All-time favourites

From the corner decorations in my lounge…..

 

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Owls are my all-time favourites.

They are all over my house.

From the corner decorations in the lounge…..

to the blackboard in my kitchen ………..

to my doorstopper leading to the bedrooms ………….

to my fanatical obsession of the big hoots on my bedroom door ………..

as well as my backpack wherever I go.

Do you know that a group of owls is called a parliament?

Indeed everyone knows that owls have huge round eyes and a flat face.

Who doesn’t love owls?

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Titirangi Village Market & Visitor Centre

Running out of space.

I couldn’t even blog this on my main blog.

Not sure I want to pay $5 per month to keep blogging.

What should I do?

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Time out on a good sunny weekend always starts with a market.

Last Sunday, we visited Titirangi Village Market. This is an awesome market of about 130 stalls selling quality local arts and crafts, produce, food along with live music.

There were not too many food stalls but we found one stall selling the best Gozleme (a kind of Turkish bread with feta cheese and spinach fillings) I had ever tasted. We ate on the go and the food was so yummy that we put aside elegance while eating our pieces of gozleme on a tissue (not even a plate for me as we were sharing) with fingers (and no, I didn’t lick my fingers).

As always, local made chutneys caught my attention even though I sometimes make my own. We bought a bottle of slightly spiced (chilli) mango chutney.

Eating that couple of pieces of gozleme was not…

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Kumara, Spinach & Bacon Quiche

As I create new dishes, I am also starting to blog my recipes on Little Borneo Girl.

My blog Little Girl Story has almost run out of space as I only have a free blog.

Please follow me at Little Borneo Girl.

Happy Blogging and enjoy my recipes.

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I love to cook whenever I have a weekday off.

Today, I bought a bag of spinach and there were bacon, eggs and three orange Kumaras (Beauregard) aka Sweet Potatoes in my pantry.  Trying to minimise carbs in my diet lately, I did away with pastry sheets and used the Kumaras as the base for my quiche.

Our body requires a certain amount of carbohydrate to fuel the brain and the muscles.  As a child, I was told that I must finish my plate of rice so I will grow up healthy and smart.  In fact, we ought to know that the issue is not carbs themselves but what we do to them.  It is the heavy processing that tends to strip carbs of essential nutrients that leads to them being digested more rapidly than we would if we consumed them in their natural state.  In other words, there are good…

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Easy Fish Pie

I have had this pack of Maggi Instant Fish Pie seasoning (recipe base) sitting in my pantry for the last few months.  I do enjoy fish pies every now and then but never actually tried making it myself.

Indeed I am surprised how easy it is to make them and how quick it is.  I did not even actually need a recipe as I randomly throw in what I could find in my fridge.  The main ingredient is FISH, of course.

Here’s my recipe. As I am a random chef, in fact the quantity I used are approximate (ingredients in cooking doesn’t need to be exact, unlike baking).

250g smoked fish
2 big potatoes
100g green peas
1 small carrot
2 leaves of cabbage
1 big onion (white)
A tiny piece of ginger & garlic  (optional)
200g Grated cheese (I used mozarella & tasty cheese)
1 pack of fish pie seasoning/recipe base
250ml milk

To prepare the mashed potatoes
1. Chop the potatoes into small pieces and micro for 8mins till soft with a spoonful of butter.
2. Add salt, herbs (optional), some grated cheese and some milk (50g) to make a creamy mash.  Save the rest of the milk for cooking the filling.

To prepare the pie fillings
1. Chop the cabbage into tiny long wedges and micro for 3mins.
2. Chop the onions into small pieces.
3. Shred the carrots.
4. Cut the smoked fish into small pieces.
5. Heat the stove with some butter and fry the onions. If you wish to add ginger and garlic, put them in first before the onions. Add cabbage, carrots and fry on small heat till soft.
6. Add the peas, fish, seasoning/base and add in the rest of the milk.
7. Stir till thick and creamy, then add some cheese.  Leave some cheese for toppings.

Use a baking dish and pour in the cooked fish fillings. Add the mashed potatoes making sure the whole dish is covered with the potatoes and sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake 175%c for 20-25 minutes or till brown.

