Friday, July 18, 2014

Thoughts and prayers # MH 17





I am saddened by the tragedy of MH 17 as  it now, no words can describe my feelings. I'm extending my deepest condolences for the family members of the crew and passengers on board. May God bless all of you. So sorry for the unfortunate event. So sorry ..... Malaysia weeps with all of you.

Media release





Remembering you ;(
We mourn for the lost of loved ones....



 Thoughts and prayers at the time of tragedy in the holy month of  Ramadhan day 20.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy Ramadhan Al Mubarak

We are in the month of Ramadhan




With Allah's blessing, we meet Ramadhan again.


As we are in the month of Ramadhan, the holy month for Muslims around the world, I've discovered that the last time I wrote in this space was actually four months ago. I didn't intend to stop writing, it's just that I was extremely busy in those few months. However, I'm back again with some new spirits- hoping to update this blog with new Eid's biscuits, as I couldn't wait to bake some cookies :).

   Now, I'd like to wish my Muslim friends a Happy Ramadhan and may we be blessed. I'm now in the midst of setting up a new site which will focus on Malaysian and Asian dishes and cakes. However, the site will be in  the Malay language as think I would like to do my bits and preserve some old recipes especially those which are originally from the Malay community. But, there's but- I'd love to keep this blog running as well, it's just that the new site will focus on traditional recipes and here I will focus on baking cakes and cookies. Well, we'll see how it goes. Till then, have a nice day and may baking rules your heart....




It's the holy month of Ramadahan

Sunday, March 9, 2014

We pray for MH 370 Malaysia Airlines KUL-Beijing




Hi everyone,
  
Such an overdue post, been busy with work commitments, but I think I need to write on the recent incident of the missing aircraft of Malaysia Airlines MH 370 Boeing 777-200. My first experience of flight was with MAS and I always have fond memories with the airlines. Thus, I am so saddened by the recent development in Malaysia - and our nation is in mourning, as up to this moment, our MH 370 Beijing bound flight is still nowhere to be found, and I would like to extend my deepest prayers to those involved. Let the images speak for themselves. All pictures are sourced from Google.















Please come back, MH 370! We miss you ...

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bienvenue 2014/ Selamat Datang/ Welcome

Bienvenue 2014

 I'm glad 2013 is over, there's so much bitter moments that I wished to forget and for the first time in my life history, I'm welcoming 2014 with an open heart.

However, towards the end of 2013, I decided to spend some time away from home, just to have some space and recharge. I'm happy to share with you a few pictures of the destinations that I went to way back in November and December 2013.

As in November 2013, I went to Kuching, Sarawak, Land of the Hornbills.



Kuching

Bot penampang in Kuching, Sarawak

River front, Kuching - A romantic view...



A view from the river taxi... Kuching city

  And in December 2013, I went to Putrajaya, spending a night there just to be happy.....
I imagined spending my time doing nothing here, but watch the boats go by....


Night view, Pullman Putrajaya
The scenic bridge at Putrajaya

Pullman, Putrajaya
Life is indeed beautiful if we choose it to be... Putrajaya.





Au revoir 2013
Goodbye 2013, I wish I could turn back the time and do things differently... I really wished that, but sometimes not all dreams come true, right! Hoping that 2014 will be little kinder to me and let me spare some time to do the thing that I like the most which is baking.....




My son's birthday cake- Blueberry cake with buttercream frosting, will share the recipe later....




And hoping that I 'll bake more cakes in the future for my son....

Thank you for having me in your baking journey all this while and I'm grateful  that some of you who've tried my recipes succeeded in the baking adventures. May I have the time to bake more cakes and share with you my baking happiness... Bienvenue 2014 !

Monday, November 25, 2013

Of Golden Buns and How I Miss Blogging .......

