Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
We love our neighbours, we really do. But this week, we are at war!
You see, we are passionate about our footy and being married to a full-fledged CAT supporter is like being married to the Geelong Football Club. We've all been brainwashed. 1.5 year old included.
Our neighbours support the Saints. And coming this Saturday, we'll be playing at the Grand Finals.
Hence, we've declared war.
So we have red, black and white streamers on our garden fence compliments of our dear neighbours, and they have a blue and while flag that says "GO CATS" flapping at their front gate.
And oh, bet you didn't see that little sticker at the back of your car, neighbour! :)Good Luck. You will need lots of it this weekend. :)
*Photo from the Geelong Advertiser.com.au
Monday, 21 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
This is by far one of the most unique Hen's I've attended, a tasteful and "refined" affair. Not that I was expecting a male stripper or anything revolving around a pole. No really. But olive oil tasting, learning all about taste, cooking with olive oils is really my thing. The closest thing we got to naughty was when the bride to be quizzed us in Italian, what an "Italian Kiss" was, which I shall not write about any further.
The itinery for the night:
Tasting the difference between a good olive oil and everything else not, was a real eye opener. I don't think it will ever be the same again. Really, I didn't know the olive oil I was using on my salad was rancid! The balance of taste and aroma, the fruitiness and piquancy all play an important role.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
This cake was a big hit at the Father's Day party we had last weekend.
I remember watching Better Homes and Gardens on TV a couple of years back, Karen Martini made a scrumptious looking cake using whole oranges. I've been wanting to try it out but didn't have a food processor then. So last week, when I was planning the menu for the weekend, I searched the Internet for a recipe like that. I was pleasantly surprised. It looked so simple, just 5 ingredients and the steps looked relatively easy. The process of cooking the whole oranges may seem a little lenghty, but truly the intense flavour of the citrus in the end product is worthwhile. And if you wish, you could always do it in advance and let it cool and then refrigerate for until you're ready to use.
I put together this recipe, from the March 2007 edition of Better Homes and Gardens and a few other recipes from the net. The recipes all vary in the ratio of eggs and almond meal, but the basic ingredients are pretty much all the same.
3 whole oranges
150g castor sugar
250g almond meal
1 tablespoon plain flour (optional)
1/2 tsp baking powder
Note: If you like a sweeter cake, you can put in a little more sugar. The original recipe calls for 300g sugar (and 350g almond meal). The flour gives the cake a firmer, less crumbly texture. This can be omitted if you want a gluten-free cake. Don't forget also to use a gluten-free baking powder.
1. Wash and scrub the skins of the oranges, and place them whole (skins and all) into a pot. Cover with cold water. Place over high heat and bring it to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Drain the oranges and refresh the water and repeat the process again 3 times. This is so that the oranges don't end up reabsorbing the bitterness that has seeped into the water. The boiling process took about an hour, some recipes call for simmering the oranges up to 2 hours.
2. Drain and let the oranges cool to about room temperature. Quarter the oranges and remove any seeds and pith. Place oranges in a food processor and blend until a fine puree. Add in eggs, almond meal, flour (if using), baking powder and sugar. Process until well combined and somewhat smooth.3. Pour into a lined, 23cm round baking tin and bake in a pre-heated oven at 170 degrees celcius for 50 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean.
4. Cool cake in the pan completely before removing. It is best to leave the cake overnight to allow the flavour to intensify even further.
5. Serve with candied orange peel or an orange glaze if preferred. The cake was unbelievably delicious just on its own. So moist, it's almost like a baked custard or a pudding rather than a cake.
It has definitely made its way to our family's favourite dessert list. It didn't last very long, I had to yell out for someone to take a picture of the cake before it disappears!
Sunday, 6 September 2009
I wanted just a casual, laid back barbie. Just hanging out and eating all day. But since mom is here too (she's a fantastic cook by the way), I thought it's the perfect opportunity for me to request for some of my favourite Malaysian dishes.
On the menu today:
Acar Awak - a classic Nyonya or Peranakan mixed vegetable relish, pickled in vinegar, tumeric and chilli and tossed with roasted ground peanuts and sesame seeds.
Mee Siam - literally translate to "Siamese Noodles", but this version of Mee Siam is also from a Nyonya origin. It's fried thin rice noodles with prawns, bean curd, bean shoots and a slightly sweet, slightly sour, slightly spicy sauce.
Gado-Gado - Inspired by one of my Indonesian friends and cos lettuce from my organic garden, this is a vegetable salad served with a peanut sauce dressing.
Steamed Radish Cake - This was made by my sister-in-law, on my special request. It's a savoury steamed cake or kuih made with grated radish and rice flour, with the loveliest, lightest, soft texture, topped with crunchy fried shrimps and shallots.
Roast Baby Potatoes with rosemary and garlic
On the grill: Steaks, Sausages, Chicken Wings, Prawns
Pandan Chiffon Cake
And a lovely Whole Orange and Almond cake. (This cake deserves a blog post on its own!)
Mmmm... it was a feast fit for our favourite daddies.
Happy Father's Day to our dadda Gary, who always give us his best (and who did ALL of the cleaning up). You are one of a kind and we love you!
Friday, 4 September 2009
We're a family of sleep-ins, just in case you haven't noticed. 7am is definitely too early for me, 8am is when I wake up and 9am is when the boys get out of bed if I'm lucky. Just imagine what it would be like when they're school age. Oh dear.
So our swimming lessons are at 10am. The boys get up, have a quick bite of breakfast, get changed and we hop into the car. We get there on time. I walk Lachlan to his class, drop him off and the take Lucas to his class. I hop in with him.
10.30am I jump out of the pool with Lucas, grab our towels. Run over to Lachlan's class. Throw him his towel and pretend he knows how to dry himself. Then all three of us titter totter to the change room. We share a shower, with one hundred other moms and kids (OK I exaggerate). We have a quick wash. Then we squeeze ourselves into a tight corner. I try to battle Lucas down to putting his nappy on, drying his toes, putting 3 layers of clothes on (hallelujah winter is over!), socks and shoes, all these while instructing Lachy to dry himself, put his underpants on, clothes etc. Usually he gets to one leg of his pants, trips over, gets his clothes wet, thinks it's oh so funny, rolls himself on the change room floor why not since he's already wet again. It's a battle.
Me? Still dripping wet from my quick shower. But wait, it's not over. Now, when both boys are
Until I see the lady next to us, with four kids, all under the age of 4! O.o