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Comfort Food Recipe – Blue Swimmer Crab Fried Rice

Published August 18, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, hope this post finds you all well. Pandabear had a day off work today so for some reason, when he’s around I don’t really feel that productive. I woke up late this morning and because there’s no gym or swimming activities happening this week I was feeling very demotivated. By about afternoon time, I made myself a banana smoothie out of my stickmaster 🙂 pretty happy and then late afternoon brave the cold cold wind and went out to QV and Chinese store to buy some ingredients both for cooking and baking…it was so heavy carting groceries without my bluey trolley, I took my trust backpack and it was good carrying my groceries – but it was so heavy – poor Pandabear he’s sick so couldn’t go out to help me 😦 then I was silly enough to want to do Jamie’s Cook Book Challenge at night baking a cake!! I know I’m mad…and I didn’t have the right equipment as well so had to improvise it was a disaster – I will update on the next post…

Well, this particular recipe – I kind of made it up hehehe Alot of times I like to experiment, as most of you know I’m a freelance cook, I don’t usually follow recipes for my cooking. So we went to Victoria Market and I spotted these nice blue swimmer crabs, so I bought 2 of them. To be honest back home in Perth I never buy crabs, I hate the thought of chopping them up – as most of you guys know I have creature phobia – ie fish, cray fish, lobster, crabs etc. Anything that has eyes that stare at you when you try to chop them up, I struggle with it. So I thought surely chopping up crabs is an easy thing to do since they are dead. I was wrong, the eyes keep staring at me..but eventually I did it quickly!!

Blue Swimmer Crab Fried Rice

Ingredients

2 x blue swimmer crabs
minced garlic
2 x eggs
some red chillies
2 tablespoon of soya sauce
some basil
handful of garlic
steamed rice
parsley for garnish

Instructions

1. chop up the blue swimmer crabs and make sure you take the full shell out and bash the legs (it’s so cruel :-() so it’s easier to get the meat out. Add oil to the pan, chuck in minced garlic and sliced red chillies and throw in the crabs. Stir fry it until the blue swimmer crabs starts to turn orange. Then add 1 tablespoon of soya sauce and continue pan fry for a few minutes.

2. Dish out the crabs, leaving juices behind – throw in steamed rice (it’s best to use over night rice) and beat the eggs and pour in the eggs and stir fry it together, add 1 tablespoon of soya sauce and once the fried rice is done, throw back in the crabs and toss it with some basil and it’s ready to serve onto the plate. Garnish with some parsley and there you have it a delicious blue swimmer crab fried rice. 🙂

Blue Swimmer Crabs

Blue Swimmer Crabs

Blue Swimmer Crabs Fried Rice

Blue Swimmer Crabs Fried Rice

Close up

Close up

Sydney Fish Market

Published February 12, 2010 by Mary Jane

Afternoon, still in the mindset of Sydney – cos there’s heaps of food there. So I’m going to blog about Sydney fish Market, it’s not a restaurant so this aint going to be a review just letting you know if you’re in Sydney must try out the seafood at the Sydney fish market 🙂 There’s so much fresh seafood produce I don’t even know where to start. Fortunately my cousins are locals so they know where to take us. Apparently this seafood joint is really famous for their seafood platters and less oily compared to others..I can’t remember the exact name but it’s got a huge orange sign I think it’s called Deep. Anyways, just watch out for this seafood joint with a large bright orange sign and there’s usually lots of seagulls who hangs around. The yummy seafood includes the seafood platters – fish, abalone, squids, octopus, lobsters, chips and we also had crab claws balls – so cute and round and delicious full of crab meat goodness, and seafood kebabs. Don’t forget the soft shell crabs – they were deep fried and very tasty 🙂 honestly I think we over ordered cos we couldn’t finish all of them. The prices for the seafood was also quite decent probably slightly cheaper than the ones you pay at Fremantle, WA but the variety is huge over there. I’m starting to feel a little sleepy after coming back from Hong Kong BBQ Place.

