Thursday, December 27, 2012

Results of FREE Magazine Subscription Giveaway



I am pleased to announce the  10 winners of this free magazine subscription Giveaway contest :)  This is extra Christmas gift to 5 winners  picked by yours truly and 5 winners random picked by Random Org.  Please email me your email address , your first and last name and don't forget to mention the magazine of your choice.  Email to :  elinluv@ymail.com   before 3rd January so that I can send your particulars to Zinio. Thank you :)  If I don't hear from you after the 3rd January, then the prize will be forfeited.

1.  Cheah of No Frills Recipes
2.  Alan of Travelling Foodies
3.  Wendy of Table For 2
4.  Margo
5.  Lena of Frozen Wings
6. Gertrude of My Kitchen's Snippet
7. Wui Shiang
8. Joanna of Musings Of A Dreamer
9. Joshua of DeVenturist
10. Yours Truly :)


Congratulations to all winners !!!


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Plans For Sunday School Kids In 2013

The committee members for the children ministry is thinking of getting a 48"  flat screen monitor for their sunday school children.  This would be good for the kids below the age of 10.  The kids could watch bible stories videos on the big screen.  Wild Boar suggested to get the monitor floor stand so that  the flat screen monitor could be portable and could be moved from one class to another class.  This is indeed a brilliant suggestion and once it is approved , the sunday school kids will have a blast time watching bible stories and activities :)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas And A Happy 2013 :)

























Wild Boar, Piggy Jo , Piggy Josh and ELIN
wishes all readers and friends

A VERY
MERRY CHRISTMAS 
and
 A HAPPY 2013 !!!!


A toast to good health and happiness in 2013


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Washburn Guitars At Musician's Friend :)

Getting a new guitar has been Claire's wish the last few months.  She has been looking around for one and many of her friends have asked her to check out   washburn guitars at Musician's Friend           . They have many selections there that she can choose from.  And the prices are quite affordable too.  I may take up her offer of giving some guitar lessons and pick one guitar from this website :)  I read through the reviews by their customers on some of the guitars they have at their place and the ratings are good too .  Truly a good place to look for musical instruments.  Claire has eyed one washburn acoustic guitar and I can only say this " a good one for her ", the price and the model :)  She told me it has been added to her wish list :)  Of late, our topic has been musical instruments  LOL!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sweet Potato Donut Balls - Finger Food For Cell Group Meet-Up # 5

























These donut balls are actually the donut holes from the sweet potato donuts I shared on my the previous post. Do not reroll the donut holes.  Fry them in hot oil and toss them into cinnamon sugar and you will have the kids enthralled especially with the animals picks. Not only kids love them, my Wild Boar can't stop chomping them down.  These are good finger food for cell group meet up too. I will make them into balls the next time I make donut dough and take them along for cell meet up.  If you are short of idea what to make or take to your cell meeting, these delectable sweet potato donut balls will be good.  Easily digestible, light and easy for the young and old.


Guys And Their Hobbies

After spending some bonding time with Josh, I realised that he likes motorbike riding :) guys are guys, no matter how much I discouraged him to take up motorbike riding , he is still game about it. The other day, I was discussing with him about his future and he was multi tasking.  He may be listening to me but his hands are busy typing away on the keyboard.   I saw this screen flashing at me...all things motorbikes and accessories !  I gave a quick glance at the website address , which is , www.compacc.com         .  No wonder, he is busy typing away and scrolling down the page.  His mind is not focussing on my talk anymore but his eyes and soul is concentrating on this webpage !   They have helmets to bike leather jackets to leather gloves.  I am taken in by their webpage too :p     I left the room telling him " talk to me when you have finished with this webpage , I will talk to you when you are more attentive "  Guys are guys...not attentive like girls ! 

Sweet Potato Donuts

























These donuts are great for afternoon snacks or children parties.  This is the first time trying out with mashed sweet potato and surprising it is good.  I have one miserable looking sweet potato in the onion basket and  without hesitation, I boiled it , mashed it and weighed it for making these donuts .  The donuts turned out light , fluffy and has a subtle potato flavor. The natural sweetness from the sweet potato has given the donut a nice taste too. When I bite into the first warm donut, I knew all the trouble taken to make it was worth every minute !  It  remained soft until the next day.  I made this for our afternoon tea snack and the few leftovers ( without the sugar coating ) kept its softness till the next day. I rewarmed it in the oven at low heat the next day and the donut puffed like it was fresh from the wok :)  

