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
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