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Bye Bye Joseph

August 31st, 2012

One of Little Bee’s favourite member of staff in Nursery is Joseph. Today is his last day at Nursery as he’s off to University… He will be missed.

Little Bee drew this for him, and we set off to Nursery of her off day. Joseph was really happy to see her and promised to bring her drawing with him to University.

flower

Chocolate Butter Cake

August 30th, 2012

Another day, another cake. Again I got the recipe from Joy of Baking here.

Chocolate Butter Cake

So last night I baked these. I decided to try out the two new tins I bought as I need to see how the cake will stack up. And it was fine. But I do think I might need to make two small ones on top to make the ghost taller.

Chocolate Butter Cake

Anyway, this morning I gave Little Bee a piece and she said ‘I don’t like it’.

Brilliant.

Not to panic. I’m going to make the icing later tonight and see what she says about the cake with the icing on!

If she still hates it… I guess I could work with the chocolate banana cake.

Chocolate Banana Cake

August 29th, 2012

Chocolate Banana Cake

This is the first of my Ghost Cake experiment. I need to find a recipe that I think would be ideal for this idea I have in my head.

Unfortunately, yummy as this cake is, it needs big shallow cake tin and this is just not good for what I have in mind.

I got the recipe from Joy of Baking here and as I tried it on a smaller cake tin than recommended, the cooking time took longer and by the time I gave up, the skewer still came out a bit damp.

Chocolate Banana Cake pieces

A disaster, but not a total disaster. Little Bee had a couple of little pieces in the morning and liked it.

Next recipe…

Selamat Hari Raya, Happy Eid Mubarak

August 18th, 2012

Tomorrow will be Eid Mubarak. I miss the celebration atmosphere of Hari Raya in Malaysia. I miss the days towards Eid where I’d be helping my mom in the kitchen baking and cooking. I miss the anticipation of buying new clothes and waiting for the day to wear it. I miss playing fireworks with my cousins. My fondest memory of Ramadan moving towards the first of Syawal, is helping my late granddad lighting the pelita (lanterns).

So, today, on the eve of Eid, with You Tube playing all the Malay Eid songs from P Ramlee, Sudirman, M Nasir, Jamal Abdillah etc, Little Bee and I baked some tart nenas (pineapple tarts). I used to make this with mom. Unfortunately I don’t have the mould for it so I’m making tart gulung, where the pineapple jam is inside. Next year, I will make sure I have the mould so that Little Bee could do little designs on top of the pineapple jam like I used to. I’ll put the recipe up another time.

This evening I’ll make chicken rendang, nasi himpit, sayur lodeh and maybe if I have time, kuah kacang.

Selamat Hari Raya or Happy Eid Mubarak to all muslims around the world. Maaf zahir dan batin.

tart gulung

IF: Teacher

August 17th, 2012

I never understood the significance of giving an apple to a teacher but after Googling about it these are some of the theories:

  • Apple is a symbol of knowledge, as in the fruit from the tree of knowledge in the Adam and Eve story.
  • Apple starts with A, which is the best grade one could get.
  • Teachers were poorly paid and fresh apples were expensive and was thought to be the best gift to give a teacher.
  • Parents of poor students who were farmers gave teachers apples as payments.

What ever the reason is, the apple was the first thought that came to my head when I saw the topic. OK. I lied. First I had a scramble of thoughts, from my mom (who was a teacher), teachers at school, a hen showing its chicks the ropes… then the apple.

Illustration Friday Teacher

IF: Freeze

August 14th, 2012

A late submission to Illustration Friday. When I received the topic on Friday, my brain just froze! I couldn’t think of anything. After a few days I decided to just forget about it. There will be a new topic next Friday.

However, today as I was sitting down and looking at other submission, my mind wandered to one of my favourite story when I was a child. I read it over and over again. A book by Hans Christian Andersen. The Little Match Girl. A sad story. Would I have wanted the ending to be different? No, as I always thought she was at a better place in the end.

Illustration Friday Freeze

Donkey or Rabbit or Batman

August 13th, 2012

I sewed this up but didn’t finish it and left it on the kitchen table.

sock doll

I thought it has a donkey shape.

Little Bee came into the kitchen and started playing with it going “boing, boing boing”.

Then hubby came in and asked “Is mama making Batman?”

Well… It’s another sock doll and it can be what ever your imagination allows. Tell me what you think it is :-)

sock doll

Pebble Footprints on Southsea Pebble Beach

August 12th, 2012

Months ago I saw pictures of footprints made out of pebbles. Today as I was soaking the sun on the pebble beach in Portsmouth with Little Bee, I can’t help but make my own footprints.

pebble footprint

pebble footprint

pebble footprint

pebble footprint

The White Coconut Truffle Experiment

August 12th, 2012

I was browsing through Pinterest when I saw some really yummy looking white chocolate and coconut truffles and suddenly my sugar cravings just shot up to its maximum capacity!

Yes, it would be easy just to go to a shop and buy but I haven’t seen any white chocolate and coconut truffles in any of my local shops… and how hard can it be? I guess it is easy as the recipe is there but I’m not known to follow recipes… even my own. Maybe that’s why none of my dishes ever taste the same if I don’t taste them while cooking :)

So, instead of following the recipe, I changed it a bit and maybe that’s why it was a bit sticky in the end, who knows. But I didn’t feel leaving 20g of chocolate as I had 200g of white chocolate when the recipe stated 180g. Yes, I could eat that 20g but it is currently Ramadan and I was fasting. Plus, everything is in cup measurement which just irks me and I was too lazy to look up the exact amount in ml or grams.

Saying that, I don’t think the end result looks or taste bad.

White chocolate coconut truffles

I like it. Little Bee likes it. Her friend Natey likes it. And Natey’s mom says it’s nice… or maybe she’s being kind.

Anyway, below is the ‘measurement’ that I used but I think I might try to follow the recipe from the site next time to see if it comes out less sticky when I’m making the balls.

Ingredients:

200g white chocolate
150ml double cream
1tsp vanilla extract
200g dessicated coconut

  1. In a saucepan, melt the chocolate with the cream in low heat. Constantly stirring. Add the vanilla extract and leave to cool.
  2. Add 150g dessicated coconut and mix well. Leave to cool to room temperature.
  3. Pour the 50g leftover of the dessicated coconut into a bowl. Take a tablespoon (if you want it smaller, take half a tablespoon) of the mixture onto your palm and roll it into a ball. Then roll the ball on the dessicated coconut.
  4. Leave it in the fridge to set.

White chocolate coconut truffles

Sock Doll

August 10th, 2012

Ages ago I made Mr Octopus from Little Bee’s old tights.

Then I started putting aside all the single socks that came out from the washing machine hoping that maybe the sock muncher will stop holding the other pairs hostage. But that never happened and Little Bee’s feet keeps growing… and I can’t give single socks to charity… so they hang on my lonely socks line in the kitchen.

A couple of days ago, my good friend Lyndt in Malaysia pin up this site on pinterest… so last night I started sewing with the minimum sewing kit I have. I can’t believe that I only have black thread! Must make a trip to the haberdashery soon just to get some white, red and other colours of the rainbow thread.

Anyway, when I woke up to have my meal at 3am before I start my fast, I decided to finish the little scrap and here it is.

Little Sock Scrap

A bit messy, but hey… I don’t think it’s too bad for my first try. Maybe I will get that Stray Sock Sewing book… we’ll see.