Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas everyone

Merry Christmas everyone!

With Love,

Steph and Eva

Swarovski Christmas Tree at QVB, Sydney



Caught up on some of the overdue blogging.
More to come!
  • Engagement Party
  • Christmas Pancakes and Seven Mile Beach
  • Swansea and Freycinet
  • Richmond, Sorrell and Port Arthur and Tesselated Plates
  • Huon Trail and Tahune Airwalk
  • Salamanca Markets
  • Taste of Tasmania
  • Happy New Year
  • Buffet - Hobart Chinese Restaurant Style

Monday, December 24, 2007

Our Engagement Party

On Christmas Eve, we had an impromptu engagement party.

After 9 years, (the France Italy Penalty shootout of World Cup 98 comes to mind) Steph and I formally announced our engagement. Mum and Dad chose to give us a party as our engagement/Christmas present. And it seemed like the whole Chinese restaurant community was over to celebrate to enjoy Dad's cooking.

Ed and Dennis and his mates helped with the serving, Mum got to do a bit of mingling and help Dad, Trevor joined him in the kitchen (thanks Trev!) While Steph, Ian, Eleanor and I sat outside, and ate, drank and enjoyed the whole event. I admit I was feeling a bit guilty and couldn't truly enjoy myself.

Dad's cooking is always divine, I forgot to take shots of the food. I love his abalone and Chinese mushrooms and the way he does crayfish, and his roast pork and fresh roasted chicken and his shark fin soup... sigh so good.... (smiles dreamily) I think Steph managed to take a few photos but he was in a blissful state like me.

I decorated the restaurant for the occasion, I went to the Balloon Salon in Maroubra (first time I've driven the new car too! - very touchy and revved 1/4 of the tank of fuel to Maroubra and back) I was rather proud of my ceiling swirls and hearts, and the heart balloons we had on each table, you'll have to see the pics below.

For the Kids I found a packet of 3M Heart Shaped post it notes. told them to go wild - which they did all over the walls and somehow we managed to get them on the ceiling and later on into the night they landed on everyone's backs and clothes.

The Aunties were totally amazing, creating the most delicious engagement cake ever... (I simply do not know how I'm going to top, with a wedding cake.) There are photos of them making it. And everyone truly enjoyed it, in fact one of the Uncles asked to order one for THEIR engagement! In front of his wife, who found it very amusing.

We had a speech, Steph thanked everyone for coming, a few heckler uncles pestered him about Chinese. Then i had a go at the speech in canto.

Everyone had a toast then some cake and that's it, were officially engaged now with the blessing of both our parents. PHEW!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Tiramisu

Anyone heading to Tassie?

Make a beeline for a couple of things
This my friend is a work of art...
With the right amount of Marsala, Expresso and not drowned in cream! Its just as good as I remember 5 years ago!

Maldini Italian Restaurant
47 Salamanca Place, Hobart, 7000
Phone 03 6223 4460 Fax 03 6223 4060

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Breakfast! Toasty Fingers

Ham, Chese and Pineapple Toasted Fingers
at Cafe Mazibah

Theres something nice about going home and eating something you use to enjoy as a kid

Friday, December 21, 2007

Holiday!!!!

We've arrived! Hooray! First stop! Banjos for a REAL meat pie and some Hartz mineral water



Cheers! Here's to the holiday!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bistro Lilly - Degustation

My birthday bash, had us going over to Bistro Lilys for some "Fine dining"

The food was nice but not jaw dropping, and getting champagne split on us wasn't exactly thrilling

The wines were perfectly matched with the courses. and my favourite course was the YUCATAN CHOCOLATE PUDDING.


Tempura Oyster/ Soup/Crumbed Feta


Venison/Chocolate Pudding

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Puppy Love and Sunday Tea

My work corridor lunch buddy has 3 minature schnauzers, Kita, Raffiki and Eden, and she had organised a Puppy afternoon tea with all her friends who also had minature schnauzers. Knowing my soft spot for animals, she invited me along to "borrow" a puppy to play with.

