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Gone to see the Queen

Yes, as corny as it sounds, I’m off for my long-needed break in London. Will not have Net access I reckon, thus updates will resume only when I get back second week of October.

 

I’ve got so much to blog about though; updates on the new house, more food and our little trip to a nearby town today. Oh well, thats much better than having nothing to blog about innit.

 

See you all soon!

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Firstly, I must stress that it was the HB who prepared this for our meal 😀 I was only the sous chef. The HB got the recipe online, though I don’t know where exactly, so I’m gonna write this down from memory. The HB had a friend who went mushroom picking and gave us some. I was quite happy as they’re quite pricey, and oh-so-yummy.

 

 

Wild Mushroom Bruschetta

Wild Mushroom Bruschetta

 

 

Wild mushroom bruschetta

Wild mushroom bruschetta

 

 

Ingredients

 

  1. 1 cup wild mushroom
  2. 1 shallot, chopped
  3. 1 clove garlic, chopped
  4. A dash of dried parsley
  5. A dash of salt
  6. A dash of pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  8. 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  9. 2 tablespoons bottled Pesto sauce (or enough to cover your bruschetta with a thin coat)
  10. 2 slices baguette
  11. 1 tbsp butter for sauteeing

 

Method

 

  1. Heat butter in a frying pan.
  2. Add garlic and onion. Saute for about 1 minute.
  3. Add mushroom and sautee till water evaporates, or till mushroom softens.
  4. Add salt, pepper and parsley.
  5. On one side of bruschetta, brush with olive oil. Place on frying pan, oiled side up till it gets a little “toasted”. You can do this in the oven too, if you so wish.
  6. Remove from heat, spread pesto on oiled side of bruschetta.
  7. Top with mushroom mixture.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and dribble with olive oil.
  9. Serve hot.

 

 Note: We like PLENTY of mushroom on our bruschetta, hence the abundance 😉

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I have been trying to incorporate more fish into my diet lately but it has been quite difficult as the best (and cheapest) fish are from the hypermarket which is quite a distance away. We try to stock up on fish whenever we go to the hypermarket, being a typical guy, the HB doesn’t like those trips. I am absolutely over the moon coz our new house is directly opposite a large-ish supermarket, and they also stock fish! And buttermilk!

 

I wanted something quick for dinner today and I  usually eat very quick, simple meals when the HB is away. I opened the kitchen cabinets, mulled over the ingredients I had and also those I have to finish, as they were nearing their expiry date.

 

Thus I came up with my own recipe of sorts 🙂

 

Baked Cod With Parmesan Breading

Baked Cod With Parmesan Breading

 

 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

1. Cod fillet

2. 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs

3. 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

4. 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes (I love mine hot, so I used a whole teaspoon)

5. 1 tablespoon lemon juice

6. 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

7. 1 tablespoon mashed anchovy fillet

8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder

9. 1/2 teaspoon chopped parsley (I used dried parsley)

9. Dash of pepper

10. Dash of salt

  

  

Method

  

1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celcius

  

2.In a bowl, mix mayo, chili flakes, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, mashed anchovy, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

  

3. In another bowl, mix breadcrumbs with parsley flakes.

  

4. Drag one side of fish over Parmesan-mayo mixture. Drag again in the other bowl with breadcrumbs to evenly coat.

  

5. If you feel that you have a lot of remaining Parmesan-mayo mix, place fish on baking tray and spoon remaining mixture on fish before spreading with breadcrumbs.

 

6. Bake on tray lined with foil and smeared with a little olive oil for about 15 minutes or till crust turns a golden brown.

 

7. Serve with a slice of lemon.

 

Note: This is quite a forgiving recipe, and I suggest you eyeball measurements as you go along. Add or reduce cheese, chili flakes and garlic powder to your preference.

 

 

 Super easy, very yummy!

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The weather is great today. The skies are clear, the sun is out, and it feels cool. I decided to take a walk today, and headed for the public garden nearby with my book in tow. Good thing I had my camera in my bag too, for I took some nice pictures.

 

Shady trees above my bench

Shady trees above my bench

 

 

Building in the park

Building in the park

 

I have no idea what that building is called. I think it is used when they have exhibitions and the like.

 

Lying down on the bench reading Ken Follett's World Without End

Lying down on the bench reading Ken Follett's World Without End

 

 

And THEN, I spotted this really cute little dog that looked like a Bichon Frise. It was mighty adorable, and I am guessing, well trained too. The owner let it potter about without a leash on, and I was watching the dog traipse about everywhere in the garden and then head towards the gates. Eeeks. I thought it was gonna run away, but it turned around, sniffed at more flowers and pottered right back to its owner seated about 300metres away.

 

Dog looks constipated, but is not :P

Dog looks constipated, but is not 😛

 

I was beckoning him to come over to where I was seated, but all I got was a quick glance from it. >____<

 

And then, it decided to walk past me. I made all kinds of sounds one would normally make to call a dog over, but this snobbish little fella walked RIGHT past me with nary a glance at me. SOMBONG! Harrumph!

