Making anime food~ “Gotcha” Pork Roast from Food Wars

18th June 2016

Dear Chibi,

This weekend Hubby and I decided to try “anime food”~“Gotcha” Pork Roast which appears in the first episode of Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma”. The protagonist was challenged to make a meat dish (after all the meat were sabotaged in his kitchen), so he came up with this cheeky idea using his grocery items. It is essentially a “fake” pork roast, which consists of lightly mashed potato; mixed with onions and eringi mushrooms, wrapped in thick-cut bacon and roasted. It’s then covered with a delicious fragrant sauce made of red wine, soy sauce and sake.

While no clothes were blown off when we ate this (that was the characters reaction in the show XD), it was delicious! :D Instead of making one big pork roast, we made two smaller portions for each of us. It’s a very filling and satisfying meal for something that doesn’t cost that much to make.

If you wanna try this recipe out yourself, there’s a few youtube videos you can follow, like runnyrunny999 or Feast Of Fiction. Enjoy!!

What’s for dinner? #9 Asian Basics

29th August 2015

Dear Chibi,

During the past month, I’ve gone back to try some Chinese basics :D

Dish #39 Coriander & Fish Fillet Soup


I always loved it when Mum made Coriander Soup back at home, so this (along with Chicken & Corn Soup) was always on my ‘must cook’ list! I also really like century egg (pei dan), so Hubby’s bought a pack from the Chinese supermarket. Woo! We can add it into Congee anytime :D (See below)

Ironically, I used to hate coriander *gasp* and I despised the look of century egg. I would always pick out the century eggs from my congee. WHO IS THIS CRAZY PERSON?! XP I’m slightly ashamed of my former child-self 8D

Dish #40 Chinese Fried Rice


I’m amazed how long its taken me to cook fried rice, lol. IT’S SO SIMPLE :D A quick easy dish to throw together that tastes pretty good if you ask me 8D This ones got chicken, egg, green peas, carrots, corn, onions, green onions topped with fried shallots. Sometimes I throw in green beans and beans spouts- just depends what I have lying around :)

Dish #41 Congee


(Photo taken with my new Sony Alpha 6000 Hubby got me :D~~~)

Congee is like.. Chinese porridge, but simply made from rice and water. I’ve made this several times now with a few variations:

  • Shiitake Mushroom with Century Egg
  • Scallops & Century Egg
  • Chicken & Century Egg

All of them were delicious :D We’ve cooked it in a saucepan on the stove and also using the rice cooker. The rice cooker method takes longer, but we’ve found that it’s a lot less hassle, less messy and you just have to throw everything in at the start. Top it with green onions & fried shallots..and BABOOM. EASY WEEKEND BREAKFAST MEAL :D



Luncheon with the Girls!

26th July 2015

Dear Chibi,


This is the first time I invited the girls over, and boy was it a lot of fun :D We don’t usually have large groups over, so it was a good challenge hosting/catering for everyone. I’m glad everything worked out! ^^



All the foooodsssss :D Hubby and I cooked up tuna pasta bake, zucchini fritters with dill + labne dip, pumpkin soup and a green salad. Kaz made the apple, potato, and egg salad with mayo. Mich & Troy brought some apple ciders and made fish & veggie pastries. Helen & Fong brought marinated chicken wings & drumsticks, while Newway cooked up a beef casserole!





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Chibi tries out HelloFresh!

13th July 2015

Dear Chibi,

So… I recently heard about this company called “Hello Fresh” which delivers simple, healthy recipes to your home for you to cook yourself. They provide all the ingredients you need in the exact amounts, so no grocery shopping is required. The meals are quick and your dinner is ready in about 30 minutes..Sounds sweet, doesn’t it? The downside is, it ends up costing you more money than if you bought the ingredients yourself. They are a business, after all.

Funnily enough, my sister-in-law sent me this deal where I can get 3 meals for 2 people, for just $1 free (Normally $69). Now that’s a bargain ;D And so I signed up to see what all the fuss is about…

Yesterday, my $1 grocery box arrived at my door:


Let’s see what’s inside?


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What’s for dinner? #8

12th July 2015

Dear Chibi,

This is looking like a monthly post, aye? Here is my latest cooking adventures…

Dish #34 Pumpkin Soup


A delicious and easy soup, perfect for winter :) I added a bit of nutmeg to taste. Yum!

Dish #35 Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles)



I made this twice now and it’s very tasty! The thick rice noodles turned out juicy and soft. I didn’t put any chilli in it though, so… is it still considered Pad Kee Mao? XD The second time around I also added bean sprouts and some Chinese greens :) One of my favourite Asian dishes so far.

Dish #36 Maple Salmon


Finally some seafood! I always try to add a bit of fish in our diet (which I’m sure we don’t get enough of). I was surprised how nice the maple syrup and soy sauce worked with the salmon. YUM!

