12-05-11

Thai isaan food

Ok ok, the picture isn't the best. It was taken with my iPhone. But now you have an idea of how it looks like.

The vegetarian Sesamsticks from Delhaize were delicious, again!!

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This is the khaw niaw dam

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And here are the nems

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All made by my mom. Better pictures will follow.

And this is something so delicious:

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Heat some oil in your wok and add chopped garlic and ginger into it. Then add the sliced vegetables and stir well.

I used chinese brocolli but you can use spitfire cabbage (luv the name) or Sweetheart cabbage. Add some dark soy sauce and black pepper and your vegies are ready. Put your veggies aside and heat the wok until maximum and fire (bake) your squid a short time.

I use this soysauce, which almost taste like caramel hihi

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10-05-11

Kunming Tofu, Province Yunnan, China

Happy Tuesday all!

It appears there is some new sort of Tofu product in Delhaize which I already ate but I don't know how the package looks like nor the price. I'm talking about small long pieces covered in panko and sesame seeds. Oh My!! So delicious! Let me found out more 'bout this new yummieness and let u know.

 

Lately I eat more and more vegi instead of meat. I guess it is because of the warm weather as meat is yang and creates heat inside. So why generating heat when it is already warm outside?

Tofu on the other hand is yin so perfect for warm days. I do enjoy the warm weather! And I discovered something very funny. When it is hot like it is now and I smell burning wood, I sooooo hard think of Thailand. That's a strange association no? I luv it (o; I asked hubby where it reminded him of and he said his childhood. Do you have a particular funny association? Or where do you think 'bout smelling burned wood on a hot day? hihihi (๑◕‿◕๑)

 

This tofu is from Kunming, Province Yunnan China. Hmmz I hope it tasted better then it looked. I'll ask my parents tonight (o; My mom gives a Thai cooking workshop tonight... Suuuure I'll upload some text and recipes here!!

 

xxx

 

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06-05-11

totoro dolls self made.

How cute is that!!

haha, my mom, my sweet luvely mom made this totoro sweety for me.

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And my sweet little sister made me this:

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04-05-11

Exotic fruit, fresh crab and pieces of the daily life @ Vietnam

Hoi An! Hanoi?

A school friend of me, Ann went to Vietnam a couple of weeks ago. And I was looking at her pictures and found a few I want to share with you along with some of my pictures.

 

First of all I'd like to talk 'bout the fruit from a delicious way. My all time favorites are durian (you can buy this frozen in the Thai shop in Leuven for 3.5 euro), Mangoestan (you can buy this in delhaize but it is way to expensive there and you don't know if the fruit is still edible), sugar apple (you just can't buy it here) and really on number 1: Thai Salak Palm เมล็ด สละ

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So here is the original picture.

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hmmmmmmmmmmz fresh crab. I whish we could have this in Belgium.

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This was the last picture from Ann. Thank you!!

And the last picture is from Burma, so you thought strawberries were not available in the east?

Mountain strawberries from the north:

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 Oh I cannot resist (o; One more picture from Burma.

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♥ Luv ♥

 

 

02-05-11

Gezondheidsschool versus OTCG

Hello guys,

 

No bento, but I'll upload my pictures tonight.

Hubby was in Malaysia last week so I didn't have much time during the evenings as we (little mini me and me) stayed often at my parents place.

 

Yesterday I followed a short training on the five elements and study of the meridians @ the gezondheiddschool. I am studying traditional chinese medicine for a few months now and wanted to see where I am now. On one hand I was happy to see I am making good progress and already know a large part of the basis. But on the other hand, this is wasted money. You just can't learn on 1 day when it actually requires intensive study, practice and experience for many years.

So initially I wanted to do moxa therapy within 2 weeks in the same school but I won't do it. As also for this subject there are even risks when you apply moxa in conditions. Same as herbal stamp massage. This is not recommended for older people and children. So therefor, I decide to stop doing such short trainings and learn all @ OTCG as this is the official school for traditional chinese medicine.

 

Working with people, one must realise you can harm a human beïng just lacking knowledge. And I just don't want do be such a person.

 

 

If you are intereseted in buying traditional Thai herbal stamps you can contact me and I'll send them to you. They cost 3.5€ per piece and they are made by a traditional Thai herbalist from Kaset Sombun.

