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Cookie Monster loves Danish butter cookies

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been one for biscuits or cookies, finding them too dry and boring. But during the weekend, I spotted these tins of Danish butter cookies in the supermarket and just had to buy them because they reminded me so much of my Ah Pa and my childhood.

tin

My father loves biscuits, cookies (and most sweet treats) but he really likes Danish butter cookies and when I was young, his room would somehow always have a tin of Kjeldsens butter cookies (the most famous Danish butter cookies?) with their bright blue and yellow hue. We all had our favourites, I think Jo’s favourite was the choc chip cookies while I had a penchant for those sugary ones.

cookies

What was your favourite Danish butter cookie? I remember that the rectangular plain butter cookies were always the ones leftover in the tin because no one liked them, but my Ah Pa would finish them anyway. I’m sure every typical Asian family has a story about these cookies, my favourite one is when I found myself having to lug 10 kilos worth of jumbo Kjeldsens tins from Perth to Kuching (my aunt wanted me to bring them home for my relatives). (-_____-)”

cookie 1

Anyway, I was actually quite excited when I peeled off the tape surrounding the lid. Even though they were not Kjeldsens, I think they’re actually made by the same company.

cookie2

To my shock, I realised there were no choc chip cookies in this version!! How can?! But I was still very happy seeing the familiar rounds of cookies, and knowing that there would be another layer underneath. Nostalgic. I went for a sugary one straight away while the cookie monster chose the swirly round one.
cookie 3
Happy cookie monster Y(^____^)Y. I know it will be a terrible work week ahead, but at least there’s comfort in knowing that familiar, sugary, warm and happy things will be waiting for you back home.

Work emails

2.45 pm Colleague Lin to Mel & Daitaoha: Are both of you going to be in on Friday? I’m planning to bring in some muffins and goodies 🙂 ‘

2.46 pm Daitaoha to Lin and Mel: ‘You’re bad for my waistline but good for my overall happiness level. I’m in on Friday (unfortunately) Is it just me or is the day going reallly slowly??!’

2.50 pm Mel to Daitaoha and Lin: Sounds yummy. It’s not just you, I can’t believe it’s not even 3 yet!’

2.51pm Lin to Mel & Daitaoha: ‘Omg Mel, just looked at the clock, you totally crushed me’

2.55pm Daitaoha to Lin and Mel: ‘It’s been 10 minutes since Lin’s first email, and it’s still not 3!’

(3 peer at each other over our workdesks. All walk to candy jar and share out chocolates. This job is not good for my health or waistline)

It was a very slow work day.
cottage pie

Cottage pie and tomato cucumber salad for dinner, another case of using up the leftovers. Another 2 more days till the weekend, will it never end?

Another ‘chiak’ wkend, Brunch @ Crumpet & Dinner @ Clancy’s Fish Pub

The weekend is over again!!! (T_____T) It was a scorching one and I’m still waiting for the thunderstorm to break with no avail. But at least it was a great foodie weekend with lots of good company.

Saturday brunch with Jo and HC was at Crumpet (8/885 Albany Highway, East Vic Park), the new breakfast place just near my home which I’ve been dying to try for a while. The food reviews given were all good and best of all, they had excellent coffee reviews. I knew it wouldn’t take much to convince fellow coffee lover HC to give it a try and I was right (^__^).

coffee

The coffee ($2.9) was pretty good! Pretty latte art is always a bonus and nice to look at.

crumpet

Even though I’m not a fan of crumpets, scones or pancakes and the like, it felt wrong not to order crumpets ($4) at a cafe called Crumpet so we ordered one to share. The crumpets came with honey and butter and were nicely hot and buttery. Not bad even for a non crumpet lover like me.

croque

My croque monsieur ($7) which is a basically a grilled ham and cheese sandwich was very nice, I’m not sure there’s much you can go wrong with when it comes to toasted sandwiches, but this one was nicely done, crispy and melty, yums.

benedict

HC’s egg benedict ($12.50) which I didn’t eat but looked good. I forgot to check the texture of his poached eggs but I’m sure they were alright.

fritters

Jo’s brunch was very fresh and tasty, sweet corn fritters with avocado, bacon and cherry tomatoes and lots of herbs. It was nice and light and very refreshing.