Fresh Seafood Produce

Fresh Seafood Produce

deep fried octopus

deep fried octopus

Crunchy Soft shell crabs

Crunchy Soft shell crabs

Seafood Platters

Seafood Platters

crab claws balls

crab claws balls

The Seafood goodness

The Seafood goodness

Lobsters

Lobsters

The Seafood Joint with Orange sign

The Seafood Joint with Orange sign

Sydney Harbour House night scene

Sydney Harbour House night scene

Food at Sydney

Published February 11, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, hope this blog finds you all well. Tonight for dinner I decided to have some Tacos..mmm..yummy crunchy tacos. I bought a packet of them that came with seasoning, sauce and hard shell Tacos. All I have to do is prepare the filling, beef mince and salad and there you have it tacos. When I opened the fridge I realised I didnt have any lettuce..doh!! What to do, all I have is a bag of snow peas..and really it’s not suitable for Tacos…but the usual me said why not? What have you got to lose..it’s vegies. So I stir fried the snow peas, chopped up some tomatoes, cheese and whipped up the beef mince with taco seasoning. So I started carrying each individual bowl of items to our little dining table. Pandabear stared and said “what? Snow peas with tacos?” I know I know it’s weird but I didnt have any lettuce in the fridge. Plus, you know me I’m into improvising and creating new stuff like mixing avocados into potato mash, adding noodles into a stuffed squid and the list carries on. So after Pandabear whinged about it, he saw me start piling all the fillings into the tacos so he decided he’ll give it a shot. Well…it actually tasted pretty good, gives it a crunchy texture to the tacos as suppose to wet cold lettuce.

Okies, after our usual walk back home I realised something had bit me..yes, I started feeling itchy near my left leg and numbness. I thought it might have been a bee!! No!! I think I’m allergic to bees, but minutes later I didn’t swell up so it could be just some nasty ants. Pandabear even considered sending me to the emergency rooms in hospitals. Fortunately, I didn’t swell up so he’s out now grabbing some icecream and hopefully some cream for my mysterious insect bite. I decided to stay home and wait for him and blog…

Well, our next honeymoon destination was Sydney…the land where it reminds me the return of Asia…so populated, bad traffic, cranky people..that reminds me I’ve asked this man to take a picture for us and he looked at me shocked and disgusted as if I was wasting his time. But me being me, I insisted he took our pictures…not just once but a few times until he gets it right. He walked off probably cursing me. But I got my pictures, that shall teach him some patience. So it wasn’t all bad in Sydney, we caught up with our cousins who took us out to this nice restaurant in Kingsley where they specialise in soft shell crabs and steaks..sorry I forgot the name of the restaurant. I had some soft shell crabs with my steak. I’ve never had soft shell crabs before, I’ve had mud crabs and those red normal crabs and blue crabs but never a soft shell crab. Pandabear decided to stick with his favourite seafood prawns, so he had garlic prawns with his steak. Our cousins ordered sides – which included some awesome potato mash, roasted mushrooms and linguine crab meat. The meal was fantastic, I loved my soft shell crabs – I didnt have to worry about bones getting stuck in between my teeth and digging meat out of the crabs. It was all edible, I basically pop it into my mouth and chew it 🙂

I must admit, Sydney has some awesome restaurants and great food. So it made up for it’s cranky people and hectic city life style. So the next day we decided let’s try out it’s food hall, it was huge! So many varieties to choose from and they even have this Asian Dude standing there selling fresh squeeze juice. It’s like 3 bottles on specials and we took some back to the hotel. Bargain! We ended up grabbing some Chinese takeaway, I know why Chinese? Cos they look pretty good. The guy gave us a huge serving, he must saw my hungry look and my drools..it was not only decent in serving but the price was for a ridiculous $7.50 now where in Perth are you going to get a decent chinese dish for $7.50 in your dreams..Honestly, Sydney is all about the food we later on met us with our cousins again who took us to Lindt Restaurant, that’s right they have a chocolate Lindt Restaurant how cool is that? I know I’m a village Perth girl. I get easily amused. The dessert was awesome, it’s worth going there for it’s chocolate waffles, hot chocolate, and their delicious mouth watering chocolate cake. Now I’m not a chocolate person, but I love things that are made out of chocolate except eating chocolate by itself 🙂 I know I’m weird.

