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Monday, July 21, 2008


i have been awfully lazy. we think to ourselves of great excuses of why we have a reason to slack when we actually do not. the reasons include:

  1. we have done so much already and deserve some rest (having a 6 day week, had a full day of ENT lectures)
  2. we need to rest so that we can work harder later
  3. we need to be at our best (after a rest) to study or work hard
  4. .....
and then after when we slack we feel the guilt. or at least i do, because the reasons are not substantial enough to cover the lack of work i have accomplished. And then fear and guilt enters the scene.
  • fear that we will not become capable enough for the future. especially for a few of us who will have lives at stake in our jobs
  • fear that we will not be able to compete in a dog eat dog world
  • guilt that time gone is never going to come back
  • guilt that you have not lived up to the expectations of the many people suppporting you all the way
life is about pushing on, even when you are weary, resting only when you really need to.
concentrate on 1 thing at a time. it's the key to success: that's what many successful people said, including dad. this is especially so for people like me who totally cant multitask.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Place i want to go!

Originally uploaded by 米死米(MSM)

not taken by me but a friend online.


yummy and if can bring gf to shoot somthing like tt WOW! =)
credits to 米死米(MSM)

the cold world Starts again after her birthday

after 4 weeks of fun and play. it's now time to face the cold reality of a sick dying world in cold cold Melbourne.

Got sick in the last week with the GF, and now getting better. though at the moment have got a headache that i refuse to medicate.

made a hazelnut parfait for the GF's birthday. it's like a hazelnut ice cream of sorts and took me 3 hours.

here's the recipe:
Hazelnut Parfait
Yes! i took the picture. and i made that!

Honey and hazelnut parfait with chocolate sauce

Fantasy and inspiration, in the setting, at table, in the food
Ingredients for 12 portions:
For the chocolate sauce:

  • unsweetened cocoa 8 g
  • flour 4 g
  • sugar 40 g
  • milk 100 g
  • Chopped baking chocolate 30g
For the Italian meringue:
  • sugar 200 g
  • egg white 100 g
  • water 80 g
For the parfait:
  • egg yolks 2
  • sugar 50 g
  • milk 165 g
  • flour 8 g
  • butter 5 g
  • isinglass 4 g
  • dairy cream 165 g
  • Piedmont hazelnuts 80 g
Piedmont hazelnuts 20 g
honey 50 g
sugar 100 g
Start the chocolate sauce by mixing the ingredients cold, except for the baking chocolate. Heat over a low flame and bring to boiling. Remove from the burner and add the chopped baking chocolate; stir well until it dissolves. Cool and set aside.

Make the Italian meringue by boiling the sugar with water, bringing the mixture to 120° C. Beat the egg whites until stiff; add the sugar syrup and amalgamate the mixture until it cools.

For the parfait, soak the isinglass in a little cold water. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar, the flour and the melted butter. Combine mixture with the boiling milk; mix well and remove from the heat when it reaches boiling. At this point squeeze the water from the isinglass and add along with the cream.

Toast the hazelnuts in the oven for a few minutes; allow to cool. Chop 80 g of hazelnuts, pass through a sieve and add to the base of the parfait, together with the cold meringue. Pour mixture into single-portion moulds and put in the freezer for at least 6-8 hours.

Cook the sugar with the honey at 156° C and caramelise the remaining 20 g of toasted hazelnuts. With the rest of the sugar, form skeins of candy floss using the tines of a fork.

Turn out the parfaits on a plate and decorate with the chocolate sauce, the caramelised hazelnuts and the candy floss.



i modified a bit: used gelatin instead of isinglass, and added choc to the parfait to make it more brown.

better go to sleep soon before the headache gets worse

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Back in Melbourne

So sad that i didnt get to meet so many people, even though it was a great break. Spending time with parents and the GF and of course a few bonus friends ehre and there.

Gentlemen start your engines, for the up coming semester. i got so much i havent done that i was supposed to do! Gambate!