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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fantastic Prawnatic Experience!

I was getting a little blue on Sunday and knight woodblock tried to cheer me up by bringing me on a little tiny adventure trip so that I will release all the bottled up silly frustrations in me and yet not too tire out from any long journeys.

He really hit the jackpot and Princess Christine found herself getting very excited esp when I stepped foot into the prawning site at Bishan which was just a few bus stops away from home.

There were loOOOOOts of pple at the prawning site when we arrived. Being the thrifty wife, I told woodblock that we will look and admire pple catching prawns so we need not waste money spending crazy dollars and numerous hours just catching 2-3 prawns or worse even none. Plus I was very sure that with so MANY pple, the chances of catching any prawn is like going to be minimal.


However, just into like 10 minutes of observation, we realise that the frequency of catching a prawn was like pretty high and we couldnt resist the temptation to try it out for ourselves in the end. Again being the kind of cautious pple, we try not to let this temptation overrun our head and decide to rent the prawning rod for 1 hour.

The rate goes:
1 hour/$15
2 hour/$25
3 hour/$30

knight woodblock was wondering where the hook was...
The bait is provided free... but i m thinking of preparing my own one for the next trip.
Woodblock still finding the hook...... ??!?!?!?!?
Thank goodness in the end the lady boss was so nice to come and teach us how to use the rod and she even went to the extent to demostrate for us on catching the prawn even though we did not asked her.
She showed us that when we cast the line, we need to ensure the float is upright and floating. This allows us to know that when the prawns are "hooked up" with our line if the float sinks into the water.

Woodblock felt contented to finally cast the prawning line.
We started to wait......
It felt good leaning on his shoulder while waiting. I realise we havent been really spending such quality "quiet" time together in a long while. It felt like going back to the courtship days again!

Yay woodblock's 1st catch of the day!!!
We were pretty panicking on how to "unhooked" the prawn and then put it away in the prawn net which comes with the rod for the rental.

Soon within moments I caught my 1st catch too!!!
We realise why everyone seemed so joyful at the prawning side!!! The vendors try to maintain and keep everyone happy by replenishing the prawns once in a while to make it easier for the "fishermen" to catch!!
The excitement grew as our catch grows in number.
In the end we caught 9 prawns in 2 hours. Yes we were enjoying ourselves so much that we extended the rental to 3 hours on impulse BUT due to the late hours we decided to call it a day after 2 hours.... and WE WERE SO HAPPY to find out that we are allowed to use our last hour on another day!!!!

YIPPEE I always like flexible arrangements etc!

After calling off for the day, we went to the counter to get satay sticks and a small packet of salt to start bbqing our precious treasures.....

Oh Yah, GUESS WHAT????
I caught a HUGE prawn!!! I am so PROUD OF MY TALENT!!! Not only I am a talented housewife, I am also a talented prawnshermen!!

It wasnt easy for us to pierce the satay sticks through our life catch. Kind of cruel but we were REALLY HUNGRY!!!
The AROMA of bbqing prawns season with a pinch of salt is SIMPLY HEAVENLY.................... *I still drool upon the thought of it now*
Woodblock was very thoughtful and wanted to bbq the prawns for me as he felt that it was very hot and didnt want me to hurt my hand.
But as a KAYPO I cant resist poking my hands around the bbq grill.
WAhhhhhh almost done. I can see the golden shimmery armour! (when you are hungry, you will also hallucinate like me too)

During the slow bbq, I cant helped but notice that it feels really blissful to do something with woodblock even without any exchange of words. You just simply enjoy the peace together feeling each other's presence and love.
Ermm we couldnt resist ordering satays...

and chicken wings too. THUMBS up to both items!

Not to forget the male and female lead roles....... drum rolllzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
The Prawns in the Golden Armour!

After the superlicious yummy dinner, we went for walk and realise there was a restaurant and a fish spa too at this prawning site.

I think guys will really enjoy this place where you can catch the soccer fever while indulging in a seafood dinner esp a happy and victorious prawning experience!!!

I am already looking forward to my next Fantastic Prawnatic Adventure Trip!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Yummy Slim Steamy Treats

As I have been piling up on pounds recently, I decided to try to whip up something light. I came upon this cookbook sold at the NTUC with many yummy recipes for steaming.

so i pick out 2 randomly and gave it a try....
The orginal pics:

The king oyster mushroom looks like this orginally

It is really difficult for me to try slicing out the criss cross designs with all the blunt kitchen knives in the house on the king oyster mushrooms. I think I will probably invest in a sharp and proper knife some day when i have my very own kitchen or something.

