Engagement + wedding band: I did not have any specific requirements, except I wanted something in yellow gold and a solitaire. Mashayek went with Australian Diamond Brokers and revealed very little as he wanted to keep it as a surprise. I absolutely adored both rings and how beautiful it turned out. Wedding planning Planning
approach: we set
ourselves a very tight goal and we found ourselves on go-go mode the whole
time. The upside was that we did not dwell on one task for too long. We picked
a job, assigned responsibility, completed the work and moved on to the next
one. However, this also meant that many of the tasks were rushed and we did not
have time to do it as well as I would’ve liked. Vision: my own first priority was
finding photographers who would understand our culture and would be able to
follow with our style. Photography is very close to my heart and I looked into
this right from the beginning. I wanted to keep the styles different so decided
I've been thinking about writing this for a while now but thought I'd leave it for something special like Dietitian's Day (which is today)
And here we go :)
1. You are legally allowed to spend more time thinking about food.
The normal, acceptable amount for a person is 10% (according to experts), with exceptions for people if their profession involves dealing with food. If you're thinking more or less than this, your dietary habits may not be considered so normal. But as dietitians, you're allowed to obsess about food, and it's totally okay! ;)
2. You always have something to strike up a conversation.
Have you ever been in an awkward situation where you’re trying to carry out a conversion, but not sure what topic to pick? It can be a struggle when you’re connecting with new people. Talking about food is a good starting point because it's something we all eat; each and every one of us has something to share about food (likes/dislikes).
Last Friday was our last day back at uni, it was kinda sad but more exciting at the same time! We had made plans to celebrate afterwards at Newtown.
I've seen so many people raving about the Strawberry Watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry so that's we decided to settle for dessert.
We finished uni at 4, got a little speech from our lovely coordinator, took a year group photo and set off on the walk to Newtown. It was kind of early for dinner so we decided to have dessert first. We got to Black Star Pastry at 5:01 and were devastated to see it had already closed! We were late by a minute (they close at 5). Despite our efforts of knocking on the door, the staff inside did not open up to apologize. But while looking at the door we realised there was another pop-up store at Town Hall. We had to decide whether we would chase it or leave it, and we chose to do the former, for obvious reasons! We desperately wanted that cake!
We went to Town Hall and took a while to find a place be…
Some of you might know about the desperate attempt I made last year for the
Strawberry Watermelon Cake (see previous post at Black Star Pastry).
Yesterday I had the
privilege of tasting this cake at a party. I got super excited as I’ve been
wanting to try this for almost a year now. I was so tempted to just skip the
mains but I patiently waited for dessert time and made sure I left space for
the cake :P
In the meantime, I went to take a close look
at the cake (could not resist, for obvious reasons) and I was amazed at how magical it looked. It was constructed
beautifully starting with a layer of almond dacquoise followed by cream, then a slice of
watermelon with cream,almond dacquoise and cream
again. Finally, it was topped with strawberries, pistachios and dried rose
It was a quite a
delicious cake but unfortunately, it did not meet the expectations I had. I
liked certain elements, such as the lightness of the cream layers, fresh
watermelon and the nutty base. The topping h…
Mum left some moong dal in the fridge, I've never cooked with it before so I wanted a recipe to use it. This was probably one of the easiest curry I have ever cooked! So simple yet so delicious :)
Recipe adapted from: http://www.steamingpot.com/pumpkin-moong-dal/
I modified the recipe as I did not have some of the mentioned ingredients.
1 TB EVOO
1 cup of boiled moong dal (1/2 cup raw)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp of garlic and ginger paste Turmeric powder (sprinkled) Curry powder (sprinkled)
250g pumpkin, finely chopped, skin on
1 red capsicum, small cubes
1 tomato, small cubes Cumin powder (sprinkled) Few green or red chillies
1) Boil moong dal (refer to instructions above- easier if done beforehand)
I already had my boiled moong dal so I started from step 2
2) Add EVOO oil
3) Add onions, garlic/ ginger paste and turmeric powder once oil is hot
4) Stir for a few seconds
5) Add pumpkin, boiled lentils and chillies once onions are cooked
I heard a lot about Parra Lanes last year so I thought I'd make a time to see out this year. At first, we had a lot of trouble finding out where we needed to go. I've heard Parra Lane gets spread across over multiple stations to distribute the crowd. However, the problem was that the places aren't always easy to find. After walking around for some time, we managed to get hold of a map from a security staff.
My main reason for coming was to try some knafeh; I've heard so much about this dessert from people who came last year. But we realised this particular shop was furthest out from our location.
First stop was Koi Dessert Bar but there as a long line. While waiting in line, I decided to try the strawberry watermelon gelato from N2. I've always been a huge admirer of the strawberry watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry. I thought it'd be an interesting combo to have it in a gelato form. It surely was, I quite liked the gelato cake, it had a very strong flavou…
Easiest brekkie ever! I learnt this while I was on holidays :)
* 2 eggs
* 2 tablespoon oatmeal
* 3 tablespoon powder milk
* 1.5 tablespoon water
* Spices (black pepper, cumin)
* Any herbs you like (coriander/ parsley)
* Tiny amount of butter (1/2 teaspoon)
1. First combine oatmeal and powder milk together
2. Add water so the mixture binds
3. Add in the eggs, plus all herbs and spices you wish to add
4. Combine well
5. Heat a frypan, spread the butter and cook in pan for 10-15mins
Ingredients 2 eggs, lightly beaten 100 g pitted dates, chopped 45 g margarine 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup water 40 g walnuts, chopped 1 cup self-raising flour 1 cup wholemeal flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoon LSA oil to spray
Method 1) Preheat oven to 180°C. 2) Combine dates, margarine, sugar and water in a saucepan. Stir and boil gently. Set aside to cool. 3) Sift flour, baking powder, LSA. 4) Add in walnuts and eggs 5) Add in date mixture and mix well. 6) Lightly spray a loaf tin pan. Line with baking paper. 7) Pour mixture into pan 8) Bake for 45-50 mins. Skewer should come out clean. 9) Remove from oven and cool for 10 mins 10) Turn out on a cooling rack. Slice and serve with yoghurt, if desired.
Please excuse my lateness for posting Floriade pictures. I can't believe it took me well over a month to get this out. The past month has been very busy and I somehow forgot about this?!
My visit to Canberra was a very short one but enjoyed every moment of it. It kind of made me realise that I should go away more often. I came back feeling very refreshed and happy!
The last time I went to Floriade was 2014, so it was nice to come back after two years. I tried to do a little experimenting with my camera, and happy to say, I think I've improved from last time :P
I'm starting to realise my love for detail photography, the close up flower ones are probably my favourite.
Hope you like the pictures :)