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Banana Chocolate Chips Muffin

=) It’s my first attempt in Muffin baking and it’s SUCCESSFUL!!!!!

It’s so simple! I got the recipe from http://www.catcancook.com/awesome-banana-muffin-recipe/

I added chocolate chips, 5 bananas and less generous in my sugar content.

 

I did not have any muffin shaping tray so I thought the cups will do wonders.
And guess what?
They look “wonderful” too. Those in the pictures are awesome but some really look like hum chim peng!
It looked tiny and squashed for my 1st batch so I decided to add more. I was hoping it will rise vertically but it did not.
It grew horizontally instead.

 

Well, it looks ugly but overall, still taste good. I ❤ it.
I shared these muffins with my beloved colleagues, family and dee & family.
The feedbacks I received are not bad. Well, remove the comment on its appearance.
“Moist & consistent” , “Tasty! Everything are just right in content” are generally the feedbacks.

 

Gosh, I am absolutely in love with baking now.
I gonna bake more and distribute to my beloved ex colleagues and friends.
Well, a way to show my appreciation on my birthday week ^_^

I have not stopped blogging…
But…was too busy to blog then..
Work has been piling up since Nov for Year End closing..
Work nonstop till 10plus 11plus daily.
Weekend is for me to catch up my sleep & have some R&R sessions.

Hmm..doubt still got people check out my blog..
Nvm la..blogging is for my own collection & for food recommendations..=)

Well hope this is not too late yet.
2010 has been a great year for me..=)
My ICookUEat sessions have been successful so far. Since June, I have done 7 sessions.
And in 2010, I whipped up a few dishes for xmas..

It was my first time doing xmas party..=)
I have invited a whole load of friends over and am glad it was successful!!!!
Since it was a potluck, every each of us brought some share of food.
As for myself, I have prepared 3 dishes and another contributed by my mum..

These are the people that have made their way to my place for my xmas party! ^^

Pretty wide spread hoh~

But do take a closer look. All of the dishes so got “xmas feel”..except the rojak on the left..
Fusion? ehehhehe~

Ya contributed by our lovely Jiansen. The fried angelhair contributed by Syaima.
Yeah..first time get to have angelhair that have more “LIAO” than angelhair..
But it was fantastic!real spicy!!!!

Roast Chix Wing – Done by my mother!!!!

It was great!!!! ^_^ Like mother Like daughter mah!!!

Cocktail Prawn – My creation!

Turkey Ham Cheesy Rosti + Sunny Side up (Me again!)

I am proud to know that all my friends are loving it!!! I was so afraid that I couldnt do this well & ruin the whole xmas. But, seeing it slowly form up to what I want it to be, I felt so satisfied. My face was filled with grins when my friends praised and finished it all in minutes. ^_^

Contributed by Kaixiong, Tony & Daren

Logcake by Magdeline & Natalie

Marshmallow Tower by my dee, Gavin

There were other contributions too.
Nuggerts by Cheryl, Mixed fruit dessert by Laiquin, Ice cream by YiXian, Many Many boozie by all of them!!!!So much alcohol that they are leaving behind and coming back on cny to finish it!lol~

It was rather a quick meal. Yup, the alcoholics can’t wait to get drunk.

Indian Poker

Load of fun!

I do like the part that we keep drinking!!! Happy leh~
Even Gavin, my new beau was sort of stunned by our rowdiness..
But I must say my friends are a great bunch to mix with!!!!!!

He is one reason that made me too busy to blog!

Me & my lovely cute mama

She is a hot stuff among my friends. All my friends find her so cute. She never fail to make everyone stunned and laugh. Indeed, like mother like daughter~

Everyone seem to be in love with the tower~

Me & my 2 sisters and my mother!!!

The marshmallow just so adorable!!!!! It just buy us all over!Yeah! Regardless of age!

Me & another 2 of my sisters..hmmm..one claimed to be coz he got boobs. yeah firm one…

We also have our handsome Kaixiong and pretty girlfriend~ ^^

Mun, Daren & Natalie..Mag dun like to be in any photo..so ya lo~

And of coz, Daren & my goody friend, Tony!!!

My first xmas party is a big SUCCESS! Everyone enjoy their food, alcohol and games.
Most importantly, I am glad that all my friends are such a good host to one another.
They come from all different group but well..alcohol bring people together.
I absolutely have no doubt in that.

 

We headed for more fun @ Mount Faber Safra K-Box after that. We sang and danced with the songs. Load of fun together!! ^_^
Probably my best xmas!!!!!!! =)

 

As I am going into my quarter century old stage, I am thinking…
“Will we still be able to have this kind of party when we have kids and family?”
My answer is no i guess…unless the kids are with the grandparents. lol~

 

Well, this fact made me more appreciative  of the fun I am having now.
A good feeling that I will cherish.

