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March 4, 2015

why drinking 3 to 5 cups of Nespresso coffee is good for you

According to news article, people who drink three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of clogged arteries that can cause serious heart problems such as with a reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 04 Mar 2015 8:41 AM | read this entry

September 7, 2014

a tray with Nespresso coffee

I haven't posted Nespresso coffee for quite a while. I made this special coffee this morning. A special Nespresso coffee with pistachio, almond, chocolate and a strawberry. Normally, I don't have time for making a special coffee like this.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Sep 2014 2:01 PM | read this entry

July 30, 2014

more places to recycle your capsules

Excellent news. Previously, you can take your used capsules back to Nespresso Boutiques. Now you have more places to take the used Nespresso capsules back for recycling. Nespresso has introduced a number of florists around Australia for capsule recycling (collection... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Jul 2014 12:10 PM | read this entry

May 14, 2014

green tea & madeleine, first try

Yes, I cooked again. (Actually baking this time.) For some unknown reason, I really like madeleine. My twist of madeleine: Green Tea Madeleine. Made from scratch with real ingredient by moi.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 May 2014 8:33 AM | read this entry

April 3, 2014

Strawberry sandwich (Mille-Feuille)

Strawberry lovers? Here's a strawberry sandwich for you. Not really a sandwich, it's Strawberry Mille-Feuille.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Apr 2014 7:23 PM | read this entry

March 29, 2014

Valencia Spanish Paella

Apart from making Sablé biscuit the other day, I also cooked Valencia Spanish Paella. Perhaps, paella is not the best looking dish, but it tastes great. related blog entries: Sablé de Sarthe (biscuit) (26 March, 2014)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 29 Mar 2014 9:36 AM | read this entry

March 26, 2014

Sablé de Sarthe (biscuit)

Okay, I haven't been making desserts for quite a while. I decided to give it a try. A biscuit this time - Sablé de Sarthe:... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 26 Mar 2014 10:48 AM | read this entry

March 8, 2014

VertuoLine

We all know that our Don's America is into everything big. By big, I meant big, huge, large... Americans like to have big houses with huge backyards and large rooms. They drive huge cars. They watch huge TV of course.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Mar 2014 7:03 PM | read this entry

February 15, 2014

Rack of Lamb

Unlike our Don who lives in picturesque Quincy near beautiful Boston eats healthy American gourmet food everyday, I don't have such luxury. But I had Provençal style rack of lamb this week. Rack of Lamb, Provençal style:... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Feb 2014 6:15 PM | read this entry

January 14, 2014

So, I forgot about the milk

I can't believe that I forgot to put the milk back to fridge after making my Nespresso coffee. As usual, I have my Nespresso coffee to start the day. But for some unknown reason, I forgot to put the Paul's... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 Jan 2014 11:43 PM | read this entry

December 9, 2013

Maestria

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the biggest sale in our Don's advanced United States) has just finished. Here in Australia, we had the ClickFrenzy (copycat of Cyber Monday). As a bargain hunter myself, I rewarded myself a very useful... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Dec 2013 5:52 PM | read this entry

November 15, 2013

was Krups, then De'Longhi, now Breville and De'Longhi

If you are a Nespresso coffee drinker, you might notice that there's new makers of Nespresso machines in the market- Breville, together with current De'Longhi. If you started drinking Nespresso coffees even earlier, you might remember Krups being the manufacturer... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Nov 2013 10:26 AM | read this entry

November 8, 2013

hot day

Unfortunately, Sydney is not beautiful Boston. There's no beautiful snow. In a hot day like today, this is in my mind:... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Nov 2013 1:45 PM | read this entry

October 6, 2013

how to make a perfect cup of tea

Unfortunately, not everybody lives in our Don's beautiful Boston famous for Boston Tea Party. Not all of us know how to make perfect cup of tea. Rev. Dr. Wu Yi, make sure you read this. Mr Stephen Twining, that's the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Oct 2013 2:01 PM | read this entry

August 28, 2013

Kazaar and Dharkan now permanent

Intense coffee lovers? Here's a good news for you. Nespresso has included two more Grand Cru coffees into their permanent range, Kazaar and Dharkan. Kazaar has an intensity of 12 while Dharkan is a 11. Kazaar was a limited edition... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Aug 2013 7:38 PM | read this entry

