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the era – jay chou

on Tuesday, Donald had to work late, so I thought I’d spend some time at the shops, doing some window shopping and getting my food magazines.

and of course the Jay Chou concert dvd. This dvd is the recording of the Jay Chou “The Era” concert in Taiwan. The concert that a group of friends and I went to catch when Jay was in Singapore last July. It was my first concert, and Jay’s celebration of 10 years in the music industry. Of course I was going to get the dvd as a souvenir.

The problem was getting the dvd that cost S$65, or the S$25. It should have been a no brainer right? Of course get the S$25 dvd la, sez Donald. Took me about 15 mins before I decided that I’d get the S$65 limited edition. Bah. And I just spent 2 hours watching the concert dvd with Donald, where it took me back to the concert. Did send my heart racing alllllll over again.

Oh Jay…only you can do that. *dreamy sigh* =P

the lunar new year has been fairly quiet, only cos Donald and I sorta made it so. We crammed all our visitations in the first day, so that we’d have the rest of the holidays free. Whee! But it was quite a decent first day, quality time spent with family, and still trying to work out the family visitations. Traditions..traditions, traditions. oh and the pigging out on chocolate and more chocolate…*drool*

Been catching up on sleep, and doing some errands around the house. I’m quite stoked to see the herbs growing well in their pots. Gotta do something about the oregano tho =( I’ve finally got approval from Donald to leave the pots in the kitchen so that I’ve access to fresh herbs easily when I need them. At this point, I’ve got successfully growing into seedlings:

1) Sage
2) Italian parsley
3) Thyme

I’ve got basil from cuttings so it’s gonna be interesting how it’s gonna continue growing. Will probably go grab a bookshelf from my dad later for the pots to be placed outside the house. *beams* Wonders if I could start selling these herbs. Cos I haven’t seen any place selling these herbs! Anyone interested? haha.

Another 2 days before having to head back to work, and I get to go shopping tomorrow. Probably window shopping again, though there are some items that we need to get for the house.

alrighty, off to prep dinner, and have meal plan for the week!

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scrubby wubby

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Ingredients

  • 1 Seville orange
  • a little melted butter , for greasing
  • 100g plain chocolate , broken into pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • 280g caster sugar
  • 240ml sunflower oil
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • orange candied peel , to decorate

FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • 200g plain chocolate , broken into pieces
  • 225ml double cream 
  1. Pierce the orange with a skewer (right through). Cook in boiling water for 30 minutes until soft. Whizz the whole orange in a food processor until smooth; let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C.Grease and line the base of a 23cm/9in round cake tin. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave for 2 minutes on High, stirring after 1 minute. Let cool.  
  3. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs, sugar and oil. Gradually beat in the puréed orange, discarding any pips, then stir in the cooled melted chocolate. Sift in the cocoa, flour and baking powder. Mix well and pour into the tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for 55 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed in the middle. (Check after 45 minutes and cover with foil if it is browning too much.) Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.  
  4. Make the chocolate ganache: put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream to the boil and pour over the chocolate. Leave for 2 minutes, then stir until smooth. Set aside until firm enough to spread over the cake – up to 1½ hours.  
  5. Transfer the cake to a serving plate. Using a palette knife, swirl the ganache over the top. Decorate with strips of candied orange peel. 

being Vesak Day yesterday, of course we had a day off from work. sooo..long weekend here we come!

except that we are having a really long weekend. For some reason, I keep thinking that it’s Sunday today, and was sorta mentally prepared to go back to work tomorrow. -_-” Now I’m starting to think that the weekend is REALLY long.

anyhoos, we did work yesterday, despite it being a holiday. popped over to my mom’s to cook lunch and to try out this chocolate & orange cake recipe from the BBC Good Food magazine (UK). Sure did something very new, i.e., boiling an orange. I wasn’t sure how soft it should be, so did my best. The recipe asked for a Seville orange, but I substituted it with a Valencia orange. I found out that Seville oranges were used for marmalades too! Not that I’ve ever seen a Seville orange..nor know why in particular Seville oranges. Oh wells. So I boiled it, blizted the whole orange in the food processor, and poured all of it into the mix.

The cake came out nicely, and the smell of jaffa was awesome! When it was fresh out of the oven, it smelt like chocolate, with a hint of orange and then when you took a bite of it, there were orange pieces in it, and the citrusy taste just hits you. mmM. I didn’t have time to make the ganache. Took the advice of one of the people who commented that they used yoghurt instead of the double cream that the recipe asked for. A much healthier option!

I brought a camera along, but forgot to take a picture of the cake. DOH. Ah wells, maybe the next dessert then. haha. I baked the cake cos of a colleague who’s lost her sense of taste, has never tasted a chocolate orange anything, and can’t imagine it either. Here’s to hoping that she can smell this one out!

Ohoh, it was our virgin attempt at doing our marketing at the wet market too! haha. We were so ignorant of the prices that the vendors could probably have ripped us off. But it was cool, the prices sounded right (and sooo cheap!!). Lunch cost us about S$10 for 4 people! and we still had leftovers. I reckon we would have saved about over S$10 shopping at the wet market as compared to shopping at the supermarket. Far out!

