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Playroom

My view from the kitchen window. The playroom is a success, even in its half done state. Saitaoha loves the room and spent the most of the morning in it. The majority of the dirty, hard labour is done, we’re on to the fun part of furnishings and decorations.

Saitaoha is so big and tall now. Still loving her shoes haha, she insisted on wearing her new shoes today, but was also admiring her other pair of new shoes gifted by da yee. She has too many shoes now, never a problem for girls I reckon.

Winter is almost over and I thought we didn’t do too badly illness wise. Bang, here we are, sick again. I feel guilty and wonder whether it’s because I haven’t found time to reschedule the kids for their second flu short yet. I didn’t get my flu shot this year too 😓.

Today’s chicken and mushroom risotto was a success, it mostly comes out overdone when I cook it using my instant pot. But I shortened the timing and liquids this time and it seems nicer? Will ask for resident risotto fan R for feedback.

The nice thing about taking a sick day, it gives you time to potter around the house, do household chores, cook, I wish we had four day work weeks, how nice that would be.

School holidays

I wish WordPress had stickers like Dayre because I need a confetti throwing 🎉 cat right now, Saitaoha has recovered! Her appetite is back to normal and all errr bodily functions are back to normal too. Hooray!

It’s school holidays so my mum is looking after LG during the day. It’s great for Saitaoha because she loves her jeje’s company. Here they are drawing together.

My sister baked a quiche which I had for brunch with a kopi, it had asparagus, onions and bacon, very delicious.

In return I made a lasagna which the kids and my parents will be having for lunch tomorrow.

Oh hai, anyone miss me? This one is getting demanding, insists on being carried and walked around, Mah Mah’s arms are breaking.

Hehe so cute together. I’m hoping to bring the kids to the playground tomorrow, all kids invited, Tspellstrouble want to come ?

Simple dinner tonight of ah Ma’s veg tomyum soup, honey pork with brocolli, 番茄炒蛋.

Hope the kid sleeps early tonight!

4 mth old checkup

Hi mummy, mah mah dressed me in the theme of shapes.

I love her solemn looking face. This is her favourite seat in the house, the beanbag!

Today ah pa and I brought her for her 4 months child health nurse checkup. She did really well and is tracking well in her growth and development. We’ve been suspecting that she’s put on weight and we were right, she’s now 6.4 kgs 😃. Her sister was 6.1 kg and one cm longer at 4 months, her father commented, ‘so Saitaomei is shorter and fatter lah?’ So bad this papa.

There was a bit of drama on our way to the check up, because it’s a new location we ended up going to the wrong place and couldn’t find the right venue. I was all for giving up and rescheduling a new appointment but ah pa refused to give up. ‘Let’s circle around and try again!’ he said. In the end the lovely nurse called me and gave us directions. When we left she said to ah pa ‘thanks Daitaoha’s dad for your persistence!’ Haha thanks indeed to my father, he is one in a million, I don’t know what I would do without my parents here.

Another chiffon cake, in fact I baked two today, one for Tristan’s class and the other for my uncle.

Roasted a chicken today but it wasn’t well cooked because I took it out too early. I should have put it in the oven earlier but it was occupied by the cakes 😓.

Ah Ma cooked this yummy bak cho mee for lunch, but I was too busy and only had it for dinner.

Saitaomei in her favourite beanbag watching tv.

Meanwhile jeje is hard at work cleaning the house.

‘You missed a spot jeje!’ says Saitaomei.

Hahaha, I would love it if both kids help me with housework in the future. I look forward to cooking and baking with them, just like how I cook and discuss recipes with ah Ma. It’s lots of fun.

Watermelon 🍉

Happy baby gets all the attention today because jeje has gone to daycare.

Baby has new daddy?

We invited my BIL to join us for lunch. He is a super daddy and is always very attentive to Tristan. It was so nice of him to offer to carry Saitaomei so I could eat.

Happy BIL because he gets to order food that he wants to try (instead of ordering food that his child will share and eat) for a change.

