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January 15, 2012

Roti prata and Blogging on the Move…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Since Family Kiwidutch are on holiday and on the move at the moment I employ a strategy for my keeping my blog posts going.

Most days I quickly type a summary of our day into a word document on my laptop  journal-style so that I can remember details of things we have seen and done.  Working off-line means that I don’t need to fret about lack of internet connection (or slow or expensive) connection points as we travel.

I download  and sort photographs taken that day into new folders by topic and then whenever we stop and I can take a small rest each day I sort out a folder or two of photos for blog posts and our private family album.

(Himself and the kids are at a swimming pool as I type this, but I’ve been on a crutches for a bit longer than usual today and am now sitting on the bed taking a breather and some pain relief).

With the texts for the blog posts pretty much already done and the photos sorted, all I need then is one really good internet connection every week or ten days when I can spend and hour or so copy/pasting  everything into place in bulk to the WordPress schedule for the following week or so.  Since you are following our current travels albeit with a small time delay I can keep busy with our adventures and  keep you all informed about our experiences.

My only problem is the I don’t have much time on-line to keep up with comments you may make and my email in-basket is bulging at a rapid rate with a backlog of mail and blog post  notifications from other bloggers that I will probably have to catch up with as soon as we get home.

This is one of the reasons I have such a time delay when someone asks me a question about a post I have made.  so when fellow blogger “amcoballes” of http://anncoballes.wordpress.com/about/ asked about one of the photographs in this post: https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/new-573/  it’s taken me until now to reply.

By sheer chance the  menu item (called “Roti prata”)  that Ann Margaret  is asking about came with a small accompanying information text, which, naturally,  as any typical food fanatic would, I noted, so here’s  what the experts say about Roti prata:

Roti prata is a fried -floured based pancake that is cooked over a flat grill.

Commonly served plain with dhal, curry or being eaten with a sprinkle of sugar, as this brings out it’s natural taste.

Roti Prata evolved from the origonal pancake recipes from Pakistan and India and is a favourite in Singapore. Roti means “bread” and prata means “flat” but it atually close to a pancake with a lightly flavoured and subtle sweet dough.

It’s certainly not “roti”  as we Dutch know it from our Suriname take-a-way food restaurants,  it really is more like pancake, especially in texture, but that said it’s also got a quality all of it’s own. I can see why it’s become a favourite of Singaporeans, indeed if I had the recipe it might become a favourite of mine too.

January 8, 2012

Breakfast Buffet … or a Box to Take Away?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Still  on the subject of food at the Rasa Sentosa Hotel, this time the Silver Shell Cafe has undergone a small transformation so that a breakfast buffet can be served.

Not surprisingly this buffet is of the same high standard that the evening one was, so even our fussy children found plenty of things to select and enjoy.

I think that the biggest surprise for our children when they looked at the selection on offer was the discovery that there are so many hot dishes with varieties of rice, noodles or dumplings, and even soup.

Naturally it was less surprise to find a good selection of tropical fruits.
Our children appeared (for once) to have adjusted to the time zone differences less well than Himself and I and have been going to bed late in the evening and struggling to get up in the morning.

Since there is a time limit on the breakfat service we initially dragged our sleepy unwilling  younger members of our family to breakfast the first day because we felt they should try and at least  to eat something,  but breakfast was full of grumbles and small hysterics over who shifted who’s fork and other  mind bogglingly trivial spats.  Luckily, we discovered an excellent service that is a brilliant solution to our problem.

It’s possible to ask for box from the staff at the bakery section of the buffet, and then you can load up your box with whatever your children fancy, which in the case of our offspring are croissants and bread rolls and a few toppings or fillings to go with them.

It’s part of the breakfast service so there is no additional charge and then et voila, we then have a “brunch” for our children that we put into the small fridge in our room and that they can have at their leisure once they are awake later in the morning. (in our case as late as 11.30 a.m.  one day!).

All it involved was that Himself and I had to take turns for our own breakfasts. One of us staying in the room with the sleeping children whilst the other one ate breakfast upstairs. The buffet options need to be seen to be believed… so let’s take a look!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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January 7, 2012

Watching the Pro’s and Taking Notes… Crepes

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At the Silver Shell Cafe at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore, there are several cooking work stations in view of the patrons. The idea is that certain parts of the menu such as omelettes, crepes etc are made to order upon request, and that you can watch everything being made.

I didn’t order a crepe but I was very interested in watching  so that I could learn how to make them so thin when someone else did… so here is a step-by-step view of how a professional chef achieves a beautifully thin crepe.

I was brave enought to ask if I could take photographs but not quite brave enough to ask for the recipe …

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 6, 2012

Desserts to Die For…

The Kiwidutch kids clearly, have already found the  “children’s selection”  of the buffet menu but there are are multitude of other dessert options to choose from. Many of them sound like delicious variations of old favourites like: Orange Chocolate Cake…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Chocolate Trufles, Mango mousse, Green Tea Parfait,

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Mixed Berry Cake …

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… and Mango Mirror Cake:

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but there are also many names of items that are new to me like Piandian Chiffon:

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….and Assorted Nyonyia Kneh. (There are semi-gelatouious type little squares , I tried some and while it was a little strange in texture at first, it was quite nice… it would however say that I think that it’s quite an accustomed taste for Western taste-buds.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Sigh, so many to choose from and so little space left to fit everything in… (No… we didn’t try them all, we just oogled a lot of them wishing that we had left more space after our main course.)

