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Dynamic Duo December

It’s that time of the year, December has always been a month that has me feeling nostalgic. Maybe because I’m away from a very special girl who means more than life to me. 
It’s her birthday today so thought I’d go down memory lane and write a thing or two about her. 

We met at school in 2007 but we were aware of each other’s existence before this ๐Ÿ˜› I distinctly remember the first couple of months because she was so kind to me and she would always compliment. She became one of the sweetest girl I knew. 
We pretty much clicked from there on. Someone in our group even named us ‘dynamic duo’. We got closest in year 11/12 because we had the same subject combination which meant we were together literally all day. I’ve heard people say, excessive company of someone leads to conflict and I’ve experienced this with other people I’ve known over the years, but we have never had any serious fights. We’ve held some small grudges where we tried staying mad for couple of hours, which never lasted more than a day; because you cannot stay mad at people you love. Besides, I had secrets to tell her ๐Ÿ˜‰
Maybe the only time I remember being more than a ‘little mad’ was when she told me she was moving away interstate. She was few minutes away when she lived in Sydney so I hated the thought of her being so far away. 
At that point, I was worried we might lose what we have and I wondered if it would strain our relationship. But safe to say, nothing has changed at all (two years later!)
Yes, it’s true that we don’t get to see each other often but when we do, we have the best time together. The amount of time we spend together might be less than before but the quality of it has improved remarkably. There are no awkward moments and we can just pick up from where we’ve left off. 
Even though she’s geographically far, I know she’s only a phone call away. I know I can call her any time of the day or night and we can still talk like we would’ve if she lived in my block. I’ve done this and felt so much better once my burden was relieved. 
I’ve realised, the long distance will never be an issue because it only takes us second to reconnect. Our meetings have become more special than before and we have learnt to cherish all of it, until we meet again. 
In short, I’m so blessed to have her in my life. I really hate not being there for her birthday, I have missed just about all of her birthdays unfortunately ๐Ÿ™ 
So she recently asked me, “can you please be here for my 50th at least?”
Well, I hope to be here before that ๐Ÿ˜› 

High tea – planning




Last Sunday, two of my good friends and I held a fundraising high tea party. We started planning for this way back in July. During our first meeting, we had a brief discussion over what organisation we should fundraise for. We were thinking of doing Cancer Council because the proposed date we had for high tea would be around Daffodil day. But in the end, we decided to go for one close to women. We picked National Breast Cancer Foundation because all of us had a personal experience knowing someone who has suffered or died from breast cancer.


Food
Next thing we had to decide was the menu, we each discussed items that we could contribute. We wrote ourselves a shopping list and a brief plan of when to bake what.

We had our high tea on a Sunday afternoon so we planned that we would do shopping on the Monday, start baking from Thursday. We wanted to allow ourselves plenty of time because we were going to try some experimental desserts and we knew that these would take time and may not work.

At this stage, we weren’t sure of how many people would be coming so we kept our menu fairly small and manageable. It was going to be at my friend’s house so we had plans to invite our friends and family members.


Messy kitchen after we got home from shopping



Decorations
We registered with the organisation and we knew they would be sending us volunteer pack which includes posters and donation boxes. We were going to host the high tea at my friend’s backyard so we discussed decorations we could put outside, table arrangements and tea pots and cups (most important part of high tea!)

Because we were fundraising for breast cancer, we went with a pink theme. We planned to get flowers (something pink). We also had plans to print a formal menu and do description tags but unfortunately ran out of time to do this.

Decorations were done by a friend on Saturday but unfortunately it rained on the day so we were unable to use the outdoor space like we had planned to! ๐Ÿ™


It’s prep time!
Some sneak peek shots of our baking ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

We made a crazy load of mess (needless to say!), some things worked well and other things didn’t but this is where we truly made history through our kitchen mayhem! It was beautiful chaos, now that I think about it. 

Presenting the biggest batch of chocolate brownies I have ever made!

There is a lot going on here- multitasking at its best!

