Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz Vertical Tasting

Last Saturday, the wine kakis gathered at 1ETL (maybe for the last time?) to give CJ and Jazz a farewell party. We presented to them a DVD video and a photobook collection of pictures that were taken during our various wine sessions, potluck parties, birthday celebrations, getaways and holidays, vineyards hopping and fine dinners etc. Basically, a collection of sweet memories for the Yap family to bring along with them to Canada.

After dinner, the group had a vertical tasting of the Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz. A vertical wine tasting is conducted by tasting the same varietal of wines from the same winemaker and the same vineyard and leaving the vintage or the production year as the only variable. This allows the party to see how dramatic or subtle a wine changes from year to year.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Natural Rainbow Jelly Eggs

I saw these colourful and sweet jelly eggs on Wendy's blog last month and I liked the idea of using natural colouring from fruits and vegetable instead of artificial colouring. I promised the kids that I would make these together with them during the school holidays. Today, I fulfilled that promise.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turkey Flat Pedro Ximénez

We visited Turkey Flat Vineyards at Barossa in 2010 when we did the South Australia wine tour. I remember it was the last cellar door on our itinerary for the day and the sky was turning dark. We managed to reach the restored bluestone butcher's shop house cellar door just before they closed. The lady at the cellar door was packing up when we stepped in. Nevertheless, she was very friendly and guided us through the tasting session. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Popiah - Fresh Spring Roll

I am Hokkien and one of my favourite Hokkien dishes is Popiah. I am sure most, if not all, of my Asian readers know what Popiah is. For the benefit of the others, Popiah is a kind of fresh spring rolls filled mainly with vegetables (like turnip, carrot, cabbage, french beans etc) and other ingredients like eggs, prawns, chinese sausages.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Individual Bread and Butter Pudding

The kids were requesting me to make Creme Brulee again for the private luncheon that we hosted last Sunday for CJ and Jazz. I told them I would make the British version of Creme Brulee - Bread and Butter Pudding.

Monday, November 12, 2012

A private luncheon - Farewell gift for our great pals...

For those of you who have been following my blog long enough will know that CJ and Jazz will be relocating to Canada by end of the year. We were surprised and very sad when they first broke the news to us during one of our TGIF session.

They have been our drinking kakis, travel mates and great friends for many years now and what better farewell gift to give them then to host them to a private luncheon at 2706? - The place where we had numerous TGIF late-night sessions and gatherings.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dong Po Stewed Pork Belly Part II

The Dong Po Pork Belly that I cooked previously was very well received. I decided to cook this again today for CJ and Jazz's private farewell luncheon. This time round, I decided to change the plating style and I had great fun assembling and "painting" this picture...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2006

I had a post on the fantastic Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Franc 2 weeks ago. Couple of days ago, we had a mid-week wine session at 1ETL and CJ offered us another outstanding Jasper Hill wine from the sister vineyard - Georgia's Paddock. Both vineyards were named after wine maker Ron Laughton's daughters.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Chilling Out by the Pool

It's finally over! 

I'm referring to the kids school examinations. It's time for the kids to take a break and for all the Daddies and Mummies to catch up. I invited the group over to chill out by the pool this Sunday afternoon.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Clos du Marquis St. Julien 2007

We had this wine twice in October. Once during HH's birthday and the other time during our TGIF session 2 weeks ago. I bought the wine at a very good 50% discount (off its list price of S$94.26) during the recent Auric Pacific wine sales.

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