Friday, December 30, 2016

Azabu Sabo - Hokkaido Ice Cream

On my recent trip to Singapore, this is one dessert we never miss.  Yes, Hokkaido Ice Cream ....so many flavors to choose from but my favorite is still the green tea flavor.  So yummy good ! Azabu Sabo at Clarke Quay serves very good ice cream and we girls just wanna have one before we leave for dinner.  Dessert first before dinner for once :p

my son Josh loves chocolate and daughter Elaine loves green tea
see their happy faces :)

Dad is the only one who wanna skip dessert
and rather be our photographer :)

Wishing Everyone a Blessed  2017


Fun And Exciting Water Games With Inflatable Water Balls

I don’t know about you but I love to watch young people playing water games. They are so energetic and they have so much fun and exercise playing in the water. Have you seen a water polo game before? It is really amazing how the players can stay afloat and at the same time actively participating in the game, throwing and catching the ball. One thing for sure is that the players are all very strong and they are really good swimmers.


























There are other water games that are also fun and the players need not necessary know how to swim. These games are played using large inflatable water balls. These inflatable water balls are made of transparent, odourless and durable plastic and they come in multi colours. These balls are designed for players to move on water encased inside the balls and are popular and suitable for both children and adults. The players get inside the ball through a zipper and they can choose to walk around on the water surface or simply bump into one another. Since there is no fixed rules, the children are not restricted in the way they move and bump into one another on the water. And in the midst of having fun, they are being exercised. It is important to buy good quality inflatable water balls for the safety of the players.

Another type of inflatable water ball is the water zorb ball. The difference between a zorb ball and a water ball is that water ball has one layer where else a zorb ball has more layers than the water ball. These zorb balls can be used on water as well as on land where the players get into these balls to bump or knock into one another. If you are interested to look up these inflatable products, you can check online at here for more details.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year To All

First I would like to wish all my readers and  friends 

MERRY CHRISTMAS 
AND
A HAPPY NEW YEAR

May God bless everyone with good health and happiness and peace
in 2017


When I was in Singapore last week, I find some time to meet up with a dear friend whom I got to know through blogging 8 years ago and have not got the opportunity to meet her in person until my recent trip to Singapore. She is Grace of Piggy's Cooking Journal.  I  visits her blog often and love trying out the recipes she so generously shared with us on her blog.  It was awesome meeting her and her lil princess Rae Ann.  Though our meet up was short , the 40 mins we shared together was like we have known each other for decades :)  Grace has a  cheerful and bubbly personality and I hope to be able to meet up with her again on my next trip to Singapore. 

She gifted me this delicious Juchheim  cake....thank you Grace, hubby and I love this chocolate flavor one very much. I was first introduced to this cake, different flavor, by my daughter Elaine last Christmas when she gifted me one.

moist yet light and fluffy


Rae Ann, cheerful and bubbly princess just like the mommy :)


Rae Ann and her Aunty Elin


taken with Grace and Rae Ann :)


How You Can Damage The Environment By Drinking Bottled Water

You may have read advice that you need to drink eight average sized glasses of water each day to remain healthy. This is not entirely true; everyone requires a different amount of liquid intake in order to remain healthily hydrated. That being said, it’s important to make sure you stay hydrated and drinking water is an excellent way of making sure this happens.

Of course, you can just drink water straight from the tap in your home or office. If you decide to do this you should be aware that there may be additives, chemicals and dirt present in the water. So, is drinking bottled water the best solution then? Actually, there is no evidence that bottled water is any healthier to drink than tap water. Drinking bottled water can also have a detrimental effect on the environment. We are going to take a look at why this is the case and why filtering your tap water makes more sense.


How drinking bottled water affects the environment

As we have already mentioned, bottled water is no healthier to drink than tap water, despite what you may think. If you choose to drink bottled water you should be aware of the potentially detrimental effect you may be having on the environment.

Once you have finished the water you dispose of the bottle. Many of these bottles which are thrown away end up in landfill sites or in the ocean. This is obviously not a good thing.


