♥ writing tag!

Morning lovelies! I've been tagged by the beautiful Suki-Pooki sometime around late March for a writing tag and it seems like i've taken FOREVER to blog about it. My sincere apologies! Before i proceed to upload the snapshot of my handwriting, i'll like to thank my dearest blog friend, Suki-Pooki, for her unwavering support all this while. You're truly a valuable friend, and a very sincere one indeed! Loving you lots

♥ edie vintage

♥ impending visit from home

♥ round eye steak served with garlic basil butter & kimchi fried rice

His mid-week dinner: Steak with garlic basil butter sauce & served with caesar salad, pan-grilled specially for my guinea piggie bf, with love

My mid-week dinner: a satisfyingly huge bowl of kimchi fried rice! 3 cheers for kimchi! lol... hip hip, hooooooray! hip hip, hoooooooooray! hip hipppp, hoooooooooorrrraaaaaayyyy!

Recipe for Kimchi Fried Rice, from Mysoorean's Kimchi Fried Rice:

1 cup of kimchi (chopped)
1 garlic clove (crushed)
1 tablespoon onion (chopped)
1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) - (Note: I omitted this. Add it only if you want to add that extra reddish colour to your kimchi fried rice.)
2 cups cooked rice
A handful of scallions/spring onions (chopped)
Fried Egg (optional)

1. Heat oil in pan. Saute garlic & onion for approx. 1 minute.

2. Add in kimchi & fry for 3-4 minutes.

3. Add in Korean red pepper paste, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, and rice. Mix well.

4. Garnish with chopped spring onions/scallions & serve with a fried egg on top!

Similar recipes available here and here!

♥ mixed vege stirfry

♥ oven baked salmon steaks with tomato basil relish

Tuesday lunch: Oven Baked Salmon steaks with Tomato Basil Relish! I absolutely loved this recipe but i think i added slightly more vinegar to the relish, which the boyfriend found to be alittle too sour for his liking. Nevertheless, a great meal!

Detailed recipe for Oven Baked Salmon Steaks with Tomato Basil Relish from Elana's Pantry's Salmon with Tomato Basil:

1/2 pound salmon
1 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced into quarters)
1/2 small shallot (minced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh basil (finely chopped)
salt (to taste)

1. Preheat oven.

2. Cut salmon into half (leave the skin on), rinse, and then pat dry with paper towel.

3. Place fish skin side down on metal baking sheet.

4. Rub salmon liberally with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt.

5. Place salmon on lowest rack, oven temperature at 275deg.

6. Bake for 8-13 minutes, so that centers of the thickest parts of the salmon are still translucent when cut into with a pairing knife.

7. To make the relish ---- stir together remaining ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

8. Remove salmon from oven, transfer onto plates, and serve with the relish!

♥ my growing love for celery

Monday's dinner consisted of a simple celery stirfry and a pork stirfry with korean chilli pepper and a generous amount of chopped scallions! As a kid, i used to dislike celery for its very distinctive taste, but am progressively growing to appreciate it more as i grow older. It doesnt taste that bad after all...

♥ 10.04.2011

Enroute to boxhill because i was craving for freshly baked buns from my favourite asian bakery, Carrington Bakery. Very heavy rain; in short, weather was HORRID! The bf was however very obliging to my request... Thanks dear, !

♥ Jjajangmyun / Korean Black Bean Noodles

I am a huge fan of korean food, especially KIMCHI! Although today's post is kimchi unrelated, it is nevertheless still a korean dish ~ korean black bean noodles (Jjajangmyun).

My version of jajangmyun is totally untraditional in every sense of the word except maybe for the black bean sauce (and noodles) used. Most jajangmyun recipes i sourced online beforehand called for potatoes, zucchini, carrots, pork, & onions. It might be unbelievable but i had neither of these ingredients present in my kitchen at the time i wanted to cook this particular dish, so i decided to improvise with whatever ingredients i could find, and which seemed appropriate. So my version of this all popular korean black bean noodles included: yellow & red capsicums (diced/cubed), ham (chopped up finely), and ready-to-use fried shallots. Weird combination of ingredients? I replaced the potatoes, zucchini, and carrots with yellow & red capsicums; replaced pork with ham; and replaced onions with fried shallots. I thought to myself~ it should work? Lo and Behold! It did work! I then topped it off with a hardboiled egg! Yayy! *a pat on the back for myself*

For recipes i referenced, click here (video & step-by-step pictures) & here (step-by-step pictures)! ~

♥ celery stirfried with pork fillet, carrots, & peanuts

I dislike lamb for its very distinctive flavour and strong appetite-killing smell, so i cooked myself a simple spicy stir-fry dish of celery with pork fillet slices, carrots, and peanuts in place of the lamb cutlets which i pan-grilled for the bf. Yummmms~

♥ Lamb Cutlets

A somewhat overly indulgent lunch for the bf ~ lamb cutlets spiced with lamb herbs and pan-grilled, then served with hash browns.

