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
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…
I've been thinking about making kale chips for a while now; it was one of those things I thought would be too complex. Normally, I use kale in a smoothie or a salad but I can never get through a whole bunch without it going yellow.
Recently, I've had a go at making kale chips. It's actually not that difficult, but it's just very delicate. You need to have the right temperature and time setting. Otherwise, you end up with burnt or soggy chips (like I did for the first few times!)
I've adapted this recipe from some recipe sites and personal experience :)
Recipe is as follows-
1 kale bunch
4 Tb Extra Virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 150 (fan-forced)
Remove stems from kale and tear leaves into bite sized pieces)
Wash kale thoroughly
Dry kale with a salad spinner (this step is important!)
In a bowl, mix olive oil and herbs/ spices (amount to your liking)
Line tray with baking paper
Using your fingers, ma…
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
Gosh, I honestly don’t know where the month has gone! Yes, I know you’re going to say that I say that literally every month. But I suppose time does fly quicker as you are getting older. Speaking of which, I turned 24 this month. My dad insisted on celebrating, but I think I am just getting to the age where I prefer to keep my birthday a quiet business and hide away. I got spoilt with some great presents and cake, of course! I had a lot of cake this month. I have had a few moments of hibernation this month, it does help with my internal struggle sometimes which is still ongoing, but I’m trying to deal with it in a different way (some of you would probably know about this from my previous monthly blogs).
In terms of work, I have been juggling endless things this month. The student projects have been quite time-consuming, particularly because I needed to obtain ethics approval for one of them which needed a lot of work. The good news is that we were recently approved and currently recr…
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…
As you can tell from the title, I like to partake in shenanigans so thought I'd make a blog and document it.
I actually thought about doing this for ages. But I wasn't sure how and when do I begin? Or if I should write even?
My 'big' plan was to launch this blog in January this year but it got delayed by quite a bit as you can see we are in June and I'm still writing my intro here!
I did make an account earlier though, but I never got around to writing because I was busy with training placement and it took so much out of my time, it didn't really leave time for anything else. (For anyone that's not familiar with what being in placement involves- it's basically like full time work but you don't get paid anything. You may be armed with a whole lot of experience but it leaves you exhausted and broke) :(
Now getting to the proper intro - I'm a 22 year old student dietitian living in Sydney. I've always wanted to blog but never got …
This cafe has a great welcoming atmosphere with options to dine in or outside. We went on a weekday so it wasn't that busy.
I wasn't that hungry so I ordered a side. It was filled with Dutch,
purple and orange carrots with Harissa dressing. It was great in the
beginning but after a while, it got boring. It would've been better if
they had one or two other veggies (rather than just carrots).
The dessert however, was delicious. It had lots of crunch, texture and
flavour. There was lots of bits and pieces like bread, chocolate, ice
cream etc. The amount was good in terms of portion control.
Yes, I know the photo doesn't look as appealing as the lighting was poor but it looked way much better in person.
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…