Deuter Backpacks

Elaine gave Josh a deuter backpack before he goes to UK last year . It was a birthday gift for him.  It was just perfect for his Euro trip. He love deuter backpacks for they add a new level of comfort to ones backpacking experience.  And Josh very proudly told me that one of deuter backpacks won Outside Magazine's 2011 Gear of the Year Award!  Elaine surely knows what to give Josh for his birthday and a right choice too :) for Deuter backpacks are one of Europe's most successful backpack brands. They are the sturdiest and most comfortable on the market.   He will never lend  his deuter backpack to any of us.  So precious that he keeps his Deuter backpack well wrap, occasionally take it out for a quick clean often :)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Green Juice

























I ordered this green juice from a cafe and it costs me RM5 for a small glass.  It is made up of green apple, celery and bitter gourd (small species )  I decided to make my own and  since then , I have been making this green juice for myself every monday, wednesday and friday  before leaving for the office and not to forget the weekends sometimes.   Healthy drink and I love the bitterish after taste....



Green Juice

ingredients for 1 serving

1 Washington green apple/ granny smith
1 stalk US celery 
1 bitter gourd ( the small specie type )
1/2 cup cold water
some ice cubes


 throw in  the greens and apple and ice cubes and blend together
to make a glass of iced green juice


Stay healthy always !


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Good News For Equestrian Riding Community

I understand that many parents are sending their kids to the Equestrian riding club in their area.  Looks like this sport is gaining much interest in the younger generation of late.  The telecast of horse riding competitions on television has greatly influenced the children  today.  It is indeed a good sport for both the female and male.  And because of this great increase in equestrian riding,  many shops selling equestrian apparel and riding gears are blooming like mushrooms everywhere in the country.  And with the great Christmas sales going on in these equestrian shops , many will take advantage and get themselves or their children ,  equestrian riding apparel  as  gifts for this coming Christmas :)   The Equestrian shop offers best value in equestrian apparel and horse riding gear , so that you can ride in comfort and saftey. And good news for the Equestrian Riding Community, they offers everyday  low prices and great customer service to their Everyday Free Shipping - No Code and No Hassle !  I would like to take this opportunity  to wish all horse lovers  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year  !   







Friday, December 21, 2012

Kuih Koci Pulut Hitam

























Continuing with the Christmas dessert :)  this is another local cake , Kuih Koci Pulut Hitam...a modern version.  The wrapping is different from the traditional ones, which are normally wrapped in a triangle shape. This is a real finger food...small and petite and another  lip-smacking  kuih.  Made with black glutinous rice and filled with grated coconut filling cooked in palm sugar ....mmmm I am still thinking of this kuih the whole morning as I am typing out this post.   Read on to see the inside of the kuih if you have the time :)

Christmas Carolling :)

We started our christmas carolling last week . We had a wonderful session and truly enjoyed ourselves.  Before we started the real carolling, we had many practices in the church .  Our choir leader told the choir committee that we needed a microphone that is powerful enough to capture every carol singers' voices in our group .  Thus , it was apporved and the church ordered   shure sm58 for this purpose.  We had a portable sound system , so with these mic, we were able to perform the best carolling :)  This mic is legendary for its uncanny ability to withstand abuse that would destroy any other microphone.  It was a good buy for the church and a big thank you for our church for providing such good mics us, making our carol singing stood out last week.  Every family who had signed up for our carolling were pleased with our performance.  And thanks to these mics that our vocals came through , loud and clear :)

The Most Delicious Seri Muka !


























Yesterday , we held a Christmas celebration for the office staff .  We catered the main meal from the office cafeteria and some of my Muslim colleague were kind to help out with the dessert and this Kuih Seri Muka aka Steamed Glutinous Rice Cake With Custard Topping  was the best Seri Muka I had eaten thus far. It was prepared by my muslim colleague.  The coconut milk custard topping was so creamy that I ate more than  I allowed myself to indulge in :)  It was heavenly delicious.   Okay, so why blow the trumpet when it was not even prepared by yours truly and  I can't ask her  for the recipe either to share with you guys ( she is a business woman ) ,  but just the same, I will try to ask her  for some tips later when I have the chance to chat her up :p   But for the time being , this is just for the record that I  had tasted the most wonderful and lip-smacking dessert.   Once I get the guide line from her, I shall try the recipe out myself and will share with you guys when the time comes :)  Keeping my finger crossed that she will guide me in making this deliciousness.   There are so many version of this recipe, but the most important factor is to learn the art of making this with the tips from my colleague :)


























Thank you Puan Norlia for this delicious  Kuih Seri Muka  :)
we love it very much !


