I eat so much until people call me Dr. Fish Fish.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Asparagus Rigatoni with crab meat and mushroom Alfredo sauce

How do you know if you are seriously lack of sleep and that eventually turn into a stress that is accumulating in your body?

Fish Fish has 2 most apparent symptoms.

1. White hair grows on her head in an overnight time. I spotted one on my head today. -_-"""
2. Her tinnitus is twice as loud as normal time. Which is happening today too. -_-"""

The only solution is to earn back my sleeping time.

Yah, I need to sleep at least 9 hrs tonight, I promised myself. :P I must change my bad sleeping habit that I picked up. Must!! Nothing bring bigger damage to me than an insufficient sleep.

Anyway, I made myself quite a luxurious instant pasta dish on last sunny Saturday.

It was more like one ingredient led to another ingredient in my kitchen.

I bought a pack of rigatoni a couple weeks ago because they looked cute. I was thinking to stuff something inside to make western style Dim Sum. :P Eventually, I didn't. Too lazy.

Then a few days later, I saw fresh asparagus sold at good price. Grabbed a pound.

At another corner, I saw this canned crab meat for only US$8.99 a pound. Failed to resist the temptation. That too, went into my cart.

Afterthat, I asked a friend what sauce would be good for a pasta with crabmeat... The answer was Alfredo sauce.

So, I went to grab a pack of fresh white mushroom and a jar of Portobello Alfredo sauce a few days ago.

Then... on Saturday, I mixed everything together with an addition of sauteed onion, chicken broth and ground black pepper...

After 30 min...

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A huge plate of Rigatoni with fresh Asparagus in Crab Meat and Mushroom Alfredo.

I put some effort in decorating it by inserted the asparagus into the rigatoni hole and spreaded the sauce on them. :P

How do you like the look?

The meal was so satisfying. Giving me energy to have a long walk after that.

Hmmm... now looking back at the picture, I need to buy a white plate.

Good night!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Great deal!

Last weekends, the weather was sooo good. Sunny blue sky with nice cool day.

I decided to walk to a shopping area which only 2 mile away from my apartment as a workout as the gym was closed for 4 days.

On the way, I saw one 2nd hand book store.

Out of curiosity, I decided to stop a while at this very old looking shop, without even planned to buy anything.

I changed my mind...

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... for these 2 books.

How much did I pay?

20 cents!!!

Yap, you heard me right. 10 cent each for these old new-looking books. They were in very good conditions.


I am so enjoying my bedtime read with these books now. ^_~

I'll definitely go and grab some of the hidden treasure again!!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Funturstic Meal

On Thanksgiving Day, Jason invited us to have an early Thanksgiving Dinner with his family. I was excited the night before as this was my 1st real traditional Thanksgiving experience. ;)

It was absolutely a fantastic Turkey meal!

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We reached there around 1.20pm.

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The dining table was nicely set.

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The Chef of the Day - Jason was busy getting the appetizers ready.

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Tralala~~~ splendid choices for appetizers.

We had a plate of crackers with 2 kinds of cheeses ( Neufchâtel-like soft cheese and Parmesan cheese) and chopped liver (front plate), a plate of salami (3 flavours) and Gouda cheese (middle plate) and veggie sticks with ranch dressing (back plate). Also, we were served pretzel and potato chips. We had selection of red and white wines, beer, juices and water for refreshment.

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I love the chopped liver so much. It was absolutely a great pate to eat with crunchy wheat crackers. It was prepared by Jason's mom and she told us it is a traditional Jewish food. I have got the recipe from her and I would absolutely want to make one in near future. ;)

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We were greeted by this sweetie lovely smile. She is like a doll, super cute!!!

Her name is Stella, Jason's youngest daughter. Going to turn one very soon, 2 weeks older than my niece.

Gosh... she made me miss my niece soooo much.

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Stella with her mom and grandma. Such a beautiful scene. They reminded me so much of my family at that moment. I miss them!! (Which explained why I was calling mom day and night these 2 days. LOL)

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Stella's dad and grandpa were doing men's talk in the kitchen.

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While Jason's brother was enjoying a nice mug of beer with his friend. ^_^

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Haha... busy eating ladies would always be sensitive on camera. ;)

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It was quite a hectic moment for Jason's wife when her elder daughter woke up too. Stella was getting jealous with her sister grabbing her mom from her. She was protesting!!

"Jason, could you help me? I can't handle the two at the same time!"

