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January 20, 2018

Chip Flavours I Never Would Have Dreamed Of…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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There are always new things to see, do and experience when travelling abroad. Supermarkets are always a source of bewilderment, doubly so if there is a language barrier. Tastes and cuisines vary wildly and flavours popular in one country can appear bizarre in another. Nothing was more true when Little Mr and I passed by one of the smaller shops in the Suntec Mall in Singapore. On a stand just outside the entrance we spied some snacks… but I must say that “salted egg fish skins” crisps and “salted egg” flavoured chips were not too much of an instant attraction for us.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 8, 2013

A Bigger Star In Some Families Than In Others…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

If you want a super-traditional (and slightly old-fashioned) Dutch dessert to try out for size then you need look no further than your local Dutch supermarket.

However you aren’t going to find this classic cake in the cake section and this is probably the reason that it’s gone largely undiscovered by many a visitor or new settler in the Netherlands,  because  it’s found unexpectedly instead the freezer section of the supermarket.

This dessert is called a ” Sneeuster” (Snow Star) and is basically two cake layers with a filling of  “advocaat” (egg nog) and cream.

In our extended family this was well known with all of  Himself’s cousins because it was a particular favourite of their Oma (grandmother) who was my mother in law’s sister.

Because Himself’s mother didn’t like this one as much, this was rarely seen on our side of the family and although Himself already knew of  it from many childhood visits to his Aunt,  I also only discovered it relatively recently when one of Himself’s cousins came to stay with us.

Naturally the cream and egg nog layers thaw once it’s been out of the freezer a little while,  so I thought it prudent to cut all of the pieces of the cake whilst it fresh out of the freezer before the cream and egg nog got squishy. For my own personal preference, this is too creamy, but I have to temper that statement by honestly saying that I don’t particularly like any  heavily creamed dessert so this was never destined to be a contender for my personal favourite.

Clearly in some families the Sneeuster is going to be more of a star then in others…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 16, 2011

Giggles for Breakfast! …OFF With It’s Head!

Filed under: FOOD,Funny,Kids and Family,Miscellaneous — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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We have friends who live in Germany and share our love of cooking.

They come and visit semi regularly, (as we do them) and whenever we meet up, there is usually a small light-hearted gift exchange.

Here is one of the things that we got from them a few years ago.

This is an excellent little gadget for opening your hard boiled eggs.

Little Mr, wrapped up in his cuddle cosy bag, wanted to be the video demo helper, sadly he hasn’t quite grasped the concept though, so I’ll talk you though it.

Take your hard boiled egg and place it into your egg cup.

Place the cup section of the egg opener over the top of the egg. It should form a snug fit.

Raise the little metal ball up to the top of the long metal shaft.

Let it drop freely to the bottom (Little Mr’s problem is that he doesn’t want to let  go of the metal ball.)

Remove the  egg opener and your egg shell will now sport a lovely clean break all around the top circumference of the boiled egg.

Mostly you can just lift the top part of the shell off in one piece,..

Sometimes it doesn’t do it so just cut along this line with your knife and say goodbye to having to pick out little bits of egg shell from for breakfast egg.

Cool or what? (I think so)

One thing’s for sure,  all the visitors who have sat at our breakfast table since we have owned this little gadget have been delighted by the fun of using it.

Want giggles for breakfast?  This will do it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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