Friday, November 25, 2011

Master Potato: Cooking Competition @PPSK Kitchen, USMKK 25.11.2011

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!

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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.

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Tis’ my favourite dish, potato lasagne and potato snowman, so cute and yummy!

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Sneak peeks during preparation:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

JS LF QN Bday

This evening, Siew Ping, Lin Hsin, Sing Hiong, Siew Mui, Robert and Le Fei together we celebrated the birthday of Jie See (Nov 24), Lay Fen (Nov 26) and mine (Nov 27) together..How sweet of them..Oreo cheesecake..Many thanks <3

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

International Cultural Night 2011 @ USM Health Campus

This event held at Puma Hall was organised by the postgraduate international students of USM Health Campus, mainly originating from Arab, Iraq, Somalia, Romania, Palestin etc. I know these people exist in our campus, but never really got to mingle with them in our mainstream campus activities, suddenly they multiplied and was everywhere surrounding us and became so prominent. I attended the event with Jia Yin, Pei Yen, Pick Leng & Sing Hiong, we were the very few Chinese at the event. Culture Shock! Unique experience lol

For RM7 you get a series of weird/unique performances, chanting in unknown language, pretty good food served, some never-tried-before middle-eastern desserts, a door gift/souvenir & also merit marks.

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