How to make homemade sugo

  Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce (Sugo)  

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Pollença, Mallorca, Spain

 

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Aedermannsdorf, Soloturn, Switzerland

6 weeks of summer holidays were over, we had a great time. First week we spent in Mallorca, Spain; then back in Basel, in-laws came to visit and celebrated Marc’s birthday together. Then we spent the remaining 3 weeks in Hong Kong visiting my parents, in the meantime, we all spent a few days in Okinawa, Japan together. We were very lucky with the weather most of the time, gorgeous beaches with fine sand and turquoise water, heavenly!

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Up in the air of Hong Kong

 

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Okinawa, Japan

Coming back, it’s back to normal, back to real life. Marc starts at Primary school, luckily first week went well so far.

As for me, I needed to restock some food supply for home, we had nothing in the house, so we went to Manor last Saturday after some unpacking. We planned to make fish tacos last weekend and needed some tomatoes and there I saw SAN MARZANO tomatoes!!! I got very excited already as I was already looking for them in the farm near home but didn’t see that day. So quickly grabbed 2 kilos to make some fresh homemade Italian tomato sauce (Sugo). I got this recipe from my friend Sarah, from her mother-in-law. She is Italian, so of course the recipe is authentic!!!!

Making sugo was quite a lot work but the making of it was very therapeutic. I am so happy to see the local produce, after coming back here, the colors are much vivid, vibrant, shiny and inviting.

In Hong Kong, the imported vegetables and fruits look more dull and expensive, that explains why we should best eat the seasonal local produce.

So sitting in my iPhone some notes and keywords of how to make Sugo, I thought I should write it up and share with those who are interested.

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So excited to see the San Marzano Tomatoes, first day returned from holidays.

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  Sushi Handroll à la table (桌面自助手卷)  

早上與好友見面-中午做自助手卷-下午放飛機

今早一送咗阿仔返學,我便直接揸車過徳國 Las Burg 接收在網上的購物,因遊寄到瑞士地址有很多候收件時郵差往往要收稅,所以雖然Amazon.de 話免運費,我都係唔想冒險,唔係又激到一頭煙。住在巴塞意 (Basel )就係有這個好處,過德國和法國話都無噤快,就過咗邊境,就好似香港過深圳一樣。現在如果無車,坐八號電車可直接過到德國 Weil am Rhein, 上年终於通車。

我的第一個中國香港同胞朋友 Carmen 就住在附近,whatsapp 過佢,睇吓有沒有空短聚片刻,了解吓大家的近況。好朋友就是這樣,突然其來的一個信息,不介意沒有什麼預備下見面。見到她的📷攝影事業已走上軌道,蒸蒸日上,找到自己的目標和理想實在為她高興!我也很興奮地講述我的部落格的改動和方向。

如果你有對家庭合照,結婚照有興趣,可到以下網址查看佢的portfolio,Carmen 最擅長外景拍攝,個人風格時尚,映到每個人的自然美,不得不贊👍!我的profile photo 便就是她用iPhone即興隨意拍攝,當日佢還幫我set 頭化妝,那天其實係我哋的 Ladies’ nite out!三個女士勁難得可以放下家人出外鬆一鬆!

請按下連結:Carmen Wong Fisch Photography

探訪完Carmen 之後,便差不多要接仔放學,今日星期三,中午早放要預備午餐給我倆,但近日佢因久咳不未痊癒,所以要戒口和食得清淡,湯通粉,粥等等,已用了數餐,開始有微言投訴,我自己也一樣,所以一路揸車一邊想,想起以前到Carmen 舊居,佢為我預備的自助手卷午餐,很懷念之前的午餐約會呀!不過又學到嘢,原來將預備嘅材料通通放在碟和桌上,自選配搭即場包手卷享用,談笑風生多好。

因時間關係,我回家立即煮落飯便接M回家。佢近日一定正在長高,一日都叫餓,所以回到家便要快手快腳,做俾大少食先,佢超喜歡。接著我做咗以下給自己。

沒有魚生但食得健康又滿足的一餐!接著下午二時M今日有運動堂,我另外為佢報名的,不屬於校內活動,又要送佢去上堂了。

今日真是節目豐富,下了多天雨和雪,今日難得天朗氣清,P答應M如天氣許可便帶佢去放他的微型飛機, 佢終於得償所願,不過我都睇得好開心😀!

 

One Fine Day

Morning: Quick meet-up with good friend, midday: made sushi handroll là la table, afternoon: tried out Marc’s mini plane

This morning right after I dropped off Marc at school, I went directly to Las Burg in Weil Am Rhein to pick up my online shopping. A lot of people who live in Switzerland would choose this method since a lot of times the delivery charge to Switzerland is more expensive and sometimes we even have to pay the tax incurred.

