Tuesday, August 22, 2006

What better start than a party post?

After two years of obsessively reading all manner of food blogs,(erm, it is really obsessive, 12 hour food blog reading marathons with all mannner of papers due. an embarassing addiction when at my age i should be handing in submissions late because of excessive partying. "no sir. I'm sorry sir, It's late because i have been busy this past week looking at pictures of food people make, and blogs of how these foods have been made.") i have finally decided to start my own food blog. I figure it would be a good use of my camera to take pictures of the food i make and eat. Also, this semester has started off on a really broke foot, so i have been cooking everyday and eating in. It cheaper and better than canteen food. And in Singapore, that is really saying something.

We're talking SGD$2.90 for a plate of rice and meat and veg, which is all really good you would think. But i think of the quality of food i am feeding myself, and i wonder if it is really worth getting fat for? Well, not really get fat, but is it even worth eating? so for the same amount of money, granted, the way i shop in the wet market, maybe a little more money, i eat much much better.

Last night, i cooked a little food party for a good friend. not too many people 'cause his landlady is a fusspot, so five people and some gorgeous food. We were good kids though, no alcohol. All the sin was in the form of chocolate. Like earlier mentioned, i was dirt broke, so it had to be cheap too, so no shark's fin or abalone, and buying in or dining out was out of the question. A little thinking and a visit to the wet market over the weekend conjured a menu for this monday night dinner.

Birthday boy requested a pork dish so of course i complied, and cooked a pork stir fry i adapted from the traditional soy, ginger, sesame versions i ate since i was a child. At my local wet market, the fishmonger has been bringing in cheap freshwater live prawns... i think the phraseology makes little sense. I mean, farmed freshwater prawns that were live when the fishmonger bought them, so the freshness is guaranteed. And it was ridiculously cheap, $10 for a kilo. Haaha, happy days. So the prawns made dish two. The planned flavours were going to be pretty rich, so dish number three had to be more complementary, and we were still short of vegetables. I needed something easy and quick, so stir-fried cauliflower and carrots was perfect. Another friend made chicken adobo, so there was plenty to go round.

Dry Fried Curry Prawns

Stir Fried Pork (i know. i am a little unimaginative. I'll try to come up with a more sophisticated name in future)

Duh... cauliflower and carrots

how does it look?

The dish topped with eggs was the chicken adobo, also extremely delicious, brought by another friend. on top of the spread, we had rice of course, and believe it or not.. we finished EVERYTHING! I was surprised. It was one boy, four girls, one of whom declared as resolutely as she could bring herself to sound before she tucked in. "OH NO! i'm MODEL! I am on a DIET!" she really is a photographic fashion model(dead gorgeous 19yr old from Poland. Birthday boy's housemate). But she ate as much as all of us. She felt so bad but it was all sooo crazy. The housekeeper came to ask for the recipe for the prawn.. Irony coz it was fried in a dry curry, and the housekeeper was an Indian lady. Haaha. (I find this funny because i am a SINGAPOREAN chinese girl.Geddit?)

Dessert was the #2 chocolate gelato from The Traveler's Lunchbox.

I've made this amazing dessert so many times since i found it. It never fails to amaze the people i serve it too. And is even more amazing during the exam period. Can't be a better destresser, i'm always mixing up a two quart batch before examtime to last me throughout. No picture though. i was too lazy to spoon it out nice. Well, with my right hand in a splint, it can be a little complicated. We ate it from the box, with the very very good cake. Some hazelnutty, absurdly chocolaty thingy, with crunch centre. From a very nice cake shop at a discount from a very nice friend's friend. Students only eat well on charity as u will see.

Just to let everyone know though. I'm chronically unable to follow recipes. So if people actually begin to read this blog, and want the recipe, i will try to figure it out. (using the opportunity to make the dish again of course. great excuse for some excesses. heehhee) Just send me an email.

And thaT is the end of my historic first post. I promise more will follow.


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