DA lobster

By , November 29, 2007 12:43 pm

just had to drop this really quick post from a beachfront internet cafe in apollo bay (coupla hours drive from melbourne) – we had a really nice scenic drive on the great ocean road and saw this :

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the first thought that came to dan’s mind was DA lobster. so he quickly went in to buy one and we decided to eat it in the car firstly because of the pesky flies that flock to us everytime we get out of the car, and secondly because we could drive to a lookout that has this view :

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dan wasted no time and unwrapped the lobster package like a kid with a present. little wonder too cos it looked like this :

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Yum Yum Yum. see the soft white succulent flesh with a dash of lemon? that’s the only way lobster should be eaten.

internet cafe post

By , November 28, 2007 1:11 pm

here i am in melbourne chinatown and what do i do? find an internet cafe to get online. seriously, i think i suffer from withdrawal symptoms when i’m not connected for a coupla days… is it normal to feel this needy attached to an activity? is it just me?

anyhow, tasmania was Great! loved the weather (tho it was a tad too cold for me at 13C :p), the sights and the long drives. we did some touristy things like visit conservation parks to feed kangaroos, toured a convict site at Port Arthur, and even tried our hands at trout fishing in the cold. the fishes kept jumping out of the water as if to say “you cannot catch me!” it was all good fun and alot of laughs. dan showed me how the baits move in the water, the tackle wriggling in the water. “now that is a sexy bait… if i were a fish, i’d bite it.” but bite the fishes didn’t. and we even lost 2 baits hehe it’s odd how some events are totally hilarious when they’re happening but so bleah when you’re relating it… or is that just me as well? 😛

i think foodwise, what is marked in my mind as tasmanian, is the very fresh lobster we had at a fish market. and it was an accidental stop too! the good stuff that can happen when you leave things to exploration 🙂

anyway, i have heard lots about what melbourne has to offer but i really need to go out and explore it instead of sit before a screen.

alot easier to get internet access in melbourne compared to tazzy so we’ll see how long i can stay away before the next post 🙂

airport post

By , November 28, 2007 7:25 am

the timer is ticking and i’ve 6:30mins to complete this post.

am in tasmania airport heading to melbourne and have taken plenty pretty pictures to post when i get home. suffices to say, long drives amidst alot of natural beauty is great way to destress 🙂

hope you’re having a great week too!!

God bless!

obligatory food post

By , November 24, 2007 10:37 am

i call this the obligatory food post cos i’m sure you foodies want some pictures of food. but this trip to bali, i have to say that food was mostly in quantity (do hear the unsaid). but i still enjoyed my meals immensely because my main course was the view 🙂

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it probably isn’t obvious, but to the left, is some fish which i almost mistook for chicken, and to the right is a lobster which turned out to be surprisingly well cooked and tasted very fresh.

oh and some lobster trivia from dan : it takes a lobster 7years to grow to a kg so he estimates that his lobster is about 490g and is 4years old. sounds like random numbers to me but he’s been right too many occasions…

more than a thousand words

By , November 24, 2007 1:50 am


behind the wooden balcony windows :

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at breakfast – appetizers : coffee & toast. main course:

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sophie’s world by jostein gaarder

By , November 22, 2007 12:13 pm

that’s my holiday book. the one i hold in my hands when i’m lounging on a deck chair by the beach, feeling the heat of the sun even though i’m sheltered by the beach umbrella.

that’s the book i return to, a little breathless from swimming far far out into the clear waters and then running back to my sheltered haven cos the sand’s burning (and discovering with delight that pizza, chicken wings and a cold ginger ale has appeared :))

what i find very uncanny, is that this book i randomly picked out from the library, is one with the history of philosophy weaved into the story. there’s a bit in the book that says that nothing happens by coincidence and truly at this point, it doesn’t feel like a coincidence.

if i had chanced upon this book another time in my life, i dont think i’d give more thought to man’s quest for his purpose in life, about the whys and hows of the universe and other things that philosophers think about.

anyway, i’m just feeling a little pensive cos there’s nothing like treading water alone in the middle of the ocean (it felt like that) to remind me of how small i am in the big scheme of things.

ps: i know we’re in the wine and dine section. this is not a book review. it’s food for thought.

waking up in bali

By , November 21, 2007 11:46 am

opening balcony doors would hardly seem like an activity to look forward to (it sounds as pathetic as looking forward to the opening of a envelope/umbrella) but that was precisely my first thought when i opened my eyes.

ok ok you must be lost. background : i checked into a lovely resort in bali last night and was told that we had a garden view. it was hard to see much in the dark, but there was an observatory shining like a beacon in the dark atop a hill from where we stood. it looked somehow forlorn yet romantic in the night. so when i closed the wooden balcony doors, the lingering thought was how it’d look in the morning…..

and how it looked in the morning!!

posting a picture would say more than if i tried to write it in words (and it’d be at least 1500 words) so of course i’ll opt to show a picture. but since i dont have my upload equipment, i’ll go to the beach now hehe

meantime, feel free to visualise green, sea, horizon…. (and while you’re at it, conjure up a breezy day and clean soft sand thru your toes :D)

galbiati gourmet deli

By , November 19, 2007 4:52 pm


i was gonna write a long intro as to the whys and hows i found a great place for gourmet deli but figured after 5 paragraphs (yes i am kidding) that that would be totally irrelevant. so here it is :