My friend Carmen who just lives nearby, was luckily available to meet up briefly for a quick coffee and catch up. She is my first Cantonese speaking friend here. We used to meet up for lunch at her old place, and she always came up with brilliant and creative lunch ideas. However, now that she has developed her own photography business, she hardly has any spare time anymore. Nevertheless, I am truly happy for her that she has found her business venture. Her photos are amazing, she is good at outdoor shootings and can capture the natural beauty of every individual, be it for an expecting mother or a newborn or a wedding occasion or a family.

If you are interested, please check out her portfolio in her website, you can book a session with her when you travel to Switzerland next time:

Please click for hyperlink: Carmen Wong Fisch Photography

 

So after a quick catch-up, it was almost time to pick up Marc already. Wednesday is his short day, I would need to prepare lunch for us both. However, he has this cough lingering for weeks, I have to be careful of what to give him. I have made rice porridge, soup macaronic or noodles repeatedly and he is beginning to get bored with them.  So on the way home, I recalled one sushi handroll lunch I had with Carmen. She made it so interesting that we could wrap, eat and chat at the same time. So I made a simplified version.

No raw fish but still very tasty and healthy! Other ingredients you can use include avocados, carrots, tofu, etc. I just used what is available and suitable from my fridge.

After lunch, Marc had sports class and then we went to try out his little plane in an open field. He was lucky as we had days of miserable weather and this day we had clear blue sky, perfect timing.

 

A lot of action today!

A lot of action today!

Run baby run

Run baby run!

 

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  Homemade Malaysian Curry Powder  

I don’t have Malaysian or Singapore roots but people in Hong Kong loves the Asian curry too. My mom used to use the Yeo’s brand, the sauce that is sold in a can. Then came to Switzerland, it is not easily accessible to buy the Malaysian (Nyonya) curry powder. One time I saw the Malaysian curry powder in the Asian groceries store, I was so thrilled and bought 2 packets and thereafter I was using it so carefully that because I thought it would run out quickly.

Last Sunday, a Singaporean friend shared her food photo that she had just made a Singapore Chicken Curry, she bought her curry powder from her hometown. Then I thought, maybe it’s possible to make it at home myself. So I searched online and found a few recipes and have picked this one from Echo’s Kitchen. I looked at the list, I have most spices at home, then crazy enough, I headed to town in the afternoon to get the missing spices from the Indian groceries shop which is opened 7 days a week.

I was rather excited and could not wait until Monday. The most important thing you need is a grinder or a good blender, I used my Blendtec.

Now I can make Malaysian Chicken Curry as many times I want without worrying of running out of spices, heavenly!

The next day without delay, I immediately made the chicken curry to test if the curry powder is satisfactory and authentic enough. It was amazing, thumbs up by both hubby and me! The recipe is definitely a keeper that I have to keep a copy in my blog! Thank you Echo’s Kitchen for sharing your family recipe with us!

 

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Korean Hotpot Noodle

  Korean Hotpot Noodle  

Oh gosh, it’s been almost 3 months since I last posted. Life has been extremely busy because of our move. We have moved in for almost 2 months but still a lot to do, we still need to look for lamps, curtains, etc. Our new nest has four floors so many stairs to walk up and down and first week was pretty exhausting, Peter and I both got muscle ache from carrying the stuffs up and down.

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Marc has started Kindergarten in August and blessed that he is doing very well and is enjoying very much at school. I was previously a bit worried that he had to increased from 3 days to 5 days to school and he has to be at school half an hour earlier than preschool but all these worries seems to be unnecessary. He even asks for going to school when he was having his school holidays. He likes doing his homework. And his German is progressing well and even correct my German.

Me: Your German is better than mama’s. You can teach me German.

Marc: My German is better than your German. I can teach you.

Me: Yes, you can teach me German and I can teach you Chinese and English.

Marc: I want to learn Chinese, so I can speak Chinese to her.

10 days ago, he had to perform at school for the Halloween party, last year he was very shy and won’t join the group singing but this year, he managed very well. Like all parents, I was almost feeling a bit emotional, witnessing he is growing and progressing everyday.

Up to now, he is still eager to help my households, he has insisted to help me to carry the cleaned folded washing upstairs to the bedrooms; he helps during I wash my car; he will help me to put the clean dishes back to the cupboard, etc. I am enjoying his helpfulness while it lasts.

We also share a little secret, it’s Belly to Belly ! It’s solely a mommy n’ son’s secret. Something I want to remember forever.