It looks quite a lot to digest from reading or even writing the steps down but I assure you, the whole cooking process took me 15 minutes to prepare (including cooking the fillings) and 20 minutes to bake. It’s a 35 minutes meal !  Serves 4.

 

Just in time to submit this recipe to Our Growing Edge by Bunny Eats Design where I happened to be the host for this month. Theme: RANDOM YET CREATIVE calls for contributors to share their cooking, any original recipe that they created from anything random they came across in their fridge or supermarket shelves. In short, just last minute meals, something they throw together with whatever ingredients available.

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via Daily Prompt

– The Eighth Sin is being too passionate about food. The tip of the day is to create, to sample but not to indulge !

A room with a view

Is that little girl really me?

Or

Is that old woman really me? Those were the days indeed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9JOmU2jFUo

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Going back in time many many years ago, a ten year old little girl looked out the window from her bedroom on the first floor of a wooden double-storey house.

She saw a big tree and further across the field was an attap house with little flower pots (some broken) of plants and flowers sitting on wooden plank shelves outside that attap dwelling. The little house across the field was perhaps home to the servants of her family who lived in that big family home before she was born. The house compound was very big, several acres, an open field, overgrown in some parts and a stream separated that big house and the small attap house. Access was through a few pieces of timber nailed together, placed across the narrow stream as a walkway, sometimes submerged in water during high tide. The whole property had endured floods during the monsoon…

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A Team of Inspiring Bloggers – Claim this Very Inspiring Blog Award

I was pleasantly surprised to see a comment in my About page

from Nicole Davis from http://triumphantwings.wordpress.com

nominating me for the

Very Inspiring Blog Award.

What can I say but

Thank you’.

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Here are the guidelines:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Nicole Summer 2013

The amazing blogger who nominated me is Nicole Davis of Triumphant Wings and you can read all about her by clicking on her lovely photo on the left.  Her blog name suits her perfectly, she is one sweet courageous lady.

Next I have to share seven facts about myself.

I am still the same Little Borneo Girl so the seven facts about myself are still the same as what I earlier shared when I received the Shine On Award (please click here to check it out).

Now my nominations to 15 other inspiring bloggers are (in no particular order)

1.   Jhanis, the Vanilla Housewife who shares stories from her third world kitchen

2.   Jill from Ripples of Truth, small moments make sweet ripples

3.    Linda G Hill, a writer clawing her way out

4.    Otrazhenie sharing a collection on poems, prose and images

5.    Archita from A Journey called Life

6.    Jo Bryant from Chronicles of Illusions

7.    Konni Kim, a young talented designer from Konni Kim Designs

8.    Sofia of Papaya Pieces

9.    The Mouse & The Cat from Live2EatEat2Live Blog

10.   The Amazing Wife from Unleashing Me who’s been featured on Freshly Pressed

11.    A wildflower named Dandelion from Dandelion’s Den

12.   Kosher Adobo, A Filipino from Saudi Arabia meets a Mensch from Boston

13.   The ever so creative and talented MichelleMarie from Tell Me About It

14.   Mabel Kwong, a writer and multicultural blogger

15.   Vera, a Christian woman sharing her observations, insights and experiences of life

Wow, tough work but well worth it.

Congratulations to all nominees and I hope you will accept the award.  I was going to bend the rules a bit on my part and still participate in the award but I got there and followed the rules accordingly.  No bending needed.

Whether you bend the rules or not, I will leave it to you.  Take this as a bloggers community project and happy blogging !

 

Daily Prompt: Tattoo….You?

Daily Prompt: Tattoo….You?  by Krista on December 1, 2013

Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting emblazoned on you skin?  Photographers, artists, poets: show us PERMANENT.

via Daily Prompt: Tattoo….You?.

beebee

Lost, confused,
mixed emotions,
reluctantly let go.

Time to move on,
new beginning,
uncertain what life holds.

In transition
letting all the hurt flow
once and for all.

Deep in thoughts
an idea came
to this brave soul.

What better way
than to counter
hurt with pain.

Little honeybee was born,
permanent companions
signifying a page is turned.

Happy 14th Year of bonding to My Honeybee & Me.

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