 

Love u guys~
Well hope not too late yet..
Have a great 2011~

Finally! Our monthly brunch outing is back for action!
Have been months since we 3 girls hopped into a cafe for brunch~
Back to our taitai’s lifestyle..
This time round, we had it in Café Hacienda.

Café Hacienda
13A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249674
T: 6476 2922

 

It’s a pretty nice & cosy place to dine in. Very much like a cosy homely dining experience in a foreigner’s  house. Magazines are everywhere. You can just snatched a book when things get bored. lol~
Indeed, very cosy. We spents like hours in there.

 

We went for our usual.

Egg Ben

Goodness~Perfecto. Very tasty. Well made at its own perfection and best part of it is that it is not greasy. Neither it has any overwhelming vinegary taste. Very light touch on the hollanise sauce and more emphasis is made on the thick ham, bacon,muffin and egg. The combination is already appetising but the handling on its taste beautify the overall experience.
No wonder Cheryl credit this as the “Best Egg Bens”. She is credible on that since she is a fan of Egg Bens and had patronized lotsa cafe for that.

 

Egg Royale

Instead of the normal meaty selection, Cheryl went for a little fishy feel. Salmon. Look good right?

 

In addition to our brunch set, we had caesar salad too. It wasn’t that bad. But certanly it is the egg bens that blow our mind away!

 

LOL~We still proceed on to dessert after all those. All my gym effort in the morning then went down to the drain! LOL~
Each of us made our own selection on the dessert.

 

And I choose..

Blackforest Cupcake (W Alcohol)

Hmm..they are better off with real food.
After our brunch, we the 3 taitais went off shopping for our mook (Mag +book? ) and catch a movie. Loving the saturday with them~!

 

Well, Cafe Hacienda is certainly a great place to hang out. Yes, I would love to go back again. Hmm..with someone special perhaps? ^_^

It has been tough getting a theme for my cooking session.
Not only I have to think about the difficulty level of the dishes but also brood over the ingredients.
It get harder when the cuisine is not so commonly made in Singapore.

Well, I still take up the challenge to try out “MEXICAN”.
I do love mexican food and hopefully I can whip up something as good as theirs too!
For that, i cracked my brain, flipped the cookery book and decided on the few…
This time round, I invited my fellow uni mates to be my guinea pigs!!!!
Trust me, every session is as nervous as the previous one.
I was so afraid that I will screw things up..

And I always did. Yes on dessert again!
Certainly have no talent in dessert..
But for the rest, it’s alright but lot of room for improvement~


NACHO

FAILED! The cheese just won’t melt~! Crap. =_= But the minced chix is not too bad. Thanks to the taco seasoning and salsa sauce! Yes, Yongxiang helped me to get it. Thanks man!

Beside that, I think it failed terribly. A simple dish but.. =( why the cheese cant melt? Should have done the cheesy nacho sauce instead of using cheddar cheese slices.. =(
Oh well…

Mexican Meatball w Chipotle Sauce
Chiopotle sauce is actually come about by the use of chipotle peppers and the sauce to mix with tomato and other ingredients. It is suppose to add on to the spiciness in the food. Well, I added more it was stated but it wasnt that spicy.  I like the meatball. It tasted abit like german sausages. Sounded wrong but it is indeed! Guess the oregan, a form of spice, give the minty tasting. Overall, my friends love it. And they commented the mexican red rice was not bad. They commented it is better than NANTO’s. See that? BETTER leh~~~ai sey~~What’s a ego boosting line!
But I think the rice is no good. I purposely added some raisin to enhance the taste.
Still, I am glad my friends love it!

Chocolate Mousse

Oh dear~This is bad. I am bad with dessert. Totally 0 talent.
But..edible. I tried my best.

Oh well, luckily for me the food din turn out really bad. But, I guess I need more practice. Wooo~Cant wait for the next session. adrenaline racing up as I thought about it.

SOFRA TURKISH CAFE & RESTAURANT

100 Beach Road #02-42/43/44
Shaw Tower
Shaw Leisure Gallery
Singapore 189702

Tel: (65) 6291 1433

I have seen this restaurant some time back in….hmmm..years?
Always wanted to visit it but no chance. And I never thought this is one of the better turkish restaurant in Singapore. Just viewing their pix..i thought they look fab and thus, the curosity to try out.
And indeed..the taste is as good as it looks. =)

I got Aisyah and Laiquin to join me in the turkish food challenge.

And guess what?
WE ARE ALL HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Turkish food is very “pro-carbo”. Everything it comes with bread or rice. But, this does not stop us from eating them! It’s so good!!!!!

Yes, even it made us fat!

*drum rolling….*

Hummus & Turkish Sesame bun

This is the 2nd time i tried hummus. I did not exactly like it when I first tried it in another restaurant. It was a bit soury then. But Sofra’s one is good! I dipped it with the sesame bun again n again. Unstoppable. Very tasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the bun is fluffy, soft, “bouncey” and warm. *droooool*..

