Sunday, September 4, 2016

Hot Cocoa Mix

It has been an insanely busy week but being Teacher's Day on Friday and that celebrations were on Thursday, I squeezed some time to make little gifts for a few colleagues.. 

I did up a Hot Cocoa Mix after being inspired by Tasty's video on Facebook. It was pretty simple to put together but it took me 3 days to complete (the hunting of the decoration and the tying etc) cos there was just SOOO much to be done this week. 

It involves 5 simple ingredients and it was a delight to make as much as it was to gift. 

Creamed Mushroom Pasta with Pan Seared Chicken



Today was a busy day. Hubby and I woke up early to clean the house before ma and our aunties came over to make mooncakes. I decided to whip up a simple lunch after our cleaning session and before they came over. This recipe is simple yet delicious. It requires few ingredients and is good on its own, even without the chicken I cooked today. 

I did a simple LIVE video of it earlier in June and it was well received! Here's the link to the video tutorial where the quantity is explicitly mentioned. 

I added some back bacon in today's version. I pan searched the sliced back bacon of about 100g till it was ALMOST cooked. I removed it before adding the butter.. (I didn't clean the pan so as to retain the good flavour of the bacon).. I added it just before adding the cream to the pan.

As for the pan searched chicken, I used 2 chicken legs (fresh ones preferred). I seasoned it with salt, freshly grounded black pepper, garlic powder, dried parsley and dried oregano before pan searing it with about 2 - 3 tbsp of oil. I cooked it for a total of about 12 minutes on medium-low heat, flipping it every 3 minutes or so. 

This is delicious, trust me. Enjoy it! (: 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pandan Gula Meleka Cake

I got rather inspired to bake after a couple of successful bakes last week.. On Sunday, I baked this Pandan Gula Meleka Cake, inspired by the Ondeh Ondeh.


I've been wanting to blog this recipe but since school started on Monday, the admin work and marking has been hellish. I literally slept 2 hours every night, with the exception of last night where I had a better 6 hour sleep. My apologies to those who have been waiting for this recipe!

I'm still dead tired but most of my tasks have been completed for the term.. It's exciting to know that my September Holidays are just round the corner! I plan to catch up on a lot of sleep, bake and craft! 

So anyway, this Pandan Gula Meleka Cake is made with a pandan chiffon base, a swiss meringue gula melaka buttercream and a buttercream sauce.

It'd take about 3 - 4 hours to bake and I'd rate it a difficulty level 3 out of 5 if you can do chiffons.. and maybe a 4 out of 5 is chiffons are tricky for you.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Old fashioned cake (slices) with homemade piping jelly


After a long wait, I finally gathered energy to bake these Old fashioned cakes. They probably evoke memories for you as much as they did for me. I grew up with them and I loved them alongside many different types of cakes XD 

I used a chiffon cake base adapted from the pandan chiffon cake recipe I have and a recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream by Crystal Kuek. I also took the liberty to make my own piping jelly! This recipe takes about 3 to 4 hours to bake and I'd rate it a difficulty level 3 out of 5. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Chocolate Fudge Cake

So I've been on a hiatus for like a really long time. I guess work got the better of me.. and I grew lazy. It didn't help that I hurt my back earlier this year and ended up crafting a lot. 

Miniatures have amazed me and opened brand new doors for me (: I started Cynthia's Miniatures too. 

The house has been really messy too (Guess we got too lazy and busy)... Just 2 weekends ago, we cleaned the guest room, gave away our sofa bed and it's now specially for crafting.. and lazing (: It's got tons of pillows and it's Cartoon's land of many pillows XD

So the kitchen did get cleaned too.. with that, I decided to bake this cake that has been on my list for the longest time ever. This Chocolate Fudge Cake was shared by a friend who took it from 8 days magazine. I added my twist to it by adding some hazelnut paste and changing some parts of the method.

It's a delicious fudge cake that's just sweet enough without being sickening. The cake is light and fluffy while the fudge lends a sweet touch to it. It was really well received by my friends and colleagues! 

