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Me being a wannabe Catherine from
Jules et Jim.




Have a smashing 2011 darlings!




And why the darling? I had spent the whole
afternoon watching Absolutely Fabulous
when I was supposed to be finishing up a
4000 word essay.



Think I am going to watch the music video
for "Absolutely Fabulous" by Pet Shop Boys
now.


I will dance like Pats for prom.


fruitcake! 23:33 comments(0)
クリスマスマジデマジデ

Christmas 2010 is...













a crappy photo




Fujiya+Meiji+Hershey's+The Jesus and Mary Chain+80's Hits
+Edith Piaf+Alex Ross+Zazie+Jonathan Safran Foer+Julian Casablancas+haircut+healthy Chinese food+wishing for snow
+new pants




I ate at more than 10 restaurants during the past 3 days.
Ate my year's full.




Have a wonderful holiday everyone!


fruitcake! 00:55 comments(2)
誕生日です。



Last slice of my birthday cake.

It was supposed to be banana chocolate swirl brownies, but I got
banana chocolate swirl cake instead. I didn't get to take any
process photos this time (sob) because I made this in a hurry,
which explains quite a bit...

I bought them to school and handed out most of them in under
two minutes (ironically, it was right after lunch). This sure
shows how many hungry people there are in my school haha.

I'll get into the details about the process in the next entry.
Meanwhile, check out the soundtrack to the film
Cemetery Junction! Definitely will cheer you up
on a bad day!


edible! 18:43 comments(0)
Miam Miam
(Please forgive my unappetizing dabble in poetry in the
previous entry haha.)

This recent cooking attempt again, occurred after the SATs.
The night before taking the dreadful exam, I thought about
making crepes. The first time I made them was during
French class four years ago, and I made them nonstop,
partially because it was so fun to flip them and mostly
because I can put anything them. That's right mes cheries,
from corn to chocolate sauce to caviar, they can all be
neatly wrapped in crepes and devoured by moi.
So, I stayed up thinking of all the different kinds
of filling I can put into my crepes.

I thought about putting tuna salad, salami,
smoked salmon, yam, and bananas and chocolate
sauce onto my crepes, but only ended up putting this:

guess what it is.





Yup, sliced bananas and semi-melted dark chocolate(that tasted
like it was 90% sugar) from Dove on a crepe with a hole, which
happened because my batter was too thick
(more about that later).

The recipe I used this time is again from 1000 Classic Recipes
from Around the World . The recipe is for cherry crepes, but
I am going to skip the bit about the cherry filling here.

Here's the recipe for the crepes:

"3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons chopped mint*
1 egg
1 1/4 cups milk
vegetable oil, for frying
confectioner's sugar and toasted silvered almonds, to decorate*

1. To make the crepes, sift the flour into a bowl with the salt.
Add the chopped mint and make a well in the center. Gradually
beat in the egg and milk to make a smooth batter.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a 7 inch skillet; pour off
the oil when hot. Add just enough batter to coat the base of
the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the underside is
cooked. Flip the crepe over and cook for 1 minute.
Remove from the pan and keep warm. Heat 1 tablespoon
of the oil in the pan again and repeat to use up all the batter."

*not used

My ingredients.




I don't have a measuring cup, so I just used ratios. I used
5 spoonfuls (Chinese spoons) of flour and so, poured in 8.5
spoonfuls of milk. I still used one egg and a pinch of salt.




Mix mix mix...

And got cookie dough.



Then I remembered, I didn't remove the flour so it only filled
the spoon up to the brim (which was where the milk filled
up to). Dang.


So I added more milk and mixed mixed mixed...



much better.



And to frying!


Whoops, too much oil there.




Pour batter in (and spread the batter with your spatula
if it turns out to be too thick).


Cook cook cook...


and FLIP!



No spatula needed here my friends, just hold the pan's
handle with both or one of your hands and throw the crepe
up. It will land beautifully on the other side.


TADA!

Yes, that missing part there was in my stomach when this
picture was taken.



The cake was much thicker than what I had expected (paper thin),
but oh well,  it was so yummy since it was warm and because I
 hadn't eaten anything since I woke up.


