In the words of Minako Sensei, “HAAA-ROOOOOO….!!”
I’ve been… er… absent, obviously. Other things got in the way, like trips overseas, my late night teh tarek sessions, sleep… oh and the occasional work.
But Her Majesty The Maurina (the world-renowned Contributing Editor of The Miele Guide, no less), fresh from her attempted invasion of ASEAN and Japan (as well as Gui Yang, China~ but nuff said), sent me on this tremendous guilt trip to start again- well, I had been meaning to anyway.
SO~ I ran into this purple coloured hippo- knocked it on it’s head- ploop!! – and I munched away…! Didn’t know hippos were so crunchy and sweet! We should have more hippos! If you remember, some time ago I ate an elephant too!
But of course, only hippos made by a very creative and not-kitchen-shy NIKKI could taste that delicious!
It was the last(?) day of the Raya Month that we were over at her place, where she hosted a very delightful and beautiful high-tea party specially for us. The food weren’t typically raya-type, but that’s what made it special. In fact, you’d expect them on the Empire buffet table round abouts this time of the year. It’s food you’d half-expect Santa (or a burglar) to stuff his face with as he tiptoes across the room with presents for you, or for himself, as it were. So although the tea party was during Raya (October), posting the pics up now feels rather fitting for the Christmassy scent in the air!
Boy I’m long-winded tonite!
But- Nikki’s treats were superb! I was foaming at the mouth and shaking uncontrollably just looking at them you’d think I’d been bitten by Mike’s mental dog next door on my way in!! Just look at these pics.
Salmon sandwich etc
the cheese plate, breadsticks, scones
lemon curd, fresh cream, marmalade for the scones
And now for dessert…
Parisian Macaroons, encore! Hohoho!
Luxurious selection of tea and coffee
cupcakes for tea
Ambassade, le rocher, si'l vous plait..?
strawberry topped choc mouse? moose? mousse? how'ju spell it?
the cosy corner
The cosy corner was perfect to sit in and enjoy your tea and the dessert. Let’s make one thing clear, Nikki MADE ALL of the food except the chocs~ but she could’ve if she’d wanted to… and me? I ATE ALL the food bar none! *ahem*
A bit of a nyamuk, I was first to leave that day as I trotted off to yet another late raya openhouse. But I left well-chuffed and well-fed, and I must admit, VERY well-impressed. Congratulations Nikki (& Shahrin, I’m pretty sure you helped open that can of butter or something…) and Thank You both for having me. I left your place with the hippo in tow, but it didn’t survive the journey to my cousin’s openhouse, just a few hundred meters away (and I thought I was kanyang… *burp*). But here’s an eternal reminder of our tasty aubergine-tinted friend before its unceremonious meeting with the intestines of it’s maker’s guest, yours truly. God bless its purple soul..
The Purple Hippo in question.
In the mean time, Christmas is coming! Merry Christmas everyone!! Enjoy the holidays! I’ll be celebrating with family & relatives in Seria, Brunei-style… ah yess… nothing like a hot sweaty Christmas lunch by the fake snow-covered and melamine-infested Christmas tree, from Gui Yang perhaps- but all’s good when you’re with family! 🙂