Monday, February 27, 2012

Egg, Passionfruit & Banana Cake and Muffins



130g / 4oz cake flour
50g / 2oz maize flour
25g / 5 tsp brown sugar
22.5g / 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
22.5g / 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
5g / 1 tsp arrowroot powder
2 medium free-range eggs, beaten
2 passion fruits
4 small bananas, smashed
200 cc / 1 cup milk

Preheat oven at 160C.

Oil a 4.5 inch round cake tin and set aside / line a 12-hole muffin tray with 12 paper cases.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and soda in a mixing bowl.

Add arrowroot powder.

Combine wet and dry ingredients and whisk well.

Gradually fold in passion fruits and bananas.

Pour mixture into cake tin / paper cases.

Bake between 45 mins - 60 mins or until a stick inserted comes out clean / bake for 15 minutes and dust with milk powder or icing sugar.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ash Wednesday '12

Now that the Lent season has begun, I've ditched Tumblr and Twitter on the back burner in an attempt to stay true to the meaning of penance and sacrifice. I hope that I won't check both accounts at least twice a day daily after this. Today's my second day, and I guess I'm doing alright so far.

Hmm, it was funny having other shoppers in Empire glance once or twice at me while I walked past them, but I guess it's training me to ignore the looks of others. And I don't blame them; they probably didn't know that that day (last Wednesday) was Ash Wednesday. =D

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Simple Muffin

Note: this is a scheduled post. By the time it is published, I'm hiking the routes of Mama Carrie's favorite hill with a suspicious eye for cobras and pythons.

Dry Ingredients
100g organic high-protein flour
50g organic maize/corn flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp organic sifted muscovado (dark brown) sugar

Wet Ingredients
10g unsalted butter
50g cream cheese
5ml vanilla extract/essence
1 cup organic soy/goat milk

In a mixing bowl, sift the dry ingredients with the exception of sugar to remove any lumps.
Preheat oven at 160C
Line a 12 hole muffin tray with 8 paper cases.
Cream butter, cheese and sifted sugar until combined.
Gradually mix the wet and dry ingredients until a semi-dry consistency has been formed. Add more flour if the consistency is too wet, and a little milk if it is too dry.
Pour mixture into the tray and smooth the surface with a wet flat spatula.
Bake for 15 minutes.

Sprinkle icing sugar to decorate.
Can be eaten for breakfast, coffee break or afternoon tea.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Last Love Letter (Chinese)

Poor thing; she sacrificed so many years of her life and received nothing in return. If you can read Chinese, tears will be guaranteed because the letter consists of her heartfelt and innermost feelings. 

Can someone send a box of Kleenex my way? I need to dry the tears...

Thursday, February 9, 2012


It was at an event that I discovered another side to him. He was someone familiar, someone I knew very well from young.

We were alone at one corner having our conversation when his color suddenly faded and his fangs appeared. I dropped my wine glass in horror as he crept forward, wanting to bite my neck. With all my strength, I pushed him away and fled as fast as I could. I held my trench coat as close as possible and rushed down the hallway in my heels. It was in the washroom that I ran into a college lecturer who's acquainted with us and told her everything.

What I don't understand here is, how could I possibly dream of an interaction with a vampire when I've never watched Twilight.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ocean's 1/2: Curing Cancer the Natural Way


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Simple Egg-Free, Butter-Free and Oil-Free Chocolate Muffin

I don't know about you, but I'm relieved and glad that Chinese New Year is finally over. As mentioned before, I've never looked forward to the whole celebration of fireworks and firecrackers. I can deal with the fireworks as it's not annoying and irritating to the ears, but firecrackers can really sent me boiling with fury, especially if it's done at night when everyone's asleep or trying to visit Dreamland for a brief trip.

When I heard an unusually loud crackling noise, I thought a house had been shot down by a Black Hawk but I knew that it was something else when I saw the smoke. No, it was not a fire or the work of some electrical wires waiting to burn the entire house. It was the result of someone putting a show on firecrackers. Of course I was a little terrified because that was my first time hearing it and I understand that the older generations have been using it but according to Mama Carrie, it wasn't as loud back then.

Either way, I'd prefer it to be done in broad daylight rather than at night.

While most people gathered at nearby ponds to throw mandarin oranges with their personal details hoping to look for the one true love (yes, there is such tradition for the 15th day, aptly known as Chap Goh Mei) or setting off a display of fireworks to mark the end of Chinese New Year, I stayed at home and attempted on yet another recipe from scratch.

You see, I was in the mood to whip up something. =D

Serves 8.

Dry Ingredients
100g organic high protein flour
3 tsp 2 tbsp organic brown sugar
1 tbsp unsweetened chocolate powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp organic baking powder

Wet Ingredients
5 ml vanilla extract
1 cup organic soy or goat milk
1 tbsp unsweetened natural yogurt
1 drop chocolate essence/extract

1) Preheat oven at 160C.
2) Line a 12pc hole muffin tray with 8 muffin paper cases. (You can just oil the tray and omit the cases if you wish.)
3) Combine the wet ingredients into a bowl.
4) In another bowl, sift the dry ingredients to remove any lumps.
5) Gradually add the sifted dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until creamy and smooth.
6) Pour mixture into the tray, only going halfway.
7) Bake at 160C for 10 - 15 mins on the bottom tray or until fully cooked.

Best served warm with a cup of coffee or a splat of whipping cream on top.

For a spongier and smoother texture, add 20g of butter and 1 egg into the wet ingredients and cream the mixture until smooth before adding the dry ingredients. Sugar can be substituted with 5 mashed bananas.
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