|Teriyaki Salmon at Yayoi|
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
My boy's favorites weren't absent during the holidays but I couldn't promise him a fancy icing so I left that out. Instead, I had them in festive, colourful cupcake liners. I think that did the trick :). Cupcakes were as usual moist and super delicious!
|Moist Vanilla Cupcakes!|
What was yours? Well, this was ours... a deliciously stuffed grilled whole chicken. It came with boiled sweet Dutch carrots and could be paired with crackers and cheese. It wasn't a feast for many but it was for the 3 of us :)! Hope you had a joyful celebration!
|Yummy chicken for Christmas dinner|
I'd lost and forgotten this recipe a long time ago. Good thing I sent it to a friend before and she reminded me about it last Christmas. Nice of her to send me back the recipe I sent her before. I didn't waste time and baked it during the holidays. They were so good!
We've decided to make it a Christmas tradition to make the irrestible Vanillekipferl. Last Christmas, they came out a bit chubbier than usual but still delicious as they normally are. It's one of my favorite Christmas cookies so they don't normally last long :).
|Vanillekipferl Christmas 2015|
Baking at home or not, the temptations are just everywhere. Like these delicious and tempting tortes and cakes in a cafe at the QVB. You can't resist them or can you? My personal favorite here is their New York cheesecake, it melts in your mouth!
|Tortes and cakes at Vienna cafe, QVB|
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Christmas baking starts now with these christmassy eggnog cupcakes with a hint of nutmeg. I really get into the Christmas mood when I start baking. It's becoming a tradition, a very delicious one! How about you, have you got started yet?
|Delicious Eggnog Cupcakes|
Friday, November 25, 2016
It's always hard if you're confronted with plenty of choices and when that happens, get everything :). So I got five mini cakes after my sumptuous dinner buffet! They all look mouth-watering so the dilemma is understandable.
|Mouth-watering mini cakes!|
This is one of the best seafood dishes I ever had, it's grilled Pakapaka fish that came with coarsely mashed potatoes, asparagus and capers. It was super delicious, nourishing and energy-giving. Worth every dollar spent! It was sooo good, I ordered it again the next day :).
|Grilled Pakapaka in Fiji|
My choice as we had that lovely lunch next to the beach in Fiji was this calamari rings with salt and pepper. They were fried to perfection: crunchy, brownish and not too greasy. I could tell, they were from fresh, medium-sized squid as they were not fishy and chewy. The dish came with a small bowl of sour cream and a slice of Fijian lime. Delicious!
|Salt &Pepper Calamari Rings|
As hubby claims it, one of the most delicious burgers he ever had! It's called the reef burger and it was indeed yummylicious (as I had a small bite of it)! The fish fillets were properly cooked but not dry and together with the tomato garnish on top and some salad, sandwiched on that top-grilled bread, it was such a tropical delight!
|Reef burger in Fiji|
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
It's my favorite Japanese dessert, Matcha Anmitsu. Matcha means green tea as it has green tea ice cream. Anmitsu is a popular Japanese dessert which has small cubes of jelly and a mixture of fruits. And it comes with a syrup to pour on to it. Delicious!
|Matcha Anmitsu - a Yayoi dessert|
Another hubby's favorite is this smoked mackerel at Yayoi. It's fun to see him devour on this one till just a few fishbones are left. You can order it as a meal with Yayoi's renowned steamed rice (so good!), miso soup, a few sashimi and some side dishes.
|Smoked Mackerel at Yayoi, Victoria Galleries|
Sunday, July 10, 2016
This would be my fam's favorite ramen, the super good Akamaru Shinaji from Ippudo. It's not spicy so it's suitable for young kids and also can be ordered with soft noodles. Its broth is rich and garlicky and it comes with 2 pork bellies. Highly recommended!
|Akamaru Shinaji ramen from Ippudo|
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
This was my hubby's pick, a prosciutto pizza. It wasn't as fatty as my salami but also delectable. It was perfect with his glass of red. I would have ordered it myself but I just don't like rockets very much.
|Prosciutto pizza at Eastbank Pizzeria, Circular Quay|
Only way to feed my son when we're outside is to bring him to a place that has either noodles or spaghetti. This time it's the yummy spaghetti. He loves it and would eat most of it which makes mami and dadi happy.
|Spaghetti bolognese at Eastbank Pizzeria, Circular Quay|
For my hubby who didn't have to drive that day was a glass of red wine with his pizza. He loves his wine but can't have a glass or two when he's got the car. I should better learn how to drive soonest.
|A glass of red wine at Eastbank Pizzeria, Circular Quay|
Since I avoid wine and lots of other drinks, I would stick to my favorite cold and sweet pineapple juice while having pizza. I share most of it to my son who seems to have the same liking when it comes to juices.
|Cold pineapple juice at Eastbank Pizzeria, Circular Quay|
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Finally got to try the micky mouse silicon mold I bought in Disneyland. I promised my boy mickey chocolate chip muffins for new year and glad they turned out really nice. My hungry boy, getting up from a nap had already 3 so far.
|Mickey chocolate chip muffins for new year!|
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
It's 3 Lindt fathers christmas awaiting my boy on the 24th. The box is obviously too small for 3 men so Santa left it open :). It's so cute how my son tiptoed to reach the goodies and it's so sweet how he shared the 2 with mami and dadi.
