Saturday, March 28, 2015

Earth Hour!

Today we celebrate Earth Hour.How? To shut down all the lights in your home or building and light some candles. This way we show we love Momma Earth and that we can live without electricity every once in a while. In the Nehterlands the hour has passed. Me celebrated with some friends. O and Berry wrote a story during Earth Hour. It in Dutch, but if you can read it or does not mind to translate it you can find it here: wrote a special poem or songlyrics for the story too. They are in English though. Have fun during your Earth Hour!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cookies Kitchen: Patat (fries)

Hello everybody and welcome again to another episodes of Cookies Kitchen. This time me is going to tell you all about Patat, or as we call them Fries! Me love fries. It is baked potatoes, but different. And yes, maybe it is not typical Dutch, but they are yummy. Me love to eat them with apple sauce or with a little mayonnaise. They are yummy as a meal, but also as a side dish to replace your normal potatoes. But how are fries made? Ofcourse me is going to tell you!

First the ingredients: you need lots and lots of big, firm potatoes. A frying pan with fresh vegetable oil. A big pan with water and salt. And some patience.

How to make home-made fries
Start with peeling the potatoes. Then cut them into strips. Here they use a special potato cutter, to make even strips, but you can cut them yourself too. Try to do it evenly, so the fries will look gorgeous. You put the strips in the pan with water, add salt (not too little) and let them soak in it for 1 to 3 hours. Make sure all the potato strips are all under water.
Heat the oil in the frying pan to 150 degrees Celsius, that is 302 Fahrenheit. Rinse the potato strips and blot them dry with some paper towels (make sure they do not stick to your fries to be). Then: bake small portions of fries for 5 minutes and take them out. Let the oil run out by putting them on paper towels again in a sif or big bowl or something.
When you have all pre-baked the fries it is time to prepare them for dinner. Heat the oil to 180 degrees Celsius (again that is 356 Fahrenheit) and bake the fries again – in small portions because fries need to be able to swim in the oil – but now for 2 to 3 minutes. The potato strips should look yummy goldenbrown.

There you go. Home-made potatoes. Me will tell all about making home-made mayo and apple sauce in another episode of Cookies Kitchen. Om nom nom nom nom!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sunbathing kings & queens

If there is one animal in the Animal Kingdom that knows how to sunbathe, it must the ring-tailed lemur. Whenever the sun shines they know how to find the best spots to sit in the sun, spread their arms and soak it all in. Me have seen it at the Apenheul and me have seen it at DierenPark Amersfoort. Last week me went there on a beautiful spring Thursday. The birds were singing, the animals frolicking and the ring-tailed lemurs? Ofcourse sunbathing. Me took a moment to sit down and relax with this sweet ring-tailed lemur for a while. Me must say, they really know how to relax and enjoy the sun!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Me know there has been a lot of controversy about this gorgeous killer whale called Morgan. And me is not here on the Internet to discuss that - besides this is me own blog right. But me is sure glad me met this wonderful creature. Morgan was rescued from dehydration and malnutrition. She was lost, starved, hurt and sick when the people of SOS Dolfijn (a rescue organisation) helped her out of the North Sea and took her with them to the park to nourish her back to a healthy little killer whale. Sadly Morgan is deaf and that makes it hard to hunt. So because the park in the Netherlands was too small she was brought to a park on Tenerife where she lives amongst other killer whales. But me will always cherish this picture.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Dutch Sesame Street: Meet Tommie

Hey there! You know Sesame Street is a real long street with streets in multiple countries. In The Netherlands it is called Sesamstraat and it has its own colourful neighbours. Me will tell you about me Dutch friends. Today me will tell you about Tommie. Tommie is a doglike teddybear and he is 6 years old. He has a huge imagination, love Cookies and candy and pancakes just as much as me do and is real creative! (picture by The Muppet Workshop)

Tommie likes to do a lot his way, even when it goes wrong. He is always in for a little prank, but really loves his friends Pino and Ieniemienie me will talk about in upcoming blogs. He mostly pranks the humans in the street. And he is always there to make everyone smile. Me love it that Tommie likes to invent things, but also to play dress up. He is very famous for his hats. He has his own way of saying things. Especially Poe Hee! (pronounced poo-hay) and Hotseflots (hot-suf-lots) are his favourites. The first is a way to express himself when he is really impressed and the second is used when he has invented something cool or is finished with something.

Me like Tommie and his friends. On Youtube you can watch Tommie and his friends. Make sure to search for Tommie and Sesamstraat and enjoy Dutch Sesame Street!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Magical lights at the zoo

On February 20 me went with Berry to Burgers Zoo a gorgeous zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. We went there to visit the Sumatran tigertwins – they were so cute – and of course to observe all the other gorgeous animals living there. Berry was there to make a report about China Light. And although the rain was pouring it was so beautiful! Me even posed with some gorgeous lanterns. And Berry bought me a Fortune Cookie at the Chinese market. It was yummy.

China Light is a traveling exhibition of China made lanterns. At Burgers Zoo they had set a route you could follow. The path went through the whole zoo – although most animals already went to bed – you weren’t allowed to go into the habitats. Hey, me was okay with that. Me do not want other people in me bedroom too, you know. And there was a lot to see. Like penguins, polar bears, a 40 meter long dragon, flowers, butterflies and panda bears. And then me did not even mention the lion lanterns and the beautiful fish lanterns. It was amazing. Me loved the elephant too. Especially the one in the Bush – a rain forest habitat in a big greenhouse – because it was not raining inside. Well, me had a great time! It was so gorgeous to walk in the park in the dark with all this great lanterns.