It is nice when you give a massage and then continue with the thai herbal stamp. You work with herbs that warm the body, relax and bring relief to tense and overworked muscles. Press the stamp on the pain points of the body and make rolling movements.

You can use the herbal stamps after steaming 10 to 15 minutes in a steamer or you soak the whole in a bowl of water and heat it 1 to 2 minutes in the microwave. Before you start it's recommended to test the temperature by testing it on the sensitive parts of your skin like on the inside of your arm or hand.

You can reuse them up to 7 time, by putting them in a dry place or in the refrigerator.

Do not use with children and pregnant women and pay attention to diabetes and older people.

Ingredients: Tamarind, Lemon grass, camphor, Turmeric (Curcuma), Kaffir Lime, Ginger, Acacia

 

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18-04-11

My sweet little pirate

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Arizona

Look how cute this is!

These really adorable bottles of green tea and their flavour look so pretty you can hardly resist buying them.

But there it stops as I had better cold teas in my life. It seems like the company spent loads of energy in the design rather the taste. But really,... you just need them in your collection don't you??

You can have them from any o'cool.

 

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If you ask me which ones are the best: The green tea range from Oishi. You can get them at any oriental store in Belgium.

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Chinese bakery

Hi,

My parrent sent me this per post, lol!! a flyer of a bakery in China. Called Breadworks.

So lovely! And they told me each few hours the counter had a whole new range of cookies and cakes. That's so amazing (o;

 

PS: One of the winners of the contest didn't react and this for already 3 weeks now. Yet another week and I'll pick another winner. Is that ok for you guys?

lotsa luv

xxx

 

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04-04-11

Adorable baby snowglobe cake

Yezzz, this is a cake (o;

This is what we call a snow globe cake. The ball I got from de banier. So only the ball and the wings are not edible. All the rest is edible. I truly luved making this cake. It was again something out of the box. I luv to combine craft with cake material.

 

Big XXX

 

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30-03-11

Between heaven and earth

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Pure beauty is an interesting website about the whole package beauty and feeling good. She's testing and assessing different products for us and tells us about different wellness treatments. http://pure-beauty.skynetblogs.be/

I just subscribed for a weekend training meridians and 5 elements theory. It is the study of yin and yang, meridians and acupuncture points. 2 weeks later I'll follow a training on moxa treatment. This is to stimulate blood and vital energy Qi. And if all goes well, next academic year I'll be studying the basic foundations of chinese medicine. (only of the government recognizes the training as only then I can enjoy training vouchers and educational leave.

Butterfly hamburger

Hi!

This is a butterfly hamburger. Made from marocan bread and kefta lamb.

I took lamb meat for navarin (which is cheap) and mixed it in the food processor, I added kefta herbs and made hamburgers from it.

Notice mei and chibi totoro on the background? I paid 12.5 euros -50% on the madeinasia expo! jipieeeee.

bye bye

xxx

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29-03-11

Cauliflower Oh! so delicious

Did u know all sorts of cabbages have an inhibiting effect on the growth of cancer cells in various cancers? I am not in favor of cabbages,... I thought so far. But 2 times in row we made savoy and cauliflower and oh my dear lord. It was super delicious!!

So here we go, just cook the vegetables and put it in your food processor, add a small pot of sour cream, p+s and fresh nutmeg and mix it. Don't mix the thang until you have babyfood but leave big pieces in it for structure.

This is just soooo good. Also cold in the summer it is a refreshment.

 

Cauliflower is neutral. Like chinese cabbage.

Red cabbage is yang.

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28-03-11

The winners !!

Yihaaaaaaa!!!

Here is the moment you've all been waiting for. 2 Weeks ago I launched my second give away in cooperation with Simone from bentoshop. Many thanks!! 

I can't believe it, in about 2 weeks I got a small 1000 visitors on my little blog. Can you imagine? A room full of 1000 people? Luckely I didn't have to feed them all. (o;

Anyway, enough babbling now, I will announce the winners. Of course I wanted all of you to win. And I luved the comments of all of you. First of all I needed to remove the duplicates and randorm.org chose ...

