Monday, June 30, 2014


27/6/2014 SUNDAY

MAGIC CAKE..... this cake is getting my attention.... saw a few bloggers posting on this cake.
Well read the recipe and the ingredients are just simply sugar (both icing and caster sugar) milk, flour, eggs ... that's all.   Since I have not been baking regularly, it is time to try something different to rekindle that spark of baking in me.
I followed the recipe from The Bake for Happy Kid. I like following her blog, she not only share a lot of tips and the results are always satisfactory. 

I whisked the egg whites manually but use the mixer to whisk the egg yolks and icing sugar together.
Trying to be gentle as the egg white get mixed into the egg yolk mixture.  The batter is then pour into the cake tin and bake for 30 minutes (covered with foil) at 150C and another 30 minutes with foil remove. The oven temperature is then up to 160C for the last 10 minutes.

Voila! ... only a small crack at corner. 
Testing my patience as I waited the cake to cool completely and I left it to chill further for around almost 4 hours before unmoulding.

Can you see it?! 
However I can see only 2 distinct layers... the custard layer at bottom and the fluffy spongy layer on top. 

Taste wise.... yummy, eggy, spongy and smooth thick custard.. truly magical. 
Definitely will be baking more of this

Time flies and half the year had passed.  Time again to clear the fridge. Saw some bacon and remember the bag of cheese which my sister brought back.  Time to try things- savoury muffins! Frankly I haven't bake these before because I always had this notion that muffins should be sweet!   But then again when I saw the recipe on Kitchen Flavours blog, I decide to give it a try at least once! 

The main ingredients: bacon chopped and crisp (not totally crispy as I don't want them to dry out during the baking), fresh corn (which I substituted with cream style corn), diced spring onions, cheese, eggs , flour and milk. Mix dry ingredients together ...

and add the combined wet ingredients .. last minute decided to add more black pepper besides the cayenne pepper as flavouring. 

spoon into the muffin tray... learnt from my mistake, tha tit could be preferable not to line the tray as the muffin tend to stick to the liner. So just make sure to grease the tray well.  

Golden beauties... cheesy and deliciously savoury muffins. These could make nice light meal for lunch or even breakfast.  Simple and easy to make.

Give Thanks Always for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014



Well, it is not all about cats and dogs over the weekend only.   At last, I did some baking as it has been a long time.

Baked the Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake ... again.. I loved this cake moist and crumbly and it definitely tasted better the next day. 

As you can see, I did not managed to grease the bundt pan properly this time.. the cake  broke again as I unmould it- always seem to be a problem with this bundt pan... maybe time to get a better quality one or maybe next time should just use the normal round cake tin.

Crispy mini "Seremban" siew pau..

Recipe taken from Elinluv's blog. I used pre-bought char siew from the market. Diced it finely and fry with some minced garlic. Add the sauce and some frozen green peas. Simmer till sauce is reduced and finally thicken sauce with some cornstarch slurry and set aside to cool.  I can only managed to get around 12 mini siew paus and with the rest of dough, I used some leftover red bean filling to make the Red Bean pau. So we have both the sweet and savoury paus as well. 

I purposely asked for overripe bananas from my sundry shop to make this Caramelised Bananas Muffin- my style.  Actually the recipe requires to make the caramel and then add the bananas.  Instead I used my leftover caramel sauce to mix the sliced bananas. 

Actually the recipe says to make the caramel and then add the sliced bananas in the pan. Instead I used my leftover caramel sauce and mix the sliced bananas with it. Weather was too hot so why slave over the stove to cook the caramel when I still have some leftover salted caramel sauce in the fridge.

Recipe require to cream sugar and butter but  I was too lazy to wash up so many items and in end I used this one bowl to mix everything..  Beat the sugar and eggs together.

Add the rest of ingredients: flour, baking powder milk and melted butter and mix till combined. 

Scoop one tablespoon of the batter to the muffin liner and then add the caramelized bananas.  

Top with another tablespoon of the batter.  Finally  add a slice of the banana to decorate.  Bake at 200C for around 15-20 minutes till golden brown. 

Here we are: the texture is dense crumb yet not dry and the filling is lovely.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014



It was a hectic weekend for me and its all about my cats and dogs.

First meet my Bebe (Baby)...
Picked her up from the side of the drain .. all wet and dirty.  No mother cat came forward, so took her back and started to "nurse" her.  Isn't she cute,  yes, she can hold the bottle herself when its milk time.  Since our cat Cherry passed away more than 2 years ago,  it is wonderful to have a cat to play around minus of course the headache of cleaning up after her.    

Bebe is now more than 6 months old and she like to wander outside the backdoor.  I have so far been able to catch her back each time, but its time to let her go.  The  time has come  to have her spay so that she can gain her independence and freedom to roam.   So took her to the vet last week and just got back this weekend.

After a hot bath, she  immediately wandered outside to explore ..........

......and fell into the drain!  This is the drain at back of my house .. at least 5 feet deep! 

