Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hope all of you out there are having a jolly one this year with your friends, family & loved ones. I blogged this pretty late because I wanted to spend some time with my own family here too (:

We had a proper roast today for a late lunch & it was delicious! I even made traditional Yorkshire Pudding. It's simple, all you need are: eggs, milk, flour & sunflower oil for cooking. I've also made some Rosy Pears for dessert.

I made some massive ones so I only made enough for 12. There are plenty of recipes online to see how you make it BUT! I do recommend this,

Tips:
- Use a large enough bowl and make a well in the middle & add to mix an egg one at a time till each one is incorporated
- Make sure that the egg & flour mixture is somewhat wet NOT doughy
- Add milk gradually, whisk at all times to avoid clumps!
- Oven is on & heating the oil (it won't burst, so if you're not sure it's hot enough. Put a drop of mixture to try it out)

I try to make it light and healthy so I personally don't use too much sunflower oil. I pour the oil into the muffin tin & distribute it with a paper towel.

Hope all your wishes came true & spending a wonderful time with loved ones

The year is almost coming to an end but there will be more & better ones to come!

with love ,
Silvy xxx



Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Stocking Fillers

When I shop, I love shopping for food, clothes, cooking related things and nik naks.

This time round, I have decided to buy this See's Candies Assorted Gourmet Hard Candies. Why? Because there's always one type of flavor one would like and I love that See's Candies always have individual lollipops which are chosen to your platelets' taste. It's perfect when you don't know what else to buy! Food or candies are always best I think ! Chocolate always taste better when it's given.

The macarons are girly and sweet & I personally have bought these as a wedding gift for the bride too! It's perfect for those who like their sweets and boys, if you lady likes sweet things, it can be a little surprise with another surprise in it !

If you're a foodie like me, I love getting these small things like the mustache for canapés when I have a small gathering!

No matter what it is, it's the thought that counts <3

Have a jolly holiday!
with love,
Silvy xxx





Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Silver Style : Home Made Lip Scrub

I'm that sort of person who loves a DIY at home too & this one is for those who love having one of those smooth and kissable lips.

2 heaping tsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Honey

Mix the sugar and coconut oil first to prevent any clumps and then combine with the honey at the end and place the lip scrub in a small container. I recommend using small tubs from Muji or other small old containers you have at home. This can be refrigerated for 2 weeks max.

Scrub on lips and leave for about 10-15 mins then wipe it off with cotton pads soaked in warm water. You can also wipe it off when you're in the shower too!

If you don't like the smell or taste of coconut oil, you can replace it with rose water/oil. OR! if you don't pungent floral smell either, replace with extra light virgin oil.

Have fun and make use of what you have at home too!

Food used at home can also make you beautiful inside & out.

With love,
Silvy xx

Monday, 10 December 2012

Traveling

This post will be very wordy. I'm at the airport of Tokyo at the moment, so I have yet to start taking photos of food and places all at the same time. Plus, I only have a few hours to spare to do some last minute snack shop for my family in the states.

But do you have any foods or snacks that you like to take along with you when you're traveling? I know for one I have a sweet tooth, second of all, I like the boost of sugar rush when I'm feeling like a zombie after a long flight or having a dry throat (like I do now...)

Speaking of dry. Did you know when you take a plane ride, the humidity drops down to 10-15%? Even I didn't know that till I finished university. Just remember to drink loads of water or fresh fruit juice too! I think it helps... When you actually drink a glass or wine or a small tumbler of whiskey at the airport lounge or on the airplane itself, you would definitely sleep a lot better even with a small glass of champagne. However, did you know any type of alcohol dehydrates you even more? I'm not saying you shouldn't or can't drink at all but just don't get so drunk you are suspended from your own flight !

Whilst traveling, just remember that rehydrating yourself is one of the most important keys. Second of all, is having some fruit so you still get your vitamins and minerals too!

I personally recommend my friends to purchase local food guides at your destination. Like now, in Japan, I would go out to a local bookstore (even though I can't read much Japanese, only the basics is more than enough) and purchase what Japanese people recommend themselves. Of course, I love the traditional sets with sakes and even having fun watching how the chefs cooking Okonomiyaki right in front of you. So even if you don't understand what they all say in the booklet, it's nice to see where locals go for even more amazing food!

