Saturday, July 08, 2006


It's my mom's birthday tomorrow. I ordered her a cake, but what I really want is to be home and try out my newly acquired cooking skills on her. Just thinking about it makes me sad...she's been forcing me to learn how to cook for the longest time, and it's only a few months before I left that I was seriously trying to absorb what she says...Now I can dish up a mean xiao bai cai without her scrutinizing eyes, and she's not here to enjoy it. Oh well..I better remember what I'm writing now and really cook something for her when I'm back, and not just go shopping all day or something.

It's not even 4 months since I've been here, and barely 2 months since I saw my family, and I really didn't think I'll say this so soon. But I'm HOMESICK!!! Wail!!!

Top 5 Reasons I Know I'm Homesick
5. Calling Monty "Mimi" and having vivid dreams of Mimi.
4. Starting to nag at Stu in mandarin and singlish
3. Feel like crying with the slightest provocation
2. Actually crying with a little more than the slightest provocation
1. Creating provocation by watching 'I am Sam' and 'A Walk to Remember' DVDs. Heck, even 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' made me cry.

If only my work was a little better, if only I had the courage to quit and not go to work depressed everyday. If only I had a fren here to complain to. And if only October comes next week....

Comfort Soup

Ingredients for Meatballs
400g chicken or pork mince
1 egg
2 cloves garlic chopped finely
1/4 cup parsley chopped finely
Maggie Seasoning, salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Tomato Soup
800g (or 2 420g tins) canned diced tomatoes
1/3 cup tomato paste
750g chicken stock
1 large onion chopped finely
1 chilli chopped finely
1 can sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped parsley

The easy Steps
1. Mix meatball ingredients together, shaped into whatever sized balls U like.
2. Cook meatballs in a greased pan or pot until browned/ just cooked. Transfer into bowl.
3. With the oil that's used to cook meatballs, fry the onion till soft, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste and stock, bring to boil and simmer on medium heat for 20min.
4. Add meatballs, parsley, chilli, and cook for another 2min.
5. Garnish with parsley and ground black pepper, serve HOT with toast or a crusty roll.

That's what I made and had for Lunch today!

Friday, July 07, 2006

When it comes to sulking, Zuzu wins hands down...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Bored n Hungry

I'm sitting at home waiting for the dear husband to come home with food. Apparently there isn't any fish today so he's buying Red Roosters. I told him 3 times to buy just enough for us, and not for a whole army like he always does...can't wait to see if he's gonna listen to me today.

Escaped to Castle Towers this afternoon, had a good but expensive sushi meal by myself. I was just craving for Jappie food so much...

Walked around a bit, wasn't in the mood to shop even though all windows had 'SALE' on them. Well..especially after seeing that the Peter Alexander pyjamas I bought for spoilt husband just last week has been reduced by $20, I was a little bit fed up and couldn't find the courage to buy anything. Finally I went to the supermarket and got ingredients to recreate the beautiful salad I had at Tommy's place.

Bought red cabbage, baby rocket and spinach, pine nuts, balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese, sundried tomatoes. Went home in excitement, dry-roasted the pine nuts, shaved the cheese, tossed the salad with balsamic, and Voila!!! We have some sort of Tommy's Salad! Not as nice though..the cheese is too strong tasting, but well, that'll do.

Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Beautifully written, an extraordinary but old fashioned love story that I'm savouring...Nobody does book reviews until they've finished reading, but I'm enjoying this so much that I wanna share with book lovers.

This is the story of Henry and Clare, who met when Clare was 6 and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Incredible, but written in such a believable way. Their relationship is unique, funny, romantic and heart rending. I know that I will re-read this in years to come.