March 10, 2013

Gaufrette Potato Nest, finally

After hearing Laurent bragging about Gaufrette Potato Nest for years, he finally made one this afternoon. Actually, I made it (sort of). So, here's the photo of Gaufrette Potato Nest with Noisette Carrots and Turned Mushrooms (or Nid de Pommes... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Mar 2013 9:21 PM | read this entry

March 6, 2013

my first Tagine

Unlike our Don who only eats the best of best food and only drinks the very healthy Mountain Dew (our Don once told me that the main ingredient of Mountain Dew is orange juice). To those who know me, I... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Mar 2013 10:26 AM | read this entry

October 16, 2012

retake

I've been taking photos for Laurent's Cooking School for years. Last night, I had a chance to re-take the same food. This was what I took in mid-2009:... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Oct 2012 5:37 PM | read this entry

September 3, 2012

Pixie

So, I bought a new coffee machine, even though my current Nespresso coffee machine still works well, and I still love it (and use it everyday). Who says that I can only buy a new coffee machine when current one... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Sep 2012 9:26 AM | read this entry

August 3, 2012

olympics

Without a doubt that our good friend Don who lives in picturesque Quincy near beautiful Boston must be watching Olympic Games in highest quality (perhaps even higher than 1080HD definition) in super-huge TV cheering for his American Team's big winning.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Aug 2012 9:29 PM | read this entry

July 22, 2012

some photos

Unlike Don who lives in picturesque Quincy near beautiful Boston eats healthy American gourmet food everyday, I don't have such luxury. Last week was the first week of new school term for Laurent's Cooking School, and we decided to retake... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 22 Jul 2012 9:53 AM | read this entry

June 9, 2012

macarons (not macaroons)

Last Sunday, I took some photos of macarons from Laurent's advanced Macaron and Filling Workshop. Those macarons are far more complicated than the basic version. A lot more steps to complete as well as taking longer in time. Those are... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Jun 2012 8:24 AM | read this entry

May 1, 2012

boring day

Unlike Don's eventful and colourful life in beautiful Boston and picturesque Quincy, it was a boring day today. Yesterday's Revenge was exciting. Anyhow, here's a photo from today. Food photo from Laurent's French Provincial Cooking Class... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 01 May 2012 11:07 PM | read this entry

March 23, 2012

Margaret Fulton drinks Nespresso

Australia's famous female chef, Margaret Fulton, was on Today Tonight last night. At the show, she shared her secret of keeping herself away from backaches or signs of arthritis as a lot of older people get (she is 87) -... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 23 Mar 2012 1:35 PM | read this entry

February 28, 2012

two-colour madeleines

Unlike our good friend Don who lives in picturesque Quincy near beautiful Boston enjoys delicious patisserie all the time. For the poor me, I have to make them myself. Unlike the highly educated high class Don who knows what madeleines... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Feb 2012 4:04 PM | read this entry

December 8, 2011

the cheap Aldi coffee attack

Recently, Aldi supermarket launched the much talked espresso capsule and machine named Expressi and its matching milk frothing machine. The Aldi Expressi machine an coffee capsules were without a doubt a direct attack on our favourite Nespresso. Channel 9's A... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Dec 2011 5:43 PM | read this entry

October 10, 2011

pistachio macarons

You just can't believe how expensive pistachio can be. The pistachio (nuts) although not usually cheap, but they aren't that expensive. To make pistachio ice cream, you will need pistachio paste. And the pistachio paste is priced at $85 for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Oct 2011 9:09 AM | read this entry

September 13, 2011

bug nes(t)

In Laurent's French Patisserie Class, one of the dish is called “Bugnes Lyonnaise”, which I pronounce it as bug-nes. (Don't ask me for the proper pronunciation. Antony does not speak English.) Since I had some time, I decided to give... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 13 Sep 2011 10:16 PM | read this entry

September 3, 2011

today is not Sunday

Well, there's a restaurant called Pinocchio Sushi in Kensington. Laurent and I had been trying to dine there a few times when it happened to be closed. Fair enough, they don't open on Sundays, except it is quite often that... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Sep 2011 8:21 PM | read this entry

August 16, 2011

why you should drink coffee

The research shows that drinking moderate coffee can help reducing skin cancers. Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer by helping kill off damaged cells that could otherwise turn into tumours, researchers say. Moderate caffeine drinking,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Aug 2011 9:28 AM | read this entry

