Special dinner

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Irritating Mid-autumn Festival

September 25, 2007 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Food, Misc. | 1 Comment

Everything is strange today…..I hope the moon is still a full moon tonight.

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Breakfast after a movie night

August 12, 2007 at 3:16 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Food, Misc. | Leave a comment

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Needlework without a needle

August 9, 2007 at 9:39 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Books, Craft - People, Craft - Websites, Food, Misc. | 3 Comments

It is probably the fastest and the longest scarf I’ve ever made. This project was started on Monday, when I was making Cha-siu (a.k.a. Barbecued pork). After spending a few hours on Tuesday and Wednesday when I was watching movies in the evening, and I finished it (1.5m long) last night, before the movie is over. 😀

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Eat Drink Man Woman

March 9, 2007 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Food | 2 Comments

Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman(饮食男女) is one of my favorite movies. To be honest, my favorite parts are the scenes of preparing meals. The first few minutes of the movie always makes my mouth watery. 😛

Well, our usual meals are much much simpler. It takes me 20min to prepare everything, including cooking rice, vegetable and meat, for our lunch boxes. Cheap lunch, though. 🙂

Professional-look Dimsum and Garbage-like Hotpad

November 28, 2006 at 10:36 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Blogs, Food | 3 Comments

Steamed Twisted Rolls

This is what we are having for dinner tonight. These are steamed twisted rolls with green onions (葱油花卷) made by hubby as I am not good at handling yeasts. I was really surprised that hubby can make them in such good shapes. They look and taste exactly like those I had in China long time ago. Actually, it has been more than 10 years since last time I had these twisted rolls as it is not typical in my family.

Hotpad from Recycled flyers

Here is another thing I have wanted (to try) for more than 10 years. And I finally did it! I weaved with paper! Tuesday is my most relaxed day in a week, so I managed to weave this simple hotpad with Lidl’s flyer today. It took only 3 pages of flyers. Hubby had been asking me why I kept rolling those flyers during the whole weekend. And, he gives NO comments on the final result. 😛

I have to admit that it is too colorful and it still looks like garbage. Certainly it may look better if I choose newspaper for the cane. But I cannot bear the feeling that much ink from the newspapers would be all over my hands:-(, which is obviously the reason keeping me away from this kind of recycling crafts. I would rather leave it as it is. It just fits our soup pot.



I found the blog Great Green Goods when I was searching for similar recycled woven projects this morning. It is very inspiring for recycled crafts.

Pastry vs. Paper

November 14, 2006 at 12:24 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - How-to's, Food | Leave a comment

jam pastries

The package of pastry has been in my fridge since we held a party at our appartment almost 1 month ago. It was quite hard for me to bake more palmiers in past few weeks. The expiration date is the end of this week, which forced me to consume the pastry ASAP. I made some easier jam pastries, which are much larger than my palmiers. And the folding is more tricky and funnier than that of palmier.

The folding also reminds me of a snowflake I’ve planned to make for a while. The snowflake really has something in common with the jam pastries I made last night. LizMarie is so kind to provide a nice tutorial of making a paper snowflake ornament. And I am so lucky to get a flyer printed on a piece of blue paper last weekend. In other words, I have everything (but time) needed for the project. As hubby pushed me to submit my assignment 10+ hours before the deadline, I am staring at my assignment until the last min. That’s why I have a few hours free before the class this afternoon. It turns out the snowflake only took me no more than 15 min! I should be able to make more before Xmas, I guess. 🙂


BTW: I use glue stick instead of tapes and staples in the tutorial. 🙂

Sweet Dried-pork snacks

November 3, 2006 at 9:53 am | Posted in Food | Leave a comment

pork snacks

We’ve got some minced meat left after we made dumplings the day before. In order to use it before it go bad, I tried a new recipe(Chinese) of sweet dried-pork snacks, which are unavailable in Asian markets in our city. Both appearance and tastes of the results are quite satisfying me and hubby. But the amount is much less than expected. One reason is that we almost ate up the first piece before the second was done. 😛 The rest is stored in a container which was for salad.


  • 450g minced pork
  • 4 tsp white wine (which I used to substitute Chinese rice wine)
  • 3 tsp oyster sauce (which substitutes fish sauce)
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • some black pepper/chilli peper/”five spices”/any desired spices

Spread the mixture of all ingredients evenly on a piece of baking paper. Bake 20 min at 120 C. And bake 25-30 min at 175-180C depending on the size.

There is another similar recipe availabe here.

Party night

September 28, 2006 at 12:02 am | Posted in Food | 1 Comment

I had a great time having “Italian” dinner at my friends’ place tonight. Now, I’m just too full to sleep. 😛

I brought some mini palmier puff pastries I made this afternoon. German friends told me they might call it “pig ears”. It’s called “butterfly crisp”(蝴蝶酥) in Chinese, which I like much more. 😀 I was always pleased when getting the fresh “butterflies” coming out from the bakery in university a few years ago.

It’s not so easy making the pastries with our mini oven (similar to this), which can only hold two pieces of regular toaster. I can only bake 6-8 pieces every time due to the limited space. Besides, I have to watch the oven every 5 min to make sure the pastries are evenly baked but not over-cooked. Anyway, the result is not too bad and I dont think I will make them so frequently.

I put the most symmetrical one on an 8-inch plate, then you can see how small it is. Just for no more than 2 bites!

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