Overall I liked Crumpet and thought that the portions were generous, prices were affordable (it’s hard to find coffees under the price of $3 nowadays, Perth coffee prices are crazy) and most importantly the food was nice and tasty. The only problem I had with Crumpet, bad insulation/ventilation made the cafe extremely hot and uncomfortable in summer, they need some fans or something? Otherwise, I would definitely return.

Weekend dinner special was a Scoopon deal! If you haven’t heard of Scoopon, get on it now, it’s the new craze in Australia where you go to a website like Scoopon which has ‘deals’ everyday e.g. restaurant discounts, massages etc., and if enough ppl ‘buy’ the deal, the deal is on.

scoopon

This was our first ‘deal’ purchase and it was such a good deal, $40 for $100 worth of food. I’ve been past Clancy’s fish pub a few times (while on the way to Ipoh Garden next door haha) but never thought of it as a place I would go to not being a pub food fan but this deal was too good to miss.

seafood

So for $40 we had a seafood platter for 2 which frankly, was just average. I’ve had much better seafood platters elsewhere but really, I can’t complain because it was such a good deal and the seafood while average, was still fresh and fun to eat.

scechuan

We also had another main of Szechuan Snapper Salad which wasn’t very asian at all, I guess they got the name szechuan from the use of szechuan pepper in the batter seasoning? Otherwise this snapper was nicely fried and well seasoned.

Completely stuffed after this meal but it was fun, I love Scoopon and will be visiting often to check out other deals (^__^). Ok, end of weekend post and back to sad workdays again, bye!

Sunday brunches

There’s a neighbor that plays piano every night, it used to be quite soothing but recently he or she has started practicing LATE at night. Luckily it’s the piano and not er hu or violin I guess.

Then the piano started again early this morning. This time I didn’t mind because it reminded me of the church bells that we would hear back home in Kuching while lying in bed on a Sunday morning. Then we would get up, brush up and soon ah Pa’s organ tunes would drift up the stairs. All pile into the car and Ah pa would ask ‘Chiak har mik?’ (What should we eat?) And we would take turns saying ‘Chin chai‘ meaning ‘whatever, anything’. In the end Ah pa would just head off to our usual bak kut teh place (I can imagine Jaso drooling as he reads this) probably thinking why he even bothered asking in the first place (-_____-)”.

I think Jan is coming home for CNY next year, if Darren flies home as well, we’ll all be home for CNY so exciting. I am already imagining all of us piling into the car and Ah Pa asking us where we want to go, but I’m quite sure this time we will have lots of answers for him.

Btw good friends and family, go check out the class photo of me in primary school, a primary schoolmate found me on Facebook (how do they do this? It still amazes me!) and tagged me, it’s a hilarious photo, my spectacles take up half my face! And I’m wearing a hairband, so old school. I think I have ‘nerd’ spelt across my forehead too, except while I looked like a nerd, I never studied , sigh… it’s funny lah, so go and have a look!

Baking

Baking in the kitchen, also baking in the hot sun. It is 39 degrees today and I am dying from heat!! Why?!! Why is summer here so soon? Sigh…

sashimi

The idea of curries, hot food has been off putting, so last night we indulged in a piece of raw salmon and had it sashimi style. Oishii!! It was so nice and best of all, cold …

cake

Anyway, when it wasn’t so hot a couple of days ago, I actually did some baking. This time it was a Japanese Cheesecake. After getting tips from my mum, she said that I was making her ‘itchy’ (I thought people only use that term when playing mahjong!) and she baked one the next day too! Hehe, before you know it, Jan will be baking from her kitchen in London. The cake actually turned out quite good but I was looking for an even softer texture.

dense
After a couple of days in the fridge, the texture is now rather dense and creamy, not so Japanese cheesecake but more Western cheesecake. But never mind, because it’s also cold!