August 15, 2011

not open on Sunday

Unlike Don who lives in beautiful Boston and eats healthy American food, Laurent and I go out for dinner about once every or every second week. One of the restaurants we visit often is Pinocchio Sushi in Kensington which is... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Aug 2011 9:03 PM | read this entry

August 6, 2011

happy Qixi

Happy Qixi day. I did not do anything special today. Life is not as exciting and colourful as Don's beautiful Boston colourful life. Simply Laurent was too lazy to cook tonight, so we ended up having bentos at Ten Japanese... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Aug 2011 10:59 PM | read this entry

July 31, 2011

Gâteaux Fraisier

One of the cake in Laurent's French Pastry Class is Gâteaux Fraisier. I quite like the cake, because it has strawberries inside, as well as something called Four Quarter Cake in it. (Four Quarter Cake is like the cake... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 31 Jul 2011 11:36 PM | read this entry

July 30, 2011

coffee day tomorrow

If you are a coffee drinker, you probably don't want to miss out tomorrow's big event - The Rocks Aroma Festival... 10am to 5pm at The Rocks. Get your credit card and cash ready. For more detail, visit this page.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Jul 2011 9:00 PM | read this entry

March 30, 2011

coffee is good for you

According to last night's Seven News, new research says a coffee or two a day can reduce the risk of a stroke. This is a significant finding, simply by one or two cups of coffee a day can reduce... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Mar 2011 9:42 PM | read this entry

March 21, 2011

bugger, price hikes

Well, you can't expect much since Australia is not beautiful Boston with cheap (or very reasonable) living cost. Due to lack of super efficient and super-low pollution (*) nuclear power planets, the power (electricity) is Australia is ridiculous high compared... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 21 Mar 2011 8:17 PM | read this entry

January 9, 2011

coffee recycling

Besides recycling cans and plastic bottles, I also recycle Nespresso coffee capsules. Just before Christmas, I recycled 1.5 kg of Nespresso coffee capsules. Here's the photo of 1.5 kg of (used) Nespresso coffee capsules ready to be recycled.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Jan 2011 9:15 AM | read this entry

December 7, 2010

season's greetings with caramel, vanilla, and almond

And it's an interesting game (requires Adobe Flash plug-in), just click the picture below. And you will be awarded with beautiful wallpapers and screensavers (for both Mac and PC). Yes, it the Nespresso's time-limited variations for Christmas 2010, in caramel,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Dec 2010 7:26 PM | read this entry

October 27, 2010

Ritual Espresso spoons

So you have a nice coffee machine, some nice glasses/cups with matching saucers for your coffee, as well as accessories to go with it, what else do you need? Spoons. And this marks my first item from Nespresso's Ritual Collection.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Oct 2010 11:07 PM | read this entry

October 25, 2010

out of Coke

Well, the upstairs fridge has been out of Coca-Cola for quite a few days. That's right, I am short of Cokes! Usually, I have quite a fair bit of Cokes (in cans) as backups, although I don't drink Coke that... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 25 Oct 2010 7:22 PM | read this entry

October 8, 2010

Citiz Wall, a small accessory

Don't we all love the elegant packaging? Such as ones from Nespresso. Like Don who has plenty of accessories for Mountain Dew consumption, I got myself a small accessory, a very handy accessory for the very best Nespresso coffee.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Oct 2010 7:13 PM | read this entry

August 30, 2010

Don Cake 2

A while back, I made a Don Cake. And I made another Don Cake over the weekend. It is actually a Four Quarter Cake with Don on it. And to make the "Don" with icing sugar, I made a special... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Aug 2010 10:16 PM | read this entry

August 4, 2010

the Don cake

I made a Don Cake this afternoon. It is actually a Fraisalia Cake with a big D on it. Well, I did not have room for "D. L." or "Don". Anyhow, it is important to make a Don cake to... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 04 Aug 2010 11:13 PM | read this entry

July 29, 2010

old fashioned, but healthy (I believe)

Well, I just realised how old fashioned I am when comparing to our good friend Don who lives in beautiful Boston. Out of blue, I asked Don if he consumes much fruit because we happened to have quite a fair... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 29 Jul 2010 3:58 PM | read this entry

