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What's in an egg?

>> Friday, December 21, 2007

Egg and Water #2

"When you crack open an egg you do not necessarily break its secret; but to watch its yolk spreading is to experience all its sensuality"

Judith Baumann

This is my experiment shots with raw egg and water.

For those who are interested in food photography, I used natural light from my window.
The background is the front cover of the cookbook called Eggs. I used the blue-ish tone from the book and "borrow" the feather from there, too.

Here is another shot, but I don't really like it.

Egg and Water #1

Some of you may ask where is the food? Well, some are on the way - just give me some time to sort all the photos out and get inspired to write...

Last but not least, I wish all of you, my readers, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I will be away for a few days from now and come back just in time for Christmas Eve. Hopefully I will "see" you guys then, or, early next year perhaps!





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A Moment in Life #17

>> Thursday, December 13, 2007

Summer Smile

Summer Smile


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Menu for Hope – Win a year of Vogue Entertaining & Travel

>> Monday, December 10, 2007


Just a quick note on my blog during the lunch break…

I have chosen to donate a fantastic prize for this year Menu for Hope Campaign. Think food and travel in style, and you will have all of the finest information about food and travel in the Vogue Entertaining & Travel (Australian Edition). This magazine is undoubtedly one of my favorites, and I have chosen to donate one-year subscription of Vogue Entertaining & Travel to Menu for Hope Campaign.

With this prize, you will get Vogue Entertaining & Travel delivered to your doorstep every two months. Since it is Australian edition, the prize is only available for Australian residents.

What is Menu for Hope? How are you gonna donate? Well, all information can be found on this website.

My prize code is AP08. Keep this handy for your chance to win a really special magazine subscription!

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Weekend Therapy

>> Saturday, December 08, 2007

Corn Pancake with Slow-baked Tomatoes and Salted Grapes

Weekend is finally here. After doing my weekly grocery shopping, it is now time to relax a little after a super busy week of work, work and work. I haven’t been focused like that for a while, and at the end of most days I was left with nothing but feeling of exhaustion. Even sleep has not been so proper. But physical exhaustion was nothing compared with the dryness I felt at times when ideas seemed to disappear or refuse to work. I have been struggling hard but for the first time this year, I felt like I was doing something worthwhile. But sometimes it is better to put everything aside to nourish yourself. Put on a not-so-commercial CD, read some poems from an old favorite poet and enjoy a light summer meal, I do feel better. Why not enjoy another lazy day before a busy Sunday and a mad week ahead?

Bobby Flynn's EP Art Work

Bobby Flynn’s EP Art Work. Love the CD and this artistic cover.

No, the dish I feature is not something quickly to assemble. But preparing it is not stressful, hence, perfect for a lazy Saturday like today. The salted grapes (yes, there are salted grapes!) and slow roasted tomatoes can cook itself in the oven. And the pancake takes literally less than 15 minutes to assemble. What you have in the end is a wonderful light meal with the perfect balance of natural sweetness from summer produces. I have called them Corn Pancake with Slow-roasted Tomatoes and Salted Grapes. Rather long, but well, it will do for now.

I guess some of you are interested in the salted grapes. I must admit I am not a very big fan of grapes, but salted grapes are beautiful condiment to any salad and fish dishes. These are basically slow-baked grapes with sea salt and olive oil. I have experimented to bake them with and without skins, and the ones without skin absorb the saltiness and have a lovely balance of salty-sweet flavours. So it is better to remove the skin of grapes if you want to make salted grapes. It doesn’t take too long I can assure you.

To make salted grapes, it is important that you get grapes that are not too sweet. They should not be too acidic either. A balance of these two factors is quite essential, so get tasting!

Before proceeding to the recipe, just a note that I am submitting this entry to Weekend Herb Blogging, an event created by Kalyn. This week edition is hosted by Simona of Briciole.

Corn Pancake with Slow-baked Tomatoes and Salted Grapes

How to make salted grapes? (Inspired from this book). Firstly, preheat your oven to the lowest setting. Blanch 500g of grapes in hot water for a few seconds then skin them. Arrange grapes in an oven tray. Drizzle liberally with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil. Bake for about 3-4 hours or until the grapes wrinkle lightly. The grapes should still be lumpy and juicy. Store in sterilized jar with a film of oil on top. These grapes will keep well in the fridge for 1 week. Use them in salad and to accompany fish.

Now, the pancakes. The idea is inspired from another book (we can never have enough cookbooks, do we?), but I have changed the recipe considerably to make it lighter and vegetarian.

Firstly, you need to make some slow-roasted tomatoes. To do this, simply put sliced blanched tomatoes to the oven with the salted grapes above (use separate tray). Sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 3-4 hours. I used about three vine-ripened tomatoes and ate all of them with joy!

For the corn pancakes (this amounts serve 3-4): 2 fresh corns, 125g plain flour, 2 eggs, 1 level tbsp baking powder, 200 ml milk, chopped parsley. Oil to fry.

Separate the corn kernels from the cobs. Mix everything together except the parsley until smooth. Add parsley and season to taste. Heat little oil in a non-stick pan, drop spoonfuls of batter and fry two sides until golden brown. Keep warm.

To assemble the dish, serve the pancakes with roasted tomatoes, some salted grapes and a few spinach leaves. Drizzle with some balsamic vinegar if desired.

Lemon Thyme

And this is a random photo of my home-grown lemon thyme!

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A Moment in Life #16 - Melbourne City Circle Tram

>> Monday, December 03, 2007

City Circle Tram

Free tram that goes around Melbourne CBD. Pretty cool looking but very unreliable timetable. It's free nevertheless!

Hope you guys all have a great week ahead. I will be away from the internet for a while since I need to focus on other issues... Will be back later with more summer cooking!

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