Cakes cakes cakes

So the day is over. Our bazaar is over. My cakes sold like hot cakes! Within the first hour… woot! *happy happy*

cake shop

This was the “scene” in my kitchen last night.

The layer cake I mentioned I was baking then

layer cake2

My sister said “macam factory” (like a factory) at work. Hehe…

layer cake3

Then after this cake was completed, we decided that we should make another cake – a simple one – Butter Cake with Choco Chips! Yum!

butter with choco chips

Well, factory closed past midnight last night. It was all worthy.

Come back tomorrow for my giveaway post. Go here to sign up too!

Baking for KA Bazaar tomorrow

So I’m baking like mad today. While writing this post, I’m waiting for my Layered cake to bake. Every 10 minutes or so I’m adding on a new layer. It’s tedious, but really worth the effort.

This afternoon, I baked this yogurt cake. Instead of using fresh strawberries, I used canned peaches. Yes I know it sounds like a rather inferior substitute, but believe me it is super delicious. The canned peaches gives the cake a sweeter taste, because of the juices it was soaked in and because peaches are generally sweeter than strawberries. Both variations are just as good.

The cakes are all packed up for sale in our annual church bazaar tomorrow!

peach yogurt cake for sale! 3

RM 6 for a pack of 2 pieces, each piece measuring about 3″x3″. It’s a bargain!

peach yogurt cake for sale!

I guess photos for layered cake will come in the next post. Good night for now 🙂

my first bread ^^

I’ve never baked bread before. I heard it takes hours and hours and all the kneeding and the yeast! 😛

But today, I decided to try baking bread BECAUSE…

i wanted to,

AND…

i found a recipe which is…

FAST

NO kneeding (not much anyway!)

NO yeast

Very LITTLE ingredient

NO oil/butter

It’s called the Traditional Irish Soda Bread.

The only variation I made to the recipe was to add wholemeal flour, and I used milk+vineger for the buttermilk.

Ta da!

Each “bun” measures about 5 inch in diameter.
homebaked wholemeal bread

Crispy on the outside…

homebaked wholemeal bread1.jpg

Soft & spongy on the inside.

SCORE!

hello churros!

My last post was slightly more than a week ago.

Not much of sewing was done – just one (will share later), but I manage to do quite a lot of cooking. I made Assam (Tamarind) Prawns just 2 days ago, but I don’t have a photo for it. Was too excited to dig in and wallop the prawns 😛 Yesterday I made Wholemeal pancakes. Also no photos. 🙁

This morning, I decided to make Churros for breakfast. Recipe from here. I saw it on AFC (Asian Food Channel) and it looked easy enough to make.

Turned out good ! Slightly on the sweet side which I don’t prefer, but overall it is yummy!

home made churros1

My Churros turned out VERY crispy because I use a very small piping tip – which is the only one I had.

home made churros

Oh ya, there this Sew Mama Sew Giveway happening on 21st of May, and I have decided to join! You can read more about it here and maybe decide to join too?

Ok, have a great day. I’ll be back later today (hopefully) to blog about my new space at home.

a healthy kinda cake- yogurt with strawberry

1 cup / 226g butter
2 cups sugar (I use only 1 cup)
3 large eggs (I use 4 as the eggs I has was small)
2.5 cups flour
a pinch of baking soda
a pinch of salt
3 tbs lemon juice
Lemon zest
220g plain thick yogurt (recipe suggested to use Greek yogurt for the thick consistency)
300g fresh strawberries, cut in halfs

1) In bowl A, sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Put aside.
2) In bowl B, beat butter and sugar till soft and fluffy. Add in egg one at a time while continue on beating the batter. Then, add in the lemon juice.
3) Add in mixture A (flour) and yogurt alternately, little by little, while still continue beating the batter.
4) Lastly, fold in the fresh strawberries.

yogurt with strawberry cake batter

5) Oven is preheated at 190 degree celcius. Bake the batter for 60 – 80 minutes. The thicker the cake the longer you need to bake it (this depends on the diameter of your pan).

The cake should be browned on top, spongy moist inside.
My strawberries was oozing… yummy!!!!
yogurt with strawberry

Welcoming Saturday with cupcakes

The pink polka dots cups are the cutest! Topped with one of the most fabulous cakes I’ve ever eaten in my life (i’m not kidding)… oohh laa laaa!!!!
hokkaido cupcakes!!!

This is Hokkaido Cake. It’s soft, spongy, taste of vanilla with white fluffy cream inside.

hokkaido cupcakes!!!

I couldn’t resist!

I want more!!!!!

Even my dog cannot resist.