It’s our favourite noodle place, their spicy big intestines noodles was 👍.

I had my usual dan dan mian.

Quickly cooked mushroom and spinach risotto for dinner so Saitaoha could have some once she returns from daycare. She’s usually famished when she’s back but I was worried she wouldn’t eat it since she’s on a food strike nowadays. She ate a bowl 🙏🏻.

Enjoying some watermelon for supper. She loves watermelon and this was was extra special because it’s from ah pa’s garden! Super sweet and juicy, better than store bought 😍.

Check out R’s pained expression. I reckon that’s what daddies are best for, physical horsing around. If I had to do pull ups with Saitaoha, I would probably land on my back and crush her 😅.

Whatcha lookin’ at?

Is it Friday yet???

Finally Friday tomorrow, I hope I get some time to bake a cake, pack Saitaoha’s old clothes, take out some clothes for Saitaomei (she’s growing so big!) and bring Saitaoha to the playground.

Sigh I always have these plans but they never seem to work out, 时间不够用!

Sunday roast dinners

We were at Papparich for lunch on Saturday and the wait was horrendous.  It was made worse by inexperienced and disorganised waitresses cluckling around in stress. I’m not sure why management didn’t just assign one person to man the queue, it would have saved the waitresses asking each person 6 -times in a row how many seats were required for each table. 

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Anyway the reason for that rant was to say that I liked the lychee soda drink at Papparich which was a pricey $4.60 and was sure I could recreate it at home. So I did!  Very refreshing with lychee, longans, mint leaves,  a lime wedge, lychee syrup and soda water.

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It was Jan that suggested that we have roast lamb for our Sunday family dinner.  Believe it or not,  it was my first time roasting lamb with guidance from my sis. 

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Luckily it all turned out lovely and our roast lamb dinner with roasted veg, mash and gravy ( not forgetting the all important mint sauce) was delicious.

MKR Sundays

Headed into the city this weekend for some shopping.

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Tried the coffee @Moana (Hay Street mall) which shot coffee lover chills up my spine. Darn it, I thought I had downgraded my caffeine addiction due to the lack of good coffee in East Perth but Moana made me so sad that I’m not working in the city anymore. Moana is a quaint little cafe too, I will be returning.

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Pork Belly ramen from Zen (Subiaco) which we went eons ago because they were the one of two Japanese restaurants in Perth that served uni (sea urchin). Sadly they no longer serve uni and the restaurant was quite disappointing. R found his ramen pretty tasty but Andy thought it was similar to instant noodles (oops).
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Another Gordon Ramsay recipe, Morrocan lamb with sweet potato and raisins. I am surprisingly finding Gordon Ramsay’s recipes quite easy to follow, I should have reduced the stock a lot more and it was a tad too salty, but I can imagine myself doing it again because one pot meals are so handy!

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My foolproof teriyaki chicken and mushrooms with tamagoyaki lunch bento :). Hope the work week goes by quick!

Elies Tent, Venn and Crispy Chicken

This was a couple Saturday nights ago when R had a long day at work and ended up falling asleep once he got home.
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By the time he woke up, it was rather late and we didn’t have many places to choose from. In the end we tried Elies Tent which is a lebanese restaurant in Victoria Park which we’ve passed by many times but never tried. It ended up being a good choice because the restaurant was quiet and we got this corner all to ourselves.
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I spotted a belly dancer  poster on their door and commented to R that we had probably missed the belly dancing since we were so late. But to our delight, at the start of our meal, the vivacious and friendly belly dancer appeared. She was a talented lady too and came by to chat with us later.

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We ordered the Maza for Two banquet ($35 per person) and it was fun when all this spread turned up. Hummus(chickpea) and mutabbal(eggplant) dips and fetta cheese which we had with lebanese bread. I actually enjoyed the mutabbal a lot which had this strong roasted eggplant flavour. We also had falafel which came out piping hot and was very tasty.