My version with slight improvisation.

Asparagus Fish Rolls
There was too many spring onions left and I decided to use it to secure the fish and the asparagus roll and at the same time allows the fish to soak up some aroma from the spring onion.

Steamed King Oyster Mushrooms => woodblock actually thought it was real squid. This king oyster mushroom on its own actually taste kind of bitter in the raw stage(ewww) when i first steam it (hey dont look at me this way. I am definitely not the kind of person who will sneak a bite due to gluttony =P . It is a VERY NOBLE ACT for housewife to taste the food during the cooking process on the behalf of the family. Sigh such sacrifice is really hard to come by these days and so am I, the wonderful wife). However, I must say that the texture of the mushroom was really really chewy like my fav seafood, squid and abalone. There, I realise the importance of the proper processing and addition of appropriate sauce to complement the flaw of this ingredient.

This first attempt was pretty successful and it was thrilling to hear all the compliments from woodblock especially the sauce for the king oyster mushroom.

WOOOHOOO! I am such a talented housewife and cook!!!

I probably be trying out more recipes in the book!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Life with a Pinch of Salt

These days, it can be a little boring during meal times and I realise we have always been frequenting the same restaurants every other day... OH GOSH!

Therefore, I been trying to locate the more interesting areas to dine out at but of course like you know me, save up on the $$$ especially if I ever get a HDB in future.

Last Friday, I bought woodblock down to this restaurant which I came across Ah li's webby. It is call "With a pinch of Salt". Now if you have been watching the 7 pm drama serial, this restaurant will appear familiar to you......

Nice pastel colours awaits you while you stepped into the restuarant. The girl on the wall is the mascot for this restaurant and if you carefully check out the walls, you will find many frames pic of her in different outfits and in front of different place of interest like paris etc

This really inspire me that perhaps one of the rooms i have in future one day, I can also do up similar wall concepts for the baby room?

The menu.

The only section that I probably dislike will be the open kitchen as I felt that it did not fall into the design theme somehow and they could also use a much gentler colour chairs too. Else despite so much effort, it makes us feel like it's prolly just another Miss Clarity cafe!

Well I think the special of the day is pretty impossible.

The water in the restaurant is self served. If I didnt remember wrongly, it seemed that there is no customer service being charged.

The tables in "With a pinch of salt" were customised in stripes and cartoons can be found on every dining table.

This is so suitable for a valentine's day dinner! Totally sweet and kawaii!
There's a piano in the restaurant but no one playing it so i wonder what was it for? For the customers to play music on their own for special occasions???

There were so many interesting details in the restaurant and it really felt dreamy just even dazing out the window... why?

There were many cute prints on the glass window!!! Totally luv it! It felt like winter all of a sudden. For couples, I suggest you might want to reserve the tables earlier for the window seats! It's FABULOUS.

I ordered the mango and peach tea which I must say was pretty good. Cost about $2.90.

Finally our mains!

Squid ink seafood risotto! - $12.90.
Love the colour and contrast!

Pan seared dory - $8.90
=> one of the most delicious dish on the menu as Ah li and her friends had tried out a lot of the dishes on the menu and it seems that this turns out to be the best among their many orders.

However, woodblock and me felt that woodblock's risotto was still much more delicious somehow despite not as attractive. Perhaps of the addition of wine?

IN conclusion, the cost of the dining were very affordable and cost us about $23.70.

Since we were at Katong area, we thought why not pop into my fav ATAS cheesecake cafe at siglap road. So here we go....

Unfortunately, I forgotten that NO PHOTOGRAPHY of the cafe is allowed.
So here is just one quuuuuuuuuuick snapshot. The furnishing of the restaurant is very pretty and of a very rich and luxurious grand victorian style. The main colour scheme here is mainly dark maroon, ebony brown and gold and makes you feel like you are dining in a musuem in France as there were countless of oil paintings on the wall. There is even a fountain right in the middle of the restaurant making it even more gorgeous!
I wonder why they were so particular about the snap-shots, even the webby doesnt have a single pic of it!!

As I mentioned this is an ATAS cheesecake restaurant, therefore for every diner, you need to at least order an item.

My strawberry oreo cheesecake - $6.90

Woodblock's Jamaican rum and raisin cheesecake - $7.20

However, I found the rum and raisin cheesecake better, so woodblock was kind enough to switch it with me *to be honest guys dont have much a choice esp when you are married*

Damage of a near $16.50 bucks!

I must say it's a sweet day for me though!