Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I'm sure all of you have read about the CHINA milk contamination with melamine.
What is Orovo?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I know. Talk about laziness to the max!
Which makes finding the right pair of shoes very important!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Baked Nigella's Lemon-Syrup Loaf Cake on Friday morning...as I had a friend over for coffee and chit-chat. Have to say that I was quite pleased with the overall result. The cake was moist and lemony. Not too sweet and not exactly soaking wet from the lemon syrup. It was just right.
And on Saturday, as I had S2's friends over, I made Chocolate Cupcakes from the recipe that D gave. I have to say that I panicked abit when the batter looked toooooo watery. Was afraid that the cupcakes wouldn't rise. Worse when I put the batter in the little papercups, it was more than 2/3 full. Luckily, the cupcakes did rise quite nicely. The results were quite good. Cupcakes were soft and moist. Only thing is that I must use better quality cocoa powder in future. Could taste the "not so nice" cocoa taste. Otherwise, it would have been perfect.
Yeah. I know my decor NOT nice. Didn't bother to smoothen the chocolate topping. Kids won't really care how it looks also.
Actually....my kids NOT real cake-eaters. Everytime I bake, most of the baked goods goes to the hired help. For example, out of these 12 cupcakes, S1 ate 2, S2 ate 1, friends ate 2, gave them 2 to bring home...and the remainder 5 all went to the staff. 2 for the guards, 2 for the maid and 1 for the driver.
He doesn't like cupcakes.
If I bake exact same recipe but in a loaf or normal cake tin, he'll eat it.
But in cupcake form?
He won't even touch it.
SIOW, I know.
Literally translated to "Hill Tortoise" .... or rather "Hillbilly".
Was actually referring to my two boys.
Decided to bring them to have Teppanyaki for dinner. I think the last time they had teppanyaki was at Benihana at Pattaya....yonks ago. Doubt that they remembered what teppanyaki is.
So...made some calls to the various Japanese restaurants. Though many serve teppanyaki, not that many cook it in-front of the patrons. And I wanted my "Swa-Koos" to experience the REAL teppanyaki experience.
Where did we end up then?
Nadaman at Shangri-La Hotel.
Ordered a Sirloin Steak Set and a Seafood Set.....Nope. Didn't bring camera. So no photos.
When the chef was cooking our dinner, my S2 was like "take picture. take picture". hahahah....so "Swa Koo"......"hiong har chai choot saang saeng!".
Yes. They enjoyed dinner tremendously...even asked that we go there again today!
Went out to the mall this morning with the three boys...and bought this tealights-sculpture.
I first saw it last year...when my friend, EL and family came over for a visit. She bought one of these. I thought it looked kinda nice. So when I was at the mall today, I popped into the same shop to see if it was still there...it was. And I decided to buy it. Can't remember how much EL paid but I paid about USD 44/- for it.
When I brought it home....I tried to put it at different places in the house....somehow, my woody ethic Chinesey-style of my living/dining area just didn't seem to be able to accommodate this modern looking tealights-scupture. At the moment, it's just sitting atop one of my cabinets. Maybe I have to shift this upstairs to the NOT-so-woody upstairs living area.
Maids all the same one. The longer they worked, the more "indispensable" they think they are. It was my maid's off-day on Saturday. Usually, she goes off on Saturday, 4 pm and is expected back at 4 pm the following day, so that she could make dinner on Sunday night. Since we didn't have much going on yesterday, I told her she could go after washing up after lunch. She came to tell me that she was leaving at 1.50 pm. Nevermind.
And then she said that she'll be back at 7 pm.
Not asking permission. TELLING!
Of course I made noise.
Then she said 6.30 pm.
What's the diff??? Blardy half an hour only.
Summore we (H and I) were supposed to try our luck to get last-minute tickets to watch George Benson/Al Jarreau live!
Geeeeezzzz....Of course I was upset. So, after that, I was still "ngamm ngamm chamm chamm" and was telling H that I need to have proper talk with the maid when she gets back.
H's remark was "NO Need to talk to her anymore. If she does it again, just fire her".
Aiya....easy for him to say. He's not the one having to train a new maid.
Yes. At the rate that we pay (the locals pay their maids approximately USD 50, but we pay about USD 100), definitely there are people willing to work for us....BUT. BUT. It's such a hassle to train a new maid. Don't you think so?
So what do I do when the maid came back this evening?
I asked her lah..if she still wants to work. She said YES. And proceeded to apologised blah blah blah. Told her what's the use of apologising if she continues to do what she is doing?
