Sunday, 19 June 2011

The Lazy Zone

Home is where the heart is....and the TV with Astro Channels.Image Hosted by Yes, exams are over and I am scoring really high on being a couch potato. Wish I could say the same for my papers but I guess let bygones be bygones. All there is to do now is to pray hard! I won't be taking classes anymore for my remaining papers but will be doing them on my own and meanwhile apply for positions. Right after my papers I was doing some research reading on writing cover letters and putting together a resume. Took me 2 days to put everything together and sent in to the respective online application systems. Keeping my fingers crossed for a reply (keep yours crossed for me too, please?) and trying to be productive meanwhile.

I've been itching to make cookies since before the exams and I finally got to make my oat and chocolate chip cookies!! It took me only a little while to whip up the batter but a good one hour and half to bake them all.

The products!!

This is my first time using rolled oats in cookies and I think they are pretty nice. The cookies turned out pretty chewy yet still had a crunch to them I think I might try toasting the oats next time for more crunch and nicer smell. I'm actually not an oats fan (I really don't like eating them on their own) but I'm trying to find ways to incorporate them into my food since they are really good for cholesterol and stuff.

I have a lot of kitchen projects lined up so I will be cooking up a storm in my Mummy's kitchen in my holidays. Oh yes, I will also try to spend as much time as possible with friends who are in or back in Ipoh. So give me a call or drop me a line in Facebook (yes, I reactivated it). I am psyched to meet up and catch up!!!


I'm going to end my post with a random picture taken long long ago which I dug up from my folders. They are from my first (and I hope last) visit to the T-bowl restaurant in Sunway Pyramid. It's a toilet bowl concept store, which means their decor is made up of toilet bowls and so forth. And their food is also toilet themed.

Ice lemon tea in a piss pot

Fried inouki in a mini bathtub

"POO" ice cream in a potty

Now I know this toilet concept is really popular, but sadly it never grew on me because the toilet setting makes me really skeptical of their hygiene and makes me think of things I'd rather not think about when I'm eating. Actually, their food was pretty terrible. Even now, I remember the food being bland and carelessly prepared, so it really gives me no reason to want to go back. At least I got interesting pictures out of them. =)

Monday, 6 June 2011

Not Shepherd's Pie

Hello my dear readers. I am still in my stick-at-home-and-be-a-hermit situation. My room has turned into a mess of papers and my dad has been nagging me to study in the downstairs computer room because my room turns into an oven during the day. I'm too lazy to move my paper 'nest' downstairs so sad to say, I've seldom ventured down.

Speaking of ovens, I made pies the other day for my parents' cell group hosting. My mummy asked me if I had any ideas for the food and I jumped at the chance to make shepherd..err..cottage pie??

Let's straighten this out for once. The pies that I made are essentially a meat filling topped with mashed potatoes and baked in the oven with a sprinkling of cheese on top. Now, I've always called them shepherd pies but Ben told me that shepherd pies have lamb fillings. So if you don't have lamb in it, it's not shepherds pie. So..fine, I took to calling them cottage pies since I normally use minced beef as the filling and that's the 'official' term for beef filled pies. But this time, I used minced chicken instead. I Wiki-ed and apparently cottage pie is only for beef filling. So the conclusion is, I will call my pies CHICKEN COTTAGE PIES.

Ta Da!!!

My mum sparked the idea for 'mini' ones using the muffin trays. Hehe.

Happy to report they disappeared quite fast. Cottage pies are perfect for those who love pie but have not mastered pastry making yet. You can always buy ready made filo pastry to make an actual pastry pie but cottage pies are so easy and fuss free that you won't mind not having pastry in it. They're yummy too!! I mean, who doesn't like mash???

So that's one of my kitchen produce since coming back. I'm ITCHING to make chocolate chip cookies but I guess I'll have to wait until exams are over before I mess around the kitchen again. I know I'm not the only one who is up in steam over exams. Good luck to those taking ACCA and CAT papers!!And not forgetting those who are worrying over assignments and their respective exams!!!

Just some random pictures I took a few weeks back when Yoong came for a visit.

The path is long and hard, the journey will not be easy and the destination is yet unknown.
But I will persevere!!!

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