As for myself, I seem to have more time since he goes to school 5 days a week. However, I still feel not having enough time. Probably because of the new home, there are workers coming in and out from time to time. I was hoping to go to fitness 3 times weekly but twice weekly is the best I can managed so far. I was given a new set of strength training exercises a few weeks ago and instead of counting in reps, I now have to use the stopwatch, i.e. aim as many reps in 45 secs or 1 min. This is much harder to my taste so sometimes feel I have to drag myself a little to the fitness studio. I get muscle ache the following day and need 2 days rest before my next attempt. But once I started, I managed to finish the workout, then it feels good.

Frankly, I didn’t try much new dishes, also a reason of not posting. I have been cooking more Korean dishes recently. And this post I would like to share the Korean hotpot noodle which is my favorite when I was in Hong Kong. You can eat as a main dish.

My food blogger friend, Peter @HomeCooking Diary has shared this recipe with me years ago and I have made twice and this time I thought I have to post it for future use instead of keep searching in my mailbox.

To Peter: Many thanks for getting this recipe for me from your friend. It is delicious and tasted just like I had it in the Korean restaurant in Hong Kong. Hope all is well on your side.

 

Below are photos of how this Korean hotpot noodle looks like when I had it in Hong Kong, the fresh noodles of course is even better than the frozen one, personally I loves the texture of these fresh noodles, more bouncy than the Japanese ones:

Korean Hotpot Noodle in HK

Korean Hotpot Noodle

Raw tomato sauce pasta

  Raw Tomato Sauce Spaghetti  

Just returned from a week holiday in Holland, we were really really lucky with the weather, the entire week, we could wear short sleeves. Had 3 days cycling, visiting family and friends, it was a relaxing and pleasant week to us all.

The holiday house we stayed is located in the National Park Weerriben, our house was near the water with duckies visiting us in the morning and rabbits in the evening.

When you are on holiday, it is best to prepare something which requires little preparation and since the weather was so warm, I thought a raw tomato sauce spaghetti would be very appropriate. It was so nice sitting on our terrace to enjoy the pasta and appreciate the nature surroundings.

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  Edamame tofu arame Salad & a Flashback  

A flashback from 2009

One of those trips I travelled with P along his business trips.

In the plane, flying from Basel to London.

Air hostess came to distribute the Landing cards.

Filling the Landing card as usual until ……….

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  My intimate ganache glazed chocolate cake, lesson learnt  

This winter has been crazy, many countries are affected by the climate change.

Hong Kong has as low as 6ºC. Some days as cold as here in Basel.

Sochi has warm temperature up to 16ºC making the snow condition very slushy for Olympic Winter games …..

Snow condition in Switzerland also not great this Winter so far.

Yesterday the weather was horrible, stormy and rainy the whole day. Nothing else better than staying at home and do some baking.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day, not a big thing here in Switzerland, it is not a day that we always celebrate. I am happy already if hubby is not on business trip.

Anyway I was in a mood to bake a chocolate cake, after browsing and browsing, I finally settled on this Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake by Two Peas and their Pod. Sounds easy enough for me. It says foolproof, so let see!

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  Made best crêpes!!! I feel like a Parisienne this morning!  

Today : 9 Feb 2014 (Sunday), Stormy and rainy

Made a galette (buckwheat crêpe) batter yesterday, as it said it has to be chilled overnight in the fridge.

This morning, crawled out of bed, still half asleep. Went to the kitchen, took out the bowl of batter, left on the kitchen top and crawled back into bed. Recipe said the batter needs to be rest at room temperature for about an hour before frying.

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Bircher Muesli Version 2

  Bircher Muesli – gluten & dairy free version  

This is my first post after refreshing my blog with a new blog template. Thanks to Parveen for a quick turn around which saved me from not killing my blog by fiddling around. New year, new begin, I have transferred all my old posts to  janetching.wordpress.com.

As some of you may have aware that I am in the path of attempting to eat less meat and to divert my diet to more plant-based. I started in mid-July 2013 with juicing and green smoothie, and have been able to go jogging regularly. The efforts are paid off, I am happier now after finally almost losing those stubborn extra pounds. However, it is too cold lately to keep up with jogging outside and drinking green smoothie. Therefore after long consideration, I have signed up in a fitness centre. Surprisingly, I am liking it, I am adding on some resistance training on top of the cardio-training. As for green smoothie, I am drinking much less recently due to the freezing cold winter. I am trying to keep drinking enough fluids which is my weakest link. But this has not stopped me from eating healthily. And today I want to share with you my other version of Bircher muesli inspired by Tibits, the popular vegetarian restaurant in Switzerland and London.

You can find my previous version of Bircher Muesli here which was posted in 2010. The main difference is that I am not using dairy milk but plant milk and have incorporated some superfood and the nice color immersed from the frozen raspberries.

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