Monthly Archives: September 2012

Jamie Oliver’s Dan Dan Noodles

Another recipe form my favourite chef Jamie Oliver 20 minutes’ recipe. This serves 4 people.

Ingredients

  • 400g minced beef  (I used chicken mince)
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan pepper
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 5 medium dried red chili
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 300g dried egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon runny honey ( I used normal honey)
  • 4 medium bok choi
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 small bunch spring onion
  • 1 lime, quartered, to serve
  • 100ml vegetable oil

Steps

  • Crumble your stock cube into a large pan of water and get it on the heat.

  • Place a wok on a medium heat and crumble in the dried chillies. Toast for a minute or so. Add the vegetable oil, then pour all of the chillies and most of the oil into a bowl and put in one side.

  • Turn the heat up to high and add the mince. Stir fry for 10 minutes or so until crispy.

  • Peel and finely slice the garlic.

  • Trim and chop the spring onions and grind the Szechuan peppercorn in a pestle and mortar. Cut the lime into wedges for later.

  • Tip the noodles into the boiling stock and separate them with tongs to ensure they don’t stick together. Cook according to packet instructions.

  • When the meat is done, spoon any fat out of the pan. Add the honey and stir fry for another minute until all the mince is coated and sticky. Pop the wok in the oven to keep warm.

  • Cut your bok choi into quarters lengthways and drop them in with the noodles for the last minute of cooking.

  • When your noodle and bok choi are cooked, scoop out a cupful of water to keep.

  • The drain in the colander. Tip your noodle, bok choi and the cup of water back into the hot pan.

  • Add your raw garlic, soy sauce, ground Szechuan peppercorns and as much chilli oil as you dare and give everything a good m ix together. Cover with a lid.
  • Put the noodles in a bowl. Get your wok of crispy meat out of the oven and spoon the meat over the top of your noodles.

  • Drizzle with a little extra chilli oil then scatter each portion with chopped spring onions. Serve with lime wedge for squeezing over.

 

The noodle was really yummy.

You may also like :

*Jamie Oliver Szechuan stir fry with chicken and brown rice *Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Tikka Masala *Jamie’s Italian : Restaurant Review

Hanson are back and in Australia

I am sure you remember Hanson. If not, listen to the following song to refresh your memory.

Yap they are three brothers Isaac, Zach and Taylor who were so popular when I was growing up. Their song MMMbop was an anthem of every party then.

Hanson’s 1997 album Middle of Nowhere went five-times platinum. Their singles such as Where’s the Love and MMMbop set the charts alight. I used to love them and my favourite was Taylor, he played the piano. Ohoo his long blond hair :). Also Zach was such a cute kid.

After their success in music, they suddenly disappeared. Anyway, the good news is that they are back into music after a long time and are in Australia right now. I was listening to my local FM station and it felt so good to hear their interview and MMMbop after such a long time.

Now they are all grown up and are family men with kids. I can’t believe how time flys by.

They are in Australia as a stop on their Shout It Out World Tour 2012. How great is that! If you were a fan of Hanson, check if they are coming to a city near you.

Venice: Italy

After our evening tour of Venice, we were ready to discover Venice in day light.On this day we had a nice breakfast in the hotel and headed to the lagoon again.

Once we were on the island, our first stop was to see the how they make Murano glasses. It was a short, but very impressive presentation in the glass workshop. The glassmith first showed everyone how he creates a small vase from raw glass and then moulded it to make a beautiful flower shaped vase. It was really impressive that he could blow on the glass to shape the flower with all of the details in less than 5 minutes.

From the workshop we were taken through a gift shop where they explained about decorative items and jewelleries. I didn’t buy anything but what we realized later is that every other store in Venice sells the glass items. All of the jewellery stores buy their beads from Murano and make their accessories in the shops.

Gondola ride in Venice

Venice is like no other place on earth as no cars are allowed in the city and the fastest way to travel within the city is by boat on the canals. So we went to ride a gondola. It is one of the most popular things to do while in Venice and we were there for the first time so it was really fun.

The boats were beautiful with decoration and cushions. There were a few different types of gondolas and it was so nice to sit and enjoy the romantic experience. It’s true that the best way to see Venice’s gorgeous palaces is from the canal.

