Thursday, 29 July 2021

2021马甲线challenge - 一晃五个月

一不小心,五个月就过去了。理论上是应该来报告一下。

有一阵子很忙,纪律还是松散了:早上的运动不是天天做,大号时间不是天天准,傍晚七时后不进食并不能天天跟,晚饭后散步只能尽力而为。

唯一真的很明显的改变是:从我天天喝冰水吃零食,改为尽量少冰、少零食。

肌肉没进展(研究过了,除了一开始运动效果比较明显,过后一直处于停滞状态。目前最重要的先决条件是:甩油),但体重从一开始到今天倒是下了6公斤。

继续努力吧。

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

午后

公园里那老黄狗
急促而有节奏
搔着耳后

搔不掉的
寂寞

写一个午后感概

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

中年

岁月澎湃奔流床尾
夜半砸醒了谁

听见青春枯萎
佯装无所畏

爱情不负追
寄托轮回

微乎其微
无所谓

夜安寐
无昧
无悔
无为




写于迈向四十五的某个清晨

Saturday, 24 July 2021

对一张琴,一壶酒,一溪云

苏轼是中国几千年来最可爱的一号人物。苏东坡的豁达逍遥,在他的诗词当中,总是轻易一览而见。
最近从读《行香子·述怀》。名利都如浮云变幻无常,人生如梦境短暂。理他呢!人生依旧是:对一张琴,一壶酒,一溪云……


行香子·述怀
清夜无尘,月色如银。
酒斟时、须满十分。
浮名浮利,虚苦劳神。
叹隙中驹,石中火,梦中身。
虽抱文章,开口谁亲。
且陶陶、乐尽天真。
几时归去,作个闲人。
对一张琴,一壶酒,一溪云。



Friday, 23 July 2021

试译《And The Days Are Not Full Enough》


And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass.

~Ezra Pound~


这诗,太美了,我不自量力,想要翻译。

而白昼不够充实
而黑夜不够完满
而生命如田鼠溜逝
半草不颤

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Love After Love

这是首叫人读了泪流的诗歌。

 
LOVE AFTER LOVE
by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

从新迷上诗歌

过去几个星期,也不知怎的,问题特别多,日子过得特忙的。当工作上的某一件事终于告第一个段落时,我跟恩说:“帮我找Loki连续剧,我需要一些不用用脑的娱乐”。于是,在剧终前的那个周末,我们俩一口气看了五集。

看了Loki,自然而然就会在网上看些memes啊,讨论啊等等的。也不知怎的YouTube竟然介绍起“30 minutes of poetry with Tom Hiddleston”。一听,喜欢呢!

而几天后,当我们终于看了我期待万分的Loki Finale,老实说,我可失望了。我跟薇说:“listening to Tom Hiddleston reading poems is more exciting than the finale” 

也不知怎的,就把对Loki Finale的不满,化为到YouTube上找艺人朗诵诗歌的动力。就这样子,生活不再只是眼前的苟且,我还找回当年对诗歌的那种莫名情意结。

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Flammekuechen


Flammekuchen (German), or tarte flambée (French), is a speciality of the region of Alsace. It is composed of bread dough rolled out very thinly in the shape of a rectangle or oval, which is covered with fromage blanc or crème fraîche, thin-sliced onions and lardons.

I love this dish. I love this ever since the first time I tried it in Germany. There's one flammekuchen specialty shop in Mainz that I really love and always make an effort to go if I were in Mainz.

Since I missed Germany, I asked my friend to give me an authentic flammekuchen recipe. Here's the one that he sent, I made, and my family love these!


Tarte Flambee Alsace (For 4 persons)  

Preparation:   
Overall time        2 hrs 
Working time      20 min 
Rest period          1 hr 
Cooking time      40 min  

Ingredients for 4 persons:  
Wheat flour           400 gram 
Dry yeast               20 gram 
Lukewarm water   250 ml 
Olive oil                3 tablespoon 
Bacon                    125 gram 
Onions                   500 gram 
Sour cream            200 ml
Whipping cream   200 ml

