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Just to be like the sun

wrap & tie

All along, I loved my mum's Bak Changs, both hokkien and nonya. I pester her to made, she said no. After a few days, she called me to collect the rice dumplings, I was so happy. After, tasting both types of dumplings, I was disappointed, because, this is not her usual style of making the rice dumplings. She has added red bean paste in both type of her dumplings, both my brothers did not like this batch also.

I have decided to give a hand in making this, I have always loved my beautician's Bak Chang , and I asked her how to do. For her, she used estimation, cook and try and not enough, add... and this is what I do...

Days before, I soaked and washed the bamboo leaves and keep in the freezer as taught by the community centre PA instructress, where I learnt how to wrap and made the dumplings, I did not follow her recipe but my friend's.

Two days before, I soaked the dry chestnuts for a while, took some toothpicks to remove the membranes that stick onto the nut, and I got blister on my thumb.. poor me.. teach me never help my mum to do housework, now have to suffer with cuts and plus blisters... :(

Total I made 84 pieces of rice dumplings, all by myself, quite tedious for my maiden try... Thank God! my efforts is not wasted, family and friends loved it, even though, it missed a little Oomph..... I have jotted down notes and for my next try, it's going to have that Oomph.. hope so....

An invitation

My ex collegues invited few of us to her new house for a gathering, she cooked porridge for us and each of us doesn't wanted to go empty handed, we got balestier tau sar piah, hakka soon kueh, egg tarts, baked pau, keropok...

We are a group, so called "makan kakis" and we meet up every few months and this has been going on for about 15 years... whew! times really fly...

Actually, I bake a chocolate truffle cake for her and used my balance converture chocolates, the finished product, I was not satisfied on the taste of the chocolate mousse, I threw the cake away. Sharon was worried for me, I told her I sleep over it, tommorrow then see how.

6.30am - hubby wake up and goes for his remote plane hobby, I woke up as well and decide to do a swiss roll, luckily, I still left a bit of cream and a tinned of pitted cherries. It took me less than an hour to bake and roll the cake and put in the frig.

After breakfast, I went to the supermaket to buy a packet of chocolate chips, just in case, if I remove the paper and if the skin stick on to the paper, I can do some covered up. Just like a woman, must look beautiful outside.. ha!ha! dressing up to hide the flaws. True enough, the skin stick to the paper.

My friends was impressed with the cake and say it looked like store bought, my head swell.. yay! Overall they like the taste, say not sweet. I personally like the sponge.

Chocolate sponge if your wanna try

4 eggs
11g cornflour
70g flour
15g cocoa powder
85g sugar
45g melted butter

Sieve the flour, cornflour,coca powder.
Beat the eggs and sugar till ribbon stage
Fold in the sieved mixture into 2 batches
Fold in the melted butter.
Line tray with parchment paper and baked ofr 10-15mins at 200 deg. (12"x12")

Over the weekends

2 blocks of cream cheese lying in my frig for a long time, knowing the shelf life is short and seeing that it is going to expire, trying not to waste it, decide to bake a caramel and cherry cheesecake.

Made my own caramel and bought a can of pitted cherries from phoon huat. The outcome of the cake is that I put too less a caramel, that I hardly can taste it, but luckily, the cherries help to enchance the taste of the baked cheesecake.

Cut out 2 piece and gave it to my buddies who is having a cake learning session with me on Monday and the feedback is that they liked it.. Heng Ah!!!

Organising a baking session with Chef Amy and requested her to teach us 3 cakes. Proposed cakes Green Tea Lychee Confit Cheesecake, Passion Chocolate Bananaia Roll Cake and Strawberry Shortcake. It's a demo and it took us four hours to accomplised 3 cakes. Well! worth it.. the most tedious one is the passion Chocolate Bananaia where there is a swissroll with passion fruit cream and banana filling embedded with chocolate mousse and flourless cake.. Whew! don't know whether will I made this.

I like the Green Tea Lychee Confit Cheesecake too and the strawberry shortcake is different from what I have learnt before, the previous one is with chantilly cream, wherelse this is with cooked custard with strawberry puree and whipped cream.

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