Archive | September, 2009

thank you love.

29 Sep

through rain or shine you stayed beside me.
no matter how grumpy I would be.
Bare with me while I prepare for the race to the finish line.
it’s going to be a crazy one.
but I promise you once this is over.
you will see theold smiley me again. (:

ps : thanks Cheok for the photo!

 

i love you but i don’t like you all the time mummy

29 Sep
 

haha super duper cute. (:
babies just make my night. haha with the things they say!
 

Royal Melbourne Show

29 Sep

I look forward to carnivals every year.
This year. Baby and I attended much more festivals than we ever did compared to the other years.
and I’m really glad we did.
Cause then we get to share even more experiences together (:

Since school work is going to get all crazy these few weeks.
and I desperately needed a break.
We decided to go for the Royal Melbourne Show last weekend.
(dun judge me! hahaha)

So we planned and met Peggy, Paul and Cheok for brunch at European before heading to the show.

the weather was CRAZY that day.
the sun was out. but it started raining in 5-10mins intervals. haha
poor Peggy and Paul sat where the umbrella’s don’t cover.
and it started HAILING! haha
Paul was so sweet to carry the umbrella for Peggy while waiting for the food.
Fortunately. it stopped raining when our food came!

baby and me (:
at our favourite breakie place!

and off to the fair we go!

heaps of photos!

sticky baked chicken drumsticks

29 Sep

recently.
Baby was asked to cook for Jacky and his crew
as he was going to use our living room for his film! hehe
and it was the first time we got to see Jacky in action! haha
he was the director. it was really quite cool (:

so anyways.
baby decided to cook something he thinks everyone would enjoy
and was quick to whip up so that they won’t go all hungry hehe


haha how cute are the chicken drumsticks?
it’s the only way we could fit all 35 of them (:

so here’s the recipe!
hope you guys would enjoy it!

sticky baked chicken drumsticks

(Adapted from Healthy Appetites by Gordan Ramsay)
Serves 5

olive oil
10 chicken drumsticks
salt and black pepper

Glaze :

6 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoon fish sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
juice of 1 1/2 lemons
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

Steps :

1. Heat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Lightly oil a large baking dish.
Season the drumsticks with salt and pepper and arrange in the dish in a single layer

2. Drizzle over a little olive oil and use small pieces of aluminium foil to wrap around the ends.
Bake in the hot oven for 20 mins.

3. Prepare the glaze in the meantime.
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until evenly combined.

4. Take the chicken out of the oven and pour over the glaze to coat each drumstick.
Return to the oven and bake for another 20-30mins
turning several times until the chicken is tender and nicely glazed

5. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.

Tip : We served with bread rolls, garlic mash and some cucumber raita.
it balances the sweetness in the chicken dish!
and the sauce of the chicken was really good to go with the roll!

can u see all three of us?
it looks like Cheok is eating Lester’s head! hahaha (:
well. we are being nice hosts when we allowed the crew to have their dinner
and waited till the shoot was over before we tugged in.
little did we know the shoot would last till 10pm haha.
but was still quite fun!

just cause he was bored. haha (:

have a good week ahead everyone!

 

super duper cute

26 Sep
watched this during class yesterday
and just thought it’s a nice way to start the morning or anytime of the day!
 

Bak Chor Mee (mince meat noodles)

20 Sep

this is a dish we always cook for a meal
cause it’s easy, quick and it’s super yums! (:
if you like the sourish taste of vinegar
with the punch from the chilli oil.
and the saltiness from the fried mince meat.
this is the dish for you!
it sure is ours. haha. baby was very happy tonight!

it has many different steps to it.
and yes, preparation takes a while.
but when you are cooking it.
you can get it on the table very quick! (:
so here’s the recipe and I do hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!

Ingredients :
(for 2-3 persons)

Fried Mince Meat :

250g mince pork
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon of thick dark soy sauce (those you use for chicken rice!)
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
6/7 pieces of button mushroom (from the can), sliced thinly

Stewed Mushroom :

6 dried chinese mushroom
1 tsp olive oil
sliced ginger
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
hot water

Noodles :

100g rice noodles (or more, depends on how much you eat)
bean sprouts
6 fishballs
10 slices of fish cake
spring onion, chopped (optional)
1/2 tablespoon chilli oil
1/2 tsp oyster sauce
1 tablespoon black vinegar
A splash of fish sauce
Fried Shallots

Steps :

Fried Mince Meat

1. Heat the pan with the tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and fry till it just turns a slight tinge of brown.
Add the mince meat and fry till cooked. Remember to break it up to small pieces.
Add the different sauces and fry, on medium-low heat, till all the liquid reduces.
Stirring occasionally. Add the button mushroom till it’s incorporated.