Baking after dinner on Saturday night- Sun-dried tomatoes, olive and polenta muffins




High tea- final day

Presenting some of our best shots and reflections on our experience. If you’d like to read about the background story/ beautiful chaos we had, see the other blog on planning ๐Ÿ™‚

Menu


Sweet

Chocolate cheesecake
Butter Cake with buttercream icing
Sweet potato and almond brownies
Scones
Semolina cake with cinnamon and lemon syrup
Coconut macarons
Red velvet cupcakes
Vanilla thins
Jelly shots
Cream biscuits
Sponge cake with whipped cream icing
Mini coffee cupcakes with caramel icing
Chocolate biscuits
Lemon Shortbread

Savoury
Pinwheel sandwiches (chicken, egg and vegetarian)
Curried chicken pastries
Spinach ans ricotta pastries
Sun-dried tomatoes, olives and polenta muffins
Sun-dried tomatoes, capsicum and feta tarts


Drinks
Strawberry iced tea
Masala spice tea
Various pink Schweppes drinks (raspberry, pink grapefruit and blood orange)

Butter Cake with buttercream icing
Coconut macarons
Sponge cake with whipped cream icing
Mini coffee cupcakes with caramel icing
Scones


Red velvet cupcakes
Chocolate cheesecake

Semolina cake with cinnamon and lemon syrup

Sweet potato and almond brownies

Jelly shots and cream biscuits

Sun-dried tomatoes, olives and polenta muffins




Father’s Day 2015


I asked my daddy, “what kind of cake do you want for Father’s Day?”
He said, “just a plain cake with nothing on it.”
He’s just too easy and kind on me!



Happy Father’s Day! 

I’ve spent so long looking for a perfect card for this Father’s Day but they just don’t seem to be have what I was looking for. I wanted something with a nice long message but all the ones I saw had dull cover pages. Then I came across this superdad one and I found it to be quite appropriate for us because he has been like a ‘superhero’ to me. I ended up getting this cute tatty bear one and thought I’d just write my own long message here and force him to read this later ๐Ÿ˜›

So here it goes…

To my dearest best daddy in the world,

Firstly, I hope you like the card and the other presents. I thought I’d get you this superdad tatty bear because you have been like a ‘superhero’ in my life. You may not know how to fly like a superhero but you were still able to save me whenever I’ve had a crisis in my life. You have taken on the role of both parents a lot of the times and we know how challenging that was, and I sometimes I made it even harder being ever so difficult (yes, I’m saying this today with much regret). I wish I could understand what you were going through and been less of a wild child, but now I do.

I can’t begin to tell you how special you are to me. I know I don’t get to tell you this because both of us are so caught up in our lives. We are both so busy and I tend to be grumpy most of the time, I don’t get to express what I feel for you. I definitely don’t appreciate you enough and I really should be doing more to tell you how much you mean to me.

Thank you for being the guiding light in my life. I may like to call myself an adult to the world (because I’m 22), but secretly I know, without you, I wouldn’t have survived a single day! It’s only because of you I’m able to maintain my sanity. If it weren’t for you, I would have sunk in darkness long ago. You’re always there for me every time I need you and your support means everything to me because without it, I would not function.

One of the things children tend to do is they simply take their parents for granted. I definitely do take you for granted most of the time. I’ll be honest with you, it took me a very long time to realise I was doing this as well. It was only in the last year or two I realised I need to be more aware of my actions of what I’m doing because I don’t want to hurt you ever (I blame the teenage years for keeping me in the state of mind fogginess :P)

Anyway, now that I’m armed with this relatively new realisation and post-teenage wiseness, I hope I can show you just how much you mean to me, not just on Father’s Day but every single day.

Finally, I wish you have a wonderful Sunday!

Love you always and forever
From your little girl xo


Bittersweet winter

Winter is officially over and spring is here! I know most of you are probably super excited but I’m a little sad winter is over. 

