Sunday, February 27, 2011

When life gives you lemons...

.. make lemonade.

Similarly when life gives you interminable stays in hotels, make hotel food!

Hotels don't offer many cookery options. You can order room service, eat the instant noodles or drink the minibar dry, but after a while, the genes that are responsible for the drive to COOK will be pinging loudly.

In such instances, it's time to turn to the wonders of the internets, and learn how to cook in a hotel!

All you need is an iron, foil, a kettle and food that doesn't need hours (or even minutes) of heating to become edible. We made macaroni with luncheon ham (okay, Spam) and quail eggs.

Step 1: Wrap Spam in foil.

 Step 2: Apply iron while humming a housewifely tune. 

 Step 3: Unwrap toasty hot (and wrinkle-free) meat-substitute!

 Step 4: Crack quail eggs into rinsed out Spam can, then scramble away.


Proof of cooking.

 Step 5. Pour boiling water on macaroni, let sit until macaroni is mostly cooked. 
Remove water and refresh with new boiling water before adding soup stock.

Step 6: Tilt head sideways and eat!

It was surprisingly enjoyable, though I suspect we will be investing in some sort of electric griddle in the near future.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Only a week and a half late

So I could start this blog with a poignant post about the meaning of life, the joys of leaping into the (partly) unknown, musings about the things I will miss about Australia, the concept of living life to the fullest and explorations into what that means, how happiness is a state of mind, not the state you're in, yadayadayada.

But instead, I'll begin by showing off my first ridiculous purchase in Hong Kong.

This photo was in landscape, but blogger wants it profile and dog-tored the shot.

Some would say it's a dog of a bag, even pugly. That's a bit of a ruff assessment... and I would think they're barking mad because I'm awfully glad I bone it.

You're welcome. :) 

I think what really brings this bag into the realm of MEGA-AWESOME (or should that be mega-pawsome?) is that on the reverse, the same puppy print has little diamantes glued onto it so that each pug is wearing a necklace. The princesses of the pug world are parading their paws on my handbag and I wouldn't have it any other way.

The penguin (ridiculous purchase #2) approves. 
(Diamanted dogs not shown.)