Currywurst


This is the Berlin’s version of MacDonald’s, a must try when you go to the biggest city of Germany.  The legen-, wait for it, -dary Mr V. Braun says that if you don’t like currywurst, then you haven’t had one in Berlin!

My star of the wonderfully unhealthy but gratifying dish. If you had no such luck finding curry ketchup, simply improvise with tomato sauce and curry powder. You’ll need an extra dose of curry powder later anyway.

The traditional Berliner currywurst is made with knockwurst. But if you live in the tropics at 1°14′N 103°55′E of the world, I think its forgivable to use bratwurst like I had. This is so easy to make there won’t even be an ingredient list. All you need are the sausages, curry ketchup and curry powder.  Some people also put chopped onions and paprika for their adventurous palate.

Currywurst is typically served with chips, but I am not in a hurry to put on some kilos yet.  So I pan fry some baby potatoes with butter, garlic powder, sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Grill, broil or cook the sausages anyway you like, pour on the tomato sauce and sprinkle lots of curry powder. Serve with potatoes, bread rolls and fresh salad to make it a full meal.

Snipped

Me: “Hello Wookie, long time no see. How have you been? What are you doing on my living room floor?”
Wookie: “wooooohhhh….woohuhuhu..roooh..acwooooohhh…”
Me: “I can’t really see you too.”

Finally had some time to get out the clippers and do something about that shaggy rug of a hairdo. But horrors of horrors, I clipped her left ear in the process and totally freaked out when I saw droplets of blood. She didn’t seem to have felt anything but my heart was in my mouth.

She was then the queen for the day. I let her up the sofa. She can have whatever I was having. I made her a 5 course dinner.

Yes, I am such a sucker.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

If you missed going to BXG on Saturday, this is what you really missed. (you know who you are! *smirks*)

But don’t worry not one of them were wasted. :)

Ingredients (makes 16 cupcakes)
225gm unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
225gm brown sugar
225gm self-raising flour, sifted
1tsp baking powder
4 large eggs (about 65gm with shells on)
1tsp orange paste
zest of 2 oranges
120gm semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the topping
100gm plain dark chocolate chips
75gm whipping cream
1tsp orange paste

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Cash vs Networth

Have you ever wondered, why do rich people get richer and while the majority of the poor people remained almost as poor as before?

You’ve probably come across this before, maybe your mother was trying to tell you about the very capable daughter your Auntie Jane has because she got a $5,000 job right out of school….. or maybe your childhood friend just had a lottery windfall of $30,000. You see, for most laymen out there, when we think of how wealthy a person is, we tend to think of how much cash he/she holds. Whereas, when you read about the world’s richest people such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Li Ka-shing, etc , notice that nothing is mentioned about how much cash they hold? Here is when you learn a new word “networth”.

In the context of personal finance, networth refers to the market value of all your assets less all liabilities/debts. If you have a huge collection of shoes, or a fleet of sports cars, or the latest tech gadget, these are NOT assets. And while we’re on the topic, note that networth also excludes the value of the house you are staying in. With so many exclusions, what then do you include? Basically, cash and all your investments. Refer back to this article for Aunty Scroogey’s definition of an investment.

Cash doesn’t grow very much (and you probably know that already), and even if it does grow via fixed deposits, it is usually hardly enough to beat inflation. So it is very important that we put our hard earned money into the right type of investments and let our networth grow. The rich folks out there don’t keep a large proportion of their wealth in cash – they make their money work for them through the investments they make.

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Simple Green Curry

I hope you are not sick of Thai food recipes yet because I really like this curry in a hurry. D-man would starve an entire day for this too. I bought the vegetables from a Thai supermarket but if you have no such luck finding one, don’t be afraid to substitute the vegetables for whatever you can get. I know everyone has their own mantra to cooking and baking. Some people need to get the perfect ingredients in perfect quantities but for me, I take food preparation as an enjoyment and am pretty much relaxed about most things. That’s one of the reason why I always choose easy-to-make recipes that incorporates maximum impact with minimal fuss. (pretty good tagline for cleaning detergent?)

I looooove Thai vegetables. The Thais seem to have a stringent beauty contest which they put their vegetables through before being sold. Their vegetables are glossy, comes in cute little sizes and are always pack full of natural sweetness.

The Thai’s make their own green curry paste but if you’re not lucky enough to be one of those super Thai cooks, you can consider the easier alternative.

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Shin-a-ling-ding

My right leg has been torturing me all of 2 weeks. First there was a bump, then a mysterious blue-black patch the size of North America below the ankles. Getting off the bed is a battle every morning and I sometimes wonder if my legs are going to fall off at the knees. Finally summoned up the courage to see a doctor yesterday, and got ticked off badly for going to see him only after so long. I am doctor-phobic. But that’s another story for another time. After the consult, I was sent limping to the nearest hospital for an X-ray.

At the registration counter of the Radiology department, I presented my doctor’s letter and sat opposite a Patient Service Associate:

PSA: So madam you are here for X-ray?
me: Err..yes…. (looks up at the sign above the reception to double confirm I am at Radiology dept)
PSA: So it says here you need to X-ray your right shin?
me: yeeess..I believe that’s what it says…..
PSA: Can you tell me where is your right shin now?
me: hahaha…that’s a good one! I thought it’s completely smashed too!
PSA: *confused look* (I am totally serious. Apparently so is she)
me: oh you mean..oh ok……the last I checked, my right shin is still below my right knee….like everyone else I believe….But I may be wrong?!?!

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The Road Not Taken

This century old poem by Robert Frost is a classic rationalizing outlet to justify decisions made, usually seemingly regretful ones. On a positive note, it is a piece of fine and elegant literature, and even better when taken without too much pessimism or melancholy.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

We should take responsibility for whichever route we chose in life. Living life to the fullest is not about the “right” way. It is about how you made it right in your way.  If you had like some (including yours truly) taken the road less traveled, relish every bit of it nevertheless, because that wide bright path is just beyond the clearing we are making.

If only you could talk

If only he can talk. I have a gut feeling the conversation would be something like:

Lucas: “oh my goodness you’re back! Yaaaay!!” (does 2 rounds with favourite toy in mouth)
me: “Hello Lucas!”
Lucas: “You are finally back! What took you so long? My bladder’s about to explode. Or is it implode? Anyway how was work? Busy? Busy? Busy like I have been at home?” (does another 3-4 rounds with favourite toy in mouth)”…”Gosh I missed you so much. Shall we go for a walk? Shall we shall we? Or shall we play tug first? Yeah let’s play tug with my green boney!” (does a few more dizzying rounds with favourite toy in mouth)…….Oh you won’t believe who walked past our home today! Remember that guy with the cap and the boxes…..*more blah blah* ……… ”

ps: I would give my entire week’s lunch money to anyone who can explain to me why they have to hold onto their toys in their muzzles when I come home.

Troubly Tubby

Being Asian it’s inevitable to hear people exclaim “so cute!” when one chances upon a chubby baby. Somehow this strange concept (at least to me) is applicable also to loved pets. Therefore the constant overfeeding and excessive treating, in turn, formulating the perfect equation to diseases, poor quality of life and shortened lifespan of these once adorable, healthy furry creatures.

By now, the general masses probably know that being overweight is a big contributor to many fatal ailments and diseases like heart problems. Likewise for pets, being obese creates a host of health problems for them. I’ve heard of dog owners who claim their dogs do not like walking. Walking to dogs is like swimming to fish, no dog will ever reject walking unless it’s too unfit, lethargic or ill (or in some cases, all three of the above).

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