If only the two girls would let strangers like us have a touch on them. They would just scream when you tried to even put a finger on them. -_-"""

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Oh, the daddy had to stop his work at the kitchen for a while to give his sweetie a hug.

See how sweet her smile was? Nothing could compare to a priceless hug by daddy that time. *Yeah! I won*

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The daddy was giving a piece of cracker to Stella. Then, Corina saw that and came over to interrupt the one to one relationship. She wanted the attention from daddy too.

"Oh gosh~~~" Jason was shaking his head, just like how he usually did when he described how his 2 sweeties would turn evil at the same time. However, you can see, the smile told you he is a happy man. ;)

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Everybody was busy with chatting, eating and drinking...

...except for little Junior and his dad were busy playing toys at the other corner. LOL

Soon, 2 hrs past and it was almost time for our dinner to start. Half of the time, I was learning a lot of skills from Jason, who had real culinary experience in world of restaurants, while he was preparing the meal. It was truly a very meaningful moment for me as I really learnt so much in that short 2 hrs. Thanks Jason sensei! ^_^

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After 3 hrs of grilling, the turkey was finally out of the oven. It was a grilled turkey with Jamaican jerk rub that Jason just learnt from his trip to Jamaica a few days ago.

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Cut, cut, cut the turkey with an electric knife.

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Oolala~~~ such a delicious looking plate of Turkey.

He really made the right choice.

The taste? It was a few folds tastier than its look. The meat was as tender as a perfectly cooked moisture chicken, but with stronger savoury taste and more texture to chew with. The spiciness from the rub played the magic in accentuating the great taste of this 13 lbs fresh Turkey.

It was so good that even eating that alone was an awesome experience.

However, that was not the only fun part.

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We even could eat the Turkey with this truly mouthwatering mushroom gravy. The fresh Shitake mushroom and Sherry wine-rehydrated Morel mushroom gave the intensed umami taste of glutamate to the whole gravy. We absolutely love it so much.

Besides this savoury gravy to spoil us...

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... we also had a Cranberry sauce that was so beautifully decorated. Good look, fabulous taste. I have never really had a normal Cranberry sauce actually, but this version definitely defeated me. The unique texture of Jell-o played so well with the nutty flavour of walnut chunks that was burried inside the sauce. By the time we finished the meal, there was only 1/4 of this Cranberry sauce remained.

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On top of that, we had a 3rd sauce to indulge with the Turkey. The apple and pear sauce. It was a very simple step to prepare this. Simply cooked the peeled apple and pear wedges inside boiling water until turned really soft, then just mashed the whole thing, add in some sugar and cinnamon powder. Voila!! A good companion to flavour up your other dishes. ;)

Ok, enough for the gravy and sauces. Next...

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Stuffing!! What would be a real Thanksgiving meal without a good stuffing.

I love this version. Jason made these croutons from the bread he bought and mixed with sausage chunks and other ingredients. The croutons absorbed the water from the other ingredient and turn into great softness that gave a good contrast on the peppery sausage that have a great bouncy texture when bitten on it. The juice that oozed out from the sausage, just too temptating that I decided to get a 2nd portion on that. *slurp*

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Actually, we started with this great colour soup, the pumpkin soup. I never really like raw onion leaves because the smell and taste tend to be too pungent for me when consumed raw, but it was different for using the chopped chives. The slight pungency with freshly ground nutmeg and heavy cream led the pumpkin soup to a new kind of taste. It really warmed us up and boosted our appetite before the more heavy meal. Truly refreshing, which was quite uncommon especially after consuming a thick soup.

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I had mashed potatoes countless time, but this version was something luxurious.

It was not just a mashed potatoes, but with a lot of hidden ingredients inside. One of them, the Black Truffle Butter! Then, Jason just simply add milk, fresh cream, chopped chives and salt.

Oolala~~~ when the butter melted into the hot mashed potatoes and the earthy mushroom smell of the diamond of the kitchen started to penetrate into the whole thing, the mashed potatoes simply turned into something exotic.

Man~~~ if it was not a Thanksgiving meal with so much other good foods around, I was really sure I would serve myself another huge portion of it. The granule of the mashed potatoes was fine and smoothen by the milk and fresh cream that blended it.

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This dish, Jason especially prepared for his beloved dad. It was sweet potato casserole with marshmallow on top. His dad was delighted *eyes blink blink* when he saw this dish.

