Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DIY: Poison Apples

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Why hello long-time-no-DIY from me! It's been awhile since my last one and I am happy that I have finally come up with something new today. I know Halloween is still a month+ or so but preparation is key to a successful festivity right?

For this years Halloween I have come up with crochet apples. Poison crochet apples to be specific like the one Snow White and they are fluffy with bold and daring colors. Please dare to crochet them!



    
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Hoi, sorry voor de lange afwezigheid van mijn DIY's. Mijn laatste DIY was ergens in juli alweer en ben daarom heel blij om een nieuwe DIY aan jullie te presenteren vandaag. Halloween begint pas over een maand+ en iedereen weet dat goede voorbereiding pré is. Begin lekker vroeg dus!

Dit keer heb ik gehaakte appels voor jullie in petto. Giftig gehaakte appels om specifiek te zijn, net als uit `t verhaal van Sneeuwwitje! Deze appels zijn heerlijk pluizig met felle en gedurfde kleuren. Probeer ze alstublieft uit!

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You`ll need
Cotton yarn for the apple, stalk and poison bit // hook pen 3-3.5 mm // scissor // needle
Instructions
The apple
Row 1: magic loop + chain 6
Row 2: double single crochet (12)
Row 3: 1x single crochet in 1ˢᵗ stitch, 2x single crochet in 2ⁿᵈ stitch - repeat (18)
Row 4: 1x single crochet in 1ˢᵗ and 2ⁿᵈ stitch, 2x single crochet in 3ʳᵈ stitch - repeat (24)
Row 5: 1x single crochet in 1ˢᵗ, 2ⁿᵈ and 3ʳᵈ stitch, 2x single crochet in 4ᵗʰ stitch - repeat (30)
Row 6: 1x single crochet in 1ˢᵗ, 2ⁿᵈ, 3ʳᵈ and 4ᵗʰ stitch, 2x single crochet in 5ᵗʰ stitch - repeat (36)
Row 7 - row 10: 1x single crochet in all stitches (36)
Row 11: 1x single crochet in 1ˢᵗ, 2ⁿᵈ, 3ʳᵈ and 4ᵗʰ stitch, 1 decrease in 5ᵗʰ stitch - repeat (30)
Row 12: 1x single crochet in 1ˢᵗ, 2ⁿᵈ and 3ʳᵈ stitch, 1 decrease in 4ᵗʰ stitch - repeat (24)
Row 13: 1x single crochet in 1ˢᵗ, 2ⁿᵈ, 1 decrease in 3ʳᵈ stitch - repeat - make a slip stitch at the last stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail for attaching. You should now have a hole in the apple. (18)

The stalk
Row 1: chain 8, 1x double crochet, 1x double crochet, 1x single crochet, the rest slip stitches - fasten off leaving a long tail with twice the length of the apple.



The poison bite
Repeat row 1 to 3 from the apple instruction. A slip stitch on the last stitch, fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.
Sew & attach
Pull the tails through the apple and to the bottom and tuck it lightly to create a slight dent on top.
Make a crisscross at the bottom for secure
Fill the apple with polyester/toy filling before closing it up. Attach the poison bit by sewing the tail along the edge of the apple.
Have an apple my dear

Sunday, September 25, 2016

This is Yau Ma Tei. Kinda II

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Lets explore Yau Ma Tei district once again! I want to show you my favorite street this time and it's called Shanghai Street/上海街 and hey my apartment happens to be in this street too! But that's not the only reason that Shanghai street is my bae street.

This 2,3km long street is home to lots of kitchenware shops in Chinese, traditional or Western style. Most of my baking moulds and other knick nacks are from there and if you are like me who loves to shop for household stuff and kitchen goods, you'll love this street. And because my apartment was there, you can almost find me every morning in Shanghai Street because that's where I buy my breakfast too.

    
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Laten we nog een keer door Yau Ma Tei wijk verkennen en dit keer wil ik jullie voorstellen aan mijn favoriete straat: Shanghai Straat/上海街. Wat toevallig dat mijn appartement ook aan deze straat bevindt! Natuurlijk is dat niet de enige reden wat tot mijn favoriete straat behoort.

Deze 2,3km lange straat is thuis voor de vele keukenhulp- en apparatuur in zowel Chinees, traditioneel of Westers stijl. De meeste bakspullen van thuis komen namelijk hier vandaan en als je net als ik dol ben op leuke keukenspulletjes scoren, dan ben je bij deze straat aan het goede adres. Ik was hier zowat elke dag te vinden, niet alleen voor keukenspullen maar ook voor 't ontbijt.  

