Archive | August, 2009

missing St. Gerard’s

31 Aug

time really flies.
it’s been a year since I taught at St Gerard’s
and I celebrated this special day with the other teachers and Ms Vasugi.
and boy do I miss them.
I miss the super adorable and cheeky children
and I miss working with the teachers as well.

It’s such an honour to be able to work with all of them
and I can’t wait to be able to catch up with them when I’m back at the end of the year.
I’m just so blessed to be able to work there
and gain the experience of a life time.

Happy Teacher’s Day!
you all truly deserve it.

 

Spring Bay Mussels with white wine and cream

30 Aug

we bought mussles from the event and it was so cheap and fresh!
$6 for a kilo! (:
it’s half price compared to the price they sell in the markets
so we bought 1kg and decided to try one of the recipes they displayed on the counter
and it was SO GOOD!
baby really enjoyed it. and he regretted not getting 2kg of mussels. haha
next time! 

so here’s the recipe
cause it’s really simple and you will be able to have a meal on the table in less than 10mins!
so give it a shot if you are a big fan of shellfish

Ingredients :

1kg packet Spring Bay Mussels
15g unsalted butter
1/2 red onion, very finely diced
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped (I used 2! cos we love garlic)
freshly ground pepper
a sprig of thyme
a bay leaf
100ml white wine
150ml thickened cream

Method :

1. Heat a large heavy based pot with a tight fitting lid over a low heat.
Add the butter, when it’s melted add the onion, garlic and some freshly ground pepper.
Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are clear and soft.

2. Increase the heat to high, add the thyme, bay leaf, cream and wine
and cook for 3-4minutes or until the liquid has reduced by 1/3 in volume.
Open the packet of mussels and pour into a colander then give them a light rinse.

3. Pour the mussels into the boiling wine mixture, give them a stir and then quickly put on the lid.
Cook for 3 minutes or until the mussels open.

3. Mussels with white wine and cream. DONE! (:

and you know what goes best with this?

garlic bread of course! hehe
soak up all the super yummy juices of the mussels and the sauce!
B-E-A-UTIFUL! haha (:
love it!

plump and juicy mussels.
mmmm. (:
im a happy girl!

Enjoy everyone!
 

 

Taste of Melbourne

30 Aug

this was the first year we ever been to this event
and boy was I glad we did (:
it was so good!
although more pricey than the Food and Wine Festival.
but the food was more on the fine dining standard.
and they were all super good!
it was also a birthday gift from me to baby.
though not that expensive.
but I do hope he enjoyed himself! (:

when we arrived to collect our Premium tickets at the Royal Exhibition Building (Carlton Gardens)
it started pouring! rah. haha
and i got super drenched cause I didn’t have a hood to protect my head.
so the photos of me all look weird and ugly. rah. haha.
okie never mind.
the main thing to concentrate on was the FOOD! (: so here they are!
photo overload

jelly hearts ♥

25 Aug


♥  on a plate. made with love.

I’ve made these a few times now.
but Baby never had a chance to try them
cos I made them last year when we were a million km away from each other. hehe
so i decided to make some for him to try!
and since I bought strawberries from our visit to Costco that day.
it was the perfect timing to make it! (:

see the HUGE box of Philly cream cheese and the HUGE block of unsalted butter?
I got them at Costco! hehe
I LOVE THE PLACE!
cos it’s buying in bulk and buying them at a cheaper price!
and the strawberries were cheap and super sweet.
just awesome (:


(pic stolen from Peggy’s album haha sorry babe!)

see the block of butter in comparison to Peggy’s face?
haha. SUPER huge right?
yes. I wasn’t overemphasizing the HUGE at all. haha

the cream cheese and the butter were bigger than the box of digestives for the first time!

now that I got the "logistics" explained. haha
here is the recipe so you all can enjoy!

Ingredients : 

Base
320g digestive biscuits
160g melted butter

Filling
250g cream cheese
2 1/4 tsp gelatine powder
70g sugar
150ml hot water
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
20 medium sized strawberries

Topping (Jelly)
1 packet (170g) strawberry flavoured Jell’o
1 1/2 cups hot watr
1 1/2 cold water

Steps :

Base

1. Crush biscuits and stir in melted butter
2. Divide and press onto the base of the try. Chill for 15mins or until needed.

3. Prick base with the back of a skewer (I used a fork) before pouring in the filling.

Filling

1. Using a small heart shaped cutter (1") and cut hearts out of the strawberry halves.
Place on a plate lined with paper towel.


(and don’t worry. the left over strawberries are not wasted! you can use it in your smoothies!)

2. Place gelatine and sugar in a bowl.
Pour boiling water over and stir until gelatine has dissolved.
If it doesn’t dissolve completely, place this bowl over a bigger bowl filled with boiling hot water.

3. Cream the cream cheese and vanilla essence together.
Add the gelatine syrup gradually and cream until smooth.
Pour into tray(s).

4. Place 20 hearts on each try, partially submerged in the cheese.
(I refrigerate the cream cheese for 15 mins before submerging the strawberries.
Just so they don’t sink in all the way).

Refrigerate until firm about 2 hours.

