Tuesday 10th January 2012

Congee with Barramundi, Ginger, Spring Onion and Fermented Spicy Bean Curd

Monday 9th January 2012

My basil is growing like crazy! This leaf was as big as my hand!

Bee Hoon Soup with Okra

Sunday 8th January 2012

Christina brought me some quiche. It had sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives in it.

Saturday 7th January 2012

I made some healthy Ham & Salad wraps to share
with the neighbours at our catchup today.

We shared a few drinks over some delicious nibblies.


Kong made us this gorgeous Mango Cheesecake!

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

Congee with Barramundi, Ginger and Spring Onions

Monday 2nd January 2012

We hit the beach today again and the weather was gorgeous! We snorkelled and enjoyed the sunshine!

We were famished and had lunch at Lido's - Bun Bo Hue

Ivy's lunch looked awesome too!

Despite being exhausted after a long day, I really craved some homecooked food tonight.

Beef Noodles

Thai Basil Chicken

Zucchini with Prawns

Spinach with Garlic

Sunday 1st January 2012


I did intend for one of my resolutions this year to be to keep on top of my blogging. Oops! I'm about a month behind on my posts! I must prioritise my spare time better and motivate myself more!

This morning I woke up extra early and went for my second day of abalone fishing. It looked overcast in the morning and I was going to stay in bed but then decided I really should make an effort and make the most of the license that I purchased!

When we got to the beach, we were greeted with a choppy, grey ocean. I ventured out as far as to get myself soaked while trying to put my flippers on, but decided the water was too rough and I just didn't have the energy to battle it.

Benoit managed to catch some and we headed back to his place to make lunch.

Benoit shows off his coconut chopping skills.

Vegetable Stirfry

Abalone and Chicken Stirfry

Saturday 31st December 2011

So...another year almost over and a few more inches on the waistline.

After work I went to Benoit and Ivy's new house to help them prepare for their New Years Eve Tapas Party!

They had a menu printed out!

Braised Chorizo, Garlic and Shallots in Red Wine

Prosciutto-wraps with Mango Puree

Tuna Crustini with Tomato Salsa

Prawn Skewers

Smoked Salmon & French Onion Canape

Calabrese Bites

I helped to cook the skewers on the BBQ!

Candied Chicken Kebab
Pork Souvlaki with Mint Yoghurt
Sesame Chilli Vegetarian Skewers
Mango Saltimbocca Spikes
Teriyaki Nigiri

Chilli Crusted Medallions
Fries with Spicy Japanese Dip
Crisp Cinnamon Banana Boats

As you can see, a few of the items didn't make it to the table but there was more than enough food at the end of the night!

Ivy made these little prawn cakes and we thought they looked much like little burger patties. So, using our culinary ingenuity, we turned them into mini burgers!

Lovely food, Fantastic company, a wonderful year all round!

Friday 30th December 2011

Perry gave me some leftovers from his Christmas feasting. Woo!


Today at work Brendan and I polished off all the leftovers...one course at a time!

I threw together a crumbed calamari salad with the homemade Cocktail Sauce I made.

Thursday 29th December 2011


I made Chicken & Mushroom Risotto last night.

I also made some Lentil & Cous Cous salad.

Someone brought in a platter!

Gail's Green Chicken Curry.

Savoury Loaves from the bakery.

Alison's Lasagna. Delish!

My (first) plate!

For dessert - Ian's Raspberry Ice Cream.

Ooh this was far better than the mango ice cream, in my opinion! Even though Ian no longer works with us in the lab, I have taught him well so that he still knows to send us some food for our weekly lunches!

Surf & Turf
Scotch Steak with Saffron & Garlic Prawns served on a bed of mashed Potatoes