Galbiati Gourmet Deli @ The Rail Mall. 400 Upp Bukit Timah Rd

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what used to be memorable to me about rail mall, was that there’s a cold storage and 7-11 there (still remains). but a trip there over the weekend saw many new eateries 🙂 we walked the entire stretch and finally chose the restaurant with the most colorful food display. it really always is foremost about presentation.

i liked the many rows of neatly packed food for takeaway. it’s really quick to takeaway since it’s all packed, makes money sense since takeaway price is almost half the eat in price, plus it makes for a nice display. that makes business sense in rent high land scarce singapore i guess.

i liked the many rows of olive oil/biscuits/pasta/watnotsyoumightneedtorunakitchen cos it reduces the space you’d otherwise need to store them in Plus it makes for a nice display.

i also liked the wysiwyg food (for those who dont know, it’s pronounced whizzerwig and is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get). it means that the food served will actually look like the food ordered – have you ever been to eateries where the physical food is very disappointing compared to their visuals? sure you have. oh and that also makes for a nice display.

as you can tell, i’m all for nice displays. more brownie points goes to nice plates to eat off and i wouldn’t be recommending the place if i didn’t actually like the food. (i’m not That shallow ok)

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The tomato caprese with artichokes and baby spinach leaves. Fresh with right amount of olive oil 🙂 there was a lobster bisque which i forgot to take a picture of. i like lobster bisques. the one they served was slightly watery but very flavorful.

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i’m sure you dont need me to tell you that this is a mushroom and chicken pizza. This one’s a winner with me cos i liked everything about it – the temperature it was served(meaning the cheese didn’t burn my tongue), the generous topping of succulent chicken pieces and soft mushroom slices, the pizza base which tasted almost a little like toasted bread (cos i like that texture) and the fact that they cut it into 6 small squares. things that come bite sized just taste better.

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the roast beef was dan’s choice. we thought it a tad overcooked tho dan liked it with the sauce. “hm…. like braised beef”. the potatoes on the side were cooked to perfection tho, and smothered in some cream/cheese. was too full from my pizza to eat much here. i’m still thinking about the pizza Now.

everytime i blog about food i get hungry… off to find food 🙂

Strawberry Mousse

By , November 16, 2007 2:45 pm

1 tablespoon gelatine
1/4 cup orange juice
2 x 250g punnets strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cream
2 eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups cream, whipped

To make Strawberry Mousse:

Combine gelatine with orange juice in small bowl. Stand bowl in hot water. Stir until mixture dissolves.

Place 1 punnet of strawberries, the sugar, gelatine mixture, cream and egg yolks in food-processor bowl. Using the pulse action, press button for 20s or until mixture is smooth.

Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl. Using a metal spoon, fold in whipped cream.

Place egg whites in small, clean, dry mixer bowl. Beat with electric beaters until soft peaks form. Fold into strawberry mixture.

Pour mousse evenly into prepared tin.

Cover, refrigerate several hours or until set.

the above is instructions from the book – it does sound like alot of work yes? but trust me, the mousse really tastes fantastic!

oh and because i dont think the cake base is a good idea, here’s an alternative :

Base :
160g digestive biscuits
80g melted butter

1. Crush biscuits and stir in melted butter when it is warm.
2. Divide and press onto the base of the a 20cm cake tin. Chill for 15mins or until needed.
3. Prick base with the back of a skewer before pouring in the filling.

Disclaimer : i’m estimating the amount of biscuits you’ll need for the base.

i’m thinking it’ll look like this eventually :

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doesn’t take much imagination to visualise a biscuit base right? i should’ve just posted the original picture, request that you visualise it without the cake bit and save me some editing time 😛

Enjoy!

strawberry charlotte russe vs strawberry mousse & sponge cake

By , November 16, 2007 2:13 pm

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it was just one of those days when my hands were itching to create something, so i went to my favourite (above) baking book. it’s got detailed instructions and more importantly, comes with nice pictures 🙂

and because i felt masochistic like a challenge, i decided to pick something i’ve never done before which looks like a lot of work. the most glaring one would be the cover picture and before you go “no way she’ll try that”, yes i did. it’s called the strawberry charlotte russe.

the recipe looked daunting on first read, but there was a clearer sequence in my head on second and third read. did you know it’s imperative to read a recipe several times before you start else you’d be like a headless chicken running around the kitchen. bet you can’t say that 10 times and not fumble(no prizes)

so back to my cake, i baked the bottom half (didn’t require butter or oil so that was pretty easy), and blended all the ingredients for the strawberry mousse and then put them together. my english teacher would be proud of my summarizing skills. a long afternoon in two sentences.

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and after that, i had to set it in the fridge (cos it’s a mousse and has raw eggs just like tiramisu). The next day, i didn’t feel up to baking already cos you could say i’ve baked out those feelings the day before…. But i didn’t want to leave the cake in the tin plus all that work would be for naught if i didn’t dress it up, right? (it Is all about the presentation) so here’s how it turned out :

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wait wait. dont yell cheat! it’s actually the same cake if you imagine more strawberries on top, and visualise sponge fingers at the side of the cake. i didn’t want to do somemore work add more calories to the cake so this is the modified version. i call it the strawberry mousse & sponge cake 🙂

now for my favourite part – review time from my select tasters(there were more tasters this time round). very loudly, i hear exclamations about how the mousse tasted great (and it really does taste great!). and even louder, the silence about the cake. so after a little prying, i was told the cake tastes a tad dry (but that’s what happens when you a bake a cake without butter).

lesson learnt – next time i do this, i’ll skip the cake at the bottom, make a biscuit bottom and just pour the mousse on top to set.

the strawberry mousse recipe will be up in a separate post!

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