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Quick tip for using Chinese broccoli (and regular broccoli) stalks

April 4, 2014


Just a quick entry because I haven’t really had the time to write. If you love eating Chinese broccoli (gai lan or 芥蘭) then you’re likely to have come up to the same problem as me sometimes; what to do with the uber thick stems? The thick stems are annoying because obviously they would take […]

Spring in action

September 2, 2013


Wow. What a stellar start to spring Melbourne received the past weekend; clear skies and plenty of sunshine. As if that isn’t sign enough of the end of winter, the tree outside my bedroom has started blooming. A beautiful sight for my very tired eyes in the morning! Here’s to hoping this nice weather keeps […]

Kitchen mistakes – how do you fix them?

July 6, 2013


Sometimes it feels a bit disingenuous to only blog about the cooking that I’ve been relatively successful with. Kitchen mistakes are bound to happen, and I am no stranger to them. When I first dabbled in cooking, I had very spectacular mistakes. So spectacular that the food was inedible. But you know, live and learn. […]

Cooking as therapy and Chinese spring onion pancake recipe

April 8, 2013


I don’t really want to over share details of my personal life on my blog, but anyway…I’ve sustained a leg injury and as such, I’m currently hobbling around on crutches. If you’re lucky enough to have never needed crutches in your life, you might not understand exactly how annoying they are. They are SO annoying […]

Happy Easter

April 1, 2013


Hope you’ve had a happy Easter and a nice little break from work (or school). It’s so nice having 2 shortened weeks at work :). Plus Easter provides a fabulous excuse for indulging in my favourite chocolate treat – Koko Black’s hot chocolate. Of course while in the Koko Black saloon, it’s pretty hard to […]

Looking for some inspiration

February 26, 2013


My good run of regular posting has come to a rather abrupt end in February, and for once I’m not going to blame it on being busy. Although it has actually been a busy month with Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations, a going away and numerous birthdays, including my beloved father’s; that hasn’t been the […]

Chinese New Year 2013: Year of the snake

January 10, 2013


My favourite celebration of the year is fast approaching. I’m talking about Chinese New Year (CNY) of course, this year is the year of the snake and it falls on the 10th of February. I’m posting about it well ahead of the game given the large number of Chinese and Vietnamese communities in Melbourne planning […]

Falling for Melbourne’s Autumn

May 27, 2012


I’m a bit late to the party. I’m sure many bloggers have been posting photos of the brilliant autumn colours already. In the past I heard that late summer rains usually means more sugars in deciduous trees which would thus lead to more vibrant yellows, oranges and reds. All the more reason to like the pitter patter […]

Food for Thought with Adam Liaw at Foodbank Victoria

April 3, 2012


I have taken a slight hiatus from the blog last month and here are my excuses; 1. March is wedding season prime time, and 2. the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) also happens to run in March. So while I’ve had plenty of blog fodder, time has been really scarce. Thankfully, things appear to […]

Coffee of a different kind

February 19, 2012


Unless you’re not into Melbourne’s whole café culture thing, you’ll know that 3rd wave coffee has been what all the cool kids are talking about these days. I don’t really know what 3rd wave coffee is all about; it’s just beyond my level of understanding. Don’t get me wrong, I like coffee, quite a lot. […]

Chinese New Year and steamed new year cake (nian gao) recipe

January 12, 2012


So Christmas and New Year is well and truly over. I hope you had a merry one with your near and dears. But for now, it’s back to reality. A reality that includes struggling to wake up early, miserably trudging back to the daily grind we call work, the disbelief that 2012 has arrived and […]

Taste of Melbourne 2011 and questioning the love of red velvet cakes

September 23, 2011


I’m going to try make up for my very poor write up of the Taste of Melbourne 2010 last year and be more detailed this time round. So evidently, the time has come again for the food festival that takes place at the Royal Exhibition Building; a time to sample many of the fine restaurants […]

A bunch of cakes, and a question of flavourings

August 30, 2011


Seems like the Westside has picked up on an interesting trend; the mingling of two different businesses together. From my experience, it’s usually the pairing of a cafe with some retail business, and there’s a few good examples of that around town. Now just across the road from breakfast royalty is the very girly, rather twee […]

Digital photography – why aren’t I seeing the benefits?

August 23, 2011


One could argue that it’ll be because I’m not doing it right. Perhaps so. But I suspect that I’m not alone wondering why, amongst all my thousands upon thousands of digital snaps, can’t I find more good enough photos to collate a decent coffee table book? Of course I am being facetious, digital photography has many fantastic benefits […]

Spring has sprung

September 4, 2010


I wanna see the sun shine after the rain, I wanna see blue birds flying over the mountain again with the silver lining shining at the rainbow’s end…that is the song that came to me when I saw this the other afternoon. It has been a wonderfully wet and grey winter in our fair city, […]