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Tabbouleh, which was a refreshing salad but I think they should have added more  ingredients, this one perhaps had too much parsley and not much else.

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Chicken and beef shish kebab. Nothing special but grilled meat on a stick 🙂

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Seasoned rice with shawarma lamb and chicken, the meat pieces were very tender and nicely spiced and lemony. R and I were getting very full by this time.

Would I return to Elies Tent? I’m not sure as I don’t think R is a big fan of Lebanese cuisine, but it was definitely nice to have something out of the ordinary and at a nice, cosy family restaurant.

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Breakfast at Venn’s in the city. I love the high ceilings and secluded feel of this hidden breakfast spot.

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Breakfast at Venn wasn’t great, this mushrooms with poached egg and toast was too salty.

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I probably should have stuck to good ol’ jam and butter with toast.

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We were really unlucky during our last Sunday brekkie hunt. All the places we went to were either closed or too full etc. So somehow we ended up at the popular Tuckshop which only required a 10 minute wait. This was my smoked cod gratin which came with a cheese toasty. The gratin was rich and packed with seafood flavour, rather like a seafood chowder, but a bit heavy for me especially paired with a cheese toasty.

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Lots of fun things happening in the city! I liked their makeshift beach with giant tv screen of rolling waves in the middle of the city.

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We discovered this 360 degrees poultry roaster gadget and couldn’t resist buying it. You know how one side of your roast chickens sticks to the tray and you end up ripping the skin when you try to flip it over? This gadget solves all your non crispy skin problems because it roasts the bird standing up.

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The result of our roast chicken, more crispy skin but the meat wasn’t as tender as usual, maybe I left it too long in the oven to get the full golden brown effect.

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Three kinds of roasted sweet potatoes, they included the normal golden sweet potatoes, my favourite purple skinned white fleshed variety and a new white skinned but purple flesh variety given to us by Gerry, very nice too.
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Baking for our work morning tea, nectarine and almond cake. Tristan’s first birthday party is coming up this weekend so lots of cooking will be involved this weekend. I’m hoping I get well from my bout of migraine and overall dizziness this week, wish me luck!

Lost in the City@ Toastface Grillah & The Old Crow

It’s been a while since I’ve been into the Perth city so I ventured in alone during the past weekend. Maybe it’s because I don’t work in the city anymore so I really appreciated the new fun cafes and shops.

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Who knew there was such vibrant street art in this hidden lane?

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This was my Saturday breakfast joint. I love grilled toasts so the name Toastface Grillah immediately appealed to me.

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A cosy little nook is how I would describe Toastface Grillah. It was a hot Saturday but cool and relaxing in the shade.

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I enjoyed my me time with a Pear Grillz toasty ($9) with blue cheese, pear and lime chutney, a latte and the weekend papers.

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The toast was yummy but the clumsy daitaoha dropped lime chutney and blue cheese on my skirt :(. A messy eat but definitely worth it . I would love to try all their other toasties but I doubt I’ll ever get the chance to go again.

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More gorgeous mural art in the city, I love the owls. The sleepy city is finally waking up.

Toastface Grillah
Grand Lane, Perth (Cnr of Wellington & Barrack street)
http://www.toastfacegrillah.com

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Ok,  this is my new favourite breakfast place. But The Old Crow’s lunch and dinner menu looks so good that I’m dying to go back for dinner too.

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I love the dark wooden interior and the lovely oldie music. Just a few shops away is the ever popular Tuckshop Cafe which I reckon is overrated. But I’m secretly pleased that no one seems to have discovered how good The Old Crow is yet because the quiet restaurant is just so cozy and comfortable. But surely it won’t last long?

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Black pudding, fried eggs and a side salad. Everything matched wonderfully well, down to the bits of red onion. A delight.

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Hotdog for breakfast? Why not? This house cheese kransky on a soft bun with jalepeno and hot sauce ($13) wasn’t your typical hotdog and was pretty tasty. I probably wouldn’t order it again because there are so many other yummy sounding things on their menu but it was still a novelty.

