Posted June 30th, 2010 in Perth WA | No Comments »
JAPAN LOST !! (>0<)
It was a long game against Paraguay yesterday, and the first penalty shootout of the 2010 World Cup was carried out. Japan lost in the end, but I think they did their best and I’m proud of them for coming this far as a only Asian team.
It was my favorite climate during the day yesterday! Not too cold, but not hot, little windy and I could feel the air moving around me. I like looking up the sky and watch the cloud moving. At a glance it seems to be stopped, but if you watch it carefully the cloud moves pretty fast sometimes. It’s my thing: I used to look up the sky and think “Australia could be under that cloud!” “I wonder what people are doing right now under that cloud over there…” Then I felt that the world is such big and my little trouble seemed to be a tiny thing.
I was feeling little down over the last few weeks, as things happened around me and I wasn’t sure what I wanted. But now, I realized something important after talking to friends and also reading some books. Now I’m feeling pretty good
One thing that I still feel sad about is my cat. She passed away just few days ago in my house in Japan. Actually there’s a little weird story behind this cat, and I loved her so much.
Puu, a cat with mixed colors of black, grey and white, came to my house when I was around 17 ~ 18, I think. I don’t remember how we started to have Puu, but she was already an adult cat (♀) by the time she joined my family. She was a little strange cat! Every night when I was taking bath, she called me “meow” behind the smoky glass in the bath room, and comes inside the bathroom and sit on top of the bathtub (I used to take bath while covering half the bathtub with plastic tub-cover to keep water hot, and she sat on the cover and slept!). And, every night she called “meow” at the door of my room, then came inside the room and slept on my bed next to me, in my futon. I had never seen cat that likes taking bath…
She was so smart too, and I felt some connection between her But, one of her weird hobby – she liked jumping to the tray of kei-truck every time she sees any kei-truck – caused a trouble. One day, she suddenly disappeared. We think that she jumped on the tray of a kei-truck which was stopping around my house, and the truck started to move and Puu couldn’t get off the car. I was so sad, and hoped she would come back soon. But she didn’t.
After few months, mum told me an unbelievable story. When my mum went to Lawson, a convenience store, one cat jumped inside her car and sat on the seat as if she was waiting my mum to drive home quickly. My mum came home with the cat. The thing we felt so weird was that the cat looked exact same as Puu! Same color, similar pattern, and same gender. We really thought it was Puu, but something was little different. (to me) And, the tip bone of this cat’s tale was little broken. Besides, this cat didn’t like taking bath and sleeping on my bed. It was a different cat.
I couldn’t believe what just happened. This cat already started to feel at home and sleeping in front of tv. The personality of the cat was obviously different from missing Puu, but we started to love this cat too. We named her “Puu”, the same name as the previous one.
“Puu Ⅱ” was pregnant when she jumped in my mum’s car, and gave birth to 6 beautiful kittens. She was really like a normal cat (very my-pace) but very adorable.
Since then she stayed with my family. I really thought she had some kind of power, as she seemed to know everything! For example, when I was walking towards my house from my friend’s house and started to see my house from the distance, ”Puu Ⅱ” was already sitting in front of the house and looking at me. And she looked at me with the look: like “hey you”.
“Puu Ⅱ” passed away because of the age. I never knew how old she was, but she lived her long life like Mimi, my dog. I hope she was very happy.
Posted June 29th, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments »
My neighbor left grapefruits outside their house with a memo saying “free grapefruits from the garden!”
I love grapefruits! I thought it was a spring fruit :p It’s refreshing, and great item to eat in the morning – healthy, and rich in vitamin.
I took 3 home, and ate 2 of them as they are. The rest, I made semifreddo with it
Semifreddo is an Italian, meaning “half cold” “half frozen”. As the name indicates, it is eaten as semi-frozen.
for 1 x pound-cake tin
- 1 grapefruit
- 100ml cream
- 2 eggs
- 60g sugar
- Segment the grapefruit. Cut into pieces. Keep the juice.
- Whip cream with 1/2 sugar until thick, but still able to drop off a spoon.
- In another bowl, place egg white and the rest of sugar, and whisk until fluffy (meringue).
- Add egg yolks, grapefruit pieces and 2 tbs grapefruit juice to the cream. Mix.
- Fold in meringue.
- Line a pound-cake tin with cling wrap. Pour the mixture into the tin and freeze until frozen at the edges. Remove from freezer and stir. Return to freezer and re-freeze overnight. Remove from pan and cut into thick slices.
- Enjoy it while it’s half-frozen.
Posted June 28th, 2010 in Food | 2 Comments »
The dish Chicken Nanban was originally created in Kyushu island in Japan about 50 years ago. Since then, this item has became very popular across Japan, and now you can find the dish in family restaurants, convenience stores, fast food chains and even pizza shops.
The original Chicken Nanban was a deep-fried chicken immersed in sweet/sour sauce. Nowadays Chichen Nanban is served with tartar sauce poured over the chicken, and it is still one of the popular menu for any age group.
This is again another easy dish to cook, and it goes with both rice and noodle.