Why filtering tap water is a better option

Tap water is treated by the utility provider before it’s delivered to your home. This treatment process is intended to kill any bugs which may be present in the water, but the treatment involves using chemicals such as chlorine which can adversely affect the taste of the water. Tap water can also pick up other chemicals and additives, as well as dirt, as it travels along pipes to your home or office building.

The healthiest way to obtain water to drink is filtering your tap water. Water filtration removes additives and dirt from your water supply and makes it safe and tasty for you to drink. There are several different water filtration solutions on the market including whole building filtration systems and under sink water filters. If you want a clean water supply for your office building you may want to invest in drinking water fountains. You can take a look at drinking water fountains for sale to find the best product for your needs.

As you can see, it’s not a good idea to drink bottled water if your aim is to have a clean and healthy water supply. It’s also not good for the environment. If you want to make sure that the water you drink is safe and great tasting your best option is to invest in a water filtration system that meets the requirements of your home or office. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Corned Beef Rolls


Just back from Singapore.  As promised, will be sharing the recipe for making these delectable corned beef rolls. Making bread is fun and to feel the dough stretching to window pane stage is so therapeutic . I styled them into 2 designs. One is the swiss roll type and the other is the rose shaped . Sorry , I am still learning to refine my styling :p)  After baking the rose did not stay in shape.  I believe practice makes perfect.  Though the rose buns are not nicely shaped BUT the texture and taste is wonderful ! Both taste the same just different in shape.  I love making different shapes...it was fun , like play doh for adults :) Anyway here is the promised recipe .   Hope you like it as much as we do :) 


ingredients are half a tin of corned beef mashed and blend together with
diced red onions, chillies and diced green pepper


divide dough into two portions - one for the rolls and
one for the rose shape buns
for the rolled buns, roll out 1st portion of dough into 
rectangular shape of 1/4" thickness,
spread the mashed corned beef mixture on surface. 
Place the long side facing you and start rolling 
towards the end like how you roll a  swiss roll .


cut into equals parts and place them on greased baking tray
and let them proof for 25 mins , then bake in preheated oven of 180C
for 15 to 20 mins till golden brown and cooked


for the 2nd portion of dough, divide into equal portions, flatten dough
and roll into a round disc.  Cut slit from outside inward as shown in the
picture above. Place a heaped tablespoon of corned beef mixture in the centre
and wrap as shown in the picture below


place the shaped rose bun on greased tray and let proof for 25 mins,
bake in preheated oven of 180C for  15 -20 mins till golden brown























love the aroma of freshly baked buns...what more with corned beef fillings
YUMMZ!


Corned Beef Rolls - adapted from Sonia 
I double the ingredients to make 2 different shapes

400g High Protein Flour or Bread Flour
260g cold milk 
70g sugar
6g instant yeast (1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp)
1/4 tsp salt
50g butter, room temperature

Corned Beef Fillings
( mix all the ingredients together )

1/2 tin of corned beef -mashed
1/2 green pepper - diced
1 red chilli - sliced
1/2 red onion - diced

To make the dough

Mix all ingredients except butter in a mixing bowl, combine and knead till smooth.
Add in butter, continue to knead till elastic and smooth dough. Keep aside to rise till double in size.

Divide into 2 portions - one for the rolled buns and one for the rose shape.

Please refer to the above pics on how to shape the rolls and rose buns.

Happy baking !


Gibson SG

My son loves music and he plays the piano and guitar well . He started learning to play the guitar when he was a young boy of age 10.  Hardly can hold the guitar I can still remember :) He will just strum the guitar as if he knows how to .  Well , today he is a good guitarist and he keep changing guitars often. I know he is eyeing this Gibson SG for sometime now.  Well, I am in favor of him selling off his old one and get this Gibson SG after all Christmas is just around the corner . He should reward himself one since he will be joining his colleagues in music jamming during the weekends.

