Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tried 2 new eating places over the long weekend but didn’t take any pix so I’ll just mention them briefly. Muthu’s Curry at Suntec, Good. Rakuichi at Dempsey, Not-so-good. I luv the Indian white rice (forgot the name) that most places serve but I couldn’t tell if Muthu was serving that or just regular white rice. As for Rakuichi, the sushi and sashimi were just average to me and not really worth the ex price.
The trip to Rakuichi actually marked my 4th time to Dempsey. First was for drinks at Margarita’s, next was to PC Cafe/Barracks, then White Wabbit and now Rakuichi. I also finally managed to drop by Joe Grocer too and wow, pretty cool selection but a little too ex for me. Spotted a bottle of garlic oil (don’t think I have seen it elsewhere). Know some recipes that call for it, I have instead used chopped/diced fresh garlic. This should be ok no?
Anyway I thought of doing a kinda ‘Best of’ list of 2008 but my memory is soooo bad, still, I’ll give it a shot. Right now the 2008 hottest babe to me is still Tina Fey. My dream MILF. Tropic Thunder, Iron Man, Bond, all good shows. Indy? argh, pity, not that good.
Hmmmm, the best book, although I didn’t read that many books this year, has got to be Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped Box. Caught random episodes of Mad Men, liked them all but am still hooked on my usual shows. Best gadget I got this year? My ipod touch just beat my Sony DSLR camera for it.
Next, I'll have my Otaku favourites for the year.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
You got your breadcrumbs and the scallops right there, the recipe called for scallops without the roe, which was what I got. You'll see that I re-placed two scallops per shell.
After 20 minutes in the oven, here you go, Scallops-in-the-Shell! To be honest, I was afraid it would suck cos I didn't follow exactly like the book said but it didn't! Although the taste wasn't very consistent. Some were more garlicky while another was more lemony than others.
Oh, and speaking of my last post, I found a macaron recipe in the latest Jan 2009 issue of Living! Not that I'll try it, looks tough.
Here's something cool I got a couple of weeks ago at Mos Burger. They were going for S$3 each and I thought I'll just grab the whole collection since they got two of my Mos favourites. Can anyone guess which two? <^;^>
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Anyway, so while I was at Raffles City, I had me some macarons from Canele. I asked an ex-colleague where would I find the best macarons in town and she pointed me here. My fav would be Violet. The Caramel was pretty good too but the caramel taste is really strong.
So I'm kinda hoping if there's anyone out there who can tell where I can find scallops with their shells, and also, where do you think is the best macarons in Singapore. A gazillion thanks in advance!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
So it's Xmas eve and with the halfday off we got from the office, what did I do? Figured I'll revisit an old friend. Yup, it's time to try making french toast again, on Xmas eve somemore! This time, I had some help from the Domestic Goddess herself. Got the Nigella Express book from Kinokuniya earlier this month. This is a really good book for fast and simple dishes. Saw the receipe for Doughnut French Toast and I thought why not round 2? Bought the stuff I needed after work today. Funny thing was the neighbour upstairs was blasting retro 80s music from some Internet radio station on his PC. Could hear it loud and clear from my kitchen. Ought to thank him or her for keeping me entertained while cooking.
There you go! Sprinke some sugar and it's done, in less than an hour. Taste great too! I actually did 3 slices although the receipe called for only 2. I thought I had enough mixture to soak 3 slices.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Now when I took the above pix, we all honestly thought it was the 'turkey breast' that one of us ordered (if you wanna know where its from, let me know) for our dinner group of 10. Was pretty much the same group as two years ago. Some little conversation notes of the evening...
"Does the turkey breast have a bone like that?"
"...er...it's only 2kg."
"I thought turkey meat is usually white."
"No, it's like that one."
"That's really good turkey gravy"
"I don't see any stuffing."
Do you see where this is going? I know 10 adults didn't until we got a phone call telling us they gave us a 7kg piece of honey baked (or was it glazed?) ham instead of the 2kg turkey breast we ordered! By then we already ate like 20% of it, all the while thinking it was turkey! As one of us said, "wah, lucky no one here halal!"
Honestly, we all thought turkey breast looked like that. I mean, if we ordered a full turkey, we would know the difference but this was the first time we ordered turkey breast and none of us really knew how the 'breast of a turkey' looked like before it becomes the familiar little thin slices that we always see on our plates. We even went back to their website to see if the order form has any pix of the turkey breast. It didn't or if it did, it wasn't labelled. Some more of the evening conversation...
"That was 7kg?!?"
"I just took what the guy gave me."
"That's a LOT of ham."
"Every year something like this always happens during our Xmas dinners."
"That's really a LOT of ham. Where're the Ziplock bags?"
"I don't care, everyone is taking home some ham!"
Oh, and for dessert we had the very delicious Crunchy Honeycomb Xmas cake from The Patissier. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Nice little place, spent the nite there in quaint little inn. In the room, there were these little snacks, traditional snacks from the region I suppose. Now take a good look at the two pix below, there are the REAL deal.
Geez, I just realized I got a whole bunch of pix from my earlier Japan trips like the ones above that I never got to post. So here are the dinner pix I had at the inn, followed by the breakfast pix the next morning. Can you imagine eating all that for dinner (the pix only shows half of it!), then waking up to more food?!?
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Anyway, here's my 'free' meal. All S$50 (plus tax) worth of it. Yah, that's a pretty long piece of eel.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Very sweeeeet, just the way I like them.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Third leave day saw me Q-ing for like an hour at Wasabi Tei. That's the S$20 chirashi set. Sashimi thick enough for you guys?
Bought this at Takashimaya for the home after lunch. It's a L'Occitane Home Perfume Diffuser. The scent is supposed to last 6 weeks! I'll be impressed if it lasts over a week. Want an update later?