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Huzzah for Monday!

Hello all!

Hope you had wonderful weekends!  I was lucky enough to have some amazing Japanese food – I have been having many dreams of agedashi tofu, stewed pork belly, unagi-don and tempura of late…I’m glad that my cravings were satisfied!

Japanese food is just so fabulous – it’s light, fresh and always very tasty.  Then afterwards, we went to the dodgiest karaoke bar with questionable stains on the couches and we sang our hearts out to Mariah Carey, Green Day, Michael Jackson, amongst other corny artists.  And the coolest part was they had tambourines that would LIGHT UP when you shake them!!!  So awesome!!!

I just came across this recipe for spaghetti carbonara that I HAD to share with you guys.  I’ve always had a special affinity with spaghetti carbonara – my parents, and especially my dad, are very Asian and we would never have Western food when I was growing up however, they would take us to Pizza Hut once in a blue moon where I would gorge myself on the “carbonara” (read: cream with bacon and pepper) sauce at the pasta bar.  Since then, I have discovered real carbonara sauce and boy, what a revelation, especially to a girl who hardly ate Western food!  One of my favourite nights during my backpacking days in Europe was eating spaghetti carbonara with copious amounts of red wine in a beautiful Roman restaurant underneath twinkling fairy lights hung from trees.  I have been seeking to perfect pasta alla carbornara and realised the secret ingredient was not cream, but eggs!!!  I have followed many, many recipes but the best one I have come across is Ferran Adria’s in The Family Meal.  You HAVE to try it.

For 2 people – greedily.

Pop some water on to boil for your pasta – it doesn’t matter which type, I love spaghetti and fettucine but feel free to use penne, or those adorable little cup-type pastas that hold sauce so well.  Don’t forget to salt the water – pasta tastes so much more interesting when cooked in water that tastes like the sea.

Fry 150 grams of pancetta (bacon will do at a pinch) in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over  medium heat for 10 minutes or until golden brown (but not burnt).  Add about a cup of cream and simmer for 20 minutes – it should smell like heaven and go a light latte colour.  Season with a little salt (a leetle – the bacon/pancetta’s already salty, you can always adjust at the end) and pepper.  While this simmers, mix together 1/2 a cup of parmesan and 2 eggs.  When the pasta’s done, drain and return to the pot.  Add the parmesan-and-egg mix to that deliciously simmered bacon cream sauce and pour over the pasta, working quickly to mix it all in together.

Serve immediately.  Eat this mounted high in a bowl, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and lots of pepper.  If you have it, truffle oil is SO good here.

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Hello all!

Hope you had fabulous weekends!  Friday night it was absolutely pouring with rain and I was very tempted not to venture out but I’m glad I did!  We went to a charming bar called “Rumpus Room” in West End and caught up with some friends from high school (which is *gulp* 10 years ago), one of whom is my oldest friend!  Saturday was spent shopping with my best friend and despite my vows not to buy anything, I ended up with a work dress, belt and clutch….whoops!  Finished off the weekend with sangria and buying our final dining chair from Ikea (we’d been slowly buying them over a year because our car couldn’t fit them but then they sold out and we were having massive panic attacks!  Luckily we randomly stumbled across them and snapped it up super quick!  Now we finally have a complete set of 8!)

xo

 

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Morning!

Back again at work…d’you know that feeling when you’ve been on holidays and you come back to work and it’s like you never left?  That’s what I feel right now.  Like nothing ever happened.  But looking back on those pictures makes me so nostalgic :) such is life!

Also Happy Chinese New Year to all! This year is the Year of the Dragon.  The Dragon is known as the mightiest of signs and those born in the year of the Dragon are believed to be dominant and driven by ambition.  Dragons live by their own rules and are successful, unafraid of challenges and happy to take risks.  A passionate bunch, Dragons don’t do things halfway – it’s all or nothing.  What Chinese Zodiac sign are you?  I’m an Ox and typical of an Ox, I’m stubborn as hell.  Find out what sign you are here.

In other news, I was so excited on Friday – after a wonderful date night with my boy and cuddles with my puppy, I moseyed on over to net-a-porter to check out what was new and I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Isabel Marant Willow sneaker in my size!  Needless to say, I clicked “buy” and “check out” faster than you could say, well, anything.  So I’m now impatiently stalking the DHL tracking site looking for any updates on my parcel.  I also managed to score quite a few other Isabel Marant and Acne items on MyTheresa but those pictures will come at a later date.

Hope you have a great day!

Happiest Mondays to all of you!  How was your weekend?  Hope you all had a wonderful one.  It’s been super hectic around my house lately with lots of zooming around so I was very grateful to have a quiet Friday night with my boy.  We enjoyed a new udon place around the corner from my house!  Also set up and attended a surprise party, lovely Sunday brunch with friends and lunch with my parents and the inlaws at the Barvarian Bier Cafe (pork knuckle was yummmmmm!).

Thought I’d start your Mondays off with something sweet – How cute are these Sharon Montrose pics?  Perfect for a nursery!  Would make a great Christmas present – open editions start at $25.00!

Get ‘em here.

Baby Fox Close-Up

Baby Kangaroo Close-Up

Baby Monkey Close-Up

Huzzah and happy Monday to you friends!  How was your weekend?  My in-laws are around and whenever they’re here, I get to take them out to interesting places and sample some delicious food!  This weekend was Northern Indian curry, UK style!  What does that mean?  It means hot hot hot, baby!  How are you with spicy foods?  I’m a total chilli freak but even some of their curries were too hot for me! 

I’m also heading to Melbourne Cup (holla to all you girls going!) – I’ll do a separate post later about my racewear dilemmas.

Have a great week, y’all!

Pic via Wit & Delight

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