Month: November 2016

Mushroom pies

Mushroom is one of my favorite food. I love the earthy flavor.The results are always wonderful. I like to stir fry the oyster mushroom with onions or pork. The Swiss brown is great for just baking in the oven with butter, cheese and soy sauce. Button mushrooms are also great for making a sauce or soup. Sometimes, I like to use more than one type of mushroom in one recipe, like this one. However, you don’t have too. My love to pie is certainly growing. A nice quick way to make a weekday dinner.Whenever we are too busy or tired or lazy to cook a proper dinner during the week, I find myself quite often to make a pie with some fresh salads. INGREDIENTS puff pastry sheets – 4 (depends on the size of your pie plate) mushroom – 200g, sliced bacon – 170g, chopped finely onion – 1, diced Leek – 1/2 – 1, sliced grated Parmesan cheese – 2 tablespoon oyster sauce and black pepper to taste olive oil – 1 tablespoon egg – 1, to make egg …

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) – part 2

We got up early on the second day to get ahead of others and avoid the crowd. The weather wasn’t nice at all. It was rainy and cold. We only could find this paper-thin raincoat, which did nothing much to protect us from the wet weather. If you read part one, you would know my husband and I are both afraid of heights. He did a great job to ride the cable car and climb the mountain with us to our hotel on the first day. However, he started feeling sick because of the weather change on the next day. We signed up a group tour. The arrangement for the second day was walking all the way down from our hotel to the Mercy Light Pavilion on the west side. There were a lot to see on the way, like the Bright Summit, Turtle Peak, Greeting-guest Pine, etc. The tour guide gathered us together and laid out three options. The challenging path which means you need to walk on the path built on the cliff, the not-so-challenging path or turn around and …

Baked Red Emperor with potatoes

One thing we enjoy very much in Australia is the seafood. Australia has the third largest fishing zone in the world. You can always find you favourite seafood in the market. We love tuna, swordfish, salmon, prawns and scallops.  From time to time, we like to try some new fish. Red emperor has been our favorite for the past few weeks. We normally get a whole fish from the shop. Then, we would have two nice fillets and the rest for a fish soup. Today’s recipe is a simple easy oven cooked red emperor fillet with potatoes. I am not taking the credit. It’s my husband’s recipe. It’s delicious and easy to make. The fillet always turns out so tender and juicy. I absolutely love it. He is quite happy for me to share the recipe here with you guys. I hope you like it. 🙂 INGREDIENTS 1 or 2 red emperor fillets – about 600g potatoes – 6 olive oil – 60ml lemon – 1 1/2 garlic cloves – 4 soy sauce – 30ml salt and fresh …

Korean beauty | Etude House

I am sure everyone knows about K-beauty/Korean beauty trend.  My friends sent me some Etude House products lately. Etude House always has playful and cute design for their packaging. When she said she sent me these, I was so excited. They really are super cute! Here they are. Etude House My Castle Hand Cream  – Forever Rose Look at the packaging! How cute it is! I know Etude House’s products always have girly packaging, but this is incredibly cute as a hand cream. I have never had such an adorable hand cream. It’s going to stay on my dressing table forever. 🙂 This hand cream is from their My Castle Hand Cream range. There are totally four of them, Pink Wish, Ice Frozen, Forever Rose and Sweet Cookie. This one is Forever Rose. The hand cream has a very light purple color. The scent is kind of sweet rose scent, but not overwhelming. It’s like the fresh smell from the baby roses, not the full body rose smell. It’s very pleasant. The quality is surprisingly good. It absorbs very well on my hands …

Pineapple fried rice

I love rice. If I don’t have rice for a week, I feel something is missing in my life. I also love the smell of a pineapple and its sweet juicy taste. So when these two ingredients get together, the result is always wonderful and delicious. I cook the pineapple fried rice at home from time to time. It’s always different every time depends on what kind of vegetable I have in my kitchen. Now, this is just one version of the pineapple fried rice. You can always improvise when you cook, replace bacon with ham or chicken, use diced tomato, diced red bell pepper, sweet corns, or throw in some chilli flakes if you like a little bit of spicy flavor. Make it the way you like! 🙂 INGREDIENTS eggs – 2, beaten with a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of water pineapple – 1/4, diced green onions – 2, sliced bacon – 80g, diced Oyster sauce – 1 tablespoon Frozen peas – 1/2 cup cooked rice – 2 cups Olive oil – 1/2 tablespoon …

Cucumber muffins

What do you do when you stress out? How do you deal with all the stress? Exercises, music, reading, eating comfort food? I know what I do. Whenever I am in a stressful situation, I typically would either loss my appetite or eat more food with high sugar content, like cookies, cereals and ice cream. I know, I know. It is really bad. I have done that so many times. I normally end up put on extra kilos. For the past few weeks, I have had a super busy time. Since I was fully aware of my bad habit, I took an action to prevent me from overeating sugar this time. I made some cucumber muffins to be my quick breakfast/snack solution. I wanted something with less sugar and oil, but it had to be nice enough that I was happy to eat. Here we go. These cucumber muffins did help me to go through the stressful time without gaining any extra weight. It has very little oil and sugar. It’s not the normal buttery type of muffin obviously. …

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Our trip to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), China, has been a good dinner table story. The reason is that we both are afraid of heights, but in a different way. For example, my husband can work on our house roof and climb on and off the ladder without any issue. However, he would never go for a ride on a ferris wheel, let alone a mountain like Huangshan. On the contrary, I am fine with the mountain, but not the roof, the ladder or any glass platform. I went back to visit my parents in 2014. My husband jointed me two weeks later. My mother suggested that we should show my husband around and take him to some places since it was his first trip to China. I knew he was afraid of heights, but I was not sure how bad it was. Before we booked the trip, I phoned my husband. Me: “Mom suggested us to take a trip to Huangshan. It’s a mountain, but very beautiful. Do you want to go? Will you be ok? Mom will join us.” (Mind …

Some beauty favourties| Makeup

Can you believe it’s November? Time just flies. Summer is already here. Today is like 30 degree outside. I am sitting here and typing on my keyboard in shorts and t-shirts. How can you not love the weather in Brisbane. 🙂 Today I want to share some beauty products that I love with you guys. Nothing new. These are the products I have had for a while, and I have been using them everyday. It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC cream From the photo, you can see the CC cream has been very well loved. I have been using it everyday for the past few weeks. The coverage is medium, but buildable to high coverage. I do think it gets quite heavy if you try to achieve a full coverage look. It comes in a tube with a pump at one end. One pump is definitely enough for me. The texture is creamy which is very good on my dry skin. It’s very easy to blend with dewy finish. There are only five shades though. …

Stuffed Patty pan squash

How can you say no to these eye candies? They look like little jewels. It’s impossible for me at least. I got these gorgeous baby patty pan squash from our local vegetable shop. They are easy to cook, and they are great source of vitamins A, C and magnesium. There are so many ways to enjoy this lovely summer vegetable. The easiest way probably is to slice the squash and grill or saute in a frying pan. Today’s recipe is for stuffed patty pan squash.   INGREDIENTS: patty pan squash – 10 bacon – 2 slices, finely diced shallot – 2, finely chopped garlic clove – 1, minced button mushroom – 2, finely chopped parsley leaves – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped salt and pepper olive oil – 2 tablespoons INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Trim both ends of the squash. Scoop out the flesh to make a shell. Reserve the flesh. Spray or brush some olive oil inside and outside of each squash. Set in a baking tray. Sprinkle some salt. Bake in the oven for …