Monthly Archives: February 2013

TMI Friday

question-markDO YOU BELIEVE?
1. In Coincidence?
2. In Magic?
That’s a clever trick, but no.
3. In Love at First Sight?
4. In Soul Mates?
5. In Miracles?
6. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder?
I’ve got a dry spell by now
7. In Life After Death?

In God?
Not anymore, or maybe it has to do with his/her representative here on earth.
[I’m aware I blame someone else]

Easy Asian #04 – Mango

easy-asian Malaysian Mango Chicken Curry

Makes 2 servings

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 15 ml or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 225 gr or ½ pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 120 ml or ½ cup chicken stock
  • 15 ml or 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 15 ml or 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 20 gr or 1½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 gr or 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 8 gr or 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 4 gr or 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the chicken breast.
  2. Cook the chicken breast until no longer pink in the center.
  3. Transfer cooked chicken to a plate.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the chicken stock, light soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, curry powder, and cornstarch.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Using the same skillet, cook and stir the onion over medium heat until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the green and red bell peppers and cook for 2 minutes, then add the ginger and cook for another minute.
  8. Stir in the chicken stock mixture and the cooked chicken breast.
  9. Cook until the sauce has thickened.
  10. Drop mango in and cook until the mango is heated through.

Note: Add some mushrooms and served it with coconut rice.


Amount Per Serving Main recipe.
Calories: 361
Total Fat 9.1g
Saturated Fat 1.6g
Cholesterol 66mg
Sodium 354mg
Total Carbohydrates 42g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Protein 29g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band persons can eat only half a portion max !

PDF of this recipe: 20130228-Malaysian-Mango-Chicken-Curry

Traveling The World

transportYesterday I had a meeting with the board of the Guild. Some were surprised to see me there, so they asked me “How, what, when?” but most of all “Who’s paying for all of this?” To answer one before I tell the rest of the story, I had to answer some of the questions of the board, most of our communications is done by email, but some things are better answered person-to-person.

So I told them I flew in late on Friday night from Milan, my suitcases would be still in the hotel because I would leave the meeting earlier to fly back that same afternoon.

Just to clear things up for you, my readers, the Guild is an association of tailors and fashion design schools in the Netherlands. I’m their webmaster and media person, since I work from home I have spare time a plenty, so I can do this traveling and still keep up the site.

It all started early February [the 7th] when New York Fashion Week started, I saw 34 out of 100 shows and posted them on our site in the locked off members area. From New York I flew to London, England where London Fashion Week started on February 15, sleeping the jetlag away on the plane. Here I covered 18 from the over 50 shows, some famous names but also not so famous, in that last group you’ll find new inspiration. I also saw a show by one of my former employers, thirty-five years ago I worked in their brand store on Piccadilly [which is now one of the largest Waterstone’s bookstores btw] and now I was sitting 2nd row in their show. London came and went, it was a 4 day week and on February 19 I settled in my hotel in Milan for Milan Fashion Week.

On Saturday I missed out on the shows of Bottega Veneta, Trussardi, Roberto Cavalli and Jil Sander, but today I hope to make up on it by visiting Emporio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni and Salvatore Ferragamo. Monday will be an easy day when only Giorgio Armani will do a show. After that I have to catch transport to  Paris Fashion Week. This last one will be hell, over 85 shows to cover in just 6 days!

And to answer the questions “Who’s paying for all of this?” The Guild is paying, transport, hotel, taxi’s, bribes to get in, all of it. Especially when you have to pinch every penny, as we do. [who doesn’t] So then came the“How, what, when?” Everybody could do it, by visiting the right websites, using photos that are in the open field, reading the right articles, if possible combining the two, all in the comfort of your own home and your favorite chair. It’s almost like reading travel or adventure stories, in your mind’s eye you travel to far away places, while you still have the comforts of your own home and sleep in your own bed.

And then the penny dropped!

Easy Asian # 03 – Vegetarian Miso

easy-asianVegetarian Miso Soup

Makes 3 servings

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 535 ml or 2¼ cups water
  • 55 gr or 2 ounces firm tofu, cut into ¾ cm or ¼ inch cubes
  • 15 ml or 1 tablespoon light miso paste
  • 10 gr or 2 teaspoons barley miso paste
  • 15 gr or ½ cup fresh spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Ladle out about 1¼ dl or ½ cup of the boiling water, and reserve.
  3. Add tofu.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add spinach or bok choy; simmer about 1 to 2 minutes, or until the greens are tender. Remove soup from heat.
  6. Blend white miso and barley miso into reserved hot water.
  7. Stir into soup.
  8. Ladle into bowls, and garnish with scallion.
  9. Serve immediately.

Note 1: Original miso soup is made with dashi, a fish stock made of kombu [kelp] and femented bonito [tuna flakes].

Note 2: If you prefer, you can replace the spinach with bok choy


Amount Per Serving
Calories: 49
Total Fat 2.1g
Saturated Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 308mg
Total Carbohydrates 4.3g
Dietary Fiber 0.9g
Protein 4.1g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band persons can eat only half a portion max !

PDF of this recipe: 20130221-Vegetarian-Miso-Soup

TMI Wednesday – I Just Wanna Go To Sleep

sleep1. What do you wear to bed?
Not much, just briefs and a Tee in winter, nothing in summer

2. Who or what sleeps with you at night?
During vacations and before he died, Julius. He did that under the bed in his own basket. For the rest I live alone and like it that way.

3. Do you like a cold room or a hot room?
A cold room, the heating hasn’t been on in 32 years.

4. Lots of blankets or just one?
One down duvet in winter unless it’s very cold, then two. Just a sheet in summer.

5. Do you hog the blankets?

6. What size is your bed and what kind of mattress is it?
My bed measures 140 x 220 cm, that’s 55.1 x 86.6 inch. It’s a box spring and the mattress is fine tuned to my body weight.

7. Do you eat in bed?
Never, hate the crumbs! I only swallow meds sitting on the mattress.

8. What kind of sleeper are you?
I sleep best on my right side, lately when I can’t find sleep that way it helps when I’m on my left. In hospital beds I sleep on my back, which is a bit odd because I never do that in my own bed. Maybe it has to do with the width those beds are only 90 cm / a bit over 35 inches wide. I also wake up when I turn over

9. What is under your bed?
Boxes with stuff I’ve no other place to put them. Or maybe I shouldn’t hoard them and throw the stuff away.

What won’t you do in bed?
See number 7, eat! I do drink in bed but mostly water, never alcohol.