Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Beach

I started running in July. Must be contagious as my DH started running a few years ago and now runs marathons. I don't want to do marathons but running a 10k in less than 55min is something I hope to do. Because of this I run three times a week. Lately the weather in the Netherlands has been quite dreary. So it took most of my energy almost every other day to muster up enough willpower to get the out of the house to do my scheduled runs. Yesterday the weather picked up and today it's a glorious day. Great weather to go to the beach. It's not that far from where I live. An easy 5k bikeride. There were loads of shells on the beach. I don't think I've ever seen this many.





























Tuesday, 3 December 2013

TV




My DH's cousin works for Labyrint, a Dutch scientific television program. This was a particular broadcast about the fact that it can happen that stem cells are left by the baby in his/her mother. Some research says it can be good some says it can be bad. The program needed some mother/child(ren) pictures and I send her some. It was fun to see them being used. See if you can spot them :)

The program (in Dutch) can be seen here

Thursday, 21 November 2013

No flash please

What camera do you use? Most people or actually photographers always want to know what camera the other photographer shoots with. If you are female and shoot with Nikon, it is popular referred to as being a Nikon girl. Now I can no longer say that. Even though I still shoot with Nikon, especially if it gets darker, especially indoor shoots, or if I can't afford to take leisurely time to take a shot. Any other time I prefer to take my other camera, which is a rangefinder. Initially I misunderstood and thought my Nikon flash wouldn't fit on this rangefinder. But a few days ago I found out it will fit. So lately I've been playing around with the flash quite a bit. My son was playing the violin and I thought it was the perfect moment to test it, but I got a friendly smile and the request please not to use the flash, as it blinded him too much. Alas the saga will have to continue with some other subject matter to practise ;)

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Pie

Having moved house, even countries this Summer has taken much more time than I had expected. The move itself went flawlessly and putting everything in a new spot went surprisingly quickly. The kids started school in September and even getting into a rhythm seemed to go smoothly, but I've found myself not doing a lot of things workwise. Just letting things pass quietly. Nice and enjoyable We have been very lucky with the Dutch weather. It has been sunny and warm with very little rain. That has changed the last few days. It has rained a lot. But I quite like the rain. Even if you have to go outside, it's never as bad as you think it is, once you get out there and the reward of getting back into the house is twice as nice. It gives a warm and cosy feeling. So yes early Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. The colours in nature become so rich. Seeing chestnuts, picking them up, it makes me happy. The colour brown of a wet glistening chestnut is so beautiful. Somehow it has given me more energy to get started again workwise :)

One of the many things we enjoy about being back is being near family. This is my youngest who was so happy his aunt let him make this pie all by himself. Usually at home he gets to help, but not really do everything himself. His aunt is better in letting him do everything.




note to self: bake more, but bake less ;)

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Day 5, 6, 7 and 8

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250 Enveloppen project-006

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I'm not running behind on my project, just running behind on posting :)

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Day 2

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Day two of my 250 Envelopes project

Monday, 2 September 2013

You've got mail

The Summer seems to have come to an end. The weather is chillier, although the forecast for this coming week is very warm. But anyway it's befitting that it feels a bit autumny (I don't think that is a real word, but it sounds better than "feel like Autumn) on this first day of school for all my three kids. It wasn't until Friday evening that I found out that there were a few things I needed to get for the boys. One of the items was a folder. On Saturday we went into town, but all we could find was a "boring" brown (I actually really liked it, but the boys were not that charmed) or otherwise pink folder. I promised to make it nicer, so I photographed a handful of lego men they have lying about everywhere in the house. I also photographed them with their hands as lego men always have theirs. I have these A4 size sticker paper, so I made them a big A4 size sticker for their folder. They were pleased with the result.

Decoration

So that was something for the kids. As we have moved and because we have lived in quite a few countries, I thought it would be nice to send some snail mail more often. This coincided with my urge to decorate envelopes ever since we moved. Since I always like doing something on a yearly basis, I thought of doing a 250 Envelopes project. Since posting in the weekend doesn't make any difference from posting on a Monday, I decided to leave the weekends out. That leaves 260 days in a year (if I calculated correctly), but since I like the number 250 better than 260 and since I know myself and I'm bound to miss a few days, I decided to try to post 250 days out of a full year, starting this September. The first went out today. We'll see if I can finish this project as by my aim. If you'd like to receive one of these envelopes, don't hesitate to let me know.

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Saturday, 3 August 2013

Moved

how to avoid getting sand in you eyes

We have moved house and country last month and that is why I have been absent from blogging. I hope to pick up regular postings soon again.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Doughnuts, Kaas and Kimchi

