Jul 20, 2010

Catwalks and Catfights On Fox8, Real Housewives On Arena. Fried Rice. Preparing For Food Safari.

I have the day off tomorrow and I've already started feeling the benefits of it tonight.

I'm up way past my bedtime watching Australia's Next Top Model.  I've never watched a season in my life but it's so addictive.  From the models wondering who Grace Kelly is or was, to those that wondered if Sarah Murdoch (the Tyra of our series, right down to the intonation but a lot for toned) was married. On the technical side, it was amazing seeing the transformation of some of the girls under the holy trinity of  hair, makeup and photo editing.  

ANTM, I'm going to be here for the whole season (by the end of the season, I may yet be convinced to give Tresemme a try again, they are an official sponsor).....  I'm looking forward to a season of botox, hair, make-up and insights from the ANTM model mentor and the judges.  I may yet learn how to walk in my heels.

There was also plenty of botox, hair and makeup over on The Real Housewives Of NYC.  Sadly, I'm  not feeling the love as much as I did for the Housewives Of Orange County or Atlanta.  Housewives NYC seems too earnest, philosophical and analytical.  Even when they are fighting. Which kind of takes the fun out of it all.  The fashion is pretty ordinary too.

Which has somehow taken me on a trip down memory lane in which I remember where I was the first time I saw a Housewives episode.  Some remember where they were when Julia Gillard was made PM or Barack Obama President, I just happen to have gone one better(!).  We were in Aspen, 2009.  In the  mornings, before heading out to ski, I'd make percolated coffee in the kitchen of our apartment and take it to the lounge and watch.  There was no point watching the news because the weather was all in Fahrenheit and my American geography is appalling.  

Then I'd eat breakfast.  I love American supermarkets....

And read the paper.  This was the best seller list of the Colorado printed edition of the NY Times.  It ran for several pages.  The lists are about 1 tenth of one page in Australian papers.

They were good times.  

Back in real time and it's wintery but without snow.  Unless you count this rice and imagine it's fluffy white powder on Buttermilk.

My preparations for fried rice start the night before.  Frying refrigerated rice from the night before is the secret to non soggy fried rice.

I was inspired by Pro Hart's work with food stuffs and carpet in the seasoning of the rice.

I call this "The Frustrations Of A Long Day At Work Ends With A Tension Headache".  Medium: soya sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil and pepper on steamed jasmine rice.  Style: abstract therapeutic.

Fast forward to tonight and we have our bowls of pre cooked ingredients at the ready.

For a quick stir fry with the reheated rice.

It's almost healthy on account of all those vegies in the rice and the use of plain old iceberg lettuce leaves for a fried rice san choy bow.  These days, iceberg is such an old school lettuce.  But it's crunchy, robust and just begging to be wrapped around less healthy foods.  Mr SSG was dubious as to whether I could even call it san choy bow but I stand by my use of the name.

I similarly stand by my use of tomato sauce over fried rice.

One of the reasons I don't often eat fried rice when I go out for Chinese is that there isn't every any tomato sauce on the table.  Oh the shame.

I'm also all set for tomorrow.  I'm French Food Safari-ing and the weather isn't going to be too good from what The Weather Channel on  my iPhone tells me.

I promise good photos and also that I will have a completely decadent day of good food.

Au Revoir.


  1. your posts are so thoughtful! enjoy French food safari!

  2. I can't wait to hear about the French Safari! Please give us all the goss!

  3. I love your arty rice!

    Hope you had a fabulous day. Can't wait for the blog post to accompany it.

  4. Just reading back on your posts. Oh my goodness, I have tomato sauce on my fried rice too! Such a good combination, I have no idea where I got the idea from though :S x


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