Tis Wed @ small group gathering

Instead of BS, we had a time of fellowshipping over dinner and Cranium. Here’s what happened in motion picture.

My debut using iMovie. More to come!

Mushroom and beef stroganoff

Stroganoff was invented by a Russian chef in Saint Petersburg at a culinary competition during the period of the Czars. Glad that he did because this dish is easy and nice to have. Serves as a comfort food too.

Serves 4 (adjust serving size accordingly)
Source: One-dish meals

1 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
200g beed tenderloin, cut into strips
800g white button mushrooms, caps wiped, stems discarded and sliced

1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
300g Linguine, cooked al dente


1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add onion and saute for 2 minutes.

2. Add beef and mushrooms and saute for  3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in flour and cook for another minute.

3. Add white wine and cook until mixture thickens, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes.

4. Mix in sour cream, then add nutmeg. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Add linguine to a pan. Toss until linguine is well-coated with sauce. Serve hot.


Buying an apartment is one of the most stressful things that could happen to anyone.

Yesterday, I asked mom to go down to view the apartment. I wasn’t sure if this is a right move because I know if she was to give a bad review about it, I would be greatly affected. But the fact is, she is critical and honest in her opinion and that’s what I need most.

Coincidentally, bro emailed me about the recent news on housing matters and I updated him. I know he’s not very supportive of us buying resale flats because to him, buying from HDB is the best option since it is the cheapest. Of course, that would be ideal except that we would like to have the apartment soon and without having to wait 3-5 years for it. Bro’s intention is to make a profit from selling the apartment after the 5 years are up but our goal is to stay there for long. Our goals thus don’t match but I know I was affected by the email exchanges.

And as I have expected, I didn’t have a good night’s rest. I was stressed. I need to know mom’s reaction to the flat.

And…my mom is actually okay with it! It turns out that the owner is someone she knows! She had a quick glance at the flat and felt comfortable in it. That’s the thing I want to hear! Since we could not be present to view the flat ourselves, my mom’s opinion does count a lot because she knows my taste, to a certain extent. She even told me that I wouldn’t like the kitchen decor and she’s absolutely right! We will do something about that!

I am at peace again. Mom’s ok with it and that means a great deal to me. Yes, we are all concerned about the economic situation but what needs to be spent has to be spent, as long as it is within our means.

One more barrier crossed. *Thumbs up*

I felt assured again. Thank you, God!

Proceeding with paperwork