We wish for so many things in life... (Google)


I miss blogging very much or easily said, I miss writing that I dream of stopping my everyday's tasks and concentrate only in writing. But it's easily said than done, this year I have to abandon my plans and projects because of one single course that I have to attend through out the whole year. It was a big heart ache and being me, a person who cannot concentrate well on certain things if plans go haywire, I definitely went bonkers. It was tough to juggle house work, never ending paper chase and of course time to spend with family. Not that I got all the support that I've wanted all this while, and it was sure an exhilarating moment for me. Never that I thought 2013 was the worst year of my life professionally and personally, it was simply that I couldn't even imagine that this one whole year is wasted for something which did more harm than good, and it affected me very much-big time. Luckily, I was even a tough person to begin with, I don't know whether others could even manage the ordeal I went through. 


Writing used to be my therapy (Google)

     There are many lessons I learn for the whole year, how some people could be very selfish and let other people suffer as long as they are not the affected ones, well they say, during bad times, we will know the real personalities of some people. Not that I'm asking for help, it's better that some people at least try to be understanding and accommodating, not just judge us all the way. And that will explain for the lack of postings this year as at the beginning of the year, I promise to blog more and share recipes- however promises are meant to be broken.. ;( . Earlier this year, I was summoned to attend a one year course and it had taken a toll on me, with classes and online assignments and observations- it was too much to grasp. That will not include those paper chase at work and the rushing here and there commitments. Ooo.. I wish to write more on this, but as the year is drawing closer, I choose not to disclose it  since I aim to forget those nightmares and never ever to go through it again. On a lighter note, I've found some kindred-spirit friends during the course and I've baked some of the best baking delights. I've wanted to share those recipes here, but since then, I 've lost the mojo or desire to write recipes in this blog. Perhaps, maybe after the course, I'll be able to write more again and let my creativity run free and wild.
  


Nuyui's croissant - of  cake-2-u
 Eventually, I've found an interesting aspect of my blog, friends of some friends found a way to get my Golden Buns' recipe or "Roti Paun". It's delightful to think that my recipe is reliable and edible, despite my way of not going overboard with this space. You see, at the beginning of my blogging years, some quarters scorned at my idea of sharing my recipes, they even asked me whether my recipe was even edible and I took it at heart and was very reluctant to share all the recipes. However, through out the years, I am more receptive and open to the idea of sharing things that I've baked, I believe that if one person thinks of you negatively, then there are others who will readily think all the nice things of you-, with this I would like to thank my friend  Nuyui of cake-2-u who is always asking for my new posts. She's a great  baker as well, and a mother of three who manages a succesful home baking business at the very moment. Now, I've shared some of the amazing pictures of her bakes in this blog. You see, I've always found kindred-spirit friends through baking and blogsphere.


Nuyui's Japanese Sponge Cake of cake-2-u

Nuyui's Fruit Tart

I know that at the moment, my blog is not really one of the top ranking blogs in terms of recipes and traffic but I wish to stay like this for a very long time, in a way, I would like to keep my blog away from the limelight. This space serves as a reference for myself and friends who ask for recipes, and it's a great pleasure to be able to write in this humble blog. Now, I'll leave this post with some pictures of my Roti Paun/ Golden Buns - I don't know when I'll be back again, until all things are settled or my mind is back on the track. I'm sharing  with you the recipe link when I first baked my Roti Paun/ Golden Buns way back in 2010. I hope you'll give the the buns  a try... Happy moments and may baking rule your heart 



Roti paun / Sugar Buttered Buns/ Golden Banana with Homemade Kaya  or Coconut Custard Jam

These buns are definitely to die for ;) for recipe, please go to  Golden Buns

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Monday in pictures




 It's been months that I haven't done any postings in this blog. Been dying to write, but haven't got the proper time to sit down and think. I've uploaded some pictures to show my activities during my absence... Till then, take care and enjoy these pictures.






