20 July 2014


Baking bread is not my cup of tea.  I had tried numerous times but without success, either the dough did not rise or the bread is hard and when throw against the wall it can bounce back.  Time is needed to wait for proofing and rising of the dough which I lack the patience.  There are blogs that featured "no rise bread" which I tried and succeed. 

Ingredients : flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, butter, egg, buttermilk and dried fruits

Proofing and baking of the dough

Soda bread ready in 1 hour

It goes well with cream cheese and my apple blueberry jam

19 July 2014


What better way to turn old fruits into jam - apples with blueberries and some lemon juice 

Jam with lots of apple pulps

Thick gooey jam to spread onto light cake

13 July 2014


Delicious side dish.  Century eggs with a creamy consistency is mind blowing when mix with sesame sauce, mustard sauce together with preserved mustard seeds and chillies.

12 July 2014


Yee Fu noodles are easy to cook.  Cook in boiling water till soft and drain dry.  Fry the vegetables (mushrooms, cabbage, chives, carrot, black fungus) with a can of "Lor Han Chia", seasons and add a bit of dark soya sauce.  Stir in the noddles and mix well.

The noodles have to use up immediately after purchase as they tend to go rancid easily if kept too long.

29 June 2014


A soup for women :  notoginseng / tian qi, codonopsis root / dang shen, lean meat, red dates and ginger

Notoginseng root revitalizes blood.  Codonopsis root nourishes heart.  Red dates replenish blood.  Ginger warms the body and stomach

Suitable for backaches, poor blood circulation, cold limbs and sleep disorders.  The soup is not suitable for pregnant women

22 June 2014


There are many cheap eateries in New Town and we settled for Thai food.

The food portion serves in Australia are big and a lot.  We ordered a few dishes and shared  

Beef salad with fresh herbs and vegetables 

Fried fish cakes with sweet sour sauce

Traditional dish Phat Thai

21 June 2014


We ventured out of Sydney city into inner West suburb New Town.  Its attractions range from restaurants and bars, to theatres and clubs.  Specialist shops include vintage fashion and music stores, bookshops, antique stores, hairdressing salons and homeware shops.  Many restaurants and cafes offering a range of ethnic cuisine.  We spent half a day strolling, seeing, shopping to our heart content and eating.

This is what draws us to New Town Black Star Pastry Shop  -  their famous strawberry watermelon cake we have been raving for.  The sweet strawberries and water melon, delicious rosewater cream coupled with the biscuit bottom for texture.

09 June 2014


8th June was a joyous occasion for the family. It was the day my 1st born had her marriage solemnized.  The ROM (Registrar of Marriage) and lunch was held in the Masons Restaurant at  Gillman's Barrack with close friends and relatives.  The solemnization was held on a fine day at the courtyard.   The wedding dinner will be held in December.

The Justice of Peace Professor Lee who solemnized their marriage was their tutor in Neuroscience during their university days

Housed in a restored colonial bungalow, European dining establishment Masons charms with its surrounding lush greenery.  The interiors of the restaurant is modern Colonial fashion, with white and black tiles, teak tables and glass front windows.  The walls were laced with old photos of 50-60s Singapore scene.  It provides a stylish and elegant dining environment.

Food was European cuisine buffet-style, simple and light

25 May 2014


Cold Storage sells smoke duck breast in individual packet and flavor is smoky tasty.  I sliced it up to make a cold dish paired with canned abalone and liver sausages.

24 May 2014


Baked some blueberry friands to enjoy in the leisure weekend afternoon.  

Ingredients and method can refer to http://makan-mania.blogspot.sg/2009/02/friands.html