prayer for poufs

September 27, 2013

got an initial reply from gardens regarding poufs and buntings; disallowed! i am :( and have written back a second time. meanwhile j has tried to comfort me by suggesting buntings can be hung from his back


the selective 365- Day 1

September 25, 2013

Day 1: hopes, dreams, and plans for the next 365 days with a picture of yourself

in the remaining days from 25/09/13 – 25/09/14
we have Plans to Execute, Life to Live and Hopes to Dream about
that include
organising the wedding,
becoming homeowners
(a rather bureaucratic
(read: a pain)
procedure in Singapore)
shifting out of my childhood home
insofar as childhood means the people you’ve always lived with
and who know you wear natty secondary school p.e. shirts for your pjs
so threadbare

i’ll have to shift in somewhere-
where exactly, i don’t know yet
it could be with j’s people or our own nest

he’s going to begin working in two months and a half
and i hope to be
in other words, sleep is okay.

we’re going to new zealand for a couple of weeks before
with assorted family members
his sister wants to bungee jump
he wants to sky dive
me i’m-
then he’ll graduate
mortarboard and cape
we’ll take lots of photos
and fly home
for aforementioned change

we’ve been told change is stressful
i’ve listed two
when we’re done with those
while we’re doing those
we’ll be preparing to move to perth
for awhile
possibly in the same state while apart
i’m not sure how things will work out

but i hope it will be 365 days of
in our good God

then we’ll see what comes next

September 24, 2013


September 24, 2013

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/fish-in-parchment-paper Here’s another one! I believe in the link between brilliance and simplicity- plus I’ll be so happy if it’s a hit with the future household huzzah The method is calleden papillote in French, and translates to “in parchment paper.”

First, prep ingredients all ingredients that you want to put into the packet.

First, prep ingredients all ingredients that you want to put into the packet.

In terms of ingredients and combinations, here are a few things to keep in mind: 1. Only one fish portion per package — think about 6 ounces. Any kind of fish will work, but use skinless fillets if you can, because the fish skin will get soggy when steamed. 2. On top of the fish, you can pile herbs, vegetables, citrus, garlic, and of course butter never hurts. Just don’t put anything inside your parcel that won’t cook in 15 minutes. If you insist on doing so (like, say, you REALLY love potatoes), cook them almost all the way through BEFOREHAND, then finish them in the parchment with your fish. And use common sense — if you want to include carrots, they should be cut into matchsticks so they cook very quickly. 3. After that, you’ll need a couple spoonfuls of some kind of liquid to steam the fish. You can use water, but using wine, soy sauce, citrus juice, or something else with a strong flavor will make your fish especially delicious. 4. Never underestimate the power of salt and pepper. 5. Oil or whatever liquid should go in last, so that it doesn’t have time to run all over the place.

Next, fold a piece of parchment paper in half and cut it in the shape of a heart. Make sure it’s large enough to hold all ingredients:

Next, fold a piece of parchment paper in half and cut it in the shape of a heart. Make sure it's large enough to hold all ingredients:

I guess the heart shape isn’t 100% necessary, but it will make each parcel easier to seal. You’ll see. It should look like this: Curry puff!

Put parcels on a baking sheet and cook in a 425°F for about 15 minutes:

Put parcels on a baking sheet and cook in a 425°F for about 15 minutes:

A 6-ounce fillet will take about 15 minutes to cook through, but you can’t test doneness because you don’t want to open the parchment during cooking. When in doubt, leave the fish in for a few extra minutes; all the moisture in the steaming parcel will keep it from overcooking and drying out.

Serve the fish as is, right in the parchment:

Serve the fish as is, right in the parchment:
Rip the parchment open at the dinner table and the cloud of steam that rushes out will smell fantastic, and impress your dining companions.

Yay! Sounds pretty doable, even for someone like me. I’m looking forward to the day I have my own kitchen and I can try out yummy meals like these! P/S the link above has recipes at the end.

P/P/S http://insunee.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/no-knead-bread-in-rice-cooker-it-dont.html this website because it posts in the same spirit, and also I like (read: the way bears love honey- actually, i like honey like bears love honey too) cheese and yogurt and homemade bread, and recipes are right there.
P/P/P/S typing this at 1 am accompanying john in the labs as he works on his thesis, i am conscious of my hungry tummy. ah Canberra, if only you had supper haunts like Singapore!

September 20, 2013

this is definitely years in advance, but i thought it was quite a gem of an idea, especially since i’d like to try out chore-sharing with the future kids (feels weird saying that haha).

The Hair & the Veil

September 19, 2013

9 inch bandeau tulle veil

love prevailed

September 16, 2013