Summer BiTes

Family, friends, easy living and delicious, fresh summer BiTes, love, love, love it! Here are two of my favorite well- laid tables this summer … back in Europe for a home summer vacation.

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Frau Palme

In 2010 we left Frau Palme, a 2 m tall and 23 year old palm tree with friends. For the next 2 1/2 years she grew and lived in her new home. She moved outside every summer, what she loves, and lived inside the winter garden during the old season. And then it was time to move again …

Frau Palme choose the best family I can imagine, my best girlfriend, her dog and a horse, they all live in the beautiful, small house surrounded by butterflies and breathtaking views.

The day of the move Frau Palme got a postcard, first in German, then in English:

Shopping off the beaten track

When I go shopping I like the experience of „different“ and away from mass production. Artisan bakeries, ice cream with honest ingredients and real flavors, crafts from local artists and designers, that’s what makes me feel good and excited about my shopping.

When I came to Singapore in 2010 small shops run by local designers where hard to find. At that time and to my „Singapore Just Getting Started To Know Extend“ I felt a lack of creativity from what I was used to know from Europe.

But Singapore was just getting started with it’s transformation from almost mass production only to small businesses from local artists, coffee lovers, craftsmen and designers. Suddenly small shops and Cafes popped up all over the island. I came to the right place at the right time!

Doesn’t matter if you are a customer or an independent designer the passion and profession should be both off the beaten track of mass production. The typical neighborhood of Singaporeans young designers is as cute as their products. I instantly feel a win-win situation once I find such a place. The enviroment can be as inspiring as the products and the creatives themselves. Inside a small mall, a boutique with clean interior, toddler dresses with the prettiest patterns and fabrics all designed by the woman standing right next to you, creative toys you can’t help but touch. Or outside in a lovely neighborhood with colorful shop houses and a small coffee shop that just opened up.

Neighborhoods like Chinatown with Amoy Street, Telok Ayer Street, Clubstreet and Duxton Hill, Haji Lane (close to Arab Street) and Yong Siak in Tiong Bahru offer a perfect variety of fantastic Cafes, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and wine bars.

Rudi, the sheep, in under 15 minutes

TIME to DO something with MY HANDS! And this happened next:

As LL, our 11 months old daughter, is very much interested into her haptic skills, I decided we need something soft to touch. Something fun to look at but with texture at the same time. So I got her a little sheep.

All you need is 15 minutes time, cotton wool, glue, paper, watercolor (not even) pencils and a funny mood. Certainly not the talent of a real artist.

  • Start and draw Rudi, the sheep, a green, healthy grassland by gently gliding the green colored pencils above the paper, use two different green colors. Maybe you want to create a hill …
  • Next is Rudi, the sheep. Give Rudi a shape and draw his contours on paper. Don’t forget to give him ears, legs and a cute, funny face.
  • Next are cotton wool and glue. Time to dress Rudi up! You just want to have a little bit of glue on every cotton wool “cloud”. Not too much and please only at the back side of the cotton, just enough so that it sticks on paper. Use different tiny, curly pieces of cotton wool to give Rudi a nice “fur”.
  • Put Rudi into a frame and hang it onto the wall. … I suggest you are with your little one while touching the sheep gently- just to be sure that not something ends but in someones mouth.

LL practices now her gentle touch skills and it looks that she likes Rudi, our new sheep.

Have fun with this little creative Bite oF LiFe!

Salad tastes like salad again, tomatoes are tomatoes again

Thursday is delivery day! Convenience is key as a new mummy. I re-organised my household strategies and get things delivered now. So easy. I like this BiTe oF LiFe!

My favorite delivery service in Singapore is Green Circle Eco-Farm. On a 2.2 hectare land leased from the Singapore government, Green Circle Eco-Farm was launched by Evelyn Eng and Lim Tian Soo in late 1999. Everything is organic and as most of the items are grown locally. They are cut in the morning before it get’s delivered to your door. It doesn’t get fresher then that! Salad tastes like salad again, tomatoes are tomatoes again. With a little bit of preparation all veggies, fruits and even salad keep fresh in the fridge for a week … until we get our next delivery. Worth every penny.

Two other delivery services I really like to work with are Redmart and Super Nature.  

Redmart offers a wide, wide, wide variety of products to a fair price, delivery is with a two hour window and can even be chosen for the same day. Brilliant!

SuperNature is one of Singapores organic stores. SuperNature provides a comprehensive range of organic and natural foods, supplements, natural remedies, personal care and household products. As a mum I’m a fan of their selection of baby foods from brands like Holle and Ella.

Where do you shop online for organic and baby food in Singapore? Or else where? What are your favorite eco products for you or your baby? Do you live in Germany for example and eco products are easy available? How about local Farmer markets, anyone?

Hello world!

Toffee Äpple … BiTes oF LiFe was born in September 2012 in Singapore.

The first time I was confronted with this idea was earlier this year. My favorite doctor of all time, Dr Shirin Jacob, mentioned that she would like to see me writing a blog. I was flattered and laughing at the same time. Clearly, I could not see people attracted by my general thoughts or writing skills.

Later that year, I came up with the idea again – a creative blog, a backyard for myself. First challenge was to figure out a theme for my blog. Then a name. All I knew was, the blog should be really me, related to where I come from and to my life in Asia.

A couple of weeks later ideas started to kick in and stayed for a while. Just when I started to get a little bit more serious, I looked into the different blog software systems at that time, a dear friend of mine had a stopover in Singapore. While we chatted about my life since Luna Leen, my daughter, was born almost a year ago and that I feel the need to be a bit more creative, Liv said something what must have felt almost approving for me. Liv did not wait a second but said exactly like two years ago: “You really should write”. And then: “You should start a blog!” Maybe this was the moment I was preparing for the last couple of days … I got my laptop and showed the vague beginning of ToffeeÄpple and what else I had in mind.

Later that evening the idea of  “ToffeeÄpple … Bites oF LiFe” was born on the balcony in the tropical heat of Singapore. That’s a pretty good start for a creative but simple idea.

… Not quite a week later this blog was born to blossom by pressing the “update” button for the very first time.

Thank you for your interest.

Kati