After all the cooking and baking at my parents’, we popped over to Donald’s grandparents place, since they lived nearby. And then the hardcore work began. Cos they were elderly, and cleaning was probably difficult for them, Donald and I thought we’d go over and give the place a decent scrub down. It was hard work, but soooo satisfying at the end of it all. =P Donald was sweating buckets, and disgustingly wet at the end of it all. Thank goodness for gloves man. I squished a fair few baby cockroaches. URRRRRGGGH. I think it took us an hour, cos we started when Little Nonya on Channel 8 started, and was almost done when it ended. haha, Donald’s gramps turned the tv off when it started, and we were like noooo, leave it on. I think it was an episode that we missed too.

Came home, showered and went out for a good meal. We were so hungry, and my man needed meat, which he didn’t get in the end. =P We ended up having sushi and not eating alot of it. You know the kind of feeling you get when you are hungry, everything sounds nice, and when you actually eat it, it wasn’t as good as how you envisioned it to be? Yar, that was it. Anyways, I didn’t even have any appetite for my Horlicks McFlurry from Maccas, which I was dying to try. =( Another day perhaps.

Gave the boys their spot on worming treatments today without any dramas, which was surprising! Usually Thomas is the docile one, and Marcus is ferocious when you grab him to give him the treatment. I reckon it’s got something to do with the scratching post. They scratch it, and when they are on one of the platforms, we give them a scratch. So maybe they don’t feel so threatened. Hmm.. Marcus did have a ‘I’ve-been-betrayed’ look on his face though. haha Too bad. =P

Off to do abit of a clean up today in my room. Bleh. I’ve got too much unorganised paperwork on the table, both from Australia and Singapore. And I think I need to repack my wardrobe too. I don’t have enough wardrobe space! And it’s not cos I’ve got too much clothes okay. I need more clothes if anything. *grumbles*

foodie weekend

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the two-day food binge started on Friday, after we got the fiance’s niece settled down at her university dorm. It wasn’t as though she’d never been in Perth before. haha it was just an excuse for us to get out and eat and places that we haven’t been to before! =P definitely helped that we had the Entertainment book and got a good discount out of those meals.

so anyways, the fiance’s niece is here in Perth for a year to study. and will be attending the wedding, so yay! More family at the wedding is always good =) Got the main stuff sorted out, and it was off to our place to figure out what was for dinner. We headed off to Bada Bing in Woodlands after some random selecting. haha. I’d been there before for a little farewell luncheon. I thought the food was good (not great), but the awesome Toblerone cheesecake is a different story. I had tried the Fish of the Day then, and didn’t think too much of it, though Renata’s fish dish (can’t remember what it was) looked tastier. Tried Jess’ seafood risotto and that was very good, none of that fishy/seafoody stench. Thought the boss’ pumpkin risotto tasted like cardboard though. haha.

We ordered a nice tasting platter, a seafood risotto (me), a lamb shanks risotto (Jolene), a scotch fillet (the fiance) and of course a Toblerone cheesecake (last two slices left too!).

Jolene & the tasting platter
Jolene & the tasting platter

 

you’d know that Donald has watched one too many episodes of MasterChef Australia when he starts attempting to talk like one of the judges and comment on the food. -_- ” the 25% discount made it worthwhile for the 3 of us. the two females in the party couldn’t finish their risotto, as good as they were =P I guess I’ll be having a fancy lunch today. heh.

next morning, all of us went out for yum-cha for brunch. mmM. I, of course, had to recommend the bestest tao huey in Perth (although it’s made out of a powdered mix..) haha. now that I’m psuedo back on a 5-day week, we’ll just have to get our yum-cha fix on another day (queueing with the rest of Perth I guess..sigh). Went shopping at Garden City for some groceries, and Jolene was looking for some boots. Well, the MYER stocktake sale was still on! She grabbed a pair of boots for a really good price, with a 60% discount?? She was initially reluctant about getting it cos it was gonna cost her $140 after a huge discount. It looked so good on her that I was willing to sponsor that $40 just so she could get the boots. haha. Turned out that there was a further 25%, so it was very close to her budget! Yay for discounts!  Sigh. I need shoes..and that hot pink Guess handbag. haha.

dinner was Japanese food at Hayashi Japanese Restaurant. We don’t spend alot of time eating at the south of the river (SOR), so we thought now that Jolene’s living SOR, we might as well try some food there. Verdict was the sashimi was very good, the mixed sushi platter was good, the soft-shelled crab tempura was great (great that they even served it but I’ve eaten better ones..), the mixed tempura was like any other, and the yaki udon tasted like beef hor fun except that the beef was cooked WAY much better. IMO..the sushi platter could have had a better mix of cooked and raw ingredients. Donald & I sorta exchanged a look when there were only two pieces of sushi in the platter that had cooked ingredients. Aku don’t eat raw fish lah. Well, okay, I tried the uramaki with some pieces of raw salmon innit. Had to be very distracted to ignore the fact that I’m eating raw fish..gah. Thankfully the roasted sesame seeds overpowered the taste (I don’t care but raw fish has a taste!! it’s not tasteless!)

Didn’t leave the restaurant feeling very full though. We could probably eat more (but that would be overeating), but you know, the ‘not-really-satisfied’ feeling? meh, ah wells. Probably won’t be returning anytime soon..well, not at that price.

Gonna have a quiet day today. I think. There’s probably gonna be abit of a debate on which photos to pick! How to narrow down 15 photos out of over 300 photos?!