Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Jamie’s 22nd Birthday :)
Dinner at Pantai Timur Chicken Chop
Playing Charades at Riverview side
3 slices of Secret Recipe cake with Happy Bday star candles @ McD
Friday, December 9, 2011
(For your information, every year, new batch of first years chinese juniors in USM Health Campus would all join forces across faculties to deliver a cultural night event, last 2 years was mooncake festival, but due to the academic calendar change, mid-autumn was already over by the time school reopen, so “winter solstice” is to replace “mooncake festival”)
I felt cheated, last 2 years was much better, tonight was quite disappointing actually.. dont understand why all the seniors are posting “congratulations juniors” on facebook, fake compliments to ambil hati or wat? There was this MC trying to do a funny talk show, but nobody really understood, it was kind of an awkward situation :/ As for the sketch, most of the time I was laughing, at how lame it is =.= Have u watched 2009 Mooncake sktech? So far, no sktech in usm has managed to defeat that. I dont know, the overall feeling that I get from the 1st years this year was that they were not well-prepared.
But they are not ALL bad, I must applaud them for their AWESOME COSTUMES!!! their 古装 looks real professional, as though for China’s or HK’s movie making. And besides, even though not-so-eco-friendly, they packed and served their food right to your lap so you dont have to line up with 700 other audience, save the hassle.
I really liked Sunshine Boyzz 阳光宅男, SO CUTE, the kids all dressed up like nerds, big black frames, checked shirts, bow on the neck, braces belt, flower pants tugged up high, cartoon tshirts, silly girl hair tie and neat kolot hair gel for the guys, all sing and danced to the music of pink panther, 卖汤圆, and off course, 阳光宅男 by Jay Chou. Nevertheless, just like any other events, my husbands copyright was frequently violated
The other ok/good/better performances: Traditional dance, Singing, Flag dance, Korean dance, Hip hop dance.
Since they call this “winter”, I was anticipating for fake snow or icy gas sprinkled down onto the audiences in nurani hall tonight as the grand finale, but no, no sign of such wonderful surprise.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Remember the pumpkin cooking competition last academic year? This year the competition is back, and the current theme is POTATOES!!
There were 14 participating groups, each group consisting of 3 members. Potatoes, sugar, salt, oil is provided, the rest of the ingredients purchased by the group members themselves (most likely from Mydin) according to the recipe of choice.
However, the potatoes provided by this event organiser is rather low-grade, greening and sprouting potatoes, high content of solanine I would say, a glycoalkaloid poison whose toxicity may lead to gastrointestinal and neurological disorders, as taught by Nutritional Toxicology lectures LoL
Here are some of the end-products, viola!
A flower made by potato slices. This is the winning dish. Maybe because the outward appearance looked sort of fine-dining. I tasted the daging bergedil, aka beef & potatoes patty, and I thought, it tasted somewhat exact to the ones available in Kafe Murni, hence nothing eyebrow-raising.
Tis’ my favourite dish, potato lasagne and potato snowman, so cute and yummy!
Sneak peeks during preparation:
I know…some way another, I cannot escape from telling about what my group made, however embarrassing it may be.
I teamed up with Jamie & Pei Yen, trying to produce Potato Doughnuts, like kids having fun in the kitchen with boiled potatoes, egg, milk, flour, sugar.
The batter was not successful at first, too watery to form dough if we followed the random internet recipe exactly, so at the last hour or so we just kept adding in flour. I was in-charged of deep frying. Then we tried to sprinkle the rainbow rice on top but they refused to stick. We have a whole cup of leftover rainbow rice. Jamie vowed to dash it all on my bday cake soon.
After I sneaked to every other group to spy on their dish, I concluded and revealed to Jam & PY that, our group’s dish looked the lamest hahaha
But from the beginning until the end of this competition, we had one die-hard fan lol, dont understahd why she liked our donuts so much, she kept asking us the precise ingredients, the step-by-step progress, kept exclaiming “So Nice So Nice”, so “Crispy & Fragrant” etc. Haha even I myself didnt see the beauty of our product, but well, I appreciate our one and only customer.
The 3 judges. I envy them. Not just for cooking competitions, throughout the academic years and semesters of Principles of Food Preparation courses for Nutrition & Dietetic Students, their job is just to sit at the kitchen and eat and comment on all the food that we have prepared. Even though they live in the kitchen, they dont even have to clean the kitchen, we students do. Hence, their occupation qualify to enter my list of dream jobs-- USM’s PPSK’s food lab helper.
The main point of this event is not the evaluation of food preparation techniques, but the sheer bliss and barbarianism in feasting. Foods are tastier if you have to fight for it.