Update more when I've landed in Atlanta.

Happy traveling!
I can't wait to make some hot apple cider either!!

with love,
Silvy xxx

Sunday, 9 December 2012

iPot

This is a perfect place where you can enjoy your own little "Hot Pot" during this cold wintery season in Hong Kong. I thought it was one of the best ideas ever! You can have your own little pot of flavor and fun at the same time with your other friends. This little Taiwanese hotpot place located in Tin Hau on Lau Li Street.

At first, when I started reading the menu, I thought they didn't have an english name. Little did I know, it was called iPot when it was pointed out to me, I laughed so loudly to myself in the little restaurant which sits only up 30 customers.

As each person gets their own dainty pot to cook their food in, there are a few soup base flavors which you can choose from and I was shocked at the first 3 tradition Taiwanese spicy soup. If you can read Chinese, I'm pretty sure you'll understand why I find it fun too.

Since it's such a small place, I recommend booking in advance as they do limit your time eating there as they have recently been even for popular. They're working hours start at 6pm so be prepared to hand the table in 2 hours if they're having a busy day. I went on a Monday, so it seemed like the restaurant was taking a breather from the chaotic weekend.

It works half like a buffet. First you choose your choice of soup base and meat & then you are free to pick your favorite vegetables, noodles and other goodies of your choice.

I tried the curry soup base instead since I'm not one of those who can take the intensity of the hot chili spices. If you are brave enough, I heard the owner who I started to chat with, had an even more spicy soup base for those who dare to try (it's not on the menu, so you will have to ask for it!)

At the end of it, it was truly enjoyable and I thought the price as per person was very reasonable.
If you didn't wanted the dessert which they provide, I will write up another review where you can can have either Japanese or Traditional Hongkanese desserts which is just located the street behind it !

Flying off to America in less than 24 hours! Excited ! But I will still keep posting.













Sunday, 2 December 2012

Ocean

I'm super excited that this year I get to spend sometime with my family this Christmas holiday! It's been a long time since I've had a proper jolly holiday with my loved ones.

And I still can't believe it's been almost a year since I've been back in Hong Kong, now, I didn't discover this place, but it's a place where you will least expect to be! But I'm absolutely loving it.

It's called Ocean in Happy Valley on Sing Woo Road, when I first went there, I almost missed the entrance up some steep stairs! (Try not to miss it....). First impression after ringing the door bell, I've been received with a warm welcome over a gate and a door. It feels like you've gone to a restaurant by the sea because of the florescent blue light that rights Ocean.

Just before you make a booking there, be sure to remember that they accept CASH ONLY & they do not have any alcoholic beverages, so if you would like to get a bottle of wine or champagne, or whatever your fancy is, there is a corkage fee.  As far as I know, they open from Thursday-Tuesday and closed of Wednesdays. Pre-booking by calling them.

This dainty private restaurant which occupies about 24 is owned by a family of Christians, who I chatted with, was a chef at The Mandarin Oriental. 

Menu I've tried this time

Aperitif



Refreshing the palette

Well cooked Cod but I would have liked the saffron sauce to be a bit stronger too

I love the Pop Rock candy mix with crushed Oreo cookies!


I've tried their Beef Tenderloin during my previous visit and it was very well made but I wished the black truffle jus had a stronger flavor. Maybe it's because at my previous job in London, people do tend to like strong flavors and Asians tend to like lighter flavor foods.

Overall, it was a lovely experience at the Ocean and I do recommend it to my friends and family to go try too!

Happy Sunday!
with love,
Silvy xxx

Friday, 30 November 2012

Taverna Fiorentina

This is a family owned little Italian restaurant. It doesn't give too many choices of food but from that, you don't have to decide forever and over order all the time.

Located in Cobb Parkway Southeast, Atlanta, Georgia. in the Vinings shopping center. It's one of those restaurants where its said to be a hidden gem.
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 10:30pm

I recommend booking a table in advance, they can sometimes be very busy.