July 25, 2010

coffee masterpiece

Well, another nothing much to write entry. (Life in Sydney is not as exciting as those lucky ones living in beautiful Boston.) Although not that exciting, I did spent some hours in The Rocks Aroma Festival this afternoon. Last year's... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 25 Jul 2010 11:46 PM | read this entry

July 24, 2010

coffee lover? don't miss out Aroma Festival tomorrow

What can be better than a nice hot coffee in this cold winter? The Aroma Festival is on tomorrow from 10am to 5pm at the Circular Quay (towards The Rocks), for all lovers of coffee, chocolate, tea and spice.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 24 Jul 2010 9:51 PM | read this entry

February 16, 2010

photo from Valentine's Day

Well, I meant to post this photo on Valentine's Day, but I was quite tired after the photo was taken that night. Anyhow here's the Valentine's Day dinner by Laurent's La Pniche Application Restaurant.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Feb 2010 10:09 PM | read this entry

February 6, 2010

before and after

It has been quite a while since I posted entries about food. I took photos from last night's Practical Hospitality Cooking Cooking. Unlike the usual format, I will show the Before and After this time. Here's the Before shot: The... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Feb 2010 9:46 PM | read this entry

January 15, 2010

it's good to be back

After the cold and windy weather in South Island, I found the 20-something degree in Sydney pretty hot. Well, the weather is nowhere as good as beautiful Boston, picturesque Quincy or reputable Rochester, it is good to be back after... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Jan 2010 5:05 PM | read this entry

January 10, 2010

Nespresso Recipe Set (Small)

Few days ago, I mentioned Nespresso Recipe Set (Large), besides the large Recipe Glasses for lattes or large drink, Nespresso is also offering small Recipe Glasses. I got this set as one of my Christmas presents.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Jan 2010 10:12 AM | read this entry

January 5, 2010

Nespresso Recipe Set (Large)

Well, sometimes, you got to treat yourself with some good glass ware. You can serve good coffee without good drinkware! (Even Don knows that serving good Mountain Dew requires good glass.) I bought myself the very hard to get... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 05 Jan 2010 10:40 AM | read this entry

December 31, 2009

Nespresso Variations 2009

Nespresso has some seasonal flavours for the season. This time, the Nespresso Variations 2009 are Apricot, Chestnut Cream and Gingerbread. Gingerbread is not my cup of tea (or shall I say not my cup of coffee), the other two... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 31 Dec 2009 10:24 AM | read this entry

November 12, 2009

Nespresso is now at Bondi Junction

After dropping Laurent at David Jones (department store) in the city, I drove to Paddington then to Bondi Junction for a window shopping. It was Westfield Bondi Junction to be exact. And I discovered a great news for all... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 Nov 2009 10:54 PM | read this entry

November 10, 2009

a poor man's way of entertaining guests

This morning I had a friend visiting, and I had to show some hospitality. After the important greeting, I offered my friend the very best Nespresso coffee. She knows which flavour she wants which was good. (In fact, she bought... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Nov 2009 11:47 PM | read this entry

August 5, 2009

Nespresso capsules

Those photos were from my assignments, somehow I quite like them. (The tutor and other students also like them.) So I decided to share them here. (as usual, more photos follow...)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 05 Aug 2009 10:40 PM | read this entry

July 18, 2009

Aroma Festival tomorrow!

Nothing better to do tomorrow? (Or nothing more important to do tomorrow?) The Aroma Festival is on tomorrow from 10am to 5pm at the Circular Quay (towards The Rocks), for all lovers of coffee, chocolate, tea and spice. Entry... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Jul 2009 11:43 PM | read this entry

May 16, 2009

last night's meal

Well, nothing much to mention today, so I hope that you don't mind with a photo from last night. Unless Rev. Dr. Wu Yi prefers me to talk about the latest news regarding police speeding and possibly murdering. A speeding... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 May 2009 11:51 PM | read this entry

May 15, 2009

5 new Nespresso blends

Recently, Nespresso released 5 new blends (not the limited or seasoned flavours). I got them a month ago during my window shopping. However, I haven't had time to take the very important photos. So, here are the photos, it's... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 May 2009 11:30 PM | read this entry

May 9, 2009

homemade Caesar Salad

Laurent knows that I like Caesar Salad, so he does not make Caesar Salad often. Last night, he and his student made some Caesar Salad. My job last night? Eating the Caesar Salad. Here's the photo of last night's Caesar... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 May 2009 11:26 PM | read this entry

April 8, 2009

Sunrise and coffee

This is how I usually drink my morning coffee, the Cashmere Square Coupe Cup and Saucer (fine bone china) Laurent gave me for my birthday. And sometime I even use doilies (if you look at the above photo careful, you... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Apr 2009 9:18 AM | read this entry

April 6, 2009

even Housewives know that square plates make the food taste extra better!

