Wednesday, October 31, 2007

October Spin

October 21st:

A chocolate lover who steals Cadbury mini's at every house we visit during CNY. Another gamer I know who always ask me cds, tips and where to download. I stopped playing RO and Dota already la... Don't follow mi footsteps.

Also, you're another fellow I knew since baby. My... how you've grown! Though I kinda miss pinching your chubby cheeks.
"Penang"... My cousin and friend. My bro's best buddy and worst enemy. I guess I shall not elaborate on that. Xin, I know, you know ya? We both will spill you guys' secret in front of your girl friends.



And since you liked chocolate and Naruto, this cake is made especially for you. Honestly, I had trouble making his hair and drawing his facial expressions. All I had was a comic book to refer to. And guess who helped me out? Your very best friend! He did the hair and guided me with the details.


We both hope you liked it, and Happy 15th Birthday!!



Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lantern Festival

2007 Lantern Festival

Ok, I know the lantern festival was a waaaaaayy long ago event. I'm currently very busy with my studies and have not much time to blog. Plus, is it only me or what? I seem to have trouble login to blogger during noon hours. Hmm...

Anyway, this year I didn't celebrate lantern festival with my family as we didn't organize any. So, off I went to MF's house. We had steamboat and a pot of chicken-stock-laden congee. I brought over some chocolate cake (in the blue tupperware). I forgot to take photos of it. Well anyway, this was what we did on that day.

Double, double, toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble...


Lots and lots of balls~ (oops!!)

After we had our dinner, off we went to the taman's playground. I was astonished to see so many children gathered there. I never once saw that many children gathered to play together in my housing estate. Lighting candles and lanterns, playing fireworks, laughing together. Totally opposite here. Every year there will only be me and cousin's family walking around the garden with lanterns. And what I saw that day... was so lively. I almost forget that I once thought lantern/mooncake festival is a dying tradition.


Lesson #299: How to light candles


Children in the neighbourhood playing fireworks. Looks like some spidey-web.

Simple and lovely...

Not too sure what is it called. A giant lantern? All I know is that almost every occupant in the housing estate came out to witness this. It seems that if you wrote a wish on the lantern, it will come true. Took a loooooong time for it to heat up and fly off without harm. I have a video of the moment before and after it took off... but... How to convert .3gp format to at least .avi??




Sunday, September 30, 2007

Turn Turtle

September 25th:



Saw this on the way out during lunch break. I don't know how it happened. Luckily no one injured.


Saturday, September 29, 2007

Strawberry and Vanilla Cups

There's something about strawberries that makes them special. It's fragrance and vibrant red color makes almost any dessert seductive. Most people like their berries plain, with chocolate or vanilla, be it in cakes or puddings. As for me, I personally prefer strawberries with chocolate.

We had extra scoops of strawberry mousse, puree and bits and piece of strawberries. They were scraps of my cousin's birthday cake. It'll be a waste if I were to dispose of them away. Which I almost did since no one at home really craved for mousse. In the end, mum to the rescue! She came up with this nice concoction.


Strawberry mousse, topped with fresh strawberries and a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled in strawberry puree. Sounds too berry-y, but strangely enough, they didn't!



Now I have a new strawberry dessert favourite!


September Baby

September 11th:

This day of the month holds precious memories for many people. But to me, this very day reminds me of: someone has turned OLDER. Hahaha... Don't kill me ya?

Xin is one of my dearest, yet longest friend ever. She's my cousin in fact. A thought just came through my mind. We grew up together ever since you were born. We lived under the same roof for 5 years? We stayed just doors away now. We went to the same school. We shop, we played Barbie, we yak, we share, we go on holidays, we kick each other, we tolerated each other? ... It's amazing till now we're still like that. For 19 years!! Hahaha... this is my first time ever baking a birthday cake for you. Your requested strawberry mousse birthday cake!

Happy 19th Birthday!!!


Glad you liked it.

p/s: Soon I'll be welcoming you to the 20's club. =)


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bye Bye Summer

Alright. I've been gone long enough. Far too long this time.

I finally found a lil time to do some updating. You might have guessed that my classes have begun. Really begun. Time to say goodbye to summer, and welcome autumn with a big "hello". To tell the truth, I'm not very keen on getting back to uni. Not that I hate uni that much, I do miss the companionship that my uni friends provide. It's just that the thought of projects, assignments and exams puts me off. Sigh... Not even a month have passed by and I'm already missing my summer holidays. Aaaaa~~ I want my summer back.

I'm actually not supposed to be here ranting. I'm currently cracking my head writing:



I'm no pro at programming. I'm still learning. I guess anyone who churned their brains for these would want to crap in their blogs!

I've got tonnes of photos and happenings of this month that's been long overdue. Emails and questions that have not been answered. I know some of you are waiting for your photos to be up and been pestering me to update. Haha... I have not forgotten. My apologies for the long delay. I'll reply to your emails and post your photos accordingly by this weekend ok? So look out for them ya?

Ok, I have to get back to my work.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Pizzzzaaaa!!

Whenever I have pizza, somehow I am reminded of Ninja Turtles. Yes. Especially when young Michelangelo went "Piiiiiiizaaaaaa"! (if I've not mistaken).


Pizza Power!

My favourite was of course, Mikey. A funny fellow that wears orange mask and bands. I grew up watching these cartoons: Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Aota man (UltraMan), My Little Pony, Care Bears, Masked Rider, the list goes on and on.

Speaking of pizza, I made some for tonight's dinner. Making homemade pizza has both benefits and drawbacks. First, I know what ingredients I used for my pizza. Secondly, I can really stack up as much pizza toppings as I like! *giggles* Loads of meat, pineapple pieces and cheese!!

