Mera made me promise not to have lunch, because she was bringing over “The best seafood you’ve ever tasted in your entire life!”
I however was already used to her exaggerations, so I knew to keep my expectations low.
After I’d ignored Mera’s phone calls one too many times, she’d called up another one of her friends and made plans to go walking in Shaheed Park. After the walk, her friend had taken Mera to Lobster Shack for the first time.
Since Mera had enjoyed the food so much, she had to have it everyday, until she got sick of it (her MO). That’s why she was bringing it over to my place that day, and would go there by herself to have lunch there, every single day (unless we had plans), up until she could no longer stand it.
Mera called me up over the phone and asked me if I prefer Mixed Seafood (Mussels + Crab + Shrimp) or just all Shrimp? I told her I was fine with whatever, but after much prodding from her, said that I prefered Mixed Seafood (I eat everything).
To which she responded, she doesn’t eat Mussels or Crabs and prefers Shrimp. So, I told her she could get whatever, again. I didn’t see the issue…
She came over with a Tub of Mixed Seafood from Lobster Shack… in the size Small (shown in the video) meant to be shared between the both of us.
Sick of Mera, I invited Abrar over.
She brought over not one but two desserts from Mr Baker, which I thought was so sweet and thoughtful! One was these amazing Saffron Rose Water Balls and the other was Pistachio Ice Cream Balls!
Better still, she hadn’t opened either one up and started noshing on them on the way over (unlike Mera, who prefers to paw everything and dribble over the food beforehand, which grosses me out so much).
First, I forced Abrar into the Kitchen (she’s never been) and had her help me make an Apple Crisp and Banana Bread. She was super proud of herself and took a ton of pics afterwards for Snapchat lol She was so cute!
Of course since Mera had enjoyed the Ice Cream at Vermilion, we just had to go there again and again and again (it was her MO, revisit until we were sick of it, ugh).
You can see me hamming it up for the camera (lol) while we waited for our turn. Mera is the one next to me with huge sunglasses.
Since Mera was parked incorrectly (cringe) she had to leave (suspiciously right before it was time to pay).
Meanwhile, I chatted with this absolute darling of a woman, who agreed to let me take a photo of her pretty hand holding up the Ice Cream in the flavor Black Gold, complete with the Charcoal Biscuit Cone (for my Snapchat).
I don’t know why but this seemed easy to me. I was set on making Choux au Craquelin (Cracked Cream Puffs)!
I mixed 1/4 tsp of Salt with 1/2 Cup Sugar and 1/4 Cup Corn Starch and 2 Egg Yolks and 1 Large Egg. I whisked it until the Yellow Mixture turned into a Light Beige (it’s noticeable).
Then, I heated 2 Cups of Milk in a Sauce Pan and added 1 tsp of Vanilla Essence and let it simmer for a few minutes. Next, I poured some of the Milk into the Egg Mix (gradually, so the Egg wouldn’t cook).
Next, I placed the Egg + Milk Mix back on the fire for 5 minutes. Afterwards, I added 4 tbs of Buttah! With the fire off, I stirred the Butter in.
So, I found these boxes of Ice cream Powder in the flavors Strawberry and Chocolate and Vanilla from the brand Dreem on taw9eel.com and decided to give them a try. No Ice Cream Machine needed!
Basically, you just mixed the Ice Cream Powder with Milk, use the Electric Mixer on high for about 5 minutes, then pop it in any Dish and store it in the freezer (for it to freeze into Ice Cream)! Super fast and simple and easy!
Inspired by the success of my first gathering during the pandemic, I decided to invite a newer friend called Mera over for a BBQ Lunch and Swim at the Pool (I even lit my Coconut Water Candle for the occasion)!
Once again, past midnight (which was usually when I got the urge to “make things” in the Kitchen) I made some more Home-Made Froyo (recipe to come!) this time using Strawberry Jello (which turned everything a cute pink)!
Mini Pancake Cereal was trending (ugh, TikTok) so I decided to hop on that trend!
Initially, I started off with the boxed stuff, like Betty Crocker Cake Mix and Betty Crocker Brownies and so on, except I’d try little hacks on them, for example, poking holes in the Cake and pouring Condensed Milk over top, while it was still fresh out of the Oven, to create a Poke Cake. You can find a ton of other Cake Mix Hacks on YouTube, if you’re interested.
I didn’t like how metallic the boxed Brownies tasted, so I learned how to make them from scratch, tweaking the recipe a little more each time, until I perfected it. I also enjoyed baking regular ol’ Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch.
Aside from our Oven proving to be very problematic (full deets here), I couldn’t get my hands on a lot of ingredients (reasons mentioned here), for example Brown Sugar (which was needed to be mixed with regular White Sugar) for Cookies and things like that. I ended up having to mix Syrup with White Sugar to create a substitute for Brown Sugar.
Except for those on the front lines (medics and other first responders and whatnot), we all had a lot of time on our hands in 2020, particularly during the lockdown.
I chose to use that time to develop a skill and eventually master it (I practice what I preach).
It wasn’t really a new skill because I’ve dabbled in it before (Awesome Blossom/Blooming Onion and Elote Mexican Street Corn), but during the lockdown, I can confidently state that I’ve mastered it.
It started off with the best tasting cookies I’ve baked on March 3 (here). After that, I became obsessed!
I started looking up recipes online and trying them out and customizing them as I went along. You name it, I made it!
The post that no one asked for lol
For my 1,000th post, I figured I’d take pics of my home (granted most of the photos are of doors but think of this as a general over-view and I’ll go even more in-depth in a future post… maybe).
There are 3 entrances to our home (potential thieves, take note).
– The first is the main entrance (shown in the photo) which is facing the main road.
– The second is the side entrance that’s by the car parking area and leads straight to the elevator.
– The third is by the kitchen and includes a long outdoor walkway that leads to the male staff’s living quarters on one side and the back entrance on the other side.
Only the main entrance area and the side entrance area each have their own skylight (partially shown in the above photo).
Typically, I’d use the natural daylight shining through from the skylight in the main entrance area to take photos of stuff for my blog (it’s where the “magic” happens).
The door to the right leads to my apartment (living room + guest bathroom + long hall leading to my bedroom + walk-in closet + master bathroom and finally my bedroom.
The door to the left leads to my parents’ apartment (living room + guest bathroom + shuttered terrace overlooking the garden + walk-in closet + master bathroom and finally their bedroom).