Friday, 30 December 2011

New Year Resolution 2012

Dear All,

Lim and I (Teh) would like to wish everyone a very happy 2012! What are your new year resolutions? I'll write some of mine here so i can check back again periodically and see if I've fulfilled them. The best way to make a resolution come true is to write it down and read it every day!

2012 Resolutions

1. To get 1000 hits at our blog (go spam bots!) before 2013.
2. To weigh 54kg by 29 Feb 2012.
3. To go  _ _ _    _ _ _ _ this year.

What's your's?

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Logcake 4 - The one that was finally given away

Teh: I finally made a logcake that was given away. Initially i wanted to give many logcakes away. But i got lazy and i only made 1 (very reluctantly initally) for a Christmas Party i went to. I'm glad i made it though. It was made of a chocolate swiss roll, filled with cream cheese frosting and chocolate. Same for the outside. The effect turned out to be rather nice. The slight sourness of the cream cheese frosting was a nice contrast to the sweetness of the cake and chocolate. As usual, it was unbelievably soft and moist. It was very well received and that was the best reward for me.

Chocolate Logcake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Logcake after eating
(i'm jealous of my friend's good camera!)

Does anyone else think i need to change my phone so i can take some decent pictures? Iphone 4S? Samsung Galaxy SII?

Friday, 23 December 2011

Butter Cupcakes

Teh: It's that time of the year again - Christmas! Yes we sincerely wish all our readers (yes all 3 of them, you know who you are! hugs!) a very Merry Christmas!

I think Christmas is a time where we should get together with friends (both new and old) and spend some time looking back at the year that passed and make plans (for God to laugh at) for the new year! As i grew older, i no longer see the point in partying, squeezing at the club with 10,000 other strangers, drinking insane amount of alcohol and feeling stupid when there isn't any cab to go home in.

Yesterday i made some last minute Butter Cupcakes. It's a simple and fail-proof recipe! It's also my mum's favourite if you throw in the buttercream frosting. Without further ado!

Butter Cupcakes
125g of butter (I recommend Golden Churn salted butter for best results!)
125g of sugar (Yes, if its not sweet its not good enough!)
125g plain flour
2 eggs
2 - 5 tbsp of milk (Less milk if you like drier cakes. More milk if you prefer softer ones.)
1 tsp vanilla essence

1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and flurry (very pale creamish colour).
2. Add 1 egg at a time while continue to whisk at high speed.
3. Add milk and vanilla essence. Mix.
4. Flour in the flour gently (You all know how i feel about being gentle).
5. Fill the cupcake/muffin cups till 3/4 full or slightly more than 1/2.
6. Bake at 180 degrees for 25 minutes until nice and brown (plus minus timing depends very much on your oven!). It is ready when the toothpick comes out clean after inserting it to the cake.
7. Decorate as you wish.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Chicken Ballotine (Stuffed Baked Boneless Chicken)

Teh: I made Chicken Ballontine over the weekend after learning how to debone a chicken through a video on Youtube! It was surprisingly simple. The sense of achievement you get at the end will be overwhelming! Imagine you deboning a whole chicken! Fancy that! I succeeded on my first attempt. You should try it too! Wow your friends with this fancy chicken for Christmas!

I must thank Chef John for his post. His picture inspired me. And thanks to the link on his blog, i learned a new skill! Please check out the link for the instructions on deboning a chicken. Let us know how your's turned out!

My stuffing this time were potatoes, onions, golden straw mushroom and mozarella cheese. It was abit wet. I will try glutinous rice with chestnut and mushroom the next time round. Watch out for it!

Here are my pictures:

After removing the bones
Another view after removing the bones
After stuffing, wrapping and tying the chicken up.
Those 2 bits at the right corner are the wings all balled up! 
After baking

After untying the string, some juice seeped out.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Anniversary Brunch @ Ku De Ta (Pictorial Post)

Brought Wifey to Ku De Ta to savour their 3 month old weekend brunch.

Here are the pictures, shot entirely on Canon IXUS 300 HS.

Overall, very good experience! Food was yummy! Some misses though, but mostly hits! Service was very attentive! Even when it got busy later, the wait staff still tried their best to make sure you feel pampered.

~ posted by Lim

Friday, 2 December 2011

Our first poll!

Just for fun because it's friday, we decided to do a little poll! Enjoy!