Posted November 30th, 2010 in Food | No Comments »
Recipe for the essential item for Japanese cuisine – dashi stock.
<dashi> makes 3 cups
- 3 cups (750ml) water
- 5g bonito flakes
- Place water and bonito flakes in the sauce pan, and bring to the gentle simmer. Turn off the heat, and leave for 5 minutes.
- Strain the bonito flakes and keep the liquid. You can discard the bonito flakes, or cook with soy sauce and mirin and eat with rice later!
Posted November 29th, 2010 in Food | No Comments »
On the weekend I made a birthday cake for 10 years old girl!
As it’s for a girl, and she is turning 10, I made the cake into “10″ shape and decorated with pink cream.
It’s a sponge cake layered with fresh fruits and whipped cream.
It was very rush, actually. I told the father to come to my house to pick it up around 11 am, but I woke up at 9 am! All the ingredients were ready – the sponge cake was baked, cream was whipped, and the fruits were washed and dried already – I just had to assemble all of them and create a “10″ shaped cake.
When I was covering the sponge with cream, I realized I will need more cream- the amount I whipped last night wasn’t enough to cover this huge cake! I was panicking a little, but tried to calm myself down and whipped another pack of cream. Lucky I had bought 2 packs of cream!
I layered lots of fruits inside. I wanted to make the surface simple so I just decorated the side of “0″ with sliced strawberries, and I decorated the top of cakes with pink cream flower.
Hope she had a wonderful 10th birthday
Posted November 27th, 2010 in Ume's Pregnancy | No Comments »
After week 20, my belly started to grow bigger and bigger very quickly. I’m at week 24 now and I can’t see my bikini line! People can notices that I am pregnant and I have to wear very big clothes or maternity clothes, otherwise it’s too tight and very uncomfortable.
I won’t be able to wear my normal clothes this summer, so I have packed all the summer clothes in the closet. Maternity clothes are quite pricy, so I’m wearing some of my wide clothes or D’s T shirts everyday… (π´®†¥¨ˆ∂ƒ©˙
As the belly grows, I can feel bub’s movement very strongly now and sometimes I have to support my belly with a maternity belt when I have to move around or keep standing up for a long period of time.
Especially while making bagels…
This week I had a special order for a baby girl’s 1 month birthday (?). It was my first time to make bagels with icing!
I wouldn’t think about putting icing on bagels, but it was the special order for a special girl…
White and pink icing
Ahhhh… my stomach is still full… In-laws and I went to Bamboo restaurant last night, and ordered quite a lot of dishes.
I really like the style of the restaurant, but the food is pretty average to me. I’ve been there only for dinner, but some food are nicer at South Ocean in Kardinya.
We ordered fried fish with crabmeat sauce, seafood and tofu claypot, and Thai style chicken.
The flaming Thai style chicken was quite entertaining, but we had to wait until the flame goes off… for about 3 minutes. The chicken was beautifully roasted, and the sauce was spicy – lemongrass, coconut and other spices and chili.
I felt all the dishes were quite salty. It helped me drinking lots of water though…
Posted November 26th, 2010 in Food | No Comments »
Pumpkin…. It’s a vegetable with full of nutrition! It is used to make both savoury and sweet dishes, and the variety of the recipes are endless.
While I was little, I used to eat steamed rice mixed with this simmered pumpkin. I call it “pumpkin rice” (カボチャご飯) and it was one of my favourite snack back then. I remember bringing it to my friend’s house and eating, just like chocolate or lollies.
Making this dish is so simple – just place all the ingredient in a sauce pan, and simmer.
- 500g Japanese pumpkin
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs sake
- 2 tbs sugar
- Cut pumpkin into 4~5cm cubes. Leave the skin on. (you can peel the skin if you like)
- Arrange the pumpkins in a layer in a medium sauce pan – the bottom of the pan should be covered with pumpkins. Pour the water to the pan to come halfway up to the height of the pumpkin.
- Add sake and sugar to the pan. Turn on the heat, and bring to the gentle boil.
- Meanwhile, cut baking sheet or aluminium foil into a circle of the size of the pan. Turn down the heat, add soy sauce, and cover the pumpkin with the sheet (foil). Place a lid, and simmer for 10~15 minutes.
Posted November 25th, 2010 in Ume's Interests | 2 Comments »
My friend recently had eyelash extension and she kept saying that she now loves looking at her face (eyes) in the mirror. She had the extension by a Japanese lady – friend gave me the information about the lady but I’m not sure if I ever get eyelash extension. It sounds very interesting, but I’m not sure if it’s 100% safe, and it is also pricy and not permanent.
But, after hearing from the friend I looked at my eyelash and realized that my eyelash has been falling off quite a lot! I believe I had more eyelash when I was younger (>0<). I never cared (I should…) about these things, and now I think I should do something about it.
I bought L’Oreal Lash Boosting Serum to help my eyelash grow! L’Oreal brand seems to be quite popular among Japanese girls too. Let’s see how it goes…
I’ve been wearing the serum on my eyelash for 2 weeks now, twice a day. I haven’t worn mascara for the last two weeks, and I think that my eyelash has became stronger – less failing.
By the way, one of my friend in Japan is also pregnant (around 3 months) and they are having the wedding party on January next year. She is already married to her husband, but they didn’t do any party or ceremony. (which is quite common thing in Japan these days) They chose the following dress:
… yes, not white. Wine color! These days people in Japan don’t really care the color of the wedding dress much… I’ve seen many brides wearing pink, blur or red dress in their wedding, not white. I really like the dress and I think she will look great in this dress
These days my appetite has been strange. I feel hungry, but don’t know what I feel like eating. And, I get heartburn very often now. If I eat a lot in the morning, I can’t eat anything until late night. So, I just eat light food or snack little by little during the day.
But, yesterday I really really wanted to eat chicken rice! I couldn’t do anything but thinking about it. It was around 3 PM, and D and I headed to Ten Ten.
I ordered Hainanese chicken rice, and D ordered roasted chicken rice. We must have had looked like two starved little kids…. I ate it up all and so did he (^^). It was very satisfying afternoon!