My second crepe turned out fine, but my third and fourth
(the latter of which is the one topped with bananas and
sugary dark chocolate) don't look half as decent. So my
mom ate the second one and I devoured the last two
with chocolate and bananas and wanted to skip lunch
after that.

So, what are some of your favorite crepe toppings?


edible! 17:10 comments(0)
最佳拍檔
A couple of weeks ago I left my school half asleep
after a dreadful two hours of SATs.
I got home quite displeased
and found
the fridge void of cheese.
For my insanity to cease,
I cooked up my favorite taste.

APPLESCINNAMONAPPLESCINNAMON
APPLESCINNAMONAPPLES
CINNAMON
APPLINNAPPLINNAMONAPP-




---

Other than Japanese magazines, I read a magazine called
MILK. My favorite part of this Hong Kong magazine is a section
called "18 mins+", which shows easy and yummy recipes with
great process photos. The recipe that I wanted to try the most
was a warm apple juice drink with LOADS OF CINNAMON.
Apple and cinnamon are a match made in heaven, just like
tomatoes and cheese are.

Here's the recipe, by Craig Au Yeung

"Ingredients:
apple Juice (1 carton)
cinnamon sticks (3)
cinnamon powder (2 big spoonfuls)
apple(1)

Steps:
1) wash and remove skin from apple
2) chop up apples into little pieces
3) pour apple juice into pot, heat for 1 minute
4)while juice is boiling, wash cinnamon sticks
5)place cinnamon sticks into juice and cook for
half a minute
6)put apple into pot
7)cook for 10 minutes
8)add two spoonfuls of cinnamon powder into mixture
before turning off fire "


The recipe in the magazine had used cinnamon sticks, which
unfortunately, I do not know where to get. So I used
the following ingredients:





First,
chop up apple..





Pour apple juice into saucepan..





heat apple juice over a small fire (1 minute), put in cinnamon
as the mixture is boiling..





put in all the apples...






boil for 10 minutes (though I only did for five). Towards the end,
put in more cinnamon and give the mixture a good stir.





and take a good whiff of your product before gulping it all
at once.



The taste?
It was all a bit sour really.
The cinnamon was mostly on the bottom.
And there was too much apple (not enough juice!).
The smell was heavenly though.
Despite of not having the most satisfying results, I was
definitely in "love by first taste" (recipe's name given by
creator of the recipe).

An additional note about the amount of apple juice to use: I had
used 250 mL of apple juice, which was obviously not enough for
one apple. I suggest buying 500 to 750 mL for one apple
(depends if you like more apple or juice).

drinkable! 17:23 comments(0)
ピッザジャナイ
 


This was my breakfast this morning. Modified Buck Rarebit and
lemon black tea.

Nope it's not pizza or grilled cheese, and despite of how
unappetizing this looks, it was actually quite yummy.

I came across this recipe many times when I was flipping through this cook book of mine called 1000 Classic Recipes from Around the World. 99.9% of the recipes in the book look heavenly, but usually the recipes required an oven
or some ingredient that I cannot find in my city (this is what
happens when you buy cook books from another hemisphere).
So I had to resort to using the few recipes that only required a
stove and some common ingredients like tomatoes and caviar,
and the Buck Rarebit was one of them. The ingredients list had
quite a few items that I didn't have in my kitchen, but they were
replaceable. So after a night of bad sleep, I pulled myself up
at six and got to work.

On the recipe book the final product should look like this:



That white blob in the picture is a poached egg. I was eating
egg sandwiches for the last straight two weeks so I was getting
pretty sick of them. Instead of poached egg, I topped the bread
with chopped up tomatoes and ham pieces (the pink and red
sludge in the first picture). I swear, tomatoes go perfectly with
cheddar cheese.

Being the very unprofessional and messy cook that I am, I
modified so much of the recipe that I doubt that the expected
product tasted anything like mine. I also didn't follow the
measurements or measure out most of my own ingredients....
Anyways, here's my version of the recipe, enjoy!

Buck Rarebit?

