Food & Drinks, Simplify

Chinese Stir Fried Potato Strips

During my first business trip to China ten years ago, I tasted a local dish called stir fried potato strips. I fell in love with the simplicity of the ingredients and the remarkable taste and texture. Why have I not encountered this dish earlier in my life, remains a mystery…

For tonight’s dinner, I prepared my own version of stir fried potato strips. So simple to make and oh so delicious!

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Movies, Books & TV Shows

Michiel de Ruyter

In the weekend, D and I watched a movie depicting the historical acts of Michiel de Ruyter. As with any biographic and historical films, I have expected it to be dramatized and somewhat romanticized. Well, the drama and romance was definitely present. What I did not expect was the philosophical debates that went on in my head for several days afterwards.

Michiel de Ruyter led his fellow countryman to many victorious battles, becoming the most famous Dutch admiral. If the film is to be believed, he had wished to retire and to be with his family. However, amounting threats and his obedience to the prince made him leave his country for one last battle against the French.

The battle-tired man simply wanted to stay home, to live, and be surrounded by his love ones. Dirty politics and blind obedience to authority drove him to a bitter death. And that, bothers me a lot.

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Belgium

A Nap, Some Pancakes, Two Beers & A Port Wine

I did not sleep well last night. So, I have a good enough excuse to take a nap after lunch.

In the mid afternoon, D’s parents picked us up to go to the re-opening of a home and garden store together. I ate some free mini pancakes, drank two beers and one glass of port wine. The freebies did not stop there, my father-in-law paid for my small purchase at the cashier.

Because I just did not feel like cooking, our dinner was a simple Chinese take out. This is lazy Sunday redefined.

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Movies, Books & TV Shows

Magazine Articles

I have the tendency of borrowing thick library books which I can never find time to finish. To avoid that from repeating itself, I have decided not to visit the library in the next two weeks. For the life of me, I am going to read that tall stake of magazines which I have piled up nicely on the wooden bench.

In the past few days, I have made it a morning habit to go through at least one magazine. Many of the articles were educative, inspiring and fun to read. One or two scared the bejesus out of me. And then, there are a few that made me pissy and bemoan the fact that we still do not have any moon bases…

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Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Good Monday

I do not suffer from Monday blues.

This morning, I read a magazine after completing some routine housekeeping. Then, I spent about half an hour doing garden work in my backyard, picking up fallen leaves left by yesterday’s storm. After lunch, I turned on my computer to make bill payments and to perform my weekly accounting tasks. Much later, I turned on my laptop to do some design work for a few hours. A housekeeper, a gardener, an accountant, and a designer all in one day.

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Belgium

Before The Storm

A storm with wind speed reaching 100 kilometres per hour has been forecast for Sunday. Being the smart people we are, D and I did some of our errands a day before the storm hits. We recycled some glasses, got cash from the bank, went to the drinks shop to stock up on beers, tasted some free beers while we were there, and then went to the local butcher to get enough meat to last us the whole week. Yep, we are ready to ride this one out.

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Food & Drinks

Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes

To avoid throwing away any food, I decided to deep fry some green cherry tomatoes as before-dinner snack. I cut these little tomatoes in halves, seasoned them with salt and gave them a light coating of flour. The larger ones are quite tasty, but the smaller tomatoes were weirdly acidic to the taste. As a result of eating these, my throat felt strange for a while. This made me wondered whether I have finally managed to poison myself with my own backyard harvest. But I am ok now. So, death by poisoning avoided.

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Simplify

Next Level Gardening

It was raining when I harvested all of my green cherry tomatoes. Despite the drizzle, I continued on by removing the frost bitten plants and their support poles. I think I have taken this hobby to the next level by gardening in the rain. Turning into a semi-serious gardener here…

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Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

Sceptical

It is rather apparent that I am becoming more and more sceptical as I get older. I find it difficult to believe in something completely. There is always something that makes me doubt the information I am seeing and hearing with my own eyes and ears. As I age, maybe faith and naivety is slipping away too?

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