Monday, December 28, 2009

Bread Making

Tried Alex Goh "Magic Bread" recipe for Basic Sweet Bread Dough. I didn't do a great job for this though the bread was edible. I would need to give it another try again, putting the right sequence using my BM.

Anyway this is the Cheese Bun that we did on Princess birthday.

Original Recipe from Alex Goh - Magic Bread

100g bread flour
70g boiling water

300g bread flour
100g plain flour
80g sugar
6g salt
20g milk powder
9g instant yeast

175g cold water
60g cold eggs

60g butter

  1. Add the boiling water from A into flour, mix until well blended to form dough. Cover and set aside to cool. Keep it into regrigerator for at least 12 hours
  2. Mix B until well-blended. Add in C and knead to form rough dough. Add in A and knead until well-blended.
  3. Add in D and knead to form elastic dough.
  4. Let it proof for 40 mins
  5. Divide the dough into required weight and mould it round. Let it rest for 10 mins and ready to use.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Princess 5th Birthday - DIY Bake It Yourself Party

We had a very mini DIY Bake It Yourself Birthday Party held at home, with only 5 friends from the school. 5 yrs old with 5 friends (a good one huh) Appreciate the parents who drop off their precious with me this morning for the party from 10.30 am - 1pm.

Menu for the DIY
1) Chocolate Chip Cookie
2) Bread Making
3) Sandwich cutting with shape cutter

Little Chef in action for Chocolate Chip Cookie

Applause to the hardworking little chef with their cookie making

Princess cutting a steam chocolate cake , unfortunately i didn't take a close up picture of the cake.
* Happy 5th Birthday my precious girl
While waiting for their parent to pickup, the kiddies enjoying themselve with "Tom & Jerry" show from SCV channel -Cartoon Network

Princess was showered with X'mas & Birthday Gift. A BIG Thank You to all the friends, uncles & aunties for making it so special for her.

Christmas Eve 24 Dec 2009

We've a mini home celebration this year. We got from Cold Storage a Dinner Deal Standard ($49.90, serves 6 – 8 persons)
It includes a Capon Smoked Chicken (1.7kg), Honey Baked Ham (1.5kg), Beddar Cheddar Johnsonville Sausage (500g) and a FREE Cooler bag.

We need to put everything back into the oven to make hot.

Dinner Menu :
Smoked Chicken
Garlic Bread
Chocolate Roll Cake

冬至 - 12 月22 日

From young we were taught 冬大过年 and also a saying of 冬湿年干= if it rain in Winter, Chinese New Year will be dry. It's a must to eat 湯圓, so that we'll grow a year older (just a chinese saying). My family favourite is Gula Melaka flavor 湯圓, it's also my witness.

Important to note, 冬至 is always falls on 22 Dec yearly. Which also 3 days before our Christmas Day 25 Dec, amazing huh ...

My mama and the little helpers with the DIY 湯圓 making.

好温心的一刻, a great bonding time

No exact measurement for the ingredients. All thru' my mama estimation...

占米粉 (少许)
mix with hot water and slowly form into a dough

Wrap it up with Gula Melaka filling

For the sweet soup base
- Water
- Pandan Leave
- Gula Melaka

Malacca Trip

Malacca River Cruise
Captain on board
I like this picture, so nature & cool.

St Paul Church

Friday, December 18, 2009

More X'mas party pictures

I'm super happy, dear Yanti got the picture whom I missed out.

Here's the complimentary photo from Yanti....

1) My beautified brownie after dolling it up with the left over icing figure from a log cake
2) Star Dish ..... Kirk's MIL Roasted Turkey. AAA very unforgetable taste and texture 3) This is the X'mas tree that we placed all our wishes for the gift exchange

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009 Office X'mas Party - 15 Dec 09

We had an early x'mas party at the office after work hours, there were plenty of foods. I only took a picture or 2 and even forgotten to snap a picture of my doll up (beautify) brownie i made :( Even forgotten to snap our yearly star dish .... Kirk's MIL home cooked specialty "Turkey". It's really super nice and the best we had ever try. So tender, juicy and unforgettable taste --- Yum Yum. Never had we tried anything so good like this before. Mann.... i'm really getting old or perhaps the food was so good that i was drown into it .... Just attack the food, photo taking never mind ... hahahha

Here's the only picture of a small portion of the food displayFor the last part of the party - gift exchange. I've put up Alex Goh latest book "Magic Bread"as my wishing list this year. Thanks Yen Yen for the book and the greeting card.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Harshbown Bacon Chedder Cheese Puff

The name this bake was super long and complicated, in reality it's easy to make.

