After a break over Christmas, Celeste, Penny and I are now back with our Meal to Share posts. This month’s theme is “Chinese New Year” and I’ve been allocated dessert. If you’re a newer reader, Meal to Share is our monthly collaboration where we each cook a course for a themed meal – so don’t forget to check out their posts for the rest of the meal!
This is a rewind to our UK trip last year – that I never got around to properly writing up!
So, it’s fairly apparent from this blog that I like food. I like all kinds of food. I like the occasional super duper crazy expensive high end dining, and I also like the occasional trashy fast food. I don’t mind admitting that we sometimes eat at McDonalds (though I do draw the line at Hungry Jacks – now that shit is disgusting). Some evenings we eat really well – I’ll cook an elaborate feast that has taken hours in the kitchen – and other evenings it’s toast and canned soup. So it’s in that fast food vein that I present to you: MOS BURGER!
We spent most of our time in Singapore seeing friends, but one day we were wandering around the malls (as you do in Singapore) when we came across MOS Burger. We ate at MOS Burger only once in Japan, so we were very excited to see it! (more…)
Last year for the citrus theme I made a not entirely successfully rice and lemon rice soufflé. For this fortnight’s Cookbook Challenge, I’ve opted for a simple, no bake, lime chiffon pie. Yes, that’s right – no baking involved! Which makes it a perfect dessert to make on a hot summer’s day when you don’t want to turn the oven on. (more…)
I’ve only mentioned this briefly here – my parents arrived in mid December for a month long visit and it was FABULOUS. In exchange for teaching them how to use iphones and stocking mum up with computer games to play, they did all the house drudgery – buying groceries, cooking dinner, cleaning, and laundry. Life was good! I joked that it was like having a housekeeper… except I didn’t have to pay them! (It really was just like that, hah!) Sadly they left on Saturday, so it’s now back to regular life for me. Boohoo!
On the evening that mum and dad arrived, Bro and I picked them up at the airport, deposited them at home, and then dashed out the door as we were running late for Maria’s birthday dinner. Maria’s partner, Daz, had organised dinner at Bistro Vue as a surprise – isn’t that sweet!
Because there was a large group of us, we had to order off a set menu, with 2 courses for $70 or 3 courses for $80, including tea and coffee. Three or four choices of dish were available for each course.
For the first International Incident Party for 2011, we’re all about hot dogs. True to form, I’ve left it to the very last minute and was up early this morning to finish cooking, assembling and photographing my dish. However, the cats were super happy to see me so early and lots of purring and head butting ensured. Awwness! (Though they were probably happier that they were being fed early rather than at seeing me!)
Theme: Stone fruits
Recipe: Apricot and cardamom fool
Book: Ballymaloe Cookery Course
The theme for the first Cookbook Challenge this year is “stone fruits”. And while I love summer and summer fruits, my tastes lean more towards mangoes, lychees and berries rather than stone fruits like peaches, apricots, nectarines and plums. So while I could’ve stretched the theme for this week and used mangoes or lychees – I mean, they do have stones IN THEM – I opted to pick up some apricots and nectarines instead. (more…)
About a billion years ago – or a few months, depending on how much you like hyberbole – we had dinner on Smith Street with Maria and Daz.
Dinner was okay, but wasn’t quite satisfying enough for us to want to eat dessert there. So when Maria suggested we head to Charcoal Lane for dessert, we packed up and headed down.
When there, the boys selected individual desserts (priced at $16-$17) while Maria and I decided to share the dessert platter for two ($34)
Let me tell you – if you’re ordering dessert and there’s two of you – order the dessert platter. Because we basically received three full sized desserts in all AND we got to try all the sweet desserts (there was also a cheese option that wasn’t on the platter). Win win! (more…)
The Cookbook Challenge is back again this year! Last year we did 52 themes over 52 weeks, which was A LOT of work, and I only just managed to scrap my way to the finish. This year, we’ve revamped it so there’s a new theme every fortnight and all blog links will be posted on a forum that Penny is hosting.
Do you own a lot of cookbooks but never use them? Join us! I enjoyed myself last year and it definitely made me use my cookbooks a lot more. I won’t deny that it took a fair amount of thought and effort, but it should be easier this year since it’s only fortnightly!
There are 26 themes, one each fortnight. Every fortnight, you’ll need to interpret the theme and cook a dish (or several if you’re really enthusiastic!) from your cookbooks. An entry should be posted on your blog before the end of the fortnight, and you’ll need to post a link on the forum. You’ll have to sign up for an account first, but when you’ve registered and joined the Cookbook Challenge group, this will be easy!