Jason cooked the sweet potatoes before topped with a whole pack of big marshmallow and baked for about 7 min. Before the baking, I was sceptical about this dish.

See how pretty these marshmallows turned? I never really enjoy sweet + sweet combination, neither do I attracted to marshmallow, but I was totally blew away by these marshmallows.

The slightly burnt part was caramelized to enhance the sweetness of the marshmallow and the surface crispy texture was addictive. At the same time, the core of the marshmallow still remain the unmodified fluffly cotton texture. Plus, the bottom part of the marshmallows had direct contact with the hot sweet potatoes and giving a sticky sweet texture.

Imagine three such different texture on one single ingredient, totally a great fun when indulging it.

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The rucola salad was something we absolutely need with the high protein high carbohydrate dishes. The young rucola leaves, gosh~~~ I missed them so much. I used to eat these in Japan but I had no chance for that ever since I went back to Kuching.

Love the freshness of the rucola. However, rucola would be a one-man-show only if without other fabulous co-actors. By adding in thinly sliced crunchy fresh Fuji apple, honey glazed crusty walnut, soft milky strong bleu cheese and chopped dried apricot... with a final touch of homemade mustard vinaigrette... it was an irresistible bowl of delicious and yet healthy great combination

I finished a whole plate of mine. Definitely would try to make one in the future.

By the time we finished the meal, it was almost 4.30pm.

Little Stella woke up from her sweet nap. She was ready to get active after drank a whole bottle of warm milk fed by her daddy.

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Oh... looked how anxious she was. She had a coat as cute as her on already.

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Nothing beat a good walk... pushed by papa. LOL

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Lovely neighbourhood! I really like this place.

The 20 min walk gave our stomach some extra space for stuffing some sweet desserts.

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Five choices!!!

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What a surprise for me... we even have fresh figs!!

I am a big fan on fig, be it fresh or dried, though I prefer fresh more though. ^_^

I had a little tasting on every dessert but I ate a whole fig. :P

*BURP~~~* Oops!!! I was totally bloated for the whole night.

Jason, thank you so much! It was such a warm and priceless Thanksgiving meal for me. Thanks for all the effort in making this such a wonderful moment. *HUG*

It was not a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal, it was more than a Marvelous Traditional Thanksgiving Meal!! ;)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Sweet Potato Cupcakes...

... for Thanksgiving Meal! ^_^

I made my first attempt last week.

Big batch this time on the Thanksgiving morning. Everything was done 1 hr before went to the Thanksgiving gathering.

Bought aluminium cups to make them easier to handle and looked prettier.

Portion : 15 cups of Japanese style baked Sweet Potato

Ingredients :
1.5 kg sweet potatoes
6 tbsp unsalted sweet cream butter
7 tbsp dark brown sugar (the suggested amount was 10 tbsp granulated sugar)
4.5 egg yolks
8 tbsp whipped heavy cream (the suggested amount was 15 tbsp fresh cream)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp imitation rum extract or 2 tbsp rum wine (I used rum extract)
1.5 egg yolks for surface glazing

Steps :

1. Wash and peel skin of sweet potatoes with gloves. Cut them into 3 inch blocks. Steam for 20 min or microwave for 8 min with wrap until soft. While doing this, whipped the heavy cream.

2. While the sweet potatoes are still hot, add in butter and mix the whole thing until the butter is melted and the potatoes are smashed.

3. Add in the remaining ingredients one by one and mix well (except the egg yolks for glazing).

4. Let the mixture cold to harden for 15-20 min in fridge. While waiting for this, preheat oven to 350°F.

5. Fill the mixture into the aluminium cups and bake for 5 min.

6. Take them out and glaze the surface with egg yolks. Bake until the surface turns brown (about 40-45 min).

The end result?

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Not looking bad huh? ;)

Well, as I reduced the amount of sugar and whipped cream this time, they were not too oily and high calories as previous one. The taste was milder too. I like it, although I think it might be too tasteless for some people who prefer strong taste desserts (I noticed that in this country some people like a lot of cream and sweet syrup on their already sweet desserts). I felt bad for making the sweet potatoes cupcakes too mild.

So, if you want to try making one next time, just make sure you know what is your preference.

I'll make it stronger taste next time for my guests instead of my own preference. :P

You'll know where these sweet potatoes ended up in my next post. ^_^


Friday, November 24, 2006

Homemade soft and chewy chocolate bites...

