Fondant Cakes

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

I have read about some new techniques in fondant cakes previously, but never had the courage to try. Haha!

Managed to apply these techniques recently, and am so happy with it!

I guess fondant is as temperamental as macarons :p So I probably just need to keep practising it, much more than frosted cakes. Haha!

Sharp-edged fondant cake: bottom dummy cake + top chocolate ganache cake



Well, there are still imperfections, but probably can only be noticed by the cake maker myself :p


It was the first time applying the techniques, and I've had elephant skin and tears on the fondant, which could be "repaired", thankfully.

I never thought I could work with such strong colors, and for a while, I am thankful that I accidentally dropped in so much of that food coloring lol.


And a simple bow cake, on an 8" cake dummy. You can see that the sides are not smooth because I cling-wrapped the cake dummy, with hopes of reusing it :p


Soft Wholemeal Bread

Monday, 18 May 2015

Been down with the terrible viral sinus infection last week, and I tried to "force" myself to get well by doing some of my routine tasks - including some quick cleaning and making breakfast.

Tried out this recipe, from an e-book I downloaded somewhere. Opps. If you know the author or book name, please kindly let me know.


Soft Wholemeal Bread
Ingredients:
- 150g bread flour
- 100g wholemeal flour
- 4g salt
- 3g yeast
- 10g sugar
- 20g butter
- 10g cold milk
- 180ml cold water




Method:
1.  Place all ingredients into bread pan; yeast into yeast compartment.

2.  Select Menu and Crust. Press Start.

*I am using Panasonic SD-P104, Menu 2 Rapid Bread Mode. You can select Soft Bread Mode or Wholemeal Bread Mode for softer bread.

*3g of yeast is about 1 tsp. However, I find that by using the pink tsp measurement by Panasonic, 3g works best by us using 1 + slightly 1/4 tsp of the pink measurement tool.

It's so soft!

Our Home! :)

Friday, 15 May 2015

It has been almost half a year at our home!

We've shifted in just after Christmas last year. Handling the renovations was really a headache! Choosing your ID or vendors is just so important.

Both the hubby and I chose this carpentry company, which also provides ID as "value added service". However, they gave us so much headache that I can no longer consider that as a value added service.

Imagine both of us had had sleepless nights, worrying and fearing about mistakes that cannot be undone?

One of our neighbours also had engaged the same company, and (very unfortunately) has gotten the same designer. Her house was done before us, and we were quite shocked because they had installations done at the wrong place, wrong measurement for the carpentry etc.

Now her husband need to watch his soccer on tv with exposed wires.

And then, while the designer is majorly slow in response when things goes wrong; contacting the boss is also the same, unless I threaten to say I will post in social media. And the 2nd time I mentioned that (because we were so desperate to get their response), the boss said I can say whatever I want, but if they found that it's groundless accusations, they will take action, ie to sue me.

ZZZZ.

The boss can also mention that if the designer is willing to make rectifications, then why are we not happy. HELLO! I am not happy because if things can be done correctly in the first place, why not?!

Living + Dining Area

During our move-in

We were quite thankful that our house came with flooring, doors, air con and a done up kitchen. Most of our furniture were gotten through Tao Bao, which is much cheaper compared to local items.

With the little one's play-yard in. And we were waiting for our dining table to ship from China then lol.

With the dining table! It was customized with a smaller size,
compared to most dining sets in Singapore.

Sofa was bought during some home fair at the expo. $9000+ from Barang Barang. Such a great deal! Because the sofa is so soft that I can sleep comfortably on it! Cushions from Tao Bao.



Rooms

Blinds and lights from Tao Bao.


Our room! Yet to install the blinds then. Bedsheet also from Tao Bao lol!



Kitchen

There is no service yard for us because we've bought 3room. Service yard is available for 5 rooms only, I think. It's very small, but workable for me :) This was during the move-in, and cleaning everything in there.


Unfortunately, the counter had such a material which is very prone to staining :(


This was what the developer had done for us. While we realised we needed more "storage" space for dishes and cutlery, the hubby decided to get a metal rack for me from Tao Bao.

