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lundi 31 décembre 2012

Happy New 2013

We celebrated NYE in spectacular style and ate like Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses.

Our menu

Huîtres au naturel
Foie gras sur toast
Bouchées des saumon fumée sur lit des legumes
Bouchées des terrine de truffe sur lit des legumes

We finished off with un Gâteau des Rois accompanied by Clairette de Die mousseux and Veuve Cliquot Champagne.

dimanche 30 décembre 2012


usurped by forgetfulness

wretched brain forced by the hands of time

etched by souvenirs and

enthralled by rose-coloured memories

Age is merciless

ravaged by years passing

compromised by degradation

left with longing for the good old days

that cease to exist

The good old days were in fact

not so great

but blurred by a skewered vision

appears visibly superb

clearly a trick ones own memory plays

denial of current state

Surrender, surrender to the new age

I love Merveilles des Maroilles and Boursault cheeses. They are utterly delectable: tasty morsels of dripping, runny dairy with bite and strong character/gôut.

I also love love love the ultra creamy 'Masgonzola' which is a 50%-50% mix of Mascarpone and Gorgonzola. I find Most Italian cheeses fad, bland and tasteless but I particularly like Masgonzola. mmmmmm

Engadiner is a blergh cheese. I have to include my likes and dislikes contrasted agaisnt one another for comparison.

Miniature train models

Depiction of Tracks

Jorat-express with life-like observation tower

train in motion

La Sarraz station

Mines du Leman


Château d'Oex with miniature lake and mimic bathers

Railway bridge

Frontal view of railway bridge from another angle

Castle Lucernois

Some photos of the miniature trains and circuits/model sceneries depicting real life stations, objects that they were modelled after. They are great works of art as it takes a skilled and patient craftsperson to construct such life-like minuscule details.
They are really life like and magnificent.

Bouncy, juicy and springy beefballs

Bo` viên just the way I like them. I made the first batch of 500 grams of beef mince to test out this marvelous recipe and it turned out better than my expectation for my very first attempt. I forgot to add 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder for my second and more substantial attempt and the balls were much more compact, spring-less and not bouncy at all. The key for me is the baking powder and the steps. I will be recreating this recipe again.

Kumquat seeds

The kumquat seeds Shrek planted have flourished and miraculously grown. We still have a long way to go until we can actually cueillir les premiers fruits but I declare it a victory in itself that the seeds scattered into the soil on our bac sur le balcon has actually given way to greenery and flourishing plants. They will need to be repotted into a pot for the indoors as the dreaded winter is coming...

Mish Mash

Our recent menus have featured

bu'n riêu
mi` xaò do`n
chicken nuggets à ma façon
Tam Ky` chicken rice is way better than Hainanese chicken rice which I find extremely bland and boring, Tam Ky` (Viet version) has pizazz and is jazzed up and colourful to boot. It is a dish I periodically prepare and is a big big hit here at the Effacée household.
ga` rôti : chicken thighs and drumsticks à ma façon. I discovered this wonderful recipe and it is a winning recipe approved by the toughest critics aka the Effacés in Switzerland clan.
go?i cuô'n
cha'o ba`o ngu'
soufflés au pommes de terre
soufflés au patates douces
banana cake
gratin au patates douces
tomates mozzarella
bo` pi'a

Beyblade Metal Fusion

Shrek recently spent a good part of his day off modifying Petit Suisse's and Baby Taz's Beyblade toupies.

He found some metallic washers, discs and screws and odd bits and bobs and smoothed them out using a machine found in the atelier. He has rendered Petit Suisse and Baby Taz's respective toupies les vraies Metal Fusions thereby giving them more spin and managing/maintaining their spin for a longer period. He has created a monster and timeless hit.

Happy 3rd birthday lil Miss Feisty !!!

My darling little Miss Feisty turned 3 on the 20th of March 2012. It was a whirlwind of stacked donuts fabricated by Lil Miss N and Petit Suisse disguised as a birthday cake.

She then blew out her candle for the first time with said donuts. We had another small celebration with Les Lionceaux, a playgroup we frequent. She became shy and effacée all of a sudden, refusing to blow out the candles or even react to people wishing her a happy birthday. When asked later on why she became statue-like and crispée she replied : I became aware of all the attention focusing on me and I had a moment of panic.

We are not done with the celebrations as yet as we will have another party with all the trimmings: friends and family.

Happy birthday my special little girl ! May you stay feisty but at the same time loving and caring towards us 5, your nearest and dearest !

<3 nbsp="nbsp" ove="ove" p="p">your dearest mummy, daddy and your three siblings

The mystery of the missing avocado

Recently I bought two avocadoes : one I used in a delicious impromptu concoction that involved Coquilles
St -Jacques for our cosy Christmas dinner at home.

The other one I left on top of the toaster oven as it was a place that was easily accessible and I knew that I would find the avocado without difficulty...Alas two days later when I needed the avocado it was nowhere to be found. My first instinct was to blame Shrek as he is the resident tosser... he would without hesitation throw out anything and everything on a whim because he cannot stand accumulation of objects...sentimental or otherwise. Yet he would anticipate events that might never happen and buy in anticipation...he knows what I am talking about but we won't be dwelling on that here... I have searched relentlessly and fruitlessly and futilely for the missing avocado and I know I will one day find the rotten avocado hidden somewhere ridiculous. We still suspect maybe the kids played and hid it somewhere but they cannot tell us where or if they have in fact seen the avocado in question...............

The missing avocado remains a big unsolved mystery in our household and I have wracked my brains but the answer is nowhere to be found.

The cast of characters

Shrek : my darling hubby (who can sometime be an ogre in every sense of the word  hence his befitting nickname)

Princess Fiona : moi-même

Petit Suisse : A, our eldest son

Lil Miss N : E, our second daughter who earned this nickname because she is pigheaded and naughty at times.

Baby Taz : as the name suggests he is a whirlwind of Tazzie madness. He is the Energizer bunny without an off button or option and he wreaks havoc wherever he goes, his saving grace is that he has good intentions and a good heart/is prone to sharing and caring.

Lil Miss Feisty : She is as feisty and fiery as her name, she can hold her own and that's exactly how she should be !

Monetary gain

Monetary gain is still the best incentive.

Exhibit A

Petit Suisse is a radin in the making which is fine and dandy except he is very calculating with his own parents i.e. Shrek and I. I need to rectify this asap as it is fine to be stingy and frugal but when it comes to your birth parents who have given you life, raised you and who do not count how much you have cost them one should  not as a matter of principle be a calculating little bugger.

Petit Suisse and Lil Miss N are receiving very small sums each Sunday which represent their pocket money. As an encouragement and incentive

They tend to be reticent when it comes to doing house chores but at the mention and promise of monetary reward their bright eyes immediately light up. I guess the old adage is true : Noone is too young to want to work for money.