Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Crispy fried udon with egg

Another simple dish that I often cook for our dinner!

Here is my recipe for crispy fried udon with egg.
1. A packet of udon (I usually buy them in supermarkets).
2. Onions and coriander (up to your preference).
3. Eggs.
1. Put udon in hot water to separate them! Drain and rinse with cold water.
2. Chop onions, chop coriander.
Heat oil and stir fry chopped onions 'til fragrant. Add udon, stir fry 'til slightly golden with firm texture. Add soy sauce or any sauce (barbecue sauce or garlic sauce) to taste. Then stir fry udon with sauce for 5 minutes on medium heat.

Add eggs to udon and sizzle together with udon 'til golden color. Flip udon to cook the other side. Think of cooking this like cooking pancakes, to make that crispy texture.

When both sides are cooked, add coriander and continue to stir to separate udon!
Serve and enjoy!

The udon will taste chewy and crispy, it's also very flavorful and addictive!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lucky Rooster

A new painting lately, wanted to paint something vibrant to spice up my mood and I was quite satisfied with this outcome! Through painting, I'm training myself to be patient! Be patient, be patient...

Lucky Rooster, watercolor, 50 x 40 cm.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Simple dishes with herbs

I love cooking with herbs, for the aroma they add to the food and also health benefits. I've grown several herb plants at home for cooking purposes. Today I share two simple dishes cooked with herbs.

First dish is Meat Patty with Herb, I used dill to cook this dish. Prepare minced meat and some dill, add rice starch and tapioca starch to the mix, also sprinkle salt and spices according to your taste. Heat oil in a pan. Use a table spoon to take an appropriate portion and flatten that potion to make a patty, fry until golden.

Tip: Oil the table spoon that is used to make patty, so that the meat won't stick to it. Sometimes I make fish or prawn patty.

This dish will taste flavorful with the dill aroma. It's a good snack that's easy to make.

The second dish is Omelette with Herbs. I use basil, tarragon and rosemary. Wash them and slice them into tiny pieces, add to slightly beaten eggs. Fry it.

Tip: Use a small frying pan for cooking omelette to get a better texture.

Lately, I used 5 eggs to make this omelette and my nephew loved it so much that he finished all of it by himself.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pretty beige DIY manicure

I don't usually do manicures, however when I do, I like it to look girly and sweet. Anyway my manicures are always easy to DIY. I will show you how easy it is!

Apply two coats of OPI Tickle My France-y on your nails. Oh, I love this beige taupe creme nail polish! This is by far my favourite!

After the nail polish is completely dry, randomly decorate nails with lace and ribbon stickers, some with glitters and a few rhinestones. It's simple and fun!

Monday, July 09, 2012

A trip to Gardens by the Bay

We went to Gardens by the Bay few days ago. It's the first garden in the world to champion skyrise gardening, located next to Marina Bay Sands. It occupies 101ha and comprises three waterfront gardens - Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. So far, only Bay South Garden is open.

It's easy to get there. We walked to the top floor of the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Then we walked across a bridge crossing over Marina Bay Sands Hotel to reach Gardens By The Bay.

Spotted the unique Supertrees from afar. There are eighteen of them, between 25m to 50m, serving as vertical gardens. These trees also mimic ecological functions of trees through their sustainable features.

Explored around and took pictures of these objects near to the ticket counters. The queue for tickets was very long although the ticket price was not cheap.

Finally we got the tickets to enter the Flower Dome! It's chilling inside the gardens with bright natural sunlight, just the right temperature and light that I love!

Suddenly overwhelmed with happiness! Silly me attempted to capture each and every plant and flower there. Of course I couldn't, there were too many!

"...Slightly bigger than the size of two football fields, the dome will feature plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions and are complemented by changing displays in the Flower Field reflect different seasons and festivals..."

As usual, a jump shot to show my liking for the place. Happy feet create happy mood!

We walked from the romantic gardens to the wilderness deserts. Felt pleasant around plants and awed by the vastness of displays.

Looking up to the tall and beautiful trees, promised myself to be a better person, better than who I am now.

We continued our trip and rushed to the Cloud Forest. "...Cloud Forest replicates the cool-moist climate of 23 to 25 deg C found in Tropical Montane regions (between 1,000 to 3,500m above sea level) such as Mt Kinabulu and high elevation areas in South America..."

There is even a 35m Cloud Mountain covered with lush vegetation and accompanies with a waterfall.

I enjoyed strolling inside the gallery and sitting down to watch a documentary, felt inspired for what I can do to stay in balance with nature.

We didn't have much time to explore the outdoor gardens, which are Heritage Gardens and The World of Plants. There weren't many restaurants open yet so we just walked back to Marina Bay Sands and dined at Todai, one of our favorite restaurants.

I look forward to visiting Gardens by the Bay again, when everything is complete and hopefully we will have enough time to walk through all the gardens.