This rather imperfect looking quiche lorraine was actually pretty good. Even my hubby who is more fond of spicy food than something creamy loved it. And that’s why this was a winner for me.
Followed word to word from this recipe at taste.com.au If you did not already know, this website is the bible in my kitchen.
Who is this mystery voice? I love it!
He says “This song is a sketch of my memories of the “wildfire” that takes place in the forest Hills of Darjeeling….”
Some of life’s greatest lessons are not learnt out of school. One of them is handling stressful situations. Not everyday is a bed of roses. And its so damn important to be able to stop brooding and lamenting over things and carry on. But they never teach you these things in school. At least my school didn’t. I remember there being “moral science” classes where we learnt the “good” from the “bad” - although sometimes I wonder whether those classes was necessary at all. I did like these classes though, they were like free periods. I remember one particular teacher, she made us spend a few minutes every morning in ..sort of meditation ..you know those breathe in and breathe out exercises. They felt silly back then and the silence was often broken by giggles. But I realize doing that actually helps me in times of stress these days. Basically it allows you to pause what you are doing, gauge the situation, make the best out of it and ….Move On.
When life gives you sour lemons, don’t hold a sour face. Make a fresh lemonade out of it and enjoy!
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Coconut Macaroons - the easy way…
I had to skip work today because of a migraine. It sucks when that happens - because you keep thinking of work and you can’t really take rest. Anyways, after a couple of hours of forceful sleep and couple of Panadols, I woke up looking for a distraction which resulted in my SECOND attempt at coconut macaroons and a happy husband. By the way, in my first attempt, the macaroons turned into soft mushy coconut cookies. This time was better. Here is what I did.
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup of caster sugar …and then 1 tablespoon more
- 2 tsp honey
- 2/3 cups desiccated coconut … and then added about 1/6 more
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
This makes 14 of them.
Unlike some fancy recipes, this one is really simple and hence my choice.
First, heat the oven to 150 degrees. Then, all you really got to do is mix all the above together with a pinch of salt. Once done, use an ice-cream scoop to add a dollop of the mixture to a baking tray lined with baking paper. And then into the oven for 15 minutes. Once done, cool it, serve and impress the hungry ;)
Make sure you grease the paper a bit - my first attempt was sort of ruined because I did not grease the baking paper.
Also make sure that your dollops are widely spaced. They tend to spread a bit once in the oven. Each of my dollops were half the scoop spoon and I spread them out on the tray to fit 14 of them.
As usual, a good bit of reading/hunting around on the internet:
- Violet Coconut Macaroons at taste.com.au - I followed this but changed the amount of ingredients as my mixture turned out a bit too thin in my first attempt.
- Crumbsfoood video on youtube - This video makes the recipe even more simple than it already is. The youtube channel belongs to Lucy McDonald and her sister. People in Australia should recognise Lucy - she is the London correspondent for The Project.
- Coconut Macaroons by LiaisonCollege on youtube - This is the more “chefy” one. There were just too many things to do. And I just cannot beat egg whites into a “white foam”, so I quit this recipe.
- Converting grams to cups - This is pretty handy if you don’t have a kitchen scale.
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
Aerosmith • O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits
Been to Aerosmith concert recently. And since then, this song is gaining stars on my playlist - yet again. Its like flash back in time - watching the Armageddon with teary eyes :D
And if you want to sing (scream) along with the music like I do, then here is the lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/i-dont-want-to-miss-a-thing-lyrics-aerosmith.html
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I heard about the ‘Live Below the Line’ campaign on the news. Well, the news was actually about Ben Affleck being a part of ‘Live Below the Line’ campaign. Anyways, that’s when I got to know that there are 1.4 billion people in the world living in such poverty and starving everyday. Often we hear these sad stories, feel sorry, may be make a donation to charity but then we get busy with the daily hum-drums and we move on. We don’t really live the tragedies (fortunately). But ‘Live Below the Line’ does give you a brief taste of whats its like to live below the poverty line.
My sister will be completing her challenge tomorrow and her describing the experience was definitely an eye opener for me:
… almost all of the nights I went to bed with a growling stomach, because I wasn’t eating enough. On top of that, since I wasn’t snacking during the day, I eat dinner really early like 6-7 (pm) or as fast as I can cook. And by the time I sleep which is usually midnight, I am hungry as anything. I keep drinking water just to suppress it, which helps to some extent but not that much. So I usually sleep to avoid the hungry feeling. The day I ate an egg, which was yesterday, it felt like having a feast because I cooked a proper egg curry and rice. It makes you feel fortunate just to be able to eat an egg, which might sound funny.
Imagine having this feeling everyday of your life. Its insane.
Do what you can to fight extreme poverty - donate to UNICEF or help spread the word.
Watch this Philippino kid sing “Dance with my father again”. He sounds like “her” but he’s just awesome!
I suck at parking. In fact, I am terrified of parking especially in shopping mall car parks with tiny bays, shopping trolleys, everyone in a rush, probably a big queue already behind you ..phew.. And your trainer does not prepare you for that - at least mine didn’t. And passing your driving test definitely does not give you the clearance to park in tight spots. They say it comes with time. But not quiet sure when that time is for me.
Anyways, for those that suck at parking - like me, I think the attached link could be handy. The only question is, will the car behind me have the patience to wait on me remembering all that “formula” and executing it.
Thanks to my hubby for sharing the infographic. He knows I need any help I can get on this.
Being a parent, isn’t cheap. Of course, we all know that. And we don’t need to be parents to know that. But these figures are just alarming. The current cost of raising a kid through to the age of 17 is a whopping $234,900!
Courtesy of CreditDonkey
Yep, the above quote by Jason Parker on CNET pretty much sums it up for me. Twitter music app is for discovering what’s going on in the music world according to twitter. If you have a paid account in Spotify or Rdio, you will be fortunate to hear the full music, else you will have to stick to previews from iTunes - which unfortunately was the case for me.
Also, I found the search really weird. I tried to hunt down music related to an artist - Aerosmith (since I had just been to his concert… o Yea!), but it brought me a sort of “summary” of Aerosmith’s twitter profile instead. This being a “music app”, I expected to see a list of music related to Aerosmith and not the profiles being followed or followed by.
Basically I could not hear music I wanted to. I was directed to hear what Twitter thought I should either in the form of “Emerging Artists”, “Trending”, what was being played by those I followed or what Twitter assumed by I would like.
So for now, I will say long live Pandora, Grooveshark and the free Spotify.