Unusual food combinations. Now the above would really be quite something. I haven't tried it all together. The reason I mention them together is because I thought it would be a good idea to seperate my recipes to a different blog. I called it Kaas and Kimchi, because I want to write a cookbook with that name, because that would sum up my background. I was born and raised Korean, so that explains the kimchi. I grew up in the Netherlands so that would be cheese, which in Dutch is kaas. I still want to write that book and writing them in blog form is helping me to create the that book. However the idea to do it in a seperate blog was getting too much. So I'm back here with my recipes. This time it's doughnuts. Ah, now the title is fully explained. I've had doughnuts on my list of wanting to make recipes for quite a while. I don't buy them often for obvious reasons, but my kids love them. I too remember doughnuts fondly. I remember that my mum would buy them whenever we had been to Amstelveen for shopping. We used to live in a small village close to it. How I wish I could have a look at that packaging again. It was somewhat pink/orangy and those doughnuts were such a treat. Anyway lately I seemed to have been bumping into other people making doughnuts or enjoying doughnuts. So I thought it was time for me to make my own. The reason is that I've started to finish anything I have in my freezer or stock cupboard. As I had friends coming over for dinner I thought making some springrolls would be good. This also meant I could deep fry the unfried prawn cracker I so abundantly have in stock and it meant I could have a go at my doughnuts. I don't like using my deep fry oil more than once, at the absolute most twice, so when I do deep fry I try to make the most of it. As always I wish I had taken a bit more time to make lush photos like that of my doughnuts experiment. But when I have friends coming over, I'm always so hurried I don't have time to shoot leisurely. Another time for the doughnuts for sure, as my kids went wildly mad for them (as did our friends). Nonetheless I managed a picture before and after the frying.

Doughnuts before the fry

Doughnuts after the fry

Recipe Adapted from The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion

Ingredients:
For Dough
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
3 cups flour
1 large egg whisked
1 cup milk
2 tbsp butter melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For nuts (kidding, for the glaze)
400gr icing sugar
100gr milk

Method:
Put dry ingredients together and mix. In another bowl put egg, milk meldted butter and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture, mixing until well combined. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes, then knead for 6-8 minutes by hand or mixer until you have a smooth soft dough. Place the dough in a buttered bowl, turn it over to grease the top and let it rise, covered in a warm place for 1,5-2 hours, until doubled in size.

Flour your hands and deflate the dough. Take a piece of dough, approximately the size of a golfball. Pierce a hole in the middle and softly widen the center, trying to keep the dough the same thickness al around. Don't worry too much if it is not exactly the same size. Place it on a floured baking tin or use a non stick baking sheet. Personally I use this one. Continue till you've used all the dough. I made 18 and this meant I could fit 9 on one baking sheet. Cover with a clean cloth, let it rise for another hour until doubled again.

Prepare the glaze by mixing the milk with the icing sugar.

Heat oil in deep fryer till 190C. I like timing my doughnuts into different stages. It turned out it took me 45seconds on one side before I had to turn it over to the other side. Also my deep fryer fitted 3 doughnuts. So what I do is to start by putting in just one. After 15sec put in the next and another 15sec put in the third, wait another 15sec turn over the first. With another 15 seconds turn over 2nd, another 15sec turn over third. Another 15 sec, while you take out the first, put in another doughnut, Hold the first doughnut a bit above the fryer to let the oil drip after that it goes straight into the glaze. Turn it over, so it gest coverd completely and then take it out of the glaze and let it drip on a rack. In same manner continue with the rest. So this way each doughnut gets the correct time in the batter, instead of having to take out 3 at the same time.

I hope you'll Enjoy

Monday, 22 April 2013

Rain

Rain

Boats

Rain

Rain

Rain

Feels like Winter

Feels like Winter

Saturday there was a lot of rain. I was having an outing with my photography class. I could have cancelled, but I quite liked the prospect of taking pictures in the rain. In Italy there is usually not so much wind, so even when it rains heavily, it is not that bad as long as you have an umbrella. But of course Saturday was the exception and not only did it pour down really heavily, there was also quite a strong wind. I think my students were all quite miserable. I hope they got some nice pictures though. Back home, because temperature had dropped down, not to freezing, but close to it, the fireplace had been burning all day. I was actually quite happy for this, as last week it seemed Spring had really come to stay. However we still have some firewood lying around, which we won't take when we move, so this was the best oppertunity to burn it up. Our two nutcrackers are always permanently guarding our fireplace. My husband thinks they should only be there around Christmas time. I like having them around all year round. What would you do?

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Far from Far

Verre van verre

Verre van verre

Verre van verre

Verre van verre

Verre van verre

Verre van verre

I'm already looking forward to all the fun stores you can find in The Netherlands. This one I saw when I was there during the Easter break. Even on a cold an dull day which we had that day, the colour jumps out and makes me happy to just drop into a store like this. Verre van Verre, which literally translates as Far from Far. Lots of fun things which are from far away places if you're in the Netherlands. Of course for me it was close to home to find (see fourth picture) things from Korea :)

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Salone di Mobile

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Every year around this time of year Milan has the Salone di Mobile, which is a huge event throughout town with things design related. Last year we happened to bump into a small venue in China Town, where I had gone with some friends for grocery shopping and lunch. This year we went especially for the event and we visited the Triennale. It was great fun walking around and of course the Korean stand had my biggest attention as seen in picture ten and eleven. I just love that patchwork. The chair in the first picture is made out of cardboard. I think we might be doing something like that after we have lots of boxes left after our move ;)
In the third picture they were frantically draping their mannequin as the exhibition hall had opened, but I think some boxes arrived late. And I fell in love with the sofa in picture nine. We were just in time for little snacks around lunchtime in picture twelve. If you ever plan to visit Milan, this design week is the best time to visit!
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