Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am not sure whether this is a pumpkin season but my kitchen is overloaded with pumpkins given by friends and neighbours. As none of my family member fancy steamed pumpkins ( which is the only thing my mum will do with pumpkins), so I am thinking of other ways to finish the fruit (or vegetable ??).
I remember i came across a recipe from Happy Home Baking of baking pumpkin bread using freshly cooked pumpkin puree. Using the same recipe, I am going to bake my very own pumpkin bread.
While I was eagerly preparing the ingredients for the bread, I realised i didnt have honey with me. Well, I think it is ok to omit it as only 1 tsp is needed (I halfed the recipe), haha, a lousy excuse resulted from my refusal to drag myself out to get it as it was raining. Instead, I added some sugar and milk powder as substitution of honey for it's contribution to the bread's sweetness and moisture.
The crust of the bread was a bit hard, I think i overbaked it as this is the first time I bake my bread at 190c (usually I use 170c). It was also too salty for my liking. The good things is, u can never smell or taste pumpkin from the bread. The only clues is from the beautifully arranged pumpkin seeds on the top of bread, so even Yap (who really don't like pumpkin) also had no problem of having it.
Monday, December 29, 2008
First and foremost...a must-go place for x'mas in s'pore - Orchard. People say u never been to Spore if u never been to Orchard. Nevertheless, not a favourite place for me but a bit exceptional this year. As the saying goes "the sun will set in Marina Bay and the countdown shall begins in Orchard" ... We reached 6 hour earlier to Orchard (where the 24th Dec countdown was held, as usual), there were already, say, ten million people gathering in this road!! Not to mention the overcrowded restaurants and super-packed shopping megamall. This year's theme was sweet x'mas, therefore, the whole street was filled with candies. (but nothing is free)
Xmas tree is a must for this celebration. I had spotted a few ....
The "Most romantic x'mas tree" award goes to Clark Quay's X'mas tree due to its whitish and pinkish lighting. Although not as huge as the earlier in Vivo City, the tree does have its own charm. An eye-catching tree.
The suntec city's one was full with silver balls and reddish decoration (not sure whether they were flowers or simply ribbons). Warning.. u need to queue up to take photos with this tree...haha.
So... that's all for all the award winning xmas tree in Spore... do u have anything to share? post your home xmas tree to me.. and i rate it...haha
Monday, December 22, 2008
This is the proof how seriously they are shaping their tang yuan. This year, we only had those pre-mixed tang yuan eaten with ground peanut and gula melaka.
Asked how they get to know the tang yuan shaping technique, they said they learn from Ah Wang. I was wonder whether Ah Wang is their new little friend but later they notify me that it's the Ah Wang on hong kong series 阿 旺 新 傳 。 See, kids do learn things from tv, so keep an eye on tv show they are watching.
As usual, my mum prepares popiah using the way she used to cook this for decades. ;P. Yummy. I have eaten this food since... say, when I start eating solid food. After so many years..this is still my favorite festive food.
Now, it's my turn to give. I have did something unrelated to dong zhi. Dala... a pandan chiffon cake which my mum asked for almost every week. This time i used different recipe as the last pandan chiffon cake was not so satisfying. This recipe by Baking Mum using larger amount of coconut milk compare to the previous one. With the superb mixture of coconut milk and fresh pandan extract, the cake turned out to have very irresistable fragrance. The cake also quite moist and fluffy. Unfortunately, i underbake it, but to my surprise, none of my family member realise and complain about it :)
Its a joyful dong zhi
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Therefore, this time i was using the standard method for the crust where the butter was mixed into the flour-sugar mixture with folks until the mixture resembles course crumbs with pea sizes of butter. Then the egg was mixed in bit by bit to form a dough.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
such a windy day, even kids can play kite very well
babies turtle crawling on the beach
I was still hesitating whether to make tis cake tis morning while i was mopping the floor.Get this recipe from aunty yochana, however, it seems like all the followers fail to make this cake, and even aunty yochana herself make tis cake without egg yolks. will it be sucessful?or should i juz play safe and make a cheedar cheese cake?After much consideration, i'm still decided to be adventurous, be it sucess or fail cuz tis is a golden opportunity for me to make such a chocolate rich cake as yap and twins all around, otherwise, it is very hard for me to find 'victim' to finish tis cake as none of my family members are choco-lover, includes me.
I used 6 egg yolks and 6 egg white regardless of the weight from the recipe cuz i didn't want to waste my ingredient. The cake was grow too high and nearly touch the heating element, so i covered the top with aluminium foil. The baking temperature was change to 160c to suit my small oven. The cake was well baked at 30 mins.
The result was so satisfying. I tot the outcome will be a brownies-like cake, something moist and dense. But the cake turned out so soft, light and fluffy, but still very moist, have a very chololatey taste as described. The cake's colour was very dark as the name implies. Yap rate it as 10/10. Twins like it too. Yeah, what a success! Think it will be a cake for all choco-lover.