|The 24th box of the Advent Calendar filled with chocolate Santas.|
Saturday, December 20, 2014
The whole house still smells of freshly baked vanillekipferl. These are biscuits mainly made of spelt flour, almond flour, lots of butter and sprinkled with powdered sugar. So yummy you can't stop eating them. I'm so proud to say my boys made them. I just had to sit, relax and wait for these goodies to be ready :).
|Sprinkling powdered sugar on freshly baked Vanillenkipferl.|
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Looking like the terracota warriors, these warrior chocolate bears are ready to celebrate Christmas with everyone. Though it's a sad Christmas for the Lindt community here in Sydney, the joys from these sweets will be present. P.S. Got a box of assorted Christmas chocolates from Lindt, Martin Place before the siege happened. They make my son happy getting 1choc a day from his advent calendar boxes.
|Lindt chocolate bears at Lindt cafe, Darling Harbour|
I thought it was great to get a gingerbread train kit and build it with my little boy before Christmas. Glad I did because he was really excited and enthusiatic about it. It was fun watching him decorating the train. The joys of parenthood.
|My son's gingerbread train, Christmas 2014|
It's that time of the year when lots of my energy are exerted into baking or simply making sweets. I love to bake and I'm glad I have a little helper with me. My son and I made some banana cupcakes that left a very lovely smell of the kitchen and our home.
|Baking banana cupcakes at home.|
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Unfortunately, it's not in the regular menu but this braised pork wrap is a bomb! So delicious. The pork was tender and its tasty sauce blended perfectly with the freshness of the salad wrap.
|Braised pork wraps at Umi Sushi, Darling Quarter|
Puto means steamed rice cake in Filipino but this one is made of wheat flour. To make it puto cheese, you just have to add a strip or grated cheese on top of the putos. My son loves them so I make them from time to time.
|Making puto cheese or steamed rice cake.|
Another orange favorite is baby or officially, Dutch carrots. I prefer them than the regular ones. These are sweet and remains crunchy when steamed. My son is not particularly a fan of veggies but he would take a munch on these.
|Dutch carrots at home.|
Friday, December 12, 2014
I was looking forward to our main, teppanyaki udon. While on the wait, we could watch from our table the teppanyaki guys doing some fire show and food throwing exhibition. Great night with great food and fireworks afterwards.
|Teppanyaki Udon at Kamikaze, Darling Harbour|
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
My favorite spider roll, yum yum! For those who don't know, it's a sushi roll with soft shell crab in it. It doesn't have the fishy taste and if it's done fresh the crab is still crunchy. It also has cucumber strips that adds to its crunchiness.
|Spider Roll at Umi Sushi, Darling Quarter|
A favorite at any Chinese or Japanese restaurant, pan-fried gyoza. They're filled with pork and perfect accompaniment of sushi. But if you're planning to indulge on more sushi, rather skip Gyoza as they can be heavy.
|Gyoza at Umi Sushi, Darling Quarter|
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It's got to be my fave drink, the irrisistible dark hot chocolate even in a hot day! I'm off coffee so hot choco is the closest to the caffeine addiction. And this special cup has a Guylian dark chocolate seahorse to add to the taste!
|Dark hot choco at Guylian cafe, Darling Quarter|
Not for me anymore but hubby still get his coffee everyday. I bet a flat white a day keeps someone awake especially on a lazy afternoon. Done with lots of love, this is a coffee at Guylian's cafe.
|Coffee at Guylian cafe, Darling Quarter|
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
My hubby's pick, mouth-watering seafood skewer! It was kind of him to share one mini octopus which was surprisingly really tasty! My first to time try octopus so now I know the deal about it.
|Seafood Skewer at the Outrigger on the Lagoon, Fiji|
This delicious coated fish, which name I forgot was my lunch near the beach! Served with salad and paired with refreshing smoothie, this one Fiji meal I don't forget ;).
|Coated Fish at the Outrigger on the Lagoon, Fiji|
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
It's pineapple with a dash of cranberry and mint! Perfect for a warmer day on the beach. We went for lunch at a beachside resto inside our Fiji resort. It was a lovely day with tropical view, delicious food and a fruity cold drink!
|Pineapple Mocktail at the Outrigger on the Lagoon, Fiji|
Flew to Fiji to escape Australian winter. It was raining the 1st 2 days so we were stuck where there was roof and food! Not bad really. This is a plate of delicious desserts on an Asian night buffet. That lemongrass brulee was excellent!
|Desserts at the Outrigger on the Lagoon, Fiji|
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Another taro delight, mini taro buns! These are my son's favorite dessert! You know why, they're round, cute and bite-size. He used to not eat the taro filling but with some convincing he's liking it now.
|Taro buns at Din Tai Fung, Chatswood|
The crispy crumbed fillet chicken that normally comes with the noodle soup. It's one of those dishes that can make you addicted. It has a great garlicky taste, perfect with a warm soup!
|Crumbed Fillet Chicken at Din Tai Fung, Chatswood|
We initially got into noodle soup because of my son's fondness to it but we got addicted to it too. This simple noodle soup is from our fave taiwanese resto which normally comes with crumbed fillet chicken or pork.
|Noodle Soup at Din Tai Fung, Chatswood|