2 harshbrown (chopped)
2 slice bacon (bites)
70g self raising flour
70ml milk
1/2 egg (lightly beaten)
125g grated chedder cheese

  1. In a bowl mix milk & egg
  2. Add in all the balance ingredient and give it a good mix with a spoon or spatula
  3. Drop a bite size of the mixture onto the lined baking sheet
  4. Baked at 200c for 18 - 20 mins or till golden brown

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New kid in Town !

I was at Chip Bee Garden-Phoon Huat this afternoon and saw this new ice cream place - The Daily Scoop their latest outlet i guess.

Prince choice flavor :- Peach Bum! - need a buddy to chill out with? a tub of our peach yoghurt ice cream fits the bill

Princess pick flavour : Kookie Monster - so chockfull of cookies, we're sure the big blue monster would approve

Monday, November 16, 2009

Princess 5th Birthday Goodies Bag

Another all night long baking of gingerbread man. This time I only baked 1 portion of the recipe. My girl birthday is in Dec but her daddy said he doesn't want her to feel left out. Most of her classmates give away goodies bag during their birthday and daddy want her to feel special too. So we decided to bake our own gingerbread man and pack it with other handy items inside the goodies bag. Well mommy need to prepare all though daddy just suggest (so easy huh .... )

She brought 31 goodies bag for her teachers & friends

Year End Class Party

The kitchen was still busy though posting not updated. In fact lots of mid night and wee hours baking going on. Here's last Thursday fresh from the oven update for my son class year end Party and he has requested for an individual pack Gingerbread man for everyone in class.

Here's my girl master piece, really appreciate her help.

Me taking care on the rest of the icing, WIP - work in progress still ....

My son got this great idea by having the the gingerbread man holding a candy stick. Don't they look nice with the candy stick ? He brought 36 gingerbread boys & girls to school on Thursday morning.
At the same time, I made ham & cheese sandwich, Egg Mayo Sandwich as well. Last but not least some cocktail hot dog that was not on the picture.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Orange Chiffon Cake II

Got this Orange Chiffon Cake posting from Cheryl. My son said he wanted orange chiffon cake for a change, so I giving it a go and did some modification to it. While baking the aroma of the cakes smell so good .... even my mama in the room could smell it.
100ml fresh orange juice
1 rind orange zest
6 eggs yolk
2 tbsp canola oil
50g castor sugar

120g flour
1 tsp baking powder

6 Eggs white
1 tsp cream of tartar
50g castor sugar


  1. Using hand whisk mix (A) until well blended. Add (B) and mix well

  2. On a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks from using high speed until foamy. Add sugar & cream of tartar, continue whipping until stiff (like snow) * Don't overbeat and this process are done in a very quick manner.

  3. Quickly use a spatula take 1/4 of the meringue and slowly fold into the egg yolk mixture in the earlier bowl. Mix until well combine. Finally add in the remaining meringue and mix well

  4. Pour mixture into an ungreased chiffon tin and bake for about 40-45 mins @ 175c. * Bake at the lower rack

  5. Immediately turn tin over on a cake rack to cool before loosening cake

Friday, November 6, 2009

Simple Double Chocolate chip cookie

I did a mid night bake after coming back home from work. Friday princess going for school excursion and she requested for chocolate chip cookie. I need to spend some time to look for a simple and new recipe to test at the same time. Now presenting you ....
115g butter
180g self rasing flour (sifted)
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
70g castor sugar * will cut down another 10g in next bake
40g light brown sugar
1 egg (lightly beaten)
a pinch of salt
1/4tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

  1. Cream butter and sugar till creamy
  2. Add egg and blend well
  3. Pour in flour, cocoa powder, vanilla essence, salt & chocolate chip and mix well
  4. Chill the dough for about 15-30 mins to set
  5. Scoop the dough with a spoon and drop it on the lined tray
  6. Bake at 175c for 15-20 mins

Monday, October 26, 2009

Chocolate Rolls with Nutella Chocolate Rice

Kids said they wanted chocolate rolls vs custard cream puffs. Hmmm no more escaping for me, as i always find it very challenging making swiss rolls and envy others alot when they did one. I had been asked many times by my dear friends, when will I get my hands on swiss roll making. We even talk about it this afternoon. Yeah, yeah finally I get myself moving and proud to say, I have overcome my fear ...

