[what I ate.] 20-26. August 2018

20. August

Rice Krispies cereal with milk.


Coffee and apple yōkan in the cutest package I have ever seen.

The inner condom-like packaging didn’t look very appetizing however xD Thankfully the sweet treat was still yummy, despite the wtf moment I experienced with the rubber casing.

Couscous salad with avocado and garlic sprouts.

Jeriska’s Chips, jellied beef and horseradish flavour. These were really good actually!

Creamy pasta with wild garlic and rye bread with butter.

21. August

Some Rice Krispies. I was out of milk, so…

Creamy pasta with wild garlic.

Coffee and some doughnuts.

Potato salad.

22. August

Potato salad and coffee.

Had some of these tiny bite sized hazelnut-chocolate pastry bites.

Creamy baked cauliflower and broccoli with some salad.

A hazelnut-wafer popsicle.

Rice with tuna and potatoes with some sour cream and soy sauce.

23.August

Salmon pasta.

Some berry smoothie.

And a bit of spinach smoothie.

Had more salmon pasta for dinner, but forgot to take a pic.

24. August

Japanese style beef curry with rice and chicken katsu.

A tuna sandwich.

Plum cheesecake.

Blue cheese, potatoes and mushrooms baked into an oven omelette.

25. August

Puffed rice and sushi-burritos from Yui.

At La Muu: I had a scoop of charcoal white chocolate ice cream and a scoop of bacon-maple syrup ice cream. Both were delicious. I especially enjoyed the crunchy caramelised bacon bits in the ice cream. The other ice cream was my boyfriends, don’t remember what he had.

Rice with tuna, veggies, sour cream and soy sauce.

26. August

Coffee with whipped cream. I spilled most of it D:

My breakfast date

NOOOOOOM

I had squid pasta. Was delish!

Chili con carne with rice and sour cream.

Some senbei and delicious yuzu hard candies.

Cool things I found while wasting time online #29

This is a post of interesting things I’ve found online (and sometimes offline). These things may include among others: recipes, fandom stuff, interesting articles or artwork. I tried doing this post weekly, but sometimes I was too busy to surf the web or simply didn’t find anything noteworthy the entire week, so now I will post this whenever I finally have something to share 😛

  • This is absolutely amazing. I loved the visuals of the “Blade Runner 2049” a lot, but at no point did I imagine that they were filmed using miniatures! I thought it was all digital. Mindblowing.

  • I want this pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and pecans. It sounds so delicious.
  • I haven’t made shortbread cookies in ages, so these lemon ones piqued my interest. I wonder if this dough would work with my Avengers cookie cutters. Hmmm…
  • Scary shit! D: But oh so good!

  • Oh gosh, look how beautiful and colourful this broccoli pesto baked salmon is!
  • I need this caramelized banana tart. I mean I really don’t, but I want it anyway.
  • These freezing bubbles are so beautiful.

  • I am not certain if this is the best way to advertise your ice cream, but it sure is funny xD Well, actually there is absolutely nothing funny about this commercial whatsoever. that’s the funny part.

  • Squash and pear sound like an unique and interesting soup ingredient combination.

Drop me a line or two if you liked or found anything interesting in my choices as well 😀

[what I ate.] 13-19. August 2018

13. August – meeting up with Anna

Two ham sandwiches.

Cocktails and beer @ NOK NOK with Anna. My cocktail was called Foxtail and it consisted of whisky, pumpkin, carrot, pineapple and ginger. It was delicious.

Laab Gai (spicy chicken salad with mint, roasted rice powder and red onion) and I had a few bites of Anna’s Som Tom Thai (raw papaia salad with shrimp, peanuts and tamarind sauce).

Soymilk pudding with fruit salad. The food was simply delicious and the service exemplary 😀

Oven omelette with mushrooms, tomato and eggplant + some cucumber salad.

14. August – playing with glass

Leftover oven omelette with mushrooms, tomato and eggplant.

Some candy. I went to a glass workshop with Kadi which was super fun. It was cool to learn how to cut glass etc.

Hazelnut ice cream. Kadi had a cherry popsicle.

Seafood risotto and some salad.

15. August

Beetroot soup with sunflower seeds and a cheese pastry.

Rye bread with garlic butter.

Oven omelette, rye bread with butter and some salad.

Shared with hubby: orange cake (that was yummy) and a lemon flavoured twice-baked slice of baguette (which was also tasty).

More shared goodies: a delicious crunchy senbei and some rich orange biscuits that tasted okay.

16. August

A cheese pastry.

Some delicious rye bread.

A pastry with red currant jam.

Magnum double peanut butter chocolate.

Baked potatoes and chicken with some cucumber.

Shared snacks with hubby: Strawberry Pukupukutai (cute and yummy!), soybean rice crackers (I loved the crackers, wasn’t a fan of the included peanuts), honey castella cake (this was weird and moist, but tasty I guess), chocolate-banana cookie (that was okay).