Well, due to TV's off ranking season (blame the Easter Holiday), Desperate Housewives is not on tonight, and will be back after Easter. If you've been reading my entries regarding the food, I've been mentioning the importance of using... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Apr 2009 8:10 AM | read this entry

March 18, 2009

testing Macro lens, and it's tasty

Just posting two photos from Laurent's Petit Fours workshop. I was testing my Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro lens. I know I should have been out to some gardens and take some photos in Macro, well, the weather has not been... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Mar 2009 8:12 AM | read this entry

February 28, 2009

Russian and Native Australian, the food chapter

Yesterday afternoon was my Practical Hospitality Cooking Cooking, and as usual, I took some photos after cooking. The theme of the food were Russian and Native Australian dishes, a very interesting combination. (If Russians were complaining having too much... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Feb 2009 9:08 PM | read this entry

February 21, 2009

Sorel, Greek, Sirloin, Venison, Meringues and Moka

Last Friday's photo was a quick one. I then bought some square plates from IKEA. There are the photos of my last night's cooking. It was my week four in the Practical Hospitality Cooking Class class with Margot at Laurent's... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 21 Feb 2009 11:44 PM | read this entry

February 17, 2009

Friday the Thirteenth's cooking

This is an overdue entry for Friday the Thirteenth's cooking. Only one photo this time, sorry.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 Feb 2009 8:07 PM | read this entry

February 8, 2009

square plates are back

I am certainly not geeky or nerdy enough to eat "greasy crap" at BK. Burger King (or Hungry Jack as it is called here) would be my last choice of fast food restaurants if I have to. Last week I... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Feb 2009 5:39 PM | read this entry

February 3, 2009

croquembouche in Wisteria Lane

If you watch last night's Desperate Housewives (Season 5 episode 1, You're Gonna Love Tomorrow), you shall know that Katherine sabotaged Bree in front of TV chew by asking Bree to finish the decoration of croquembouche. I happened to have... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Feb 2009 11:17 PM | read this entry

January 31, 2009

back to cooking again

Sorry for no blog entry yesterday. It was hot and I was tired of cooking. Kids were back to school from the past Monday, and I started my first cooking for 2009 yesterday with Margot from Austra. We spent three... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 31 Jan 2009 10:08 PM | read this entry

January 29, 2009

the troubled Starbucks

It seems like that Starbucks is still not doing very well due to global economy weakening. Last year Starbucks Coffee decided to shutdown 61 stores in Australia, leaving only 23 stores to remain open. Today's news said Starbucks is cutting... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 29 Jan 2009 11:16 AM | read this entry

January 16, 2009

coffee is good for you

An exciting news from this morning's Sunrise: Good news for coffee lovers. It has been revealed that regular middle-aged drinkers can lower their chances of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in Finland and Sweden believe people who drink three to... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Jan 2009 3:37 PM | read this entry

January 14, 2009

presenting Aeroccino +(plus); I miss my Nespresso

Some of you may remember that I had a few problems with the original Aeroccino. Then in June last year, I replaced my Nespresso machine together with Aeroccino device to Nespresso Lattissima under warranty. (Okay, I topped up for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 Jan 2009 9:33 AM | read this entry

December 17, 2008

Antony can't afford a slice of watermelon

No, I couldn't afford AU$2.00 for just one slice of watermelon during Italian Festa in late October. Last Saturday, I bought this watermelon for only 85 cents (AU$) a kilo. (to Don: unlike Italians, Antony is poor) (It was finished... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 Dec 2008 4:56 PM | read this entry

October 18, 2008

courgette, sardines, chickpeas, 40 cloves, choux

I am not attending any of Laurent's cooking classes this term, but I helped Laurent and his student prepared today's food for the Practical Hospitality Cooking Class. This is the advanced class, students are to prepare 10 different recipes in... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Oct 2008 10:55 PM | read this entry