Then we met up with one of friends who lived in Sydney and he took us to this fine dining popular Japanese Restaurant called Masuya Japanese Restaurant, I will do a restaurant review on that. Then the next day, our lovely cousins took us to the Sydney Fish Market. Awesome I love markets,and there’s heaps of fresh seafood loads of them and you don’t know what to choose. So what did we do? We ended up ordering a bit of EVERYTHING…ranging from scallops, lobsters, abalone, sashimi – I don’t like them but my cousins do, fish & chips, prawns, crab balls, squid rings and loads more of other stuff. We were so full that we started consider feeding those hungry seagulls. Fish market is definitely a place for seafood lovers, I would highly recommend anyone from Perth to go there if you love seafood. Cos you’ll be seafood out after one visit.

Anyways, it was time to visit the Bondi beach – I came across these petrol rescuers and insisted on having a picture taken with them. They were pretty friendly and told me “We’re not the real one – you see we are volunteers and in yellow colours, the ones you are after are over there in Blue they are the bondi rescuing team” I was amazed with their friendliness and honesty. So I decided they were the real volunteer heros and still took some pictures with them. I even tried to surf on their board on the sand…yeah I know I’m a chicken when it comes to water. So our cousins decided to take us to try out deep fried battered mars bars. Sounds rather gross but it actually tasted quite good. The chocolate just melts in your mouth. Now it’s very rich so we had 1 deep fried battered mars bar to share amongst 4 of us. It was indeed very rich and very sweet full of chocolate. It’s definitely worth a try if you are a sweet tooth. But I’m a savoury girl so one bite does it for me 🙂

At midnight, I was feeling peckish it was time for some supper so Pandabear and I decided to head down to China Town for some porridge and authentic supper meal. We had some porridge that came with ‘yao jia guey’ deep fried long sticks, clay pot chicken and stir fried prawns. It was delicious and the whole place was packed with Asians. Now that’s when you know the restaurant is good, when it’s packed with Asians. The next day, we tried out some random cafes and they were pretty good. So if you ask me would I ever go back to Sydney again? Ofcourse! For the food and for a short holiday would I live there Ofcourse NOT!! I’m from a lay back Perth and can’t adjust a hectic Sydney lifestyle I don’t know how my cousins did it, and they loved Sydney…maybe it has all the hustle and bustle that resembles the Asian countries. Oh yeah, we also went to the Sydney Harbour Bridge – it was overated..not spectacular and some time for some oriental massage which helped us coped with Sydney’s hectic lifestyle. To top it off, on our way to the airport it took us an hour as suppose to 20 minutes due to traffic jam and apparently that’s quite normal according to the taxi driver. However, the taxi driver was pretty friendly and chatted with us the whole way till the airport and helped us with the luggage. That was very nice of him 🙂

Till next time…

Soft Shell Crabs with Steak

Soft Shell Crabs with Steak

Fluffy Mash with Roasted Mushrooms

Fluffy Mash with Roasted Mushrooms

Garlic Prawns with steak

Garlic Prawns with steak

Linguine with crab meat

Linguine with crab meat

Food hall chicken stir fry with steamed rice

Food hall chicken stir fry with steamed rice

Freshly squeeze watermelon & Orange Juice

Freshly squeeze watermelon & Orange Juice

Fish market squids and soft shell crabs

Fish market squids and soft shell crabs

Fish market fresh produce

Fish market fresh produce

The deep fried battered mars bars

The deep fried battered mars bars

The Bondi Volunteer Heroes

The Bondi Volunteer Heroes

Restaurant Review – Bluewater Bar & Grill

Published February 10, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, this week has been one of those weeks. I’ve recovered from the cold and flu symptoms but now I have tummy aches..argh!! Grrr…anyways, I hope it’s not what I have ate for dinner as I’ve been working late I’ve been having to grab some takeaway for dinner rather than cooking some home cooked meals. Anyways, I’m really counting down to the US & Canada holiday trip in March so I can enjoy food & shopping in US & Canada 🙂 only 4 more weeks left to go. Anyways, time for a restaurant review. This particular restaurant is based in Applecross, I went there for my birthday dinner.

Nice city view, a little on the fine dining scale of things. So we got there and were offered whether we would like to sit at outdoor tables or indoors, they recommend for us to sit at outdoor as you can see the beautiful sunset. But, as both Pandabear and myself both don’t like mosquitoes and bugs we figured we’ll sit semi-indoor, 1/2 way between indoor and outdoor and see how we go. That was the right choice as the outdoor people had to constantly wave off little flies and bugs as the night progresses. So the waitress offered us some crusty bread to start with and the seafood platter caught our eyes straight away. It wasn’t cheap, however since it was my birthday we figured let’s splurge abit. So we asked the waitress how big was the serving is it sufficient for 2 people? She was like ‘let’s just say people don’t usually finish the seafood plater as it’s huge!! Sounds great for us 🙂 so we decided to order that as we’re both big eaters (well, actually more like me).

Now when the bread came it was lovely, fluffy and homemade and it even came with some dipping sauces. However, when I stared at the sauces closely I found a little bug in it. So I had to sent it straight back. The waitress apologised and brought another one straight back with ‘it’s now bug free’ I thought that was quite cute. I understand sometimes little bugs do slips into the cutleries and plates from time to time so I was willing to overlook this. When our main course came, it was huge!! 3 sections of it with oysters, scallops, king prawns, fish, salmon, squids and salads. I thought, no worries I should be able to finish this off. However, when I go to the end, I was starting to feel a little full – shouldn’t have eaten the yummy bread. We were so full we couldn’t even fit any dessert in. So overall, very happy with the seafood plater, the waiter came back to collect the empty dishes and said ‘we’ve certainly done well 🙂 ‘

Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it: Yes

Crusty Bread

Crusty Bread

Comfort Food Recipe – Tikka Salmon with Salad

Published January 30, 2010 by Mary Jane

Good evening people, this is my last post for the evening. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I didn’t feel like cooking cos I was feeling tired. Anyways, since I’ve bought the ingredients for tonight I decide I must persist on. Pandabear said ‘why didn’t you buy 2 min noodles then you don’t have to cook much’ Well, I didn’t – 2 min noodles ain’t that healthy anyways. So tonight’s dish is something I saw on Jamie Oliver’s ministry of food, I vaguely remember how its done..anyways, it didn’t have a good start – I found the salmon I bought had lots of bones and I didn’t have tweezers to pull them out so had to use my finger nails strength that was painful and then I found some scales weren’t probably done, didn’t have the scaling metal thing so had to use my knife. Could this be any harder??? Grrr…but eventually my persistance was rewarded…

Here it is…

Tikka Salmon with Yoghurt Salad

Ingredient

1 piece of salmon
1 table spoon of tikka curry paste
2 cucumbers
2 tomatoes
3 table spoon of plain yoghurt
2 pieces of Nan bread

Instructions

1. First slice the salmon into thin slices, rub in the tikka curry paste. You can buy a jar of these in any supermarket stores. Tikka curry paste has lemony flavour that gets rid of fish taste like salmon.

2. Heat up pan with medium heat and put the salmon pieces into the pan. Few minutes on each side. Now, don’t need to put oil because salmon is rich in omega oil. It may look abit charred but it’s only because of the curry paste.

3. Now to prepare the yoghurt salad, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, salt and pepper to season and add yoghurt in. Mix it around. Leave some chopped cucumbers and tomatoes aside

4. Placed your Nan bread in the oven for 200 degrees for 10 minutes. You can buy them in packets in any super market.

5. To plate up, lay the fresh Nan bread out of oven onto the plate. Put salmon pieces in the centre, pour the yoghurt salad over the salmon. Sprinkle the remainder chopped cucumbers and tomatoes on top along with my favourite chopped red chillie and if you are a herb person put some chopped coriander on top and it’s perfect.

What I found is the dish is delicious however the salmon and yoghurt makes the Nan bread soggy, so if I were to serve this dish again I would put the Nan bread aside and eat it with salmon and yoghurt salad.