We were actually overwhelmed by the vast choices.
So we just anyhow picked for the mains….lol~~~

Beyti Kebab

Hmmm…the beef+mutton is tasty but the bread is far too thick. Too bad for the thickness, otherwise it will be tasty. Especially the meat are spiced.

Chef Plate

These are just too GORGEOUS~~~If u eat other thing but their grilled meat, then dun u dare to say u tried turkish food! Grilled meat is a MUST in turkish cuisine. It’s SUPERB. i dont having it everything on my own even the fats will be overwhelming.  I just keep munching. They were grilled to perfection. Taste wise, is perfect too. Not too salty or bland. Absolutely perfectly done. Even the done-ness of the meat is fantastic too. Not too dry.

After the hearty meal, all 3 of us agreed that this will not be the last time we will be visiting Sofra. It’s just too good to be true~~~~~~~~~~~~~
And it’s affordable~~~GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!

To begin..
This post is gonna be overwhelming with lots of inner feeling and thoughts.
Yes, alot of self reflection done just on that day.
Firstly, I took cab for every trip of the day.

1. Tuition (Bukit Batok) –> Esplanade
I was there for a play – Nanta Cooking~
It’s a korean group that uses kitchen utensils to create fab music/rhythm.

The crews from Nanta Cooking

I enjoyed the show. It’s great. There’s a lot of audience involvement in the show. And that’s triggered off my funny bones, especially the audience are really spontaneous and just joined in the fun..The language does not affect the fun factor at all. Really tickles me and made me Laugh Out Loud!

It made me forget all the sadness in the heart then. I am glad I have my good sisters with me then.

Me & Cheryl & Rudith. We are the Heros~! LOL~

After the show, we went separate way. Sigh~Honestly speaking, I hate that.

I was all alone. And yes, disappointed. Feeling so down in the heart.
Nothing shown on the face but the heart was deeply hurt.

Anyway, I travelled from Town —> Boon Tat Street..
To fulfil my long time wish: Visit some cafe and enjoy the food alone.


Vanila Bar & Cafe

3 Boon Tat Street #01-01
Singapore 049612
Tel: 6423 0366
http://www.vanillacafe.com.sg/

It kinda weird when I said, “table for one.” Ya, I am too used to have someone with me.
I think the wait staff felt weird too. She got this atonished look on her face when she knew I was alone.

I looked through the menu and chose those recommended by the wait staff. She is friendly and always smiling. =)

As much as I wanted to be alone and left undisturbed, my handphone went dead. Yes, officially in my very very very own world.

While waiting for my food to be served, I started scribbling on the cards that I have prepared to give it to him. Yes, the goodbye cards. I never knew it ended before it got started. Isn’t that the saddest part? It just days for me to say “Yes” and I wasn’t that lucky enough. Things just change.

As I was deep in thought, my food was served….

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwich ($9.90)

Not very much of a pork person, but this is great. The pork are tender and does not stick in between the teeth like many pork do. I am not sure what’s the ingredient for the pork but it tastes rather bbq-ish. I like it. Sweet and bbq-ish feel. The bun that came with the pork was soft and fluffy too. And nope, not greasy at all. It’s great. Quite a female choice for meal. =)

I ordered a cup of earl grey tea to wash away the greasiness in my stomach. Yes, the folks said that tea kill fats. Well, I doubt it is working much on me~

Ya, I continued to scribble on the cards as I wait for my digestion to take place. Just an excuse. I don’t want to go on with dessert and leave the place so quickly. I was waiting for the sky to turn darker. Yes, letting time pass..

Finally..
I asked for my dessert to be served.

Vanila Dirt Cake ($8.50)

What a cute dessert! ^_^ Just melt my heart~Ya! Flower for me with some gummy worms~lol! Mind you, the “soil” is made of oreo cookies! Beneath the “soil” are creamy cheesy vanila cake. It’s good to see and nice to eat too. Wouldnt say it is the best dessert but certainly the most pretty one.

I finished up everything before proceeding on with my cards. Yes, I got 3 cards – Combo set.

I put on my earphone and listened on to this song…

I almost tear as I wrote my last card. It’s filled with remorse and self blame. Not to sound pathetic but alot of time, we will ask ourselves, “IF ONLY…” But when we got ourselves asking this question, we already could not turn back the time to change the story. Then, we can only let go.

Done with my cards and dinner. I left the cafe and took a stroll along the shophouses. I discovered alot more other cafes. Okie that’s it, gonna visit all of them! ^^ It’s great to talk a stroll at time alone. I could freely walked into any shop and look look see see and act like some artisitc gal~ Yup, alot of quirky artistic shop along the street. Yes, I am into all these. Just that, not many of my friends or other halfs love it, I seldom do it.

