sweet soy sauce
1/2 cup raisins, chopped
1 tbsp crushed black peppercorn
1 tsp ground coriander
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp finely minced ginger
2 tbsp tamarind paste, or vinegar
sugar and salt, to taste
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Marinade the beef in above the ingredients; except tamarind paste, salt and sugar, for 2 hours or more.
In a pan, heat oil and fry the marinated beef over medium heat.
Add tamarind paste and season well. Serve hot.
The countdown has begun....... 12 days 'til the move to the country
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Dudwey and his colleagues were out and about in a company sponsored
outing leaving me at home with Elsa watching this year's Strictly Come
Dancing.... methinks it has run out of steam although I do applaud the
BBC for reverting back to it's original premise of having the result on
the same night, rather than having to wait an extra day for the
Now, back to Mr Dudwey and his motley crew.....
They had an early dinner to start off with at a Vietnamese restaurant. Me gut feeling is that he didn't enjoy the food as he came home hungry......
Then, they headed off to Parken Stadium to watch the World Cup qualifying match between Denmark and Sweden.
The match ended with Denmark qualifying to the World Cup in South Africa next year with the much deserved 1-0 victory....
Photos courtesy of Mr Dudwey and his handphone camera
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Night of Culture - Kulturnatten.
Organised for the 17th consecutive year by the Copenhagen Night of Culture Association, a confederation of cultural institutions in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.
More than 200 venues all over Copenhagen city opened their doors to the public with various cultural agendas planned. From six in the evening till midnight, you could dance the salsa, watch a play, go to a concert, visit a governmental building, go to a museum or visit the Zoo.
Dancers twirling batons of fire while dancing to the beat of samba drums at University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden and Museum
Release your inner- anarchist at this wall of graffiti at YabbaYabba Botanical Garden while listening to live reggae music.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
|Still nursing my cough and ear-ache......
Nothing beats a good hairdo to lift-up any moods. Not knowing where to go for a good haircut, I decided to head to the nearest hair salon and get myself a hair makeover.
I managed to get an immediate appointment with a Korean-born hairdresser, Gitte. I was quite happy with the result. It's back to good ol' bob for me.
Soto Ayam Madura
Indonesian-styled Clear Chicken Soup
2 skinless chicken breast
1 liter water
2 stalks fresh lemongrass, crushed
6 to 8 fresh kaffir lime leaves
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp white peppercorns
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
6 shallots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
5 candlenuts, optional
1 small knob turmeric, peeled and chopped ( I used 1 1/2 tsps ground turmeric)
1 small piece of galangal
1 small knob of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp oil
Cellophane noodles, soaked in boiling water for ten minutes or so until softened; drained and cut in half.
1 tbsp lime juice
finely sliced round cabbage
fresh coriander, removed stalks and chopped
thick sweet soy sauce
Prepare the broth by covering the chicken with the water. Add the lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a boil, then lower to a moderate simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, skimming foam from the surface every ten minutes or so as needed to get a clear broth.
Remove chicken from broth and allow to cool. Tear into shreds and set aside.
Processed all the ingredients for the spice paste in a blender.
Heat the oil in a two quart saucepan and fry the spice paste over medium-low heat for about five minutes, until the paste begins to separate from the oil. Ladle a little of the broth into the pan with the spice paste. Stir and add this back to the pot of broth, along with the shredded chicken and lime juice.
To serve, put cellophane noodles into individual bowls along with the garnishes. Ladle in hot soup in the bowls.
You may serve the soup with rice cake or lontong, but I chose to serve it with some boiled potatoes, instead.
In celebratory mood......
Mr Dudwey's brother with his sons Aidid, Imran and Mikhail
Sunday, 4 October 2009
|Lunch at my ex-cyber-turned-fully-fleshed buddy and fellow fotopages enthusiast, Dewi and her husband, Nasaruddin.
Table filled with food such the likes of lamb korma, ayam masak merah, cakes and whatnots......delish!!
And for tea, we headed towards Virum to Kama and Zana's residence for a spot of Laksam and other homemade delicacies......
The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life.
~ Edward Everett Hale
Friday, 2 October 2009
|I had my first meeting with the international staff spouses at Mr Dudwey's company.
Their tag line reads.....
"Når hele familien føler sig hjemme og trives i Danmark, bliver deres ophold en succes.
When the whole family feels at home, their stay in Denmark becomes successful"
I would like to think that our ten-weeks in Copenhagen has been good, although not quite "hygge" yet as I need to be among my, yes, you've guessed it, TREES.
Be patient Muna, 'tis not long to go...... 26 days to go.....
And, a bit of news from my Netherlander family.....
Yup, it's that time of the year again when the ladies (and Chef Mail ??) will don their very best party frock and throw all cares out the window, let their hair down and boogie the night away...... I don't know if that actually happens, but it sure makes good writing!!
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