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Claire Looking For a New Guitar

Claire, my buddy, plays for our cell group during song and worship session and she sometimes song lead too.  She is not happy with her present guitar and is looking for a new one. She asked one of our cell members for advise as to which brand to go for.  Our member recommended her to check out   guitar at musicians friend   for better ones and besides,  they are having some discount now.  Claire is a talented musician and I love it when she song lead.  She strums the guitar well and she is willing to teach me if I am interested to learn from her but I told her , I do not have the time to learn the guitar at the moment. I am too busy playing with my cake mixer these days in the kitchen LOL!   I told her when I am retired , I shall take up her offer then :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Spring Onion And Dried Shrimps Pancake

























Whenever I crave for something savory like these mouth-watering and appetizing pancakes, I will just cook them regardless of whether I had a good dinner or not.  I can whip this up in just under 30 minutes and can   be seen tucking these even though it is past midnight , a midnight feast as I would like to term it  or an early breakfast ! LOL! 

Seriously, I can have three pieces of these delectable savory pancakes at one go .  After which , going to sleep is difficult and I will be like a zombie the next morning.  But this kind of craving will happens only once in blue moon.

Autopilot Salt Cell For Pools

I am happy to be in the architectural line. There are so much to learn and explore in this field.  Today I learned from the mechanical staff about autopilot salt cell which has been the technological leader in the chlorine generation process for swimming pools since 1976. Many pools are sanitized with chlorine generators.  I think this is a great unit for the pools and I shall incorporate them into my future projects for pools.  I am glad that we have this kind of autopilot cell for swimming pool. It helps a lot to be briefed on this kind of technology. If not, I will not be able to progress where technology is concerned.  I look forward to more seminars on technical gadgets that will help me in my kind of work :)

Knäckebröd Flerkron - IKEA

























Whenever I am in IKEA, I not only lug back the kitchenware stuff but also these healthy biscuits :)  Wild Boar doesn't like them , but I DO.  They are made from wholemeal &  barley flour  and with lots of grains and seeds that are rich in fiber.   Love the texture of this biscuit . Healthy snacking for me :)   I just wish I could bake healthy biscuits like these Knäckebröd Flerkron...light and crispy !  Do you guys like this biscuit too ?  As for me, I love them ! 


























krup krup krup..mmmmm yummy!

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iScreen Benzodiazepine Drug Test

Wow...I thought we have only the pregnancy test kit but today I just found out that they have benzodiazepine drug test kit in the market too !  This kit is an on-site (rapid) urine test offering low cost and convenient collection.  
            
The test features :- On-Site Testing
                             Saves Time & Money
                             Simple Dip and Read Procedure
                             Room Temperature Storage
                             Laboratory Accurate
                             Results In Minutes
                             12 to 18 Month Shelf-Life

This iScreen can be defined as a rapid, one step screening test for the simultaneous, qualitative detection of multiple drugs and drug metabolites in human urine.  This is another advancement in medical technology :)  This rapid drug test kit is great for companies when they do a random check on their staff. This will save time and money.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Martha Stewart's Ca.1995 Best Lemon Curd


























I have been looking around for a good lemon curd recipe and found the perfect one here. Since it was reviewed that it was Martha Stewart's Ca.1995 Best Lemon Curd, I just have to try it out.  I am a great fan of Martha, so why not try her version first :) and I am not disappointed.   My first attempt at making  lemon curd, it may not look that smooth but it taste fantastic.  It truly explodes in the mouth with its lemony fragrance , sweet and tangy at the same time.  Love it. It is good for tarts, cupcakes and you can even have them in your ice cream - mmmm lemon curd ice cream sounds good :)  Just thinking of the many goodies that I can use with this lemon curd, I am already on cloud nine :)  Read on for the recipe :p

Thursday, December 13, 2012

10 FREE Magazine Subscription Giveaway!!


























This Magazine Giveaway is sponsored by Zinio.   


I received an email from Miss Stephanie Roth from Zinio who is willing to sponsor free magazine subscriptions that I can share with my blog readers.  I am excited to be giving away 10 free magazine subscriptions (5 to faithful followers who have been following and giving me encouragement eversince I started this blog in 2010 and another 5 lucky winners will be picked for this giveaway by True Random.Org Number Generator).

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I have  heard so much about Zinio from my Piggy Jo .  She subscribed yearly for their 'Mental Floss ' and she finds them fantastically informative. Light and easy reading.   They have 300 magazine titles available at up to 50% off their already-discounted prices. A few sample titles such as LA CUCINA, ITALIANA, VEGETARIAN TIMES, FOOD ARTS, CLEAN EATING.  You can check out their website to find out more at  http://www.zinio-deals.com/  for this great offers. 

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If you are keen to participate in this giveaway, please leave me a comment here why you think Zinio is a great digital magazines and book portal and you may stand a chance to be one of the lucky 5.  Please leave me your name and email together with your comment.

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Winners will be able to pick the magazine titles of their choice!!



