2011 round up. Ready? OK!
Well 2011 sure was a doozy hey! Ready for a round up? My favourite post has got to be the Trash the Dress Food Fight 1 year wedding anniversary photo shoot with the awesome Trish. Some girls dream of their perfect wedding but I dreamed of doing the trash the dress shoot. I’m lucky my other half loved me enough to put up with my crazy schemes 😀
Hardest post was writing about Noods and his cancer experience. Everything happened so fast and yet it seemed like time froze as we held our breath through the operation and the chemo and finally got the all clear on checkups.
Went to the Easter Show and had a blast making a spoof video.
Finally got to dress up and have a Kill Bill themed party.
Many a night was spent at The Dip, aka my second home where copious amounts of pulled pork nachos and hotdogs and beer were consumed after a hard day at work.
Pledged my allegiance to Cafe Cre Asion where Yu Sasaki makes the best macarons in Sydney. Seriously you guys the strawberry milkshake mac is da bomb diggity!
Went on a whirlwind Tourism NSW food trip following Dan Hong’s tweets and realised being filmed is hellz crazy.
Aaaand finally did some super quick recipes like chocolate chip cookies, Maccas brekkie, Donuts and Nutella cheesecake
Thank you to everyone out there who swing by and read my crazy ramblings, I hope I’ve been entertaining! Do drop me a comment on what you’d like to see more of in 2012 and I wish you guys all the best in the new year! Safe safe, be well, and keep smiling 😀
So that was Christmas…
OH HAI GUYS! Survived the craziness that was Christmas? Hope none of you exploded from all the tasty eats I’ve been glimpsing all over the internets.
The boys in my life lols. This year the Thye/Wong clan had our Xmas dinner at the Thye/Yang residence where the sun decided to shine a happy smile which we toasted with Duff beer (haha I can’t tell you guys how much fun it is to sing the Duff beer song non stop).
We don’t have turkey or ham at our dinners, instead we have roast ducky! Is it weird that I haz issues with turkey and ham? I pretty much like any other meat cept them two…
Brother unit hard at work bbqing garlic prawns
Pretty poor photo of the foods argh my bad! There was peking duck pancakes, 8 hour pulled pork, 3 kinds of salads, salsa, prawns, sashimi, garlic bread and um a bowl of bacon 😀
And a few of my Instagram pics of the week, my shiny new Nikon J1 from Santa Noods.
Went to Costco with my bro and found this 2.26kg block of Hershey happiness
Got suckered into buying banana bread beer. It sadly tasted like those fluro neon yellow banana lollies. But anywhos how was your Christmas, dudes? Any surprise gifts? Any food disasters? Lay it on me!
Muahaha every year we take a photo with Santa lols woohoo 2 more sleeps to go! Hope you guys have an awesome Christmas with friends and family and lotsa food! As for me, there will be an epic feast at the brother unit’s place, where there will be much eats mmm cannot wait!
Quick pic of our tree with our unconventional tree toppers… Raymond Raving Rabbid cracks me up every time
The reason our tree is bare of presents is we uh kinda opened them already… the pink blur is my new robot vacuum cleaner from the parental units. I named it Roger. I’m gonna buy giant googly eyes to stick on him 😀
The boy managed to find Duff beer! Duff beer for meeee Duff beer for youuuu I’ll have a Duff you have one twooo teehee (Choice Liquor at North Rocks, $57 now don’t say I never help)
Andddd our days off will be spent vegging out in front of the teevee and seeing who is the better monopoly player haha (it’s me I swear lol)
Take care ya’ll and I’ll see you guys next week where there will be a crazy donut recipe that I’m dying to share!
P.s Noods says Merry Christmas!
A Flavour of Moscow, InterContinental Sydney. To celebrate the opening of Moscow’s first InterContinental hotel, the Cafe Opera restaurant at the InterContinental Sydney (117 Macquarie St, Sydney) is featuring A Flavour of Moscow buffet from now till 31 Jan 2012 (lunch/$55pp, dinner/$65pp).
We’re on the home stretch dudes! 4 sleeps till Christmas! Raise a glass to the holiday season and salut with drinks! Managed to catch up with that empty fridge girl where a delicious Russian Mule and From Russia with Love cocktail go down a treat at the Cortile Lounge.
To celebrate the opening of Moscow’s first InterContinental hotel, the Cafe Opera restaurant at the InterContinental Sydney (117 Macquarie St, Sydney) is featuring A Flavour of Moscow buffet from now till 31 Jan 2012 (lunch/$55pp, dinner/$65pp).
At the carving station there was a beautiful whole barramundi and a huge hunk of slow roasted beef rib. Gotta cater for the impending
doom Xmas so there was also glazed ham and roast turkey and stuffing available oh baby I do heart stuffing.
Russkis Deli had this glorious slab of Russian cheese that I couldn’t resist slathering onto fat wodges of bread. There was also platters filled with Kazatskaya sausage and Moscow Salami with Russian pickles.
The Smoked Sprats were plump juicy babies that were incredibly moreish and surprisingly not salty.
Hitting the hot food section where there was char-grilled spatchcock, seared John Dory fillets and sautéed King prawns with French mustard vinegar
Seafood selection of the day included Sydney Rock Oysters, Tiger prawns, Crystal Bay prawns, green lip mussels, and Blue Swimmer crabs.
Charcuterie section of prosciutto, Hungarian salami, chorizo and smoked salmon.
AND PATE OH YEAH SLABS OF PATE!
Gianna sure does love her cheese ahahaha
But of course dessert steals the show! Eclairs, macarons, blackforest cake, tiramisu, orange creme brulee, apple strudel and bread and butter pudding galore.
ChocolateSuze dined as a guest of InterContinental Sydney
Super Easy Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
10 more days to Christmas!!! /insert high pitched squeal teehee oh yes I’m excited! And it’s about time I bring you another super easy recipe, Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies! The original recipe post can be found over at the very awesome Foodess whose cookies are way prettier looking than mine. My batch of cookies have a few adjustments to the recipe so on ya marks, get set, go:
70g salted butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
4 candy canes
Nuke the 70g butter and 100g chocolate in 15sec bursts, stirring after each burst until chocolate is mostly melted. Stir to melt the remaining chunks.
Transfer to mixing bowl and beat in the 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs and 1tsp vanilla extract.
Add in the 3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt and beat till combined.
Mixture will be super gooey and soft so refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Go read some blogs 😛
Preheat oven to 175C. Line 2 large baking sheets with baking paper. Drop heaped teaspoons 2 to 3cm apart. Bake for 7 minutes.
Smash up some candy canes! Probably best you chuck the candy canes in a bag and then smash em otherwise the pieces will go flying and you’ll be finding random pieces everywhere /grumble grumble.
Remove trays from oven and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Return to oven 2-4 minutes longer, until candy has softened and almost melty. If you see the candy start to bubble pull out the trays asap.
Remove trays and cool for 5 mins before transferring the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
And ta dah! Purdy xmas cookies! Of course you can’t have cookies without a glass of milk so if you have any leftover candy cane crumbs try coating the rim of a glass for a festive look! I used a bit of honey to stick them on because my crumbs were a tad large lol see ya’ll next week!