Saturday, June 23, 2012


Hehehehe no more exams :D 

Feels like so long ago and the next two weeks are going to be very busy... Watched Snow White and the Hunstman on thursday but the seven of us had to sit in the front row because it was nearly sold out LOL... and i couldn't fit everything in my view unless i actually lay on the ground because it was Xtremescreen too damnit. I really liked the queen and the visual detail they put into everything  but there were some weird random bits..

I also finally learned how to play poker under the guidance of loz :D And had wontons for breakfast and thanks for letting us stay over at your apartment Hungy :) The movie John Carter was probably the worst movie i have seen in a while and i need to start packing for placements soon. The first one is kind of like vet camp actually.. but with assessments lol. Got my thermals, gumboots and coveralls so far. I think i might need to bring a hair dryer too... 

Have a good holiday everyone :) Hopefully i will be back with lots of pictures hurray 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Soup

Yep. I've started cooking again and i have three recipes to share with you - Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup, Creamy Mushroom Soup and my version of a Spaghetti Bolognaise. I'll post one each day or something but today we'll start with the mushroom soup :)

I got this recipe out of the Coles Magazine and it tricked me when it said it would cater for 8 people. It only gives 4 decent sized bowls (like the ones pictured above) or 8 small bowls like the small chinese bowls you eat rice with. Now despite that being pretty stingy, i can understand why. This soup is creamy and rather fattening considering the amount of butter and cream i am not used to cooking with but the end result was worth it :) 

1. Clean and finely slice one leek. 
(The way to do this is to chop the green half (leaves) off the leek and only use the white half as the green part is bitter. When chopping and cleaning the leek, leave the root intact or everything will fall apart when you slice it. To clean the leek, first cut the leek longitudinally in half, making sure that you leave about 4cm space from the root. Turn the leek over 90 degrees and cut through longitudinally again. If you look down the end of the leek, it should now look like you have quartered it. Wash your leek under running water to get rid of any excess dirt. Now finely slice the leek, starting from the free end.)

2. Out of the 700g of mushrooms, leave four aside and roughly chop the rest of mushrooms, making sure that they are all the same size so they cook evenly. Peel and crush 2 garlic cloves.  

3. Melt 60g of butter into a deep saucepan/pot and add the leeks. Sweat the leeks until they are soft and golden on a medium heat for 3-4min. Now add the garlic cloves. 

4. Add the mushrooms and soften them for a few minutes. Now add two tablespoons of plain flour to thicken the mixture and stir it in well. 

5. Add 4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock. Let this simmer for 5 minutes on medium heat. Taste the soup and adjust if needed. 

6. In order to get a thick and creamy consistency, we need to puree the soup. If you use a normal blender/food processor like we did, make sure you slightly cool the soup first before pureeing it. I wish i had a wand blender in times like this... would save so much time instead of pureeing it in batches gah :( :( :( 

7. When all of the soup has been pureed, transfer it back to the pot and add 300mL of cream (!!) to it. Reheat gently and adjust the seasoning and consistency to your taste. (If you pureed it too much, you can thicken it again with a bit of corn flour and water. If there is not enough flavour then add some salt and pepper etc.)

8. While the soup is reheating, finely slice the 4 left over mushrooms and sautee them in some butter in a small saucepan. 

9. Ladle your finished soup into a bowl and add the mushrooms on top. Don't forgot some cracked pepper and goats cheese for extra tang and there you go :) Perfect for cold days and when studying for exams is more important than your waistline LOL....

Hope this recipe wasn't too long but Farn and i did have a lot of fun cooking it! I promise that the next two will be a lot healthier and shorter haha

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

swoppo doppo

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I'm in a pretty good mood today because my second exam went fairly well and my asos dress came in the mail today yay! I have to start studying for my third exam (which is tomorrow lol.........) but don't worry it's only breadth.. not core. I still want to do relatively well though otherwise all the effort i put into the three assignments beforehand will go to waste.

My right toes are so tingly at the moment. It was tingly for about a week to the point that i couldn't sleep at night because i kept wanting to scratch it but then it stopped after i started exercising more to keep the circulation going and.. yeah. But then i had this weird fan blowing on me for 2 hours in the exam and came out with freezing feet... which is tingly now too. Stupid fan.

I made Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup the other day. It tasted awesome :D Planning to do more cooking and baking this week :) ie - I want to try and bake Julia's Melting Moments from Masterchef because i want to see how good they really are... And maybe some pork, fennel and apple sausage rolls too??? Because i feel like some right now :D With a tomato sauce smiley face YAY

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


First exam today. Would liked to have done better but will just have to focus on the next three exams and hope for an H1 in them to make up for today. We went out to Ganache Chocolate afterwards on Collins Street and i got Orange Cointreau Hot Chocolate... so rich eeeh. And then i eventually got home after pang and i drove around admiring big houses we would like to own one day. 

hehe so cute. She hates it when i take pictures of her. Cino on the other hand is such a poser. 

Okay, time to study. My foot is really tingly too from bad circulation LOL damnit... time to study the rumen and stop watching masterchef :( 

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