Archive | July, 2012

Easy-to-make Chrysanthemum Konnyaku Jelly

21 Jul

I’m not someone who loves cooking, though I must say I like eating good food. However, I received a very easy recipe from a friend some time back and I’ve decided to try it out during one of my gathering with my old classmates. It was a success. Today, I tried it again but with a change, with less sugar as I’m preparing them for my family and my father is diabetic.

Here’s the recipe. Do try it as the dessert is especially refreshing in the hot weather these days. Not only that, it’s really simple and easy to make! 🙂

Chrysanthemum Konnyaku Jelly

Ingredients

  • A handful of dried chrysanthemum flowers
  • A handful of wolfberry, pre-soaked with hot water
  • 1 packet of Konnyaku jelly powder
  • 2-3 tbsp of sugar (or according to the instructions on the jelly powder)
  • 1250 ml of water

Directions

  1. Put the dried chrysanthemum flowers and wolfberries into a pot filled with 1250 ml of water, and bring to a boil.
  2. Once it’s boiled, sieve out the flowers and wolfberries into a bowl of cool water.
  3. Mix the sugar and Konnyaku jelly powder together.
  4. Prepare the jelly moulds with wolfberries and some chrysanthemum petals.
  5. Remove the pot of hot brew from the stove, add the Konnyaku jelly powder mixture into the stew, stir well to dissolve the jelly mix.
  6. Pour the jelly mixture into the moulds. Let it cool at room temperature before chilling it in the fridge.
  7. Best served cold.

My friend’s recipe is slightly different as she uses osmanthus flowers instead of chrysanthemum flowers. You may want to take a look at her recipe here.

Art Jamming 4: A Gift for a Friend

15 Jul

A friend of mine has just gotten a new place with her family. So, I’ve decided to do a painting for her during my 4th Art Jamming session. The painting is inspired by Jimmy Liao’s (几米) illustration for his book, One More Day with You (走向春天的下午).

I made some changes to the illustration by adding 2 more children as my friend has 4 kids. Of course, I can’t paint as well as Jimmy Liao but I don’t think my friend will mind. 🙂

A Dreamy Effect

14 Jul

I’ve always been taking part in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge. However, I usually post my entries in my other blog which is on travelling. That’s because most of the photos I’ve taken were from my overseas trips.

This week’s theme is Dreaming and the challenge is guest hosted by Kristin Luna of Camels & Chocolates. She suggests using long exposures to create a dreamy effect and “an otherworldly sense of escapism”.

I tried it out on my camera and it really works! Thanks for the tips, Kristin!

Photo taken manually with long exposures

Photo taken in auto mode

National Day Celebrations – Fireworks

8 Jul

It’s going to be Singapore’s national day soon. Our national day falls on 9th August. Before the actual celebration, there’ll be rehearsals almost every weekend.

Since last year, we have been gathering at a friend’s place to watch the fireworks during the rehearsals. This is like the event of the year for us!

Last year’s fireworks

I feel that this year’s fireworks were not as spectacular as last year’s but nevertheless it was fun chit-chatting with friends and taking photos of the fireworks. 🙂

Art Jamming 3: My Rendition of Van Gogh’s Starry Night

8 Jul

I’ve liked Van Gogh’s paintings ever since I’ve visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. My favourite is his Starry Night which is housed in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Twilight and the night is a prominent theme throughout Van Gogh’s oeuvre. Van Gogh viewed the evening and the night as a time for reflection and creativity, a time particularly suitable for mulling over the day’s events. For this reason he liked to work during the dark hours, for they gave him energy and inspiration.

Therefore, for my 3rd art jamming session, I’ve decided to do a rendition of the Starry Night. Here’s my interpretation, nowhere close to the original but it’s the best I can achieve in the 3-hour session 🙂

Wild Rocket @ Mount Emily

1 Jul

Yesterday, my friends and I went to Wild Rocket @ Mount Emily to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Wild Rocket is renowned for fusion food, european dishes fused with Singaporean/asian flavours.

We ordered the 3-course set lunch which includes a starter, mains and dessert. My set comprises of 1) Pomelo salad with tiger prawns and frozen coconut dressing, 2) Salmon donburi with bonito & baby octopus red rice and 3) Calamansi granita with pomelo. My least favourite is the salad as I feel that the coconut dressing was a bit too strong, luckily the pomelo managed to neutralise it. My favourite is the donburi as the baby octopus red rice was very tasty and fragrant. The granita was refreshing too, an ideal dessert after a meal.

The pricing was surprisingly quite reasonable, about SGD40+ per person after taxes and service charge. I would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for affordable good quality fusion food. However, I must remind readers that the ala-carte menu is more expensive, so don’t expect the same price if you order a-la-carte dishes.

Our Starters:

Our Mains:

My Friend’s Dessert:

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