However, I didn't have any cha siew bao. So, for the sake of completeness, I had my share this morning for breakfast. The Asian grocer at Top Ryde has an impressive selection of frozen yum cha treats and I went a little overboard stocking up the freezer. All we need to know for today is that this brand of cha siew bao delivers the goods on those weekends when the thought of lining up for a table proves too much.
According to the instructions on the packet, you can microwave them from frozen - 1 1/2 minutes on high. I decided to go with my bamboo steamer because I tend to get a rubbery texture whenever I microwave breads. It took about 10 minutes and the dough was perfect. Fluffy without any soggy patches. The filling was generous and the pork lean with a thick and tasty gravy. I think they cost less than $3 for a half dozen.
Oh yes, the slow cooker beef rendang from Saturday. All I did was combine a 400ml can of low fat coconut milk with a tin of Rendang sauce. Then I mixed this with a kilo of diced chuck steak and a chopped onion. This was cooked for around 8 hours on low.
|Yes! That left over dessicated coconut from the rum balls at Christmas has found a legitimate use.|
For the final hour, add 2 teaspoons of kecap manis and a 1/2 cup of dessicated coconut. Some advise fresh coconut if you can get it. I wasn't too sure about this step but it adds great texture to the gravy.
|And I got to use up this quarter head of cabbage that was lying in the fridge.|
Oh I am a doubter. Cabbage is actually an excellent accompaniment to Beef Rendang and rice. It has a slight bitterness and its firm texture holds the thick gravy well.
Will you forgive me for yet another blog post about my eating and travel plans? There hasn't been much else to choose from - I did some ironing and the bathroom on the weekend and the crazy weather hasn't inspired me to do any non grocery related shopping. Australia just lost most of its domestic steel manufacturing capabilities today with massive job cuts as the AUD refuses to stay down against the USD. It is also the beginning of a new era for Libya. Oh, Kim Kardashian got married again too. The full details won't be available until the television special in .... October. Yeah, whatever, I think I can wait until then.
|Image courtesy of http://www.luxurytravelbible.com/|
Mr SSG was online and and the phone all morning trying to find a place to stay and he finally found Chateau Yering - a Relais & Chateaux property 10 minutes from where the wedding will be held. It's going to be old world, country manor heaven. We stayed at a sister property in Eperney when we were travelling around Paris (that city again, it's never far from the mind of this blog) and it was a luxurious step back in time.
|The Drawing Room, Royal Champagne, Eperney.|
Chateau Yering promises to be just as fabulous but with a local flavour. It's a crying shame that I'm designated driver for the entire weekend that we will be there. However, quite a few of our friends will also be at the wedding and a long overdue catch up over a long weekend in the Yarra is a pretty good deal for what I hope will be just driving down long, straight and wide country roads. I'm just debating whether or not to go on a hot air balloon ride for breakfast? The nanna in me is thinking not...