Friday, June 24, 2011

Wednesday pamper treat

I usually have a ladies bible study at church every fortnightly on Wednesday. But on this Wednesday, our leader invited us to her home for a coffee and relax time. I didn't expect anything, until I came and saw a wonderful treat in the living room. It was so amazing and so girly things to do. I love it so much! Each of us, have our own foot spa machine with bubbly soap and towel!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer garden party

Initially we planned to have a seafood party, unfortunately like almost all the shop we knew didn't sell any lobster or crab. It must be because of Aberdeen weather that wasn't to friendly in this time. It is summer, but most of the time it was rainy and windy. Guess that all the sea creatures prefer a warmer ocean rather than cold ocean in Aberdeen. The fishermen said that they couldn't catch any lobster or crab. Even oyster!

We have a very long open discussion in facebook, so we decided just to continue the party without any seafood, just eat and cook whatever available. The party was held in the same place as before, at our friend's place near to university of Aberdeen. It is a huge mansion. I put more photos for the pretty house.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The real hiking

After spent around 5 days in Skye, the real hiking would only start on the last day, with such a great weather. So this time our trip started and ended with good weather, but not in between. Before we went back to Aberdeen, we decided to have a famous boat trip in Skye, called a Bella Jane boat trip. Our cottage owner said it is very beautiful, since we will visit the most amazing place, they called it the navel of the earth. Since there is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. So off we go!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Making your own salmon chirashi don!

I always love sashimi, especially salmon sashimi. But when we moved to Aberdeen, it is very difficult to find a delicious and cheap sashimi. We can count that there are only 3 Japanese restaurant that serve sashimi, and now became 2 ( 1 restaurant closes down), and that one is an overpriced Korean restaurant and a fast food sushi chain called Sushi Yo. The later one provides cheaper price, and we think it is quite ok for a conveyer belt sashimi. 

So, solution? Make your own sashimi. But still can't get a high grade salmon sashimi or even a very sharp Japanese knife. Then we have smoke salmon! Say hooraayyy .... This smoke salmon can replace salmon sashimi, but just don't eat it as a sashimi. We can make a salmon avocado sushi or even a don with it. With mixing it with avocado and mayonnaise, it will taste almost the same. We are talking about the half raw smoke salmon, not the cook. So texture wise, it still look like a sashimi.

I always make a handroll or maki using this salmon and avocado. But now, I found a great recipe for making a chirashi don from ekiblog! She used s high grade tuna sashimi, but I changed it to smoke salmon, and it tastes as great! Thanks Eki for the sharing!

Culinary treat in Skye

The weather wasn't good again. So we decided to do my way: shop and eat. I wanted to visit the biggest city in Skye: Portree. Before that, we brought some snack along with hot water for tea!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Yellow, I am in love!

I went to shop for these few days, looking for a good outfit for my trip to Spain next week. And I found out that yellow is on trend right now. I talked about this with my neighbor and she said perhaps it because the queen wore yellow for the royal wedding then it became trend! I lovee yellow, it is so bright and so cheerful. So I decided to wear yellow theme on Sunday to church. And my dear friend did a very cute braid on my hair! And she attached a yellow flower to my braid! Look so lovely =D

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Lazy Weekend

Aberdeen has great days for the last 2 days, with temperature rose up to 24 deg C. Can you believe it? It was so hot and sunny, and we all were so happy. But today, the temperature dropped again to be around 10 deg C. What a shame! Although the day is a good day with sun shining brightly, but it is breezy and cold. After a big effort to lure Mr JH to go out and enjoying the day to city, I decided to go to park instead. Because of the cold breeze I felt on the way out. So we went only for an afternoon tea near Duthie Park, called 'Inn at the Park' . Enjoy the day and then went to the winter garden (again!)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Cuith-Raing, Dunvegan Castle and Lighthouse

When we were in Skye, the weather had not been very friendly. It was cloudy, raining and strong breeze all day. Including that day. So we spent most of our time for a car trip and less hiking. We actually wanted to go to the famous 'Old man storr', but ended at Cuith-Raing, which is as beautiful as Storr as well. But the clouds were so thick so we only could see little from far. Anyway we took some photos there.

Here was our breakfast. Sandwich!

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