The platter … and two cheese ball recipes

Hello, everyone.  I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday and today was lovely, quiet and involved no cooking.  Yesterday, we went to a gathering at a friend’s house.  As we left, we were handed a parcel of left-over turkey and ham… so guess what we had for dinner?

My contribution to the Christmas dinner was the pre-dinner platter.  I am so proud of it.  I love how it looked.

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The story of brown skin, Russell and much more.


This story starts with a pre-Christmas get together with my old school friends.  We have known each other since primary school days.  On this day, we were having a chat and I was telling them about my Afghan cameleer theory for, you see, I have blotchy brown skin and I am always asked about my background.  I was barely believed when I said, “I am English on my mum’s side and Irish/Scottish on my dad’s side.”

When we were in southern Spain, an American tourist asked me directions in Spanish.  When we were in Biblos in Lebanon, locals from Beirut asked me directions in Arabic.  When I was in India, I was asked more than once whether I was Indian.  Maus and I used to frequent a Lebanese restaurant in Perth and the proprietor would mock me because I couldn’t speak Arabic.  He tried to teach me a few words because” I should know my mother language”.  He would not believe me when I told him I was not Lebanese. Continue reading

Char Sui Chicken Salad

OMG, it is summer.  I have been neglecting this blog big time. I still intend writing posts but never seem to get around to actually doing it.  Maybe this post will be the start of a  flurry of activity.  I really don’t have any excuses.  It is just that I have been writing this blog for nearly 7 years and wonder whether anyone really cares whether I write a post or not.  Are blogs still popular?  I don’t even know that.

Another reason for my lack of activity is we haven’t been cooking many new things lately… but last week we did.   We had two nice Asian-style salads in anticipation of summer.  And this recipe, in particular, was very nice.  It was so delightful, in fact, that I decided to made a grand effort and take a photo of it. Continue reading

Wisteria, at last …

This one, I think, is a Chinese Wisteria, Wisteria Sinensis

Today it is all about some self-gratuitous photos of my Wisteria.  I love Wisteria.  How can you not?  But my relationship with Wisteria is complex.  They are magnificent when in flower but it is a short show and, and it is a big and, if you disturb their roots they will throw up suckers for years and years and years… Continue reading

I bit off more than we could chew

The emphasis is on the “we” in the title.

It all started about a year or so ago when I watched this YouTube video.  The video was uploaded by Soap Perfect.  She made some gingham soap using a mould made out of Lego.  You have just gotta watch it.  She did cheat with her significantly photoshopped final pic, though 🙂  If you check out the video, you will note the difference! Continue reading

Stir fried sweet chilli chicken

Hello, hello, hello.

Geez, you wouldn’t know that this is a food blog, would you?  I have really lost my cooking mojo of late.  Essentially, we have primarily been focusing on tried and true recipes that have already featured on this blog.  We have tried a few new recipes and I have even snapped photos of them but, to be honest, they weren’t stand outs so I didn’t bother preparing a post. Continue reading