October 13, 2008

Cashmere Bone China

Rev. Dr. Wu Yi knew that I've been looking for some sets of cup and saucer. It turns out that getting a good looking (or the style that suits me) set of cup and saucer in fine bone china is... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 13 Oct 2008 8:35 AM | read this entry

September 17, 2008

green beans, casserole and omelet

Today marketh the last class of Express and Tasty Cooking class. In other words, no more weekly food entries until I take another cooking class next term. Green beans, casserole and omelet are today's dishes. Nothing special today. Here are... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 Sep 2008 10:13 PM | read this entry

September 9, 2008

Solferino, haddock, potatoes

Well, this Wednesday Laurent and I will be in the History House for the navy whatever display. So the Wednesday afternoon class is shifted to Monday (yesterday). History House is the Royal Australian Historical Society building, located in 133 Macquarie... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Sep 2008 12:56 PM | read this entry

September 4, 2008

avocado, marinara and almond

There's the usual weekly food entry. Yesterday I made avocado, marinara and almond dishes as part of Laurent's Express and Tasty Cooking Class. Here are the photos from my Express and Tasty Cooking. The first course: (As usual, more photos... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 04 Sep 2008 9:44 PM | read this entry

August 27, 2008

tomato rose and chicken talk

Today is Wednesday, and you probably guessed what I would mention in today's blog. This afternoon, I prepared three dishes as part of Laurent's Express and Tasty Cooking Class. Here are the photos from my Express and Tasty Cooking.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Aug 2008 8:41 PM | read this entry

August 21, 2008

The Nespresso Cube

Remember my beautiful Nespresso Lattissima (espresso machine)? I bought the Nespresso Cube not long after getting the Nespresso Lattissima. This is a beautiful box from Nespresso. I bought it a few months ago, and has been in its packaging (as... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 21 Aug 2008 10:35 PM | read this entry

August 20, 2008

Tagliatelle Pasta, Cucumber and Mint, Cheese Cassata

It's Wednesday again! My cooking class is on today. This afternoon, I prepared three dishes as part of Laurent's Express and Tasty Cooking Class. Here are the photos from my fourth Express and Tasty Cooking. This time, I used my... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 20 Aug 2008 10:08 PM | read this entry

August 13, 2008

Chicken Kedgeree, Glazed Zucchini and Strawberry Romanoff

This afternoon, I prepared three dishes as part of Laurent's Express and Tasty Cooking Class. Here are the photos from my third Express and Tasty Cooking.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 13 Aug 2008 11:59 PM | read this entry

August 7, 2008

Express and Tasty Cooking on square plates

Well, yesterday was I cooked another three dished in Laurent's cooking school's Express and Tasty Cooking Class. Here are the photos from my second Express and Tasty Cooking.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Aug 2008 10:39 PM | read this entry

August 1, 2008

Express and Tasty Cooking

Well, one thing I did not mention in yesterday's entry was that on Wednesday before Phantom of The Opera, I attended Laurent's cooking school's Express and Tasty Cooking Class. Here's the photo from my first Express and Tasty Cooking.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 01 Aug 2008 10:27 PM | read this entry

July 29, 2008

Starbucks not shinnying in Australia

I was a bit surprised with the Starbucks Coffee news today. This popular American coffee giant chain is shutting down 61 stores in Australia, leaving only 23 stores to remain open. That is almost 700 jobs gone, and about three... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 29 Jul 2008 5:49 PM | read this entry

July 24, 2008

the Quarter Pounder equation

I am not a big fan of McDonald's Restaurant. However, I do eat in McDonald's. Particularly at the time when I am in a unfamiliar place and don't feel like to try something I am not familiar with. In Melbourne,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 24 Jul 2008 12:31 PM | read this entry

June 15, 2008

everybody loves coffee

It has been a busy week for Laurent and I. We went to a number of shopping malls during the past two weeks. Mainly looking for a TV, then getting the accessories for the TV, then, getting the replacement for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Jun 2008 9:34 PM | read this entry

June 7, 2008

my Aeroccino stops working

Bad news. My Aeroccino stops functioning yesterday. Some of you may know that I am a big coffee drinker, and I love Nestl's Nespresso machine. (I know Rev. Dr. Wu Yi is jealous about my Nespresso machine.) Aeroccino is the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Jun 2008 7:36 PM | read this entry