Looky looky he is begging… 😛
gimme some pleaseee

gimme some pleaseee

gimme some pleaseee

YUM!!!
gimme some pleaseee

Happy Saturday!

This Saturday, today, it is hot day. Traffic jam. Road blocks. It’s because the Bersih 3.0 Rally is happening in the city. I shall not speak about it. Politics. Not my interest. There’s enough people talking about it already anyways. So, I’m going into a “Sewing Retreat” by myself in my lovely home. Enjoying the bliss of staying home.

Happy weekend! Yay!

coconut oh coconut

Today, I did some baking using coconut. It started out with me wanting to eat something sweet with the grated coconut texture. Don’t ask me why? I can’t explain it.

Then I remembered I scribbled this recipe I found online a few weeks ago. So… checked my pantry. Had all the ingredients except for the coconut milk and the grated coconut. Out came my iphone, and I WhatsApp my sister, asked her to buy the coconuts for me on her way home from work. Just 1 grated coconut (half if it is a huge coconut) and 100ml of coconut milk.

My sister bought 2 grated coconuts (and it was really a HUGE coconut), plus about 300ml of coconut milk. She said, at first she bought 2 grated coconuts so that I can juice half of that to get the milk. Then she ASSUMED (idiot!) I didn’t know how to juice the coconut, so she bought the ready made coconut milk for me. Now I have so much coconuts!

Anyhoo… I made 2 cakes!

One with the recipe I found online (sorry I forgot from where), and another one is just normal butter cake with lots of coconut inside!.

This is the normal butter cake with coconut inside. I haven’t tried it, still in the baking pan. But I’m assuming it is nice. *fingers cross*

coconut cake

This one,
coconut custard cake

the recipe from “online” is actually a 3 layer cake. Bottom is a biscuit like crust, followed by grated coconut with brown sugar mixture, and topped with coconut + eggs (like custard, but not really).

Yum! Nice. What is your sweet tooth for the day?

chocolates!

I simply love them.

chocolates

Ritter Sport is one of my favourite chocolate brands. I bought these when I was visiting Germany last year end. Kept them like treasure in my fridge 😛 Finally, I had to eat them before they get expire.

They are so affordable overseas… barely MYR5. In Malaysia, we get them in duty free in the airport for MYR9, or MYR7 in duty free states like Langkawi. Not many places sells them. In Village Grocer (aka the expatriate grocery shops.. expensive! MYR 13) on occasions we can find them. That being said, it is also hard to find a variety of flavours. These winter range cannot be found in Malaysia.

Ok. The reason for this random post is because I tried editing this photo in pixlr express. As we all know picnik is closing very very soon… like this Thursday *sad*… so this pixlr express is the most recommended replacement. Frankly, I don’t know why they have to shut down picnik. I don’t know what I will do if flickr decides to close too 😛

Anyway, I hope you all are have the bestest of the weekend!
Cheers!

Happy Easter!

I hope it is not too late to wish you a very Happy and Blessed Easter.
Easter candles 2012

I have been MIA (missing in action) lately, due to work commitments and just being brain dead after that.

I have been continuing with my “spring cleaning” though, albeit not as I planned i.e. one thing a day. I spent last Wednesday and half of Thursday (yesterday) cleaning the whole day away. It was to catch up after lasping for a few days (notice I stopped after ‘day 3’). I must say I’m proud of myself, I so many things done, among them is getting my craft cupboard tidied up, and the stationery drawer cleaned! The room looks neat and spacious now! Yay!

Anyway, I wanted to show you these really wonderful food we had for our Easter lunch.

pork chop!
grilled pork chop

chilli pork burger!!
pork burger with gambas and chilli

day 3 of spring cleaning

It’s almost 4.30pm and I’m just going to start my day 3 of spring cleaning. It’s been a busy day. I don’t even know why I call it a “spring” cleaning seeing that there is no Spring in Malaysia. It’s hot and humid all year round. We don’t have 4 seasons. We perhaps can say we have rainy season and not rainy season.

Some time in the year are much more wetter than other, while some time in the year can be slightly cooler than other time, the temperature ranges from 28 to 38 degree celcius. But don’t get me wrong, 28 degree celcius is still very warm (and humid)! It’s not like in Holland or Scotland where 28 degree celcius you can still be shiver without a light windbreaker.

Anyway, I have a secret. Actually I have a few secrets. I can’t share now because it is a secret… but I will soon. It’s some things I am making. Soon.

Meanwhile, I will leave you with this…

Mango Salad:
mango salad

Pork + beef burger (it’s named Aussie burger):
aussie pork burger

This is from a shop named Andes (I think!) located in Aman Suria. More info soon.. as I plan to visit them again after Easter!