October 2010 Archives

Does anyone have a knife?

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I'd like to cut through the tension here. While we don't really pick or have fights, it has become quite obvious that the tension is so thick that you almost see and feel it. With only a few more hours before I pack up to leave for work, we both know that tonight will be the last evening we spent together. If there is anything left to say or do together, that is the time.

Research pays off...

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October 26th 2010 - a day I will not lightly forget. I won't go into details for now, as I feel there is no need to do so (yet, or even ever), and those who need to know, already do.

I spent my day at nipacenter, getting my back done (last treatment for now), then visited J&E - thanks for being there for me when I needed you most! - and surfing the internet for household appliances. While your specific needs may differ, here are some the top deals I was able to scout online.

Laundromat : Whirlpool Denver 1600 - Dryer : Whirlpool AWZ 7660 - Dishwasher : ETNA EVW 8161 - Freezer : AEG-Electrolux Arctis 60120 GS4 - Fridge : Siemens KG 33VX47.

I can cook

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Quite a bold statement, I know, but I really know how to cook a meal. I even am able to not just boil eggs, make a spaghetti or make a toast... Complex dishes don't really scare me, even though the outcome may not always look as good as it does on the picture, or is described. Well, one thing I had never done before - without using a home bread maker that is - is bake bread. Last week I came across a recipe for garlic bread with herb cheese and it looked so delicious I just had to give it a try.

I picked up the ingredients yesterday and the dough is rising as I type this (50 more minutes to go). For those interested in giving it a shot themselves, here's there recipe :

500g water
50g yeast
800g white wheat flour with (high in protein) (I opted to use a darker blend of flour)
50g olive oil
8g garlic powder
250g herb cheese with garlic (I used a mixture of boursin + a common store brand)
17g salt
8 fresh mirabelle plums (I opted to leave those off)
a couple of straws of chive (got those from our garden)

Mix the water, flour and yeast to a dough. Add olive oil, garlic powder, 50g herb cheese and salt and knead into a sturdy but smooth dough. Rest for 1 hour, then spread out to about 2cm height. Smear rest of herb cheese on top of the dough, add the mirabelle plums, straws of chive, sprinkle with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 240°C.

You can find a photograph of how it should look when baked, or the recipe in Dutch here : Knoflookbrood met kruidenkaas.

Looking ahead

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Do I apologize for not blogging as much as I used to do? Not really. I know people read this blog, but I don't have as much need to describe my life and what happens in it as I used to have. One would almost say I now have a life, though that would sound as if bloggers by default have none. I think it's all a matter of finding a balance between being online and living your life. Lately the balance for me has shifted from being online 24/7 to being online (and blogging) every now and then.

Since last entry - what was it, August 22nd or so? - we've accomplished quite some things. We had a very nice house warming party, celebrated the birthdays of the kids, went to see a couple of movies, visited the Zoo, relaxed in the sauna, enjoyed a musical, worked hard (both at home as in the office) and generally kept pretty busy.

As I write this I'm waiting for the sun to break up the fog so the temperature goes up and I can finish off the garden shed - I was putting on the last roofing yesterday and need to get some details sorted - and put down some more tiles on the terrace. I'd do it all at once, but unfortunately my wallet says otherwise.

Then again, we've done a great deal of work here in the past months, but there remains a lot to do. If I'm not mistaken, a path has to be dug and laid in the back yard, the terrace needs to get finished, the front yard needs an overhaul as well (though that looks better already, just not "good" yet) and next year we plan on getting the lawn leveled and resown.

If it seems as if we only work, you're wrong. We've got two "cultural events" planned before the year ends, and I'm convinced the few spare weekends will soon fill up as well :)

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