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Congrats Christele and Guy!! you can expect an e-mail message to request your address. And I'll send the presents as soon as possible!!

 

For all you other participants Thank you so much in sharing the fun.

 

xxx

23-03-11

Spirited away cake

Pele, my little nephew became 3. And he wanted a cake with a dragon. There are quite some dragons but currently we all are into the dragon from spirited away.

So here is his ghibli spirited away cake with kaonashi or no face, haku the dragon, susuwatari, totoro, Neko bus the catbus and kodama the forest spirits.

There isn't a lot of sugarpaste as they don't like sugar.

 

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22-03-11

Cake Chic

Daan Miles already went to second kindergarten as the first one is too big. Therefore we made these lovely oreo cookies with pink sugar icing and flower gum paste.

I guess you can take any cookie you want. But we just luv oreo cookies (if you live in Belgium, you find them in Kruidvat and Delhaize, but if you visit Albert Heyn in the Netherlands or Antwerp now they are way cheaper there). Take some powdered sugar and add a little bit (really a little bit) of water or lemon juice and start stirring, add more if needed. If you decide to make it pink and you use pink powder like a did then there's no need to pay attention on the fluidity. But when you add pink in gel or liquid don't add the water or lemon juice at the beginning as it might become to liquid. Just be carefull.

So many thanks Juf Sonja for taking such good care of my baby big boy!!

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21-03-11

Filoe

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My lovely Filoe. How I miss you so much.

You were for 13 years long, my truly best friend. We were always together. Made loads of fun, went for long walks, shared super delicious food, cuddled, hugged, kissed, laughed, we were scared together, excited, sad, happy,...

I've always known you were all over my heart and I've always been afraid of the moment you were going to leave us. I whish you were small again and you could be with us for another 13 years. But hey, I enjoyed every single moment and it's funny when I think of you I realise I have thousands of different memories.

I truly hope you enjoyed life, as I chose you to share your life with me and us. You were more then our dog, you were the shining funny one and everybody adored you. Of course I still want to hold you not once, but every day again. Greet you in the morning, have you with me, and everything we used to do. But it's ok now, you were strong, and it's ok for me for you to go. I'll keep on loving you with the same strenght. All my life.

Deep in my heart you are still with me, forever as we are best friends forever, beyond the material package.

 

with great and humble respect xxx

 

18-03-11

WEDSTRIJD - GIVE AWAY !! in the picture #3

Her name is Annelore Parot.

Or is it Yumi? Actually she's hot as she has tons of friends. Michiko, Aoki, Emi, ... like my niece Emy (o;

They are all kokeshi. Go and take a look at the website. http://kokeshi-leclub.com/kokeshi/

There's a bunch of fun out there! Like a little Japanese party.

 

She has a couple of books Yumi, Kimono, which are available at fnac, standaard boekhandel, davidsfonds, ... There are more but not yet translated into dutch I guess.

I did ask for permission to post the party paper craft on my blog you see in the give away as she is the mom of yumi and one must ask before using stuff from others.

But here already 1 item: The cupcake wrappers from Yumi. Go and print this stuff and make some delicious cupcakes with the kids, decorate them and wrap the cupcake wrappers around them.

It is no time to celebrate? With all the stuff that is going on in Japan, with me loosing my dog Filoe,... so therefore, be happy celebrate when you can. Life's too short.

Don't forget the madeinasia expo this weekend in Brussels.

 

xxx

 

 

 

16-03-11

WEDSTRIJD - GIVE AWAY !! in the picture #2

Here we have our second in the picture shot.

This bentobox is my absolut favorite. I luv shinkansen!!

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This weekend there is a major event in Brussels Expo: http://www.madeinasia.be/nl/

I'll go on Friday as on Friday between 19h & 21h you can get in for free. I did order already some totoro stuff on this website: http://www.taiyou.fr/ as I don't need to pay transport wiiiiiiiiiiiiii.

 

Good luck again!

15-03-11

WEDSTRIJD - GIVE AWAY !! in the picture #1

Guys & Dolls, Can I have your attention?

Don't forget to add your e-mail addresses so I can reach you (only for those I cannot contact).

Anyhow, here you have the first in the picture shot for those who are curious about the presents and want to see them in detail.

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Also, bento is traditionally Japanese. I admire the Japanese for their uniqueness and creativity. My heart is with them during the disasters they are facing.

If you wish you can sign the book of condolence opened by the City of Leuven and the University of Leuven. The book will be available at the University Hall (Naamsestraat 22) and at the City Office (Prof. Van Overstraetenplein 1) from Tuesday morning until Friday evening.

xxx

 

 

14-03-11

wedstrijd - give away !!

Dear all,

 

I have superb news. Filoe started back eating and drinking bits so I decided this is a good time to launch te give away.

Last time I concentrated on Belgium only as the sponsor Pichouline was from Antwerp, Belgium.

This time this give away is for the entire European Union. Before I tell you what you can win I would like to say a big thanks to Simone from Bentoshop.de for making this all possible. THANK YOU

She was so kind to give 2 packages as give away. On top of that I made some papercraft based on the book Yumi from Annelore Parot.

So all you need to do is leave an answer on this blog message and tell me which package you like the most.

Make sure to leave your e-mail address so I can reach you when you are the winner.

You can only leave 1 comment.

On the 28th of March I will announce the winners as there will be 2.

Present 1

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 Present 2

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Additional Papercraft with both packages

GOOD L

 

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10-03-11

Qi Jasmin tea, wakame & boeksering

 

For all you non-speaking dutch people let me explain you what boeksering is. It is traditional smoked herring. Many generations back people smoked it on a bucket with newspaper. Nowadays you can buy it in the supermarket. I luv this with tea and somen noodles. I also added wakame salad as vegetables which is made from seaweed.

The tea is really the best I've tasted from all Jasmin teas. And I've tasted many different ones as I'm addicted to the flavour of Jasmins (o;

This is a real healthy & Japanese o'bento. But I am sure if you make this for men they would rather eat their worn socks.

 

Filoe's situation is still the same, he won't eat or drink. We are very worried and it is breaking my heart. But he has no pain so we continue hoping and pushing.

 

Luv

 

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08-03-11

pipi longstocking cake

Nona is my little niece's baby-girl. Before my niece had any children she even refused to look at pink-hello kitty things I guess. And now her house is probably filled with plush, pink, sparkels, hello kitty. She could have been the one who invented the http://www.kittyhell.com/ blog. Which is so funny.

Anyway, for Nona's first cake she chose pipi longstocking. And here is the result:

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07-03-11

my lovely Filoe

Good morning,

The contest is postponed for a few days as I was ill and my little dog is currently super ill. I don't know if he will stay with us for a long time. He is depleting his own blood and it doesn't look good. He has internal bleedings which won't stop. He's still my puppy for almost 13 years now. But when he keeps fighting, I'll fight with him. But when there is no more hope left, I'll guide him to dog-heaven and cherish him in my heart.

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28-02-11

Shinkansen bento

Good Morning y'all!

 

Look at this lovely new bentobox we got from the bentoshop store!

I was so excited talking to the owner Simone, ordering and receiving the package @ home. What a sweet lady she is! I am sensitive when it comes to quality, but this went perfect! On time, quick, u know (o; wiiiiiiii

 

This will be one of the prices you can win in the contest I'll launch this week. This bentobox is surprisingly large! Thus for European standards. Sometimes I find the bentoboxes too small but this is perfect!

You have 2 layers and the close method is very practical. I loooooove shinkansen. Look how cute it is.

Currently this bento box is on sale for 3,90 €.

 

Did you notice totoro?? It is edible paper print. Yeah I could have cut it better but as always I was in a rush (o;

 

Happy day all of you!!

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27-02-11

ITIL ICTS Service Catalogue

Did I mention I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv ITIL? And SixSigma? This sounds chinese for non IT folks but this is 1. a methodology of managing your IT hand in hand with the business & 2. project management. Did I mention am a nerd? Oh ok, I am a big time nerd and I don't mind hihi.

This cake is a catalogue for launching the ICTS Service Catalogue at work. On one hand I was so happy I could participate a small bit on this project and I was proud I was asked to make this cake. But on the other hand it still makes me sad every single day I can't work with my heart and soul in my daily job. I realise I have tons of energy I must get rid of. And people sometimes wonder, where I get the time and energy to make these bento and cake creations. But I need to have projects to get rid of my energy, where I can give myself a 100%. Like taiji and kungfu... I wonder if age tone down my fire?

