Sunday, 26 December 2010

Roasted Chicken with Herb Butter

Roasted Chicken with Herb Butter

1 whole chicken
4 large cloves garlic
1 lemon
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
4 tbs of unsalted butter (softened)
Salt and Pepper

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Rinse the chicken thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the chicken in a roasting pan, breast-side up.
Season the inside of the cavity of the chicken with salt and pepper.
Lightly crushed garlic cloves and place inside the cavity of the chicken
Cut the lemon in half and place in the cavity of the chicken.

Finely chop the remaining garlic.
Mix the garlic and dry herb mixture into the softened butter and season with salt and pepper
Gently lift the skin of the chicken over the breast and generously spread the herb butter directly on the meat.
Rub the herb butter over the outside of the entire chicken.

Bake the chicken.
After 45 minutes, baste the entire chicken with the herb butter mixture. Continue cooking for an additional 15 to 30 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the roasting pan.

Allow the chicken to rest 10 minutes before serving.

Accompanying vegetables of roasted brussels sprout, roasted courgette and maple-roasted parsnip.

After dinner, we settled down to our post-meal ritual of watching Dr Who Christmas special. It never fails to amuse us each year even with the latest reincarnation of the new Doctor.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Winter Solstice

For the first time since 1638, a total lunar eclipse of a full moon falls on the winter solstice.
The entire lunar eclipse will be best seen from North America and western South America. In most of Europe and Africa, the moon will dip below the horizon in mid-eclipse.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Identity Crisis

80 today!

MrDudwey's dad turns 80 today.

We wish we could be present for your big celebration, but
we want to wish you an extra special 80th birthday
and continued health and happiness in the years ahead.

With all our love and best wishes,
Hazzim, Muna and Elsa

By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.
~ George Burns

Islands Brygge

The New Bryggen.
A fashionable habour-front predominantly residential neighbourhood in Copenhagen.

Gemini Residence
Two old seeds silos on Copenhagen’s waterfront are transformed into a stylish residential towers.


Dinner Date with Fauzi and family

Fauzi, his wife Sue and children Ninie and Azzim have been staying in Copenhagen for nearly three years.

Extremely friendly and helpful - that's the first thing that comes to mind when describing them. Fauzi is one of those people that would drop everything and anything just to help out a fellow friend.
We first got to know them when we received an e-mail from Fauzi, an absolute stranger then, welcoming us to Copenhagen and inviting us to meet other Malaysian in a get-together planned for Eid celebration.
I guessed the rest is what they say history. We are grateful for their friendship and we hope for the best in their future undertakings.

And, thanks so much for those beautiful gifts.
Didn't realise our wardrobe of different shades of black is obvious to everyone {shucks!}...xox

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Birthday Lunch

He loves his curries.

And we love him.
So, for lunch we conquered high wind and low-temperature for a treat in a well-known Indian eatery in the city.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Dinner with Sue, Joshua and Family

The snow on the road was quite thick making driving without snow-tyres pretty tricky.

We made a dinner arrangement at our favourite Indian restaurant, Kardammome, with Joshua and his family.
Due to the bad weather we're having lately, the usually packed restaurant was almost deserted, with just one other table of diners.
No matter, we more than made up with the noise and revelry.

At the end of dinner, Sue surprised me with a gift - a beautiful rose-pink photo frame.
What made it even more heart-warming, Sue had included a photo of Sue and me taken at one our picnic outing in summer...aww...

I do enjoy meeting Joshua, Sue and the kids, we always seemed to have loads to talk about.
Their kids, Rico, Rica and Rhea are just so precious. Even with the age gap, Elsa doesn't have any problem playing them.

Sue and I share similar interests in cooking, baking, home design and general messing around.
She's an amazing cook, always trying out new recipes (check out her amazing site) and loves going to the flea markets, made easy by her ever-obliging husband, Joshua.