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January 4, 2012

Hmmm… Awesome or Ewwwww?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In yesterday’s post I mentioned the selection of seafood on offer at the Silver Shell, and that whilst I can’t eat them I was enchanted by their photographic qualities.

Himself however delights in fruit de mer and was intent in trying as many of them as possible.

Our children watched in stunned horror as he bought back to the table some little spiral shaped shells and a small pronged impliment, with which he used to ease the slippery beast from it’s shell.

Himself popped his reward for this digging into this mouth and I was honestly rather hard pressed to figure out from my children’s reactions and faces to figure out if Kiwi Daughter and Little Mr. found this action from their father to reach the absolute heights of “awesome” or “ewww”.

Our Singaporean friend will boil out the leftover shells for us while we are in New Zealand and we can collect them again all clean and lovely to take back home to The Netherlands on the return leg of the trip.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 3, 2012

The Beautiful Beasts of the Sea…

The dishes on offer at the Silver Shell Cafe are amazing… Luxurourous in fact… Himself is heading towards the seafood section, but with shell fish allergies I am more enamoured with the little beasts photographic qualities.

This post delightes me solely in a visual sense… the layer of ice upon which the morscles rest appears as a shimmerling blue background to the brilliant colours of the crustations and the blue/ green rims of the mussel shells (or are they Paua?) are a one of the beautities of nature.

I love food, I love taking photos, this post is one where I endevour in a very ameatur way to do both justice. Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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January 2, 2012

Kids and …. Natural Selection?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Hmmm, just when you think that you might have succeeded in teaching our children about the necessity of vitamins, the fact that fruit and vegetables are “brain food” …that they need in order to grow and develop, and that in general you need good food to be healthy, you then rudely discover that your six year old son blows all of your illusions of good parenting out of the window in one meal.

Kiwi Daughter was talking photographs and deciding what she wanted to eat this evening, Himself was assisitiing me since I can put things onto a plate but getting my plate back to the table was a trickier obstacle to negotiate.

Having read in the hotel booklet that there was a “Children’s section”on the menu,  Himself decided to trust Little Mr. to make his own food selection.

FAIL….    Imagine our faces when Little Mr returned triumphant to our tabel with his “slection”.

Food to delight a child is certainly was, no doubt about that at all, because Little Mr. was beaming from ear to ear… sadly his smile was swiftly wiped off his face when his horrible parents announced that sorry, nacho chips, potato chips, marshmallows, gummy sweets and jellybeans were not at all what we deemed to be a suitable first course of dinner, confiscated his plate and led him back to the buffet to select to (gasp) a few vegetables that he would have to polish off first before his selected plate could be returned to him.

With much muttering about unfairness he complied and Himself and I were bought down a peg when we realised that probably 100% of our nutritional “lessons”with Little Mr. have been going in one ear and out the other.

Oh well, I guess our horrified faces when he first dumped his plate on the table in triumph were probably priceless too.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 16, 2011

Showing Appreciation Sometimes Means Being Brave Enough to Break the Ice…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Tonight is our first evening at the Rasa,  and we wanted to go down to our favourite pizza restaurant on Siloso Beach close by.

Himself however,  discovered  that the entire beach area around here was closed off because preparations are  underway for “Zoukout”,  Singapore’s  biggest annual party, held on the beach  just outside the hotel.

Not wanting to travel off the island for a meal, we looked at the selection of restaurants within the Rasa complex and quickly settled on the Silver Shell Cafe because it has a buffet menu and, apparently according  to the description, a kids section.

The children are learning to use my old point-and-shoot camera’s and so we all head down to the restaurant to check out the food’s photographic aspects as well as it’s taste.

The outside patio around the Silver Shell has been completely revamped since we were here two years ago, and there are now seperated outside cublicles by the edge of the balcony area and outside seating areas further in. We opt to sit inside at night because there is less risk of being bothered by insects and for me it’s less walking back and forth between courses.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The archictecture is open, spacious and easily negitiable and to our delight we had bearly sat down with our meal when a small band of singers and muscians came out to seranade us… we were soon tapping along in tune as we were most appreciative of their talents.

I had noticed that for the first few numbers ended there was a stoney silence even though many heads were nodding in time to the music, so I decided to talk to our kids about showing appreciation when you liked something  that other people are especially busy doing for your pleasure and so then after the third number we clapped loudly, and to our delight this appeared to break the ice becuase  many other restaurant patrons quickly joined in applauding with us.

We made a point of showing our appreciation at every pause and the musicians looked very happy indeed with the well deserved attention.

Isn’t it silly how so often that in western society we prefer to sit in silence even if we are wanting to do something impromptu and friendly, but  are too  embarrased about being the “first”to lead the way…. how little we realise that so many other people may be sitting around us feeling the same.

A tiny amount of courage goes a long way and as a not particularly extravert kind of person by nature I learnt something about myself as well as teaching a valuable lesson (or completely embarrassing, or both) to my usually very shy kids.

Since we were there for longer and moving around was tiring, I look photos in dribs and drabs over different days between activity and resting.  Therefore you get a selection of photos taken throughout the day or evening.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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