I am in love. Not only are Miniature Schnauzers so adoreable, theyre fun to play with, delicate takers, theyre small, solid and compact, and best of all they don't moult! (downside - they need hairdresser appointments as often as you do).

Here are some photos below.

I was in love with Hibu, the sweetest one of all, it would snuggle up to me and not let the other schnuzers near me... (might have something to do with the anzac cookie i had in my hand)
Hibu resting next to me...

Anyway it was a lovely tea party with lots of laughter and adorable fun.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Newtown Cocina

We joined Will and Angie for a mix-farewell/birthday party at Newtown Cocina.

I'm not a fan of Mexican food, but i was delighted with the servings and the taste!

Starting at 6pm, we attempted to drown ourselves with the Happy Hour with Magaritas and Daquries. I think i had 3 before we hit the food.

But the Food was amazing! Have to go back again!


Mango Margarita and Mix Grilled Tortillas


Crumbed Fish, Nachos, Enchiladas

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lunch - Pad Thai

Not the best Pad Thai I've ever had, they didn't serve the crushed peanuts so i took it back and watch the chef chuck a handful on rather disparagingly. The garlic-chili and the sugar was great to toss in and the hit of lemon juice (normally i miss this) added a nice zing

3 second memory

Last night Steph and I agreed to get a GPS unit for the new car...

Today, after work we went out to the Good Guys to buy it. But when we got there we couldn't figure out why we decided to buy it... so we drove out for dinner instead.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Work Christmas Dinner


For Christmas Lunch Work took us to the East Chinese Restaurant in Circular Quay (under the Toaster)

A Great People watching or Show Off location, with views of the Opera House, Bridge and Rocks and the food is pretty good too.

For Entree, there were Peking Duck Pancakes, Steamed Oysters and Battered Prawns.

For mains there was Crayfish with Garlic-Ginger *drool*, Beef with Wasabi Sauce, Salt and Pepper Prawns and Vegetables. There was also freshly steamed fish...

Saturday, December 08, 2007

New Car

Its ours! We picked up our new car from Heartland Holden today.
Shiny, squeaky clean and with that (INHALE) new car smell, we drove it carefully home.

Here's the first pic.
"No one puts BEB in the corner"

Smaller than the beemer, there were some differences, for example the beemer 's large bonnet could be used to block sensors, and hence stop the Garage door from closing.

Please note the horror of sticking the bonnet of your brand new car under a top-closing garage door that show no sign of stopping is not for the faint hearted.


Thursday, December 06, 2007

Spicy Sichuan Restaurant - Glebe

Tonight we joined Will and Winston to try out a new Sichuan Restaurant in Glebe - rather obviously called Spicy Sichuan Restaurant. (I suppose its to stop those unknowing foodies who are use to the cantonese style of cooking. - no wonton soup here mate!)

Steph isn't a fan of spicy food so we were pleasantly surprised with the cuisine, below are the photos taken with my unfashionable camera.

First photo is Crunchy Rice with Pork. Served in 2 separate, parts. the crunchy rice cakes in one platter and the sauce with thin slices of pork, black fungus and vegetables in a light sweet/sour sauce (minus the food colouring) was poured on top. The rice cakes snap and crackle merrily as the sauce is poured on.
Kung Pao Chicken - Winston and Steph disliked this dish intensely! We found that the sichuan peppercorns when cooked this way numb the tip of your tongue! Will and I had no issues, and ate until we could feel our tongues. Which is rather strange as I've used the spice in my own cooking but not had the numbing effect.


Snake Beans and Dumplings

Snake Beans and Dumplings were nice... Nothing to write home about.

Served in a pretty bamboo steamer is The Double Cooked pork with Preserved Veggies. This is so YUM! Layers of pork, neatly packed, covering a bed of fragrant Mui Choi! excellent with rice. I remember eating this at Auntie Angela and Uncle Harry's all the time as a kid.

The Dining Experience was nice, the decor very pretty, with old fashion dining chairs and tables. the crockery had emperor yellow design, and the teacups came with handles. However no napkins were provided so if you're going... BYO!