Topping

1. Dissolve Jell’O in boiling water. Add cold water and stir well.

2. Cool completely before pouring over the cheese filling.
(Try and pour really slowly and over the strawberries instead of the cheese so that the jelly stays clear)

3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

a row of ♥s. (:

we have a bit to last us for the week! 

Baby’s verdict : it’s damn good la! haha. WHEEEE!

 

a family affair.

21 Aug

Hey everyone! (:
My brother (James) and his friend (Stuart) just set up a shop selling eco-friendly products
I’m super excited about it! haha
and I’m hoping you will all support him!
head down to his shop at Chinatown for a little peak
No obligations!
It will just be nice to go give him a little support! hehe

So if you head to Chinatown to have a meal and have a few extra minutes.
Why not just drop by and take a look
you never know what would come in handy at your house
and the things that could interest you!
and if you have any queries or anything about certain products.
please feel free to ask him!
he would be more than happy to answer your questions!
and at the same time,  you would be helping the environment too!

So give it a thought
and all of you are more than welcome to drop by! (:

Thank you in advance!





Thank you again!

 

Unagi Fried Rice

19 Aug
it’s now a new favourite in the house.
ever since I got hooked onto Unagi
and fell in love with the unagi fried rice at En Dining when I went back recently.
Baby and I have been trying to cook it
and hoping it will be close to what we had.
we came close.
but still not as good. haha (:
well practice makes perfect! so practice we shall!

but for now..
this is how it turned out!

so I know it may look like nothing fantastic.
but trust me. You will love it. haha
for real! (:
it’s awesome and very addictive.
thank God today is carbs day haha
wheeee!

here is the recipe for the rice!

Ingredients :

1 1/2 cups of cooked rice (allow it to cool for about 2 hrs)
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 pieces of garlic, chopped finely
1 egg
10g butter
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs Mirin
1 tbs fish sauce
1 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs dark sauce
1 packet of Unagi (baked according to instructions behind the packet)



Steps :

1. Heat the oil and butter in the pan and fry the onion and garlic till the garlic just turns light brown.

2. Pour in the rice and fry till they are coated with the oil and add the 4 different sauces.
Please note that you can vary the amount of sauces to your liking. (:

3. Cut up the unagi after taking it out of the oven, and gently put it into the pan.
Fold the rice and unagi together, careful not to mash the fish up.

4. Crack and egg and fry till it coats the rice.

5. Unagi fried rice. DONE! (:

Simple pleasures in life.
AWESOME!

 

Wasabi Prawn : Recipe

18 Aug
Had this dish at Barstop on my recent trip home.
and have been wanting to make it for quite some time
found the recipe online and I’m quite happy with how it turned out!
and since we were having potluck tonight.
I decided to try making it! (seriously daring haha)
and was really relieved to hear that Peggy likes Wasabi prawns! haha
so made a good switch from Pork Adobo to Wasabi Prawns tonight (:

well. the wasabi taste is kept to the minimal.
but u can always add more if u wan more kick to it
so enjoy! (:
hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Recipe from Tung Lok Group’s cookbook, New Chinese Cuisine

Ingredients : 

18 prawns, shelled & deveined (use the freshest, biggest prawns you can find.)
1 egg white
vegetable oil for deep frying
  6tbsp cornflour
180ml mayonnaise
  2 tbsp condensed milk (I didn’t put this)
2 tsp wasabi powder (can put more if you want more wasabi kick)
dash of lemon juice
sesame and seawood seasoning (for garnishing)

Steps : 

1. Dip the prawns in egg white, then coat evenly with cornflour.

2. Deep fry the prawns in 180C (356F) for about 3 minutes, until prawns turn crispy.

3. In a separate dish, combine the mayonnaise, condensed milk, wasabi powder and lemon juice.

4. Toss the deep-fried prawns with the wasabi mayo until evenly coated.

5. Garnish with sesame and seaweed seasoning.

ENJOY! (:
 

Awesome dinner, movie and company!

18 Aug
Had a potluck at out place with Peggy and Paul tonight.
and dinner was super duper yums! (:

menu :

beef rendang
cabbage chicken
wasabi prawn

Everything was super yummy
and with good company. what could be better? hehe
Dinner with this sweet couple always is accompanied with laughter and smiles (:
ALWAYS. hehe
which is  awesome!
So thank u for coming over for dinner
and cooking the beef rendang!
we really really enjoyed it.
Lester is still raving about it now! hehe

After dinner.
We went to Crown to watch The Ugly Truth.


A really good movie!
everyone should catch it.
it’s hilarious. we laughed almost continuously! haha.
so many movies i wanna catch.
but so little time. rah!
well. I’m glad we caught this one (:

this day can’t get any better
we should really do this more often!

Thank you once again!
 

awwww.

18 Aug

omg. saw this posted on facebook by Wenz.
Hope u don’t mind me putting it up.
SUPER sweet. haha
felt a tear rolling down my cheeks. hehe

 

A huge favour

17 Aug
Hi guys! (:
I’ve got a huge favour to ask of all of you.
I’m currently doing this research project for my postgrad diploma
and would need working people to help me fill up a questionnaire!
if you could just spare me 15-20mins of your time
I would be really grateful!

Please click on the link below and it would bring you to the site of the questionnaire.

Questionnaire

Thank you very much for your help!
Really means alot to me.

God Bless!