Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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Slumber Party under the Dining Table

5 September 2020 (4Y3M19D and 11Y6M0D)

Daddy FECS just bought a brand new carpet to replace the worn-out carpet under the dining table. We have just cleaned the whole house. With a brand new carpet, a clean house, we decided there's no better time such as now than to have a slumber party underneath the dining table :-)

To protect the carpet, we covered it with a bedsheet. After making our "beds", we decided to make it like a tent with bedsheets covering over the top of the table, and camped underneath it.

But man, it was a lot of work for this mommy to do it all together. Baby FECS helped to drag down the comforters and the pillows from the bedrooms.

It was a very memorable evening as it was the first time Baby FECS, now 4 years old, joined us for our Family Fun Night. It's been a long time since we last had a Family Fun Night sleeping-in... due to work, covid work load, etc. Now that I have decided to quit my job, I have more surplus now to resume our Family Fun Night. Below are some pictures for our memories, sweet memories :-)

 

We read a Chinese book and a Bible story


Sweet dreams

Morning has broken... a picture from below the dining table.


This is how our "camp" looked in the morning :-), not very elegant or pretty, but super cozy :-)




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Homemade Wholemeal Egg Noodles


Serves 4 - 6

Ingredients:

1. 400 g white whole wheat flour
2. 180 ml water including 3 eggs
3. 1/8 tsp salt (optional)

Directions:

1. Add flour into the compartment and close the lid.
2. Turn on Pasta Maker. Select program 1 and press start.
3. Add egg first to the included liquid measuring cup, beat egg and then add water.
4. Slowly add in egg mixture through the opening on the lid. The machine will mix and knead the dough for 3 minutes and start to extrude noodles thereafter. *
5. Cut noodles to preferred length.
6. The whole process takes 18 minutes.
7. Make an extra extrusion session for the leftover dough in the machine, if required.
8. Boil a pot of water, add a bit of olive oil and salt. Add in the noodles and boil for 2 minutes or until al dente. Don't overcook the noodles.

Additional Information:

Store-bought noodles are tasty, but lacking in nutrition value, especially the Chinese noodles. It's hard to come across a wholemeal Chineese noodles, and if I ever come across one, I often wonder if it is authentically wholemeal. Thus, I love my Philips Pasta Maker. It enables me to make noodles that are actually nutritious. The best of all, it is actually easy and fast too.

You might worry about cleaning up. It's actually very easy. Just let the parts dry and knock out the leftover dough from the machine. Then wash them with dish detergent.

I prefer the smaller VIVA version, as it doesn't take up so much space and is more sleek in design, compared to the bigger version.

I made this noddles using only eggs to provide the liquid part of the noodle dough. Fill the measuring cup to 180ml with three eggs and just top the remainder up with water.

All done. It's ready to be cooked (I forgot to take a picture of it, after it was cooked :-( )

Sunday, 30 August 2020

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Homemade Strawberry Ice-cream


Serves 8

Preparation Time: 45 minutes (excluding freezing)

Ingredients:

1. 200g strawberries blended
2. 300ml whipped cream (piskefløde)
3. 2 egg yolks
4. 3 TBS sugar
5. 1 tsp vanilla sugar
6. 2 TBS honey
7. 1 TBS lemon juice (approx. half a lemon)
8. 100g chopped almonds (optional)
9. 100g chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

1. Blend strawberries with a blender.

In a mixing bowl, add egg yolk, sugar and vanilla sugar and beat until airy and combined with a hand mixer.

2. In another bigger mixing bowl, add whipped cream and beat until a yogurt-like consistency is reached with a hand mixer.

