Gifts from Thailand

27th March 2016

Dear Chibi,


I got these gifts from Kaz & Jia from their recent Honeymoon in Thailand :D Gotta love that colour scheme going on ^^ That ‘chibi’ passport cover and Sailor Moon micro block :O Just gotta get Hubby to build it for me (since I can’t build to save my life ;D)


Sleepyhead Champy

3rd September 2015

Dear Chibi,


Champy says hi! :D

Last month, we started letting Champy come into the lounge room more- something we’ve been avoiding since we don’t want him scratching the nice carpet. We’ve also let him explore the house, including upstairs, though we’ve found he mostly follows Hubby ^^” I’ve spent a lot of time downstairs watching Revenge (I’ve finished all 4 seasons), and Champy usually sits with us :D


I guess Champy prefers his sleep over soap operas ;D


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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



Meet Champynette!

26th July 2015

Dear Chibi,

Our neighbourhood has a lot of cats, both owned and strayed. We walk past a few everyday going to and from work. We also find cats visiting our front and backyards. Since we see them so much, Hubby and I have even given them names XD There’s a Sylvester, Sylvester Jr, Tiger, Sunny, Blinky Bill, and Patches… but recently there’s an addition of Champynette!

Who is Champynette? This one:


It looks exactly like Champy, but twice the size! O_O We have no idea if she’s even related to him, but we’re pretending it’s Champy’s mum 8D. The first time Champynette came to visit, she sat outside our glass door, peering in for 4 hours straight. Champy was not impressed! lol




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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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Snuggly Champy

13th June 2015

Dear Chibi,

I’ve recently started to let Champy sit on my lap and have spent a lot of time just petting him to sleep :3 It took me a while to get used to as I’m not really natural with animals ^^” But hey..progress!! :D


Me looking a bit nervous XD



How does this guy sleep with his head hanging like this?? XDD

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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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Meet Champy :3

16th May 2015

Dear Chibi,

Over the last 6 weeks, Champy has brought Hubby and I so much joy :3 We’re so happy to finally he call him our own. When Hubby first found him in our backyard, he was so small, scared and anti-social. Now he’s super playful, comfortable and relaxed :D He’s just the most precious little thing ever <3


And now…more cat pic spam!! 8D


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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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