Spicy Sichuan Restaurant
1-9 Glebe Point Road (Next to Apple Store)
Glebe NSW 2037
T 9660 8200 F 95717566

Rats!!!

Cars been delayed! Pickup now on Saturday :(

Dealer tried to make me relay the bad news to Steph, which i refused to do. "Your Bad News- You deliver it!"

Oh well... cant be helped, meanwhile i'm now playing car loan people off each other :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Finally!


Here's my first set of photos from my new camera. Ive read some scathing reviews about it, but as the evidence shows, these pictures look good enough to eat!


Angie's Lunch with a Zoom, no flash and anti-shake

Thai Food
- Galleries Victoria Food Court

What I learn today...

"The problem with "burying your head in the sand" is that someone will always come up and kick you in the ar*e"
You can learn so much in a sales office...

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Cupcakes

To my surprise cupcakes aren't so hard to make! The hardest bit is the fiddly icing...
Here's one i tried to dress up...

Then it all just got to hard.

Has anyone seen my muffin trays?

Like everything, they annoy you when you dont need them and no where to be found when you do!

Making cupcakes. But without the trays they will look like slightly raised pancakes.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Describe Satay

Crikey! Thats like asking you to talk about Worcestershire sauce. There aren't enough words in the world to describe it. It just is.

But occasionally I have to talk about it. and this is one of them. So as I'm typing, a jar of Jimmy's Satay Sauce and a litre of water sit by my keyboard as I prepare to take the plunge.

(FYI - Jimmy lives at the back of the fridge and only comes out for Steamboat.)

Aroma: Well there's not much like it... Its Heady, makes you want to take a deep breath, like someones roasting coffee, or garlic (read the label) Definitely savory and very inviting. Hrm... I want to stick my finger in. Thank God, I had enough sense to bring a spoon along.

Taste: First thing I think of is peanuts, or nuts. There's a bit of a pause, something savory I think, but my tastebuds are mesmerized by the peanuts. Then Pow! Corr! the spice hits you!
The chilli has now clear one nostril and I have an urge to sneeze. Hrm... Go back for more...

Five samples later and I'm no better off.

So my Satay Description is
A unique spice mixture, based on ground peanuts, which add a fragrant crunch and flavour to the roast-garlic and spice sauce, while soothing the stimulating chilli power.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Prime

Steph and I went to Prime in GPO Sydney last night.

We dined on a Wagyu Terrine for entree then had Black Angus Rib Fillets, with Potato Gratin and Roasted Tomatoes with a side serve of snow peas and sugar snaps.

And the service was delightful! Richard was attentive, by our sides and patient enough with all my questions.

I chose to have a glass of red with my main, he gave me a Pino and a Cab to try, both were nice but I picked the Cab for its fuller body. . Which is quite rare for me as i find Cab's too heavy for my palette, but this one was just right.

I truly enjoyed myself, and both Steph and i were tingling with happiness as we polished off our steaks.

Then for dessert we had Poached Nashi.

We are definitely going back!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Jacky Cheung Concert 2007

Ive been meaning to do this for a while... Here is one of the clips i recorded at JC concert 2007.

For the interest of your fellow colleagues and your eardrums make sure the volume is on low.



Hehehe Mum and I had a ball! The grandma that sat next to me now has a deaf ear on her right. But hey if you go to a concert youre suppose to go crazy! If you don't then just stay at home and watch it on DVD!

In this clip he's asking if we want him to speak in Mandarin or Cantonese? (Im shouting Cantonse - if you haven't guess!) Then he said if he spoke in canto he would sing more mando songs or vice versa. And the whole crowd quieten and chuckled at the dilemma.

