Betau Valley

Betau Valley

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Our annual pre-Christmas dinner with friends...

A forthnight ago, a few days before Christmas, we organized a dinner with friends chez moi, comme d'habitude...

The menu was inspired by some of my previous experience in France...

petite entrée 1
terrine de porc, sauce balsamique, pain grillé
pork terrine, balsamic reduction, toast

petite entrée 2
pomme de terre à la vapeur, beurre truffé
steamed potatoes, truffle-infused butter

petite entrée 3
fleur de courgette, frite
fried zucchini flower

petite entrée 4
crème de champignon d’automne, feuilletée
autumn mushroom cream on puff pastry

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soupe de fèves aux chips de bacon, garnie de ciboulette et crème fraiche, croûtons aux herbes de provence
broad bean soup with bacon chips, garnished with chives and sour cream, croutons flavoured with herbes de provence

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entrée principale
poitrine de porc au vin blanc, legumes provençales, sauce aux pommes
pork belly in white wine, provencal vegetable stew, apple sauce

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Brie, salade de tomates cerises et du jardin au vinaigrette
Brie, served with cherry tomato gems and garden salad, dressed in vinaigrette

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fruit cake de noël, sirop d’orange, chantilly au parfum de fleur d’orangier
Christmas fruit cake, orange syrup, chantilly with orange flower blossom

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sélection de thé exceptionnel,
selection of exceptional teas,

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Unplanned meet up with the Sultan Tit

Today I chanced upon this very beautiful pair of Sultan Tit, Melanochlora sultanea at Fraser's Hills with my friend Pascal as we were doing our business photographing moths attracted to lights the night before. They were very brazen and came to us taking the moths from the bushes and grass...

The Sultan Tit is an umnistakable bird because of its bright canary yellow crest and the entire undersides contrasting with its gleaming blue-black plumes.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

A recent (not so recent) art show in KL

Last year's art show at MARTRADE (couldn't make it this year)... and some of my pick...

A photo op with the artist...

and some friends...