Gibson SG gives Smooth, efficient performance with a vintage vibe and I seriously think he has made a good choice.  A musician knows best though. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Special Tau Fu Fah @ Concubine Lane



























There are many good Tau Fu Fah in Ipoh town and this is one of them.  This Tau Fu Fah comes with palm sugar syrup and has  brown sugar sprinkle on top  and garnished with  toasted black sesame seeds.  You can get a good bowl of Tau Fu Fah from Concubine Lane.  It is one of the attraction from Concubine Lane.  I never forget to stop by here for a good bowl of tau fu fah after a good lunch at Thean Chun Coffee Shop. Concubine Lane is just opposite Thean Chun Coffee Shop in Ipoh Old Town. It is crowded during weekends and school holidays .


this is the shop where you can get a good bowl of tau fu fah
with special garnishings


crowded during school holidays and weekends



Blunt Bangs Bob Cosplay Wig

Wigs are back in fashion.  When I was in my twenties, I used to change my hair style very often. At least once a month, I will visit my hair stylist and ask to have new hair style.  My hair used to be long and has natural curls.  I remembered asking my hair stylist to  style my hair like the one actress Jacklyn Smith, one of Charlie's Angel Girls is having:) So cool..right!  And my hair stylist will give me a kind of look as if to say " sorry lady, you don't have that much hair to have her hair style " LOL!
This beautiful Ombre Wig will do for now.  It looks simple and elegant. It will definitely make me look younger than my present hair style :p  Seriously, it is a good idea to wear wig...so convenient and one can look beautiful at any dinner function without having to make appointment with the hair stylist and most important, hair stylist may not be able to give you a good cut.
But now it is so different for me, the hair is thinning and turning grey too , thus wearing a wig would solve all the problems.  I can have any hair style I like.  Save trip to the hair stylist and I can have new hair style every day :) I decided to have a look at all the wigs and maybe I should get a few so that I can have cosmetic done for the hair.  Hair is  most important for the ladies.  Looking great  will uplift one's image.  I found a few great ones and that will make me look great :)   Heat Resistant Synthetic Wig is good for hot weather like ours.  I quite like this 10" Blunt Bangs Bob Cosplay wig, comes in black, dark brown and light brown. It is capless and synthetic and has a free style hairline . Love the dark brown and has a nice bob look.  I think with this look, I will look 15 years younger :p. Seriosuly !


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Simple Banana Cake - Revisited

Last month I baked a simple banana cake, recipe taken from Alan and it was so good that I had to make it again.  This time, I added sliced banana as topping and whoa, it was really good.  Hubby loves it so I had to bake again for his afternoon tea snack.  For me, I don't mind baking again as this will help improve my technique further as the saying goes " Practice Makes Perfect " :)  I love the light and fluffy texture and seriously one slice is not enough. We have to have at least 3 slices each for our tea snack.  Love the aroma of banana :)

this time I baked the banana cake with banana topping

see how light and fluffy the texture of cake is :)  yummz!


for the recipe please click 



Enjoy !

Krank Krankenstein Amp Head

Our friend Joe has always been impressed with krank amps Head and he is excited that they have come one with an upgraded one. Krank Krankenstein + is the upgraded version of the Krankenstein.  This amp is designed by the legendary Dimebag Darrell.  Joe , our musician friend explained that the upgraded Krankenstein + has bigger, upgraded transformers and 6550 tubes in th power section. This Krankenstein ampliflier is known for its high gain sound, is now taken to the next level, 120W of massive tone.  Wow...I am sure our friend Joe this thinking of getting this upgraded one for the coming Christmas. The "Dime"channel features a 3-band EQ, volume, 2 footswitchable masters ,gain and parametric sweep control while the " Kleen" channel features a 3-band EQ and volume. And the unique feature of this amplifier head is an overall volume control for the entire amp as well as a global presence control.  And further more it has another features which include an active effects loop, ohm and voltage selectors, line out and manual channel switch.

With this upgraded new features , I guess our friend Joe is tempted to get this new one for his band :)



Simple Wedding Dresses

My niece has ordered her beach wedding gown from this online shopping  website www.modabridal.co.uk .  She managed to get one gorgeous one from cheap simple wedding dresses uk .. I had a glimpse of her wedding gown and I am impressed by her choice. They really offers beautiful and cheap wedding dresses.  Nowadays , with this trend of shopping online, it has made shopping for dresses so much easier and my cousin and niece are pleased with their purchases.  I remembered my wedding, I have to go to the bridal shop to have mine wedding dress tailored for me. Expensive and they dont have much designs for us.  Now with online shopping, they offers a wide range of beautiful and affordable wedding dresses.  I guess I have to check out their website for dresses to attend my niece's wedding this coming December :) one that is simple and apt for a beach wedding.  I am excited and I can't wait to pick one from their wide range of beautiful dresses for the wedding event !  The one below is so right for a bride :)



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Heart Shaped Buns With Nut Toppings




The whole house is filled with the aroma of freshly baked buns.....it is really aromatherapy for me and hubby.  Love love these buns and can't get tired of them.  Great for afternoon tea and breakfast .  I have a bottle of kumquat compote that I made last kumquat season ( that is about 10 mths ago ) Every season, I will surely make to keep for cake making, fillings for bun or on toast.  It adds flavor to my soft and fluffy buns. I used back the butter roll recipe for the buns , for I love the texture and easy to make dough.  I have walnuts and almonds in the fridge, so I added them as topping for the buns to give it extra texture :)   Homebaked buns are versatile. You can add anything you like and make bun making fun

some of the buns I filled them with homemade kumquat compote


I leave the dough to proof in the heart shaped silicone moulds
I have two trays of buns ready for baking :) love them to bits
sometimes I use the moulds for making jelly too :)

love the aroma of freshly baked buns....mmmmm

the nuts gave the bun the crunch and nutty flavor

hubby love the brown and crisps exterior

look how soft and fluffy the inside is :)
the almond strips topping is without filling


























I love the kumquat compote filling and walnut topping
they blend well and every bite is so good !


Heart Shaped Buns With Nut Toppings

bun dough taken  from Sonia's Butter Bread Rolls
ingredients:

220g bread flour
30g cake flour
1/2 tsp + 1/4tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp fine salt
20 g caster sugar
100g fresh milk (cold from fridge)
70 g water
20g unsalted butter, room temp

Filling
homemade kumquat compote - click here for the recipe

toppings

walnuts- chopped
almonds strips

Method:

Mix all ingredients except butter in a mixer, knead till smooth

Add in butter, continue knead till elastic and smooth. Cover and keep aside to rise till doubles.

Divide dough equally into 8 portions, roll into ball,  rest for 10 mins.

For buns with fillings

Take a dough, flatten into a round disc. Fill with a tsp of kumquat compote and wrap up into a ball. Repeat till dough is finish. Place in heart shaped moulds or muffin tin and  leave to proof for another 20 mins or till it double in size.

Brush top with kumquat compote and sprinke top with chopped walnuts and baked at preheated oven at 200C for 15 mins or till golden brown.

* for those buns without filling , just roll into a round ball and place in moulds and leave to proof for 20 mins or double in size , before baking, just brush kumquat compote or apriot jam if you dont have kumquat compote and sprinkle almonds strips as topping.

Enjoy!




Treats For Game Players

As a kid I often served the folks who came to our home game parties.  My parents were avid card game players who enjoyed games like contract bridge and bid whist.  They would often invite friends to play at our house from early evening until the following morning.  And whenever these card game parties took place my mother would make certain the guests had plenty to drink and snack on while shuffling cards, making bids and growling at one another for misplays or erroneous scoring.  As the waiter, I was charged with the task of filling and refilling bowls of snacks at each table.  This was a plum job since it meant I got to savor each snack.  I also was occasionally rewarded by the guests with a coin or two that went into my savings.  

Now when I have my own guests visit to play a car race or to play PS4 basketball or football games I maintain the family tradition by seeing that they have a selection of snacks and drinks to enjoy.  I have at least four different categories of snacks.  Like my parents always did I will have at least one tray that has a hot snack – either chicken wings or something else hot and spicy – sometimes West Indian meat patties or some tiny spring rolls with duck sauce.  For those with milder preferences I will put out some classic pot stickers that I usually stuff with crab meat and green onion.  And my final two trays usually contain brownies for those who love chocolate, and shrimp toasts that I keep warm in a slow oven until serving.

Often I have two or three different versions of trail mix – seasoned with garlic and onion powder, spiced with cayenne, and tossed in a blend of Worcestershire sauces with wine and a dash of tobacco before baking until golden brown.  All these combinations are made using bowls and containers that I obtain during my Groupon shopping sprees, where I get most of my large containers as well as baking pans and mixing bowls for great discounts.

Once prepared I put out the mixes in serving bowls for the game players to have nearby so they can easily grab a handful to munch on while enjoying a football or basketball match they play using PS4 video games obtained from Groupon’s latest listing of available games.  Since my children see that the guest bowls are constantly refilled and that drinks and supplies are handily available I am also assuring that a tradition my parents passed on to me is being maintained through the next generation of my family.  



Friday, November 11, 2016

Konyaku Jelly With Mixed Fruits


























A simple dessert for the weekend :)  A packet of konyaku jelly powder ( honeydew flavor ) and some mixed fruits...and tada, you have a tray of 'koi' shaped konyaku jelly for after dinner treat :)  Hubby made them and I just sit back and relax.  He has the whole kitchen to himself to make these delectable dessert.  Slightly springy in texture and the mixed fruits was a great accompaniment for the konyaku jelly.

Have a great weekend !


Shop Online Cheap Wedding Dresses

To have tailor made wedding dresses will be costly at this time of the year.  People choose year end to have their wedding as most relatives and kids will be on vacations. This is the time where everyone is able to attend weddings.  Modern brides would prefer to order online for wedding dresses as it is much much cheaper than having their wedding dresses tailored made. I know of one online shop that has a wide range of beautiful and  cheap wedding dresses from amodabridal .  During my time, I have to have my wedding dress tailored made and it really cost a bomb.  Now modern brides can just click away to shop from the screen in front of them.  So convenient and cheap especially now they have great offers on.  Do check it out at http://www.amodabridal.com.au and have your dream wedding dress !


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mini Beef Sausage Bread Roll




























Back to baking buns again.  Saw this recipe on Sonia's blog and I knew I had to bake it for hubby. He loves beef sausage buns.  It has been a while since I baked for him sausage buns.  Managed to get mini beef sausages from Jusco .  The recipe is so good. Easy to make and the texture is super soft and fluffy.  I love making these little buns.  Great for afternoon tea snacks or supper.  I baked a load of twenties.  We ate some for afternoon tea and kept the rest in air tight tupper and leave in fridge till needed.  For next day consumption,  we took the buns out of the tupper from the fridge, and zapped them in microwave oven for just 30 secs and they were just as good as freshly baked ones.  So convenient to have a microwave in the kitchen :)

You can hop over to Sonia's blog...she has lots of wonderful recipes waiting for us to try out.  I have actually KIV some of her recipes ...this is one that I have tried out and it is good.

cute mini beef sausage bread rolls waiting for egg wash and 
sesame seeds

these were proofed second time and ready for the oven

out of the oven and it really smells good :)
love the aroma of freshly baked buns

one is not enough, I ate 3...


so soft and fluffy..mmmm yummz

Mini Beef Sausage Bun - adapted from Sonia

200g High Protein Flour or Bread Flour
130g cold milk 
35g sugar
3g instant yeast (1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp)
1/8 tsp salt
25g butter, room temperature

Mini cocktail beef sausages, defrost and pat dry, 
sesame seeds, 
egg wash (1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp milk)

Mix all ingredients except butter in a mixing bowl, combine and knead till smooth.

Add in butter, continue to knead till elastic and smooth dough. Keep aside to rise till double in size.

Divide the dough into 20g each and roll into small balls, rest for 10 mins.

Take a small dough, use a rolling pin to flatten it, then close two ends to make it look like a cigarette, then keep aside to rest for 10 mins.  Take a dough, use hand to roll out into a  cone shape ( like making crossaint ) Use a rolling pin , roll it flat.  Place a sausage at the bigger end, and start to roll like a swiss roll towards the end.  

Place sausage rolls on a lined baking sheet.  Repeat the rest till finished. Leave it to proof for another 30-45 mins.

Apply egg wash , then sprinkle sesame seeds on top.  Bake at a pre-heated oven 170C ( fan forced) for 15-20 mins or 180C (no fan ) for 15-20 mins.


Enjoy!

Different Types Of Apron Material – Which One Should You Choose?

Aprons can be worn for protection in lots of different situations. You may want an apron to wear while you are baking, or for when you are handling liquids or chemicals. You need to take the reason for wearing an apron into account when you are choosing the most appropriate apron material. This helps to make sure that you have an apron that provides suitable protection for the task you are completing.
In this article we are going to take a look at some of the different types of material that an apron can be made from. Hopefully this information will help you decide on which type of apron you should invest in.

Aprons made from heavy cotton or muslin

Most of the aprons manufactured for everyday use in the kitchen are made from heavy cotton or muslin. This type of material offers protection from clothing stains caused by food stuffs. If you do not want the apron to continually look stained then you can invest in a black apron on which you cannot see marks as easily. However, many people prefer lighter coloured aprons so that they can see when washing and cleaning of the apron is required.
It’s worth noting that cotton and muslin aprons are not waterproof, so if you are likely to be working with a significant amount of liquid this type of apron may not be the best choice for you.

Aprons made from rubber or nylon

If you need an apron that is waterproof you should choose one that is made from rubber or nylon. You can be sure that the clothes you are wearing underneath the apron will remain dry and protected. This type of apron is also easy to wipe clean so it’s a good choice if you are using paints. If you need an apron that protects your clothes from staining by chemicals, a rubber or nylon apron can be a good choice. That being said, the protection offered is just from the staining and not from the danger of any strong chemicals.

Aprons made from leather

Leather aprons tend to be amongst the most expensive. It’s worth paying the extra money if you get the level of protection you need. If you are handling strong chemicals, or dealing with open flames, then a leather apron can provide a high level of protection. Leather aprons are also hard wearing so you should find that one apron lasts for a considerable length of time.
Before you spend your money on a leather apron you should always check the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure that you get the level of protection you need.
You can see that there are several materials which can be used in the manufacture of aprons. Hopefully, the details we have provided will help you to choose the most suitable apron for the task you are completing. It’s important that the apron you choose affords you the appropriate level of protection. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kapiti Ice Cream NZ Original @ Food & Desire

Kapiti Ice Cream - the most delicious and refreshing ice cream.  Love it and you can have it at Food & Desire .  I was introduced to this ice cream by my cousin. She took me and hubby to this cafe and I am really impressed by the ice cream.  This cafe serves fusion- ice-cream  and fondue.  When my kids were back , we took them there to try out and they too love the food and ice cream.  Here is a sneak peek at what flavors we ordered to try out. Great ice-cream, great fellowship with the family.

I love their raspberry sorbet the most. They have many flavors..triple chocolate , lemongrass , white chocolate and raspberry are nice too.  So many choices ...mmmmm looking at them again makes me crave for Kapiti again :)


Food & Desire
18, Jalan Medan Ipoh 
1D, Medan Ipoh Bistari, 31400, 
Ipoh,  Perak
H/p - 012-5025540





Increasing Your Fluid Intelligence: Hard Versus Soft Water

Water is one of life’s necessities. A person can only survive for about a week without water. We all need water, but for something so important to us, how much do we know about water? Read on to increase your fluid intelligence and get the facts about water, from its different types to some interesting things about it.

