Archive | August, 2009

after a 3 day break

15 Aug

yes. haha i took one more day off yesterday.
RAH! haha (:
but well. today I went on the treadmill!
been a while since i actually used the treadmill.
just been cycling and cycling
and did minimal weights.
but all is changed now! haha.

so did 25 mins on the treadmill today
with a speed of 6 and an inclination of 10.
not too bad yea? haha (:
well. for a start anyway.

tomorrow would be the same. just with weights for my arms and back again! (:
been a week. woohoo!
yes. it’s weird cos i’m cheering myself on. but yes.
it helps me heaps!

Have to thank my baby for being super duper patient with me hehe
i love you! (:
 

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Apple Crumble

15 Aug

Made apple crumble for the first time today. and I am really happy with how it turned out! (:
I have always been buying apple crumble from thie yoghurt stall in QV
but the price for the amount I get is actually quite little! so i decided to go look for a good recipe.
It’s not the same as the other crumbles you might have tried.
This one has rolled oats in it. so there is a bit more bite to it than usual.
and we absolutely loved it!

the crumble is nice and dry.
not soggy at all! (: hehe so I really really like it!
beinga crumble fan and all.

so here is the recipe! (:
hope you all will enjoy it too!

(Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Website)

Ingredients :

For the crumble:
35g rolled oats
35g wholemeal flour (I used 55g cause my crumble felt a bit too wet)
20g caster sugar (I used brown sugar)
  35g margarine or butter

For the filling:

  400g cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered (I used Granny Smith apples)
  50g sugar, to sweeten (I used brown sugar)
  1 tablespoon water

Steps : 

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5.
Peel and core the apples, quarter and cut in to chunks.

2. Put the apples in to a pan with the sugar and water.
Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes and place in a small oven proof dish.

3. Place the flour and oats in a bowl and mix well.
Cut the margarine or butter in to small cubes and add this to the oats and flour.
Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumb texture. Add the sugar and mix through.

4. Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the crumble is golden and the apple hot.


 

Can’t get enough! (:

 

Cheok’s Beautiful Chaos : Tuna Tataki

15 Aug

Ingredients :

4 Tuna steaks
Black peppercorns, coarsely cracked

Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup Peanut oil
1 ounce Sesame oil
2 ounces Soy sauce
1/2 ounce Garlic—grated
1/2 ounce Ginger—grated
5 spice powder to taste

Steps : 

Roll tuna in cracked black pepper then sear it in a very hot cast iron pan without oil.

let cool slighly, then slice thinly. Serve with dipping sauce.

Beautiful Chaos (:
that’s the name of his dish! haha

the dipping sauce :

Just mix all the ingredients together!
quick but SO GOOD! (:

and that’s how you eat it! (:

Enjoy!

 

With Japanese and Chinese food and Great Company ♥

15 Aug
 
 
it’s Friday and TGIF indeed (:
but this particular Friday is different.
Baby and I didn’t cook anything.
not even dessert!
Cheok and Jacky took over the cooking and let me just say.
it was an awesome night with super yummy food!
so compliments to the Chefs of the night!
was super awesome la. hehe

Menu for the night :

Garlic and chicken fried rice
Tuna tataki
Cabbage and meat rolls

SO MUCH FOOD. haha
we were ALL bloated by the end of the night.

so the day started with buying the tuna from the market.
I followed Cheok to the market cause he wasn’t sure how to choose the tuna
so after getting back from uni I accompanied him to the market to help him out!
and it was the best piece of tuna we’ve had in the longest time!
especially since the tuna we normally have is from a tin. haha
but yes. this was awesome! (:
Sashimi grade aye. haha

the tuna cutlets being coated with cracked pepper
and all ready for the super hot pan to seal it off! (:

but before sealing it off.
Cheok had to fry the garlic (HEAPS OF IT) and chicken and the rice! (:
my dearest brother called to see how he was doing. haha.
so funny. ALL THE LOVE in the house! hehe

more photos of the night !

Two days off

13 Aug
yes i know. signs of laziness is back again.
But, not trying to sound like an excuse,
my whole body is aching very badly so the two days rest is almost a must.
or else I won’t be able to do anything else the rest of the week.
So hopefully by tomorrow the aches and pains are gone
and I will be able to go on the bike or maybe shall use the treadmill tmr (:


 

Salmon Fillets with Lemon Hollandaise Sauce : Recipe

13 Aug

Ingredients : 

2 salmon fillets with skin on
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Lemon Hollandaise Sauce

175g butter
4 egg yolks
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Steps :

1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Skim any froth from the surface and discard.
Leave to cool. Whisk the yolks and 2 tablespoons of water in a separate saucepan for 30 seconds,
or until pale and foamy. Place the saucepan over very low heat and whisk the egg mixture for 2-3 mins,
or until frothy and the whisk leaves a trail behind it as you whisk.
Don’t let the saucepan get too hot or you will scramble the effs.
Remove from the heat.