♥ easter eggies!

yupppppppps, i am already stocking up on easter eggies! ^_^

♥ yoghurt with crumble & crushed oreos

A very moody me with overgrown bangs en route to the shopping mall... So anyways, I got outta the wrong side of bed. I've got the mid-week blues. I need... comfort food. The bf saw that moody cloud hover over my head & he knows a moody me spells trouble (laughs) cuz i'll be picking on every single thing to grumble/complain about and basically just fussing and whining about every thing and any thing. So he said he'll buy me yoghurt. Why yoghurt you might ask? Don't be mistaken, i'm not a yoghurt addict nor a lover of it. It's just that we had been wanting to try out that newly opened yoghurt stall at Chadstone for a long time now. And since we have yet to try it out, he suggested... yoghurt.

I had the original flavoured yoghurt and added couple of toppings: crumble & crushed oreos. I loooooove the crumble but i cant say the same for the yoghurt. There's a strong (milky-ish) flavour that i definitely didnt adore. But i'm happy the bf made the effort to a cheer up a very moody me~

♥ Oven-roasted (sweeeeeet) Potatoes

My simple dinner of oven roasted potatoes & sweet potatoes using McCormick's ready-to-use roasting herbs & spices. Hassle-free. Awesome!

♥ Celery stirfried with Carrots, Shrimps, & Peanuts

A simple healthy lunch stirfry of celery with carrots, shrimps, and peanuts!

Detailed Recipe for Celery Stir Fried with Carrots, Shrimps, & Peanuts from Hochiak! Delicious Asian Food's Stirfried Celery with Prawns & Straw Mushrooms:

1 stalk of celery (chopped/sliced into thick strips)
1 medium sized carrot (sliced)
1/2 can straw mushrooms (Note: I omitted this)
8 pieces of medium sized prawns (deveined; shell left intact) (Note: I used frozen shrimps)
4 cloves garlic
Corn starch (mix 1 tablespoon corn flour with 100ml of water)
50ml warm water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
A Handful of Peanuts

1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
A couple of dashes of white pepper powder
A pinch of salt
A pinch of MSG (optional) (Note: I omitted this; i dont use MSG!)
1 teaspoon Chinese cooking wine

1. Heat oil in wok and saute garlic until it browns. Add in prawns & strir fry for approx. 15 seconds. Remove prawns & set aside.

2. Add in celery, carrots, & mushrooms into the wok & continue to stir fry for another 1 minute. Add in seasoning & bring to a boil.

3. Return prawns to the wok to simmer with the other ingredients.

4. Cook for another 2 minutes or so. Add in corn starch to thicken gravy (if necessary).

5. Serve hot with steam rice!

♥ bright & sunny autumn's tuesday

It is a bright and sunny autumn's tuesday today! I'm enjoying the warmth with a cup of fragrant honey rose tea:)

♥ Broccolini with Ginger-Scallion Pork Stirfry

Our weekend lunch: Broccolini with ginger and scallion pork stirfry!

♥ 03.04.2011

The boyfren got pulled over by the police after our grocery shopping trip because he forgot to on the front headlights of his car. Poor boyfren... feeling utterly frustrated. He's now busy google-ing how much the fine might possibly be and the possible deduction of points.

♥ pork cutlets!

I had quite abit of black pepper sauce with crushed peppercorn leftover from the porterhouse steak kitchen attempt, so i decided to use it up for some pork cutlets!:) I paired the pork cutlets with some homemade mashed potatoes with bacon...

♥ Farfalle with Kalamata Olives, Chargrilled Capsicum, and Cherry Tomatoes

I'm not a steak lover, so whilst the boyfren was happily enjoying his porterhouse steak, i continued to busy around the kitchen preparing my dinner~ farfalle with kalamata olives, chargrilled capsicum strips, and cherry tomatoes (topped with basil). I decided to cook it aglio olio style because i wasnt quite in the mood for much tomatoey sauce that night. I just realized, as i was uploading these pictures and typing away on my laptop, that i had forgotten to throw in some bacon! It would have tasted that extra bit more delicious with some bacon, dont u think? ^_^