I have learnt this week:
- It’s ridiculous driving when you’re 33 weeks pregnant and only 5 ft tall…
- The Lindale Centre does smell funny when you visit on a sunny day
- Kapiti Cumin Gouda cheese is yum yum
- You must be patient waiting for white chocolate ganache too cool down. Unlike dark chocolate ganache, a cold water bath doesn’t help but instead splits the ganache. You then have to warm it up again and you’ve taken two steps backwards . However it’s all worth it and I discovered that white chocolate mudcake with Baileys and Malteser filling, and a white chocolate ganache frosting is delicious!
- Pomegranate juice isn’t as nice as I thought it would be
- There is a new sushi place in Woodward Street that is apparently better than Midland Sushi. I must determine this for myself – after baby is born. In the meantime I’ll have to settle for homemade.
Yay for homemade sushi!
I’ve been craving some ever since I got pregnant and everyone chowing down at the sushi train in the Gold Coast made up my mind about making some as soon as I had time. I even made homemade pickled ginger which is extremely easy to do and turned out surprisingly well considering I only pickled them that morning.
Smaller dinners mean having to get up at 3am to have a snack. So before bed time I have to have a snack. I’m loving peanut butter and jam sandwiches at the moment. That’s another thing I haven’t had for aaaages but now want all the time.
Everytime I think my morning sickness is subsiding, it seems to make a comeback. So I won’t say that this week. In fact, I’ve felt more queasy earlier this week than previously.
The bump is getting bigger and people have been noticing. It’s cute how people touch my tummy. I don’t mind, it’s just something that I’m not used to yet.
I can no longer properly zip up my jacket at my ‘melons’ (as the hubby calls them now). Not so great when it’s 9°C and there are bitter Southerlies outside. Wish I was in the Gold Coast again – minus the flooding.
- Vegetables from your own garden
- Roast chicken – nom nom!
- Shops that have real sales, like half price on half the store. None of this “up to 50% off” where there’s only a few things that are actually slashed.
- Sushi – I still love sushi. Unfortunately Midland Sushi wasn’t open last week for lunch, but hopefully they will be this week :D
- Going away with friends
- Pictionary!! Finally got my own game for Christmas. Just don’t let it ruin your marriage!
My week in photos as part of Project 365:
Thursday 1 January 2009
I choose to have a virgin pineapple slushy at the bach in Taupo, before driving in to town for the New Year’s Day sales.
Friday 2 January 2009
We have Mac Donald’s for lunch on a picnic table in Bulls, enroute back home to Wellington.
Saturday 2 Januray 2009
Back to normal life at home. I find a place for the statuette of a Cambodian dancer that my brother gave me for Christmas.
Sunday 4 January 2009
Ms Constantine comes over and I give her bangs – that sounds rude! I mean a fringe. I decide that sushi would be a great lunch on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon. There’s lots of leftover surimi mix so I make some more sushi for dinner. And the next day’s lunch.
Monday 5 January 2009
First day back at work – boo! I am tired the whole day. Lunch is the best part of today :D
Tuesday 6 January 2009
The hubby’s birthday is celebrated at the Lanes. We choose to go on Ladies’ Night because of the cheap specials they advertise on their website. Unfortunately they tell us they don’t run those anymore, but luckily they honour the specials anyway. We save a small fortune!
Wednesday 7 January 2009
Tacos (not fish tacos) for dinner with a jug of frozen margarita (that I share of course with the hubby).
One day without Midland Sushi and I was already having withdrawals. So for lunch today I made some of my own. Yum yum!
As usual I made way too much so we also had leftovers for dinner, and there will be some triangles for work tomorrow too :D
- Buses arriving just after you get to the bus stop – hurray!
- The impending summer – I’m sure it’s just around the corner, behind those clouds and following the winds…
- Cocktails on a school night especially the two for one deals
- Getting tipsy and having an hilarious time with your friends
- Midland Sushi aka “Crack Sushi” because you always want more, oh yeah :D And now that there’s one in Chews Lane, we have two choices of places to go.
- Polka-dots on clothes, underwear and now kitchenware!
- Bassett’s Licorice Allsorts – they may be the best allsorts ever. And to think we only saw them at Heathrow on the way out of the UK. If anyone wants to send me some as a gift I promise to give them a good home.
So it’s a Sunday afternoon and you feel like sushi. You have all the ingredients but can’t be bothered making sushi rice when you only want enough for one. Well, if you also have tortillas lying around then you can make a sushi burrito!
- Spread some wasabi down the tortilla.
- Place a handful of healthy salad greens on your tortilla, leaving a space at the bottom for folding later.
- Pile on the the other fillings – surimi, chicken, cucumber, avocado etc.
- Top with preserved ginger slices.
- Tear some nori pieces on to filling.
- Drizzle with Japanese mayonnaise (we get Kewpie) and Japanese soya sauce (which is sweeter than Chinese).
- Fold the bottom of the tortilla up, and then fold over the right and left sides to form your burrito.
What a fantastical idea for a light meal.