Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Matcha Bun























Whoa...it's been a long time since the last time I baked buns. And the bun baking craze is back again..I can feel it in my bones...the hands are itching to knead and at the same time massage my knuckles :p Well, actually I just wanted to finish up my matcha powder. I have not been making ice cream too for quite a while now, come to think of it , haha too much cream not good for my arteries and heart and my waistline of course.... yea I can be vain at times like this....going downhill is not fun at all :p shhhhh... I meant 25 going 26 * heehee , see how vain I am when it comes to revealing my age ! Sorry for the digress....back to this bun...I took the same recipe from Cheese & Salami Twist from Dailydelicious just add in the matcha powder....that's it! topped with sunflower seeds to add some nutrient to the buns :)













bun making is a good therapy for me.....
it is so good for the soul 












waiting for it to proof is the best patience testing ever!





















fluffy texture..and boy it smells good...



Match Bun - adapted from Dailydelicious

200 g
Bread Flour
3 g
Instant dried yeast
20 g
Sugar
3 g
Salt
20 g
Unsalted butter (soft)
140 g
whole milk
1/2tsb

topping 
egg wash                                
matcha powder (japan)

sunflower seeds



Method:

Put the flour, the sugar and yeast in a bowl, whisk to combine, add and salt whisk again. Add matcha powder to the milk and whisk it till well incorporated.Pour the milk matcha mixture into the bowl.

Use large spoon (or pastry scraper) to mix everything together, and knead briefly to bring all the ingredients together.

Take the dough out of the bowl and knead, you will see the dough will be elastic after about 2 minutes.

Add the butter and knead by using the heel of your hands to compress and push the dough away from you, then fold it back over itself. Give the dough a little turn and repeat. Put the weight of your body into the motion and get into a rhythm. Keep folding over and compressing the dough. Knead for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny, almost satiny.

Or you can also try stretching part of the dough, if it can stretch into a thin sheet without breaking, you've kneaded enough.

Put the dough into a light buttered bowl. Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in size (can be 1 hour or 1 hour and a half check often depend on the temperature).
Take the dough out of the bowl, deflate by touch it lightly. Divide equal portions. Shape into rounds . Leave to proof for another 10 mins.  Egg wash top and sprinkle sunflower seeds as topping

Bake for 10-12 mins or till golden brown in preheated oven 180C



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Digital Keyboard...Portable One For WB?

WB has been kind of into music these days. Asking his best buddy to teach him the simplified chords...hahaha shhhhhh  let out a secret... I see he is still struggling with the cords.  Not easy to teach old dogs new tricks as the saying goes.  So bad of me to say this, really it is even hard for me to remember the cords.  Anyway, given time I suppose we both can at least play some simple songs.  Actually WB wanted to play for our cg meeting when he can play well.  And once he achieved it , he might want to get a new keyboard but for the time being...he is contented with the old one . There are some nice keyboards that is cheap and good. Read Full Review here if you are looking for good and cheap keyboard.  I hope WB is contented with the old one and not trying to get a new portable one for the time being.  There is hardly space for two at the moment :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Steamed Banana Muffins



















Muffins! What more banana muffins !  I love anything banana ...I love them in cakes, muffins and cupcakes and in pancakes too.  Banana packs with a big nutritional punch.  And they are free of fat , cholesterol and sodium and provides a variety of vitamins and minerals and I am trying to import more banana into my diet :) It is freaking good for health and I am a banana nut.  But bananas are expensive nowadays...mmmm maybe I should plant it container in my small space. Leaves can be used to wrap fish for grilling :) not a bad idea to grow my own banana :p  Ok back to these delectable, moist banana muffins, it is easy to prepare and it takes only 30 mins for the whole process.  These banana muffins are healthy for adults and children.  Will definitely make them again :)


















aahhh.... 6 yummilicious banana muffins waiting to be devoured :))




















soft and moist, easy to digest
I mashed the banana coarsely so that one can
taste the fruit as you bite into the muffins
mmmmmm...mouth watering muffins....

Steamed Banana Muffins ( 6 muffins )

Ingredients:

150gm self-raising flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
200gm mashed bananas ( I used 4 ‘pisang emas’ )
100 gm castor sugar ( I used 70gm only)
2 eggs
75 gm oil ( I used corn oil )

Methods:
  • Sift together self-raising flour and baking soda, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar till ribbon stage.
  • Mix in mashed bananas ( coarsely ) beat till well combine.
  • Gently fold in flour mixture and oil alternately, taking care not to deflate the eggs and sugar mixture.
  • Pour batter into muffin cups 3/4 full.
  • Steam over high heat for 15 mins or till cooked.

Enjoy!


Quote for the day

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen, nor touched…but are felt in the heart.

~ Helen Keller ~

iprice - Your One Stop Shopping Destination

Like mother like daughter. My girl loves online shopping like me. Well, I guess she has more my genes than the dad :)  Before we know about iprice, shopping online was quite difficult as we have to search for the best offers and promotions through many websites. Though it was fun back then, it was time consuming and at times we can feel lost in the e-commerce jungle.  