Minestorne Soup

Grilled Calamari (left), Fried Calamari (Centre), Grilled Mixed Vegetables (right)


Mussels in White Wine Sauce



I went to this restaurant a few weeks back. but I will post up what I cooked on New Years Eve soon!

With Love,
Silvy xxx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Pantry Magic

I love to visit different kinds of cooking shops as I travel or where ever I go. HOWEVER! There's always one that I seem to go back to alot, I've discovered this shop many many years ago, even before I started Uni in Bournemouth.

 
 
 
 
It's just located between Hollywood Road where I've recommened The Press Room before and Queen's Road . This shop is now located on 25 Lok Ku Road, Central near Man Mo Temple. They open everyday from 10.30am - 7.30pm. I know they also have other shops around in Asia like Taipei, Singapore & Bangkok.
 
If you do decide to drive over there, make sure you find a paid parking spot. Don't wanna get a parking ticket ! (officers do walk around there quite often!!) OR! you can walk there from Sheung Wan's MTR station or even have a walk there after having brunch on Hollywood Road.
 
I love how authentic it is when I enter everytime, makes me feel like I'm back in lil pastry shops in London or even America.
 
They produce alot of their own brands too & also have monthly live cooking demos too!
 
This is my recent purchase from their shop! They're already ready for Christmas ( loving it ! ) Since I'm home in Hong Kong this time round, I've decided to splurge a little more and bought these lovly copper cookie cutters!
Copper Cookie Cutters


 
 
I can't wait to try these out and see post a gingerbread cookie recipe as well! I will be visiting the shop again before I travel early next month!

 
with love,
Silvy xx
 


Monday, 26 November 2012

Rough Mondays

What do you do when you're feeling run down and rough on a Monday morning and find that you can't do much?

Well, as for me, I stay in bed after downing a jug of water with some Panadol till I feel like I can't sleep anymore...

Knowing me, I like my tea, so using my biggest beer mug! Yes, from the one I got from Oktoberfest and pour as much hot water and let cool when I don't burn my lips.

This is already the 3rd mug !
And the most comfy thing that my mom makes when she knows I'm feeling ill, is some good old soup since my childhood.

For a small pot, and depending on the amount of ingredients you like, this is what you'd need:

Carrots
Potatoes
Tomatoes
Pumpkin (since it's seasonal)
Sweet corn
Meat of your choice (I personally recommed chicken, pork or ham slices)
Macaroni (your choice)
Salt and peppercorns
** optional- bayleaf

Chop the meat & vegetables in chunks all in similar sizes (bite size preferably). Add all the vegetables  and meat slices into a saucepan or pot with water and let it boil for a while till the meat is cooked. Right before serving, add some of your favorite choice/shape of macaroni and let simmier till they're at your liking. Of course! feel free to add your fav vege or seasonal vege to your liking as well.


I love home comfort food
Mix and match. Find what you're most confy food when you're feeling run down and ill like me... I'm just glad that I"m home this time! Because when I worked in London, I never cared much of my own health because I thought I'm young and I can definitely get through it! Little did I know it can do alot of damage to yourself (your own health)
 
If you are home alone at this cold seasonal weather, make sure you're fully concious of every step you're cooking and chopping!!

Stay warm everyone !

with love,
Silvy xx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Basic Macarons (HK 1st Attempt)

In London, I make plenty of colourful and tastey macarons during the weekend so I share them with my friends on a picnic or a lovely tea at mine or a friends' place.

In Hong Kong, no thanks to the weather (aka HUMIDITY!) it's harder to perfect this little delicate cookie because of the ingredents and getting use to the oven again. BUT hey! Why waste time and not try right?

 
First attempt in HK 
Apple Tea Macarons

 
 
My thoughts... I need to pipe it a little thinner than usual.
 

For the basic recipe, email me for further information
 
with love,
Silvy xxx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Press Room

I love love love my brunches ! And as you could tell, I couldn't get enough of it ! This was during the summer before I was hospitalized. The Press Room is on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong. The only disadvantage during the weekends (especially on Sunday's) is that it's very popular and busy !! I advise to make a prebooking with your friends! I have yet to try their lunch menu you and dinner, that will come later after Christmas as I will be travelling (excited!!).

