Tuesday, April 26, 2011


No, I haven't learnt to cook Malaysian food yet. It is, however, one of my favourites. My love for Malaysian food was birthed in a tiny restaurant called Sri Pinang on K'Road. It quickly became a favourite and regular lunchtime catchup venue. I highly recommend it!

So tonight after work, while wandering the aisles of the supermarket for motivation to cook, I suddenly had a very bad craving for some Malaysian. What happened next was a blur...my fingers dialled the bank (woohoo, positive balance!), then dialled the number for KK Malaysian restaurant, our current favourite Malaysian restaurant in Wellington, based on taste, portion size and cost. I heard my voice making a takeaway order. "...pickup in 15 minutes?"

So here is what we had for dinner - some of my favourites (these aren't actual photos I took...we were way too hungry and the food smelled too good and therefore disappeared before it even crossed my mind to take photos).

Roti canai

Char kway teow

Sambal chicken


OMG...I just posted my first restaurant review on MenuMania, and I have to say it was quite exciting. My first review. Aahhh! It was nothing profound, and I didn't go into the different flavours of the components of each dish, nor did I time how long they took to prepare our food. But still, I rated and commented on food. More to come.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Road to foodie-ness

I love food. If you don't know that about me, then you don't know me at all.

I've been called a "foodie", but when I Googled the definition I wasn't really sure that I was. I don't have an extraordinary palate, and I think I'm too lazy to dedicate enough time to learn about ingredients, preparation, presentation, etc. I do enjoy watching the Food Channel and dreaming about all that good food, but when the channel is changed to the news or sport, the inspiration is lost and I'm perfectly happy with the usual quick stir fry or pisupo-and-corn special (what's special about it is the lack of effort and time required to prepare it).

Anyway, so I found myself at home with Lyla one day and lunch time was approaching. Usually I would whip us up some two-minute noodles or french toast. For some reason, I felt slightly inspired to do a bit better. So I looked in the fridge and pantry and came up with this:

Sliced potatoes, egg, baby spinach and Italian sausage. How exciting! Little did I know, this was a basic frittata - "Italian omelet with diced vegetables and meats; cooked until bottom is set then inverted into another pan to cook the top". In my excitement and newfound boldness, and not having the read the "invert into another pan" definition, I decided that in order to cook the top I would need to flip the omelet. Smart.

Not what I was going for. But then I seasoned, served, closed my eyes and ate...and it was delicious. We do eat with our eyes though, and my visual "bite" had left a lingering undesirable taste in my mind.

Regardless, this was hopefully the first of many experiments and a more exciting approach to cooking. We'll see how long this buzz lasts.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Help from JK

Some tips from John Kirwan that I've found very helpful for reducing stress. Simple but effective.

postpone major life changes

If you are feeling stressed or anxious, it's probably not a good time to move house or change jobs. Major changes are best made when you are feeling better.

do the things you enjoy

Plan some regular time for activities you usually enjoy. You might find it takes a while for the positive feelings to return, so it is important to keep doing the activities regularly.

control your workload

Working long hours and taking on major work-related responsibilities can take over your life and contribute to depression. Make sure you have enough time to do the things you enjoy, and if necessary make changes to your work habits.