2. Whisk the cooled butter into the eggs, a little at a time, whisking well after each addition.
Avoid using the milky butter whey from the base of the saucepan.
Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and cracked black pepper.
Set aside.

3. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and rub the fillets with the olive oil.
Heat the non-stick pan over high heat and cook the salmon fillets skin-side-down for 4 mins.
Turn over and cook for another 2 mins, or until cooked to your liking.
Serve with the sauce and vegetables of your choice.

4. Salmon fillets with lemonhollandaise sauce. DONE! (:

Tip : Hollandaise sauce should be cook in a heavy-based saucepan.
If the sauce separates or curdles, remove from the heat and whisk in an ice cube.


 

Creamy Prawn Bisque : Recipe

13 Aug
Sorry this is a bit late! (:
I know I promised the recipe a while back.
but here it is!
Hope you will enjoy it as much as we did! 

Ingredients : 

500g raw medium prawns
60g butter
2 tablespoon plain flour
2 litres fish stock
1/2 tsp paprika
1 cup cream
1/3 cup of dry sherry (I left this out)
1-2tablespoon cream, extra for searving

Steps : 

1. Peel the pranws and gently pull out the dark vein from each back, starting at the head end.
Reserve the heads and shells,
Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the prawn heads and shells and cook for 5 mins,
lightly crushing the heads with a wooden spoon.

2. Add the flour to the saucepan and stir until combined.
Add the fish stock and paprika and stir until the mixture boils.
Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, over low heat for 10mins.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve set over a bowl,
then return the liquid to the saucepan.
Discard the shells. Add the prawns to the saucepan
and cook over low heat for 2-3 mins.
Cool slightly, then process in batches in a blender until smooth.
Return to saucepan.

3. Add the cream and sherry to the pan and stir to heat through.
Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Serve topped with a swirl of cream and sprinkle paprika if desired.

4. Creamy prawn bisque DONE! (:

Enjoy!


 

New Food Blog

12 Aug
I’ve been wanting to set up a new blog just for all my recipes that I’ve cooked or baked.
and I finally got down to doing it today.
Yes. I spent time doing this instead of my school work. haha
but I’m doing it back and forth. (:
Imported the recipes I’ve posted on this blog.
and categorised them
Just so it’s easier to search for them
and find them.

Food Made With Love

Check it out and give me some feedback on it.
Hope it’s easier to find recipes now.
So when you’re hungry and feel like cooking something.
Go to my food blog and try a recipe! 
Thanks!
 

A fun guide to handling heartbreak (told by Cheok and FJ)

12 Aug
Just something we decided to do cause we’re so bored and want something to do besides uni work. haha Enjoy! (:
ps: for those who don’t know, I’m FJ haha. (Female James, cause my brother is called James and calling me Female James is just one name less to remember)


Chapter 1

Cheok:

So you have broken up. Break out the tissues, alcohol, cigarettes and porn. Grieving is a natural reaction all humans have built into their systems. Don’t fear it! I say embrace it damn it! There is no shame in getting drunk, crying and hitting on ugly members of the opposite sex or other inanimate objects.

In this chapter we will look at the initial post-breakup phase. You will hear the usual encouraging phrases from friends like, ‘you’re better off dude, she is a bitch’ or ‘it is probably for the best’. Unless you have no friends at all. Then I say to you now that the problem goes a lot deeper and you should seriously get professional help. While phrases like these may have more than a grain of truth in them, who the fuck needs to hear it at that time? You don’t need to know the woman is a bitch till much later (you still want her back at this point!), when most if not all the pain is gone.

The first step to any successful recovery plan (which is fun) is to surround yourself with all types of distractions. This is nothing new. Plenty of self-help books will tell you this. Surround yourself with friends and keep yourself busy. All very good advice, to be sure. But where’s the fun in that? Distractions should come in the form of women, dangerous mixes of drinks and Pilates classes (women).

