Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blog for FT ~ If You Are Not Already!

Read the fabulous articles by my one and only (thus far) blogging student HERE! and Go Vote for Keats The Sunshine Girl! Do click on the two articles: 'Kolam - Happy Deepavali' and Flower Sellers - 'Pookaris' - look for the 'Vote for my entry' thumb sign. Thanks!

Ms Keats took to blogging like fish to water and in the short span of a few months, has more readers and commentators than moi! She writes from her heart and whatever subject matter she writes on, she gives us a fresh take on the matter and she post lovely pictures too!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Book Haul From Recent Pearson Warehouse Sale!

Would you believe it? I visited the warehouse sale thrice! With management in tow!

From bottom up!
A hardcover of a gem: Tony Bennett In The Studio, A Life of Art & Music! Another hardcover: Jamie's Ministry of Food - full of pictures! and recipes of course. Book 1 and 2 of Jamie Olivier, the Naked Chef and the Return of the Naked Chef.

BELOW: First book down: Don't Try This at Home (Even the world's finest cooks have their off days. In Don't Try This at Home, 33 chefs and food writers talk about the times when it all went horribly wrong. There are stories about greedy pets, clumsy waiters, and drunken maitre d's; the food that fails to arrive for a party, wedding cakes that disintegrate, the terrine that falls into a bowl of chocolate sauce, not to mention the tales of kitchen pranks and youthful mistakes. How the chefs manage to save the day is as entertaining as the disasters that strike them. Funny, cringe-making and terribly reassuring, Don't Try This at Home is a delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire aren't always perfect!); Sue Townsend's Queen Camilla, Jenna Bailey's Can Any Mother Help Me?; Hillary Rodham Clinton's It Takes A Village;

followed by: Gary Geddes's Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things; Roger Highfield's The Science of Harry Potter - How Magic Really Works; Dr Andrew Weil's EatingWell For Optimum Health and Spontaneous Healing.

Below: Anne Bartlett's Knitting - Lives are like threads.... they unravel (how apt!); William J. Mann's KATE, The Woman Who Was Katharine Hepburn; Kate Jacobs' Comfort Food; and lastly one of my favorite male writers ~ Paul Theroux's The Old Patagonian Express and The Elephanta Suite.

I am in BookHeaven!

Monday, October 05, 2009

I Was Down South Again!

over the weekend and scheduled to be there again next weekend!
Enjoyed some pretty good makan2 over the weekend
including these
Best pineapple tarts eVer; FROM Melaka of course!
These tarts were ten pieces in a pack
(totally surprised myself that there is still ONe Piece Left!)
and sold at totally-non-touristy-price!
After a delish home wedding dinner the nite before, me and DH was planning on having meen fun kueh at this particular coffeeshop/kafe/pub all-rolled-into-one at Melaka Raya. But the stall was closed! While DH settled for a fried noodle dish, I made the round at the 'buffet' spread that was offered.
My! My! the owner left no stone unturned or rather 'no dish' un-served! The 'buffet' was laid out accordingly as per - lets say that you fancy porridge.... every dish you normally eat with porridge is available! Nasi lemak? got! individual items available too in addition to pre-packed RM1.30 ready-to-go-or-eat-in-packs somemore! See? you may choose elaborate or simple! Chinese Chap Fan? - loads of choice! etc etc....
So? what did I have? Small portion of white rice, mini stuffed bitter gourd and eggplant from the yong-tau-foo-range, sweet & sour pork from the chinese buffet, cuttlefish sambal from the nasi lemak range and a serving of yam cake from the local snack service! and Oh a bowl of yummy carrot, corn and chicken clear broth! Delish and on the house somemore! And of course, kopi-kurang-manis-in-a-glass completes my every meal (daytime!).
And where are the pictures of these delicious fare, you ask ~ Please kick me! You know the phrase - 'don't fix things that dont need fixing?' - well the night before I took out the battery from the camera for charging - and it did not really needed recharging - was in a rush to leave the condo for KL and I TotaLLy forgot to replace the battery! Darn..
Oh, I pack extra foodstuff to go somemore.... Spied a basket of 'fresh kampong eggs' and suggested to DH that we buy some to try. While Lin (the owner) was packing them, I was looking at curry puffs and woo kok - Lin said that they are a 'must try' and 'very good' and goodness they ARE! Had them for tea when we were home..... the curry puffs turned out to be mini chicken pies! Delish and so was the woo kok... they must have been cos DH was saying just one item was enuf for him and he ate both from his plate!
So Gonna Be Back For More! Y.U.M.M.s!! aND Oh! Lin's place is just opposite the Malacca Club in town!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bento#73 and Hey! Nice Mooncake Gift Packaging!

Okay, used the vegetable cutters on the carrots (thank goodness!), that should distract your attention from the come-apart-moulded brown rice! Fried ginger chicken with brown rice, yellow capsicum, french beans and carrots!

Latest mooncake received, nicest packaging thus far...

What do you think? Its from Baker's Cottage