Yes, I’m one of those weird people that enjoy a good cold weather, contrary to what most people think about winter. 
You might be wondering why! 
Well, let me give you a few reasons and see if I can win you over ๐Ÿ˜›
Firstly, you could pretty much wear anything and get away with it as long as you wear a nice looking coat. You could be wearing the tee you wore last night under your classy coat and still end up looking good. Winter is so forgiving, you don’t have to worry about colour coordinating your outfits. 
Same goes with shoes, you gotta decide between ballet flats or sandals or whatever else you wear. In winter, it’s so much easier because it’s too cold to wear anything else ๐Ÿ˜›
Just slip on some boots with any random socks you find and you’re good to go!  

As you can see from this picture- I’m wearing fluro socks here but you wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t told you ๐Ÿ˜› 
I’m usually in a rush in the morning so I put minimum effort into getting ready. 
Last but not least, winter is the only season where you can be cozy and snug and enjoy a  good sleep in! Of course, that makes it harder to leave your bed every morning but that’s another story ๐Ÿ˜› 
Yes, I’m a winter freak, but I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed winter if I lived in countries where you get actual winter like snow or temperature in the minuses. I do love winter but my skin doesn’t like it unfortunately ๐Ÿ™ I tend to get dry itchy hands/ feet which can become quite irritating at times. This year wasn’t as bad coz someone recommended this Crabtree and Evelyn cream. At first, I was a reluctant to try because I’m not much of a health beauty product person but this one’s definitely worth the price! This set includes- 2 body lotion, 2 hand therapy and 1 hand recovery. 

Lazy day

So now I’ve got a bit of a break for about a week before I go back to placement. It’s winter in Sydney and it has gotten pretty cold lately. The lowest was about 4 degrees so naturally all I want to do is hibernate away under that blanket. 
Despite of what others think about winter, it’s actually my favourite season. But there are some downsides of winter- getting out of bed is even harder! ๐Ÿ™
I’m not a morning person, I struggle every morning when I have to part ways with my blanket ๐Ÿ˜›
But today I did something I haven’t done in a long while! I stayed in bed, till very late. 
I stayed in till about 2pm which beats all my previous records but hey I’m trying to make the most out of my short holiday so don’t judge me!
I stayed in bed using all the possible gadgets, called up friends – I literally had a virtual party going on in my room ๐Ÿ˜› 
Anyway, then I was getting a bit hungry so I finally climbed out of bed and made this: salmon, sweet potato frittata with ricotta and spinach ๐Ÿ™‚
I say it was a day well spent, sometimes the smallest things in the World puts you at your happiest! :’)

The beginning :)

Hello there,

As you can tell from the title, I like to partake in shenanigans so thought I’d make a blog and document it.

I actually thought about doing this for ages. But I wasn’t sure how and when do I begin? Or if I should write even?

My ‘big’ plan was to launch this blog in January this year but it got delayed by quite a bit as you can see we are in June and I’m still writing my intro here!

I did make an account earlier though, but I never got around to writing because I was busy with training placement and it took so much out of my time, it didn’t really leave time for anything else. (For anyone that’s not familiar with what being in placement involves- it’s basically like full time work but you don’t get paid anything. You may be armed with a whole lot of experience but it leaves you exhausted and broke) ๐Ÿ™

Now getting to the proper intro – I’m a 22 year old student dietitian living in Sydney. I’ve always wanted to blog but never got around to doing it for some reason (well, mainly procrastinating). I wanted to write but I wasn’t sure if anyone would want to read about the dull life I lead? ๐Ÿ˜›

In short, I guess I was lazy, time poor and didn’t have the guts to do this.

Then I thought, why not give it a go and see what it’s like? I’m not getting any younger so I might as well do it now while I’m young

Because like they say YOLO haha

Anyway now that we’re over the awkward intro, let’s move on to other things, shall we? ๐Ÿ˜‰

So what will I be writing about?
Mainly food, I am passionate about food as any other dietitian would be ๐Ÿ˜‰
But I also hope to be writing about other things- travel, new places, events, photography and who knows what else ๐Ÿ˜›

Stay tuned for more ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo