Sunday, October 24, 2010

Recipe for those who love Sea Urchin :P

i have always loved to eat sea urchin aka uni and New York City offers the best variety of uni pasta from different cuisines including Basta Pasta's italian japanese uni pasta or Marea and Convivio's Uni and crab pasta, as well as Felidia's uni and snow crab pasta. of course, there are many ways of cooking sea urchin with pasta, from simple olive oil and garlic to a more substantial creamy pink sauce. personally i love pink sauce so i decided to try it out in my own tiny kitchen. 

one box of ready to eat sea urchin
half a box of linguine or angelhair pasta
one clove of garlic sliced
one pound of crab claws (blanched till cooked and remove meat keeping juices)
three tablespoons of cold heavy cream
one tablespoon of tomato paste
four tablespoons of olive oil
truffle salt and pepper to taste

1. bring a pot of water to boil with some salt. allow pasta to cook for roughly 6mins to    become al dente and strain pasta into a bowl

2. in the same pot, dry and add olive oil. once heated, add garlic to cook for one min

3. then add on the tomato paste and  heavy cream and stir for 30secs and add a little water to make it into a creamy sauce enough to coat the pasta you made. once heated, add the crab meat and stir

4. add half the box of sea urchin into the sauce n mix for a minute and later the cooked pasta

5. sprinkle enough salt and pepper to taste and right after put in the rest of uni and start serving.

this may not be the best recipe on earth but hey, it works for me so try it out!!!

For the Porky Pigs

this is a page for all the porky pigs in the world..especially for those of us who grew up with eating pork and bacon in asia, we always find and crave the best siew yuk which is roasted pork belly with the crispiest skin that crunches when you bite through it. that itself is an experience and here is one that i will never forget. 

somehow in manhattan, i got by for 7 yrs eating mediocre roasted pork sold by the chinese vendors. finally last week, my friend wee kiat, introduced me to a recipe he tried and was really successful especially impressing his friends at a potluck party. with all faith and confidence, i decided to give it a try too buying a total of 4 pounds of pork belly.

blanched it, marinated it for two nights, finally, i put the victim into the piping hot oven and followed the recipe wisely. my heart was pounding with excitement and finally almost two hours, the pork belly came out slightly charred and when i sliced it, it was crunching loudly and me and my bf joe chowed down as we cut...he did the bone too..haha..and later sauteed half of it with kai lan. later, we were both overdosed from pork but was indeed the best overdose ever...

halfway through cooking

 the final result... :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fishing Trip to Harriman State Park/ Sept 2010

The last trip for my summer 2010 was an adventure to the Harriman State Park (right behind Woodsbury Common) which consisted of 37 different lakes and was a popular spot for lake fishing. 
Me, Joe, Wanyin and Kush headed down after a great brunch stop by at Jersey in the early evening and hiked for ten mins before finding this secluded spot with a little pier off the camping cabins. We set up our cheap fishing rods with super crawly night crawlers and started our fishing competition. 
Kush was the first to catch a fish which was a pretty big yellow perch. Then almost simultaneously, Wanyin also caught a pumpkin seed. Later, feeding began and in total, we caught like 7 fish including my good size bass. It was fun and Wanyin was brave enough to kill the two fish we decided to keep and de gut them. Yes, it was quite fishy and gross. 
When the sun went down, temperatures dropped and we stopped to make some hot coffee and chamomile tea and sipped on it snacking on cookies and chips. Stayed for abit longer, Wanyin caught our final victim but let it go anyways. It was a good and fulfilling night as we ended chowing down some spicy hot korean soup on our way back to the concrete jungle. 
ps: i cooked my bass two days later and was super yummy!!!

the yellow perch

the brave degutter

my bass!

Fendi Show / Sept 2010

One of my favorite jobs this month was the Fendi show held at a big open space at Manhasett, Long Island. It was a brilliant day with sunshine and a light breeze, we showed the Fall/Winter collection in a white tent while the ladies had their lunch. 
Nothing beats wearing a $215000 bob cat fur coat and strutting down the white runway (and of course i almost passed out in that while waiting for show to go on). I must say this season, the Fendi looks were incredible and sadly, their accessories seem to be pale in comparison to the ready to wear. Here are some shots and hope you enjoy it as much as i did!!

ToTo's 1st Birthday / 15 Sept 2010

Today is my little boy ToTo's first birthday. We got him a hat to wear to celebrate but since his head is extremely small for his age, we had to alter the hat which still did not fit..haha.. nonetheless, he is still cute as a button and hopefully in this coming year, he will be healthier and happier than ever!!! Happy Birthday TOTO!! we love you!!


