Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Have I left my blog for too long?

Well there wasn't very many exciting things to write about, that's why the long period of silence....

Today however, I have a few pictures to show you of my weekend just gone... what a fantastic foody weekend it was.

Last Saturday, from morning leading to evening, almost everyone was in this hythened state of excitement and was getting more and more psyched up by the minute over the much awaited World Cup match between England and USA. I, on the other hand, was getting extremely excited about a promise Steve made before the weekend to cook up a brilliant seafood paella with fresh seafood, while getting ready for the BIG match. To top it off, when we were shopping for the seafood in the morning, we decided that a meal is not complete without desserts so the plan was to make some chocolate profiteroles for afters.

I'll let these sequence of pictures tell you how it went.

Big fat juicy cockles and they were absolutely delicious too.
Oh I forgot to mention, when we were at the fish mongers, there were lots and lots of live crabs and they weren't expensive so I insisted that we get one and Steve had to kill it. He wasn't happy about that. He said kesian the crab.After the crab's been cleaned, we cooked it in Black Pepper Sauce and it was absolutely yummy. By then, Steve was still feeling sorry for the crab. I wasn't.
The paella rice cooking in pure chicken and seafood stock.
Almost ready now. The side of the pan decorated with mussles and cockles. The paella was absolutely delicious and to die-for. It wasn't cheap at all. That's one thing I don't like about the UK. Not being able to get fresh seafood at affordable and reasonable prices. The cost of the seafood for that paella was probably close to 15pounds. But it was absolutely worth it because we even had enough leftovers for lunch.
What's Sasha waiting for?
That's Steve preparing the choclate for the profiteroles and sadly Sasha wasn't allowed any. I'll show you the profiteroles.
Nice? It was very creamy and nice. This is the before-chocolate shot and I love it.
On Sunday, we decided to sit in the garden for a bit of sunshine. And I took this picture as I was lying down on a rug on the front lawn. The weather forecast wasn't meant to be good for that day but you can see clearly from the picture that they were wrong, again.

And I've got a new hobby.
What could it be?
Yup, I have caught the sewing bug transmitted by Fely. It cost me an absolute fortune because it's computerised and also it's Husqvarna Viking. This whole business of buying a sewing machine has been a bit of a journey for me and in fact as we speak, there's still the tail-end of the palavar which will hopefully be resolved soon. Long story short, first order I placed, the buyer did not state that it was a US machine until before it was despatched and I had to cancel the order. I was very disappointed but at the same time relieved coz I thought that was an opportunity to reassess spending such a large sum on a sewing machine when I barely knew how to sew. So the whole online search and shop began again and I found a different model that I'm happy with and Steve helped me secure a deal with an online company who promised a cash discount instead of free gifts. If you know me well enough you'll see this coming. Instead of ordering a much cheaper model, I have gone one notch higher and ordered something even more expensive than the first! (crazy, I know) The machine arrived and lo and behold, it was the wrong one. So we rang and now we're expecting them to send another one and in the meantime, I am allowed to use this machine until the other one arrives and I'm having tons and tons of fun on it!!
Bare in mind I am a complete beginner when it comes to sewing machine and this is what I managed to do on the machine so far.
 I am most delighted with the ability to create alphabets (Fely, you're laughing).... I must say Husqvarna Viking Emerald 203 is very easy to use, easy to understand and because it is computerised, programming it to do various stitches is very easy. There were a few initial hiccups in terms of loading the bobbin and starting the stitch without it bunching... but after a few more attempts I got better and better and had so much fun creating various patterns on my old clothes.

But as Fely promptly reminded me, sewing is not all about creating fun stitches on your old clothes, it is about making fun and creative projects. Hopefully I'll be able to update my blog really soon with news of those. Meantime, I'm looking forward to going home and making more fun stitches on my old clothes later !!!


Jay said...

those seafood... look delicious..

PengPeng彬彬 said...

I knoww jay !! i rarely get treats like these and i absolutely loveeee seafood, especially pepper crab from Miri !! So i was a happy bunny on that day.

ash said...

The paella looks absolutely yummy. I think I need to cook it tomorrow night :) And the sewing machine....tsk tsk tsk you're turning into a regular domestic goddess.

Bea said...

lol... mad cow la you!!!! well if you get too into making clothes and playing with stitches, pass me your yarns!!!! hehe... and faster make something la!!!!

Bea said...

btw, I want a regency period dress pls!!!!!

SJB said...

Wow...the profiteroles looks so yummy mmmm. I want some please :D.

Ohhhh poor Sasha. No treat for you :(.

Sudah..terjangkit with Fely hehehe. Wander if Bea will terjangkit too kekekeke.

escape2 said...

charm loh....another sewing blog?? wahahaha...good luck with your new project.

what does the dessert taste like? i have never tried one before...looks yummy.

love the new template!!!!

Fely said...

Wow!! Didn't realise it was paella you guys were making. Thought it was just a massive plateful of seafood. Yummmmmmmm!

This sewing is taking the blogging world by storm..heheheheh...It's lovely to get people sewing because it's so rewarding. You always have an end product to your effort. Well done and let's see some projects soon, ok. the way, they're not called profiteroles although they're made with the same pastry. When they're that shape, they're called eclairs. When they're round, then they're profiteroles. Steve should know.

PengPeng彬彬 said...

yeah la he should. terrible man didn't correct me. I should know coz i bloody work at marks and spencer...

i am looking forward to having some time to sit down for my project !! this working till 10pm is not good for my hobby !! grrr....

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