March 11th, 2007


lobster pasta!

we cooked our own lobster pasta today! :D

or rather, doc cooked and i did elf-stuff like dish the spaghetti, swat a fly (failing which, i then merely kept it from landing on the lobsters), pluck basil leaves from the balcony, wash things and nosey-parker around.

and eat. eat, i did. :)

boy, was it a good meal. freshly made pasta from the market is about 200% nicer than those from packets. it just tastes Fresh. Unprocessed. GOOD. spaghetti was boiled with empty lobster shells, then tossed in a wok with butter, sliced peppers (orange and yellow), cucumbers, sundried tommies, fresh basil leaves and olive oil. big fat lobster tails were grilled with black pepper, lemon myrtle, sea salt and olive oil.

the accompanying salad was dressed with pepper, chili and olive oil. all the flavours came together very well. the spaghetti was very lightly flavoured so it didn't fight with the lobster for attention. the spiciness of the salad provided a nice kick to complement everything. we polished every bit off. :D

we did a market run this morning and bought shitloads of food. it'll be my turn to cook during the week, after having been fed so much! i really want to cook more before heading home to singapore. cooking was one of the things i came here wanting to do, but have put off because of various stress and shite.

i've been poking at my memory bank to dig out details of how i used to cook certain stuff. man... it's been way too long. i guess i'm going to go by instinct. well, that was how i used to cook, everything by instinct and how i want things to taste. and that is why i can't remember anything.


a quick update

time flies!

i have almost exactly one week left in melbourne now. the next 7 days will be jampacked with activity. lots of shopping and requests for stuff from friends to hunt down. some last-minute ketchups and goodbyes to be said. food to eat and things to do.

it's starting to get really cold now. autumn is really coming on. brrr!

regarding my 'oven' predicament, i've decided to lend the entire equipment to a friend in need. warren has just had a back operation, and thermal therapy could help him to heal a lot faster. he's not gonna be able to use the chi machine because he's just had surgery, but he can 'bake' his back in the delicious warmth of the far-infrared panels. his girlfriend can benefit from the full therapy though. :) and if they want to carry on using it, it would also be a good idea because this equipment helps people who cannot exercise due to physical conditions or old age. it's a form of gentle exercise. :)

i still owe many people a full write-up on how this technology works, i know. much apologies! the hours are flying by faster everyday. i might have to postpone that lengthy entry till i get back to singapore. promise to do one really kickass one, ok? :)

now i'm off to marinate a rack of lamb for roasting tomorrow. will pop back later to do an entry on the kickass dinner we've just had at a friend's restaurant.