So here's the recipe for the Chocolate Fudge Cake. It'd take about 3-4 hours to bake and I'd rate it a difficulty level 3 out of 5. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Homemade Mango Sorbet (With just 2 ingredients)

Last week, my office combined forces (haha!) to order mangoes from the supplier. We ordered a thousand odd bucks worth of mangoes from the supplier! 


As the weather was just really warm, the mangoes ripened a little too soon for my liking. I had gotten 2 cartons after all! These Chousas were pretty sweet and had a lovely creamy texture.

After sharing one carton with both my families, I had one carton to myself. I was busy over the weekend conducting replica food classes (Yes I do them now!) so I haven't had the time to play with these lovely mangoes.

 

 
I did 3 workshops over the weekend and ma came over for some fun too! 

Cartoon was a little busybody! 


Nonya Kueh Bracelet! 

A Disney inspired donut bracelet from one of the sessions! 
Replica food has been my latest hobby, especially after I hurt my back in April/May.. I've been on a baking/cooking hiatus ever since! XD 

Anyway, I was inspired by Gemma of Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking and decided to make some Mango Sorbet! 

I peeled 6 mangoes.. 

Slice the mangoes into small pieces and freeze them. I did so in a bowl and it got stuck together. I'd suggest that you freeze them on a baking sheet instead! I allowed my mangoes to freeze overnight.

In a food processor, add mangoes and condensed milk. I blitzed them in the ratio 200g mango: 35g sweetened condensed milk. 

Allow mixture to blend till you get a nice and creamy texture. Scoop into containers and freeze overnight.

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I stored them into mini containers with lids purchased from Cold Storage. I added a lovely sticker from Taobao just to make it prettier! My hubby enjoyed it last night... I took some to the office and my colleagues loved it too! It's just so rich in mango flavour and it's so easy to make. I hope you'll enjoy making it too! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

French Pastry lesson with my sister at Palate Sensations

On the 5th of June, my sister and I woke up really early (for weekend's standard that is!) and travelled to Buona Vista for our French Pastry Class. It's a lesson conducted by Palate Sensations as arranged by SkillsHQ. It was $240 but it was fully redeemable using our Skills Future Credits. 

I loved the cooking school! 

We learned to make creme patisserie from scratch! 

Worked out our arm muscles to create our sweet and savoury shortcrust pastry. The savoury one was a bitch! XD The sweet one was way easier! 

We made a Chocolate Lava Cake which was really simple! 

Time went by really quickly even though it was a full day lesson.. 

We also made a savoury mushroom quiche..

My sister with our creations! 

My creations! 

The chocolate lava cake! 




It was a lesson we enjoyed though $240 would be on the costlier side if I were to pay for the lesson on our own XD 

I love SkillsFuture Credits! Have you used yours? XD 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Food Jewellery Part 3

I've been working on more food jewellery lately! Sharing some of my works here! 

Tonkatsu...


With rice and lettuce! 

Moooooo hot plate! 

Tau Sar Piah

Pandan Chiffon Cake

Tau Sar Piah which I made into a necklace

Rice, grain by grain shaped by hand (:

Love the tifin carrier a lot! 

Chicken rice!

Nonya Platter using polymer clay done with Miniature Asian Chef

Coca-Cola with bottle! 

Love the pot!

Ang ku kueh and tutu kueh bracelet

Chicken before 'roasting'! 

Fishball noodles dry as necklace! 

Such intricate details! 

Beer!

They look really good as earrings! 

Ingredients for Paella

Paella!


Kueh Lapis Sagu as a stud!

Ang Ku Kueh earring

Paella with prawn earring

Popsicle bracelet

Cakes!


Made a mould out of a AKK magnet I got..

Adorable bowl!


Beef Stew with a spoon!

Dim sum studs

I even have a stove now! 

Roasted Chicken!

Dim Sum with tray necklace
  
Durian puff!

Prawn earring

Cakes

Beef stew, roasted chicken and kuehs

Beef stew!

A glass of red

Part of my collection

A bottle of red chilli

Paddlepop necklace

Pomfret


Paddlepop dangling earring

Macarons

Durian puff

Milo earrings!

Rainbow cake slices

Paddlepop studs

Work in progress

Coffee, toast and soft boiled eggs

Kueh Lapis Sagu studs


Steamboat

Dim Sum basket ring




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