I want to go back! Maybe it’s time to plan an early work Christmas lunch  …

The Old Crow
172 Newcastle Street Perth
Phone: 08 9227 9995
http://theoldcrowperth.tumblr.com/

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My weekend vegetarian lasagna with eggplant, pumpkin, mushrooms and ricotta.

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Tonight’s dinner of roast chicken with roasted purple sweet potatoes.

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Stir fried cabbage with butter, Worcestershire sauce and bacon.

4 more days till the weekend.

 

Rainy Sundays

There’s a severe thunderstorm warning for tonight. The crummy weather since we’ve returned to Perth matches our post holiday blues.
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It’s funny how quickly we slot back into our Perth schedules , back again are our Sunday chicken roasts with R being the chief carver. We also had seafood chowder so it was a very very filling Sunday meal. I look forward to when Jan and family arrive so they can help us finish the food.
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This is Jo’s new favourite dish, gone are the days of teriyaki hambagu and pineapple rice (actually I think she’s still into pineapple rice), this is Jamie Oliver’s chilli con carne with my secret ingredient (not so secret now) of dark chocolate. There’s something about the slightly bitter cocoa flavour that makes this simple dish extra tasty. We had ours with black rice.

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My mum bought me these nifty puteri ayu moulds to make these cute kuihs. They look really cute right? But actually I failed miserably and the texture was way too hard instead of the fluffy pandan flavoured sponge cakes that I was expecting. I will try again soon.

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Tristan has grown so much bigger since his Kuching trip. It’s so fun to see how much his character has developed, he is so cheeky and active nowadays and is eating everything in sight!

Back to Hongkong posts after this. I need to start planning for another holiday!

Harvest Espresso brunch and good ol’ Taka’s

The perpetual Saturday morning question ‘Where should we go for brunch?’

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This time I introduced Jo and HC to Harvest Espresso which I’ve frequented a few times and enjoyed tremendously. As usual, the little cafe was buzzing but the nice and friendly waitress was able to get us a table pretty quick.

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It’s always nice to start a weekend with a coffee. I tried to lie to myself that I wasn’t having a coffee by ordering a mocha. Trying to cut down on coffee is proving pretty difficult. Sometimes when I haven’t had a coffee at work,  I find myself making a coffee (instant some more!) at night (^__^)”. My nervous stomach is obviously not getting any better.

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Jo had the mushroom omelette which she really loved, the omelette was creamy yet light, very tasty.

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HC’s pulled pork sandwich which they both said was very nice. He also had a side of sourdough toast with strawberry jam which he was lovely. It was a nice brunch and I’m so glad that this little cafe is still doing really well, food wise and service wise.

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Eating in on Saturday night. Sei soong yaat tong, four dishes and one soup, Cantonese style hehe.

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New dish, prawns in creamy butter garlic sauce on an omelette. Very rich and sinful dish, I think it was just lacking a bit of chilli for a bit of oomph.

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Chicken teriyaki slices with stir fried beansprouts.

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Our soup of the night was bak kut teh (pork rib soup) which I made with soft pork ribs and also belly pork. Also added tofu puffs and pork balls for a bit of variety.

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I took this picture for my mother because I wanted to let her know that we returned to Taka for Sunday lunch! Ah ma remembers Taka fondly because it was the only Japanese place I brought her to eat back in the old days when I was a cheap uni student. Taka is not so ‘cheap’ anymore, but it’s still very affordable and always tasty. This is Jo’s teriyaki fish combo.
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My chicken karaage combo which was very good. The chicken pieces were still piping hot while still tender and juicy. I reckon many high end Japanese restaurants around Perth wouldn’t be able to serve such a good chicken karaage.

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Sunday roasts seem to be have become the norm. This chicken was pre marinated and came with a  cous cous stuffing, not sure about the stuffing but the chicken itself was nice.

Next Saturday should be fun, we’re going to a fancy dress party! Maybe I should go as a big head prawn.


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