But now with iprice -your one stop shopping destination, shopping for the best buy has been made easy.  We just have to log in to shop online with their offer coupon. iprice stays away from the e-commerce jungle and they aggregates all the products from the most trusted e-commerce shops in Asia and globally onto one platform.  They are always looking for the lastest coupons, deals and voucher codes in Malaysia in order that we may save big on every purchase. I love their Lazada vouchers and coupon codes. Lots to shop from Lazada.  My girl loves their Lazada coupon codes coz she can get to save big :) needless to say their clothings and shoes are fashionistas most sought after. For me, it is the best one stop shopping destination with just a click away.



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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sausage Cheese Rolls


















Baking and happily baking away….in my little sanctuary where peace and happiness surrounded me and the heavenly aroma of baked Sausage Cheese Rolls wafting out from the oven was enough to make my heart sings joyously last night.

I have this burning desire to try out this bun recipe by dailydelicious and I just have to try it out. Sausage Cheese Rolls….oohhhh I know one person in the Piggy clan who will love it and I told myself this “ for Wild Boar's sake, no matter how tiring it can be , to be palm wrestling with the piece of dough, I have to succeed and make the best bun ever ” . And I noticed WB's waistline has expanded further) (“,)





This is the fun part of the whole bun making. As you can see from the photos, it was great and I had so much fun braiding the rolls. Frankly speaking I was a bit nervous when doing this for I am not sure whether I followed the instructions correctly or not. But I know that Pook always shares the best recipe and I have confidence that it will turned out nice. God Bless her for sharing such a wonderful cheese rolls recipe…after baking the rolls for 10 minutes…I couldn’t believe my eyes…the rolls turned out PERFECTLY like those sold in bakeries (",) and the best part was it tasted BETTER than those sold in the bakery!!! Jokes aside…for those who love buns and would like to try making your own buns, this is one recipe that should not go unnoticed. Thumbs up!!!
















Quote for the day

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
~ Vaclav Havel ~



Mother's Day Gift 2

WB asked me what gift would I like to have for Mother's Day and I told him anything will do as long as it is from the heart.  Every Mother's Day, WB will take me out for dinner :)   I will be exempted from cooking and baking for the day ! And this tradition has been observed since I became a mom.  My kids will send wishes and gifts from wherever they are if on those occassion they can't make it home to celebrate with me.

Last year, I received a beautiful 'Carnival' magnetic copper  bracelet specially choosen from these magnetic copper bracelets on this website from my Piggy girl. It was colorful with fluid design, and inspired by the Carnival dancesmeant to capture the movement and carefree attitude of the largest party in the world.  I love the fact that it is a copper bracelet using silver ,brass and copper. It is not just a beautiful piece of bracelet but the copper bracelet helps in the treatment of  hand, wrist, shoulder pain. I had tendinitis before I had my surgery done last year and gosh it does help.  I love my Mother's Day gift and I am looking forward to receiving gifts from my kids this coming Mother's Day :)  And WB.....maybe to the best restaurant in town since I am not allowed in the kitchen on that day :p






Garlic Bun With Garlic Parsley Butter Toppings














The smell of freshly baked buns emanating from the oven is the best aromatherapy for me and WB. We love the aroma of freshly baked buns whether it is a simple plain bun or flavored buns like these garlic parsley buns....mmmm the aroma is so good that I have WB hovering around the oven waiting for the buns to be ready for eating , like a little boy and this brings a smile to my tired face after all the kneading session. Worth every ounce of energy spent on making these buns. The aroma fills the whole house and it lingers for hours. I love making bread and bun and it is therapeutic for me :)

"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight... Breadmaking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells... there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread." by MFK Fisher.














love shaping them into rolls
and the garlic and parsley butter mixture
topping is to die for



Soft & Fluffy Buns With Garlic, Italian Parsley  Butter & Cheese Topping 

Ingredients:

195g bread flour
90g plain flour
12g milk powder
30g caster sugar
6g salt
6g yeast
60g beaten eggs
65g water
45g unsalted butter

mix together the ingredients below
chopped garlic,
chopped fresh italian parsley
butter

cheese topping  * optional
grated cheese topping


Methods:

1. Put all the buns ingredients for kneading until smooth and elastic and the dough no more sticking at the side of the mixing bowl. Let it proof for 40 minutes in a clean bowl cover with cling wrap.

2. Divide the dough into even size of 9 portions and shape it into smooth ball shape. Let is rest for 10 minutes.

3. Flatten each dough with your hand and roll it out in longish shape. Roll it up to a sausage shape and seal it tightly. Place on a baking tray and let the dough proof for 40 minutes.

4. Egg wash the dough , cut a slit on the bun and add some garlic,parsley and butter mixture into the slit ,   sprinkle top with some grated cheddar cheese and bake at 180C for 20 minutes


Enjoy and have fun making these soft and fluffy buns



Mother's Day Gift

Time flies and soon it will be Mother's Day . Many  will be rushing to get a gift for their mothers at the last minute due to busy schedule but some will have the gift ready months before Mother's Day. If you are those who wants to plan ahead and not wait till the last minute , you can have a look at these mother's ring designs .  These are unique rings with personalized birthstones and designs.  I am sure mothers will love these specially selected and designed rings as gifts .  Not just for Mother's Day but can be given as birthdays gifts too. I am sure all mothers will love it ...I am one for sure " hinting to my kids " :p  Make this coming Mother's Day more special with this gift besides taking her out to dinner at restaurant.