 If you love your sweet things there is also a cake shop down on Gough Street, Central called "C'est La B" which I highly recommend!

I also write personal storys on StoryLane, if you're interested to know how and why I stopped foodie blogging, that will be your chance to find out.

Strawberry and Banana Waffle
French Toast with Crispy Bacon & Banana
Cake By c'est la B

If you have any recommendation in HK which you would like me to try, please do not hesitate to comment or email me details and locations
 
with love,
Silvy xx



Tuesday, 20 November 2012

My Kind of Sundays

No matter where I am, I love to spend a good quality time on Sunday with my loved ones. Sometimes I may seem to spend time with the same sorts of people but because it is them, that's why they rock my world. I love how it's always sweet and slow on Sundays but also how time can pass so quickly when you're having the time of your life.

So this past Sunday, and most Sundays as I like. I love spending good quality time with my parents. This is where I went with them last weekend. St. Betty at the IFC in Hong Kong. Since we were having brunch I couldn't skip on a good cuppa coffee and have some Classic Egg Benedict. Every time I go there, I love how creamy the Hollandaise Sauce! Just thinking about it already makes me drool! And as for my brunch dessert, I had this lovely Pineapple slices with sago and coconut ice cream. It was my first time enjoying coconut as a dessert because I personally dread the texture and taste of shredded dry sweet coconut, I was surprised how much I've enjoyed it myself.

Before we knew it, I even had some gorgeous lemon tea while I waited for my friend after having brunch with my parents (;







Friday, 16 November 2012

Silver Style Chai Tea

I don't know about you guys but I love a cuppa tea! And since Christmas is coming too, I love Chai Tea strong, but I also like to change the sweetness of it.
 
Here's what you need for about 4 servings:
  • - 2½ cups water
  • - 2 cups of milk (of your choice)  
  • - 5 black tea bags or ½ cup loose black tea
  • - ¼ cup sugar
  • - 2 star anise
  • - 2 cinnamon sticks
  • - 5 cardamom pods
 
Steps-
  1. Press the cardmom pods till they crack.
  2. Bring water, tea, star anise, cinnamon sticks and cardamom to a boil.
  3. Boil for about 3-5 minutes till you get black tea and reduced a little
  4. Strain and add sugar then the milk
    
  
Optional *
Top it off with whipped cream !!! Sprinkle with some nutmeg, cinnamon powder and choclate flake <3 font="font">


I'm already into the Christmas spirits !
 
OR!
My lazy cuppa Yogi Chai Tea with ½ teaspoon sugar + milk
 
with love,
Silvy xx
 

Friday, 9 November 2012

Enchante Macarons

I know this will sound a little cheesy but nevertheless it's based  London by a good friend of mine !


 
Have a look at the website and contact details with the link above. I'm so excited for her to have begin this and with all means, please check it out !

These are a few photos I've taken from her are all homemade by her in her own very kitchen.

So cute!
ALL HOMEMADE by herself!!


Delicious & Colourful


with love,
Silvy x

Friday, 2 November 2012

Apple Topper

Missing in action for a whole year and more, I truely have neglected this post for various reasons but for now, alot of the posts and food will be from Hong Kong. Though this can be a bit of an explanation, I thought I would share what I make the most for Christmas since it's drawing nearer.


 
 
Its been named the Apple Topper from my gorgeous friends, so, this what you need for one of these:

1 large apple (crunchy/granny apples)
pinch of cinnamon & nutmeg
1 tbsp brown sugar
squeeze of lemon juice
* a dash of vanilla

Here's what you do with it-
1) Slice the top of the apple so you get a lid

2) Carefully spoon or carve the inside of the apple
  (try to leave at least 1-2cm thick of the edge from the skin and just half way of the apple)

3) Chop the apple filling into smaller bite size if they're too big

4) Mix all the ingredients

5) Place the apple filling back into the apple cup itself & cover it with the apple lid

6) Bake at 180 degree c. for 45mins

** change the ingredients to suit your own taste ! It's always fun to create new flavors **

with love,
Silvy x


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