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This blog captures the musings and anecdotes of the daily life of a Malaysian who is now living in Melbourne, Australia.

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30/06/2014

Troubleshooting: Stirfry Cooking Mistakes

The picture above looks okay isn't it? It looks like a gyu-don (beef bowl)...
Well, it was not my initial intention to make a stew... I wanted to make a beef tomato stirfry.
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29/06/2014

Zoom Optics: my new spectacle frames and sunglasses.


So what do you think of my new spectacle frames?
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Good Food & Wine Show 2014: Cheese Making Workshop

On Saturday morning, I went for the Good Food and Wine Show. It was held at the Olympic Park this year.

My expo tickets were pre purchased online. Using a special discount code, my tickets came down to $23. RRP was $32. 

Each ticket has a barcode which will be read by the barcode scanner at the entrance of the expo hall.

The expo hall was divided into a few sections like wine, organic food, kitchen equipment, coffee machines, etc. However the area which caught my attention was the cheese section.

I didn't really take that many pictures but here are some. 


Adriano Zumbo is among one of the well know patissiers known for his macarons as well as Tim Tams. 

There was a queue waiting to buy up his desserts and macarons. 
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Retraining Bad Social Dating Behaviour

28/06/2014

Retraining Bad Social Dating Behaviour

So recently I've had to deal with bad social dating behaviour with people from the opposite gender. 

There I was supposed to meet this guy today for an ice skating outing. He had confirmed the day, but not the time and place to meet. 

Anyways, I was waiting yesterday evening for at least a call to let me know when and where to meet.  Or text. No such thing.

Then today came. 10am came. Still no contact 

3pm came. Still no contact. 

5pm came. Still no contact. 

Anyways, finally about 6pm ish, I finally received a call. By that time, I had already  reached Maccas and had ordered a McSpicy burger set with large order of fries. 

I decided to just ignore the call. 

I happily bought my one kilo of diced beef from the Asian grocery for 6.99/kilo, bought a bag of carrots on specials  for $1. Then headed on the train to head home. 

All the time, I was telling my landlady (she's very chatty) what happened. 

Later she told me that if I put a female face to this guy and looked at her if he was female, I would not put with such nonsensical behaviour. Probably would have told her to screw herself and find some other girl to screw with. 

(A friend asked for clarification on this paragraph: in essence it means that a lot of girls put up with bad behaviour from guys because they are desperate. However, we do not do that with females and expect better behaviour from gal friends) 

So when I got home, I told him that I was asleep when he called. Then the next time we were to meet, he better confirm the date, time and location. 

Funnily enough after that, he said to me that if I were in the city, I could drop by to his home and use his facilities if I wanted to. 

When my landlady heard that, she got really cross. I was a bit cross too, so I sent him a text (since he was so fond of sending texts) that 'it was not appropriate for a girl to go to a guy's house when she  barely know him very well'. 

My landlady says it's good to let a guy know where your boundaries are from the beginning.

Anyways, my landlady says that each person should at least get three chances. 

When it comes to men, like small children (since I am a preschool teacher) they should be encouraged everything they do the right thing. 

We shall see what happens in the weeks to come.
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25/06/2014

Lessons I've learnt in my Patisserie baking classes.

These are among the many lessons I've learnt in my five months through my patisserie classes at TAFE this year.

It applies not just in your patisserie baking, but applies too in commercial cooking kitchen as well.

1. You have to be very organised in the kitchen.

The first thing you need to do before starting your work process is knowing and deciding how you want to go about making your dish.

Planning your workflow is of utmost crucial importance at the beginning of your career in the kitchen.

2. Have your mise en place in place before starting the cooking process. 


mise en place ready not just during service, but cooking at home. 
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My Experience: Porting from Optus to Amaysim


So today I finally decided to make the process to port over form Optus to Amaysim

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22/06/2014

Patisserie Cert III: Final completion and graduate!

Here are pictures of my graduating class of PAT 2162. *wide grin* 

Chef Ian 
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16/06/2014

Troubleshooting: Macarons with Chocolate Ganache.

It's interesting how so many people are interested in learning to make macarons.

Last year, I wrote on my experience at the Paris International Cooking School on the chocolate macarons.


So on Sunday I brought the ones I made at Tafe to church today. These ones in the pic have sunk in, so I was not very pleased about it, but I didn't realise they have a good amount of 'feet'.
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06/06/2014

June 2014: Moving home, and TAFE NSI Gateaux Diary

Sorry, been really busy with TAFE study and all the paperwork in the past few weeks since I returned from Malaysia that I haven't had time to update my blog.

I recently moved nearer to TAFE as our accomodation lease in Rhodes had ended, hence everyone involved had to move out.

Just today I did my exam for Gateaux, Torts and Cakes unit. It wasn't my best outcome, but fortunately I passed. Just a word of caution for anyone who intends to go into cooking school- Chefs are very particular about cleanliness, organisation and how fast you are when working in the kitchen. It's GO, GO, GO from the onset. I also passed my Cakes unit which I had not done so satisfactorily.

After completing the Desserts, and Cakes units, Gateaux was a lot easier as incorporated elements from both units which we had previously completed. If you have been following me on Instagram, you'd have seen the kind of bakes and desserts we had made recently. The following pictures below are from my Gateaux, Torten and Cakes unit from the last 4 weeks.

Cold - set cheesecake
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