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Valentine’s Day: Kiss the cook!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

There’s that saying that goes “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” and in my case this rings very true! My boyfriend is fond of his food, and since he hasn’t eaten my cooking since he visited me in Bristol in May 2009, I thought it would be a nice change if instead of a fancy meal out, we would have a nice homemade lunch by ourselves!

Now, I don’t claim to be an amazing cook by any means, but I am well-trained both by the internet (haha!) and 2 years of independent Uni Life to be able to throw together a pretty good meal when the time calls for it! Yes, I am an internet-trained cook and proud of it! 😀

The boyfriend offered to prepare starter and appetizer of Bruschetta and Caesar Salad, so I thought it was only fair that I handled main course and dessert. He is fond of anything with beef, potatoes or onions, which gave me quite a bit of options! But I guess I decided to play it safe this time round and go with my tried-and-tested AND guaranteed to please recipe of Cottage Pie.

Bruchetta, Caesar Salad, Cottage Pie (:

This particular pie has never failed me, and my ex-housemate Andrew claims that this is the best Cottage Pie he’s ever had (even better than his mum’s!!) so I had confidence that this would go over well with no problems! Cottage Pie is a tiny bit labour intensive, but it is well worth the effort for a nice warm dinner. Let me know if anyone wants to try this recipe out and I’ll share it! (:

I must take the time here to say that I was so impressed the boyfriend’s contributions to the meal! Both dishes were fantastic (tried and tested by his parents, who are absolute foodies!) with the Bruschetta having a bit of a spicy tuna twist and the Caesar Salad dressing was just amazing! I heard that the recipe for the dressing was previously used by the restaurant at the old Imperial Hotel, and all I can say that it was a winner in my books indeed! I will definitely be getting both recipes off him asap!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (:

For dessert, I used Martha Stewart’s One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe with reduced sugar to go with a yummy Cream Cheese Frosting (which my sister happened make too much of), and finished it with a sprinkling of grated Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Dark Chocolate. To be honest, I didn’t have much confidence with this having never tried this recipe, and having rushed to make it on the morning itself, but I think it turned out pretty good!

After all the times we’ve had to decide on where we should go out to eat for over 5 years worth of special occasions, I think it was a lovely change to have a nice home-cooked meal date! We managed to save a little money, and got to spend some time working together in the kitchen, which was really lovely! Admittedly, I used to the sort who absolutely hates someone getting in my way when I’m cooking, but recently, I like having the extra company (and help!!) around.

Oh, I do like a guy who can cook up a pretty good meal, and I do like yummy food! After today’s success, I think there will definitely be more plans for more cooking dates in the future. (;

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It’s the year of the rabbit!

Tiggy says it's his year, not mine!!

Just a quick one to wish everyone a happy Lunar New Year!

As most of us know, according to the Chinese Zodiac, it’s the year of the Rabbit this year. That means that it’s my year this year! 😀 However, I’ve just discovered that for the Vietnamese, instead of the Rabbit, it’s the year of the Cat! My two cats would be pleased to know that, I expect! 😀

I decided to go traditional this year and wore a Cheongsam/Qipao! The bad bit about wearing a Cheongsam during Chinese New Year is that because it is so form fitting, it does get uncomfortable if you eat too much!! But it does look flattering, and I guess maybe it will help to curb over-eating during the festive season??

Love the collar of my cheongsam, and how the light in this photo makes my hair look black!!! 😀

My sisters and I picked ours out during our Yunnan trip in December, and it’s got a bit of an unusual collar that I thought was quite cute! (: Sadly, I did change out of it into something a bit more comfy at the end of the day when I went to visit my boyfriend’s family so I could run around with the kids and dogs!

It’s been quite a nice Chinese New Year so far for me, especially since I haven’t celebrated it with all of my family for nearly 5 years! I’m just not too keen on people starting to ask if I’ll be getting married soon… I didn’t think I’d be getting those sort of questions for a few more years!? :\

But anyway! Here’s hoping everyone else is having a great time relaxing during this long weekend holiday, eating lots of goodies and collecting hongbao money! (:

Gong Xi Fa Cai! (:

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