Ingredients
cheese-Any type and kind of cheese you can get your hands on
milk
black pepper
one tomato
2 slices of ham
one piece of sliced bread

Recipe
1) grate/shred cheese, dice tomatoes and sliced ham, and take out sliced bread

2) place diced tomatoes and ham into a bowl and mix till the two ingredients are evenly distributed. Put this aside

3) place cheese into a saucepan

4) pour milk into saucepan, add black pepper to the mixture. Mix the mixture

5) place pan on stove and turn up stove to a small fire. Stir the
mixture until all the cheese melts and the mixture is evenly mixed

6) take pan off stove and let mixture cool

7) put a pan on stove (keep the heat at small fire) and place sliced bread on pan. When bread is lightly toasted, take the bread off the pan

8) turn off stove. Clean bread crumbs from pan (if there are any) and place pan on stove again. Turn stove on to a small fire, throw in diced tomatoes and ham mixture

9) fry the mixture for about five minutes. After that, place the fried mixture on to another bowl. Turn off stove

10) put another pan on to the stove and heat it up with a small fire. Put the sliced bread on to pan with the side that is not toasted facing down. Pour cheese mixture on bread and spread the mixture until it covers the entire surface of the bread

11) place some of the diced ham and tomatoes on to the bread. More of the cheese mixture maybe added on top if wished

12) turn off stove and remove bread from pan

13) adore your finished product by devouring it.

A problem that came up while cooking this was how the bread tend to get stuck on the pan after I put the cheese on top. I don't want oily bread so I did not oil the pan. Any suggestions on how I can fix this problem?



edible! 01:15 comments(0)
宇宙怪物

Quelle horreur! What happened here?!




Dried and unevenly painted white nail polish is what.

A couple of weeks ago I went out and got myself a bottle of 
red Sephora nail polish, and some long buried idea popped
out: painting a layer of nail polish over an existent layer of 
nail polish, and then scratching a design on the second layer.
As soon as I got home I put on a layer of red nail polish, sang
"Life on Mars" to myself while it dried, painted on a layer of 
white nail polish, sang a speedy version of "Life on Mars", used
a blunted toothpick to scratch out the design, found the white 
nail polish mix with the red nail polish, and a monstrous
creature was born (which was soon taken down by nail polish remover). 

Anyways, I didn't give up, and I assumed that the problem was 
mostly caused by the half-dried white nail polish that was
sticky and extremely difficult to work with. So I used my new
red nail polish: 



And then I applied a layer of brown nail polish....


Beautiful isn't it?  


The designs were done, and another monstrous creation was born! 


At least the two colors didn't mix together this time! 

So it all came out quite different from what I had in mind, 
but because I spent about three hours doing this, 
my nail polish applying skills improved a lot,
so I guess it wasn't a complete waste of time? 



cosmetics! 18:26 comments(0)
3 Musketeers


Today I went out and came back with these: 





Being a girl who was forced to have short hair for most of her life, I never paid much attention to hair elastics. Then came the day when I received my first copy of KERA, where there was a photo of Neeko, who was wearing about six frilly scrunchies around her right arm. Together, those scrunchies looked like a frilly armband or a sleeve. It was definitely a centerpiece, though not so in-your-face like most pieces featured on KERA. I was instantly in love. 

And yet, I never got around to make one myself because of
procrastination
 the general lack of time for anything. In my
subsequent monthly doses of Japanese fashion magazines
however, I see it keep popping up (though usually in a much
more simplified version of Neeko's). Seeing how it adds a
magnificent charm in even the most generic outfits, I was
completely convinced that scrunchy-bracelets are a must-have
for anyone who wants to add an extra touch of liveliness to their
repetitive wardrobe. So today when I saw the first hair
accessory shop, I decided to set my plan to action. 

TADA~





By the time I was done taking the pictures I still wanted
to keep them on, and then my wrist started to ache a bit.
I wasn't really bothered by that,  but then I saw a loose thread
on the big yellow scrunchy and tried to cut it with my huge
scissors without taking off the scrunchy first. My lack of common
sense resulted into the formation of an abyss, so reluctantly,
I took off the whole bracelet to mend the hole. 

Today is definitely not going to be the last appearance of these
scrunchies, on my head or around my wrist. My sense of style
have always gotten mixed responses though, so I'd love to know
your opinions about this little experiment of mine!

(And please forgive the lame title). 



accessories! 22:51 comments(0)
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