Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Yuzu Crab and Apple Coleslaw

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I didn't used to be much of a salad person.

Which probably has something to do with the fact that we almost never have salads in our family, with the exception of our KFC nights, where we'd get Coleslaw as one of the sides, along with the chips, coke, potato & gravy etc. It was the only salad we actually enjoyed, and that was more because there was so much sauce it didn't feel so much like eating raw vegetables.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017 | Water Chestnut Cake Recipe 馬蹄糕

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Happy Chinese New Year!


This is why I love being Chinese. Not even a month since New Years and we're celebrating again!

Being in Australia, and away from the majority of our relatives, Chinese New Year is not a huge thing for us, but we always do try to celebrate it, even if it only really involves the mandatory red pockets from our parents in the morning, and a nice Chinese New Year dinner at night.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Dining & Co., North Ryde

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When dining out, I tend to prefer visiting places with good reviews but every once in a while I do come across some surprisingly good eateries which are well hidden from the internet. Such was the case when I visited The Dining & Co, a little cafe hidden away in the quieter suburban streets of North Ryde (a stone throw away from my karate classes infact!).

Monday, January 23, 2017

Cakes of 2016

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As I mentioned in my first post this year, as much as I want to introduce a bit of nutrition onto this blog, I will still be posting some sweet treats. Because yes, they can be had- in moderation.

And because we really struggle to finish full sized cakes between our family of four, I find birthdays a great excuse to bake cake without having to worry about how I'm going to finish it off!


2016 was a bit of an exciting year for me, in that I think I've finally started to get the hang of decorating cakes. Not to a professional level by any means, but for the first time in my life, I achieved straight and slightly smooth sides on a cake and I could almost get away with saying that these cakes were purchased and not homemade. Almost.

These were originally going to be a separate post each, but it's 2017 now and it'll probably be 2018 by the time I get around to writing about each individually, so here's a little bit of indulgence in one post!

My coconut lemon cake was the first of attempts and far from perfect. The butter cream curdled multiple times on me and I had to use chocolate everywhere to cover the cracks but it was definitely a good learning experience. The combination of the coconut poke cake layers and lemon curd filling were deliciously good match, although much too sweet.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata

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Everyone loves vegetables, right?


At least that's what I thought when I was a kid, as in my family, we were brought up to love vegetables. Every meal always included at least one plate of plain green vegetables (which is quite common in Chinese culture) and the importance of 'eating your greens' was always stressed at the dinner table. As well as finishing you rice, because apparently the more grains you leave in the bowl, the uglier your husband will be.....not that we believed it, but let's not talk about that for now!

So I honestly thought that loving your vegetables was just the norm, until I grew up a little bit, got to the primary school age, started inviting friends over for play dates, and seeing them pick the 'little green bits' out of their noodles because greens were 'disgusting'. I guess not everyone shared the same love for veggies!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy 2017 | Pear, Pumpkin and Rocket Salad

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Happy 2017!!

A new year, a new start and I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions or anything of that sort particularly at the start of the year I thought I'd make a bit of an exception and start off 2017 a little bit differently for this blog.


You can probably tell from the photo, that it's a little different to my usual posts huh?

The above photo looks like a typical super healthy meal photo that you might possibly see on some clean eating site, perhaps moreso at this time of the year when 'losing this Christmas weight' is a priority on so many people's New Years resolutions. Quite a bit of a difference from the first posts of the year: last year (burgers), the year before (pulled pork burgers/pizza) and the year before that (Sausage and Egg Muffins) I must say!
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