17. August – meeting up with Eva

Tuna-cottage cheese pie and some salad.

Hazelnut pastry, cheese roll and some coffee.

Dinner with Eva @ NOK NOK. Started with some cocktails. Mine was called Golden Emerald and it consisted of rum, lime, green apple, cucumber and matcha. It was super tasty and refreshing.

We shared a Som Tom Thai (raw papaia salad with shrimp, peanuts and tamarind sauce) and Gae Tod Prik Thai Dum (crispy fried lamb with black pepper sauce). The rice was complimentary with the dishes.

Then I had Tom Yum Goong (spicy prawn and mushroom soup) that was super spicy and great.

18. August

Tuna sandwich.

Coffee and fig in chocolate.

Instant noodles with sour cream.

Sour and spicy soup with quinoa and mushrooms.

Some grapes.

19. August

Porridge with strawberry jam.

An orange lollypop.

A beef burger. The burger itself was good but was ruined by the bbq sauce they added as it overwhelmed all tastes.

Nuts and seeds in dark chocolate.

Coffee, figs in chocolate.

Sour and spicy soup with quinoa and mushrooms.

Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum

Last Saturday I went to the Estonian Open Air Museum with a few of my friends to very belatedly celebrate my birthday (that was back in April). Since I fell ill almost right after my birthday, I didn’t have the time nor the will to celebrate, so I did some late celebrating now when I am healthy again. We did a lot of walking around enjoying the historical houses and other exhibits and had a plentiful picnic on the seaside with a variety of foods that everyone had brought along.

The Estonian Open Air Museum is a fantastic place. It has houses (actual old houses taken to pieces and reassembled in the museum) from different parts of Estonia, showing the living conditions and lifestyles of people across history. One would think that a tiny country like Estonia would have mostly similar architecture and living conditions across, but the fact is that people in different areas had quite different lifestyles and living conditions. It was super interesting to peek through windows and doorways into history.

A kitchen of an old school house.

In a colonial store.

Dried mushrooms.

A friendly neighbourhood goat 😀

A sleepy neighbourhood cat 😀

A spinning wheel at the window.

I would live here.

Here not so much.

Is she asleep or dead?

Wooden toys.

Bliss.

Family photos.

A doll.

Sweets and other goodies.

Country view.

Unwillingly sharing all our food with wasps.

Only the sick and the dead lie down to sleep.

This looks like the scarecrow from “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

A fence.

Windmills.

A bit of colour.

Wedding garb.

Who left the gate open?

The wasps seemed to enjoy the kvass.

Bottoms up!

Who lives there?

An old smithy.

A buckwheat plant! My mind was blown. I had never actually seen buckwheat growing before.

Is this ripe buckwheat or over ripened and useless buckwheat? Hmmmmm…

Anyhow, I had a fantastic day with my friends 😀 Thank you, everyone who spent the day with me and thank you for all the silly jokes!

11.08.2018

[Coffee.] Speicherstadt Kaffee Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling coffee beans

Wow, I started this segment of my blog and then it took me over half a year to visit it again 😀 Typical me. I’ve tried many different coffees in between these posts, but never had the energy or time to sit down and write about the experience. Also typical me. But I still like coffee and so here I am again 😀

My husband’s brother brought these beans back for us from his work trip to Hamburg from a small roastery called Speicherstadt Kaffee. Very nice of him to think of us while traveling 😀

The package design is simple and to the point. It probably wouldn’t pull my attention among other coffee packages, but it’s clean and has a classy sophisticated feel. Plus points to the fact that the bag ziplock closes easily again after opening, so I don’t have to worry about the coffee getting stale quickly.

Information about the coffee beans:

  • Beans: 100% Arabica beans from Gayo highlands in Aceh. Grown around 1050-1350m above sea level.
  • Bean variety: Catimor, Ateng, TimTim
  • Processing: semi-washed, medium roast.
  • Flavour notes: plums, dried fruit as main notes; liquorice as undernotes; bitter chocolate as aftertaste. Promises a rich mouthfeel.
  • Suitable brewing methods: aeropress, filter, French press.

When I opened the bag, I was greeted with a strong, a bit acrid smell. No special aromatic notes I could distinguish from the general “smells like strong flavoured coffee” smell. In general, a good solid coffee bean aroma 😀 The beans were whole and not broken, which I have been told is a good thing to notice about coffee beans. The bean sizes vary a bit here and there and the roast colour has slightly different tones in it.

Brewing method – drip coffee machine. Does this count as filter coffee? It should, right, as the drip machine uses a paper filter too. I was too lazy to play with my chemex as I don’t have a proper pour-over kettle yet and my ceramic water kettle is too heavy to bother.