This Giveaway Contest is Closed


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sour Cream Kumquat Tea Cake


























After having tried out Wendy's  Almond Kumquat Teacake some months ago,  this cake has remained  a favorite one where teacake is concerned ...light, moist and the intense kumquat fragrant lingers in the mouth.  I had to bake a cake last minute , for Josh's meet up with former his music friends and music teacher, and not having much ingredients in the house for a elaborate cake except a bottle of kumquat compote.  You guess right...this bottle of kumquat compote came to the rescue. I tweaked the recipe by adding  sour cream to the cake batter and remove ground almond, and the end result, an even more moist and lighter textured teacake for Josh and company :)  I received good reviews for this light and easy teacake.  

Monday, December 3, 2012

Boil And Bake Fruit Cake - Revisited


























Christmas is just around the corner and time to bake fruit cakes as gifts.   I decided to make things easy and reuse the same recipe which I used for last Xmas -  Boiled Fruit Cake :)  This year , I used spiced rum instead of brandy.  Brandy would be better but since I don't have it at home, and I have a bottle of spiced rum opened, why not use it up for these fruit cakes.  These are perfect gifts for close friends and loved ones :)  I baked them last week and I have been giving them the rum bath once every alternate day and now it is time to give them away before I eat them all :p   I can't afford to give the whole cake to each of them so I cut them into two loaves :p  not stingy just don't have enough energy to make so many.   It is not the size of the cake that counts but the thought counts...right?...a small loaf packed with LOVE and deliciousness !  LOL!


Monday, November 26, 2012

KITTY'S BIRTHDAY CAKE :)


























Claire and Kitty are both great buddies and their birthdays falls on the same date...LOL! so that means I have to bake two cakes on  the same day.  Both have different likes , thus one was a butter cake with sugar icing and one was a cheesecake with heavy cream frosting :))  Well, I truly hope they both like the cakes that I had specially baked for them and they meant it when they say it was good and not just an obligatory praise LOL!   I have been baking of late...I baked some fruit cakes too for the coming Xmas ! I have been kept busy and I am happy when I am baking and not glued to the idiot box :)  Life is short, so I have to use all my free time to be a better baker.  God gave us talent and I must use our talent to the fullest :)   I love my family and I love my friends.   Happy Birthday Kitty  !   Kitty was away at the time of her birthday , this is a belated birthday post for her :)


























HAPPY BIRTHDAY  DEAR KITTY
MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ALWAYS !





























Enjoy and have a nice day !



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Saturday, November 24, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR CLAIRE :)

























Today is my buddy Claire's birthday.  This is the fourth birthday cake that I had personally baked and iced for her since knowing her as a blogger :)   Rustic looking eh, but made with lots of love and passion.  The passion for baking and the love for this dear friend resulted in this piece of arty rustic looking  birthday cake.  I like the fact that it looked homemade with  poor workmanship but let me tell you , don't be deceived by the look as the saying goes....never judge a book by its cover.  It is the best smelling cake in town for today....hahaha * self praise is motivation praise for me...  LOL!  

Monday, November 19, 2012

Apple Almond ' Mummy ' Dumplings


























These apple almond ' mummies ' are good for halloween parties or even for cell group meeting  :)  The moment I feasted my eyes on them , I knew the desire to make them is great...thus forsaking the rest of the recipes that I have kept in my to do list :p   Having green apples in the fridge makes it even more desirable to try this recipe out.....they look cute...not spooky at all for me....heehee...cute little  'mummies '.  

























This is an artistic apple dessert and making them as finger food for halloween parties would be great too.  Love the almond short crust pastry, and the tangy cinnamon flavored apples makes a perfect dessert for apple and pastry lovers.  This is so cool and a keeper for sure.   This is so creative , don't you think so ? LOL!  read on for the recipe and I would like to thank........................


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My New Cuisinart ICE 21A Series Ice Cream Maker - A lovely Birthday Gift !




Okay... okay...I know I just got my Kenwood ice cream maker just a few months ago ! Surely not buying another one, I am not mad but BLESSED ! I received this beautiful and cute Cuisinart ICE 21A serious ice cream maker from a dear friend...she carried this cutie all the way back from Australia as my birthday present :)  Thank you  Kitty dear and Ron for this lovely pressie.  I am speechless !  The height of the freezer bowl is 5 1/2 inches tall and the bowl diameter is 7 1/2 inches.   This will fit into my small fridge nicely too , and it is small and cute.  The color and everything...I  love it but I love my Kenwood ice cream maker too. LOL!  This surely brightens up my day and my kitchen...bright sunshine color :)



Thank you so much Kitty and Ron for your kind and sincere thoughts :)

Will  try this out soon !