3. Add the egg yolk mixture into the whipped cream, folding and combining them gently with a spatula.

4. Gently stir in the strawberries, chocoloate chipes and the chopped almonds.

5. Transfer into a container and freeze for 5 hours. Enjoy :-)

Additional Information:

Summer time is the time where Danish kids eat a lot of ice-cream. In continuation of making ice-cream, today, I am making another of my favorite - strawberry ice-cream. This is a very easy recipe and you don't need any ice-cream machine, but the ice-cream comes out just like ice-cream :-)

I like like to add chocolate chips and chopped nuts into my strawberry ice-cream, but it is of course not a necessity.

Blend 200g stawberries

Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice (approx. half a lemon)

Add 2 tablespoon honey and mix well. Set aside.

 Add 2 egg yolks

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

Add 3 tablespoons of sugar

   Beat egg yolk mixture

 300ml cream (piskefløde)

 Whip cream until yogurt-like consistency is achieved (Don't over-beat)

 Combine egg yolk mixture with whipped cream and gently fold them with a spatula

Add blended strawberries.

 Gently stir and...

Mix well.

Add chocolate chips and chopped almonds... (optional)

Gently stir and...

Mix well.

Transfer to a container

Cover and freeze overnight. Then it is ready to serve :-)









Wednesday, 26 August 2020

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Easy Danish Curry Meatballs (Boller i Karry)


Serves 4 

Ingredients:

Meatballs:
1. 500g minced pork
2. 1 egg
3. 1 onion diced
4. 50ml flour - I use white whole wheat flour
5. 100ml skimmed fresh milk
6. 1 tsp salt
7. Dash of pepper

Sauce:
1. 2 TBS butter or cooking oil
2. 3 tsp curry powder
3. 3 TBS flour - I use white whole wheat flour
4. 200 ml skimmed fresh milk
5. 400 ml water
6. 1 tsp salt
7. Dash of pepper

Directions:
1. In a mixing bowl, add 500g minced meat, egg, 50ml flour, 100ml skimmed fresh milk, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.

2. Blend well with a hand mixer and set aside for 30 minutes in the fridge.

3. In a pot, add 2 tablespoons butter or cooking oil and heat it up.

4. Under medium heat (no. 5.5 on my stove out of 9), add 3 teaspoons of curry powder, stir and mix well.

5. Add 3 tablespoons of white whole wheat flour, stir and mix well.

6. Add 200 ml of milk and 400 ml of water, salt and pepper, stir and mix well, boil until you achieved the desired consistency.

7. Form meatballs into shape using an ice-cream scope and add it into the pot.

8. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes under low fire (no. 2.5 on my stove) or until cooked.

9. Serve with brown rice :-)

Additional Information:

This is a classic Danish dish that my family loves. I follow the easy recipe from Børnevaisen which is very tasty. I sometimes add 1 potato cut into bite-size and long beans and simmer them together with the meatballs until cooked.

You can substitute the flour in the meatballs with rolled oats too.

References:

https://www.valdemarsro.dk/boller-i-karry/
https://madensverden.dk/nem-boller-i-karry-opskrift/
https://madsvin.com/boller-i-karry-opskrift/
https://www.arla.dk/opskrifter/boller-i-karry/
https://emmamartiny.dk/boller-i-karry/
https://meyers.dk/opskrifter/boller-i-karry/p/71497/

In a mixing bowl, add 500g minced meat, egg, 50ml flour, 100ml skimmed fresh milk, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Blend well with a hand mixer and set aside for 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.

 In a pot, add 2 tablespoons butter or cooking oil and heat it up.

4. Under medium heat (no. 5.5 on my stove out of 9), add 3 teaspoons of curry powder, stir and mix well.

Add 3 tablespoons of white whole wheat flour, stir and mix well.

6. Add 200 ml of milk

Add 400 ml of water

Add salt

Add pepper

Stir and mix well, boil until you achieved the desired consistency.

Form meatballs into shape using an ice-cream scope and add it into the pot.

Add French beans and potatoes (optional)

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes under low fire (no. 2.5 on my stove) or until cooked.

Now it's done.

The recipe in Danish from Børneavisen






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