Beginner’s Choice: Meal and Cooking Solution Finders

A Student’s Solution to Missing Spicy Home-cooked Food By Soph                            (Founder of the Weave the Story YouTube Channel) I lived in a university town in New England, NSW, where there were 6 Chinese restaurants, but no Thai, Vietnamese or any other Asian restaurants. After eating at various Chinese restaurants, I got a bit bored andContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Meal and Cooking Solution Finders”

Beginner’s Choice: Student meals and YouTube recipes

Entertaining at home My brother and I went over to our cousin’s place for dinner last Sunday. Cousin Siri had invited Soph of the Weave the Story YouTube Channel and a couple of Thai friends over for a Thai dinner. My brother made itim kati (Thai coconut ice cream), and he brought peanuts for theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Student meals and YouTube recipes”

Beginner’s Choice: The Long Weekend Challenge

I finally met up with Sandy, a dear friend and former colleague, after more than two years. We kept in touch through this blog. My friends get subjected to my weekly posts! Sandy and I were colleagues during the SARS outbreak. Somehow we survived SARS without a lockdown, and it ended as abruptly as itContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Long Weekend Challenge”

Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Sharing and Recycling

There has been some semblance of normality in the past weeks, though I understand that we will have to live with the “new normal” once Covid is over. The past weeks have been very busy, though a lot of activities have been over Zoom. I realised that I have made some new friends over theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Sharing and Recycling”

Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Comfort Food

We have featured a variety of cuisines and dishes and a lot of celebration meals. Brenda, a law student, who is currently abroad on an exchange programme, surprised me by saying that what she liked most was a fried rice dish which was featured (Garlic, egg, tomato and carrot fried rice). To her, it wasContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Comfort Food”

Beginner’s Choice: Family, Friends and the Tiger

The Eve of the Lunar New Year is the only time in the year that the streets are quiet at night. Most people are home for the Reunion Dinner. I suppose it’s like Thanksgiving Dinner. I asked around to see what friends were planning for their reunion dinner, most said: “Steamboat. It’s the simplest!” Well,Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Family, Friends and the Tiger”

Beginner’s Choice: The Sun, the Moon and the Feasts

Tomorrow is the eve of the Lunar New Year. Wherever you are in the world, you can enjoy the light of the moon. There are songs and poems written about the moon. That reminds me, I must get around to looking for the book Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins, about his fight to theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Sun, the Moon and the Feasts”

Beginner’s Choice: Home-made and Hand-made

Aunty Julie’s goodies I have been wanting to feature Aunty Julie’s home-made lemon curd and whiskey orange marmalade for a while. Aunty Julie makes them every year as Christmas gifts. One of these days, I must get around to learning how to make them. They are among Aunty Julie’s legacy. She used to make theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Home-made and Hand-made”

Beginner’s Choice: Noodles, Rice and Everything Nice

Noodle success When my friend Marie, who is doing her post doc studies in the US, sent me a photo of her dinner of a piece of bread and a boiled egg, I was very concerned. But then she explained that she had had a late lunch out, and portions are huge when eating out.Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Noodles, Rice and Everything Nice”

Beginner’s Choice: Homskil’s Flavours of Happiness

The featured image of this post is tiramisu. “Tiramisu” translated to English is “pick me up” or “cheer me up” an appropriate name for a dessert created to cheer you up at the end of a meal. One of my favourite movies is a Japanese movie entitled: Flavor of happiness or Shiawase no kaori (theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Homskil’s Flavours of Happiness”