<Chicken Nanban with Somen Noodle> serves 4
- 2 chicken breast fillets (about 400g)
- 1 egg
- plain flour to coat
- 4 tbs soy sauce
- 6 tbs sugar
- 5 tbs vinegar (preferably rice vinegar)
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 200g somen noodle
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 1 clove garlic, sliced
- 1 capsicum
- roasted white sesame seeds
- Bring the large pot of water to the boil, and cook somen noodle. Drain and set aside.
- Halve each chicken fillets into even size. You should have 4 slices. Flatten the chicken meat by using the back of the knife.
- Place soy sauce, sugar and vinegar in a sauce pan, and bring to the gentle boil to dissolve the sugar. Transfer the sauce to the wide plate or pan. (or you can use wide pan to boil the sauce). Set aside.
- Coat the chicken with flour, and shake off any excess flour. Beat the egg, and place in a shallow plate.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Dip the chicken fillets in the egg wash, and deep-fry both sides until golden.
- As soon as it’s removed from the oil, shake off any excess oil and immerse in the sauce. Leave it for 30 seconds ~ few minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat sesame oil and garlic slices in a frying pan. When it’s fragrant, add somen noodle and stir-fry. Sprinkle sesame seeds, and arrange on serving plates (divide into four potions).
- In the same pan, stir-fry sliced capsicum. Remove from the heat and arrange on each bed of somen noodle on the serving plates.
- Remove the chicken from the sauce, and slice. Place on top of the noodle + capsicum. Drizzle over the sauce, and sprinkle sesame seeds. Repeat with other fillets.
* you can use steamed vegetables instead of capsicum.
Posted June 26th, 2010 in Perth WA | No Comments »
The first Apple store in Perth was opened today, 26 June 2010 on Hay Street!
“The shop will open its door at 9 am, UME!”
It was what my husband said to me last week. ”Ok, then we can go there and get a free T-shirt, then head to McDonalds for brekkie”
It was our plan….. but, as I thought, he couldn’t wake up early today >0<
He works at home and normally goes to bed in the early morning (he is a nocturnal person), and last night was not an exception…
His sleeping face was so peaceful that I couldn’t woke him up. So, I headed there by myself to see what the shop looks like and then later I can tell him the story
It was again another freezing morning… The radio said it was actually below 0° this morning! WOW.
As I walked to the new Apple shop, I started to see people walking with small white boxes. I knew straightaway that they were from Apple store, and the box contained the free T-shirt! I had to hurry! It took me 30 mins to park as I was stuck in the traffic (construction in the city… T_T), so it was already 9am past.
I was walking from East Perth direction, and when I reached to the traffic light on William street x Hay street, I started to doubt my eyes…. ”am I seeing polices and security guards there?”
I was little overwhelmed, as there’re many people taking photos, and few security guards were standing at the door. The shop was filled with people…
I didn’t stop walking, and headed to the store. Then, two door men greeted to me and said,
“Good morning ma’am, thank you for visiting our new store. I’m sorry but you will have to queue the line and wait.”
Then I finally realized there was a loooooooong queue of people waiting to get into the store! Crazy!
After a short consideration in my head, I decided to queue. I don’t normally do such thing (and I could come to this shop anytime in future) but I did.
I waited, waited…. and 10~20 minutes later, I was finally inside the store! Cute girls in uniform were cheering and handed me a free T-shirt.
The shop looked great. Many variety of goods, and many staff in blue T-shirts I played with those displays for few minutes, and had a quick chat with one of the staff, then left. The atmosphere almost made me want to buy something! phewwwww.
I didn’t think so many people would be here today. I’m sure there’re some people waited before opening the door :p
This shop opens 7 days. You can find info here →
Posted June 26th, 2010 in Food | 4 Comments »
Tazta-age (tatsuta-age) is a kind of Kara-age. Kara-age is a deep-fried chicken (usually chicken thigh) coated with katakuriko (a starch originally processed from the corm of katakuri) and plain flour after being marinated with garlic and some spices. On the other hand, tazta-age is a deep-fried chicken (usually chicken thigh) coated with only katakuriko after being marinated with soy sauce and sweet mirin. You can use corn starch (corn flour) instead of katakuriko.
The key to make juicy kara-age with crispy texture is the twice-deep-frying. You deep-fry the meat in low-temperatured oil first, then deep-fry again in very hot oil to shake off any excess fat and to make it crispy.
<Tazta Age> serves 4
- 400g chicken thigh
- 20g soy sauce
- 20g raw sugar
- 15g sake (white wine)
- 5g ginger (grated or sliced)
- katakuriko (corn flour) to dust
- Cut chicken into pieces. Trim chicken thigh into even thickness.
- Marinade in the sauce for 30 minutes.
- Drain the chicken. Heat the oil in a pan to 160°.
- Coat the chicken with katakuriko, shake off any excess flour, and deep-fry both side until coloured. Set aside.
- Heat up the oil to 180°. Deep-fry the chicken pieces again both side until crispy.
The best way to eat tazta-age is with Japanese mayonnaise! You can’t stop eating steamed rice with it.
or you can make Tazta Burger! I remember MacDonalds’ Tazta Burger… one of my favorite