By , October 31, 2007 10:27 am

miss j decided to grace my humble home with her presence yesterday, so i thought i’d bake something for her. i suggested butter cake and she said she’ll have a tiny bite just to try. in other words “i’m really not into it but i’ll try it because you’re my friend”.

so i thought a little more, mentally ticking off “no cheese, no cream, not dry, not too buttery”….. and the image of a tiny cupcake surfaced in my mind 😀

here’s one of the easiest and yummiest tasting cupcakes in my (not so) secret book of recipes 😀

3/4 cup self-raising flour (make sure you’ve got fresh flour!)
1/2 cup butter (that’s about 110g)
7 tbsp sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp milk

1. Preheat oven to 200C.

2. Mix everything together except the milk.

3. Add milk. Mix until smooth.

As you can see from the (badly taken) picture below, taking pictures with dirty hands doesn’t quite yield good results. dont try it at home. As you can also see from the picture, there’s a bottle of blackcurrant conserve beside. you can replace it with any other filling you like 🙂


4. Scoop a tablespoonful of batter into the cupcake case, add a teaspoonful of your choice of filling and then cover up with another tablespoonful of batter. Make sure you have enough batter to cover all the cupcakes (my trial and error explains the discrepancy in number of cupcakes from the left and right picture)


5. Put it in the oven for 10mins for the mini cupcakes (which is what i did) or 15-20mins for big cupcakes. Of course, do the skewer test no matter what (ie: use a thin skewer, poke into cake and if it comes out clean, it’s done).

Doesn’t it look lurverly? 😀


All cakes come out of the oven looking rather dodgy. you’re not quite sure if they’re gonna taste great. but the thing is, you do want it to look great. So what i do, is that i sprinkle icing sugar on it. it camouflages the ugly tops gives the cupcakes a nice snow capped mountain look.

Alot of cupcakes have frosting and that too makes a cupcake look lovely. However, frosting is so much work so many additional calories plus not all my friends (ie: miss j) likes them. So dusting icing sugar is great. Oh just one more idea. you can cut off the domed tops and serve it inverted too 🙂

Now you dont really want something that only looks great, right? it’s gotta taste better than it looks!

Miss J had TWO. *smiling smugly* PLUS my sister called for more today (there were only 3 left for her and my nephew yesterday). so i’m making cupcakes again today! with nutella filling… yummmm!

Binge Session!!

By , October 29, 2007 12:11 pm

I shouldn’t be shouting about a binge session, but…. THE FOOD WAS GREAT!! It isn’t that eating in such quantity and quality should be banned cos there’s the bit about it being bad for health, the pocket and weighing machine. However, if you were as hungry as we were, you might find it in your hearts to understand. You might also have guessed that the law of M flew out the window that afternoon 😛

Would you deny your other half, free reign to order when he looks at the menu like this?


The result of free reign, is 3 soups, 5dishes, and a fried rice. (at least i remembered to take pictures!)

Crystal Jade

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. And of how good they were, i think the emptied plates at the end of the meal spoke for themselves. Yes, there were only TWO people at the meal. i’m feeling a little guilty looking at the spread we finished  enjoyed. It IS a little too much for two. Oh. and erm… there was dessert. well, it WAS last order for lunch and we had to order everything on a famished stomach all at once…. it’s not an excuse!!

crystal Jade dessert

Both were great – i liked that the gui lin gao tasted very authentic with a slightly bitter aftertaste of herbs 🙂

This is Crystal Jade Dining In, Vivocity… Yummmm…. 🙂

bliss is……

By , October 26, 2007 10:35 am


a good book, a nice pieca cake(today’s choice is of the japanese cottony sort) served on  nice plates (yes, i’m still into the cutlery), and a strong coffee to wash down the content and calories *sigh*

ps: when the bits that do not belong in my little garden is gone, i’ll show u the tranquil sight that faces me too 🙂

pps: please do not shoot me but i think my joy is also derived(just a weeeeeeee bit :p), from the fact that it’s a weekday and the rest of the world’s at work haha


By , October 24, 2007 9:50 am

any of you been there? i’ve heard of it but never been there til last week, and oh my… was the food good!! i was enjoying it so much i only thought to take pictures to share halfway through dessert (the lighting wasn’t conducive for taking pics with my phone :p)  :

dessert at graze! 
(if you turn it around, you’ll see the scooped out bits i had hehe)

this is a musthave for strawberry and chocolate lovers (and who isn’t!). they’re very generous with the strawberries, the strawberry ice cream is home made, the fudge covering the ice cream is rich yet not too sweet (just like the ice cream). and the clincher? crispy bits of honey littered all over! i can still remember very vividly its taste and i had it a week ago!

i love the innernet. found nicer pictures credit to graze(and the innernet) this is what dan had! the black and white pudding :

black n white pudding

chocolate oozes out of the chocolate pudding once ur spoon cuts into it. very delish too 🙂 i thought the best part about their desserts is that it isn’t cloyingly sweet 🙂 can’t remember much about the white pudding tho cos i was busy tucking into my strawberry ice cream. and i finished Everything!

actually, it’s a good idea to share a dessert cos it’s such a big serving. no worries about finishing it cos it’s so good but remember the M law? hehe but you’d have to go back a few times to have sampled all their desserts and that really isn’t such a bad idea 😉

Graze is @ 4 Rochester Park. If you miss BOTH the number 4 and the word GRAZE, here’s picture recognition :


i haven’t even gone into the food proper. the wagyu beef, salted scallops, shellfish risotto were all made to perfection. i’m salivating just thinking about it. couldn’t find pics of those online… hm… maybe i’ll make a trip there just so i can take pictures and share these goodies…. *snigger*

i don’t care that i sound like a horse, but honestly, i’m craving to graze.

banana cake!!

