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Sewing: Level Up!

Been 3 weeks since my last re-take paper and I’m BORED! Thinking to pick up a hobby but have yet to decide on one. Any suggestion? 😀

Started to sew about 2 weeks ago! FINALLY!!! Well, the sewing machine is like about 5 years old? I bought before J was born. So I started off with some pillow and bolster covers for J since I’m BORED! Hahha.. Well, it seems cheaper to buy the covers off-shelves instead of sewing.. and finally I purchase KID Shorts Pattern by @madeeveryday and started to sew J’s shorts..

It took me 5 days to sew a shorts which required about just 1-2 hours.. Hhahaa, I’m just lazy to do it at one go!

How does it look? 😀 I’m going to make one for myself too!
(Please forgive me that the elephant is upside down at one side as I cut the pattern wrongly)

 

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Jaryl’s Birthday Cupcake!

Hence it’s been a month since my last post as I’m busy (and lazy) and totally forgot I have a blog!!! I haven’t been studying too instead, I went out with my kid and just rot at home. I’ll blog about the activities soon..! I’m starting to feel old as I’m worn out after work EVERY SINGLE DAY!

And so, I decided to bake at least once or twice a month to fully utilise my oven and cake mixer! Since it’s Jaryl’s Birhday on 3rd December and we’re meeting him for play date, I was thinking “Why not let’s bake some cupcake for him?“. My mom “complained” that I haven’t baked the cupcake for years and she missed it (PS: She keep requesting for cheesecake although I just baked 1 recently..)

We only start baking around 8.30pm! And with all the stuffs ready, we are ready to start baking! You can see how excited he is! (Uhm, I know my house is VERY messy.. Pardon me for the time being..)

He helped from the sifting of the flour and coco powder to the mixing of the batter.. My worst fear happened when my cake mixer over heat and stopped when I’m mixing my icing for the cupcake. In the end, I’ve to mix it using a spatula and my hand almost break! Yeah, I just received my bonus email and I guessed it will goes to the cake mixer.!

So he helped to lined the muffin cups and I piped it in.. Then off it goes to the oven. I filled it up to about 3/4 cup (as per the instruction from the book) but it’s overflowing and it looks mutated!

After letting the cupcake rest for about 10 minutes, I cut off the top and pipe the mint icing on it. Little J helped with decoration of the cupcake with chocolate balls!

Here’s the final product in the box! (Oh, don’t worry, that’s Little J hand)

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Recipe (Adapted from “Muffin & Cupcake by Kak Ita)

Ingredients:
250 gm self raising flour

40 gm cocoa powder
100 gm castor sugar (I decreased to 80 gm but I still feel a little too sweet for my liking)
120 gm brown sugar
4 eggs
50 ml fresh milk
1/2 tsp peppermint essence
250 gm butter

Methods:
1. Preheat oven to 170 degree c, prepare muffin tin lined with paper cups.
2. Sieve flour and coca powder. Then add in castor sugar, brown sugar, eggs, fresh milk and essence. Beat for 3 minutes until batter become thick. Set a side.
3. In another mixing bowl, beat butter till light and fluffy. Add into flour mixture and mix well.
4. Pour mixtures into paper cup till 3/4 full (if you’re using the small muffin cup, suggest to fill around 1/2 full). Bake for 20 minutes or till cooked.
5. Cool cake on wire rack for 10 minutes, decorate with icing and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Icing Mint:
120 gm butter
1/8 tsp salt
120 gm icing sugar (decrease till 100 gm, 120 gm is TOO sweet for me)
1 tsp peppermint essence
1 drop green colouring
Chocolate chips

Method (Icing Mint):
1. Beat butter, salt and sugar till soft. Add in colouring and essence.

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Cooking Time – Chives Dumpling

Chinese Chives Dumpling (韭菜餃子), one of my favourite.

I always keep stock of handmade Chinese Chives Dumpling (韭菜餃子) in the freezer as it’s easy to make and it’s easy to cook too, especially when I couldn’t wake up to cook a proper meal in the morning, I’ll just go to the freezer, pop some dumpling in the pan and then tada, I’ve my lunch ready!

Kiddo always love to wrap the dumpling, so whenever I say “We’ll make dumpling today”, he will be like saying this: “Can we make dumpling now” every 10 minutes!

I loved to make the chives dumpling at home as I could add in lots of chives (as I always think that the chives dumpling sold outside doesn’t have enough chives) and I could just wrap it damn fat with lots of ingredients. Ever since I learnt how to make it, I never had it outside….


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Recipe was adapted from Vanessa Tay:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/singaporehomecooks/permalink/763669653702113/

Video on how to pleat the dumpling:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/singaporehomecooks/permalink/780804998655245/

I did some amendment to the recipe:
Ingredients

300g Minced Pork / 五花肉 – minced once (remember to ask for the fatty portion)
1 pack of Chinese Chives (韭菜)
pinch of  Salt / 盐
2 tsp Light Soy Sauce / 酱青
2 tsp Shaoxing Hua Tiao Chew / 花雕酒
3 tsp Sesame Oil / 麻油Q
1 pack of ready made shanghai dumpling skin (I bought from Giant)

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It’s simple and easy and it’s great for family bonding too.. Hahha, my pleating skill is (T-T).. I think I tried to squeeze in too much chives and pork into the dumpling..

