funnylittlestories

Month: October, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Recipe

by funnylittlestories

We had another house dinner today and I decided to try this recipe I found on a vegan website for Chocolate Raspberry Puddings. The ingredients are simple and the instructions are really easy to follow.

Ingredients you will need for 5 servings are:

2 cups of frozen raspberries
4 avocados
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/3 cup of honey

1. Blend the raspberries, lemon and water in the food processor.
2. Filter the raspberries sauce with a sieve to remove the seed from the raspberries.
3. Blend the avocado, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, honey and the filtered raspberries sauce altogether until smooth.Taste it and add more honey if you prefer it sweeter.
4. Put it in little shot glasses and chill it in the refrigerator.
5. Serve it with a raspberry and some chocolate shaves on top!

Image

Advertisements

Art Therapy

by funnylittlestories

After 20 years, I still find coloring with crayons to be fun and possibly therapeutic. It is even better when you have company!

Image

Happy Dewali

by funnylittlestories

Dewali, also known as Deepavali in Malaysia is celebrated by the Hindus all around the world. The mayor of London had a big festival in Trafalgar Square today to celebrate the occasion (even though the actual day isn’t till two weeks later!). When my friend and I arrived, we noticed the entire square was packed with people! We actually struggled to walk from one end to the other. I was a tad bit overwhelmed by the crowd but was also excited to be in such a cultural event. After walking around for 15 minutes and watching the performances on the big set up stage, we decided to listen to our tummies and headed right towards the fragrant, spice-smelling Indian food stalls. We got ourselves a Bhel with Chutney and some Indian platter with samosas, spring rolls, Alu tiki (such a cute name but definitely did not taste so good) and homemade daal. Overall the food was amazing! We also made two new friends and they introduced us to some Indian sweet desserts. Yum. It is always so exciting and eye opening to experience a cultural festival. I truly believe one of the best ways to learn about a different culture is through your tummy. ImageImageImageImage

Borough Market

by funnylittlestories

Definitely one of the yummiest markets ever! We took the stop at London Bridge Station and walked about 200 meters to the market. It is under a big roof but there are also some stalls that are in the open air. The ambiance there is really chill and the place smells and looks amazing. That Saturday afternoon, we had the cheesiest lunch no one could ever imagine! A grilled cheese by Kappacasein (http://www.kappacasein.com) made with shredded Montgomery cheddar, diced onions, garlic, and leeks smashed between poilane sourdough bread. In addition, we also had a cheesy potato by the same stall. The potatoes were a little boiled and a little grilled and then the melted Ogleshield cheese which you can see bubbling away as you wait is sliced onto the potatoes in front of you! It was served with the tiniest pickles ever (I am normally not a fan, but I ate it and loved it). To make ourselves feel a little better, we actually shared a plate of salad after. Good thing about sharing food is that we get to try a larger variety of food and share the calories intake as well! Oh man.. writing about the food is making me crave for it! I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to indulge in sinful pleasures. The day actually ended with some fresh produce for home, a good chai tea and a good walk in the area. 
Image

ImageImageImageImageImage

PS* check out the scary looking blow fish!

Falling leaves

by funnylittlestories

I love when the leaves turn yellow. Autumn is something I have never really experienced fully in Malaysia or California. There is just so much beauty in a field of yellow, red and brown trees. I sometimes get lost looking into it.

20121024-220536.jpgPhoto taken in Hyde Park, London

Donuts can be kinky.

by funnylittlestories

If you want to try some kinky donuts, make your way to York!

Image

Temple of A Thousand Bells

by funnylittlestories

We stumbled upon this beautiful little temple on the way to the walls of York. Inside were dainty bells hung from the roof of the building with nylon strings. We were told that this is based on an ancient legend of the temple of a thousand bells that was built on an island. Over the centuries, the island sank into the ocean and with it, the temple. It was mentioned that a sailor attempted to collect all the missing bells just to hear the sounds of those bells again. They recreated the story with the bells in this little St Mary’s Temple in York and is open for the public to view and experience the legend once again.

It is funny and amazing what we stumbled upon without a plan in mind. This is definitely the perks of traveling without an itinerary!

ImageImageImageImage

Love without borders

by funnylittlestories

Three girls from totally different parts of the world (America, England and Malaysia) got together and had a great evening in Preston.

20121022-093923.jpg

20121022-093930.jpg

Yorkshire

by funnylittlestories

When you are in Yorkshire, you have to try their Yorkshire pudding! It is not what you think pudding is, well at least to me at first! It is not vegetarian friendly but I tried the crust and it was yummy 😉

20121022-093724.jpg

Hiza!

by funnylittlestories

This weekend has been filled with nothing but laughter, joy and amazing-ness! I spent an entire day exploring York with beautiful Ashley from California. Let me try summing up our day trip in York: We had breakfast in a room filled with old couples, got lost, almost attacked by ducks, tried Turkish delight (not a fan), had Yorkshire ice cream (huge fan), got stalked by an Italian man, approached by an old man asking whether we both speak English, stumbled upon a church with thousand bells, walked on the (600000 years old?) walls, hugged trees and got a little love from the earth on ourselves. Basically we had no idea where to go the entire day but it sure turned out alright, better than alright in fact. The highlight has to be our train ride to Preston where a group of football fans got on the train (we thought we were gonna die!) and sang/talked through the rest of our journey. I can’t imagine what could be better than to experience it all with a great friend.

20121022-091712.jpg

20121022-091733.jpg

20121022-091742.jpg

20121022-091751.jpg

20121022-091803.jpg

20121022-091815.jpg

20121022-091829.jpg

20121022-091845.jpg