 

Sombong/snobbish dog

Sombong/snobbish dog

 

 

Oooh, but he DID stop at some shrubs right next to my bench.

 

Sniff sniff. Should I mark my territory?

Sniff sniff. Should I mark my territory?

 

Take this you little haughty dog. Serves you right for not wanting to even glance at me. Boo would’ve gladly ran over to whoever’s calling him, and gladly accepted a pat or two.

 

Ahhhhh.....that feels good

Ahhhhh.....that feels good

 

😀 😀 😀 Face of dog has not been shown (much) to protect anonymity 😛

 

I spent close to 3 hours in the park, reading. And I took a few more photos before I headed home.

 

Spot the amorous couple

Spot the amorous couple

 

I honestly did not want to capture the young couple in the picture, but just the greenery. I guess my camera is pretty good to have captured them from afar 😛

 

Not-so-nice pond

Not-so-nice pond

 

There were some ducks in the pond. And some geese were waddling about too.

 

Goose staring at me

Goose staring at me

 

One goose is staring at me, the other is doing some acrobatic maneuver presumably to groom itself. Geese always give me the shivers, as I recall trying to avoid a whole gaggle of geese whenever I had to walk home from school. There was this house that reared them, and each them I walked past, they would start yelling/screeching/yelping out loud. Scary. And oh, I totally didnt notice the couple in the background when taking this picture. Only realized it when I was uploading the pictures.

 

I *should* do this walk in the park thing more often. At least while the sun is still out and the weather is great.

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The pampered pooch

A pampered pooch, that would be me,

I get haircuts, salon treatment, hey, I’m pedigree.

Mangoes are my favourite, everyone knows,

It gets on my face, my ears and also my nose.

I have my sleeping closet, and I sleep with air-cond,

It gets cold sometimes, so I have PJs on.

They treat me like gold, my family does,

I love them for that, I’m their precious ball of fuzz!

 

I hate posing

I hate posing

 

 

It's bedtime, let's go!

It's bedtime, let's go!

 

 

Turn off the lights already! Turn off the lights already!

 

Goodnight!

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Response to our ongoing renovation works:

 

Nice Neighbourly Notice

Nice Neighbourly Notice

 

Translated loosely: Please. When do you finish the drilling? But what, is it (are you building) the Duomo of Milan?? Boeri family.

 

HB and I were dumbfounded when we saw this notice in the house. I wonder whether they pasted it on our door or slipped it under the door, as the workers must have taken it in. I went out to see which was the Boeri family, and lo and behold, they were just right next door.

 

Good Lord, we have not even moved in and we get this kinda remarks already??? I’m TOTALLY ok if they were to put up a note asking when the works will be completed, to complain if we were disturbing their “peace”, but was the sarcasm really necessary?

 

Firstly, we have done everthing LEGALLY. The contractors put up notices informing the residents of the building that works would be carried out for approximately 2 months (that 2 months isn’t even up yet!!), we informed the caretaker of the building, we got permission from the management office and the workers adhered strictly to the working hours. What, do you expect us to sound-proof our walls before carrying out building works???

 

What is it with so many of these Italians and their rudeness? I don’t mean to make sweeping generalizations, but I’ve encountered so many of them that they seem to overshadow the nice polite ones. Like our really nice, friendly neighbours upstairs.

 

And here I was, thinking I’d bake my neighbours some cupcakes once we moved in. Well Boeri family, you ain’t getting ANY of my cupcakes. Heck, I hope you don’t even get a whiff of my baked goodies. I do hope you get LOTS of whiffs of my belacan/shrimp paste and ikan bilis/anchovies. It isn’t any secret how much I love my belacan. Muahaha 😀  Too bad I can’t find any durian in this country, else you’d be getting lots of whiffs of THAT too! Grrrrr.

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The new apartment – Update 2

 

These pictures were taken on September 5th. The major piping and electricity cabling work has been completed.

 

New heating pipes

New heating pipes

 

Toilet tank

Toilet tank

 

This is the toilet tank that is embedded in the wall. Thus, one would not see the tank. To flush, there will be two “buttons” on the wall.

 

New water pipes

New water pipes

 

Repositioned water meter and new valves

Repositioned water meter and new valves

 

New track for sliding door

New track for sliding door

 

New piping for air-cond placement

New piping for air-cond placement

 

Elevation of electricity sockets

Elevation of electricity sockets

 

The sockets spray-painted with a big X are the old sockets. Italian law requires that electricity sockets be at least 30cm from the ground, and thus we have requested this to be carried out. To see how much tiles and concrete that has been removed from the ground, look at the grey line at the bottom of the wall where the blue bottle is. The workers had to remove about 15cm worth of tiles and concrete in order to remove the pipes. When the works are completed, the floor would be 15cm higher.

 

Can’t wait for them to put in the tiles 🙂

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