Kojii and Cyril Visit to the big apple! sept 2010

been almost two years since i saw  my great friend miss kojii.. finally, on her way back from a hot summer in Dublin, she and her husband Cyril stopped by NYC for a short trip and of course, to visit me :P Though we did not have a lot of time together, we caught up over coffee and they came by to check Fashion's Night Out too where i was working and it had been great fun... Hopefully the next time i see them, i will see Croi exciting!!!! love you guys!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Little Giant Brunch

Best part after a two long weeks of work , my only consolation was a Saturday quick brunch with two of my best friends Bee and Alex at a little lower Eastside cafe called Little Giant... the yummy french toasts with banana and caramel took me to a level higher than heaven but of course, company was beyond any description ..hee hee.. anyways its time for pictures of my cute friends!!!


Moving House ... Bahhhhhhh!!!!

One of the top ten most hated things in my life : Moving
and unfortunately, in my course of life, it has been a big part of my life and ongoing. 

Living with my bf Joe on famous Mott street for over a year with my two kitties, he finally decided that we should get a bigger space but still close to Chinatown so i can still get my groceries to cook.

We found 111, Worth street which is a nice doorman elevator building with a beautiful view of City hall. Great timing it was, the apartment was available and we took it immediately without much hesitation. However,it was also good timing that home depot actually ran out of boxes and we had to run to another one and got only the large ones left. 

Signed the lease one day with also buying a new bed, i packed the whole apartment (luckily with my good friend Joyce) the next day. Finally on the third day, we moved from storage to apartment to cleanup to unpacking and also making a trip to Ikea. 

Anyways, glad the worst is over and now, me, Joe and my little kitties are enjoying this great apartment living happily ever after :P

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mohunk Castle / July 2010

our 3 day 2 night stay at this beautifully castle Mohunk on top of its private hilltop was definitely not enough. Too many activities and no time. Some of it includes yoga, movies, smores by a campfire, boating, spa, hiking as well as horse riding and of course it changes daily. 

we checked in with great anticipation and the rooms were oldish with all wood but well maintained with a real working fire place. Had an awesome view from our balcony with two rocking chairs facing the serene lake.

we walked around a little bit and had some tea time cookies in one of their halls and rested up for our dinner at 7pm. All dressed up, we had our 'formal' dinner which served beef rib and salads and melon soup (which was actually way too sweet) and some really weird badly made earl grey panna cotta. was rather disappointed, we walked around more and took some great pictures with the redish golden sunset right in front of the hotel. 

 went to bed early and the next day, we were treated to an unlimited (for all meals) breakfast buffet and the waffle with many berries were my favorite and most ideal breakfast.hahawish everyday was like this..
later, we set off to the quiet lake for some boating and fishing. obviously at broad and bright daylight, the fish mostly would be sleeping and we did not expect to catch anything and so did the boys at the dock who was laughing at Joe's big survival knife. 
after two hours, we finally had some action and i did catch 3 amazing rainbow trouts!! Woooo HOOOOOO!! that just made my day and joe had the tough job of cutting the hook of the mouths and letting them swim away again. i wanted to fish more but we had to catch up with lunch so yet we had another buffet lunch and rest a little and headed down to the spa. 

i had a 50min espresso scrub and we both did a couple massage and was heaven. away from the city, we finally relaxed in their warm mineral pool till evening came by and took us back to a nice shower and ready for our next meal!!haha

tonight, our dinner was at the picnic lodge which we had a lobster each and free flow grilled cheese to sausages to salads. was awesome without any bugs wheezing over my yummy foods and the weather was perfect too. we ate and stuffed ourselves to the max and took a stroll along the edge of the area and ended up at the mini putting green where i had my first shot at golf..

our final day arrived and we set off to hike up the mountain top. took us about 40mins of walking and the view was breathless. wish i just own this place and lived here. wandered further and we found ourselves in a little garden filled with interesting and yet gorgeous flowers. now we know where the 1000 employees are anyways, we left dear Mohunk with a deep lasting impression in our hearts and we pray we will be back soon... bahhhhh!!!!

Blue Berry Picking / Kelder Farm/ July2010

Last saturday, my bf joe and i were really excited about our little trip up north of New York to this privately owned castle called MoHunk. 

Of cos, we rented a car in New Jersey and took the path train to pick up the car, stopping along this little cafe called Turning Point right by Hudson River. Tried the crabcake benedict and my pancakes called Crunchy Monkey which were regular pancakes topped with bananas and granola, my two favorite ingredients :P

after our delicious breakfast, we drove north and stopped by Kelder's Farm whereby you can pick any amount of berries ranging from blueberries to raspberries to blackberries and sweet corn. My favorite was blue berries so we went on a hunt for the biggest blue berries possible. An hour's work brought us two pints of blue berries (xxl) and alot of perspiration..haha

my dear joe at work!!

later, we also visited the few cute animals on the farm including sheep and alpaca and little moos moos. was indeed an interesting start to our weekend!!!