I was recently clued into brining, a process of soaking meat in a salt concentrate solution. This process allows salt exchange to take place within the meat until a natural equilibrium is reached. A nifty kitchen trick as I am always clueless as to how much salt to use.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Day 1 - Prague. Sophisticated old world charm characterized by blackened sandstone buildings with gold accents, cobblestone roads and one colourful town clock.
The Berlin Wall. you'll be surprised to know it is entirely covered in graffitti...oops, artwork. Even neighbouring electrical boxes and road dividers weren't spared.
Found some space in my tummy for a German snack of hotdogs. It really is much tastier here, bigger too.
The old castle that has giant statues on every pillar, larger than life!
Dinner at a Chinese Restaurant. All Chinesche restaurants have chopstick instructions for diners.
Day 4 - stopover at Poznan. Checkout the front row view from my hotel suite.
Murals were uncovered on only 1 half of the castle walls. The other half must have been destroyed in a fire.
Free time for a spot of shopping. Lots of handmade stuff and I managed to get some wooden toys for my nephews.
Delicious freshly made ice-cream again, this time in a waffle for 1 euro.
Day 8 - Budapest, named after Attila the Hun's brother. Well-known for it's pate (especially foie gras), paprika & saffron spices and lively gypsy music.
The magical sandcastle like structures in Fisherman's Bastion.
The tapestry weave atop Matthias Church
This beautiful day ended with a sunset river cruise down the danube.
Day 9 - Vienna, the city of music.
Schonbrunn Palace, a tour of the real living space of the Austrian royal family, Queen Maria Theresa was Mozart's patron. From the right-angle manicured trees to matching yellow roses. I purchased a swarovski crystal hairclip from the palace gift shop, a replica of the one queen Elisabeth had.
A Mozart memorial concert at the baroque Musikverein concert hall. Blue Danube never fails to draw signs when performed by an orchestra.
Pumpkins galore. Hey, it's Autumn.
Day 10 - Salzburg, the city surrounded by cliffs and also filmsite of the movie "The Sound of Music".
Day 11 - Swan Castle. On the way there, it started snowing and the tour bus stalled.
Finally, we reached the castle but had trouble ascending it. Slipping, falling and got soaking wet.
The old cobblestone paths are open game for vehicles and humans. With no clear markers, I realize vehicles zip in and out as long as there are no metal dividers preventing them from doing so.
Local produce will surprise you, white asparagus from a street vendor costs just 5 euros for 1kg. Fresh figs, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, red mangoes, dragonfruit.
And a musical clock at old town square that chimes and rotates at noon, just like the cuckoo clocks sold (I bought one).
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Long overdue post on one of my favourite lunchtime haunts. Great for supper as well. Then proceed onto Da Paolo Restaurant at Chip Bee Gardens for Saturday night dinner. I prefer the deli soo much better than the restaurant. Same authentic style but soo much more accessible! I can have this everyday for lunch.
Feshly made starters, salads, pasta, sandwiches, pizza, mains and dessert. All pre-packaged in takeaway boxes for your convenience. A parma ham sandwich in the middle of the week always hits the spot.
And they sell dried and canned goods as well, so you can whip up Italiano meals right in your own home.