2. You can cook this in advance, and pop it intothe microwave to heat it up just before serving

Stewed Mushroom

1. Pour hot water over the dried chinese mushrooms and soak for 15 mins.
Do not throw the water left after you take the mushrooms out.
Squeeze out the water of each mushroom, and cut it into relatively thin slices.

2. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a heavy-based pan. Add the slices ginger and fry till tender.
Add the mushrooms and fry till fragrant.
Add the oyster sauce and a few tablespoons of water (from the mushrooms)
cook under medium-low heat and allow the mushrooms to absorb the liquid (plumping it up in the process)

3. Keep adding water (at least 2 more additions) and allow it to cook over low heat for at least 30mins.
so that it’s soft and tender. and bursting with flavour!

Noodles :

1. In a large bowl, put the chilli oil, oyster sauce, vinegar and fish sauce and mix till incorporated.

2. Boil the rice noodles according to the instructions on the packet
(Normally, I put the noodles in hot boiling water and scoop it up almost immediately
or else it will get too soft and will break into small pieces easily)

3. In another pot, boil the fishballs, fish cakes and bean sprout till they are cooked (takes about 5-8mins)

Plating it up :

1. Once the rice noodles are done, pour it into the bowl and mix it well with the sauces.
To make sure each strand is coated well with the sauces.
Place the fishballs, fish cakes and bean sprout on the noodles.

2. Put a few pieces of the stewed mushroom in the bowl and top everything up with the mince meat.
Sprinkle with fried shallots and spring onion.

ENJOY!!!!! (:

 

YJL Day!

20 Sep

it’s YJL Day today (:
the 3rd Sunday of September.
Sad that I’m down under.
or else it would be a day we would have HEAPS of fun!
but just want to thank you girls for your friendship!
it’s been awesome.
You girls would dedicate your time to talk to me
no matter what. hehe
I’m just really lucky to have you two lovelies in my life!

missyou girls heaps!

 

Sunday Brunch at Cafe Issus

20 Sep
Cafe Issus
8 Centre Place
Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel : (03) 9663 8844

it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about a breakfast place.
cause I always get so excited and forget to take photos of the food!
haha. that’s how awesome the breakfast I have been having!

so today after church
before baby met Paul and Peggy for a gym session.
we went to look for a nice place to have breakfast (:

Cafe Issus.
It’s located in this small little lane.
and the people were quick to serve us and were very polite!
so we immediately had a good vibe about this place.
it’s a start to a good breakfast! hehe

baby ordered eggs spanish.
a twist to eggs benedict.
and a twist that we welcome cause it was sooo yums! (:

poached eggs with chorizo and tomatoes with hollandaise sauce!
everything just went really well.
in fact I would really prefer this to the normal eggs benedict.
cause I love chorizos. haha.

i had the french toast with maple syrup with a side of bacon and chicken sausages.
this was AWESOME!
it’s been ages since I’ve had french toast.
and im so glad I ordered this.
there’s something with the sweetness of maple syrup and the saltiness of bacon.
it just goes super well!
and the sausages were super yums as well!
normally I’m not a big fan of sausages.
cause it’s made of beef and had a weird after taste.
and most of the time it’s over done.
but this was just perfect.
I wanted more after the 2 that came with the french toast! haha

I love Sunday Brunch (:
just a time to catch up with baby and talk about anything under the sun!

Happy weekend everyone!
 

Hainanese Chicken Rice

19 Sep

It’s Friday Night!
and Fridays always mean good food and good company (:
loads of laughter. bad movies on tv. haha
So this week. we decided to cook Hainanese Chicken Rice!
Cause it’s been so long since we got to taste it.
and thanks to ieatishootipost for posting up the recipe!
so we could have it all the way down under!

it was SOOOO good!
and I bought like a super HUGE chicken (2.5kg) haha.
cause I thought Jacky was joining us.
so we ended up having heaps of leftovers.
for lunch and dinner the next day!

so here’s the recipe!
I’ve edited a bit cause there are things we couldn’t get
but it was still YUMMY!
Hope you guys will enjoy it as much as we did!
recipe and more yums undercut

Triple Banana Double Caramel Mini Cupcakes

14 Sep

I chanced upon this recipe when I was blog surfing
Thanks to Baking Obsession for sharing this recipe! (:
it’s awesome.
I think it’s the first time my cupcake turned out quite pretty! haha
However, my size of a mini cupcake was way smaller than the one that is on her recipe.
and i forgot to adjust the time to leave it in the oven.
should have taken it out after 10mins. haha
but it’s not that bad.
still pretty yum!
and baby says it’s not too sweet surprisingly! hehe
so im glad.
and if Cheok who isn’t a big fan of sweet stuff popped like 3 or 4 before dinner
(maybe he’s just hungry! haha)
it must be quite good. i hope! heh

so here’s the recipe and step by step photos!
ENJOY!


heaps of photos and recipe !