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  1. Japan feasting, December 2015

    And; I can't post video directly on eG, so look at this very cool street-side rotating fish grill on my Instagram:
  2. Japan feasting, December 2015

    Went to Tsukiji for breakfast, @kayb! After tearing myself away from my Beloved - the massage chair in my hotel room - - I wandered off to the fish market for an uni donburi (raw sea urchin on a bowl of sushi rice) and some grilled crab. Didn't stay all that long because I've been to the market many times before, so walked around to Hamarikyu Gardens to see if any cherry or plum blossoms were out yet; only these punters. Caught a river boat to Asakusa and then slowly made my way back to the hotel for a giant, marathon nap and a simple dinner of tempura and cold soba with wasabi, green onion and dipping sauce. Then I walked the streets for a bit before coming across this place, going in to which seemed like a perfectly terrible idea, so of course I did. Since I am nothing if not an Everyday Lady, I spent a very fun hour here making them seriously regret their marketing choices.
  3. Japan feasting, December 2015

    Yes, I'm staying overnight in a temple. I didn't know there might be a chance to help with the food..I'll look into that! I'm obsessed with Koya gomae tofu.
  4. Japan feasting, December 2015

    OK, so, an excellent flight in to Tokyo. Qantas business class is leagues better than it used to be; sake and Japanese pork belly buns and yuzu-shy highballs with shochu, but more importantly, I even slept!! I'm a pretty seasoned traveller and no drug, no flat bed, no jetlag, no time zone changes, no alcohol has ever worked for me - I've finally established what I need to do to be able to sleep on a plane, even a little bit; just watch that bloody 'Lion' movie, cry till I've exhausted myself in heaving, whole-body-wracking sobs, and promptly fall asleep with the general effort of emoting via external stimuli. The old cry like a baby, sleep like a baby routine..must remember that. And I know this is not a makeup forum or anything, but if you're in the market for a new eyeliner, let me heartily recommend the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen; how you can cry every skerrick of makeup off your face and lips but your eyliener stays put is clearly a secret between Tom Ford and god. Anyway, Tokyo is heaven because within 20 minutes of arriving at my hotel, dumping my bags and setting out to roam the plains, I was eating this tuna sushi set (I know, I know; I promised to restrict myself to only two tuna meals while I am here, which feels like a very big sacrifice for me, but not as much as for the tuna), before being reunited with one my true love - Family Mart convenience store fried chicken. "Convenience store fried chicken?! WTF??", I hear you ask. And in any other country, that would indeed be a truly disgusting proposition. Japan is not like any other country. Believe. Repairing for the evening in my hotel room's massage chair, with fried chicken, a bottle of sake, and Japanese food TV? Bliss.
  5. Japan feasting, December 2015

    @buffy - Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Koya-san, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kurokawa/Mt Aso, and back to Tokyo. That's if my planned travelling partner is still coming with; if I end up going alone, I might just stay in the big cities. Good eating any which way.
  6. Japan feasting, December 2015

    All I'm saying is..in the next few days, I'll be back in Japan for 2.5 weeks of solid eating, drinking and napping, so...brace thyself, Japan Dining thread!
  7. Dinner 2017 (Part 3)

    Insanely delicious baked char siu/BBQ pork pull-apart buns with crunchy pineapple bun topping (nothing to do with pineapples, that's just the name given to the crispy, crackly pastry glaze). Could've done with a longer proof, but I'm hardly going to kick them out of bed over THAT.
  8. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 1)

    Lobster roll with prawn brain mayo; lobster tails, sous vided in butter, piled onto toasted buttered brioche hot dog buns, smeared with mayonnaise that I made with prawn oil (browning prawn heads in oil, pureeing and straining) and then emulsifying with yolks and mustard in the normal mayo way, and topped with smoked chilli threads.
  9. Cupcake-making chaos. Buttercream everywhere; I didn't even intentionally taste any, yet I have buttercream on at least six of my nine chins. But as a test run for the 20 or so cupcakes I'm making for a 7 yr old girl's birthday party next weekend, it was most satisfactory. Tried out some edible glitter dust, on white roses.
  10. Dinner 2017 (Part 2)

    A bit like me, she'll never win prizes for her looks, the old Singaporean oyster omelette. I've finally perfected my preferred ratio of crispy:gooey, too. Tapioca starch, rice starch, potato starch, white pepper, soy sauce, a swirled egg, heaps of chilli and delicious fat, briny oysters.
  11. For my team at work; a gigantic raspberry-ripple pavlova; crushed Iced Vo-Vos (classic biscuit de Australiana) and freeze-dried raspberries sprinkled on top; whipped cream (with seven vanilla beans!), meringue kisses swirled with raspberry purée, and a wending line of fresh raspberries. Styled to itself look like a giant Iced Vo-Vo.
  12. Things I have baked today; GIGANTIC, 15 cm wide, highly indelicate chocolate chunk cookies (with beurre noisette and all that Valrhona, after 'curing' the cookie dough part in the fridge for 36 hours to deepen the sugars/caramelised toffee flavours and to better hydrate the flour for a more tender crumb). And their diametrical opposite baked good; delicate shattery lacey pecan florentines, sandwiched together with egg nog buttercream, redolent with fresh nutmeg and Vietnamese cinnamon, and a healthy slug of dark rum.
  13. Dinner 2017 (Part 2)

    Spent all afternoon making a gigantic batch of these beauties; crystal prawn dumplings a la @ladyandpups, with prawn, pork and ginger filling, tapioca and wheat starch skin, prawn brain mayonnaise, and a little lemon zest and chilli on top.
  14. Saw your octopus post.  what was the time / temp on it?

    1. rarerollingobject

      rarerollingobject

      I did 5 hours at 75 Celsius. Would probably go a little longer next time; they were good, but not velvet.

       

      Kate