Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Dinner 2011

Even though I have a two-week break from research, it seems that I need to keep myself busy. My mind was set to write a holiday card message to my long-distance family and spend some quality time with friends and family.

Recently, my research group produced a sample out of carbon atoms that has the shape of a snowflake. In science terms, it is called a fractal. The dimension of the sample is about the diameter of a human hair. My colleagues had this idea of having this sample as an image for a custom-made (or limited edition) holiday card. I found this idea so neat that I brought the image to a print and copy centre, and make a few holiday cards out of it.

With my photography skills improving, I have been posting less frequently food that are made by my friends during cooking meetings. I felt that the quality of these pictures are not up to par mainly due to composition and improper lighting, also I'm used to take food pictures in my "studio". I used to publish quite a lot of recipes when I started this blog. These meetings are still very active, cooking together twice a month, and it has been running for over 3 years now. The cooking group is still expanding, attracting new graduate students to join us. If my three original officemates and I haven't started this cooking project in Fall 2008, this blog would not exist and I probably would not have so many great friends made along my graduate studies. The name Random Cuisine surprisingly still holds over the years.

I'll finish this post with some pictures of our Christmas dinner.

Sharing food with great friends
Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
Apple, Raisin and Walnut Salad
Salted Duck Eggs
Salted Duck Eggs with Tofu
Tuna Pie
Meal with a glass of sauvignon
Desserts: Lemon Bars, Gingerbread cookies and Apple Pie
Gift Exchange
Happy Holidays!!!


  1. Marvellous foods,seems u guys had a fabulous christmas party.

  2. Happy Christmas Victor! Looks like you had a great one. All the food looks utterly delicious. Yum!
    Have a wonderful New Year too!

  3. You for sure had a fun and delicious holiday!
    Happy New Year Victor!

  4. Merry Christmas Victor, sorry for my late wishes..Look like you had a wonderful dinner..Today i also just posted homemade salted eggs,,your salted egg with tofu, look yummy! Happy New Year 2012 to you!

  5. Great food with great company! A wonderful way of celebrating! A great idea with the card, looks really nice!
    Happy New Year, Victor!

  6. Really enjoyed reading you this morning Victor. Thank you for your visit. Wishing you the best for 2012.

  7. Looks like a very Merry Christmas with delicious food and fun friends. Great celebration!
    Have a very happy New Year, Victor!

  8. Great idea Victor to use image in greeting cards, I see a greeting card with scale bar :)I'm going to steal this idea for next year. All food delish and loved the apple salad!! Hop,e you are having blast welcoming new year!! Happy new year to you, have a fantastic year with all great results to speed up your graduation. Cheers!!

  9. Looks like a fun time and great food with your friends, Victor! They are lucky to have a great cook like you as a friend.

  10. Awww sounds like you had a great holiday celebration with your friends! It reminded me my college time (although our food wasn't comparable to your feast!). :-)

  11. Hey guys, at my Christmas night I just tried out cooking this pasta for 4, and it was AWESOME. I mean like... best pasta ever... But I was making this pasta for four and I confused the measurements. My pasta had 6 cups, so I recommend multiplying everything by 5, trust me. Thank you for this delicious recipe!!! I also added taco seasoning for a bit of extra taste.



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