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1. The Enchanted - Rene Denfield
Cherry Sabayon
Saturday, July 10, 2010
4 egg yolks
75gm sugar
100ml white wine
50ml cherry liquor

1. Mix all the above ingredients in pot and whisk until the mixture becomes fluffy.

2. Boil a pot of water.
3. Put the container with egg mixture on top of boiling water and whisk constantly till the sabayon is cooked.

This dessert is served with fresh orange slices and topped with cherry sabayon. Then the dessert is 'grilled' under the salamander. This will achieve a crusted finishing. Alternatively, it can be served with butterscotch sauce or good quality ice cream.

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Pesto Potato Salad
Saturday, July 10, 2010
750g new potatoes
1 bacon rasher, finely chopped
1 small Spanish onion, finely chopped
1 small green capsicum, finely chopped
extra sliced Spanish onion and fresh basil leaves to garnish

1/2 cup firmly packed basil leaves
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh parmesan cheese
1/4 cup light sour cream
salt and pepper to taste

1. Pesto. Blend basil, pine nuts, garlic and oil until well combined. Add cheese and sour cream; season with salt and pepper, blend until combined.

2. Boil steam or microwave potatoes until tender, drain cool. Place bacon in a heated, non-stick pan, stir over heat until crispy; drain on absorbent paper.

3. Combine potatoes, bacon, onion and capsicum in a bowl. Add pesto, stir until combined. Refrigerate until serving.

4. Garnish with extra sliced Spanish onion and fresh basil leaves.

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Lepat pisang
Thursday. 7.8.10 9:32 am
300gm (peeled weight) very ripe bananas
4 rounded rbsp plain flour
pinch of salt
60gm finely chopped palm sugar (gula Melaka)
2 tbsp thick coconut (santan)
1-2 banana leaves

1. Soften the banana leaves by dipping them briefly in a pan of hot water. Remove and wipe with a clean cloth. Using kitchen scissors, cut them into rectangles, roughly 12cm x 7 cm.

2. Mash the bananas with a fork and stir in the flour, salt, sugar and coconut milk.

3. Lay the banana leaves shiny side down. Place a spoonful of lepat mixture in the centre of a banana leaf rectangle, spreading it lengthwise slightly. Fold in both sides of the leaf to enclose the mixture and neatly tuck the sides under.

4. Place the packets, as you make them, into a steamer and cook over rapidly boiling water for 15 minutes.

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Creamy Corn Pancakes
Thursday, July 8, 2010
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 whole eggs, beaten
5 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup cream-style corn

1. Mix the flour, sugar, vanilla, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
2. Heat the butter and milk until warm. Add to the beaten egg. Slowly mix with the flour, but don't over-mix it.
3. Heat a non-stick frying pan, brushing it with a little vegetable oil. Ladle batter into the pan and add cream-style corn on top. Cook until pancake is done.
4. Remove from pan, dust with icing and serve warm.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010
I attended a two-day workshop on emceeing and today was the last day.

A lot of dejavu happened. First day was ... the facilitator has an activity where the participants grouped in two and one of them will introduce the partner to everyone. Upon listening to the instruction, I told myself I won't be the first victim because I'm making my self staying low though I sat second row from the facilitator. Deep inside my heart, I saw images of the facilitator calling me FIRST three times. And my head went YEA RIGHT. The facilitator also informed us that he will be calling on randomly. And so,the facilitator called upon me FIRST. And I went blank. HA!

Then later ... a participant told me she was a student at a newly opened college and then when I came back, I realised I HAD this conversation before. Actually, I have been to her classroom ... I think I have seen her in my dreams because I was 'looking' from behind ...

Then today ... my partner and I were discussing something and I realised I had this situation before. I have sat at the position and I saw the colour of my partner's cloth like today in my dream.

Lesson learnt: RECORD MY DREAMS.

Well, on the fun side, I have also dreamed myself on Ayumi Hamasaki's stage... yes she was in the changing room whatsoever and I was on her stage.

The workshop ending was cool because we had to do an activity, where the group members have to play a role of characters in an event. And I was chosen to be an emcee - rather was no one wanted to be an emcee and everyone pointed at me. I had good pronunciation but the facilitator evaluated that my voice had no strength ... so it did not reach to the end of the hall. Well, it wasn't the first time I was told. I was in fact been told in every event I emceed. Not funny. And I don't know how I should improve on it. I also have this problem in singing too. My teachers often tell me I don't sing out loud. Where is my voice? The facilitator also mentioned that I should smile more. It, seriously, pierced my heart and head listening to that. I'm well known to be an optimistic person who always smiles. So what happened? Am I something wrong? The facilitator added that I looked like a serious person without the smiles. I feel he actually wanted to say more but he was holding back or instead he put it in a nice way. But I know what he meant. He added I will be more suitable to emcee serious events. HA! Spot on.

But I'm still sad ... why can't I sing out loud. Where is my voice? Why? The facilitator advised me to try other public speaking methods... his advise was to try to be a trainer. Good idea. Train people to do what? Kill ants like I did in my bathroom? Be a lecturer doesn't give me money though I may like to do it... trainer .. sounds like a good idea. But train on what???!!!

I'm so depressed.

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Monday, June 28, 2010
I had an event meeting today and one of our topic discussion is whether we want to have a picture for the flyer. Some of the committee members suggested to put pictures of people but it is troublesome because we need to get consent. So we decided to drop that idea. I wanted to suggest a child's drawing as the cover but I don't know how the members would react to this suggestion so I just dropped it.

And it made me recalled of my art I drawn 18-17 years ago. I was only 7-8 years old. I saw myself during an art lesson. All I remembered was I have drawn only one kampung (traditional Malay) house in the middle on of the A3 paper. Behind it was a two-hump mountain (just imagine a kid drawing a primitive mountain). There were two rocks over each other on the far left. I coloured the ground green and there were some weeds somewhere around the house. It was calm. It was peaceful. But I remembered I was very anxious for my age then. It was an assessment. I think the assignment topic was to draw a house. But I was afraid... anxious ... I didn't know whether my art was accepted or not. I don't remember what my classmates have drawn but I was just too scared to know what grades I would get. I think I got a B.

Replaying this memory makes me wanna pick some colour pencils and start drawing ...

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