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You can order prints on edible paper for 3.5 euro's per A4 @ Themataarten.

Also: This week I will launch a contest with loads of presents and gifts from http://www.bentoshop.de/.

So keep tuned!!

xxx

21-02-11

Mega Mindy cake for Principessa Linde

I know I know,

It has been a while, oh my, more then 3 weeks! I didn't realise so I'm sorry. Hubby is studying his PMP (Project Management Professional) and tomorrow is his examen. He was studying all the time at my desk so I wasn't able to do stuff on my pc.

But heey, don't worry, I'm back and I bring you loads of fun! Something else which is funny, a dude crashed into Paris Hilton 's 30th Bday party and stole her Bday cake!! ha! so funny, as it was not planned to eat the cake. How stupid! Cakes and sweets must be eaten, no doubt 'bout that.

 

Now let's say something about this Mega Mindy cake. Mega Mindy is cool! She's everybody's personal hero, she's our idol, a beautiful blonde with brains, and super strong. My little boy is also super crazy about her. She's hot I tell u! And sweet principessa Linde chose this as theme for her 6th Bday party. And *bang* she had a hell of a Bday party. 20 little ones crashed into her party and they had loads of fun! Luckely Linde's mom invited some friends to join the festivities and help her out. Forget 'bout playing quiet games... ROCK ON!!!

I combined the bisquit with papercraft and here is the result:

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28-01-11

Most cutest - kawaii

Happy Friday! (✿◡‿◡)

 

Don't u sometimes bump into a website where u think, woooow that's cool!

Take a look at http://mostcutest.wordpress.com. This is about a girl who likes kawaii. And becoz you cannot find a lot of kawaii here in the European region she started to import kawaii herself at a very young age and sels it @ http://mostcutest.nl/.

What I like the most in her shop is the apple decotape:

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And something very cute are the lucky stars she's selling. It's something Japanese of course! and it's like micro-origami. From small strokes of paper you make lucky hearts and stars like this:

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Because I found the entire thang she does so cool I gave her this cupcake wrapper with logo:

 

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that's it for today!

CU later xxx

 

26-01-11

Cupcakes for a sweet 18 year old, gorgeous girl

Hi,

 

For her sweet 18, Linde's mom ordered a whole bunch of cupcakes with me !!! (wiiiiiiiiiiiiii) She came to me already weeks ago, telling me about this great idea she had for her daughter. Later on, she showed me some pictures and *bang* I knew exactly what she wanted. Gorgeous pink stylish cupcakes. The way I like them to be. And on Friday she had a surprise party while on Monday she treated everyone at school.

Isn't life great? It's the small things that makes us happy.

 

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25-01-11

Panda Boo Bento

Good day y'all,

 

I've made this butterfly Panda Boo bento yesterday evening. But my -little me- wanted to join us for a warm meal. Which was fine for me. Of course!

So I was making fresh peas & carrots, saussages and potatoes. Just regular Belgian food. Then my hubby walks into the kitchen as he always does and start complaining,... Your carrots are still too hard, what are you doing? On Sunday I made carrot soup with crab and cream, there was too much cream in it he said, I didn't make any meat and he complained again. There isn't a day that goes by where he needs to complain. Even though I do the best I can. But hey, I am not a professional cook and I also have some off-days.

Do you also have creatures walking around in your house complaining 'bout what you do but never do those things themselves?

 

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20-01-11

My mom @ the hospital in Sianoukville

 

Helleuw u all,

 

I just got an email from my dad saying my mom was in the hospital last night in Sianoukville, Cambodia. She is suffering from salmonella. Poor mama, this is so bad. But he said we shouldn't worry, of course... But still I'm a bit anxious. She's so fragile, my mom.

 

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BTW: Sianoukville is great! You should go there visiting Cambodia. I luv it!

 

Within a week we are able to book our flights to thailand for the end of the year. Did you know you can only book 10 to 11 months beforehand? I'm so excited u know.

I asked connections and uniglobe to check the prices for me and get back to me. We will most likely go with 12 people hihihhihii.

 

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