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Christmas Gift For Uncle Sam :)

This Christmas is going to be fun. Uncle Sam is visiting and he will be spending Christmas with us. Wow, the room will smell of cigars . I kind of love the cigar smell...sweet and mmmm I don't know but it is nice :p The Piggies are thinking of getting   cheap cigars online for him . They are still not earning their own money yet so they go for offers item online :)  I think Wild Boar and myself will get him something else for Christmas this year :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Parmesan Biscuits And Seeds


























I was surfing for biscuit recipes the last few days  as  Christmas is just around the corner,  and I came across this beautiful blog -  Common Cook and saw these biscuits packed with all my favorite seeds in one piece of biscuit....I  knew I had to try it out , skipped the KIV thing and straight away baked it.  Was lucky to have some grated parmesan cheese and all the seeds in the fridge drawer :)  I am glad that I baked it , it was so fluffy and crispy at the same time.  Read on for the recipe......

Gifts And More Gifts For Christmas!

Nicholas, my nephew surfed online to  shop for a military coin  for his best friend for the past few days. He wants to give this special customized coin to his best buddy who is in the military and being an avid coin collector, what better gift to give his buddy other than a military coin. I am sure his buddy will love this military coin as a Christmas gift. Christmas ! and I can't wait for Christmas to come :p

Finger Lickin' Good Egg Sandwiches - Finger Food For Cell Group Meet-Up # 4


























This is another easy to whip up finger food for my cell group  meeet up.  Egg sandwiches ! I may sound common but the egg filling is yummy.  We meet up for bible lessons and sharing every Friday night.  I don't mind going for CG meeting,  there are plenty to eat after the lessons :p  spiritual food and physical food * oink oink !  Healthy food ..so don't have to worry much about the waistline expanding...lots of fresh fruits and I for one will be making healthy food to take to cell group from now on :)    Read on for recipe.........

Best Not Ask Josh :p

It is best not to ask Piggy Josh what he wants for Christmas.  Neither should I let him see this behringer nu6000 at musicians friend  or he will want to add this to his Christmas list.  I know I have been ranting the last few days on Christmas gifts and I hope I have not bored you. The truth is I am excited like a child and can't wait for Christmas to come soon.  A time for baking cookies and biscuits as gifts   A time of giving and sharing  :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Savory Muffin Buns


























From the same wholemeal dough which I made for the burger buns,  I took out 250 gm of the dough to make this savory muffins buns for myself.  I added spring onions, smoked bacon bits and corn to the dough and this tasted so good that I will be baking these cute muffin buns again .  The wonderful smell came from the bacon bits...mmmmm this is really good for breakfast...a change from the usual chinese breakfast  ( noodles and all ) that I normally have from the coffee shop in old town :)   Bun making is fun , you can add in any ingredients you like and it will still turn out good.  Love this easy to make savory muffin buns .  Read on for the recipe .............

Leather Briefcase For Piggy Josh?

Josh will be out working soon and we are wondering whether we should give him a leather briefcase for Christmas :p  Killing two birds with one stone as the saying goes.  Are we too practical, surfing online to shop for  leather briefcases    for him? Or should we just let him choose what he wants for Christmas...he will surely say " I want a Clarinet ! " Nope, I think we should give him a surprise , after all ,what is Christmas ?  :)

Support The Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund !

As a blogger, I think I should do my part to support The Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.  I read about this from Chef Dennis's  blog and feels that I should help too.  My brother stays in New Jersey and he was without power and water supply for a few days.  Lucky for him and his family, they only experienced strong winds and power supply cut.  I could not get through to him for the past few days. And knowing that they are well and not badly affected, I could not but thank God for keeping them safe .  But for those  staying near the coastal area, it was sad to state that it was a total wreck to properties and lives.  My care and concern for them and this is the only thing I can do to help out.  And I am sure you too would like to do your part in helping.

Just grab the badge from any sidebar you see it in, and place it on your website, or copy and paste the image with a link to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. No mentions or any back links please, just display the badge with the link to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and ask your friends to do the same.  

Grab the   " We Care " button code from Chef Dennis blog..... Thank you for helping out :)

Patience Is What I Want From Wild Boar ! :p

You can tell me hundred and one times and I am still blur what annuities is all about :p  I think Wild Boar has given up on me.  I know after each explanation he will sigh and say this " you still look blur ...nevermind what I just said "  LOL!  And what more, he even explained what indexed annuity is all about and I still can't register it. Men have no patience when it comes to explaining things to their wife.  I think it would be better to go online and check it out myself :p I know I am ranting again !

Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich


























I love eating ice cream sandwiched in crackers or buns.  This is truly  nostalgia for me. I remembered when I was young, my grandma used to buy ice cream in a bun for me from the ice cream man almost everyday.  I introduced to my Piggies when they were young to eat their ice cream sandwiched in buns and they love it. Thrilling for them especially when I related the story on how my grandma used to pamper me  with this ice cream in bun when I was young .  A reward for good behaviour when my parents were away at work :p or you can say a bribery LOL!

Another Christmas Wish :p

I have been watching Korean drama lately, infact, chasing after would be more aptly stated.  I think it is time to change to a flat screen tv  LOL!. I  should add this to my wish list :)   A 48 inch flat screen would be ideal for me , one that comes with a  mounting bracket for tv so that Wild Boar can fix it to the wall :) Mmm..  I can't wait for Christmas to come !

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Steamed Sponge Cake With Kumquat Compote - Finger Food For Cell Group # 3


























I thought plain steamed sponge cake with homemade kumquat compote would give the cake an added refreshing flavor and uplift the cake to a higher level and true enough, it was yummy good !  The cake turned out soft and the kumquat compote gave the sponge cake a twist.  So refreshing and I purposely reduce the thickness of the cake to make it finger food for all occasions especially for my cell meet-up.  Place the cut piece on paper liner and gosh, it is impressive !   Love it and read on for the recipe................

The Best For My Dad !

My dad has been reminding me to get him the disposable razors but I think it is not good for him.  Wild Boar  advised that it is better to get him the better quality shaver for him.  He recommends to buy merkur razor which is made with old world quality and craftsmanship. Merkur razors will produce the closest, smoothest shave and offers a full line of safety razors.  I think I will order this for my dad. He deserves the best from me. 

Baked Sponge Cake With Wolfberries - Finger Food For Cell Meet- Up #2


























This is a simple cake that I can whip up less than 40 mins and can be made on the same day I attend cell group.   Healthy and great as finger food. This is a sponge cake made with just egg whites. You can either steam it or bake it.  Simple and easy and healthy and yummy.  You can make in small cupcake tins and it will be great finger food for a cell meet -up whereby members would prefer light finger food :p  I have made this before but that was a steamed version.  I used the same recipe but baked it instead.  It turned out great too.


























Have a nice day !



Petite Scrubs

Aunty Nan 's daughter is doing her master in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the top university in US.  With a master's in nursing, she can perform a full range of health services. She can focus on areas such geriatrics, nutrition and women's health.  She is excited and looking forward to her pratical internship whereby she is assigned to the operation theatre and she needs to buy petite scrubs  for her internship. She can go online to order and enjoys the free shipping benefit :)





Konnyaku Jelly - Finger Food For Cell Meet-Up #1


























I have been feeling tired of late and having to think what to take for cell group meet up is a real headache.  My cell group meet up is on Friday after dinner and since it is a working day, it is hard to bring food from home and I prefer to bring desserts for the meet up  :)   And the last few weeks, I have testing out simple cakes which doesn't need much work...simple and healthy and yummy at the same time.  I have been buying outside and taking to cell group , so I tell myself that from now onwards, I will bring food from home :)  A bit troublesome but rest assured , it will be healthy dessert  :)  Konnyaku Jelly is one great dessert for all ages , put into individual paper liner and it give a nice presentation.



























Konnyaku Jelly


Have a nice day!



Lapel Pin Can Be Marketing Tool !

If you are looking to design and make your own customized lapel pin  for your club members or as anniversary gifts for the staff of your company, you can  look up Pins For Anything and they have great graphic artists to help you create your own design. All you need to do is to send in picture or logo or slogan and you can trust them to do a good job and produce quality lapel pins which can promote pride in your company or club and will make excellent marketing tools too.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Homemade Wholemeal Burger Bun


























I am back into baking buns and bread.  Wholemeal burger buns for breakfast or late night supper ( after watching the idiot box ) I tend to be hungry.  I can chomp one with homemade  ice cream...seriously ,believe me !  For Wild Boar , he will have it with my beef patties which I made and stored in freezer  for his breakfast. Thank God , I am not a meat eater, thus ice cream sandwiched with these healthy buns is a welcome item in my diet.  Back to the main topic, I made this buns with water roux and it turned out soft and  yet firm for the beef patties.  I will post up how I make the beef patties burger for Wild Boar and how I sandwiched the homemade ice cream with them . Stay tuned but meanwhile check out the recipe as you read on..............

Bathroom Vanities

We sometime thinks that the bathroom is just a space to get ourselves ready for our daily business and as a result can end up being one large storage area for all those grooming products that we all need.  This can be an eyesore . The best storage solution is to have  discount bathroom cabinets      installed in the bathroom . This cabinets are designed to fit into recesses which mean that they are great space saving option and they have the ability to keep your things neat and tidy and the bathroom will be clutter free. 

Priceless Expression !


