Ill upload more to Youtube later.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Thairiffic Crows Nest

PLA SAM ROD
Attractive & cooked to perfection. The whole barramundi is lightly battered & fried, then dressed with zippy tamarind sweet chilli sauce, enhanced with lime juice & shredded basil, garnished with a crown of enoki mushrooms.
PED NUM BOUY
Roast duck is complimented by the sweet plum sauce spiced with garlic, cinnamon, star anise. Served with shitake mushrooms & bok choy greens
YUM HUA PLEE
This salad is a tasty intrigue of grilled king prawns, crisp banana bell blossoms & toasted coconut, tossed with a zesty dressing of lime, mint, chilli jam & lemongrass. The salad is topped with fragrant shallots & served with Mee Grob

Thairiffic
Falcon Street, Crows Nest
02 9906 8716
Website

Monday, October 08, 2007

Musashi

Chilli Chicken


Sashimi Deluxe

Barbequed Squid

Masashi Dining Bar
Address: 447 Pitt Street
Sydney 2000 Australia
Phone: (02) 9280-0377
Website

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Present Ideas...

With Chrissy around there corner, I think I've found the most tackiest present EVER.

Hat Stand/Funny Terracotta Pot can be used for cooking

For Christmas last year Steph and I got a Tagine... (A really funny terracotta pot and plate.)

Now I've been educated I know that a Tagine is a slow cooking pot, that comes from the countries of Northern Africa. and since North African cooking isnt something I reguarly practise the Tagine has acted as our hat stand on my cupboards... but this is about to change!

I've been watching the Hairy Bikers Ride Again* on SBS, and they did a recipie with a Tagine. While Showcasing Morocco they did this yummy recipe of essentially meatballs in rich tomato sauce with runny eggs. And I love eggs! Maybe I was a raccoon in a past life... The recipe is below

Kefta tagine (meatballs with eggs)
by Simon King and David Myers from The Hairy Bikers

Serves 4
Preparation time 30 mins to 1 hour
Cooking time 10 to 30 mins

Ingredients
For the meatballs
500g/1lb 2oz minced beef or lamb
1 onion, very finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp chilli powder
1 tsp paprika
small handful coriander leaves, finely chopped
small handful flatleaf parsley, finely chopped
1 free-range egg yolk (to bind)
salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the tagine
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes, drained
2 tsp clear honey
200g/7oz frozen peas
4 free-range eggs
handful parsley, chopped, for garnish

Methodology
1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
2. For the meatballs, place the beef, onion, garlic, spices, fresh herbs and egg yolk into a large bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well. Knead with your hands to form a smooth paste. Roll into walnut-sized balls and set aside.
3. For the stew, in a tagine or heavy-bottomed lidded casserole heat the olive oil, add the onion and sweat until translucent.
4. Add the meatballs and cook until lightly browned on all sides. Combine the tomato purée with the canned tomatoes and add this to the tagine along with the honey. Cover and simmer for ten minutes.
5. Add the peas to the tagine or casserole and stir. Carefully break the eggs onto the top of the stew. Place the tagine or casserole into the oven and bake until the eggs are cooked to your liking, approximately ten minutes.
6. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with couscous.

The show itself is plenty funny! Think of it as a mix of Surfing the Menu and Two Fat Ladies and 2 really big hairy Leprechauns (minus the green) and you'll get the idea... See its interesting!

*Produced by the BBC ( I love BBC & ABC - The Oz one)

Heres there blog for the boys

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The MTR Song



If City Rail did this it there would be a 15 min delay between stanzas.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Okonomiyaki

Or as Steph calls it "Okie Nomi Yummy"

Pancake/Batter
Packet of Okonomiyaki Batter
300ml Water
2 Eggs Beaten
1/4 cabbage shredded
2 cups ground pork, cooked
1 cup of prawns cooked

Veggies
1 bunch of Chopped Bok Choy
1 bag of bean sprouts

1. Mix up the batter, pour a generous spoonful of the batter on a hot frying pan. Let it sizzle until the base is golden and crisp. Lift it off the hot pan. Add the the chopped veggies to the pan and flip the pancake on the veggies. Put a lid on and steam/cook until done!

Then decorate!!! Mayo zigzag one way, and BBQ Sauce zigzag the otherway. Then sprinkled with shaved Bonito Flakes and watch them wriggle!!!

Very filling and rather low carb! Ed only had one! which is kinda unusual, cos he's got hollow legs!

If you aren't game on cooking it... you can make a game the cooking of it!
hehehe *groan*