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Kingdom of kitchen tools
Shanghai Street - Hong Kong
There`s a street in Yau Ma Tei called Shanghai Street and this is my favorite street because it has the best kitchen tool & supplies shops.
If you want to score affordable and high quality kitchen stuff, Shanghai Street is your place to be!
Tips and advice
- What kitchen stuff do you find: lots of baking tools, beautiful porcelain, restaurants machinery, weird traditional Chinese kitchen tools and this all in many sizes and forms.
- Most of these kitchen-good shops are quite old, small and dusty but that doesn`t take away the quality of the merchandise.
- My advise: just go to every shop and explore!
- If you`re looking for something specific: go to every shop and explore! I have also noticed that every shop has a different price tag and therefor it`s ok to explore and snif around until find it.
- Check a product fully and carefully before purchasing it. Refund is not appreciated most of the time.
- Lastly: try to haggle. A skill that I still not have mastered yet.
I can fit inside the most below pan like it was that huge.
This shop is my favorite baking shop and not for their moulds and pans but for their unusual ingredients.
This is my apartment! Also in Shanghai Street.
And lastly, this streetfood stand selling `tako yaki` and egg puff waffle which is right across my apartment. Maybe they are not the best streetfood seller but for what they offer in price (HKD 12 for two egg puff waffles) and freshly made infront of your nose i`ll say: AWESOME.
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Friday, September 23, 2016

HOTSPOT: The Dining Room

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There is a restaurant chain in Hong Kong that specializes in Shanghai food that goes by the name that does not really scream Shanghai food at all: The Dining Room - 南小館.

I have not eaten here before but the first thing that drew my attention was their bright and modern looking interior. As result I came to this restaurant 2 times already, firstly for lunch and secondly for their desserts. Lets check it out!

    
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Er is een restaurant keten in Hong Kong dat gespecialiseerd is in de Shanghainese keuken, maar de naam roept niet echt Shanghainees uit, namelijk: The Dining Room -  The Dining Room - 南小館.

Nog nooit heb ik hier een hapje en drankje gedaan, maar wat mij als eerst de aandacht greep, was de ontzettend lichte mooie interieur. Uiteindelijk heb ik hier 2 gegeten en gedronken voor een lunch en dessert, bekijk ze gauw hieronder!  

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1ˢᵗ Time Order
1 hand grasp pancakes
2 noodles with yellow croaker fish & preserved snow cabbage
Entrée & Noodles
 
This included tea (green tea?) that you still have to pay at the end is amazingly good.
Hand grasp pancakes

Me and my auntie decided to order a basket of `hand grasp pancakes`. You eat these pancakes by pulling them apart and eat by hands. The pancakes were tasted crispy in my mouth, chewy and it left an oily layer on my lips after but overall it was a good pancake!
Noodles with yellow croaker fish & preserved snow cabbage

To me the Shanghai kitchen is best known for their delicious steamed soup dumplings/xiao long bao (小笼包) but since the dumplings involves meat and I have banned myself from eating meat, I have ordered something else for the main: noodle soup with fish and salty preserved snow cabbage. The bowl was generous filled and it smelled super fragrant. My aunt ordered the same dish and we enjoyed our bowl but the longer we eat, the saltier the dish became. I don`t know if this dish is supposelly this salty but I`d like to have mine less salt next time.

2ⁿᵈ Time Order
1 almond milk melon pudding with snow fungus
1 portion of Maltesers mochi
Almond milk melon pudding with snow fungus

One thing for sure I had to try their puddings. These are no ordinary puddings, though I almost ordered the mango & coconut pudding - I have decided to make a bold move and picked the melon pudding with snow fungus instead. Such an odd combination!

I know what snow fungus/snow ear are and I often eat them in Chinese herbal soups but I never had them in desserts.
The dessert came in a cute small glass. It`s almost a waste to dig my spoon into this beauty but I did it anyway and it taste pretty nice! It`s fresh, chilled, not to sweet with nice subtle melon flavor.
That`s snow fungus. It gave this pudding an extra bite to it.
Mochi with Maltesers

For takeaway I purchased these mochis with Maltesers chocolate inside because out of curiousity. I love eating the soft chewy mochi texture and having a Malteser chocolate ball inside it was also crunchy too. Very nice! I wish the plastic takeaway box was a bit more sturdy because it broke easily...
Address: Shop 501, 5/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui - HONG KONG
FOOD: •••• 4/5
SERVICE: ••• 3/5
INTERIOUR: •••• 4/5
PRICE: •••• 4/5