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)