Steps:
1. For the dough, mix the dry yeast with a little bit of the lukewarm water and let it rest for 10 minutes. 
2. Sift the flour into a bowl, add the yeast mixture, the rest of the lukewarm water, the olive oil and a little bit of salt. 
3. Knead everything to a smooth dough and cover and let rise in a warm place for around 30 minutes. 
4. In the meantime, cut the bacon into fine strips. Peel the onion, cut in half and finely slice it. 
5. Whisk the sour and whipping cream with salt and pepper.  
6. Quarter the risen dough. It is best to roll out each piece of dough on a large piece of baking paper into a wafer-thin rectangular sheet. 
7. Spread 1/4 of the cream mixture on each and sprinkle with onions and strips of bacon. (of course, I have to make a few different variations based on what I have at home)
8. Bake the tarte flambee individually in a convection oven at 220 degrees for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. (I use 200 degree C for 15 minutes)

Sine I have a few bottles of self made funghi sott’olio and pomodori secchi sott’olio, I have made totally 4 different variations of flammekuechen this round. All of them have onions and bacons as base, but the other toppings are slightly different.

preserved mushroom in olive oil and broccoli 

sweet peppers and broccoli

sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms preserved in olive oil,
sweet peppers and cheddar cheese

mushrooms preserved in olive oil, broccoli and greek cheese


Just like pizza, you can make any flavoured flammekuechen you like. I'm glad that I will have tons of experiments to try later.

Be creative, and have fun!

Monday, 7 June 2021

Pomodori Secchi Sott’olio (Sun-drier Tomatoes Preserved in Olive Oil)

I am obsessed with making my own fermented and preserved food recently. 
A few months back, I started to make my own Chinese style fermented vegetables
After I had some really good Melanzane All'olio from WTF Studio, I'm crazy with verdure sott olio ever since. I have made Melanzane All'olio, and a few batches of funghi sott’olio (because I want to try the texture of different types of mushrooms). 

Here's how I have my first trial of sun-dried tomatoes preserved in olive oil:

1. Clean the tomatoes (of course)

2. Cut them in half, and clear out the seeds.

3. Sprinkle salt on the tomatoes and dry them under hot sun. (well, we have plenty. haha)

For my case, I dried them over the period of 7 days as the last few days were a bit cloudy and rainy.

4. After the tomatoes are dried, cook them in a pot for 5 minutes (I use 1:4 ratio of vinegar and water)

5. After 5 minutes, take out the tomatoes and pat dry them. Leave them under the fan for about 2 hours to dry them again.

6. Put the dried tomatoes in a jar. Add sliced garlic, peppers and dried oregano in between layers.

7. Finally, pour in the extra virgin olive oil to cover the tomatoes.

Make sure the tomatoes are fully submerged in the olive oil

8. Close the lid properly and put it in refrigerator. Now let time do the magic. (Refrigerate at least 2 days to let flavours develop.) 


2 days after I bottled the sun-dried tomatoes, I used them for my flammekueche and I love this!

Thursday, 27 May 2021

折叠浴桶

宅在家里都一年多了,玩了各种各样的projects,连房间的minor makeover也弄了不少:


前几天在survey着bathroom makeover project ideas时看上了小型的金属浴缸,觉得我那小小浴室应该装得下这种小型的,于是突然之间很想拥有个浴缸,这就到shopee上瞧瞧。

就这样子,让我发觉了这世界上竟然还有人卖成人的折叠式浴缸(产品称为折叠浴桶,应该是因为这真的不是“缸”,呵呵)。我犹豫了几个小时,就很冲动的下单了。碰巧遇上Raya Holiday的隔天,出货稍微延迟了一点,但我还是在一个星期内就收到我的新玩具了。

以“浴缸”来说,这很迷你

“浴缸”和它的配件

折叠着,收藏处的选择不少(不过这不是最终储藏处)

看,我可以很舒服的躺在里头

朋友问我排水怎么办啊?别怕,人家都替你想好了


当天晚上,把以前在酒店拿的那些泡泡浴用上,点了一些蜡烛,泡了茶,拿了我的Kindle,就这样子享受了一个晚上。如果你注意看下图,它是有盖的。这折叠浴桶一共配上三个部分的包围式保温盖,温度可以锁得更久,甚至可以玩汗蒸。我当晚只用了一部分的保温盖试试。



同时,我也在网上买了个竹架子,简简单单的设计,不用时挂在墙上当架子,放着我的一棵绿植,没有丝毫违和感。


没有工作的日子,把“浴缸”设好,开了水喉让它慢慢注满水。与此同时,拿了妈妈烘的muffin,泡了一壶茶,开了音乐,拿了kindle,摆好阵。水满后在浴缸里丢下一粒bath bomb,撒上一些花园里刚采下的花瓣,这样子就可以在家里享受spa的感觉,悠游地泡上一个午后。