Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Personal reflection :: What inspired me in the past week?


Dress wise, the explosion of floral prints in Australian retail stores is a sure sign the warmer weather is coming. I don’t mind the corporatised garden party look, meaning the floral prints I wear need to be suitable as corporate office attire without looking like I’m off to a Sunday garden party. The various shades of blue would also make this suitable for office attire too.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Drunken Chilli Prawn, Basil and Rocket Pesto Spaghetti with Asparagus


 

We normally associate drunken prawns with Asian food where the prawn or shrimps are cooked in Chinese or rice wine. I westernised this version for my pasta recipe and cooked my fresh green prawns in dry white wine which I got from Dan Murphy's. I wasn’t sure which dry white cooking wine to get so I asked the guy at Dan Murphy's and he asked me what I was cooking and I told him prawn pasta. He suggested I try the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc which provides racy acidity, fruitiness of lemon, grapefruit and passionfruit which would be particularly delicious in seafood dishes.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Things to See, Taste and Do in & around the Banyan Tree Phuket resort


“You’ll love Phuket. It’s not only beautiful. The Thai people understand excellence in service. They think of every little bit of detail”, a couple I sat with at a friend’s recent wedding reception said to me who recently returned from a trip to Phuket in Thailand. I started to write this article in the final hours of my 3 nights stay at the Banyan Tree Phuket and I can certainly say the people in the Banyan Tree Phuket understand excellence in service. By the way ‘Phuket’ is pronounced with a silent ‘h’ like ‘Puket’ and not “Fuket’.