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The day the turntable played Beethoven

November 12, 2011

One of my absolute favourite animation pieces by one of my favourite artists, Salvador Dalí !

Story behind the title —

My mum bought me a stack of old, heavy Beethoven vinyls after stopping at an antique store during a road trip with relatives off of Great Ocean Road. The casings are just so beautiful.


The day after I got the job !

October 22, 2011
My grandma’s sweet & sour cucumber recipe

A very simple recipe my mama taught me.


Ingredients:

– One cucumber cut in half lengthways and then cut into thin strips
– 5 large eggs
– 2 tbsp of white vinegar
– 1 tsp of white sugar
– 1 tbsp of chicken brouillon/stock powder
–  2 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 tbsp of tomato ketchup
– olive oil

Method:

Place the thin strips of cucumber in a bowl and add the white vinegar, making sure that you stir it in so that each piece is soaked in vinegar. Next add the sugar and mix well.

In a separate bowl add the sweet chilli sauce, chicken brouillon powder, soy sauce, and tomato ketchup, and whisk together creating a dark, thick sauce.

In a non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, gently crack an egg into the pan so that the yolk sits roughly in the middle. Leave for 30 seconds or once the bottom has become more firm, and flip the egg over, cooking until both sides are a golden yellow/brown colour. Repeat until all the eggs are cook. Set aside and cut the eggs into smaller bite-size pieces.

Add more olive oil to the same skillet and add in the sauce. Once you get the sauce simmering, add the eggs back in and stir well for 1 minute coating all the eggs in the sauce. Finally stir in the vinegar-soaked cucumber cooking until the flesh is soft yet skin still has a crunch to it (roughly 1-2 minutes — do not overcook !).

Serves.. well, really depends on how much you like the dish. If you liked it a lot, you could probably gobble it up all by yourself ! At home, we usually eat this with rice and other meaty dishes.

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The day we bled everywhere & I wasn’t scared at all

September 26, 2011

I had booked the date weeks in advance but finally blood donation day was upon us. “Ready to bleed everywhere ?” Thomas asked. I laughed nervously and smiled baring my million teeth. “Yes” I croaked. Well, I told myself, I can’t be any readier. Truth is, I don’t know why I hadn’t donated blood sooner. I think it was mainly due to my own laziness but also myths of scary, large-arse needles didn’t help either, although I’ve never been scared of jabs. In fact, my parents said that when I was inoculated as a baby, it was the only time I didn’t cry ! Also, according to my dad it’s not such a big deal and I don’t have to “boast” about it ! X-D Haha.. apparently my dad has been a regular whole blood donor for awhile.

So why are you donating blood ?

For various reasons: because I can, because I should, because in Chinese superstition it brings good karma. But the actual answer I gave the lady on the telephone when making the appointment was that a lot of good things have happened to me recently and it’s time I actually made the effort and give back (so basically answers 1), 2) & 3)). The nurse on staff, Judith, did a very good job making me feel at ease as several people commented on how I looked like I was going to bolt it. Well, wasn’t much pain in the end. More like a prolonged pinch. Will definitely do again in future !

It only left a small hole ^^ 


If you’re interested in donating blood, go to the Australian Red Cross website for more info ^.~

This post is related to goal #81.

Honey cake & then some

September 18, 2011

There’s nothing like food to unite people. Especially with the kinds of people I hang around with: bottomless pits, friends who can eat 2 litres of ice cream in one sitting & still look fit and young, and sweet tooths. 

See exhibit A: honey cake. I made enough batter for three cake pans and by the time the day was over, only one was left standing ! I’ve been in a food rut lately, coming home and vegging out on takeout or left overs for the past few weeks. It’s difficult when there’s only one cook in house ! So to make up for the slack, I’ve been trying out a couple of new recipes and going back to oldies but goodies. From the experimental shakshouka (a Jewish dish that Cumulus serves beautifully at breakfast) and sausage-stuffed potatoes, to my specialty dish — Syrian chicken, a recipe by Karen Martini that was so good, it apparently had been requested several times her regular column in the newspaper.

See recipe for honey cake below !

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Hello blackburn

September 4, 2011

Back to the place I grew up in. Back to my baby. Such a scruffy little thing !

Of course you can’t come over empty handed ..

Honey joys 

Adapted from the Kellog’s one.

I changed the ingredients slightly as I like the caramel taste of brown sugar & Manuka honey more.

Ingredients:

90g unsalted butter
 1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp Manuka honey 
4 cups Kellog’s corn flakes

Method

Preheat oven to 150 degrees C.

Melt butter, sugar, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat.

Turn off heat and add the corn flakes and mix in well until the corn flakes are covered in the honey sauce.

Scoop into patty pans & put into the oven for around 10 minutes (this really depends on your oven, just make sure you don’t burn them !)

Makes 12 but can make more if you use the mini patty pans.

I made so many honey joys in the past week or two. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so delicious plus it takes altogether 15 minutes or less cooking time.

I’m not a private person, just a confused one

August 30, 2011

Hello my far & few readers. I know you’re a dying breed and it’s my fault really, but I’ve been not blogging lately for various unimaginative reasons (see below video message). However, I’m posting now which means I must be alive & kicking. It was going to happen really.. I’ve been blogging since I was 12 or since I entered high school, and journaling my life since I was 8, and it’s a hard habit to kick. Not that I want to kick the habit because it amuses me greatly to look back and laugh at my foolishness, my hardships, & all the other random bits that fit in between. Overall I am humbled by the things that have or haven’t happened.

Sorry, I just realised that that video didn’t really explain anything at all & that I may have wasted your time (but you’re here anyway). I recorded it when I was sick and so very incoherent hence the over-editing (try cutting out 20 minutes worth of nonsensical footage). You may interpret as you wish. Now here’s a cover with an ‘I love Frankston‘ guitar an admirer bestowed upon me with the condition that I play it. I started learning a week ago and am not very good. My fingers are short and can’t stretch plus they’re too soft for their harsh metal strings. Will have to build up tolerance & do finger exercises ! I should also note that there is one string missing .. ENJOY !

The day before Angela leaves forever

July 31, 2011

A couple of really lofi fish eye shots of polaroids taken in the quiet month of July. Although it’s been a bit uneventful lately, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet some lovely people including Angela, Nicole’s Spanish sister from Andújar, who I met for the first time a little over a week ago. She’s a gorgeous person and I love her accent but what I most love about her is the fact that she’s foreign & exotic which means that she often says some funny things like “you must try the sangria of truth” (because the Sangria here is apparently very un-Spanish). And incidentally, I’m not the only person who thinks so.

Last night we thought we’d try out luck and see if we could get into Silk Road in blue jeans & boots. For “shits & giggles” as my sister would crudely (but amusingly) term it. As Nicole cleverly suggested, we coaxed Angela to the front of the line and the bouncer not only let us through, but he asked us if we would like to come inside. After looking around inside for a bit, we finally got to the bar to get drinks and the barman seemed to be charmed by La*, who he called a “mamasita” (aka hot chick), and gave us a discount on drinks. Seriously, I wish I could take her every where with me ! Nicole & I have decided that she’s our lucky token X-D. 

*La = after trying & failing several times to pronounce her name, this is now my approved nickname for her.

24.07.2011 – Angela (pronounced ‘An-hela’ with a harsh ‘h’. Apparently I nod my head every time I attempt to pronounce the ‘hela’ but it’s hard .. you try it !) & I at Vic Market. 

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