Once on the boat and away from the hustle and bustle of the square, we could just enjoy the ride listening to the beautiful serenading by our gondolier. Grand Canal is the largest canal in the city which is almost 3 km long and up to 70 metres wide. Many famous buildings are situated on its banks, including the baroque church of Santa Maria Della Salute, the Accademia Gallery, the Ca’d’Oro and the Grassi, Corner-Spinelli and Grimani Palaces. It is crossed by three bridges: the Accademia, Rialto and Scalzi. The most famous of these is the Rialto, lined with a double row of shops.

Our guide told us that gondoliers, uniforms were changed after the film Summertime where Katherine Hepburn put them in striped shirts with corn hats. We also went to the balcony where Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie shared a kiss in the Tourist and the building that James Bond blew up in Casino Royal. Once the boat ride was over, we had a whole day to discover the Vience on our own.

Standing in the middle of the magnificent piazza San Marco was really amazing. There was the hustle and bustle of tourists everywhere. There is St Mark’s Basilica in one corner, Piazzetta dei Leoncini on another as well as Procuratie Vecchie (Old Law Courts), Procuratie Nuove (New Law Courts) and Clock Tower. Standing on the middle of it all, I felt so happy to be in a place I always wanted to come to and had heard so much about. In the San Marco there were so many pigeons and I decided to stop and take some photos with them. It reminded me so much of Kathmandu Durbar Square.

The piazza San Marco is equally beautiful in day as well as at night.

From there we took a walk and went souvenir shopping. We ended up buying some Venetian masks, a Gondola, key rings and a few other stuffs as well. There were so many choices that you kind of get lost in the shops. Also we saw so many people wearing mask and asking money to take photos with them.

It was almost midday by then so we decided to have something to eat. Our guide had warned us not to sit down in a café as they are super expensive so we decided to get a Sandwich and coffee from a take away shop and went to Piazza San Marco. We had tuna and egg sandwiches and they tasted great. As we were enjoying the view and eating our lunch, two girls wearing orange shirt that said “San Marco Guardian” came to us that sitting out in the public place in the area was not allowed. I was a bit annoyed but as our lunch was almost over, we just got up and went for more sightseeing.

We went to so many small squares and bridges. The houses were pretty with flowers on the balconies. So many designer and leather shops were everywhere making it a heaven for shoppers. I tried my best to avoid fashion shops as I had already bought so many shoes and dresses the day before. I ended up buying a hat as it was hot and I forgot mine in the hotel room.

It was really hot and humid day so I was really tried after few hours so we decided to go to the port and wait for our boat to take us back to the mainland. While we were sitting at the edge of the water, one of our tour friends took this photo for us. That is one of my favourite photos from the day.

Please click here for more photos. 

100,000 pageview

Hooray!!!!!! One more reason to celebrate!!!

Only last week I celebrated my one year of blogging and now I am pleased to announce that nepaliaustralian has marked 100,000 views. Yes one hundred thousand :). The month of September has one more reason for celebration now.

I’m sure there are other blogs that get that kind of traffic in a month, a week or even a day but for me reaching the milestone of 100,000 feels pretty good.

For a year now, this blog has been my baby and to see it being read and appreciated makes me the happiest person ever.

Here is a list of the top countries  who viewed my blog:

Thank you so much everyone once again for being a part of my journey and I dedicate this post to all you readers.

Thank you, Thank you all!!!

Please help Pushpa Basnet to win CNN Hero 2012

It’s not fair for (these) children to live in a prison because they haven’t done anything wrong…My mission is to make sure no child grows up behind prison walls.” These are the words of Pushpa Basnet, a social worker and Founder/President of Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) and Butter Home, non-profit organisations in Kathmandu, Nepal. In Nepal, when there is no local guardian available, an arrested parent often must choose to keep their children in jail with them.

I have talked about Pushpa Basnet before in this post. Please read it to learn more about this amazing human being who has sacrificed her life towards the welfare of children of Nepal.

Now, she has been nominated for CNN Heroes Award 2012 for her effort and contribution and I would like everyone who is reading this post to click the following link and vote for her. Your two minutes can give shelter, hope and smile to thousands of children in need.

http://heroes.cnn.com/

Please help her win.