The disadvantage: I tend to overload my pizza.






Pizza Dough

2 tsp dry instant yeast
250ml-280ml warm water
4 cups plain flour
3 tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
Olive oil to greese

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl, keeping aside 30ml water and 1/2 cup flour.
  2. Knead all ingredients until soft, smooth and elastic. Add flour while kneading so that the dough will pull away from the sides of the bowl. If the dough is too dry, add in 1 tsp water at a time. If it is too soft or stack, add 1 tbsp flour at a time.
  3. Form the dough into a ball, cover and leave to ferment, double in size.
  4. Greese pans with olive oil. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  5. Once dough has doubled, take a portion and shape dough into prepared pans.




Pizza Toppings

1/2 a roasted chicken (chunks)
8 chicken sausages (sliced)
1 can pineapple in heavy syrup (drained and cubed)
1 can button mushrooms (drained and sliced thinly)
1 can tomato paste
1 tsp Lea & Perrins sauce
Salt
Pepper
Mozarella cheese
or any other toppings that you like!
  1. Mix tomato paste, Lea & Perrins, salt and pepper to taste. Spread tomato mixture over dough.
  2. Add desired toppings.
  3. Bake 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Serves: 4-6.


Piiizzzaaa~




Friday, August 31, 2007

Strawberry Shortcake

I always had this problem of buying the largest punnet of strawberries and not being able to finish them at a time. Yet, I refuse to buy a smaller pack! I'm so greedy. I made some strawberry-yogurt snack the other day and mum did not like it. I know she loves strawberries but she couldn't enjoy it with yogurt. To compensate for that, I made her favourite strawberry shortcake. I have no idea why it is called a shortcake. All I know is that shortcakes are made from sponge cake layers and whipped cream.



I made the sponge cake with this recipe. Once the sponge has cooled completely, it is divided into 2. A piece of it was spiked with brandy syrup and topped with whipped cream and strawberries. The second piece of sponge is placed on top and is spiked with brandy too. *grins*



The plastic cake case was pretty handy. I notice that the cake does not get dry as fast as when stored in a box.


Anyway, the cake didn't last that long either. 3/4 of it is gone by now.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

White Ruby Layers

I bought some strawberries with no intention of baking or cooking. I ate a few, only to realise later that I could make a snack with yogurt! In one of her shows, Nigella whipped up glasses of Raspberry Oatmeal Swirls for her breakfast guests.

I decided to try it out! I altered this recipe to fit whatever ingredients I could get hold of. Particularly the part where it called for raspberries and oatmeal biscuits. I substituted it with strawberries and Digestive biscuits instead. As for Greek yogurt, I used our regular low-fat yogurt from supermarkets. Despite the alterations, strawberries and yogurt complement each other well. The crumbs of Digestive biscuit gave some bite to it. This dessert/snack is interesting; sourish with bits of strawberry pieces and yet its sourness is cut down by the biscuit crumbs. My mum didn't like it though. She couldn't stand the smell of yogurt.







It wouldn't be right if I were to name it Raspberry. No raspberry, no Greek yogurt, no oatmeal biscuits in those I made. Perhaps I can call it White Ruby Layers?





White Ruby Layers

(adapted and altered from Nigella Feast: Raspberry Oatmeal Swirls)
250g Strawberries
500g Fat-free yogurt
3 pieces Digestive biscuits
1 tbps Sugar

Same method as stated in Nigella's website.
This is a simplified version of mine. =P
  1. Place biscuits in a plastic bag. Secure bag's opening and smash biscuits to small crumbs. Set aside.
  2. Remove strawberry caps. Cut strawberries into quarters (if they're too large). Place into a blender and add sugar. Pulse it about 3 times, until becomes a puree. Not too much if you want small bits of strawberry pieces.
  3. Place a layer of biscuit crumbs, approx 1 tbsp, into a serving glass.
  4. Top it with 1-2 tbsp yogurt.
  5. Top the yogurt with 1-2 tbsp strawberry puree.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 until glass is full. Sprinkle with biscuit on the final layer. Serve cold.



Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Love Sick

I still recall,
The gloomy dawn,
My heart grieved,
As thou moved on.

I could not blame,
Nor rancour destiny,
But thy eternal glory,
Lingered in my memory.

Days go on,
As normal it seemed,
My patience being torn,
I silently screamed.

I waited longingly,
Believing in miracles,
And glad I did,
To finally embrace thou.

My eyes gleamed,
And thou glimmered back,
Oh, how I longed for thee,
My beloved Internet.



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If you're wondering, I wrote this poem out of boredom. It's about the absence of both my modem and router. They got struck by lightning last Friday.

Grr... curse you, you lightning.

Cost me RM 230!!

Anyway, I'm glad I can blog, play games and chat again. Wheee~!!



Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bento the 3rd

Ok, this bento was not made for today nor yesterday. It was made weeks ago for my family and cousin. I just had not have the opportunity to load up the photos from the camera till today. I just found the missing USB cord. I have been using my handphone to snap snap since Monday. Not too bad huh?

I don't know why but I love making these for them. This time I tried frying some tempura for them; aubergine, okra and lotus root. It wasn't easy to deep fry these things. It takes time and I hate frying food. Not only do I tend to overcook them, I'm also very afraid of hot oil spitting onto me. I was practically in a "defensive mode". Covered up with oven mittens and was standing at least 1 meter away from the wok until the thing is cooked.

Anyway, after a few tries and lots of OWW! OUCH! ACK!, I managed it. I think I was in a good mood then to even bother decorating the onigiri.


Dad's bento


Mum's bento


Bro's bento

I couldn't find the photo of my cousin's bento. I think I might have accidentally deleted it. *sobs*