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we’ve been busy. as you can see from the lack of posts. a good kind of busy.

and yeah, I’ve been procrastinating too. I could have probably taken some time out of playing Restaurant City on Facebook and do some writing. *sheepish*

Well, since 2nd August, Donald and I have made some major decisions regarding our life, our choice of contractors, the design of our flat, etc etc.

the long National Day weekend passed by fairly quickly. went on a semi-baking frenzy and tried baking a batch of warm chocolate cake, and a batch of salted egg custard buns (流沙包?). These salted egg custard buns are sooo sinful. I tried them first at this restaurant at VivoCity called Boss ages ago, and they were good. Then I tried some at Tung Lok Signatures a couple of months back, and they were AWESOME. And then I had some at a food expo..*grin*.

So I tried baking some using a recipe from the Feb 2010 issue of the Food&Travel magazine. They were alright..got way too much sugar in them, and the custard wasn’t runny enough. And the buns were crap. =| I might give it another shot when I move, and adjust some of the ingredients.

Donald and I caught Inception the same weekend after alot of deliberation. I was torn between wanting to watch Inception and Despicable Me (“it’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!!!”). Donald wasn’t too big on watching a cartoon..so I got to pick brunch and he picked the movie. =D Brunch was a rice porridge buffet at Suntec Convention Centre. I always thought that rice porridge was good to detox after a week of unhealthy eating. Not that having a buffet was healthy in any case. =P

Got re-acquainted with an old CD that I found in my bedroom at my parents’. The Legend of 1900 starring Tim Roth. I watched that movie heaps of times, and subsequently bought the CD. Classical music never sounded so good. =) Especially The Legend of the Pianist. *sigh*

Saturdays are mostly spent having breakfast at Blk 85 Bedok North Rd, and then buying groceries to cook at my mom’s place. I recently bought a cook book recommended by Food&Travel magazine, Irene’s Peranakan Recipes. Thought I’d go easy first and started with the Bakwan Kepeting (crab meatball soup). The smell of the soup wafting through the kitchen was so good. Fried garlic and pork stock. Yumo! Been trying to do bits and pieces of Peranakan dishes. Got the stamp of approval from Mama about my babi sioh but I haven’t gotten a chance to try the pongteh on her yet. Still confused about the styles of cooking pongteh out there! The two styles I’ve tried taste different, but the base ingredients are still there. As long as they taste good I guess!

My mother-in-law’s also been getting a little adventurous with her cooking, testing and trying out some recipes from my food magazines. She’s tried two recipes from Food&Travel, a duck breast recipe, and a sesame prawn recipe. I’m really surprised at how tender the duck breast was after it was cooked! I mean, I thought duck wasn’t easy to cook too. Besides roast duck, I haven’t had duck cooked in other styles, apart from that time a ex-colleague (who’s French) who cooked up this really gorgeous duck. So this duck breast recipe was a really nice surprise.

I also just recently received a cookbook with over 100 cupcake recipes from my cousin who lives in Canada. I’ve already spied some cupcakes that I want to try! I think the oven is going to be overworked during the 1st month. =P

Right. Moving on. hehe. Sundays and some Saturdays are also spent window shopping for our new place. All these sourcing for prices are driving me nuts. We’ve been to so many expos selling electrical appliances that I think the salespersons know us. -_-” At this point in time, we are seriously better off buying them at neighbourhood shops. I’m serious! I made some calls, and I was surprised at how much lower priced they were. It’s all about timing.

We’ve also been to Ikea so many times for colours and inspiration. Thank goodness we don’t eat there everytime we go to Ikea. The meatballs just aren’t the same as the ones in Australia =( I reckon we could probably bounce the meatballs that they serve in
Singapore haha =P

But seriously, renovation works will start in 1 month’s time! How time flies!!! I can’t wait to see the end product of it. Last weekend was spent shopping for tiles and sanitary ware. The sanitary ware bit was fine…but the tiles. OH THE TILES!! How to choose!! We had decided on a lime-green bathroom, and a very orangey kitchen. =P We are still working on the layout…so don’t think we are being too loud.

Can’t wait. =D

Just one of these days, I had this mad craving for an Aussie barbie. Meaty, herbed, spicy sausages, in a roll, and onions, heaps and heaps of onions, and all of that topped with mustard. But of course snaggers were expensive in Singapore, and I couldn’t have a barbie whenever I wanted to. So we settled for brunch at a local cafe that served Aussie fare, called Jolly Frog. They were featured in a magazine and the picture featured was the good ole big breakfast: sausages, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, toast..oh yeah, they were missing the beans. Ah wells. I had a white chocolate latte. I know, me being somewhat caffeine intolerant, the irony. I don’t know how to appreciate the taste of coffee, but I sure know when they serve a damn good coffee. It was just really smooth, went down easy, with a nice aftertaste in your mouth. The foam was just right, firm and it held it’s shape. haha..I feel like I’m talking about eggwhites..but yeah.

And of course I had the big breakfast. The first thing I dug into was the sausages. *swoooon* It felt soooo good. Reminded me of the kind of sausages I got from the butchers from Mt Hawthorn. My father-in-law had poached eggs, which they served separately; Donald & I had the scrambled. My mother-in-law had the smoked salmon sandwich (forgot the name of the bread they used) which she really enjoyed. Donald & I felt that something was still missing from the big breakfast. It was decent enough for a fix, but just wasn’t enough to make me go ‘ah…that hit the spot’ or ‘just like the ones in Perth’. But it’ll do, and the coffee too!

Welp, off to see the musical, Fried Rice Paradise, tomorrow at the Esplanade. Gotta love musicals. =) And then it’ll be another crazy weekend finalising some design details, making more appointments and going lighting shopping.

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