June 6, 2008

happy birthday Laurent

Today is Laurent's birthday. Like last year, I bought him a birthday cake. Actually an ice cream cake from Australia's famous ice cream outlet - Wendy's. (Sorry Don, it is not Wendy's (hamburgers fast food restaurant))... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Jun 2008 8:13 PM | read this entry

May 21, 2008

they discontinued it? The trouble of getting Lipton tea

Last week I was looking for Lipton Decaffeinated teabags in Woolworths. I couldn't see any in the local Woolworths, so I asked the staff for Lipton decaf tea. (Yes, I specified Lipton brand name.) The staff walked to the aisles... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 21 May 2008 11:30 AM | read this entry

May 10, 2008

unusual meat and I cut my finger

Laurent's cooking school was busy today, and he needed a kitchen hand to assist him, I offered him my help. He had a team building for Tracy's Big Day Out. They chose Native Australian food for the menu. What does... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 May 2008 9:31 PM | read this entry

April 15, 2008

pink rock salt

Rev. Dr. Wu Yi knows well that in my cooking, pepper and salt are the two main ingredients. And everything tastes a lot better once it is served on square plates. I recently acquired some pink rock salt. So... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Apr 2008 5:59 PM | read this entry

April 11, 2008

Cadbury owns purple colour? Court says not.

Today's interesting news. A delightful news for Australia's local chocolate maker Darrell Lea. The Federal Court in Melbourne has dismissed an attempt by Cadbury Schweppes to try to stop Darrell Lea using the colour purple. The purple colour in... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 11 Apr 2008 9:16 PM | read this entry

February 15, 2008

my Valentine's meal

Yesterday was Valentine's Day, instead of celebration, I was helping Laurent with his La Pniche Restaurant. It was quite busy. I took a photo of five major courses from his 8-course Valentine's meal: Those are Velout of Japanese Mushrooms &... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Feb 2008 10:44 AM | read this entry

December 15, 2007

my first decorated cake

For the last 8 weeks, I've been taking the cake decorating class in Laurent's Cooking School. Finally, there's the result: It was not that fantastic actually, but it was my first cake that I decorated it myself. The cake itself... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Dec 2007 5:49 PM | read this entry

September 21, 2007

going nuts with cashew nuts

In general, I don't like nuts. I don't like walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts... etc, but roasted cashew nuts are always my favourite. When the cashew nuts price is $9.98 a kg in local Woolworths supermarket, how could I resist myself... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 21 Sep 2007 5:31 PM | read this entry

August 3, 2007

All food taste nice once you put them on square plates

Monday was my third week of Italian cooking in Laurent's Cooking School. I made three dishes on Monday. I made Chicken Risotto, Cauliflower with Italian Cheesy Sauce and Amaretti Peaches & Apricots Crumble. Of all those three, I like... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Aug 2007 9:02 AM | read this entry

July 27, 2007

Ratatouille (Rat-a-too-ee)

Walt Disney and Pixar have a new animation - Ratatouille (Rat-a-too-ee), about the story of Rmy, a rat living in Paris who wants to be a chef. Ratatouille is coming to cinemas in Australia on 30th August. (Released in... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Jul 2007 7:59 PM | read this entry

July 25, 2007

Veal Parmigiana and Trivelle Pasta with Spinach

Desperate Housewives season 3 ended Monday last week, and I started taking Italian Cooking class in Laurent's Paris International Cooking School. I made three dishes on Monday. Since I don't eat spicy food, I made the Spicy Seafood's Soup... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 25 Jul 2007 6:35 PM | read this entry

May 3, 2007

Aeroccino is back

Some of you know that I am a big coffee drinker, and I love Nestl's Nespresso machine, especially the Aeroccino - the milk frothing machine. (Previous blog entry on Aeroccino and milk.) Two days ago, I noticed my Aeroccino stopped... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 May 2007 12:43 PM | read this entry

January 20, 2007

coffee and milk

Well, believe or not, I have three different brands of milk in my fridge, all for myself. Not three different types (as in full, lite or skim), but three different brands (Pura, Dairy Framers, and Woolworths brand one.) Why do... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 20 Jan 2007 5:56 PM | read this entry

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