This expression from Sandi is Priceless !
I asked her " was your dinner good ? "
and this was how she replied
" yummilicious...SLURRRP "


This is for you dear Kitty !



Have a nice day...hope this will cheer you up :)



Christmas Makeover For The Living Room :)

Christmas is just around the corner and many people will be giving their house a makeover.  A change of furnitures and curtains are the common makeover to uplift the spirit of Christmas :)  For us, it is the same as others. A change of new curtains would be on my to do list before other things. Looking through some curtain catalogues, I saw some  waverly curtains  that looks appealing and their vibrant colors and designs will surely make my living room  looks bright and cheerful.  Have to consult the home finance minister first before ordering them for the room :)

Crispy Mekong River Weed - Popular Snack of Laos


























It can be eaten as a snack alone or paired with jaew bong, a slightly sweet and spicy chili paste.   Piggy Jo went to Laos in July and this is what she bought back for me :p  At first, when she took it out from her bag , I thought it was " kain batik "  LOL! and after she handed over to me, it was light and at a closer look,  I saw  all the sesame seeds...hahaha and she told me that it is Crispy Mekong River Weed.   My first time seeing and eating this ,for I have not been to Laos before.

Read on if you want to know more about it :)   

Drive In Comfort

After many years driving around, the seat will be the first thing to look wear off.  You can your truck a make over  by giving the seat a new set of seat covers.  They are many choices of  truck seat covers   ranging from different fibric to colors.  Vibrant colors covers will brighten up your truck for sure  and will make your truck looks new ! You can have your pick of either micorfiber seat covers or geniune leather seat covers or Endura/waterproof seat covers and whichever you have choosen, they are all exact fit seat covers. Your truck will look new for sure.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Triple-Citrus Cupcakes - Martha Stewart



This is another Martha Stewart's yummilicious cupcakes. Triple-Citrus Cupcakes - a refreshing cupcake with a trio of citrus zests ....lime, orange and lemon.  The moment I take a bite, I can taste the flavor of the three citrus distinctively....awesome, only Martha can think of using these three citrus as flavor for the cake and glaze the top with citrus glaze and garnishes it with grated lime, lemon or orange zest . Great idea to use these three citrus zests to brightens simple cupcakes. Read on for the recipe.......


Josh's Music Passion :)

Piggy Josh recently bought an electric guitar from Sheffield . He loves music even from young. I thought he just loves playing jazz music at the piano but now he has gone into guitar playing and what more cooing away while strumming at the electric guitar.  I have to ask him to tone down the volume at times :)  He recently purchased some accoustic guitar  pickup system from LR Baggs Bridges guitar center  and he is happy with it !   That is how he spends his pocket money! Wait till he works , I am going to extract back from him every single cents :p

Martha Stewart Favourite Pie Crust - Mushroom Quiche

























I am a fan of  Martha Stewart and would like to share with you her  favorite Pie Crust. I used her pie crust recipe to make this mushroom quiche.  It is perfect for making quiche. And I have tried this crust recipe for  making apple pie and chicken pie which I will share with you later.  Quiche is the family favorite food and I made this for supper and the left over for breakfast the next day.  This is yummy and I would recommend you try this pie crust for making other pies.  Read on for the recipe............

Glutinous Rice Balls Filled With Palm Sugar / Ondeh Ondeh











Bought these Glutinous Rice Balls Filled With Palm Sugar/ Ondeh Ondeh  for our afternoon tea break.  These are something light and they are the family favorites but shame to say , I have never succeeded in making these flavorful balls.  They sound easy to make but the result is different from the stall bought ones :( Piggy Jo and Josh loves these and I normally buy for them to snack during weekends from the Nyonya stall outside a coffeshop in Ipoh Garden South.  They sell the most delicious glutinous rice balls !  I shall try making these balls again and this time , I will try Sonia's version.  They look good on her blog and I am sure it will be taste as good as her photos depicted :)  Here is the link if you want to try making these glutinous rice balls filled with palm sugar. 

Moog Minimoog Voyager XL - Josh Christmas Wish

I caught Josh jotting down his christmas list,  a long wish list for that matter :p nay, I was just kidding. He doesn't do that anymore , he knows the real Santa is the Wild Boar and the Santarina is the Momsie. He will hint hint all the time to the house Santas :) One of the things he wished for is a Moog Minimoog Voyager XL -  minimoog musicians friend    . Gosh, I told him he has to find the real Santa then.  That is a pricey keyboard. So I gave him a piece of paper and ask him to jot down his wishes and I shall send it off for him to Santa Claus in Santaland :)   He just rolled his eyes !

