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).
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
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…
My homegirl has returned to Sydney for a visit so we planned for a dinner. Every time she visits we do first catch up over Thai or Malaysian, so we wanted to continue our usual ritual. :P We knew we wanted Thai. We came across Saute Thai restaurant in Parramatta. None of us has been on Church street for a while so we don't know when this opened up or if it was always there and we've just been blind! Anyway, we took our time to order because we are both very indecisive (you can see why we usually end up going to the same place because we'd rather talk and catch up on life rather than decide what to order :P For entrée we ordered Tom Yum soup. It was absolutely delicious, perfect acidic balance of lemon, ginger spices.
Mains: Panang curry with roast duck, Singaporean noodles and jasmine rice
Roast duck was juicy and tender. Noodles were a big portion- we had plenty of leftovers. Their service was wonderful, the waitresses walk around and fill your drinks which we thought was q…
This month was a one hell-of-a-month for me. I still had a
lot of work left to do from the major revisions of one of my old papers which
took me a really long time. I was trying really hard to finish this because we
had a deadline. But then, I got caught in the last wave of flu. I don’t get
sick very often, but when I do, it’s really bad. I would’ve liked to take some time
off to recover, but I knew I needed to push myself to meet the deadline.
Working during that time wasn’t easy, it was tough. There were times where I
struggled a lot, but I refused to give up. I ended up working from home for
two days which helped me work and recover at the same time.
The next task was revising my other paper which was nearly
done. I hadn’t worked on this for a while, so I had sort of forgotten what I
was up to. The good thing was I did a writing workshop this month where I used
this paper as an example. I found this to be incredibly useful because it
helped me get into the mindset again. It took …
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…
This month has gone by way too quick! (Okay, I know I said that last month too but this month went even quicker)
It started off with me madly writing my results, then doing discussion. Discussion took me about a week :/ I was rushing to finish my draft because I had to send it to my supervisor and leave enough time for feedback.
I allowed myself two weeks time (which I thought was too much, at the time!) But I was so glad I did this later because it can take a couple of days to get feedback as supervisors are too busy to read it in one go.
Anyway, now let me move onto the other fun things I did. Starting off with the most important highlight of the month: I WENT TO CENTRAL PERK!!!!
I was so bogged down with writing, I almost didn't realise it was finishing and made it in the last weekday after handing in my draft.
I had to wait for about an hour but I would say the wait was worth it because I'm such a 'friends' obsessed freak. Getting my butt on that couch was just phenomen…
My flight faced major delays due to severe thunderstorms in
Sydney. We had to wait for over two hours, most of which were on the plane so
it was incredibly exhausting. Thankfully, the weather in Melbourne was much
better. It was pretty cold and windy, it felt nice to get out of the scorching
heat :) After reuniting with the bestie, we went out for dinner to a
local Malaysian restaurant close to our home. I had one whole day to myself before the conference began on
Wednesday, and we wanted to make the most out of this.
Next stop was archery, my bestie has been an archer for sometime now, and we have been wanting to go for a long time. But majority of the archery clubs don’t offer try outs. I loved my first experience of archery, it was initially challenging to get my arrow to go in the right direction. It did not look like a much of a physically demanding sport to me, but it does get quite exhausting after sometime.