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What’s for dinner? #7

13th June 2015

Dear Chibi,

Woo! I’ve hit over 30 different recipes :D It makes me so happy when I look back at my old blog entries, and knowing how far I’ve come since I started :) Some of the photos look quite hilarious (especially that burnt carbonara XD) It’s been quite a journey over the last 6-7 months, with many many trips to Aldi, Coles & Harris Farm on a daily basis. Hubby would spend 2-3 days a week walking to Paddy’s Market, and our weekend would consist of trips to Bankstown or Hurstville for the butchers. Our pantry is overflowing with different herbs and spices.

Life is great! :D

Dish #30 Curried Sausages


A very tasty and flavorful dish, served with rice and yoghurt :D I’m not really sure where this originated from… I’ve been told it’s an English cuisine, but I’m not sure about this variation.

Dish #31 Rosemary and Garlic Roast Lamb


With roasted veggies and home-made gravy! :D Roasts take longer than others, but is totally worth the wait ^^ So juiccccyyy!! This lamb was delish!

Dish #32 Soto Ayam (Chicken Noodle Soup)


My first Indonesian dish! Robbie has been bugging me to make this for a while now, so finally on a Friday night, I spent 2.5 hours cooking this up! It shouldn’t really take this long, but it did. I made everything from scratch including the chicken broth and paste for the soup! It was a very interesting experience as I’ve never worked with a lot of the ingredients, like lemongrass, french shallots, grounded coriander, turmeric etc.

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What’s for dinner? #6

16th May 2015

Dear Chibi,’s been a while! 2 months to be precise, but that’s okay because these aren’t stopping any time soon :) I’m continually looking for more great recipes to try out and taste!

Dish #25 Seafood Chowder


Probably not the best picture since all the seafood sunk to the bottom… but hey it’s the taste that counts! A creamy thickened soup with marinara mix, corn, parsley and chives.

Dish #26 BBQ Pork Ribs (American Style) + Baked Potato


I had half a day in lieu one Friday so I decided to try this slow cooked + grilled BBQ Pork Ribs, and it was HEAVENLY. The sauce and rub just added a ridiculous amount of flavour to it. It’s by far the most tastiest dish I’ve made to date… and I’m so proud of it! That baked potato was also amazing. Just ask Hubby :D

Dish #27 Chicken Provencale



Another delicious oven baked dish :D I particularly love the grilled capsicums in this French dish, and the olives give it that lovely boost in flavour. Champy was so excited by this one it jumped onto the dining table O_O.

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What’s for dinner? #5

22nd March 2015

Dear Chibi,

Welcome to Chibi’s 5th episode of ‘What’s for dinner?’ I’m sure these posts are soooo interesting for you, since you never get to eat any of it… *cough* XD Just kidding. Maybe one day if you’re over, I’ll cook you lunch or dinner :3

Dish #18 Roasted Potatoes, mushroom & veggies


A simple roast dish with sweet potatoes and lots of herbs!

Dish #19 Lamb Shanks with Rosemary & Thyme


Slow cooked over 3 hours! The lamb just fell off the bones *_* So delicious.

Dish #20 Chicken and Corn Soup


Simple and yummy! One of my favourite soups so had to learn to make this!

Dish #21 Pie with Mashed Potato and Mushrooms


I’m not sure this is counted as a “dish” since I didn’t make the pie myself! haha. It’s a frozen cheese and chunky beef pie, which I oven baked with mushroom and garlic, topped with mashed potato!

Dish #22 “Best Burger”


Not sure this is the “best” burger, but that was what they called it in the recipe, hahahah XD Hubby loves his burgers, so I made this on a Friday night :3 We end up having burgers for that entire weekend! The beef patty was made out of beef mince, breadcrumbs, egg, nutmeg and onions.

Dish #23 Honey Baked Pumpkin Risotto


A sweet variation of the risotto :3

Dish #24 Thai-flavoured Chicken Mince with Rice


So yummmy and simple to make :D Another go-to dish for a quick dinner meal :D Very flavorful.

What’s for dinner? #4

8th February 2015

Dear Chibi,

Wow, this list is growing :D! I want to keep cooking more and more variety. So far it’s been a really fun and rewarding experience :)

Dish #11 Pork and Sweet Potato Green Curry


I’ve made this dish a couple of times now, and once for my family (a chicken variation) :D


It’s a pretty easy go-to dish, though I’m still experimenting with the amount of coconut milk and curry paste to use!

Dish #12 Steak with Creamy Mushroom Sauce


Not really a new dish… but a new sauce!

Dish #13 Raspberry, White Chocolate and Macadamia Muffins


My favourite muffin recipe :3 I first made this a couple of years ago and recently again for the cofa guys during our house warming :)

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What’s for dinner? #3

10th January 2015

Dear Chibi,

Dish #8 Pumpkin & Chicken Risotto


This pumpkin and parmesan cheese combo is godly. Really yummy stuff and super flavorful! I followed this recipe but switched out the basil for oregano instead. Served some prawns as an entree.

Dish #9 & 10 Potato & Leek Soup and Barramundi


I followed the same recipe as I did last time for the delicious potato and leek soup :D This time around I made my own croutons to go with it. Hubby gives it a thumbs up!

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