By , October 22, 2007 12:07 pm

to break in the kitchen and oven, i picked my easiest favourite recipe!!

5 eggs
260g sugar
450g banana (without skin)
300g plain flour
1tsp (baking powder)
1/2tsp soda bi-carbonate
160g corn/veg oil

1. Put all the ingredients together, then turn on your oven to 160C (impt to preheat the oven before putting anything in)

2. Put the sugar, banana, and eggs into the egg beater, and beat on medium for a good 5mins. The batter will initially seem very watery, but it will slowly rise and quite a bit too, so make sure your bowl is big enough…

3. Because my mixer is of a smaller cc, i usually transfer the batter to a bigger bowl to fold in the flour. If your egg mixer is big enough, just fold the flour into the batter. Pour the oil in whilst folding. It’s quite a feat to do all that Plus photograph it, so i got a pic of after the folding. Looks a little like baby food.

4. Pour into 2 baking tins – i used a 8″ round tin and a loaf tin. And put it in the oven for 45mins or until the skewer comes out clean.



The moment of truth :


Very soft, moist and tasty. Yummmmmmm……………..

The microwave era.

By , October 21, 2007 3:01 pm

a microwave cake

1) Empty cake mix into a microwaveable bowl, mix well with 1/4cup of water.

2) Squeeze the fudge pouch inside 10 times before pouring it onto the (now) cake batter.

3) Microwave on high for 1min 15secs.

Tada!! Late night chocolate fix ready!!!

excursion for the kitchen!

By , October 16, 2007 3:43 pm

i was advised by well meaning friends to get my crockery and cutlery at robinsons cos there was a 20% off storewide, so i did.

there’s nothing like shopping with a purpose to make you aware of the choices that are available – i mean i have to say that alot of the display walls had stuff i’d love to own if only to decorate my kitchen. honestly, does a regular homemaker need a mini-whisk, medium whisk, large whisk, flat whisk, saucer whisk and after all that, a regular whisk? even the garlic press looked like it should have a place in my kitchen. i dont need all of them but they’re sooooo beautiful….

on the topic of beautiful, the plates and bowls! *sigh* for a moment, i was thinking if i could have a set for different days of the week just to justify buying more than one 😛 at least i stopped myself from bringing the 52.50 plate to the cashier. cos you can’t just buy ONE plate for the kitchen, can you?

oh and something else i noticed – square has become the new round. not just for the plates and bowls – even for saucepans and woks – those came in squares or rectangles too! hm… i think squares will be ousted by triangular everything next ‘season’. you read it here first hehe

so after 2hrs, i finally picked out the ones that i needed and headed to the cashier, mentally deducting 20% off my purchases. the cashier told me that there was a further 20% off the items i had selected making the discount a grand 40%! needless to say, i headed straight back to the shelves to get those that i wanted. all in all, very pleased with my purchases.

dont look at the food….

ps: i NEVER put my donuts on plates. they come in bags suitable for eating. why wash an extra plate, right? but i have also never been so excited about using new plates 😉 

pps: listen to your friends 🙂

cheesecake teaser!

By , October 12, 2007 3:33 pm


a visual treat of sorts to make amends for the lack of any baked treats at this point :p

this is one of the first cakes i tried baking. THE ONE that got me started on all the pots and pans and soonafter cupboardfuls of baking accessories and items 🙂 before you yell “cheat!”, i’ll have you know that the last time i really baked was when i was in secondary school. i think. i vaguely remember a pineapple upside down cake… but it’s such a long time ago frivolous detail that you can’t blame me for not remembering details really.

back to the moving note – i’m done with the moving from house to house. it’s now the moving within the house. from box to cupboards and that takes time cos the cupboards and their doors aren’t up all at once too :p there isn’t a countertop to do stuff on at the moment, but there is a fridge, an oven and a microwave!! oh. nothing to shout about really cos they’re frankly quite useless when i do not have even a spoon or fork in the house :p i have 3 big glass bowls for mixing (among the first things i bought cos they were calling out to me), but no spoon or fork.

i’m working on the kitchen. Slowly but surely.

still moving….

By , October 3, 2007 8:09 am

it really isn’t my favourite activity. all that dust and packing and cleaning… but at least there’s the shopping for new stuff bit to look forward to! 🙂 i’ve an entire list of clothes, shoes, bags furniture, crockery, pots, baking stuff i wanna get!! any suggestions for a mixer? i’ve heard that a kenwood mixer is the ‘industry standard’ – can anybody attest to that?

prataz, could you please post ur sago recipe? i was just craving for honeydew sago last week! i could try it when the hob arrives – i’m sure we’ll still need to cook the sago, right??

miss kuan mentioned chilled cheesecake – i’ve got an excellent recipe for that!! will post that up once i manage to dig it up from my recipe box which is buried under the other tons of boxes 😛  

i’ll check in soon 😀

God bless!

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