I am not sure whether because she was so home-bound that she does not know how to climb up the ladder or just plain dumb!  Finally we used the old trick... food... to get her up.   Hope she had learnt her lesson well this time. 

Playing hide and seek with uncle Toto.. both of them can get along well.. she drinks from his bowl and he eats her leftovers!

This is Browny.  He is a tiny fellow and must be bullied by the other cats at the back.  He fell into the drain not once but twice and the last time, his leg was injured but the vet says it is not in alignment. So I am fattening him up before releasing him.   

Next, my daughter and me got hold of Becky (Blackie) a female stray puppy and took her for spaying.  I did not take any photos of her when I first noticed her around my neighbourhood.  She must be someone abandoned dog as she was wearing a blue collar.   She was scavenging for food around the rubbish bins.   Then she suddenly disappeared for more than 2 weeks before I saw her again and I was shocked... She was a  skeleton of her former self, patches of skin visible in her fur and limping badly too- must be due to an accident!  So that's when I started to feed her and since then she had grown to a pretty little woman now and its time to get her spay before any more "accidents" happen.  She is up for adoption as I cannot possibly keep another dog (I already had 3 in the house).  Photo will be posted later. 

Finally, we noticed that Phow-Phow would suddenly become aggressive whenever we try to leash her.  Upon inspection, saw that there was a bite mark below her neck and the area around it had become swollen.  So quickly took her to the vet and was told probably she was bitten by some unclean teeth.  Now, it is impossible to be JuJu as he dotes on her and treat her as his darling. So the culprit must be Becky!  Jealousy fight for JuJu's attention? hahaha.. 

Anyway it was infected, so she got a jab and have the abscess removed and on medication now.

In between the vet's visit, we took time off to have our lunch at Niko Niko Onigiri cafe.   They have just re-located from Taman Len Seng to Taman Segar. This is Sarah's favourite cafe!

Bento - DIY Onigiri . RM10.00 

Esther's Onigiri set. RM8.90.

There is also a breakfast menu and of course, take-away too.  Clean and simplistic cafe with efficient and prompt service. We will be back.. 

Monday, June 16, 2014



We must be very tired last night or is it that homely-feel of the house that made us all slept so well.  As usual I was the first one to wake up and took the time to explore the neighbourhood.  

Lovely pre-war houses with those beautiful cravings along the roof.. Most of the houses along this road has been renovated and turned into boutique hotels, cafes or souvenier shops while maintaining the ancient facade 

As you can see the houses are built right up to the roadside...

Traffic were still  closed to allow for the marathon runners  

The Red House- nothing to do with the Stadthuys buildings,  sell all sorts of  traditional paper cutting and wedding paraphernalia.  I was informed by the lady that his son did all these paper cuttings personally and I am pleased that this art has a craft master.     

The Baba and Nyonya Museum

Traditional Nyonya shoes are handmade here... exquisite bead-works on these shoes, the cheapest pair starts from RM198.00 onwards 

Came across this antique flea market...well someone's rubbish is another treasure.... 

Retrace my steps back to the house to wake them up for breakfast at this place..... 

Heeran House hotel upstairs and downstairs the cafe 

Set breakfast RM15 each... free flow orange juice, coffee and toast. 

After breakfast, its time for last minute shopping 

Nice paper craft 

handmade original clogs.... but the owner was not so friendly. 

Lovely mosaic tiles  

For our homestay, we were given discount vouchers to purchase from this shop- Joe's artisan handcrafted jewellery..  

We met up with friendly Mr. Joe, an interesting personality... he is also a tour guide and has some wonderful tales to tell us.....

some of his magnificent handcrafted jewellery... limited edition each.  Are you wondering what is the crab shell doing here?   Look at the shell and observe is a very interesting historical event and miraculous fact  that he was relating to us. If you want to know more, you can contact him at the shop for a guided tour..

After visiting him, I realise that there are actually a few specimens of his handcrafts in the this skylight in the master bedroom...

this  beautiful chandelier on top of the staircase 

the tabletop lamp at the corner of the living room..

even this light near the bathroom.... 

and of course this delightful fish mobile above the aquarium.

We went for an "early" lunch as we saw that there were only a short queue outside the Famosa Chicken Rice shop.  But alas,  I found the food  here were overrated and no photos at all.   It was getting hotter ...

so we decided then to go for our free coffee at The Calanthe Cafe.. 

already getting excited at the entrance.. something is beckoning us to go inside...

what a wonderful interior....

  ... like stepping into someone's living room ......even with the black and white TV..

cupboard full of Mr. Joe's trophies collected during his Boys' Brigade days... how I know?... because my son and nephews were all former BB boys of the 1st KL Company..

great place to sit back and enjoy! 

We did enjoyed our dessert here...... warm chocolate brownie with ice-cream and bananas with chocolate sauce......
New York cheesecake....

After lingering here its time to go back home... ie KL .
Before we left we went to the Baba Charlie Nyonya kueh, but they are all sold out already. Last try to look for satay celup... found the restaurant but only open for business at 4 pm.  So next time then.
The journey back was not too bad and we managed to reach Kl after 6pm.