Archive for June, 2008

I Love Chilli.

June 28, 2008

Freshly pounded chilli, mixed with garlic, onions, sugar and salt. Tossed in deep fried fish. Homemade heaven.

A totally random thought, but it reminds me of my new hair colour red. It is however fading off after a month now. 😦

Banana Cupcake Recipe.

June 12, 2008

I decided to try making a cupcake instead of a muffin with my over-ripened bananas. I used this recipe but I made certain changes to it. 

  • I used butter instead of shortening
  • I used normal milk instead of buttermilk (since I’ve used butter in the first place)
  • I cut down the sugar by 1/4 cup
  • I did not use vanilla extract
  • I added almost 1/4 cup of Starbucks toffee nut syrup
It turned out very moist and cake-like, yummy. 🙂 However when you add the egg all at once to the mixture, do not be afraid if the mixture starts to curdle. Once you add the flour mixture in, it’ll all come together. Another tip is to use your electric mixer to give it a good mix after adding the flour mixture to the banana mixture.
 
I tried using these paper holders today, I found them a little too flimsy, bleah.
All mixed up, gooey in perfect deliciousness. 
The finished product.
  

What a joy it was to bake these, not all recipes are mix and mush and pour. 😉

 

Chilli Crab Sauce & Deep Fried Buns.

June 10, 2008

After a Chilli-Crab dinner last Sunday, my sister and I were still craving for more of the sauce which we dipped deep fried buns in. So we got my helper to make it for lunch the following Monday. 🙂

It was delicious but there was still loads left over as my sister and I were overexcited and had asked my helper to fry all the buns. Whoops.

Tasty miniature buns.

Chilli Crab sauce with prawns. Yum-O.

I am one blessed girl. 

Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe.

June 9, 2008

This dark chocolate cake recipe from all recipes was fabulous. Next time I’d remember to take the pastry chef’s comment on beating the egg yolks and whites separately with some of the sugar – I’m sure this would make it more fluffy. In addition, I would take Sherene’s advise and use melted dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder and boiling water. Hey at least I used the best Hershey’s cocoa powder, haha.

Each step was done from scratch with love. Baking makes me feel at ease and happy. 🙂

The measurement of butter and the cocoa mixture cooling down.

Empty cupcake holders, waiting to be filled with chocolate goodness. 😛

The sugar glistering amongst its butter friend, just before getting better acquainted with each other.
 

More measurements of the flour mixture and egg.
 

Tadah, out came 50 mini-cupcakes. Moist and delicious. For those who have tried this (you know who you are), I hope you’ve enjoyed it!
 

p/s: I substituted the vanilla essence with Starbucks’ toffee nut syrup.

Cafe’ Cartel’s Food Standard Has Dropped.

June 3, 2008

On the last day of my finance exams last friday, my friends and I went to have a celebratory lunch at Raffles City’s Cafe‘ Cartel. The restaurant is blessed that since it was the last day of exams, my review of them might be worse.

Service: 3 over 5 stars.
The waitress brought us our knifes after we asked for it. Other than that, nothing else special for the now 10% service charge that was not payable before. 

Food: 1.5 over 5 stars
Bad. My pasta was served, almost gliding off the plate. My friend’s fish portion was too little (as a small eater, she had managed to finish it). The bread was as tough as stone at the corners. The soup was so watery.

My chicken spaghetti. Too much, a little undercooked, and too tasteless. Even after adding much chilli-flakes, it still remained tasteless. 
 

My friend’s fish dish. It tasted pretty all right, but as mentioned it was too small a portion.

Our dessert: ice cream in a pack. haha what a joke! But I thought this was the best part of the meal – because it’s hard to go wrong with something packaged and the rest of the dishes were pretty horrid.

But the company was fabulous, Cafe’ Cartel’s got these 3 to thank.
Michelle and Helmi! 🙂

Routing and I.

🙂 2 more weeks of school break till my next 5-month sprint! I am looking forward to making more new friends.