During extreme situations people often react even more extreme. Irrational and panicky in most cases. This is also the case during the SARS period and more recently during the coronavirus period.People stop thinking in some situations and only react in panic. This leads to hamster purchase, which are neither necessary nor sensible. Or even worse,... Continue Reading →
A soup is not only good for warming up on cold winter days. Clear beef, vegetable or poultry bouillons bring a lot of vitamins and minerals with them. Just the right thing if you've got a bad stomach or are fighting a cold. Not to underestimate the amount of liquid. In other words, a meal that makes sense especially in hot countries. It is practically an electrolyte solution free of charge. Finally, I would like to mention that it is an extremely cheap meal.
Food poisoning is contagious! There's no way to say beyond a shadow of a doubt: "This can't happen to me" Not even if you cook everything yourself and only buy organic food. You are also dependent on the personal hygiene of all employees who handle your food. And not only that. Especially in warm countries, maintaining the cold chain is not always taken so seriously. And there are several other possibilities…
Do you love Italian food? Noodles in all variations? Then do it yourself and don't worry, it's easier than baking cakes. I don't own a kitchen aid, a scale or a pasta machine 😉 . You see, if I can do it, you can do it easily and the best thing is: making your own pasta is faster than you think.
In the Middle Ages, gingerbread was only available in pharmacies and monasteries. Honey was the only sweet available and with medicinal herb juices baked, the gingerbread was considered a speciality, which one did not eat frequently. The typical spices came a little later, when e.g. cinnamon and pimento came over from the Orient.
It's not a big deal to make. Jiaozi are popular in Japan as Gyoza and in Korea as Mandu. It’s similar to Maultaschen in Germany, Piroggen in Eastern Europe and Pelmeni from Russia.
Today you get three recipes for fabulous spreads and one for marinated Feta cheese. You need a little more money for 200g cream cheese (Philadelphia) and 200g feta, but at the end you get a large amount that will be enough for three to four days for dinner. Add some freshly baked bread, cucumber and tomatoes - delicious!
Pretzels can easily be made by yourself with this recipe: Ingredients: 500g flour, 1 packet dry yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/4 litre warm water 3-4 litres of water and 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda When you have, coarse salt to sprinkle on the pretzels Mix 100g flour with yeast, sugar, add 100... Continue Reading →
Ingredients: 300g Spelt flour 200g Wheat flour 50g Wholemeal oat flakes 50g Sunflower seeds 50g Pumpkin seeds 50g Sesame seeds 2 Spoons flax seed 2 Teaspoons salt 500g fresh sourdough (or 200 g fast sourdough and 300 ml warm Water) Warm water Preparation: Grease a box mould or line it with baking paper. Now you... Continue Reading →
You can also prepare a very fast sourdough simply with 1 cube of fresh yeast or a packet of dry yeast, 200 g rye flour, 200 ml warm water, leave at room temperature for 24 hours (only cover with a kitchen towel).
After visiting the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial in Taipei, I really wonder how serious Taiwan is about its demarcation from China. The site is monstrous, the cult around this dictator, who died in 1975, cannot be overlooked. The National Theatre Hall and Concert Hall stand on the left and right sides of the square in... Continue Reading →
There are Taoist temples in Taipei, which are mostly magnificent and colorful, and Confucian temples, which are rather simple, colorless and with clear forms. The Longshan Temple is the oldest Taoist temple here. It has its own MRT stop and cannot be missed. You will be guided "elegantly" through a (souvenir) market 😉. Here you... Continue Reading →
The MRI works without any problems and besides the Chinese characters, there are also Latin letters to recognize where you are going. Here are the Taiwan Tour Buses with which you can get cheaply to sights in the country.
Here you can find hip and crazy things at every corner. You'll find shops they look like Japanese shops and manga comics. Besides the toilet restaurant you can also find penis cake. The Penis Cakes is with peanut butter and coated with chocolate 😉.
In Taipei there is very tasty food. Usual food you know from China. Steamed or fried dumplings, for example. Also Japanese influences are strongly represented here and everywhere there is Sushi and Ramen. Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s and is available at every corner. Fish and other seafood are on the... Continue Reading →
The tower 101 was designed according to a very strong symbolism, which ironically is absolutely Chinese. But what do I know 😉 The outer facade looks like a bamboo, of course Yin and Yang and Feng Shui were included. The lucky number 8 can be found in the number of floor segments and Ruyi, the well-known lucky symbol of the Chinese is attached outside.
If you drop by from Singapore, you'll probably be shocked. So it was definitely me. It looks like twenty years back at first - I remember my time in Beijing well. Almost everything in Chinese characters, which I don't know, but luckily I can speak some Chinese today...
Three days in Taipei and extreme heat, heavy rain and an earthquake... 08.08.2019: The quake struck at 5.28am at a depth of 10km in northeastern Yilan county. The Magnitude was 5.9. In Taipei around 4 Magnitude. I was in deep sleep and by the time I was really awake it was all over. The only... Continue Reading →
After my visit of the 101 Tower in Taipei I was confronted with the topic of persecution because of religious affiliation - Falun Gong or Falun Dafa. A harmless moralizing and spiritual belief with parts from Buddhism and Taoism mixed with Qigong exercises.
Nasi Goreng for 4 persons for 5,41 SGD The basic recipe is one of the cheapest and most balanced foods I know.
A culture shock is not a weak emotion that affects only a few people. It is a reaction to the foreign environment. Very few people are spared it. The shock sometimes occurs immediately, after a few weeks or months. Who knows about it and expects it, gets over the mood low faster.
These dumplings are popular throughout China and far beyond. The Baozi are steamed and available in two sizes (5 cm = Xiǎobāo and 8 cm = Dàbāo ). The dough is a yeast dough. The filling can be the same as Jiǎozi, but there are also a lot other variations. Ingredients dough:750 g flourapprox. 400... Continue Reading →