Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mangosteen



Garcinia Mangostana. What? It's the scientific name for mangosteen! They're in season again! Look out for fruit stalls along the highway, road, alleys and shop houses! Mangosteen appearance is dark reddish-purple and has a sweet-sour taste. Mangosteen is known as the "Queen of Fruits" while durian is known as the "King of Fruits", and both are popular Asian fruits.

Mangosteen is said to have cooling properties. Neither a round purple ice cube nor does it gove put cool air la. But we, practically Chinese people, believe that those who suffers from heatiness should eat and drink food/drinks that contains cooling properties. If I have not mistaken, this has something to do with our body ying-yang balance.

Apart from science and believes, my mum showed an amusing discovery of hers. Take a mangosteen and look at its bottom. See the flower pattern? She said that the number of 'petals' of that flower pattern is equivalent to the number of segments contained in the fruit. It was hard to believe and nonetheless, I counted it.



So I see its backside, found the flower, and counted its petals. Sounds terrible? *Ahem* So, this had 6. When this is opened...



????!!! 1, 2, 3... nice juicy feller... 4... 5... 6!! It has exactly 6 segments! This must be a coincidence! Naaaah!!~
Mum: Don't believe me yet?
Me: I'll try one more time.
*Picks out another from the basket*



Ok. I look at its backside again. A very nicely bloomed flower. But this time, there are 5 'petals'. Time to peel it...



1... 2... wah so fat!... 3... 4... 5!! Oh my! It's really 5 segments!

The next time you eat mangosteen, look at its backside, *Ahem* bottom. If its not the same, inform me ya? Hehe... And if it's the same, remember, my mum discovered it. Unless someone else discovered it first. Let me know too. Hehe...
Happy trying it out!


ps: 100% guaranteed they will be the same. It's scientifically proven.


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Plastic bags



After all that shopping, what to do with the mountain load collection of plastic bags? Recycle! Don't just throw them away in the bin or on the road. Send for recycling, dispose them into specially labelled "for plastics only" recycle bins, or simply reuse it!

As my area does not provide any recycling bins nor recycling services. Reusing the bags is the best option. However, it can be annoying when storing plastic bags. They're smooth, lightweight and do clutter up the drawer. Crumpling the bags up simply makes it worst as the bags tend to store air. And instead of space saving, it'll take up even more! At home, I was taught to fold the bags. Not by folding it into halves and quarters. But into little triangles. I don't know who came up with this technique, but at home, plastics bags are kept in this way.



From that bundle of plastics to this neat compact little triangles, they're easy to store, saves space and fuss free.


15 bags!

Shopping

Every girl loves to shop. It doesn't matter if I'm actually buying things or just window shopping, wishing I could own them. The whole idea of shopping is FUN! I get to see, admire, touch, play, eeee and waaa at various new things. And all fun things comes to an end when this famous poem sets into reality.

Nice to see, nice to hold,
Once broken, considered sold.

Or when that person beside me starts to get bored. But when it's that other person's turn to shop, I'll be the same too. I guess everyone is like that.

Shopping for clothes, jewellery, shoes, books etc etc etc is okay for me. I don't mind. But when I'm at the kitchen ware section or supermarket, my eyes will gleam, my heart flutters and I actually get excited! I like to shop for food. Haha... However, ask me to go to the wet market, I'll say "forget it".



Today for instance, my parents and I went to Tesco to do our monthly shopping, buying household items and fresh goods. The prices there are relatively alright. Some things are cheaper, some things are not. So it's better to survey all the supermarket or market around the area before buying. Making a shopping list do help a lot too. Unless you're like me who's towards the anything goes motto, then anything will also end up into the trolley. Vegetables, bread, junk food, sweets, canned food and drinks, nice smelling soaps and shampoos, cute cute Winnie the Pooh tissue paper box... the list goes on and on. And so did the bill.


A few of the things from a loaded trolley.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

What Sushi Are You?

Was surfing the great www awhile ago. I stumbled upon this quirky personality test... just to see what sushi am I actually related to. Lolz! The things that people can come up with.

Anyway, this quiz asks very little questions. I got spicy tuna roll. It isn't too bad. Except that I don't quite like tuna. Oh well... It says I'm still normal but unusual at times. I did try answering that quiz differently the second time to see what other stuffs they had. Interesting, but the descriptions do not portray a personality well and pictures are blek too. I guess it's just for fun and for the sake of people like me who has nothing else better to do.


What kind of sushi are you?

Spicy Tuna

A little on the normal side, but with some kick. You might take after your parents, but you have your own originality.

Personality Test Results

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Blog Rating

Found this interesting stuff from danielctw. Since most of my post entries are about food and nonsense crappy complains, it wasn't suprising that my blog is rated in the General category.

What's My Blog Rated? From Mingle2 - Online Dating

And I was looking forward to Food Overdosed Blog or Parental Guidance Recommended rates. Since knifes, fire, gas stove and blenders are not suitable for children ma. Haha... *runs away* I'm crapping again.

To find out your blog rating:
http://mingle2.com/blog-rating

Friday, June 22, 2007

Untidy

I'll be doing a little modification to the sidebar. And perhaps the layout as well... if I'm able to figure out those html, etc etc codings lah. I feel the sidebar is getting rather messy and long. I'm such an unorganized person. Maybe using labelings would help afterall. Haha...

So be patient with me ya?

Edit: Labels are up! Little changes are done. What do you think?


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

My first attempt at Sushi



I made sushi in the wee hours of morning for my family again. After making a bento for them, I got quite addicted to making Japanese food lately. Making bento was fun and looking at their expressions doubles up my motivation. This time however, I decided to outdo myself in making a variety of simple sushi. It looks so simple on photos and I had to try! I have never make sushi and futomaki before, not hands on anyway. Using the only knowledge I obtained from tv and books plus watching sushi masters create sushi everytime at Japanese restaurants helps greatly. That was what I thought at first. Until... disaster striked!