Normally, once I’m done, I’ll lay them on a baking tray with some gaps in between and freeze them till they are frozen before I transfer all the dumpling into zip-lock bag (to save freezer space).

Yup. He insist of having his dumpling wrap like that and keep telling me how the filling is coming out of the dumping skin.. 😀

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Baking Time – Butter Cookies

I admit that I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to when the new school term start, as such, my “viewership” took a dip and went quite for weeks (well, not as if this blog if popular, but still, thanks to those who are following! I know you miss me! I’m back!)


Baking it’s definitely a great way to bond with the kids (although sometimes I do find it WAY faster to bake it ALL BY MYSELF and lesser messier without him beside me). This receipt it’s definitely a MUST TRY for beginner and also for people who loves butter cookies (like myself).

I’ve started to grow some interest in baking which I ended up getting about 3kg worth of flour just to get ready to bake some butter cookies (well, flour doesn’t just comes in small packing and this recipe asked for 3 different type of flour + butter). Initially, I wanted to bake egg tart, so I went to Poon Huat with that mindset that “Yeah man! I’m going to get the egg tart ingredients!”, but after some thoughts and knowing that egg tart doesn’t taste nice keeping overnight (can’t bring it to work for my colleagues) then I though of baking pound cake, but after much thoughts and googling, I’ve then finalize on baking BUTTER COOKIES.

The butter cookie was adapted from Miss Tiam Chiak (a mimic of Jenny Bakery – the famous melt-in-the mouth cookie, although I never taste it before).

http://www.misstamchiak.com/recipe-ultimate-butter-cookies/ 

So with all the ingredients prepared, we’re ready! The recipe could yield about 60 cookies. I haven’t been baking of a while so you keep seeing me looking at the book! Hahhaa.. (Oh yah, remember, the butter as what Miss Tam Chiak mentioned, you should use Golden Churn brand. I bought the block one instead of the tin version and the butter came out the same, just that it’s not that watery and easier to manage – IMO (In My Opinion).. I’m going to try using other brand of butter next time as Golden Churn it’s expansive! That one block cost me $5.10! )

Then you have the kid which will help you in ALMOST everything! Hahahaaha..

& that’s how the cookie looks before it’s in the oven -> after -> in the air-tight container..

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And that’s what left of today! Well, the butter cookie it’s popular among my colleague and parents and they mentioned that the texture is nice! Can’t wait to try it again using another butter to see if it’s really the butter that contribute to the melt-in-the mouth kind of texture or? 😀

Till then, I’ll make non-baked oreo cheesecake soon!

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Bonding Baking Time

Chance upon this website https://www.batterful.com, a baking subscription services where they will send you pre-packed ingredients in a box on a monthly basis. What you need to do is to just follow the recipe given and off you go..

Batterful is the first baking subscription service in Singapore that is about creating a better way to bake, and to provide a new kind of baking lifestyle. We deliver everything you need to master recipes with our carefully designed steps. With a simple subscription to Batterful, you can experience the joy of a monthly box filled with quality ingredients, How-To Online Videos, and innovative recipes from around the world.

I ordered Thai Milk Tea Chiffon Cake family box at a cost of about $31 (inclusive of shipping and a $3 discount). I’ve ordered the Thai Milk Tea Chiffon Cake Box. All the ingredients were pre-portioned ingredients, which means, I do not need to purchase 1kg worth of flour and just use 300gm of it. Since all the ingreidents were pre-portioned, it means, less clean up to do as everything is pre-packed in individual bags.

The subscription box doesn’t come with the mixer, trays, plates. It just has those basic ingredients that you’ll required to bake the cake. And so, we’re ready to bake..

Well, I should say that the whole baking process takes about less than 30mins as everytime was pre-proportioned and pre-packed. 😀 Overall, it taste nice (well, how wrong can the recipe and pre-proportioned stuffs goes)..

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Little Fun with Daiso Product

Went Daiso on Wednesday with the intention to get some gardening pots and other gardening related stuffs to trim my plants.

While walking around, this cute little sea creatures catches my eyes and I intend to buy it for my kid. I do not bring my kid out to the beaches every now and then but I will buy some beach toys for him to play during bath time else, I will fill up a bucket of water and let him play outside the house, along the corridor. It’s not something fancy but he does enjoy it.

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It’s actually more suitable for bathtub play, but since I don’t have a bathtub at home (well, who have it nowadays), I’ve decided to just get that since it’s only $2 and I think my kid will love it. It’s those creatures cute?

He don’t really have anything to do other than watching cartoons on youtube on the tablet at night, I think that it’s good to let him have some water play. 😀 It’s easy as you will just need to fill up the basin with water, and there, he could spent about 15 – 30mins there playing.