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Books
Books I have completed reading since January 2017:

1. Angelopolis - Danielle Trussoni
2. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
3. The Magic Circle - Jenny Davidson
4. Memories - Lang Leav
Wet & Wild (Mocktail recipe)
Friday. 12.29.06 10:06 pm
Another mocktail cheers for you guys!

15 ml [1/2 oz] Kahlua
15 ml [1/2 oz] Suntory
strawberry liqueur
15 ml [1/2 oz] Dooleys toffee
and vanilla liqueur

1. Using a bar spoon, pour the liqueur into a shooter glass one after the other to create a layered effect.

*Use a bar spoon to properly layer this shooter.

Atrium. 2006, Nov-Dec. Flavours magazine

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Perfume (Mocktail recipe)
Friday. 12.29.06 9:32 pm
No drinks for New Year? Says who?

15 ml [1/2 oz] chocolate syrup
60 ml [2 oz] lychee syrup
15 ml[1/2 oz] milk
ice cubes

Garnishing
1 canned lychee fruit
a few drops of chocolate syrup

1. Pour the chocolate syrup, lychee syrup, milk and ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lychee fruit dipped in chocolate syrup.

*Alcoholic version = add 30 ml [1 oz] vodka into the cocktail shaker or substitute the lychee syrup with 15 ml [1/2 oz] of lychee liqueur.

Reference
Luna Bar. 2006, Nov-Dec. Flavours magazine.

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Ugly Malaysians ...
Friday. 12.29.06 9:05 pm
Oh well, this is my 4th attempt to open the 'publish new blog entry' page in 30 minutes. Can't blame the blog server since its not their fault but it was caused by the unexpected earthquake in Taiwan. This event brought surprises from all around the world since no one expected something like this to affect the telecommunication server. I was not surprised at all because I can't use the internet for the past few days as I was busy moving into a new office. What's more is I seldom use internet in my house despite having broadband.

The title must be surprising to you all of you. It's actually a title of an article I read in the newspaper today. The writer wrote that how selfish Malaysians are when some of us complained just because they can't download or blog. Haha.. unfortunately this includes me as well because I was cursing for the slow internet when I could not reply my lecturer this morning, not even considering the fate and the welfare of the earthquake victims. Yes... this morning I was very selfish. =p I guess Malaysians and other people have become uite selfish and inconsiderate. Or we are too comfortable with our lives that we have forgotten how much of sufferings weighing down on other people's shoulder. I think this is an element in a human being that is facing extinction. Don't you guys agree?

On the greener side, I was pretty shocked that my boss informed of my new responsibilities. Shocked because my premonition came true. I got this premonition on my first day of work. And I have this small voice telling me bla bla and I went 'yea right'. Haha .... 3 months later ... my boss repeated what my little voice just said. XD. Unbelievable yea?!

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Cocktail Florida (Recipe)
Thursday. 12.28.06 9:28 pm
2 oranges, cut into segments
2 grapefruits, cut into segments
olive oil to taste

1. Arrange the orange and grapefruit segments in a glass and chill in the refrigerator.
2. Drizzle with olive oil.

* This recipe is simple and interesting right? Serve as a cold, refreshing appetiser.

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Preserved Lemons (Recipe)
Thursday. 12.28.06 8:39 pm
12-15 lemons
2 tbsp coarse salt
extra lemon peel
boiled water

1. Using a brush, clean lemons under running water. If lemons are very firm, soak them overnight or until slightly softened - this makes it easier to pack the lemons tightly in the jar. Quarter the lemons but do not cut all the way through, so that the lemon is still intact. Fill the cuts with salt and pack them tightly into a clean jar, squashing them in. Sprinkle generously with salt as you build the layers, and fill the gaps by stuffing with the extra peel. Cover with lid and set aside in a cool place for 3 days.

2. After that time, the lemons will be soaking in their own juices and will have softened a little - press them down further and top with boiled water until lemons are completely submerged. Keep the lemons submerged with a weight [ or you will find mould growing on the exposed parts - simply remove affected parts] and cover with lid. Leave in a dark, cool place for at least 3 weeks. Keep well for 1 month - for longer storage, refrigerate with the soaking liquid.

*It's important to choose a suitably-sized jar so that the lemons and salt can be packed tightly. To avoid contamination, sterilise the jar and lid first by boiling, and use only boiled water to fill the jar.

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Chicken with Preserved Lemon
Thursday. 12.28.06 8:22 pm
4 chicken thighs
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
some preserved lemons

Spice Mix
1 g saffron
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 (5cm) cinnamon stick
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp black pepper

2 onions, sliced
500 ml chicken ctock
2 preserved lemons
3 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1. Marinate the chicken with the garlic, black pepper and olive oil. Rub the marinade on the chicken and set aside, covered in cling film, in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

2. Heat a little olive oil in the pan and fry the chicken until all sides begin to brown. Add the spice mix and onions. Stir-fry over high heat for a few minutes. Add the chicken stock, bring to boil, and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Add preserved lemons and continue to simmer and continue to simmer until reduced. Add the parsley and season to taste. Serve with couscous, rice or flatbread.

* This recipe looks real yum in the picture. I'm now mouth watering to be frank. Happy cooking for New Year.

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