... by fish fish!! ^_^

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In a very nice early winter Black Friday.

I only woke up at 10 a.m., missed out all the chances to spend my money in mall. Oh well...

I was quite lazy actually. Went out for a short walk, then came home and stayed at the kitchen area for almost a whole day on my cooking experiences.

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One of them, is a soft and chewy chocolate cookies by Kraft Foods.

However, I made some small modifications on the recipe and baked 18 cookies.

Here it is.

Ingredients :

2 squares BAKER'S Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
3/8 cup (3/4 sticks) unsalted sweet cream butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 whole egg and 1 egg white
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup multipurpose flour

Steps :

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour; mix well. Refrigerate 15 min. or until dough is easy to handle.
SHAPE dough into 1-inch balls; place, 2 inches apart, on greased baking plate.
BAKE 8 min. or just until set. (Do not overbake.) Let stand on baking sheet 1 min.; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

Topping :

Nestle Butterscotch Morsels and Reese's Peanut Butter Chips while the cookies are warm.

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I devided my cookies into 2 batches. 1st batch was overbaked. Instead of 8 min, they were baked for 8.5 min. The soft and chewy texture was gone.

The peanut butter chips were really good. As I reduced the sugar amount for my cookies, the dark chocolate taste was more accentuated with the salty and creamy peanut chips. Awesome!

However, I didn't like the texture, it was too dry.

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Therefore, for my 2nd batch, I only baked them for 6.5 min. Oops... turned out to be a bit too soft. However, after cooled down, the texture was soft and chewy.

Hmm... now I know, the next time I make again, I am going to bake them for 7.5 min so that the outer layer would be more crispy with the inner soft and chewy layer.

I enjoyed the melty butterscotch morsels on the warm soft cookies and I enjoyed even more when these cookies were cooled down in my refrigerator.

They were so temptating in my refrigerator. Luckily, I gave the 10 pieces to my workmate and only left 4 for me. Yap, I indulged 4 pieces at one time when they were just baked. *sigh*

Geee... I think I am addicted to try new recipe. Truly a new fun for me. Oh yes, you'll see more modified recipes by fish fish from now on, for sure. :P

Ok, hopefully I will not be lazy to blog about my absolutely gorgeous Turkey Meal in my next post. ;)

Night night.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A bagel for dinner

Happy Turkey Day to all my fellow friends and readers in U.S.

In a short while, I will be going to attend a Thanksgiving Lunch, an invitation by an American friend. ^_^ I am so excited about it now.

However, after that, I'll need to go to work for a bit. As I predicted, the freeze drying process was not as smooth after a few times of freezing and thawing. The concentration of the solution are too high for the water molecule to escape as effective as it should be. Oh well.

Anyway, yesterday evening, I was so craving for bagel. Oh yes, I absolutely love the texture of bagel due to the unique way of making it. So, I did a good shopping in Harris Teeter, bought a bagel...

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... and made myself a nice plate of egg white scramble with ham and mushroom with parmesan cheese. I also cooked some asparagus and brussel sprout.

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Tralala~~~ I made a nice unconventional bagel sandwich by combining the scramble egg and asparagus topping with ketchup and mustard sauce.

It was absolutely lovely.

Heeee... the texture of bagel after rebaked it for a while, was absolutely addictive. Crunchy outside and densely chewy inside.

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Yum Yum~~~

Oops... what a sin I've done for consuming such a high carbohydrate meal. :P

Tata~~~ my friend is calling me now. ;) Time to go.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The person is known...

This particular person came to me this morning. Instead of admiting a mistake was made, the cause for damaging my samples was pointed to another innocent party who was just lending a helping hand. Not even an expected apology was given to me in the very beginning. It just turned into a simple accusation by this person on another party who was kind enough to help to connect the sample. Then, this person was hoping could just pat pat buttock and go.

Well, we went through all the conversation which lastly that person admitted the mistake. I am not going to elaborate the details here.

Gosh, I wish I could write in a much free way to show you guys what my emotion was that time. However, I decided to be more conserved. Don't want a boiling yam burn my ass later on.

However, started my experience in working life, I also learned that not every one is a team player and not to expect people with advanced degree to act professionally at all time. This type of person can be very selfish and inconsiderate for his/her own benefits.

It was a good lesson for me nevertheless. Case is closed.

I want to have a good sleep now.

