Archive for June, 2010

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2010 by crystalake

A simple and delicious breakfast – scrambled eggs with goat’s milk and parmesan toast

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may be known to be mean, but he also makes a mean meal of scrambled eggs as well. I saw his recipe at lifehacker which also comes with a youtube video demonstrating how he does his scrambled eggs. I tried the recipe and it sure was a winner – the scrambled eggs are of a nice velvety and creamy consistency. He uses interesting techniques such as only whisking the eggs in the pan and seasoning them only at the end – who would have guess that these are the secrets to perfect scrambled eggs?

Ingredients
(serves 2)

– 4 eggs (see cooking note 1)
– 1/2 tbsp crème fraîche (see cooking note 2)
– small knob of butter (roughly 20g)
– chopped chives
– sea salt and freshly cracked pepper

Directions
1. Break eggs in a saucepan and add butter. Do not whisk the eggs or season them at this point.
2. Turn on the flame and whisk the eggs in the pan using the spatula.
3. Keep stirring the egg mixture, and as soon as it starts to thicken a little, get it off the heat and continue stirring.
4. Alternate between stirring the eggs while they are on and off the heat, repeat a few times (about 3-4) until the scrambled eggs are of the right consistency (creamy and fluffy).
5. Take the eggs off the heat, mix in crème fraîche to cool it down, season with salt and pepper and fold in some chopped chives.

Gordon Ramsay’s Perfect Scrambled Eggs Tips:
– Whisk the eggs only when they are in the pan.
– Give the eggs a break from the heat once they get going, so they can combine and avoid drying out.
– Season the eggs right at the end. If you season them in the beginning, the salt will break down the eggs and they will turn watery.

Cooking Tips:
1. The original recipe calls for 3 eggs per person, I reduce it to 2 eggs per person to suit my preference.
2. If you cannot find crème fraîche (I saw it at Cold Storage Centrepoint Singapore, but quite expensive), you can substitute with fresh cream, thickened cream, heavy cream or sour cream.
3. I had my scrambled eggs with parmesan toast. To do this, mix equal amount of butter and grated parmesan cheese, spread the mixture over my baguette and toast it in the oven till its warm.

Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 by crystalake

cHC – Hotel California Laughing Laughing Laughing

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair (PIE/AYE towards TUAS) Laughing
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
’this could be heaven or this could be hell’
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…

Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the hotel california
Any time of year, you can find it here

Her mind is tiffany-twisted, she got the mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the captain,
’please bring me my wine’ (China Wine Laughing )
He said, ’we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine’
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say… (Talking In Tongues Laughing )

Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the hotel california
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said ’we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
The stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
’relax,’ said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave

Skin79 BB Miniature Set (worth $21.90)

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 by crystalake

Redeem a FREE Skin79 BB Miniature Set (worth $21.90) with purchase above $75 of Skin79 products, only at Watsons Week Sales @ Tampines Mall on 21-27 June.

Limited to 800 sets only!

Set includes:
1) Skin79 Hot Pink Beblesh Balm 5g
– Recommended for oily/ combination skin
2) Skin79 VIP Gold Beblesh Balm 5g
– Recommended for dry/ combination skin
3) Skin79 Diamond The Prestige Beblesh Balm 5g
– Recommended for all skin, for that natural radiant shine
4) Skin79 Diamond Luminous Pearl Beblesh Balm 5g
– With shimmer, adding radiant highlights to your face

Terms & Conditions:
1 Redemption per same day in a single receipt.
Whilst Stocks Last.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 by crystalake

Price List of some of the Skin79 products available exclusively at Watsons Singapore:

  • Diamond Collection All-Day Sun Powder SPF30 PA++ S$39.90
  • Diamond Collection Crystal Pearl BB Cream Lighting-3D S$42.90
  • Diamond Collection Luminous Pearl Beblesh Balm S$35.90
  • Diamond Collection Perfect Cover BB Concealer S$39.90
  • Diamond Collection Star Glow Ball Powder S$39.90
  • Diamond Collection The Prestige Beblesh Balm S$39.90
  • Diamond Collection UV Perfect BB Pact SPF30 PA+++ S$43.90
  • Dream Girls Collection Beblesh Balm SPF30 PA++ S$26.90
  • Hot Pink Collection Super+ Beblesh Cream SPF25 PA++ S$36.90
  • Hot Pink Collection Sun Protect Beblesh Pact SPF30 PA++ S$35.90
  • New Turn Therapy (White Vita C Serum/Wrinkletox Collagen Serum/Repair Amino-Acid Serum) S$59.90
  • Super+ Perfection Beblesh Balm SPF25 PA++ S$35.90
  • The Oriental Expert Total Power Cream S$32.90
  • The Oriental Gold BB Cream SPF25 PA++/Creamy Touch Colour Lip & Cheek S$49.90
  • The Oriental Lifting Eye Controller S$26.90
  • The Oriental Shimmering BB Cream S$35.90
  • The Oriental Smooth Sun BB Pact SPF25 PA++ S$35.90
  • The Premium BB Cream Intense Classic Balm SPF35 PA++ S$26.90
  • VIP Gold Collection Super+ Beblesh Balm SPF25 PA++ S$36.90

Live

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 by crystalake

If you live each day as your last, someday you will most certainly be right.

scholarship application form

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 by crystalake
i think locals mean regardless of citizenship, as long as residing here. This is what is written in the scholarship application form.

 

dine alone

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 by crystalake

I’ve always nursed this fear that when you dine alone, people look at you like some museum exhibit (yeah yeah, it’s ALL about me…), and wonder what you have done to end up in such a state.