Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bali + Lombok Holiday Photos

Saturday 20/05/2011

Good morning just landed this morning & trying very hard to stay awake to get my normal sleeping pattern back in business otherwise I will be in deep soup on Monday.

I tried to load photos during my holiday & no luck ... internet connection is not great hhmppfff.

My Bali & Lombok holiday photos...enjoy !!

For my recent post about Bali, please click the link below:

Buddha in various colours from Kolektor  (behind Seminyak Square - BALI)
BALI is my life ... found this signage as I exited Bali airport =)
Square meatballs anyone ??
Peking duck necklace from Simple Koncept Store (Jl. Laksamana - Seminyak, BALI)
Bali offerings
T-shirt for food blogger 1
T-shirt for food blogger 2
East - West  but BALI is the best JOGER (t-shirt shop in Kuta)
LOMBOK airport - conveyor not. We just have to stand next to it & grab out luggage quickly before our luggage landed on the floor.
LOMBOK island - traditional vs modern (horse carriage vs car)
LOMBOK island - mobile fruit lady - you can buy cut papaya, pineapple, watermelon etc

Vegetables Curry

Saturday 30/05/2011

My dear friend R recommended A1 brand curry paste to me when we went out for grocery shopping & makan (=eating) madness on the day. I was craving badly for vegetables curry. NO NO I dont have a bun in my oven...I was seriously craving for curry, blame the weather (almost winter now) & blame myself for buying too much vegetables.

I always try to make stuff from scratch whenever I can/ whenever I am in the mood (well...this cooking mood does not happen very often LoL..). This time I just had to I give it a go with instant sauce coz I was in desperation to cook all my vegs in the fridge & my head keep thinking bout veg curry plus I dont know how to make curry from scratch. All the excuses I can think of....

The verdict ... I am very pleased with the results, it did taste like home cooked curry with minimal effort & cooking time. I will try different flavour from the same brand next time.

  • 2/3 pack Malaysian Curry Paste (A1 brand)
  • 2 tomatoes - cut into 8 parts per tomato
  • tofu puff
  • 1 large carrot - chunky cut
  • 1 eggplant - chunky cut
  • 1/2 cauliflower - cut into florettes
  • 1-2 tablespoon tamarind water
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cups light coconut milk

  1. In a large pot, pour in water + coconut milk + curry paste
  2. Once boiled, add all vegies except tomatoes
  3. Boil for 15 mins on high heat, 15 mins on medium heat
  4. Then 5 mins on low heat
  5. Add tomatoes, tofu & tamarind water
  6. Ready to serve 
A1 Instant Curry Sauce - Seafood flavour
Tofu Puff
:: Vegetables Curry ::

    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Gourmetorange is on another holiday =)

    Hello all,

    Greetings from Bali ... I am on another holiday right now, my much deserved holiday after all the roller coaster rides I had. Bali is 31 degrees, humid & sunny everyday. My luggage is slowly running out of space ... not a good sign for my pocket.
    My last visit was 2 years ago & during this visit I feel, there's much more places to visit (shopping & eating out).
    I will post more infos & photos as usual...please be patient, internet speed is kinda slower than snail here.

    Sunday, May 8, 2011


    Sunday 08/05/2011 @ 11.27pm (Sydney time)

    I just came back from my big fat Chinese dinner & I was just about to post another recipe to wind down my digestion ....

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    Pumpkin & Spinach Pie

    I created this pumpkin & spinach pie by accident during a rainy weekend. I was feeling really bored one evening & my domestic diva demon strucked me, I start checking out my fridge, freezer & my messy kitchen cupboard ... started to think of any possible recipes to create finger food. Whoooalllaa ... pumpkin & spinach pie recipe dropped down from the sky. They are quite fancy looking & simple to make. I had a few tasters, my collegues & few friends, they gave me positive comments about the pie and they are still standing on their feet till now hehehehe...Happy trying.

    • 1/2 butternut pumpkin - diced
    • 1 block fetta cheese - mashed
    • 1 bunch english spinach - chopped about 1cm
    • 8 button mushroom - sliced thin
    • 2 cloves garlic -chopped finely
    • 1 teaspoon Cumin
    • 1 teaspoon Brown sugar
    • Salt - to taste
    • Black Pepper 
    • 2-3 sheets Puff Pastry (I used Pampas brand)
    • 3 Eggs
    • Baking paper
    • Olive Oil
    • Red wine vinegar (optional)
    How to Make Fillings:
    1. Heat up 1 table spoon of olive oil in a pot/ wok
    2. Stir fry garlic & pumpkin for about 10 mins (to soften pumpkin)
    3. Add mushroom & spinach, cook until water is almost gone
    4. Add brown sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, red wine vinegar (optional)
    5. Cool the mixture for about 15 mins
    6. Add 2 egg, stir mixture
    7. Add fetta cheese, stir mixture
    1. Cut pampas pastry into 9 squares per sheet
    2. Cut baking paper to be just slightly bigger than the cut out pampas pastry
    3. In muffin tray, ansemble baking paper & pampas pastry by pushing them into the muffin tray & mould them to shape like a bowl - see picture

     4. Scoop in fillings
    5. Beat 1 egg - brush edges of the pie
    6. Bake till golden brown
    7. Ready to serve

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    St Malo Bakery Crows Nest

    St Malo is fairly new in Crows Nest (close to North Sydney), probably about 1 yr old. I have been a loyal customer of St Malo Bakery since day 1 when they opened their door & they are the best bakery in Crows Nest (there are 4 bakery within the area).
    Artisan organic bread, pastry, quiches, pies, birthday cakes, pre-made sandwiches are available. Everything is made fresh on the spot & priced reasonably.

    Simple French decor with limited seating areas. My favourite spot is the 'aquarium' - sitting inside the glass room next to the kitchen & you can watch the chef playing with the dough - twist, flatten, shape, roll, bake, etc. My little words of wisdom 'come early to avoid long Q, breakfast can go a little crazy here'.

    St Malo Bakery
    83 Willoughy Road
    Crows Nest
    NSW - Sydney
    Phone. (02) 9906 6256
    Open Daily 7am-4.30pm

    Blueberry tart
    Raspberry pastry

    Toast with sauteed mushroom, poached eggs & pesto
    Mouth watering cake display