Thursday, January 13, 2011

Joe can cook! Episode 19: Baked Eggs (In the midst of the Queensland Floods)

At the start of the week, i appealed to you all to donate for the Queensland flood. The waters had be pouring onto the outskirt suburbs from Brisbane and there was a massive flood spreading. 

On Tuesday, it was updated that the water had rushed through a town called Toowomba; many would have seen pictures of cars being moved around the flooded streets by the currents like toy cars. 

The waters flowed through and was headed towards Brisbane via the river and the whole city was evacuated.

Thankfully, the idea to stay where it involves a 10-15 minute walk up hill back home everyday paid off as the flooding has not affected us physically. 

Mentally, hours glued on the TV to see how the water has affected the state has been devastating. Imagine streets like Changkat Bukit Bintang in Malaysia being flooded with 2-3 metre deep waters, the whole Central Business District shut and in some cases, only the roofs of two story houses visible from videos taken from the helicopter. 

Panic buying at supermarkets resulted in two hour queues, thankfully as a natural glutton, i only needed to stock up a little.

For those who are still interested to know of the progress, follow #qldflood on Twitter or Queensland Flood on facebook. Donations can be made here.

Someone sent me a picture, taken from the outside of my office at 2pm yesterday, estimated that at peak of 4.5 metres (4am this morning), would have been a good metre higher than the water levels shown in this picture.

Let's hope that the peak this afternoon will be no worse from the levels taken this morning and everything will be back to normal, as quick as possible.

Apart from the flood, i would like to end the post with a slightly different way of making eggs. 


Butter up the ramekin then put in two eggs, a dash of cream, grated parmesan, salt and pepper and put it in the oven at 180 degrees for 6-10 minutes (depending on how runny you want it). If you like half boiled eggs like me, go for 6 minutes, if you like a more solid egg, just leave it in the oven longer.

Not much to say except if i am still stuck at home for the next couple of days, i will definitely be making this again.


Lyrical Lemongrass said...

It's sad to see the pictures of the floods. I have a friend who lives in Towoomba and I'm hoping she's okay.

thule a.k.a leo said...

LOL! don't you have any other ingredients to make a meal anymore?? I mean.. beside egg

Michelle Chin said...

Is that a seeded bun?

I have a relative staying in brisbane. No news from her, yet.

qwazymonkey said...

THe pic look like when Katrina hit New Orleans.

Well, with you folks being the only ones I know, it's comforting to see that you're OK and eating well. I hope things will be much better soon. Take care Joe!

Jun said...

glad to know u're safe and sound! *hugs to u and nic*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jun: thank! yes very safe and sound. infact everyone is swimming and sun tanning out at the pool, it doesnt look like theres a flood going on.

qwazymonkey: thanks jon!

mchin: well make contact soon! yeah its a wholegrain bun from coles i think.

leo: got la, but panic buying from the supermarket means im too lazy to queue and eat whatever i have in the fridge

awol: i hope so too. toowomba was badly hit but lucky the waters left as quick as it came.

Tummy Rumble said...

wow, I didn't know the flood was so darn bad man.. I heard its bad and all lah, just haven't seen it. Anyway, take care man.. atb..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummyrumble: that picture does not tell the whole story, its bad..

J said...

Well, good to see that you are safe but gosh, the flood looks pretty bad! :(

minchow said...

I know someone in Brisbane who has to rely on food drops now - hope the situation recovers soon! And here's hoping you continue to feed yourself well up on the dry hill!

eiling lim said...

Glad to know you're safe and well. Hopefully it'll be all over soon.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: yeah its getting better by the day, the water levels are back to normal and people are ready to clean up the city.

minchow: thank u, need to go down the hill to get supplies soon too!

j: the picture is nothing..

babe_kl said...

phew thank goodness you're not directly affected.

this egg is one of the easiest and most delish dish ever ;-)

Coketai said...

Hi Joe...nice to know that you secure a job now in Brisbane!!

Life for Beginners said...

Glad you're both safe and sound... and the panic buying at the supermarkets, well, that reminds me of a scene from a disaster movie. Sad that we forget sometimes (natural) disasters aren't only found in fantasy but in reality too. Makes me all the more grateful for what I have.

Take care, mate! *hugs*

Life for Beginners said...

P.S. On a side note, them eggs look yummy! (And I like them slightly yummy like you too!)

mez said...

Is this in Singapore?

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