Tadah! He installed it on his own, while we checked with our neighbours on tips how to drill on the tiles.


Bowls and plates that we've bought from Tao Bao, which I really love!

 We decided to do our own artificial grass turf to save money :x I didn't think it was possible until the hubby did it.

Our outdoor furniture is also from Tao Bao :) Outdoor blinds by local vendor.

As you can see, I really love our view!

And as what my friend had said, the house won't be complete until 1 or 2 years later (until you've loaded the house with all the stuff that you really want). Haha!

Oven Baked Orange Chicken Wings

Thursday, 14 May 2015

If you've not known yet, I love following the recipes from Rasa Malaysia, because they are so simple but taste really great!

I remembered as I started cooking for ourselves, I had to follow recipes exactly. And RM's recipes always managed to trick hubby into thinking that I cook very well. LOL.

As I try to "upgrade" the little one's meals to more adult-ish, I am also searching for recipes that are from scratch and uses healthier ingredients.

I managed to finally try out this batch of baked orange chicken wings, which is really easy and fuss free!



Oven Baked Orange Chicken Wings - Recipe Adapted from Rasa Malaysia
Ingredients
Marinade:

- 900g chicken wings *I've used only the drumlettes
- 1 tbsp oil
- Pinch of Salt
- Sprinkles of Black Pepper

Orange Sauce:
- 1/4 cup orange juice (about 4 tbsp)
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 3 tbsp chicken broth or water
- 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce + 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2.5 tsp sugar
-1 tsp corn starch


Method:
1.   Preheat oven to 200C. *I used grill function.

2.  Rinse chicken wings and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a large bowl and toss with marinade.

I didn't have a baking rack so I've placed my drumlettes like that. It's recommended to use the baking rack if you have one, so that the oil can drip down, and the chicken pcs will be crispy :)


3.  Line baking tray and place a baking rack on top. Arrange the wings in single layer on rack.

4.  Bake, rotating pan half way through bake time, till fully cooked and are crispy. It will take about 45 to 50 mins.

5.  When the chicken is ready, mix ingredients for orange sauce in sauce pan. Heat up till it thickens and bubble slightly. Turn off heat. Add chicken to orange sauce, toss to coat well.

6. Garnish and serve immediately.



*I've halved the above recipe to make mine. For more adult taste, please visit Rasa Malaysia's site for full recipe.

What's Customer Experience?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Yay!

I am recovering from my viral sinus infection + fever. It's so horrible that I am almost living in a dream yesterday - you know how it feels when you are on flu medication. So drowsy!

And yet as I was so sick lying on my bed, when I hear my hubby on the line (AGAIN) mentioning, Starhub, I tell you, I was so frustrated that I had enough strength to jump out of bed and spoke to the customer service rep and the billing manager.

That kind of bad service warrants a dedicated post sometime soon.

I mean, as I bake for sale, even though it's to friends and friends of friends, I make sure I am big on customer service. I don't mean all customers are right, but I make sure I pay for my own mistakes.

Opps, totally regretting that I didn't take a good picture of this cake! I really love the swirls.


Made a batch of cake and cupcakes over the weekend. I was battling with a terrible headache + clingy tot who wanted to nurse all the while hahaha.

Ended up, I probably overbaked the cake slightly because my customer feedback that the cake was slightly dry.

I felt so bad because I feel a cake is important for celebrations, and I wouldn't be happy if the cake wasn't good. So I offered a free cake on my end to make up for my mistake - but I know it will be different because the cake was supposed to be a birthday cake, and the birthday would have passed, wouldn't it?

If you know what I mean.

I always feel very thankful to orders that come in, and I try my best to give a perfect cake. Sometimes in my eyes, the cake ain't perfect (lol). And I always offer something else to make up for it. By this - I mean, please give me another chance, my cakes can be really good!

And paying for my mistakes (if it's expensive lesson to be learnt) makes sure that I learn well and not repeat it again.

Sometimes it's not just the intrinsic value pegged to the product or service.


Consumers are not obliged to give you chances. And when we do, please don't take it again and again, ruin it, and then say again PLEASE GIVE US ANOTHER CHANCE.

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