I did destroy a few here and there while rolling them up. It was not as easy as it seemed to be. The seaweed tears easily, sticky rice all over, and it doesn't stay put on the mat! It was pretty annoying when I roll it up and much later everything just burst open! The seaweed hates me. I really admire those who are able to roll them up quickly and everything turns out perfectly. I wonder when will I ever be able to make a perfect futomaki. Sigh... Most probably it'll take years for me to master the techniques. It took quite long to create sushi for 3. A lot of accidents happened along the way. Anyhow, it's my first attempt. I'm quite satisfied with the outcome.





Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Chicken Pie



Making homemade chicken pie has taught me a big lesson. Make use of modern technology and ready made frozen foods. To actually knead, roll roll roll and roll fresh homemade puff pastry took half a day for a beginner like me! If I keep doing this, I might even end up building muscles on my arms.





Therefore, I am not including the method of making fresh puff pastry. It'll be confusing if I were to type it out here. A video would be better but I don't have any at the moment. Everything is the same even when using ready rolled frozen puff pastry. The exception, you won't have to slave yourself making the pastry from scratch. Ready rolled puff pastry can be found easily in the frozen aisles at the supermarket.

Creamy Chicken Pie

1 chicken breast (cut into bite size cubes)
2 large potatoes (diced into 1cm cubes)
1 carrot (diced as well)
1 yellow onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 can button mushrooms (drain water and sliced thinly)
250g UHT cream (whipping)
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Lightly oil the wok and fry the garlic and onions till slightly fragrant.
  2. Fry in the rest of the ingredients except the cream. Cook on high heat until chicken is partially cooked. (about 3 minutes)
  3. Pour in cream, reduce heat and stir until well distributed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are slightly soft and cooked through. Leave aside to cool.

Pastry preparation:

Ready rolled puff pastry sheets
1 egg yolk
  1. Use ready rolled puff pastry. Thaw 2 pastry sheets till workable. Cut a big round portion, about 1 inch larger than the pie dish. Cut another round sheet about the size of dish. Use the larger round to cover the bottom of the pie, pressing in slightly to remove air. Let the sides drape over the dish rim and press in or you can just cut it off.
  2. Pour in cooled pie filling. Cover the top of the pie dish with the other sheet. Press down the sides with a fork to seal. Poke a few holes on the surface of top pastry to create tiny air vents. Brush pastry with egg yolk.
  3. Bake the pie in oven for 25-30 minutes at 180°C until puffed and golden. Dig in!


Monday, June 18, 2007

Missing

I've not been blogging diligently for the past few days. Where did Kimiko go?

Playing online games. Hehe... It's my second most favourited free-time filler. I'm so addicted to Granado Espada now. It's an MMOG (Massive Multiplayer Online Game) that combines both very detailed sceneries, eye-popping graphics and unique game play. Yes, I love to play both video and online games. Good game plus excellent graphics, nothing can stop me. I've been playing for hours everyday!

Here are a few screenies I took during the game play. It's not very clear at this small size. Click on them to have a better view.


Taking a break sight seeing.


I know what you are staring at.


Loot loot loot~


My family photo session. Smile~

I love to make them pose. Haha... The backdrops are worth my time taking useless nonsense photos.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Bento



I had trouble sleeping last night and actually woke up at 4am from my sanctuary! It's not because of insomia. Believe it or not, the whole night I kept thinking of onigiri and bento. I'm quirky. Maybe I've been looking at cute cooking sites and books with a feeling of awe. For instance e-bento.com and WokkingMum's for her kids section. They gave me the inspiration to try making some cute meals. And I did... boiling rice at 4 am! Bento is a japanese version of lunch boxed meals or tapau food. And being equipped with only small tupperwares, this gave me an idea of compacting the rice into onigiri.


My horribly triangular shaped onigiri.

I made 3 bento, one for dad, mum and bro. My onigiri had no fillings. I just flavoured it with some seasoning I bought the other day which comprises of umeboshi (pickled plums), seaweed and bonito flakes. Papercups were used to seperate food, be it wet food or dry food. This is to prevent dry food from getting soggy or getting 2 different flavours mixed up.




Simple Bento for 3

3 portions of cooked Japanese rice (warm)
Your choice of seasoning
3 eggs
1 carrot
Some frozen edamame (soy beans)
3 strawberries
A few sheets of nori (roasted seaweed)
Salt
A bowl of cool boiled water
Some papercups of various sizes
3 containers - tupperware, bento boxes... anything!
Optional - tsukemono (pickles), wasabi

  1. Chop the carrot into long thin strips.
  2. In a pot of boiling water, add 3/4 tbsp salt and carrots. Cook the carrot till soft. Drain the carrot strips and set aside.
  3. In another pot of boiling water, add 1/2 tbsp salt and frozen edamame. Cook for about 1 minute, drain and toss in a little salt to taste. Set aside.
  4. Hard boil the eggs, peel off the shells and let it cool.
  5. In a large bowl, fluff up the rice and mix in some seasoning to desired taste. Divide it into 6 equal parts.
  6. Wet your clean hands with the cool boiled water. Take one part of the rice and compress it to shape like a triangle, round disc or ball shaped onigiri. Wrap it with a strip of nori. Wet your hands before making the next onigiri to prevent things from getting messy.
  7. Arrange the carrots, edamame, egg, pickles, strawberry and onigiri into containers or special bento boxes.



I went back to sleep at 6am. Hope they liked their bento for office breaks and recess time.