Category Archives: Recipes

Recipe: Matcha Meringue Kisses

I first picked up baking last year because it always made me feel better whenever I was upset or stressed from schoolwork. Even now that I am taking a break from school, I bake whenever I am troubled or if something is bothering me. Somehow it helps me to clear my mind. Perhaps it’s enjoying what comes out from the oven and eating a tray of it that always cheers me up or just being able to create something beautiful from just really plain and boring raw materials of flour, sugar and oil.

People tell me that they prefer cooking to baking because in the latter, everything has to be precise and exact or it will all fall apart. Cooking on the other hand is more experimental and creative. I beg to differ though. I have made my fair amount of mistakes in the kitchen and somehow even if what comes out of the oven is not what I expect it to be, it isnt a total failure or waste and as long as it is still standing and in one piece, it is still edible and even presentable! I may however, in some circumstances have to change its name to a more appropriate one.

No, I am not justifying for how my Matcha Macarons turned out to be Matcha Meringue Kisses or how my Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies became Peanut Butter Muffin Pies instead. But yes, I guess what I am trying to say is that even in real life, when things dont turn out the way you expect it to, it may not be all bad. You just have to look at it from a different perspective and the glass will appear half full instead of being half empty.

Recipe: Moist Baby Banana Muffins

My family loves bananas. And a bunch bought today from the supermarket will be gone in no less than 2 days. Needless to say that when I want to bake something bananas, I will have to make a ‘reservation’ way in advance and tell everyone not to touch the bananas on the counter or alternatively as I have learnt this time, the easier way out is to simply buy two bunches. Problem solved.

I havent baked in a while. I know I always say this whenever I have a baking post but I usually have a baking frenzy and bake two or three days in a row and then not touch the oven for about a month or so.

See, my kitchen is very small and usually I have to factor in whether or not mum is cooking for that day and if she is, then the oven is out of bounds. Or if my younger brother is coming home early from school (which he has been for the past 2 weeks because of the exams), then I cannot bake either because I need the coffee table in the hall (which he usually uses to study) to cool whatever I am baking.

Woes of having a big family in a relatively small apartment. But you live with it, compromise and learn to work with what you have. That’s what family is all about isnt it?

Recipe: Blueberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes

I had one too many funny reasons for making these pretty little things..

The first, I have been dying to use my newly bought orange polka dotted cupcake holders. The second, there had been a sale on blueberries in the market and I bought too many punnets, could not finish them and ended up having to put them into the freezer to increase their shelf life. And the third… I had a lot of cream cheese frosting left over from the time I made these Red & White Cake Pops for National Day!

Oh yes, and my hands were simply itching from not baking for the last 2 weeks.

Okay that was a lie because my younger brother just asked me at 8pm last night if I could bake something for his Teachers’ Day class party which was happening today. So, I whipped out my usual Double Chocolate Chip Fudgy Brownie which by the way, is now my go-to brownie recipe because everything is mixed, baked and washed up in an hour. And the result is a darn good brownie, if I may say so myself. Actually everyone else who has tried it has said so as well =P

But you can be your own judge and make it yourself. You’ll love it too.

Recipe: Red & White Cake POPs for Singapore’s 47th Birthday!

National Day this year is rather special to me.

Well for one, I finally get to spend it at home with my family after being away for the last 3 years.

I used to always take National Day for granted and never thought much of it…

Just that it was a holiday

And if we were lucky, we would get an additional off-in-lieu holiday the next day.

But ever since I went to Adelaide to study,

National Day became the one day we would be the most homesick.

We would spend 9th of August at a senior’s house with potluck Singapore dishes, crowding around the TV to watch the live broadcast of the National Day Parade, get all emotional and homesick, before ending off the night k-boxing to National Day songs and almost always tearing when ‘Home’ was played.

So this year being my first time in 3 years that I finally get to spend National Day at home.

I wanted to do something special.

I wanted to make something special.

I wanted to be all patriotic and Singaporean because I couldnt be for the last 3 years.

Recipe: Eggless Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes

When Daniel from danielfooddiary first emailed me about a month back and asked if I was interested in joining a Singapore bloggers initiative called The #CookForFamily Initiative which was created for the sole reason of spreading the spirit of cooking with and for your family, I was definitely sold by the idea.

His plan was to get at least 100 bloggers involved.

The mission?

To pick a day in July to cook a meal for their family or loved ones, then blog, tweet and instagram about their cooking, experience and thoughts all on the same day, which is TODAY – 6th August 2012 (Monday), with the hashtag #CookForFamily.

I was initially quite apprehensive at the thought of cooking because while baking was right up my alley, cooking certainly was not.

Disclaimer: I am NOT a bad cook… or at least I dont think I am…

But to cook for my family?

People that I love and people that I certainly wanted to serve only the best to..

I was not so confident about that.