WE, the employers have to change our plans to suit the maid??? Where can???
I gave her long grandmother story about what H said....about NOT giving her another chance.
Painted H to be the NASTY guy (actually...he is! Apparently people fear him at work...cause he is sooooo nasty! He is also nasty at home! Towards me!!!!)
So she better buck up.
Or be out of the door.
Oh yeah...and another thing. She's also gonna be gone for 8 long daya over the Raya holidays. I expected her be gone for only 5 days...and she didn't bother to tell me the dates that she will be gone until I asked her..... 28th Sept to the 6th Oct.
See lah? Really toooo much lah.
Again, we have to scramble to find someone to babysit/supervise the boys on Sunday, 5th Oct.
We've bought tickets to watch Diana Krall performing live at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
And Monday, 6th October would be a school day....thus we need to have the boys in bed earliest...so the babysitter/supervisor needs to stay quite close to our house.
Maids! Can't live with them. Can't live without them.
(Yes. It has a handle so you can carry it anywhere)
LapTopper ...with my MacBook as Prop
When H saw it, he asked "you mean you are going to carry that all the way to Melbourne?"
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Errr...well, I don't think that would come into fruition.
The friend whom "ordered" the cupcakes from me did not revert with any feedback whatsoever. I guessed the cupcakes were not exceptional nor satisfisfactory? 39
Not only that...she did not even remember to return my oven tray. Had to text her to remind her to.
Well, time to think of another way to earn some moolah. Perhaps I should try my hand in futures trading. At least, I don't have to sit and wait for a cupcake order to come my way. Neither do I have to slave all day in the hot kitchen. I can do all my online trading in the comforts of my air-conditioned room!
Monday, September 08, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Cake Board and Butter Creams
After the 30 cupcakes were out of the way, I thought I'll experiment! I had a punnet of organic strawberries and half a bottle of Knott's Berry Farm Strawberry Jam in the fridge. So I used them. I dumped cut strawberries and the jam into the batter. Mix them up and scooped them into my paper cups. At this point, the batter looked really fluffy and good.
But look what happened to the strawberry cupcakes....
Ugly Loooking Cupcakes
But surprisingly, the cupcakes were really soft, moist and very very yummy. As it was already very sweet, I decided whipped cream would be better as the topping, as opposed to others.
A decorated Strawberry Cupcake
Cannot see the ugliness liow...
I don't normally eat my cupcakes.....or if I do, it's just one...to see the texture, and how it tasted. But these Strawberry Cupcakes were really really yummy. I wallop FOUR today!!! Die..lah. Need to starve for the next four days!!!
I had some jelly and Hershey's Strawberry Syrup in the fridge; which I used together with the cupcakes to make trifle. Layered the jelly, cake, syrup and whipped cream in individual plastic cups. Plastic cups because they were for the staff (maid, security guards).
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
One More Chance
A few days ago, I posted that boys will be in Separate Bedrooms from now-on. Well... it didn't happen. When S1 came home from school that day, he announced that he will give S2 "One More Chance". A couple more days later, I asked S1 again about separate bedrooms....and he said "S2 had been behaving quite well. So I think I'll continue to sleep in the same bedroom with him".
What do I do?
I let it be as it is. I didn't push nor insist that they get separate bedrooms....although I really want the bickering/finger-pointing/screaming/fighting/blaming to stop.
I feel that many-a-times, I am in a push/pull situation. You know what I mean?
One one hand, I want them to have their own rooms, to be responsible for their own individual items, to have own space, to minimize the bickering....
BUT on the other hand, I feel that they really have a closer relationship in the same bedroom. At times, I hear them chatting nicely in the dark.....after I've put them to bed. (Yes. I eavesdropped. But it was really good to hear them. Put a smile on my face.)
I've been scanning some old photos (pre-digital!!!!)....and I find them soooooooo cute when they were younger. I know I said before that I will NOT put photos of my boys on my blog in fear of various reason. But I doubt anyone can recognise them from this photo as they've changed so much.
Will be off to school later in the afternoon....gonna meet both the boths tutors. Will post if there's anything interesting...
We EAT, of course!
And naturally, the foods that we eat are all rich and fattening.
What did we have?
Thosai, chapati, nasi briani, mee goreng, dhall, lamb curry, chutney, chicken curry, fish curry, putu mayam, gado-gado and some other stuff....
As for desserts.... let's have some pictures (errr..taken with my phone, so not so clear lah..)....
Another Chocolate Cake
My Espresso Cupcakes
Another Malay Kuih
So, you say lah... FAT FAT or not?