Summer holidays…for the kids.

It’s summer holidays…for the kids. The bad part is that I still have to work. The good part is that the kids spend more time at my place. They came to my place Thursday last week. Cassandra left a few minutes ago but Jonathan and Cassandra will stay until Tuesday evening.

IMG-20180707-0189As usual when the kids are here it’s a lot of cooking and movie watching. Since it is their summer holidays I try to find a bit more to do with them even though I’m mostly confined to the weekends when it comes to activities outside of the apartment.

Timothy wanted to go to a new Asian restaurant, Kirin, in Val Thoiry so we went there for lunch yesterday. It was quite nice actually. The sushi’s where quite good, for a buffet restaurant that is. Better than Palais de Asie where the kids usually want to go. I would have liked one or two dishes with a bit more spices though and the desert buffet was more French than Asian.

I let Timothy go alone to the dessert buffet. Big mistake!

Today we went to the cinema complex in Balexert to watch The Incredibles 2. Not bad but the first one was better. This one was very predictable and at times actually a bit boring. At least it was not as full of politically “correct” preaching as I was afraid of.

In an hour or so it’s time to fire up the barbecue again. I have a nice inch and a half thick slab of dead cow on the bone that’s going to become our dinner for tonight.

Birthday weekend.

Old town GenevaI cannot say that I am looking forward to my Birthdays anymore. At least not like I did when I was a kids. Anyway, last weekend I spent celebrating my birthday with the kids. Not that we did do that much celebration but we did go to Geneva having a lunch on the terrace of Au Carnivore in the old town.

The weather was quite nice so altogether it was a quite enjoyably lunch.

Old town Geneva

My first Sloppy Joes

I had absolutely no idea what a Sloppy Joe was until I more or less stumbled over the name a few months ago. I actually looked it up on Wikipedia just before writing this and I felt a tad embarrassed to learn that they have apparently been around since about 1940.

My first Sloppy JoesAnyway, when I even stumbled on a recipe in the Swedish version of myTaste when looking for something to cook for the kids last weekend it was kind of the last straw. I had to try and make some. The result is on the pictures of this post.

I quite liked them and will probably do them again but I will definitely change the recipe for the minced meat to something more spicy. It’s certainly a dish that you can make in a lot of different incarnations just like a regular burger.

Time for Fete de l’Oiseaux again

This weekend it was time for Fete de l’Oiseaux in the village again which of course meant that the kids spent the entire weekend at my place.

We wen’t down to the fairground both on the Saturday and the Sunday although the kids are starting to get a wee bit too old for it. It is not a permanent fairground after all so the attractions are not that awesome to them any more. Still it is a bit of a tradition and I definitely enjoy the village party ambiance.

When we were not at the fairground it was of course the usual stuff. Me and Jonathan watched through four episodes of his new favorite series, SG-1.

I did not take a lot of photos this time. They tend to become a bit similar to the photos I took last year and the year before etc… after all. I did upload a few to an album on Flickr though. I had actually hoped to take a few more, which is why I bothered to create an album, but the parade that was supposed to be at 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon hadn’t started an hour and a half later and then it started to drizzle so we gave up on that one.

Long weekend

I just left the kids in Bellegarde after spending a long weekend with them.

We had no special plans, the forecast had said that the weather was going to be much lousier than it actually turned out to be, but we did some shopping, Jonathan needed new shoes…again, and some other stuff.

Since the weather turned out a lot better than foreseen we could have lunch on the balcony all of the days. I even slapped some sliced up dead lamb on the barbecue for Saturday dinner. Actually I spent quite a lot of time cooking this weekend. Apart from the previously mentioned barbecued lamb some Greek minced meat pie, Italian pork filet with salami and sage and a coconut chicken curry was on the menu this weekend. Oh, and a English breakfast this morning. Actually it was a English / Swedish one since I threw in some Swedish pickled herring as well.

Of course it would not be a proper weekend without at least one movie. This weekend the movies came off of Cassandra’s wish list. First Walt Disney’s Coco which was quite good and then the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast which was pretty meh.

Lunch with the kids

So now I am just going to sit down, maybe read a bit, and relax before it is, unfortunately, back to work tomorrow.

Oh, one more thing, Jonathan mentioned something about revenge, murder and stuff like that after me having taken this photo of him singing at the table so I guess I better get my “money’s worth” out of it before it is too late 🙂

First BBQ with the kids.

This weekend me and the kids had our first BBQ together. Well, it was of course not the first BBQ ever together but it was the first since the divorce and my move to St Genis and it was also the first for the season.

IMG-20180428-0137.jpgLast weekend I got myself a BBQ at Botanic. Since I have to put it on the balcony charcoal was, unfortunately, not an option so it is a gas one. Still learning how to use it for best results. It is of course a lot easier to use than a charcoal one but already after only three uses I do indeed miss the flavor that charcoal gives. Still, it is better than nothing.

Anyway, I bought some nice faux filet at the Intermarche which I carbonized on the BBQ and served with some steak house fries, coleslaw and the usual hot, bloody hot and fucking hot BBQ sauces.