Monday, November 20, 2006


I spent three days including weekends to get my important samples ready so that I can freeze drying them today. Yes, I went to my work place for 4 times in the weekends, woke up early in the morning and walking alone at night just for changing the solution so that I could get my sample ready for freeze drying today. I walked in those COLD days because I want to freeze drying my sample today.

The freeze drying wasn't smooth for me in this morning with a few things. So, I decided to clear my mind, had a good lunch and did that again after our weekly meeting. It was a right decision. I saw the problem instantly and got everything set for freeze drying.

It started at 3.00pm. For every 30 min, I just went there to give a check so that to make sure the freeze drying process was going smooth. Everything went well, I smiled because my work will be done as planned before the 4-day Thanksgiving Holidays.

Then, I checked them at 4.30pm, they started to turn very beautiful white flakes. In fact, about 10% of the samples was started to be completely dried. They were pretty!!

So, at 5.00pm, I had my dinner in my workplace, had a nice chat with my workmate and started to pack my stuff to go to the gym.

However, just to make sure the freeze drying was still going right, I went to check it for a final time around 5.30pm.


My 4 FLASKS of samples all melted. I thought I was dreaming, *ouch* but the incident was for real. I almost wanted to cry, my mind was blank, didn't know what was really happening.

Then, I noticed there was an extra HUGE flask, popping out from no where. A 600 ml flask. The ironically hilarious part was... only a SMALL BALL of sample inside, not bigger than 2 cm diameter!!!

For making the thing looked more ridiculous, the WRONG CONNECTOR!!!

MOST IMPORTANT THING - it is a common sense when there is other person samples occupying the machine, at least ask first. You don't simply just put your thing as you like, especially if you don't even know the proper way of doing that.

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See? The whole chamber was not in a fully vacuum condition after that.

The consequent?

Damage to my samples! I'll have to talk to my boss if I can use it for refreeze drying again. Try to thaw and freeze your food a few times, will it still be the same?

I wrote a note for the owner. Wait till this owner come to look for me 1st!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

I challenged it again!

After my trauma at age 13, I finally have the gut to challenge it again.

Yeah, I tried to make my 1st cookies at that time, it turned out to be a total failure. My cookies were as hard as rocks that would kill a dog.

Ever since then, I've never tried to make a second one.

Little did I realise, I didn't make it for such a long time.

Somehow, ever since I came to North Carolina, life have been very ordinary for me. No car, no convenient train nor bus, it made me stay at home most of the time beside my work place.

The cooking shows on TV look fun. Hey, making cookies or desserts do not look as hard as they were.

However, the true reason that triggered my gut to try to make a baked dessert again, was Tristan yummy homemade soft and chewy chocolate cookies. I want to see people happy face the moment they eat my cookies or desserts.

So today, I tried to make Japanese Sweet Potatoes.

I thought they would turn out messy when they turned too soft after mixing the whipped cream. I had to scoop out some of the whipped cream, still that was too soft.

However, after a 40 min baking...

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Tralala~~~ they were safe!!! I was jumping with joy. This really meant a lot to me.

Although I need to do some improvement on them, they really turned out better than I have thought.

The taste... it was absolutely marvellous, at least for me.

Ok, tomorrow I'm going to bring these to my workplace and let my work mates be my guinea pigs.

Tee hee heee.... I'm so excited now.

The recipe? Wait until I am really satisfied with it first.

Night night.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

NC State Fair 2006

WARNING : Very long post today with 30 pictures! Therefore, I am keeping my writing short. So, enjoy the pictures.

This is supposed to be a post for one month ago, but I was too lazy to edit all those pictures. :P Late better than never post it.

The post will consist a conclusion of pictures from 3 days of my duty in scooping ice cream. Therefore, I make a long 1-day story from the 3-day photographing.

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I was blessed with 3-day good weather on my duty days.

Pretty flowers were decorating here and there...

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Beautiful clear sky with colourful balloons standing high to attract young children to buy them.

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All types of stalls selling fancy foods. Some were really cute or unique with their designs.

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Fun rides were taking big part of the space in the fairground. These rides were a big hit among the visitors.

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Visitors also have fun to compete among each other in this type of gaming. The fastest person to reach the end line would win toys of their choices.

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There were exhibitions on different craftwork or handmade stuffs.

As little as this cute angel for christmas tree decoration...

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... to some more bizarre things such as these real horse tail-infused vases.

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There were huge things on exhibition too... such as this patrol helicopter.