Women. Well-meaning friends will do their best to tell you that rebound girls are not the way to go. It is all fleeting! You should dump these friends as quickly as is humanly possible! Of course it is fleeting! Of course the feeling will not last! If you were expecting something else, stop reading now! Just go out and meet women! If you cannot get it out of your head that you might not be ready, and that you might fall for them, fear not! That is what strippers and hookers were put on the planet for! You go and meet them, fondle and do whatever else to them, and it is over. You need never worry that they will come looking for you or accuse you of playing with their feelings. A win-win situation!

Dangerous mixes of alcohol. You are probably wondering how this helps. Well allow me to explain! Mixing alcohol in indiscriminate and irresponsible ways ensures that you can break out of your shell and be someone else. I mean, obviously you were not very fun to be around, hence the breakup. So drink up! And let the good times roll. Two things can happen. You go from a quiet, stammering little dweeb to a chatty Lothario and you become the life of the party. Good things will always happen from such an outcome. The other is that you wind up a puking, sobbing mess or attempt to debate atomic physics with a toilet door. ‘How is this good for me?’ you may be inclined to ask. This will show the people around you that even in times of extreme sadness you would still selflessly ensure that your friends are provided with laughter, and you may end up on YouTube and be famous!

Pilates classes. This is a great way to meet women. Competition is minimal, half of them would look decent, and they would be very turned on by the fact that you would shun your ego and attend! Plus, after all the excesses of gluttony and alcoholism, you probably don’t look so great, and this would make you more attractive, which you need to be if you want to meet more women!

FJ:

Picture this: 2.5litres tub of full fat vanilla ice cream, blocks and blocks of MILK chocolate, hot chocolate with marshmallows, slouching on the couch watching soppy movies, with a box of tissue sitting next to an empty box. Any of these sound familiar? Heartbreak. Who hasn’t been through the pain and the agony? Why add on the extra pounds to your beautiful body in such a harsh manner? Bring out the gin, tequila and vodka with the mixers. Now, this I say is the way to handle a breakup. Who says girls have to handle it in an emotional way? Hell no! Who am I kidding? I own up to doing the first few things mentioned above. That’s why I can tell you that I’d rather be drinking my pain away.

So what exactly should you do to handle the heartache and if you’re about to fall into depression? Take out the Filofax that you’ve put aside and start filling up things to do every hour of every day. Instead of locking yourself in your room and lying in bed all day, HEAD OUT! Meet up with your friends and head to a club (clean or dirty, that’s totally up to you, no one is judging here) and start dancing and drinking your blues away. Trust me, the calories you pack when you drink is hardly worse than the ice cream and chocolate you intended to consume back home. Plus, it’s mostly liquid anyway, so you’ll have it out if not that very night, the next morning. How good does that sound now? I say, awesome! While being out with your friends, or strangers for some, avoid even thinking about what had happened. Switch off your mobile phones and just let go of yourself. Drink enough to be able to bring yourself home or if you like some company, pretend that can’t walk straight and viola! You’ve got yourself someone to depend on for that night.

After a week or so of drinking and partying, it’s now time to pamper yourself. Make yourself feel pretty and good. Go for the full works: spa manicure and pedicure, a new haircut, facial, hot stone massage, mud wrap and anything else you can think of that would make you happy. Go all out, you have no one else to spend on, so why not spend on yourself? You didn’t get a chance to do all these while you were with someone, so do it now when you have the chance! Nothing to feel sad about now is there? Absolutely NOT!

Now that you’ve “cleansed” the insides, and beautify the outside, it’s now time to doll yourself up! Head to the shopping malls and just shop till you drop! Buy things that you wanted to get, but was hoping to receive it as gifts. Don’t stop at one; just keep going! Shop alone if you desire, or if you’re like me, arrange a shopping spree with your closest friends and just have a great time out together. Don’t forget to stop for high tea at the nearest hotel and indulge in all the good food and beautiful selection of dessert they have to offer. Don’t think twice about the calorie content, you can always deal with it later. Just eat what your heart desires. Cause you deserve it. You really do.

Day 3 : slow and easy

11 Aug

3rd day in a row (:
I’m progressing well. but a little slow.
though I did slow is alright!
I need to do it at my own pace.
so I won’t get frustrated with exercising.
and actually continue doing it everyday.

my whole body was aching today
after the weights I did on Sunday and yesterday.
so arms, back and legs.
practically covered the whole body now. hehe
so today was just cardio.
and I’m glad.
cos I don’t think I will be able to do any weights at all. haha.
tomorrow might be a day off or just cardio as well (:
we shall see!

but I’m glad I’m doing it at this pace.
just have to keep encouraging myself!
sorry for the constant boring progress report. haha
Bear with me!