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mercredi, décembre 29, 2010

 The real BBC book list

Score: 45/100 I think

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (tried and hated the book; I generally haven't come around to liking Terry Pratchett)
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith (watched the movie, hated the book)
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie (tried and hated the book)

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[The real BBC book list]
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vendredi, décembre 24, 2010

 Cooking Class at Coriander Leaf

The company tries to do something fun and team building each year. The year before this was prawning, last year it was paintball (I had an emergency wisdom tooth extraction and missed this), and this year, we headed to Coriander Leaf restaurant in Clark Quay for a cooking class.

It's a fun class - pricey, but fun. Your staff is broken up into teams, which contribute to lunch by making parts of the meal. I'm thinking of replicating it in my house for new years'.

Here's the pristine kitchen before we wreaked havoc

The island counter top with vent and stoves -
note another one in background, plus oven

We got there at 1030am and had a quick
round of photos and drinks first

The CEM team

The Finance/Admin team

The Policy Research team

Putting on the plastic apron

Finally everyone's in and ready to go!

This was our team "Sure Win" (named by C! I told her
she condemned our team to hubris with that name)

We made three dishes - minced kebab (more like a patty, really):

We also made a Vietnamese prawn roll, with
the "Marina Bay Sands" gardens by the bay.

What did I make? If you squint carefully enough, you'll see
this small cup of peanut paste: that's what I made.

I know, I know, it's puny - but not that I can't cook;
that's just what I got when we drew for the recipes!

Chick Peas

Banana Crepe Roll (this was seriously delicious)

Duck rolls


Having a well-deserved meal

The winning team "The Expendibles" - or
"The Expandables", depending on your waistline

Here's my team, with me in the hat - yes, I got an award:
Sexiest Chef, for apparently rolling the Vietnamese rolls "lovingly"
(I'm fairly sure it was a consolation prize -it
replaced the "Don't Quit Your Day Job" prize,
which was deemed too demotivational)

Here's everyone, with the Best Chef, Serial Killer Chef and Sexiest Chef
from left to right (we're all holding decorated paper chef hats

Libellés : ,

[Cooking Class at Coriander Leaf]
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dimanche, décembre 12, 2010

 Chinese seal

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 Recipes from my HDD which is about to die

1. a la "Mrs Fields" Cookies
Here's the first recipe I ever made for the Top Secret Recipes books, inspired by that now-famous chain-letter fable. It's my version of the delicious Mrs. Fields cookies that are crispy around the edge and chewy in the middle. Be careful not to cook these too long. I know it becomes tempting to keep cooking these because they don't seem to be done after 10 minutes, but they will continue to cook for awhile after you take them out of the oven, and when cool, will be nice and chewy. Mmm...got milk?

You will need two large mixing bowls - one for the dry stuff, the other for the wet stuff.

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter (250g, which is one Singapore packet)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (get the lighter brown one, not the super dark brown one)
2 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 twelve-ounce bags semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.
3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. MAKE SURE YOU SIFT.
4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. SLOWLY. Don't just dump in all the flour, scoop it in a few tablespoons at a time.
5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
6. With your fingers, place golf ball-sized dough portions 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Or be like me, just dump it in. Don't make the layer too thick or else the inside won't be cooked at all while the outside is burnt to a mess of carbon.
7. Bake for 9-10 minutes or just until edges are light brown. (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com) Makes 30 cookies.

* You can use less butter, like maybe 150g-200g, to make it less oily, or substitute with margarine.
* I normally dump the butter into the microwave until it's super soft, almost oil, then start mixing. Or you can be hardworking and take it out of the fridge first. :) I always forget, then get impatient.
* If you wanna make it more cake-y, you can put in one more egg (if your eggs are big), or two more (if you have small eggs.)

2. LA Times Tiramisu Cake

Here's a wonderful, low-fat dessert for any of you who may be "waist" watching. Yield: 24 servings. Each serving contains about 194 calories, 2 mg cholesterol, 6 grams fat, 27 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams protein. 


ANGEL FOOD CAKE, 1 pre-baked 
SKIM MILK, 3 tablespoons 
POWDERED SUGAR, 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon 
SLICED ALMONDS, 1-1/2 cups, toasted 

Cut angel food cake into 3 equal layers. 
In small bowl, combine espresso and 1/2 cup amaretto. 
Spoon 1/3 mixture evenly over each layer of cake. 
Whisk together 1/4 cup amaretto, 1 cup ricotta, 1/2 cup mascarpone and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in medium bowl. 
Place 1 layer of cake on plate and spread 1/2 cup mascarpone mixture on top. 
Add second layer and repeat. 
Place remaining layer on top. 
Whisk together remaining ricotta, mascarpone, amaretto and powdered sugar until well blended. 
Cover entire cake with mixture. 
Grate chocolate on top of cake. 
Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

[Recipes from my HDD which is about to die]
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