Indonesian food is truly one of the best asian cuisines. It's difficult to get it wrong and after a while, it all starts to taste similar. There is 1 spice they like to use solo - tumeric? This delicious spice is used when cooking rice or seasoning chicken and on it's own, is truly remarkable.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
My heart goes out to the people of Japan. But, I know they will weather this crisis with the same grace and conscientiousness as they show in their daily life. Make a donation today.
I guess most of us won't be taking a vacation in Japan for a while. I took the opportunity to buy all the Japanese crafts I wanted from their local shops here. Including a beautiful rosewood and gold handpainted folding fan.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
More posts to keep you entertained until I get back.
I really like this place for just plain classic Thai food.
Pattaya prawn cakes. How is one region's cuisine different from the other? It's all just thai food to me.
My favourite basil leaf chicken. It's done a little differently this time with century eggs. Still tastes the same.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
You need to use alcohol in soaping. Either to create transparent soaps or to remove bubbles from the surface of moulds. Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol is easily available in pharmacies. Or you can use the vodka or grappa hanging around the house that isn't in use.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I made snowglobe soaps over the weekend coz they are soo cute. I used an old ice-ball mould and lots of glitter to get that snowglobe effect.
Let's take another look at the cuties!
I also made ice popsicles...bbrrrrrr.....
And ocean scenes of schools of blue fishes and blue starfishes lazing about.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
To use the rest of the melt & pour soap I purchased online. I love this stuff you know, soo easy...just melt and pour. If it hardens, just melt it again. I tried several common techniques just to get the hang of it.
Embedding - I made a India themed soap with cinnamon sticks, star anise and gold biscuit nuggets. I tried to make it orange & fushcia coloured but the fuschia just blended in so you can't see it. The heavily perfumed bar is reminiscent of the heady floral scents you get when you walk by an Indian store.
Layering - Rainbow popsicle soaps. I have a popsicle mould from the neighbourhood store ($3.90) and rainbow food colouring from my rainbow cake - the ingredients for rainbow soap. Not difficult to make and soo cute!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
How to make a loofah soap: you will need mp soap (preferably transparent), a loofah and a plastic container. Maybe also some essential oils and colouring.
Instructions: Place loofah in plastic container. Melt mp soap. Add essential oils and colouring. Pour mp soap into container. Leave for 1 week. Cut the container and pop out the soap.
I like to add a rope on it so you can hang it in the shower, or you can just slice it. By itself, this thing easily weighs over 1kg, only the strong can use it.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Another Straits Chinese dish that's popular in Singapore, more commonly known as bak kut teh. Pork Ribs stewed in a clear stock with spices. The soup is robust and the meat soo tender it falls off the bone. The cafe near my office sells a not so conventional version with herbs.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Dim sim is the kind of meal you sit with friends over and slowly savour. I can't believe I am having it on a work day.
These are my favourite dimsum dishes that I always order and you really can't go wrong from there: pork dumplings 烧卖, shrimp dumplings 虾饺, black bean spare ribs 豆椒蒸排骨.
Monday, March 7, 2011
I got a whole bunch of soap samples from Lush recently and really, you can't do much with soap ends. So I combined all into 1 super sample bar. Not all ready made soap can be melted down like mp soap. Instead, I melted some mp soap to combine the little bits together in a tofu container (eco-friendly tip).
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I usually get a heart on the top of my latte. But, today it's a leaf...soo fancy. It really makes my day when the barista takes the effort to create some artwork in my coffee. Below is a pic I found of a latte rabbit, perfect for this year of the rabbit. Now to find a coffee place that does this.