Saturday 12th November 2011

Aah! The day started with dim sum with friends.

Yum Yum Yum!

Shop 5, 113 Collins Road, Willetton

And I'm back here for dinner again! Jocelyn has been wanting to try this restaurant for a while now so we took Mum tonight. Mum is such a huge critic when it comes to eating out. She doesn't really like to dabble in other cuisines so we usually take her out for Asian. However, because she is such a great cook herself, she usually ends up either not liking the food or dissecting all the ingredients in each dish and telling us how easy it would be to cook it at home.

Tonight, however, she really enjoyed the food.

Honey Prawns

We didn't really like this dish. It tasted like the prawns had been deep fried much earlier and the sauce simply coated over them because the batter on them were soggy and not crisp.

Roast Duck

It's a pity Jocelyn forgot to ask for it to be boneless!

Spinach in Crab Meat & Egg Sauce

I really really like this dish! I wish Mum would recreate this one at home!

Sweet & Sour Fish

Definitely the runner up dish tonight! Delicious, crispy battered pieces of fish.

Jocelyn and David shared the Deep Fried Banana with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Thursday 10th November 2011

It's Thursday! We usually do our weekly lunch at work on Thursday but we already had Pie Day on Tuesday. Still, some of us couldn't resist bring some food in to share.

My Hokkien Noodles and Alison's Lasagna.

A bit of East meets West.

Wednesday 9th November 2011

I had the day off work today so I spent it pottering around at home getting chores done.

Baked Beans on Toast

Baked Fish Fillet in Beer Batter with Salad

Shop 17, 1 Howtree Place, Floreat

Tonight we dined here at this restaurant and it was a ridiculously fantastic deal. A few weeks ago I had called the restaurant to speak to the manager to ask if I could purchase some gift vouchers to shout my cousin and his family to dinner to thank him for helping me install my air conditioners. After a few conversations, the manager told me he would email me the vouchers. I checked my email and chuckled when I realised that the manager had given me not gift vouchers, but gift vouchers. Two for the price of one!

I couldn't print the vouchers out for my cousin and give him money to pay for dinner, so I phoned a few friends and we went to use the vouchers. However, while I was there, I spoke to the manager face to face and finally got him to understand what I wanted. He printed out a gift voucher for me. Woo!

As usual, the food was awesome and great value! The buffet is normally $42 per adult and $20 per child. There is all you can sashimi, hot dishes, cold dishes and dessert.

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

You ask for tempura, wagya beef and takoyaki to be cooked fresh and brought to the table. Healthy and delicious food!

Tuesday 8th November 2011


We enjoyed our last Pie Day at work so much that we decided to do it again today!

Ian cut out the shortcrust pastry circles.

And spooned in the bolognaise sauce.

Voila! Pies are ready!

Ian also brought in the pie maker's manual to attempt quiches. However, by following the instructions, the quiches weren't cooked properly so luckily we had our little mini oven to finished baking them in until they were perfect!

Ham & Asparagus Quiches

Melinda's Creamy Garlic Prawn Pies

Bolognaise Pies

I brought Spinach & Ricotta filling.

We had Mixed Berries in the freezer for dessert pies!

Monday 7th November 2011

I had the day off work today so I treated myself to a nice breakfast that I ate while reading my book.

Bacon, Eggs & Baby Asparagus Spears

While grocery shopping in the afternoon, I was lucky to snag some oysters on special! A whole dozen for only $6.99. START THE CAR!

For dinner, I had:

A dozen Oysters Kilpatrick

Simply combine some tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, worcestershire sauce and tobasco sauce in a bowl with some finely chopped bacon. Spoon a bit of this mixture onto each oyster in the shell and bake in the oven for about five minutes at about 180C or until the bacon begins to crisp up and the sauce caramelises.

Dolmades, Sundried Tomatoes & Baby Asparagus Spears

Aah... the finer things in life.

Sunday 6th November 2011

Tonight I steamed some rice and looked in the fridge for what I could use for some stirfry dishes.

Zucchini with Prawns & Sliced Fish Cake

Bean Sprouts with Spring Onion and Mum's Salted Fish

Saturday 5th November 2011

I had tonight free and being a Saturday, I was considering making plans to catch up with friends. I started to text some people several times but each time I'd erase the message and finally decided to just have a quiet night at home with dinner.

Seafood Laksa

Friday 4th November 2011

I did some cooking tonight. I used up the rest of the eggplant that I had in the fridge for a moussaka minus the potato.

Eggplant Bake!

Fettucine Vongole

Thursday 3rd November 2011

I have never cooked kangaroo before. I never used to want to even eat it because as a child growing up in the Pilbara, we used to nurse joeys when their mothers were injured or killed on the roads. I've tasted it when other people have ordered it when we eat out, but I have never ordered a whole steak to myself, much less cooked it.

Today was a day of firsts for me.

I bought some kangaroo fillet steaks from Woolworths that were on sale. I know that the meat is lean but you can't over cook it or it will be dry. The steak fillets were marinated in a herb and garlic sauce and the instructions said that although kangaroo steaks should be eaten medium rare, the marinade contained a tenderiser so even if we cook it well done, the meat should not be tough.

I cooked the steaks for a few minutes each side, aiming for medium rare.

I prepared a fresh salad of Mum's homegrown lettuce, cucumber, mushroom and baby asparagus spears.

Another first for me was cooking potatoes in the microwave. I only had two small potatoes left in the pantry so there was no point in parboiling them and roasting them. I put them into the microwave and selected the 'vegetables' function and the microwave used its sensor function to cook the potatoes. After a few minutes, the potatoes were cooked but still had a little crunch to them. I could have zapped them for another thirty seconds or so but I like the crunch when I'm eating potatoes in salads.

The steak was cooked perfectly.

Aside from a few little strands of sinew in the steak, it really was very tender and lean. It's got a gamey taste, that's for sure. It may be an acquired taste for some people but I think I can really enjoy adding kangaroo into my repertoire in the future!

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

Omelette with Asparagus, Mushrooms and Spring Onions

Bacon, Leek and Mushroom Quiche with Salad

Tuesday 1st November 2011


Unfortunately, I did not win anything in the sweep at work but we did have a nice lunch today!

My 'deep pan' Bacon, Leek & Mushroom Quiche

Potato Salad

Lots of nibblies!

Monday 31st October 2011

In preparation for tomorrow's gastronomical festivities at work for Melbourne Cup Day, I got busy baking. I couldn't really think of anything else to make for our lunch tomorrow so I settled on quiche.

Bacon, Leek and Mushroom Quiche

The large one turned out more like a deep pan pizza because the pastry and filling sank down heaps after baking. The smaller quiches were much better. I need to find myself a deeper flan dish.

Sunday 30th October 2011

Summer Soup with Seafood and Risoni

Celery, Carrots, Zucchini, Yellow Capsicum. It was a gorgeous soup.

Saturday 29th October 2011

I set the table for lunch with a few of my lady neighbours today.

We had a Vegetable Bake that I made last night and reheated before they arrived.

I had a few friends over for dinner tonight. I tried to cook the spicy potatoes that Ramona made for me the other night and it turned out great but I had to make some adjustments. For starters, I could have sworn I had turmeric at home, but I didn't. So, I used some saffron for a splash of colour and flavour. I also didn't have any green chillies at home so I added some sliced fresh spring onions for some colour. That's what cooking is all about...improvising and using what you have!

Sarah's Spanish Chicken Stew was delicious! Very tender chicken cooked for five hours!

Fleurette made Burritos to order!

After much deliberation, we took the maiden journey from my house to the video store on foot and spent the rest of the night trying to stay awake for a really really bad movie. *shudder*