As NC State Fair started as the agricultural activities exhition, animals and different crops were main things in the fair.

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During weekdays, the number of the visitors would still allow ample space for walking.

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However, the traffic during weekends were horrible. It took me triple the time to walk from the entrance to the ice-cream stall that I was on duty.

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However, either day, there was always long queue for our ice creams. ^_^

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A total of 9 choices for one to choose, enough to make one confused for quite a while before one made the final decision.

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In clock wise from bottom right we have vanilla, mint chocolate chip, cherry vanilla and butter almond.

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Also, clock wise from bottom right again we have cookies n' cream, chocolate, strawberry and pecan krunch.

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The 9th flavour (left) was a new added flavour, chocolate chip cookie dough. Well, chocolate was one of the big hit, therefore we need 2 buckets available at the same time on one side. For 2 sides, we have total 20 buckets of ice cream always stand by for non-stop scooping from morning until night.

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Everybody was busy on duty. Basically, each shift was for 3 hrs.

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Once a while, they would take a short time to breath for a while when situation allowed.

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Of course, there would always be those who work and have fun at the same time.

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It certainly was a good time to enjoy the team work with others.

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There was only one person in charge in the counter to take the order in each shift to avoid confusion.

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Regardless that sometimes the waiting time in the line might take up to 45 min, people have such a patient for our ice creams.

Once the order was taken, the person who took the order would yell out to the staffs that were standing at the back.


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"GOT IT!!"

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There you go, such a beautiful and tall cone, wasn't it?

How many of you think this is too much for 1 portion?

Personally, 1 scoop would be just nice for me. Gulping 3 scoops down at one time will definitely make me sick.

However, we have some very interesting customers that would say,
"Hmmm... the portion of the ice cream is very stingy."

Oh yes, one lady made that statement when I was making a butter almond cup for her and the portion was bigger that this chocolate mint cone.

"So madam, would you like me to add more for you?" I asked although I was really worried her blood sugar content after she finished that, but then customer is always right.

"Oh, certainly." You could see her blinking eyes now.

So, I went to scoop another HUGE SCOOP! VERY HUGE SCOOP and topped on the already-a-moutain ice cream cup.

"Here's your ice cream madam. How do you like it this time?"

"Ha!! Perfect!! Thank you!" She happily walked away with the more-than-full scoops. *fish fish wiped cold sweat*

"Gosh!! I couldn't believe she said that." Tee hee hee... another staff said that to me as she saw the whole incident and was indeed surprised with that amount of ice cream that was defined as "perfect".

Well, there were other health concious people too, who would pay a 3-scoop ice cream (US$4) and only asked for 1 scoop as we only offered 1 price for ice cream and 1 flavour only for each ice cream.

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Beside the ice cream, we also offered milk shake with all the 9 flavours. I enjoyed making milk shake, I was having a great fun shaked and shaked those ice creams into the milk. ;)

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For a 3-hr shift, that was a lot of waste produced. Yah, proved that how good our business was.

Finally, time to off work. Time for some of my personal fun.

HUNGRY! So, the first thing was to look for yummilicious. In fun fair, you just have to get a true fun fair food!!

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An awesome turkey leg. Absolutely great on chewing this well-flavoured and nice texture meat.

Heee... it fact the turkey was too jumbo for me that I actually used the remaining for making different dishes. Click here for those dishes that I made.

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I wanted so much to try the sausage too. However I decided to give up as I was in a budgeted month for my challenging. Oh well, maybe next year then.

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I failed to resist this temptation though, the funnel cake. I decided to spend US$4 on it because a workmate was telling me that I could only find this in a fun fair.

It was deep fried and served hot, with generous portion of sugar on top. The chewy texture was really good. I thought the powder sugar would be too sweet, but it went very well with the slightly salty funnel cake. Best to eat during hot and soft. Not a good idea to eat that whole thing by your ownself, the portion was too big. Absolutely a caloric bomb, which required me to burn it in the gym for 2 hrs.

In general, I had a great time working, eating and looking around in the fair.

However, there was one thing that I didn't like at all...

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This type of exhibition.

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This type of exhibition too.

I don't know whether they were for real and I didn't want to know too. I'm just hoping that those money really went to them and not all to their "owners".

Ok, that's all from me about NC State Fair 2006. Hopefully, next year I'll have something new to show you guys then about NC State Fair 2007.

Tata~~~ ^_^