Life in Wassenaar
One Family's view of the World
By: Muna Mahdzar Fadaaq

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Friday, 26-Jun-2009 17:34 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Beef Samosas and Fresh Coriander Chutney


Beef Samosas

2 large potatoes, peeled
1 cup peas, drained
2 tablespoons oil for frying
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 bay leaf, crushed
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped green chillie
oil for deep frying
1 frozen puff pastry dough, cut into squares

Bring a medium saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add in potatoes and peas. Cook until potatoes are tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash together and set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat the oil. Brown cumin seeds and bay leaf. Mix in onions and ground beef. Cook until beef is evenly brown and onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in garlic, fresh ginger root. Season with black pepper, salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir in the mashed potato mixture.

Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until cool. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat. Mix cilantro and green chillie into the potato and beef mixture. Place approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto each puff pastry squares. Fold sheets, pressing edges together with moistened fingers.
Bake in 180C oven for about 25 minutes.

Fresh Coriander Chutney

2 bunches of fresh Coriander, finely chopped
300ml natural Yogurt
180 g desiccated Coconut, soaked in water (optional)
6-8 whole green chillies
juice of 2 Lemons

Place the coriander, coconut, yoghurt, chillies, garlic, salt, sugar and lemon juice in a food processor.
Blend to a paste. Taste and adjust the flavouring as required, adding more lemon juice, sugar or salt if needed.

Serve as a dipping sauce.

Thursday, 25-Jun-2009 22:13 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Time to Say Goodbye

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This may well be the last time the three of us were able to get together before our imminent departure from the Netherlands, a place we called home for the last few years.

Heldy from the Phillipines, mother of two, has been residing in the Netherlands for the past fifteen years. This end of July, Heldy and family will be heading off to Canada.

Eunjin, too, will be leaving the Netherlands after being here for about three years. They will be heading towards the vibrant city life of Hong Kong..... happy shopping days, Eunjin!!!

And as for me..........

Wednesday, 24-Jun-2009 05:25 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Beautiful Homes

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The soft spoken, gorgeous and fashionable Eunjin Min from South Korea.
Mother to two beautiful and extremely talented young ladies.

Tuesday, 23-Jun-2009 16:41 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Cherry Muffins


Cherry Muffins

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cherries
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter

Grease and flour 15 muffin cups or line with paper liners. Heat oven to 180C.

In a medium bowl, combine the salt, baking powder, flour, sugar, and cinnamon; add cherries and stir gently to blend.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, almond extract, milk and melted butter until well blended.
Stir egg and milk mixture into the dry mixture. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake cherry muffins for 20 to 25 minutes.

Makes 12 cherry muffins.

Sunday, 21-Jun-2009 06:19 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Kimchi Fried Rice


Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made by pickling vegetable in garlic and chillies. Most common vegetables used in making kimchi are cabbages, cucumbers and radishes.

Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi with the juice
Ground beef (or any other meat) - I'm using chopped prawns
Vegetable oil
2 Tbsp of Soya sauce
Cooked white rice
Onions, diced
Garlic, finely chopped
Sesame oil
Chili-garlic sauce
Sesame seed

Chop kimchi cabbage into smaller pieces and set aside.
Put vegetable oil on wok/pan and add the onions, garlic and ground beef.
Add in the rice,
Add kimchi and the kimchi juice.
Add the soya sauce. Stir the rice.
Add in the chili-garlic sauce and sesame seed oil. Continue to stir the rice.
Add the remaining egg, sesame seeds and scallions. Stir again and serve!

Final Vocal Concert performed by vocal students of Silvia da Silva, Oz Shasha, Liat Alkan-Heymann and Jennifer King

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