Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
We were at the Sentosa Boardwalk which opened recently. It was a lovely stroll against the backdrop of the sunset and among the gentle breeze.Actually our initial thought was to just stroll along the boardwalk, we decided (with the girls' enthusiam) to enter the resort island. Entrance fees to Sentosa was $1 per person.
Sentosa was having it's annual flower show, although we didn't have time to go to, there were flowers aplenty along the boardwalk. We managed to catch the Crane Dance. The show was great although we were taken aback by being misted with salty seawater due to the wind direction being 'kind' to the audience hehehe
The show combines graceful movements of the mechanical crane, sound, water and light effects.
Made these for breakfast yesterday. Was inspired by a book titled "Funky Lunches" which I borrowed from the library.
Made crab, ice-cream cone and a gift sandwiches while the kids were asleep. There were no fillings in the sandwich yet, the girls decided on what they would like to have in their sandwich when they were at the dining table.
Crab: Cheese smile and eye, eyeballs were chocolate chips, seaweed for eyebrows
Ice-cream cone: real chocolate chip on one of the scoops, plus a seaweed wafer stick.
Gift: Cheese bow and star sprinkles
Monday, January 31, 2011
This is my favourite pineapple tart receipe. Have been making them for the past few years, and the girls seem to like them. Blossom has been requesting them to be packed in her lunchbox for her recess in school.
The receipe, adapted from Oi Lin as follows:
- 280g butter (cold)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 360g plain flour
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 450g pineapple filling (i bought ready-made ones)
- egg glaze: 1 egg yolk with 5 drops of water
- Sift flour (I omitted this step) and sugar. Mix well
- Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour mixture
- Use fingertips to rub the butter into the flour.
- Beat the egg yolks and add vanilla essence. Pour them into the butter mixture. Knead to form a dough. Wrap the dough in clingwrap and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Pinch about 1/2 tablespoon of pineapple paste and roll into a ball. Similarly pinch about 1/2 tablespoon of dough. Wrap the ball with the dough.
- In a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, place the balls with some spacing in between.
- Brush egg glaze over the top of the balls.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 190 deg celsius for about 15 minutes
The texture of the tart is really melt-in-the mouth. The smell of the butter when the tarts are in the bake is truly heavenly. We like our pineapple tarts closed as it retains most of the moisture in the tart.
I am submitting this to the Aspiring Bakers #3: My Favourite CNY cookie (January 2011), hosted by J3ss Kitch3n
Wishing everyone a lucky and prosperous Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Friday, January 28, 2011
A light and refreshing tart which I made for a mini celebration at my office (me and Y have our birthdays just 4 days apart). Digestive biscuit base, with a light avocado mousse. Had a story to tell everyone too - when the mousse was covered in clingwrap and placed in the fridge to set, Buttercup accidentally placed a bottle of Yakult on it and it fell through. It made a dent in the mousse but it was too late to salvage anything as the mousse had more or less set.
The next day, tried to hide the dent by 'showcasing' 2 strawberries. :)
All packed up and ready to go!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
I asked Blossom if she wanted to decorate a cake for papa, she was very happy to do so - alone (the other two were in school then). Remember the last time they decorated a cake together at Icing Room? It turned out to be a everything-also-pile-on cake. I know it is hard as each of them was an individual with their artistic ideas.
I asked Blossom to decide on what to put on the cake. At first she wanted butterflies coz that is usually a girlie idea. Then she changed her theme to 'musical'. I hinted to her perhaps to have something that papa likes or can relate to, and I know that he is currently obsessed with his iphone app game Angry Birds. She agreed and we started work on it. I drew the outline of the bird from what i remembered and she filled the colours and put in the musical notes.
When we cut the cake at night, luckily the other two didn't make too much a fuss on why jie jie was allowed to decorate a cake. Phew.
Later I checked out the app image. Forgot to put in the tail and the angry furrowed eyebrows. hehehe.
Bubbles and Buttercup did volunteer their help with the making of the sugared crisps, here's Buttercup hard at work: It was a fun bonding time for the 3 of us that afternoon :)
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Didn't realise that it has been such a long while since I last wrote or posted a photo. Lost the passion at some times. Things caught up. Or I was caught up.
Enough of the procrastinating. I have given the blog a new skin and look!
Notwithstanding the above, I have done a few things for my loved ones during the 'hiatus'. Let's rewind the clock :)
Cookies for my colleagues:
And Gingerbread men done by my 3 girls: