Monthly Archives: November 2011

november’s a month full of baking!

november’s a month full of baking!

i just spent today baking the whole day, literally. the morning started with my roasted garlics and alcohol loaded chicken wings. then came the whole afternoon till evening of baking two different cheesecakes with two different coulis. and i must say, these two TASTE so damn bloody heavenly!

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recipe for mini baked cheesecakes with strawberry coulis
(modified from the original version taken from taste.com.au)


this recipe serves fifteen.
ingredients:
(for the crust)
15 mcvities digestive biscuits
10 tbsp melted butter
(for the filling)
500g cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
4 large eggs
(for the strawberry coulis)
5 large strawberries
zest of one orange
juice of one orange
juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp of sugar
1 tbsp of amaretto (or any fruit liquer of your choice)
method:
1) preheat oven to 180

impulsive midnight cooking!

impulsive midnight cooking!

at 10.30pm, i had an impulsive urge to cook and bake at the same time because both me, and the bf, were hungry.
and so i did… sunset wedges with sour cream (midnight snack) and warm honey muffin with strawberry salsa (midnight dessert). i know these two aren’t exactly the healthiest snack to have, especially since it’s past midnight but what the hell! they were both really good. and i’d like to share with you both the recipes just in case you get as impulsive as i am and well, craving for something sinful!


recipe for sunset wedges with sour cream
(hamlyn 1000 recipes for simple family food)

(this recipe serves 6)
ingredients:
3 sweet potatoes, skins on
2 large baking potatoes, skins on
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cajun spice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
(i replaced cajun spice with cayenne powder, parsley with mixed herbs, added some garlic salt and black pepper for a better kick, and it worked)
dip:
150ml (1/4 pint) greek yogurt
4 tablespoons soured cream
4 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
method:
1) cut the sweet potatoes in half, then cut each half into wedges. repeat the same for the baking potatoes.
2) place the potatoes into a large mixing bowl and drizzle over the olive oil, then toss well to coat all the potato wedges.
3) transfer the potatoes to a large baking shweet or oven tray in a single layer.
4) sprinkle over the spices and roast in a preheated oven (200

before turning 30.

before turning 30.

as i was sipping my erdingers with the bff, enjoying the beautiful saturday afternoon, he brought up the topic of my travels. and what are my plans, or rather, ours.

THE PLAN.

what plan? i know how we both have been stuck in the same exact situation, not knowing what to expect once we reach thirty, which to be honest, is not that far away. we are both clueless, like headless chickens, whenever this question pops up.

and then i quoted liz, who came up with a brilliant philosophy. if you wanna do something, do it before you turn thirty.
and i can’t help but agree a whole 110% with that. and my justification to the bff was, “when you’re young, it’s when you are most powerful and have most control with your life. it is before thirty and when you’re still not tied down and bounded by ‘marriage’ and ‘family life’ that you have the most freedom to do as you please”.
he nodded, in agreement.

you see, the bff has got big plans, but is always ending it with a ‘but……’. and i can’t help but feel like smacking him in the head and say, when the opportunity comes, freaking grab it or else he’ll always be stuck in the ‘if only i have…’ phases”. i lost my golden chance, and trust me, i still feel like hitting my head against the wall whenever i ponder upon that missed opportunity. trust me, it feels awful and the last thing i want for the bff is for him to be in the same boat as i am.

my plans… hmmm… a very heavy topic i’d say to bring up on such a light afternoon spent sipping on german lagers. i said i think right now, i’d like to travel and explore as many things as i can, before age restricts me from it. or commitment. i know i am the epitome of single ladies whose only commitment is to make sure she stays single and not married, or at least how i seem to have portrayed myself. i am the last person people would think of when they think of someone who would just settle down, get married and produce babies. no, i don’t want to summarise my life that way either.

so yes, traveling. that is the one thing that i would commit myself to. to travel and learn. to meet and to greet. to share and explore the many cultures out there. before you turn thirty is when you should take risks, and go all out. because if all fails, you have the rest of your lives after thirty to pick up the bits and pieces.

so dear bff, and the many others who are as clueless and has got no direction, go with your heart. as yourself, what drives you nuts and what is your biggest passion and then go for it. for me, the only two things that can excite me big time now is traveling and food. and i think since i have less than two years to go before i reach the big 3-0, i shall take a risk, real soon. you’ll see.

p/s: to those of you who loves traveling as much as i do, here’s a little something for you to read:3 reasons to travel while you’re young. came upon this earlier today. c