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Lotus Paste With Salted Egg Yolk /'Ham Dan Sou

























These Lotus Paste With Salted Egg Yolk / ' Ham Dan Sou ' are from the famous biscuit shop Sin Eng Heong ( click to learn more about the shopThe pastry skin particularly melts in the mouth...so soft and fluffy and the lotus paste is moist and every mouthful with the salted egg yolk....it is truly heavenly snack for me.  I can only afford to eat this once every 3 or 4 months.  Haha not because it is pricey , it is only @ RM2.50 a piece but because I am health conscious of late :p   I prefer this to mooncake anytime :)   Love it yet can't afford to savor it more often is a real torture.  So I decided to post this up so that I cant virtual feast it and still remains healthy.   What nonsense ! but it makes me feels guilt free for the time being until I get to savor it again in a few months time :))

























the pastry skin is soft and fluffy...it particularly melts in your mouth...mmmm

























how can I not eat them all in one go...... 


Enjoy feasting them here and remains healthy ! 

Have a nice day !



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Christmas At Sno Mountains, Pennsylvania :)

Winter is here soon and my sister-in-law wants to invest in snowshoes.  She and my brother are planning to take the kids to Sno Mountain Ski resort in Pennsylvania this coming Christmas...gosh I want to go too :)  My sister went surfing and found some nice  women's snowshoes  and she will be ordering a few pairs for the family since they will be going very often to snow mountian resorts.  It is the only place where the family could have fun and relaxation.  I might want to join them too if I am there !  A truly white Christmas then :)

Indonesia Buah Belinjau Chips - Gift From Kathy

























When Kathy of Small Kucing came to Ipoh on her last trip , she brought  these dried Indonesian Buah Belinjau for me and Claire. She knows I love it very much so each time she comes to Ipoh,  she will not forget to bring these addictive buah belinjau for me.  They are bigger than the local ones.  Local ones are mostly from the State of Terengganu , East Coast of Malaysia.  You can read more about it here . I only know that it is good for health and these chips can be addictive even though it has a subtle bitterish taste to it :)  If Wild Boar doesn't stop me, I can have all these to myself.   Best snack while watching the idiot box :)


   Thanks Kathy for this precious gift.....bring more on your next trip *  shameless of me to demand *


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Wrestling Shoes For Josh ?

Those who love wrestling as a sport, good news for you.  Asic has come out with asics wrestling shoes  which  features an aggressive sole with a lightweight  form fitting Ecsaine upper which you can order the same size like your street shoes.  Josh is eyeing them but I will not permit him to learn wrestling. Who knows , he might punch me down one day :p I am just kidding, he is gentle as a lamb !

A Break From Baking And Gosh.......


























I was baking away the whole weekend and guess what?   Wild Boar bought me chinese pancake  'Ban Chang Kueh ' which is packed with groundnuts . This pancake is from a stall opposite the shop houses in Ipoh Garden East .   He opens everyday from 1 pm till 4.30 pm.  If you are around the area, you drop by and get yourself the best chinese pancake ever !  For me, his pancake is the best in town :p  Mmmmm chomp this pancake down with a cup of hot apple tea...heavenly especially when you are baking the whole day.  A great snack.   I must learn how to make this and I hope I will be able to make them perfect !  Who knows, I might hang up my 8-5pm drafting job, and open a stall and sell this LOL!   Thank you Wild Boar for being so kind as to provide this afternoon tea for me after a tired day in the kitchen facing the hot oven and in such a hot weather !




Bodybuilding Contest

Every year end , our department will be having some sports contest and bodybuilding contest is one of them.  There a few of my male colleagues who are keen in bodybuilding and takes pride in building muscles, each wanting to show off their 6 -pack  abs and all and have been involved in bodybuilding since they joined service.  They have a trainer to help them build their body for competition and recently , they have register for bodybuilding contest representing our office.   They aim to win this year bodybuilding trophy  to add to their collections winning trophies.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Strawberry Ice Cream or Sorbet :)


























This is the second time I made ice cream using the ice cream maker.  Strawberry ice cream...yay ! everyone in the family likes strawberry so I thought I will make some for the weekend.   This time the recipe uses egg yolks . When the ice machine churned the custard mixture into a thick consistency, I was happy and elated and as you can see from my photo that the ice cream consistency was how it should be BUT after freezing it in the freezer for more than 12 hours,  to my dismay, the texture did not turn out creamy and smooth as I expected it to be.  It was grainy like a sorbet texture.  LOL!   So I am not sure whether it was the fact that I did not follow the recipe  to the dot or because of the fact that I reduced the egg yolks to 5 or  it is my ice cream maker for failing to have a smooth and creamy texture.  I still need to study why some friends using this same machine can have smooth ice cream ....can someone tell me where did I go wrong  ?  :)