Enjoy…

Tikka Salmon with Yoghurt Salad

Tikka Salmon with Yoghurt Salad

Comfort Food Recipe – Crumbed Barramundi

Published January 25, 2010 by Mary Jane

Ok, it’s time to move onto cooking fish. To be honest I’m not really a fish person – and I used to hate cooking fish cos it makes the whole kitchen stinky and also sometimes it gets burnt easily and flaky. So I’ve finally come across Barramundi fillets which are easy to cook and doesn’t get burnt or become flaky easily. Anyways, this dish is simple and a boost of omega oil cos fish is good for your body. I’ve served it with some broccoli and chips. 🙂

Here it is…

Crumbed Barramundi

Ingredients

1 x piece of barramundi fllet
2 table spoon of bread crumbs
1 egg
1 table spoon of plain flour
1 packet of frozen chips
1 small bunch of brocolli
2 x cloves of garlic

Instructions

1. first drizzle some olive oil onto the fish fillet, beat up the egg and mix the bread crumb and flour together. Now dip the fish fillet into the egg mixture both sides and dip into the bread crumb and flour mixture and pop it into the pan – medium heat. Fish cooks pretty quickly so about few minutes each side – until it’s golden brown – season with salt and pepper.

2. Pop the frozen chips into the oven to cook it. If you want to make your own fresh chips – simply boil the potatoes – until it’s semi cooked and cut them into strips – season with olive oil and salt & pepper and pop them into the oven. However, it’s quicker just getting frozen chips from the supermarket and cook it in the oven. Taste just as good.

3. heat up the pan with some oil and add minced garlic and chopped up the broccoli into small pieces and stir fry it until it’s cook, season with salt and pepper

And there you have it crumbed barramundi served with chips and broccoli 🙂

Crumbed Burramundi

Crumbed Burramundi

Food at Wellington, Christchurch & Queenstown, New Zealand

Published January 21, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Everyone, hope this blog finds you all well. I’m so sleepy today didn’t get home from the movie till 12am and was eating supper while watching the DVD – ‘UP’ again for the 2nd time. Eventually got to bed around 1am and woke up around 3am and couldn’t go back to sleep and now I’m at work feeling tired…..so hope my blog post make sense today if not you know why…so time to write up our next destination for food. This time we drove from Christchurch to Queenstown via Lake Tekapo,other lakes as well and amongst other little places. But for those who knows me well enough would know I have a gold fish memory can’t remember things that happened 5 minutes ago let along trips that happened months and months ago. We went around October and it was towards the end of snow season. Fortunately when we got there, there was still some snow left so we could make some snow man. We had the chance of riding on the gondola all the way up the mountains and go for the luge ride.

It was time for some snack so we decided to order some sweets – first we had this puff pastry that has apple and cream as a filling and we came across this cinnamon donut filled with cream they were both very tasty however very sweet too. I’m a savoury person so I’m usually not that into dessert sweet items but I had the craving for sweet stuff. All in all they both were worth it.

So we hop onto the luge ride and you get to choose either the scenery route or the adventurous route. We decided since we ‘ve never ride the luge before it’s best we try the scenery route first.

After the rides, we were hungry for lunch and decided to head towards the restuarant near by. I ordered some hamburger feast that came with chips and salad and Pandabear had breakfast works they were still selling breakfast stuff during that time. I had a look at the serving and I was impressed it’s huge… and it tasted delicious. All produce was fresh and nicely cooked and the presentation was fantastic. So Pandabear had some sausages, 2 eggs with halliday sauce, hash brown, salad and some mushrooms and they were really affordable too. I think approx AUD$14.00 per meal which is pretty good. 🙂

Fortunately, we were able to hire a car to get us by to places so the next place we’re off to is this restaurant called The Hilltop Cafe and Bar, located half way between Christchurch and Akaroa on the South Island of New Zealand. Upon arrival I was amazed with the view/scenery across the hill top it was amazing and breath taking I’m never seen such a beautiful scenery any where else. It was fantastic… anyways you can choose to dine outside with the breath taking view or inside. As it was quite windy and cold that day, we decided to dine indoor just before I stepped into the restaurant I came across this little goat who is standing on the fence top. How strange it got there and then it hopped itself down to the grass area, I had the urge of patting it but Pandabear screamed out don’t incase it bites you. So I just watched thinking it’s gotta be owned by someone it looks too groomed to be a wild goat. My curiosity soon was uncovered it’s the owner’s little goat – it even has a name ‘Billy’ the goat so I saw it trying to eat some shrubs and grass, so I pulled off some shrubbs and fed it. It was such a nice experience, never been such close to a goat before.