Ok, back to melting and waiting for the thunderstorm to break for the weekend …. (T___T)

Chiak Chiak Chiak

For those that don’t know, chiak means eat in Hokkien, and that’s all I did the whole weekend, it was a great weekend (^____^), only now it’s over (T_____T)

steak

Friday steak nights are back! Mine was overloaded with mushrooms, I tried a new mushroom sauce recipe, yum yum.

pho

Saturday we tried out the new Vietnamese restaurant ‘What the Pho’ (catchy name) that has been garnering good reviews. Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment. The pho was lacking in depth, no beefy flavours, lack of those herbs that we love so much in phos. Sigh, disappointment.

rice

The pork chop rice which I thought all Vietnamese restaurants never go wrong with, was very ordinary. I’ve had much better pork chop rice elsewhere. To be fair, the atmosphere and interior of What the Pho was very nice and comfy. The service was excellent too. But the most important component, the food, was somehow lacking.

tofu

Homecooking! Finished up the whole pack of tofu with mapo tofu.

curry

Chicken curry or more like vegetable curry because I loaded it with veggies like cabbage, carrots and beancurd sticks. A tad spicy but still good with rice.

I’m going to bake a cheesecake tomorrow, wish me luck!

Tomato fever

You know that something tastes really good if you immediately want to recreate the same dish when you go home. That’s how I felt about the pickled vegetable tomato soup that we had at the chicken rice place.

kiam chai

Somehow mine didn’t turn out quite the same and wasn’t as good,  but it was still tasty and comforting with steamed rice for dinner.

penne

It’s been a while since I’ve cooked pasta, this time it was Penne Alla Vodka which was a tomato cream sauce pasta which didn’t really taste of vodka at all. I might need to be more generous with the vodka next time.

Did you notice that everything is tomato based? Richard came home with a box of tomatoes from his colleague last week and we’ve been eating lots and lots of tomatoes all week, in fact, we’re almost done!

It’s Friday tomorrow! Hooray hooray.

Hillarys and good chicken rice

I can’t decide which one is worse, Sunday nights or Monday mornings. Perhaps it’s Sunday nights because while there’s still a night ahead, you know you’re wasting precious time dreading the coming week. Ah well, at least it was a good weekend while it lasted.

breakwater

Hillarys was prettier than when I last visited. The new Breakwater restaurant was impressive and the weather was perfect.

FAB

It was burgers and milkshake sort of weather. My FAB burger was pretty good, but I think Grill’d burgers are possibly my favourite out of all the gourmet burger joints popping up around Perth.

bento

Surely the weekend is all about comfort homecooking, watching TVB dramas on end and just lazing about doing nothing?

hoibo

I am reluctant to reveal the whereabouts of this little gem with some of the best chicken rice in town.

chicken rice

Only I think everyone knows about it already because we met Calvin’s family whom were also there for the first time having heard about the famous chicken rice. And it was good! Generous portions, affordable pricing, great presentation, juicy tender chicken, fragrant rice and great salted veg/tomato soup. The soup reminded of my mum’s kiam chye duck soup so much, we went to the grocery shop afterward to buy ingredients to make our own at home.

I love discovering new foodie places (^__^).

Now it’s back to mourning the weekend (-____-), hope everyone had a lovely weekend as well.

 

Wake me up when 2010 ends

2nd November 2010. The day that my offer for the home got accepted. First offer for first home and it was accepted overnight, so I guess I got pretty lucky there. It hasn’t sunk it yet even though I have started the ball rolling in terms of looking for a settlement agent, getting finance approval etc. Paperwork, flying emails and telephone calls.

I wish everything wasn’t crammed into 2010.Job changes. Lots of moving. Relationships. Hospitals. Doctors. Food stalls. Lots of visitors. Holidays (that I wish I had more of). Further studies. Now first home and the start of mortgage stress and heavy financial responsibilities. It’s all a bit overwhelming and I can’t help wishing that it was spaced out more evenly through the years. It’s been chaotic to say the least.

Last night I watched the video of our Japan trip that Jan and Andy made and sent to us. It was really fun hearing my ah pa’s funny comments, watching us marvel at the sight of sakuras, reliving the great foodie experiences and just seeing the big big smiles and laughter. I can’t remember the last time I felt so happy and smiled so freely. Even though it was only six months ago, I feel like I’ve aged so much in half a year.

All my colleagues are bemoaning the fact that Christmas is only 7 weeks away and that 2010 is almost over. A colleague talked about how her grandmother told her that ‘the days go faster as you grow older’ and she exclaimed ‘my nan was right!’ I didn’t really contribute to the conversation, I’m not sure they would understand if I told them that I just want 2010 to be over.


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