Pretty Average Dinner #10 – Roast Duck in 2 hours!

Last November I decided to make ‘Peking Duck’ which took me like 2 days!  I had to marinade it over night, pumped some air to separate the skin, then coat it with some sweet boiling water and then let it dried for 5 hours.   Turned out great but boy it took me forever to…

Pretty Average Snack #8 – Meatloaf Cupcakes

My old flatmates bought a house recently and they’ve organised a little housewarming dinner.  I wanted to make something since I really enjoy making canapé types of dishes (you may have noticed from reading my posts).  I was thinking of making takoyaki balls again, but I always make these.  I always make something Asian. I didn’t have much…

Pretty Average Snack #7 – Chai cookies & macaroons

Okay. I guess I haven’t blog about what I’ve been baking and/or cooking for a very long time.  Here’s one… let’s call it, “the chai experiment”. I went with a friend to Dan and Andy’s Garage, a deli place in Hawthorne not too long ago.  At the time, I was “attempting” to study.  She wanted to…

Pretty Average Dinner #8 – Salmon & Barramundi Fish Fillets

Since my oreo macarons didn’t turn out, I decided to cook an awesome dinner instead.  There is no way you can stuff this dinner dish up.  Unless you did something terribly wrong. Like under cook the fish or overcook the fish but even overcooking the fish, it’ll still taste okay. We bought 2 fish fillets;…

Pretty Average Snack #5 – Heart Shape Eggs

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! Just another day… This V-day, I went to work. My boyfriend went to work. We both came home from work and exchanged some presents and went to get fish and chips take-a-way and sat in front of the TV. Very romantic. lol! We were never really big on Valentine’s day. Anyway, I thought…

Pretty Average Snack #4 – Pate Chaud / Banh Pate So

Pate Chaud is French for “hot pie”.  In Vietnamese we call it, Banh Pate So. Banh Pate So is a Vietnamese snack to describe a pastry pie-like snack. The pastry is filled with pork or chicken mince combined with celery, wood ear mushrooms, bean thread noodles, black grounded pepper, onion and of course fish sauce. All wrapped…

Pretty Average Dinner #6 – Chicken and Prawn Rice Burger

I’ve been meaning to post this entry on my rice burger making experience since last week! Was going to do this on the night I made it, but I forgot I haven’t installed all the right image editing programs and by the time I thought of booting into Windows 7, I fell asleep instead. Ended…

Pretty Average Snack #3 – Deconstructed Banh Gio

Alright, so I was on Youtube the other night searching for a recipe on how to make 3-cups chicken, a Taiwanese dish.  I somehow stable upon some video on how to make Banh Gio (Mince Dumpling-like cake?), a Vietnamese snack. NB: “Banh” is a Vietnamese word for “Cake” and “Gio” is a word for “Filling” in English, however…

Christmas Cookies – Part #2

Merry Christmas everyone! It is currently past midnight and I’m still up! On the topic of Christmas cookies though, I’ve decided to make some gingerbread cookies for my colleagues and family.  The gingerbread cookies I made for my colleagues were a bit soft on the inside.  I wanted it to be more hard and crunchy. …