The coffee produced from the bean had a deep smell, but nothing very memorable. Smelled like a good cup of simple coffee 😀 The mouthfeel is indeed full and slightly juicy. At the first sip I can definitely taste a subtle dried plum flavour and a very strong bitter chocolate aftertaste. There is also a bit of something that reminds me of tobacco in the lingering taste… or the taste of the way cigarette ash smells like, if it makes sense. It’s not an unpleasant flavour. I am not certain about liquorice though. Could it be the ashy undertones I got? To me this flavour is not sharp/tart enough to resemble liquorice.

Also, do you dig my Groke mug? 😀

Is it still drinkable when the coffee gets cold? – Yes. The sweetness of plum disappears a bit and the tobacco intensifies, but not so that the flavour would be unpleasant. It’s a totally okay coffee to drink while it has gone cold.

Would I buy/drink this coffee again? – I would drink this again if offered or given as a gift. Not certain I would desperately go seeking for the beans myself however. It was good enough coffee that I would gladly enjoy another cup of it, but unremarkable enough for not to be bothered to try and acquire the beans again, considering one can get them only from Germany.

Speicherstadt Kaffee website

More coffees I have tasted

[what I ate.] 6 – 12. August 2018

6. August

A couple of rye crackers with seeds.

Creamy potato casserole.

Coffee, minced meat-potato stew with sour cream.

Emoji shaped gummy candies.

7. August

Half a buckwheat-blueberry pastry.

Coffee and a cheese roll.

Chili sin carne with horribly undercooked and oily brown rice. The chili was good, but the rice was definitely not good for my tummy.

Banana-kiwifruit-spinach smoothie.

Chocolate ice cream.

Coffee, baked fish and some simple cucumber-sour cream salad.

Some super sour lemon candies. These were nice and sour.

8. August

An apple.

Coffee, some carrot soup with pumpkin seeds, a breaded potato patty, half a sandwich with salmon tartar and some salad.

Japanese style curry rice with tofu.

A hazelnut pastry and some coffee.

9. August

A rice and veggie stuffed bell pepper and some salad with tuna and boiled eggs.

A hazelnut pastry.

Japanese style curry rice with tofu and hazelnut rye bread with butter.

10. August

Coffee, hazelnut rye bread with butter.

A few pieces of watermelon.

Creamy salmon pasta.

Avocado-banana-spinach smoothie and some coffee.

Hoggy’s long drink. I plain bought this drink because of the cute hedgehog on the label xD The drink was alright. I also had some pork and vegetable stew.

11. August

Coffee, pork-vegetable stew.

Milky Way chocolate.

Picnic at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum with friends: tuna onigiri, sweet cherries, tomatoes, grapes, pastries etc.

Coffee, Mulk’s porridge (mashed potatoes with pearl barley and bacon). The wasp was an unwanted extra smearing itself on my food and not consumed.

12. August

Pork-vegetable stew with sour cream, hazelnut rye bread with butter, coffee.

More coffee and some matcha cookies.

Movie night at Marit’s place: chips, sausages, cheese, tortilla chips with cheese, cookies etc. We watched “Red Sparrow” which was super gritty, but very enjoyable. The start of the movie was kind of weird and jarred, but as the movie progressed it kept getting more and more interesting. After the first movie we re-watched “John Wick” that was still very very good and sad.

Oh, we also had cake 😀

[what I ate.] 30. July – 5. August 2018

30. July

Fried zucchini and salad with mushrooms.

Smoothie (kiwifruit, banana, rice milk) and spinach-multigrain soup.

Sour cream with cocoa powder.

31. July

Coffee and chinsuko

Salade nicoise with extra baked potatoes.

Coffee, rice with tuna, wakame and soy sauce.

1. August

Instant noodles, rice and wakame. I was feeling hot and upset in the morning, so this is my upset meal.

Cheese roll, potato-chickpea patty and some salad.

Fries and baked wieners with ketchup.

2. August

Hazelnut pastry and some water.

Broccoli pasta. Awfully overcooked and slimy. But eh, I needed lunch.

Lamb ribs in sweet and spicy sauce + some rice and nettle bread.

Coffee and Tiina jelly candies.

3. August

Coffee, cheese pastry.

Tuna-cottage cheese pie and some salad.

Smoothie (banana, kiwifruit, spinach, coconut milk)

Chocolate cookies.

Lasagne.

4. August

Lasagna.

Hazelnut ice cream.

Potato-tomato stew with minced meat and some sour cream.

5. August

Potato-tomato stew with minced meat and some sour cream; raspberry-blueberry smoothie.

Spaghetti with wakame.

Dinner with Eva: tempura shrimp @ Scotland Yard

Caffe latte

Chocolate gelato and ice-cream coffee @ Gelato Ladies

Tea @ Kehrwieder.