Finally got this <3 td="">
Crazy on these titles
Who wouldn't



Lapis Cempedak


Chocolate Mango Cake


I bought these from my son's school's carnival


Chocolate Mango Cake

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nigella's Walnut Brownies


Walnut Brownies

      For a few months, I kept my baking bug at bay- I couldn't bake anything, not that I didn't want to- it seemed that I lost my "mojo". Things were not going well at work, there were simply too much of paperwork and assignments, so I stopped baking almost- totally. That  explains the lack of posts in my blog. Personally, I loved baking too much that I despise my paperwork and assignments, as they made me lost my concentration in life ;( . I have some enquiries on baking brownies and friends at work place have been asking for them, but I told them that I lost my mood in baking -well, almost.
      
    Eventually, last Thursday morning, at  3.00 in the morning precisely, I woke up early just to  bake these brownies, not for friends at work but for another set of "friends" as we had a potluck party on Thursday afternoon. I wanted to bake a simple no-fuss butter cake but I ended up baking these brownies. These brownies brought back my " mojo" as I had been bugged by paperwork for nearly three months. As for my friends at work, I've baked a pan of brownies on the next day - but that would be another great story for my next post.
   
    
These brownies are enough for more than 15 persons during the party.
  

Brownies, brownies
 
 Well, as you could see I had Nigella's brownies recipe from "How To Be A Domestic Goddess" on my mind. So my intention here, is to share this recipe, so that friends at my work place can stop and browse on my blog and just cut, paste and print this recipe. The truth is, I've tweaked this recipe here and there, but I'll give you the complete original recipe from Ms Lawson and do some notes on my version. Bake them and you will have the "mojo" to bake again, just like me.


Here goes the recipe;

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups soft unsalted butter ( I used Beurre Demi-Sel Lescure - semi-salted  French butter from the Lescure brand)
* it was unitentionally- I thought I have used unsalted butter
13 ounces  best bittersweet chocolate ( I used 100g / 3.5 oz Swiss Frey Noir Authentique extra dark bittersweet chocolate  +  1 whole bar of bittersweet Hershey's baking chocolate)
6 large eggs
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups caster sugar ( I used 1 2/3 cups soft brown sugar)
1 1/2 cups all- purpose flour ( 1 used 1 1/3 cups plain flour) -*sifted twice
1 tsp salt ( I omitted this)
1 1/3 cups chopped walnuts ( I used 1/2 cup of walnuts - I roasted them first, in the oven for 7-8 mins)
Pan measuring approximately 13 X 9 X 2 1/2 inches

How

1) Preheat the oven to 120 C. (mine is electric conventional oven)
     * Nigella - preheat the oven to 350 F.
2) Line your brownie pan
3) Melt the butter and chocolate. Double boil them . (Put a heat-proof bowl on top of  hot water).
4) In a big baking bowl, beat the eggs with vanilla and sugar.
5) Measure the flour into another bowl and add the salt (if any).
* If  you have used semi-salted butter or salted buter - please omit salt in the recipe.

6) When the chocolate mixture has melted, let it cool for a moment.  Pour the chocolate mixture into  the baking bowl which contains eggs and sugar.
7) Pour in  flour and walnuts. Beat until the mixture comes out smoothly and then scrape out of the baking bowl into the lined pan.
8) Bake for about 25 mins or less, depending on your oven. Check if it's ready, by inserting a skewer into the brownies, if it comes out clean, then, your brownies are ready.

Some notes from Nigella Lawson, the baking goddess, I quote ;

" When it's ready, the top should be dried to a paler brown speckle, but the middle still dark and dense and gooey. And even with such a big batch you do need to keep alert, keep checking: the difference between gungy brownies and dry brownies is only a few minutes; remember that they will continue to cook as they cool. # Makes a maximum of 48 "



No fancy props, as I took this picture at 5.00 in the morning
  

From the book "How To Be A Domestic Goddess"
 
Well, on a final note, I am smitten by Ms Nigella Lawson, the  Kitchen Goddess, as she gives a different meaning of being in a kitchen and still looking good, but I am definitely not a Domestic Goddess. (chuckles). Have a  happy Monday and may baking rules your heart ;)

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