Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Knitting project continues...

The scarf in progress that was shown in previous blog turned out to be this. I changed the pattern to the lace type which I think is nicer (hopefully it is).

This is my first time knitting a pair a socks. It is kind of too thick to go with the shoes. Maybe just wear it at home.

The socks suit both our feet. Guess whose feet are they? ;p

My next project runway is a pair of gloves.. but stuck half way and don't know to progress on. Still trying to figure out how to knit the fingers...

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Meat Dumpling

First attempt of making dumplings all by myself. At home I usually make them together with my mum. They turned out quite well but still got room for improvement :)

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Second attempt of making steamed pau

This was my second attempt of making steamed pau. It turned out quite nice especially the skin because I used the pau flour that I bought from an asian store rather than the plain white flour. I cheated on the fillings as I used ready made kaya and chocolate. This time I used the steamer that my best friend gave me. It is really easy to use and save time too. Altogether, I made 12 small buns with this 250g pau flour.

Pau flour


Before steam

Buns in the steamer

After steam

kaya filling

Friday, 3 July 2009

Steamed vegetable pau

These steamed vege pau didn't turn out to be nice especially the skin. Someone commented that he was eating pizza rather than pau. So can u imagine how hard they were?? Anyway this was my first trial here using plain flour instead of pau flour.

and again...

I guess it is much cheaper to buy spring onion rather than grow our own.

Monday, 29 June 2009

It's growing!!

Yea.. it's spring onion. Will it be the same as the one back home? From what I know is that the spring onion here is much fatter and bigger than what we have back home.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

SwEeT tOoth

This bull is made of hundreds or even millions of jelly beans. Anyone interested to give it a munch?? ;)

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Chicken soup, chicken soup and again chicken soup

I cooked some chicken soup these few days. It is because my fiance is going to sit for his exam. I added some ginseng into it too. And yesterday he told me that he didnt want to drink it anymore because he has consumed it for 3 days in a row. He couldn't stand the bitter taste of the ginseng. Haiz.. Got ginseng chicken soup to drink and yet still like to complain.. ;)

More scarves...

I'm kind of addicted to knit scarves nowadays. Knitting prevents me from bitting my fingernails. So that's one of the benefits. Attached here are some of my knitted scarves. The blue scarf is still in progress.

Cable scarf

My first lace scarf

still in progress - blue checkered scarf

Thursday, 30 April 2009

A story of a box of instant cake mix

I went for groceries shopping at Everwin yesterday with my 3+ years old niece. As usual, I put her inside the trolley and push her around. When we passed by the baking and confectionary section, my niece saw a beautiful cake box and she put it inside the trolley.

Val: Gugu, I want this.

Me: This is not a ready made cake. We go and buy ready made one.

Val: Don’t want. I want this.

She put the box into the trolley. I pushed her to another section and showed her the ready made cakes like Apollo layer cake.

Me: Gugu buy this for val, ok? This is ready made one.

Val: Don’t want. This is nicer. (although she hasn’t try it before.. maybe because the picture of the cake attracted her)

At the end, we bought this instant cake mix. I couldn’t persuade her to change her mind.

At home, my mum asked me why I bought this instant cake mix.

Mum: Why do u buy this instant cake mix?

Me: Val wants it.

Mum: Maybe she thought it’s a ready made cake.

So, I opened the box and showed my niece that there was no cake inside the box except the flour and batter.

Me: U see, Val… There is no cake inside. Only got these (I showed her the flour and batter)

Val: (without hesitation) Gugu makes the cake lo.

Even small kid knows that it’s a instant cake mix. Never thought that small kids don’t know anything. Kids are smarter nowadays. So, last night I baked the cake for her. This is my first time trying out this instant cake mix. It turned out fine – soft and fluffy but a bit too sweet for me. I got add extra coffee + milo to make it look like a marble cake.

(altho it's called pandan cake but not greenish enough)

Sunday, 19 April 2009

2nd attempt of making steamed bun

I've made some milk butter steam buns and mantou today. I used different brand of pau flour which is much cheaper than the first one. They turned out to be almost the same. Here are some of the photos to share...

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

First attempt of making mantou

Tonight was my first attempt of making mantou. They turned out to be not too bad. I added some pandan paste and coffee emulco into the plain mantou to make them more attractive and mouth-watering (do you think so? :p)

Ingredients: Pau flour, instant yeast, sugar, shortening, pandan paste and chocolate emulco

Pandan mantou: Before steaming

Pandan mantou: After steaming

Pandan mantou: Spread with some butter and sugar(yum.. yum...yummy!!)

Chocolate emulco mantou

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

What have I been doing??

I've been unemployed for months already. It's kind of bored after such a long holiday. Initially with no doubt, it's wonderful to have such a long holiday but after sometimes then u will feel bored. To burn my boredom, I've started to learn knitting. Knitting is different from crochetting. Knitting uses both hands while crocheting uses one hand only. It's fun to know how to knit and crochet. Here are some of my projects. There are still more to come.. ;)

keyboard cover(crochet)

My first scarf (knit)

Thursday, 5 March 2009

What a day!!!

Thieves are everywhere nowadays. My house was their target early this morning. They came in through the side windows. They took down the window glass and the grills and put them nicely aside. The most important thing was they took away our sony bravia tv... uuhhhhhhh... and some cash too.. But thanks God, we were not harm.