Presenting you my chocolate rolls with Nutella chocolate rice

DH said very nice the chocolate roll. He said if I put more Nutella and chocolate rice would be better. Too bad this round princess said she don't want too much of that. Hmmm ... note note next time.
3 eggs (separate 2 yolks & 2 white)
80g caster sugar
60g cake flour
4 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp chocolate paste
Filling :- Nutella & chocolate rice

  1. Line the roll cake 11" x 11" baking tray with a piece of 15" x 15" greaseproof paper
  2. In the first bowl, place 2 yolks and 1 egg beat well. Add 40g sugar, continue beating and add chocolate paste
  3. On a separate bowl, beat eggs white with mixer till foamy. Add 40g sugar gradually and continue beat till stiff peak
  4. Use a spatula take 1/4 of the meringue and slowly fold into the chocolate mixture in the earlier bowl. Mix until well combine. Finally add in the remaining meringue and mix well
  5. Sift flour over the egg mixture and fold gently
  6. Pour in the milk and fold gently. Do not overmix
  7. Bake at 175c for 20 mins
  8. Lift the cake out of the tray and place on a flat surface. Start to roll the cake at the same time peel off the paper when roll.
  9. Unroll the cake and spread Nutella and sprinkle chocolate rice on the surface and re-roll. Cool cake before slicing

Otah Sandwich

Clearing stock for bread. Here's the joke, my son SMS my hubby to get him bead, instead hubby came home with a loaf of BREAD. *** faint

In order to put the bread into good use for the stomach and I have Muar otah at my freezer. So I did Otah sandwich on Sunday.
Toasted & Non toasted bread

Personally I like the toasted otah sandwich. So crispy

1 packet Muar Otah (Prawn) - cook in microwave for 5-6 mins
8-10 slice bread
butter (optional for spreading on bread)

Electric Sandwich maker for toasting
Manual Moulded Sandwich maker for non toast bread

Friday, October 23, 2009

Simple Meaty Dinner

Managed to grab some drumlets from Cold Storage this morning at a good deal. This was a recipe shared by a long time friend... many many year---s ago. After such a long time this is my first time making this Mexican chicken Drumlets. I could still remember the process of making this after such a long time. hahahha...

Dish #1 - Mexican Chicken Drumlets
Marinate 18 pcs drumlet with pepper salt and tabasco pepper sauce
Bake at 230c till cooked and brown (approximately 30-45 mins)
Dash some more tabasco sauce while baking
Dish #2 - Luncheon Meat ham, fried egg & tang hoon soup
1/2 can of Luncheon Meat Ham (cut into cube)
3 eggs season with sesame oil, add a little water and fried
2 small bundle of Tang Hoon (glass noodles) soak a little
1 litre water
fish sauce & soya sauce to taste
Finally bring everything to boil
Dish #3 - Luncheon Meat Ham & egg fried rice
A dish especially requested by Princess

Monday, October 19, 2009

Crispy Pork Chop

Hmmm thinking hard what to cook for the family... Finally I decided crispy pork chop for dinner tonight. During noon Prince and I went NTUC and bought some quick sales pork chop. Immediately reached home got the meat marinated. I only get to cook them in the evening after the kids went to the playground.

I'm really happy that Princess likes it. Princess is a picky eater and she doesn't eat a lot of meat. Glad that she take this dish well, as for Prince he appreciate food and my cooking. Cheers !
500g Pork Chop = 4 slices

(B) (rough guide)
1 tsp Five spice Powder
1 tbsp pepper salt
1 tsp Mirin
1/2 tsp dark soya sauce
1 tbsp Oyster sauce
1 tbsp Sesame oil
1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp fish sauce

1 egg white

150g bread crumbs (put more when necessary)

  1. Wash the pork chop and give it a massage (tenderise) using a meat mallet.
  2. Mix well and marinate Ingredient B for 1 - 2 hrs
  3. Prepare 2 plate 1 for egg white the other for bread crumbs
  4. Dip a slice pork chop on the egg white
  5. Next coat the pork chop evenly with bread crumbs
  6. Heat up the oil to deep fry the bread crumbs pork chop and cooked it till golden brown

Tau Suan 豆爽

150g split beans
100g sugar
3 pandan leaves (washed & knotted)
2 tbsp potatoes starch / Chestnut powder
1 litre water


  1. Soak the split green beans in hot water for about 1 hour
  2. Put beans, water and pandan leaves into the pot and boil till the the bean is soft
  3. Add sugar and stir till melt
  4. Then gradually stir in the starch (to prevent lumpiness, mix the starch with some water before pouring into the pot)
  5. Served with sliced You Tiao

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Nutella Marble Cake

I was searching thru' the kitchen, again nothing exciting to eat. I think the weather make me feel so sianz.... So I decided to bake my long craving marble cake with Nutella. During Hari Raya Puasa Nur brought some Nutella Marble cake to office, after tasting I told myself I must bake this. What a wonderful combination, I could use my favourite butter cake recipe and spread it with Nutella. Thinking of it already make me feel so excited.

Since I'm not giving any away, a half portion will be just right for my family.

I use half my favorite butter cake recipe and baked in a loaf tin. After the cake cool down a little, I slice the cake into half and spread a generous portion of Nutella over it. Hmmm ... it tastes like heaven especially with the warm Marble cake with the melting effect from the Nutella.