So it was time to go back inside and have some lunch. I immediately come across their specialty seafood chowder which I wanna to try and Pandabear had his usual favourite fish and chips. When we got our dishes it looks great, the seafood chowder was thick and tasty and I could literally tasted all the seafood – prawns, mussels, fish and it was so creamy and it even came with a crusty bread. Pandabear’s dish was fish and chips and it was a huge serve. I had to help him eat his serve and it was delicious the seafood in New Zealand is really fresh must be the sparkling river in New Zealand.

It was time for dinner, we settled into our hotel and decided we will try out the hotel’s restaurant as it looked rather classy and the atmosphere was pretty nice. So for entree I had ordered some vegies spring rolls I know it sounds abit healthy but I feel like something vegetarian for entrees and Pandabear had some grilled prawns. I’m starting to regret what I’ve ordered cos Pandabear’s prawns looked so good so he gave me one of his prawns and mine didn’t taste that nice. So for main course Pandabear ordered lamb hock with pumpkin mash and I had slow cook pork over baby broccoli. Both dishes were sensational, the meats literally fell apart when you dig your fork into it. So we were really pleased with the main course. For dessert, the waitress recommended us some fondue chocolate with lots of yummy fruits. That really ended our dinner well… 🙂

The next day we decided to try a boat cruise around the river side – the boat was called ‘a million dollar cruise’ and it was great to ride the boat along sparkling river and the scenery of all the houses on the mountain tops – it was well worth it, the captain even allowed us to wear the captain’s hat and steer the steering wheel. I thought that was pretty nice of him and too some photos for us. Overally, New Zealand people are pretty friendly and helpful. After the cruise, we were feeling pretty hungry so had some fish and chips. This little fish and chips stores were great, they cook their fish and chips fresh and it was very well-priced something like AUD$15.00 for a large container of fish and chips.

As we were walking around Queenstown we came across this street full of Asian foods similiar to china town except it’s only Thai, Japanese and Korean. So as usual I love Japanese food so we went to the Japanese restaurant called ‘Hikari Izakaya’ – a pretty small place that sells authentic Japanese food. All staff were Japanese and even the chef was Japanese – and you ask me how I know cos I overhead the chef coming out talking Japanese with the waitress staff. So Pandabear felt like some udon – so he ordered seafood udon and I had the special for the night which was the ultimate bento box which had teriyaki mix, salad, sushi and teriyaki chicken with rice. The serving was huge, I’m not sure why but all the restaurants in New Zealand I’ve been to seems to give generous serving. I’m not complaining and the price is pretty reasonable.

So while we were in New Zealand Pandabear had one of his overseas conference workshop to go to so we were staying in Wellington for the conference and we had a congress dinner where they serve set dinner. For entree everyone gets the same – a selection of seafood – abalone, prawns and some fish and it was delicious. For main course you had a choice between salmon or Lamb – I went for the salmon – I’m a fish or chicken type of person, not so into lamb because I don’t like the taste of it that much. Dessert was Kiwi brulee and the presentation is fantastic they had literally digged out some cream brulee and left some inside the kiwi fruit and some with kiw fruits out on the plate. I loved it and it was very tasty.

While we were in New Zealand we were really addicted to their New Zealand Green Lips Mussels now I’m not a mussel person but I love chilli mussels and I wanted to try their version of chilli mussels. They had none, we could not find one restaurant that sells chilli mussels they all sell creamy green lips mussels. So I had to give it a try, and I loved it – it was creamy and it went really well with green lips mussels – they were huge, every where I go for entree I would look for green lips mussels cos they were sweet and juicy and the cream went really well with it. Pandabear had some crumbed squid with sweet chilli sauce and he really liked it. For our main I had some free range chicken and Pandabear had some chinese stir fried noodles. I thought that was a bit strange to be selling some stir fried noodles in a western-style restaurant, he said it was actually not too bad. I don’t know about that…for our dessert we shared a chocolate mudcake together and it was very tasty 🙂

To sum up we ate out everyday and it was a fantastic culinary experience for both of us. We would highly recommend ordering seafood at New Zealand and you won’t be disappointed especially with the green lips mussels I’m still drooling everytime I think about it. Their food serving is huge and well priced so yup it’s definitely one of the destination that I would like to visit again in the future just to see whether ‘Billy’ the goat is still at the hill top Cafe 🙂 Enjoy…