Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Can Mouse and Van Live Under The Same Roof?

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Maybe if the mouse was as cute as this one....and looks as though its got his/her hand on a steering wheel....
Mind you, there are no mice (undetectable so far) in my Kew home......but I'm freaked out by this lil mouse in Colac where Joe is currently working. I first saw it 3 nights ago while we were watching telly and it just zoomed past the fire place, straight behind the curtains. Muffin my dog didn't even sense a thing!!!! We even placed Muffin behind the curtain so that he can eventually sense that there is another animal in the house. Sadly i realised that my dream of having a super dog that kills all rodents in my house is dead.....

And moments ago, while i was using the computer, i heard the plastic bag rustle in the sink. Obviously i sent my hubbie to try and capture it...but he said it was too cute...and even suggested we keep it as a pet...hMmmmmMmm...tempting tempting but we can't even catch it so how are we going to keep it as a pet?

A free roaming mouse = a pest
Mouse in a cage with wheels = a pet

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Autumn Madness....rescued by Van's Green Tea Ice Cream (Macha Ice)

Its got to be one of the WARMEST day I've ever experienced....the sun seems to have killer rays.... I couldn't wait to get out of the stinky tram and run straight back home.....dash straight to the freezer and help myself to the green tea ice-cream I made the night before.....

I didn't know making ice-cream was this easy! Don't even need an ice-cream processor.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4 or 1 if you're feeling greedy)
2 tablespoons/10g green tea powder (macha)
120g granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
1 cup/200 ml milk
1 cup/200 ml double cream

1) In a small bowl, mix the green tea powder with 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar.
2) In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks and remaining sugar
3) Pour milk into a small pan and gently heat (do not let it boil) (ideally around 80 degrees Celcius but that hard to achieve without a thermometer). Remove from heat and mix a few spoonfuls of the warm milk with the green tea powder and sugar in a small bowl. When you get a smooth paste, add it to the remaining milk in the pan, then gradually combine with the egg yolks and sugar mix. Leave to cool.
4) Lighly whip the cream and then add to the cold green tea milk mixture
5) Transfer the mixture to a large container and put it in the freezer. As ice crystals start to form, mix well with a spoon to break them up, and return to the freezer. Repeat this a few times as it freezes to ensure the ice cream is really smooth.

I personally only did step 5 twice...cos it was bed time...and i couldn't be bothered. It turned out alright though :)