But since I was alone, I walked into them. =) Felt really contented. In the end, I bought a 2nd hand vintage boyfriend’s shirt without much hesitation. It’s from france and made in the 50’s. It’s brown base and imprinted with little red roses and I thought it was really cool.

Next, I walked into “WOODS IN THE BOOK”..
It is a shop of my friend, Mike. =) It was my first visit and I did not notice till I purchased a picturebook and asked the cashier. And he happened to be Mike’s brother. haha~

Address:
58 Club Street,

Singapore City, Singapore, 069433


The shop sells alot of picture books that are both suitable for children and adults. Quite a great experience for me. I got a book for him. It’s a taiwanese picture book filled with lot of encouraging philosophy. I read through and indeed, he needs it. Well, treat it as a goodbye gift.


After all the walking and spending, I finally headed home. Yes by cab.
Well, it’s quite an experience for me. Imagine a talkative girl like me, was in my very own world for more than 4hours. No disturbance at all. True enough I mentioned before that to dine in alone in a quiet cafe is a form of enjoyment, bring happiness and made ones feel much more refreshing & relax. But, on a flip side, it comprises alot of loneliness.

I am sure I gonna do this more often. Well, at least food will atmost hurt my body shape and stomach but not my heart. =)
After all the encounters, I feel living on to fulfil my dream is much more meaningful than anything else.

Yes, I moved on. =)

Session 4.
1 word “HAPPENING”.

My dearest jiemei want tiramisu. Yes, shock of my life.
I have never never never ever made any cake before, beside those in the toilet! LOL~
But..I took up the challenge.

It’s an expensive challenge. Just the mascarpone cheese cost a bomb. Gosh.
To make the freshest and nicer tiramisu, I decided to make it the night before.
I started around 1am..after the success of my seafood pasta salad.

Everything looks fine after the cream’s turn to be mixed.
I opened the bottle and came out as a big lump. Not to usual cream.
I tried to mix it with my mini mixer. And guess what? Nothing happen. Still a lump.
I went back to my pc and took a close look at the youtube video.

=_= Cream is watery form. I looked at the bottle. Pure Cream.

I thought Pure cream = cream.lol~now i know it’s different. LOL~

Panicky. At 2am. Where to find cream? Almost wanted to give up.
I am so thankful that I got a driving license. Really.Otherwise, say sayonara to tiramisu & $.
Drove down to my nearest 24-hr mart to get it. Wah..still thankful abt my license. lol~

Reached home. And a cockroach jumped on me to welcome me!
Scared me la!!!!!!!!

Proceed on with my 2nd trial.
15min. 30min. 1hour..
Still in watery form with some lump forming =_=
Separate the lump from the liquid and continued to beat n finally..some creamy cream formed!

Threw back the liquid.
30mins. nothing happen. I was going crazy then.
And time checked – 4am =_=

Desperate. Went online & found Jerome, my sec sch puppylove! He’s a baker and boss of a cake shop now.
Luckily! He passed me some knowledge.hahaha..
Now i know whipping cream needs to be whipped when it is cool!
Continued my task. My beater was mini-sized. Took ages.

By the time everything was done, it was around 5plus in the morning.
I was pek-chek enough. I stopped following the receipe and do my way.
I add bit and bit of the bailey flavoured mix. Taste le. Alcohol level not shiok.
So..I just took the bottle of bailey and poured in to my cheese and cream~

I just love my “JUST DO IT” Attitude.
And the final product…

Chilled Tiramisu

Yes. Thick layer of creamy cheese mix. I am so loving it. The alcohol level is just right.
Shiok! Ya just right for alcoholic me! My jiemeis commented it’s not bad. Very creamy~
*CLAP CLAP*

Next up.

Seafood Pasta Salad

My jiemeis are loving it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I made a huge tub and they had quite a number of servings!!!!!!!!!!
Cheryl commented it tasted similar to those served in Aston’s!!!!!!! ^_^
YEAH~~~~

And finally, the main…

Potato Pie!

To save time, I got myself a ready-made pastry skin.  Imagine I already have problem rolling out the skin, what more to say about making it from scratch…=_=

But everything else it’s done by me ok! The minced chix sauce. The mashed potato blah~
And it turned out to be great! Everyone had 2 each! I was so happy then! Everyone go “hm. Nice!” & grab for 2nd pie. ^_^

*Clap Clap*

It’s fulfilling. I almost got scalded by the hot butter+milk when the pan overturned. Ya, it was spoilt and I have no idea about it. Yea, talking about the fact that those r my home cooking utensil. =/ Luckily for me, it only cause the whole kitchen floor to be oily and greasy.

Well, alot of dramas but glad all went well!!!!!! I have more confidence in my cooking now!

The GUINEA PIGS.

^_^