Interesting Facts About Water
·         March 22nd is World Water Day. As the name implies, it is celebrated all over the world, making water one of the earth’s only natural resources to have its own holiday.
·         We have in the world now the same amount of water that we had when the earth was formed. It’s possible that some of the molecules in your water were in the same water that a dinosaur drank.
·         The first water pipes were made of hollowed logs.
·         Far from the days of hollowed log pipelines, modern advances such as water cooler dispensers, running water, washing machines, dishwashers and indoor plumbing have changed everyday life for many of us.
·         There are two types of water, hard water and soft water.

More About the Difference Between Hard and Soft Water

·         Contrary to their description, water isn’t categorized by how it feels. Hard and soft water both feel the same. Instead, the two water types are divided by their mineral content.
·         Hard water has minerals in it such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur and lime that are missing in soft water. These minerals can make the water taste good, which is one reason why spring water is often used in bottled water.
·         Each type of water has its advantages and its disadvantages. Hard water, in addition to having a good flavor, binds well with soap. This can be a good thing when you’re trying to rinse all the shampoo out of your hair in the shower, but it also means that you have to use more detergent when washing your clothes.
·         A disadvantage of hard water is that it can leave behind a mineral residue. This residue can build up over time and contribute to clogged pipes. It’s harder on appliances and tea kettles than soft water is, and if you shower with hard water, you’ll find that you have to clean your shower on a more frequent basis than if you were showering with soft water instead.
·         Soft water, on the other hand, is easier on your dishwasher and your appliances and makes soap more effective when scrubbing pots and pans or doing a load of laundry. If you have soft water, you’ll find that your appliances are more efficient and there’s less residue in the inside of your dishwasher and on your shower walls.

Whether you prefer hard or soft water, whether you wash your dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, whether you shower or take baths, one thing is guaranteed. Water will always be an important part of your life. Share these facts with your friends and family, and celebrate World Water Day every day of the year.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Simple Banana Cake


I saw a bunch of banana with speckles( pisang emas ) at a fruit stall in UTC market and straight away , I thought of Alan's simple banana cake :)  I have been wanting to bake it the moment he shared on his blog and on instagram . It is easy to make and it is really yummy.   You can hop over to Alan's blog to see his.  I still need to improve on the texture. Holes can be seen on the texture. I guess there were air bubbles in the batter when baking :p Though I have knocked and shook tin :p I always believe practice makes perfect and I know I will be able to make a perfect one :)  Thank you Alan for sharing your simple banana cake recipe with us .

to make tasty banana cake...buy the one that has speckles of black on the skin
and pisang emas is a good choice..sweet and has a deep flavor

still not a perfect one yet, can see air bubbles on the texture
BUT nonetheless it is one great one in taste :)


Simple Banana Cake - adapted from Alan ( Travelling Foodies )
makes a 10" square tall tin

Ingredients:
5 Eggs (large size, 65-70g w/shell)
220g Sugar
375g mashed banana
300g cake or low-gluten pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
150g vegetable oil (or melted butter, except olive oil) * I used melted butter
1 banana, peeled and sliced thinly (optional)
Method:
Whisk eggs, sugar, mashed bananas at medium speed untill ribbon stage. It takes appro. 12-15 min by hand mixer.
While the mixture is being whisked, grease and line a 10″ square tin or a 2 x 8″ round tin with grease proof baking paper.
Sieve flour, baking powder and baking soda together twice and set aside.
Fold in sifted flour in 3 additions, mixing well in between each addition by using either a spatula or hand.
Add in oil and mix well till batter is shiny
Pour into baking tin from a height of 30 cm and tap the baking tin sharply against the work surface to eliminate bubbles.
If using, lay the thin banana slices over the surface of the batter.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degrees Celsius for 40-45mins. Unlike the top is nicely brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Remove from baking tray and leave to cook on a rack to room temperature before slicing.