Archives for April 2010

Eurovillage #31

I’ve been meaning to post pics of our fabulous house forever. We absolutely love our house. We feel so comfortable here–it’s intimate yet spacious. Before the pics, I’ll describe it as a modern Chinese hutong. A huton–a traditional Chinese house–is U-shaped with a courtyard in the middle. When you enter the house, you have three options: straight ahead to the sunroom and out to the yard, to the right for the kitchen, living room with dining, or to the left to the bedrooms. What’s really nice about our home is being able to see all the areas no matter what room you’re in. If you’re in the living you can see across to the master bedroom and vice versa. From all areas you can see into the sunroom since it’s walled in but by windows. The house is all one level which is really nice too. We have a large yard plus a deck landing that’s fenced in with a view of Starbucks across the street. Although we each have our own room, we also have a small little guest room off the living room; we call it Nie Nie’s room. All of our Indian goodies plus other worldly travels fit in nicely. It’s hard to believe that we fit into our quaint little apartment in Juhu, Mumbai. While this house isn’t as big as our first home in Beijing, our heart feels here. And no worries, we can still host guests! Come and see us!!

Approaching the house in Eurovillage, it's on the left.

Approaching the house in Eurovillage, it's on the left.

Will the guard let us in?

Will the guard let us in?

This is a little powder room right off the entryway.

This is a little powder room right off the entryway.

We're in!

We're in!

By turning to the right you head towards the kitchen and living room.

By turning to the right you head towards the kitchen and living room.

Here's the living and dining room with nice high ceilings.

Here's the living and dining room with nice high ceilings.

Here's our little guest room. It's quite cozy.

Here's our little guest room. It's quite cozy.


Our kitchen is a good one--I've been enjoying cooking with Pei.

Our kitchen is a good one--I've been enjoying cooking with Pei.

This is Vincent's room.

This is Vincent's room.

This is the hallway on the living quarters' side.

This is the hallway on the living quarters' side.

Gigi's chillin' on her bed.

Gigi's chillin' on her bed.

The first thing you see when you enter the master bedroom is our groovy bathroom. The whole wall is covered in a mirror and the shower is open--it's not closed off.

The first thing you see when you enter the master bedroom is our groovy bathroom. The whole wall is covered in a mirror and the shower is open--it's not closed off.

We finally got reunited with our Nain carpet to the right of the master bed.

We finally got reunited with our Nain carpet to the right of the master bed.

Here's a sampling of looking out of the master bedroom. You can see out to the deck, into the sunroom, or across to the living room.

Here's a sampling of looking out of the master bedroom. You can see out to the deck, into the sunroom, or across to the living room.

Here's one half of the sunroom--the left side.

Here's one half of the sunroom--the left side.

The sunroom is Rani's room.

The sunroom is Rani's room.

And last but not least, our backyard.

And last but not least, our backyard.

*Perhaps you’re wondering why we moved. In November when it started getting cold, our house was also quite cold. We couldn’t get it to warm up. Before leaving for our winter break, we notified our hr department at school about the temperature, and they in turn notified our landlord. It was agreed upon that the landlord would add some radiators throughout the house in order to increase the temperature. When we arrived back from winter break our house remained at a solid 13 degrees celsius–that’s 55 degrees in fahrenheit. We had to break contract because we were absolutely too cold in that house. It’s too bad since it was a neat home with a park right across the street and plenty of friends around the neighborhood for the kids to play with….but, it was just way too cold!

Baseball

I got a new baseball mitt. It was a rip off.  It was 130 and I got a baseball. My dad wanted it for 20. The lady said no then. My dad said  how about 25. The lady said no. Then my dad  said 30. The lady said yes.       

Baseball

I got a new baseball mitt. It was a rip off.  It was 130 and I got a baseball. My dad wanted it for 20. The lady said no then. My dad said  how about 25. The lady said no. Then my dad  said 30. The lady said yes.       

Happy Birthday Adrian!!

We have had so much fun being in China with you and Kate!

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We love you both, and we will miss you next year.

Love,

Gigi and Vincent, Kevin and Annie

Recipe: Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Last night I decided to make pasta for the fam–this is something I rarely do since I don’t eat pasta all that much, but every now and then it’s good to make an exception.

First, I left school promptly at 3:45. Now that the sun is out, this dismissal time is such a treat. Once home, I surrounded myself with all my Italian cookbooks, but I couldn’t find the recipe. I knew it was “matriciana” something. Finally I found the proper name of the recipe–Amatriciana coming from the northern Italian town of Amatrice. It was at this time that I went to my all time favorite online recipe depository: Tastespotting.com.

I checked out a couple of variations of this yummy bacon and tomato based sauce, but I settled on Poco-Cocoa’s and read through her variation.  (That’s the great thing about Tastespotting; it links you to other fantastic bloggers.  Poco-Cocoa’s one of them!)  I took one look at her photo and knew I wanted to make what she had for dinner!

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After reading how she made it and drooling over her photo (as seen up above), I headed across the street to the market.  I couldn’t find bucatini, so I settled on regine.  (I would not use regine noodles again–they are so stiff and worm like.  They ended up bouncing all over our plates.)

Since I read it once, I didn’t follow Poco-Cocoa’s recipe exactly. Here’s what I did.

  1. With scissors cut up a package of bacon and start frying;
  2. Halve 2 cups cherry tomatoes;
  3. Dice one onion;
  4. Prepare some garlic (to your preference–I used four small cloves);
  5. Once the bacon’s about half way cooked you can add the onion;
  6. A few more minutes later, add the garlic;
  7. When the onion is soft and starting to brown and the bacon is cooked through, add the cherry tomato tools;
  8. Go to the fridge and look for some leftover white wine–I think about 1/2 cup was added;
  9. Just keep simmering for awhile and then you can turn off the stove;
  10. When you’re ready for dinner, boil some water and put in the desired amount of noodles. I used 3/4 a package of pasta.  Although typically this pasta is served with bucatini (a real thin long tubed pasta, any pasta will do;
  11. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh cut parsley.

    Buon appetito!