Zai Jian!!!

I’m up up and away… off on a holiday: 3 destinations in 3weeks.

Be back soon with loads of photos from faraway lands ๐Ÿ™‚

Guess where I’m off to ??
Getting myself excited for the trip, I made these last weekend!!
 
Felt Dumplings, Sesame Bun, Shu Mai and Spring Rolls!!!

Sushi Samurai

One night Bill and I decided to eat at Sushi Samurai (1/16-30 Bunn St, Pyrmont) since we always pass the place. We were lucky we went pretty early without a booking because during our meal we realised it was packed and there were a few groups of 5 or more. It’s seems to be VERY popular, the restaurant comfortably fits 20 or so people and has a few tables outdoors but we noticed some groups waiting outside (not sure if they were waiting for their takeaway orders).

Honestly, I can be a Japanese restaurant snob, so it was reassuring and left me extremely happy to know the kitchen staff and floor staff were all Japanese. We received a small plate of Gobou to nibble on while we went through the menu. We tried to keep our dinner simple and everything was really quite good. Started off with a Sanma fish dish and ordered a sashimi set purely because it was called Samurai 7. The Samurai 7 was a set of 7 sake glasses with two pieces of sashimi each – perfect for us – and each piece was topped off with a special sauce to compliment the sashimi (reminded me of Yoshii’s sushi). We also had a sushi plate which had the RIGHT amount of wasabi so you got a bit of a kick… but a good zing. Dessert was abit of a let down though, we ordered a Green Tea Tiramisu but they use the term tiramisu lightly because it really was just a green tea sponge cake with mousse ๐Ÿ˜ฆ  But anyhoo, we’ll still go back…I want to go back and try the Pork Belly Peking Duck Style too… sounds interesting and I spied another table eating it ๐Ÿ™‚

I wasn’t overly satisfied with my dessert… it’s so important to have a good dessert because it’s probably the last thing you taste… so we finished the night off with some Azuma Patisserie goodies.

 
Gobou
 
Calpis Chuhai
Bill was totally red faced and flirty with the waitress after one of these… *shakes head*
 
Sanma
 
Samurai 7 $17.70
 
7 shot glasses of FRESH sashimi each paired with a special sauce
 
Sushi Main Deluxe $22.80
 
Green Tea Tiramisu .. meh
 
Mini Strawberry Tart
 
Mont Blanc
 
Green Tea Roll
It’s 10pm and I’m really really sleepy. I can barely keep my eyes open. GOODNIGHT!

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Ace of Cakes (Ayana-style)

Lately before going to bed I’ve been watching an episode of Ace of Cakes because it’s Cake Month on the Lifestyle Food Channel. Feeling inspired I decided to make my very own "one-of-a-kind" cake (but without using motors, power drills and blowtorches).

It was just the right timing as well since Jase’s birthday was coming up. I had been tossing up a few ideas and it came down to either a gun or a ping pong table with ping pong paddles – Ping Pong because we’ve been having intense competitions at Jase’s house and guns because  the boys have been super obsessed with Nerf guns as of late. In the end I decided with the Nerf gun for a bit of a challenge (the ping pong table was way too easy – it would end up just a square with some icing piping)… to be specific the Nerf Maverick.

 
The Inspiration
 
Ta daaa
The darts kinda look like fingers with blue nail polish… or hot chips…
 
 
"It’s Nerf or Nothing"
Happy Birthday Jase!
 

It was quite daunting at first, because I really didn’t want to be eating a black and yellow cake and I was so so scared no one else would eat it either. For the base I used a simple two layered sponge cake with cream between them and the yellow icing was a sour cream base and the black icing was butter cream – the black icing proved to be more popular. 

 
From a recent painful and dangerous Paintball game

Oyster Weekend Indulgence

Spoiled ourselves over the weekend with an impromptu couples retreat with Helen and Jase at Quay West Resort Magenta Shores.  The resort was gorgeous, everything was so so clean and NEW. I think it only recently finished building because our GPS located a huge piece of land when we typed the address in. Our lagoon villa was so spacious, with the lagoon pool close by, indoor heated pool, gym and steam just up the road AND with a humongous kitchen with an island *squeeal*.

It wasn’t all indulgence though as our R&R actually turned out to be a super painful one for some after a huge 5 hour workout on the following day. We had booked ourselves a Wine and Kayak Guided Tour (Glenworth Valley Tours $115) through Brisbane Waters and Woy Woy Bay which started at 10am and ended at 3pm. It was supposed to be relaxing, paddling through serene waters, taking in natural surroundings and learning about oyster farms – how their grown, how to eat them best and what wine to match with them and finishing off with a pelican feeding. We did do all of that but it also turned out to be 10km and 4hours of hardcore paddling in the scorching sun… because we were way to competitive and our strokes sucked. Nonetheless we had fun paddling and eventually burning out. Anyhoo, most importantly during the tour we ate the-most-delicious-creamy-oysters-ever farmed from the Tea Gardens. They were the-best-I-ever-had and I wanted more – I think I ate close to a dozen during the tour, but it obviously it wasn’t enough for us so the next few days we went around the local seafood shops for oysters and even ended up spending $35 for a dozen at a restaurant instead.

The rest of the weekend flew by as we tried to relax and limit the use of arms which were still aching from kayaking by hitting the beach and lazing around the lagoon pool, indoor resort pool and soaking our muscles in the steam room.

*sigh* weekends are never long enough anymore :(((

 
Quay West Resort Magenta Shores
The number one golf course in Australia?
 
Birds of Paradise soaking up the sun
(on our way to the lagoon pools)
 
Lagoon pool next to our Villa
(Jase looks really funny here… like a baby’s body with a big head)
 
Cooking with the besties with a glass of Rosemount O = FTW!
 
Sweet and Sour Pork
 
Garlic Butter Chicken
 
Garlic Prawns
 
  The beach 10mins from our villa
 
… which was windy and had rough seas…
(my tshirt with ramen made Bill crave noodles)
 
the boys had very synchronised JUMPS AND LAND which impressed the girls
 
Found a much calmer beach with shallow waters
  
 
R&R makes me so happy
 
I miss summer already!!