Just wanted to commerate my first bake of 2016 with this post (also because it’s my first time baking it)
Baked the egg tarts w my sissy and it was rly much easier than expected. The more challenging parts involved pressing the dough for the tart into the tart moulds because we didn’t know how thick or how thin it would turn out.
To my dismay, when I took them out of the oven, the egg tarts looked like mutants omg I was so upset and couldn’t bear to look at it becos they looked so horrific and totally unlike the pictures in the recipe I followed 😥 the custard puffed up and one was even in a dome shape omg. But thankfully they calmed down and looked a lot better after a few minutes. So I would still count this as a success yippee!
Here’s to experimenting more in the kitchen this year and just trying more new things in general! ^^
LOL I actually started this post saying ‘exams are over’ but my exams haven’t even started. It’s just that my projects are over *party* but I have one exam to get through before I can declare the end of Y4S1 *end party* But I’m rly behaving like exams are over hoho because the last two weeks of school were crazy busy so it’s celebration time wheeee. Plus my one and only exam is for an elective module which I can S/U (but hopefully not) so I’m not that worried about it. There’s still time!
So I’ve been thinking hmm what to bake. And dum dum dummm I decided on these beauties
I’m a really slow baker because I take ages to measure out everything. But these were done in about an hour which is really quick for me (though the recipe did say it should be done in 30 mins but lol no way for me)! Also, with the exception of blueberries, the ingredients for these muffins are things that can usually be found in the kitchen so I was vv happy w this recipe. Sharing this recipe here so that I’ll be able to reference it if I happen to lose the link in future!
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin tops
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup (80 ml) neutral flavored oil; canola, vegetable and grape seed are great – I used olive oil because that was the only oil I had at home
1 large egg
1/3 – 1/2 cup (80 ml – 120 ml) milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 to 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries
Heat Oven and Prepare Muffin Cups
Heat oven to 400º F. For big-topped muffins, line 8 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners and fill the remaining cups with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to helps to make sure the muffins bake evenly. For standard-size muffins, line 12 standard-sized muffin cups with paper liners.
Prepare Muffin Batter
Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
Add vegetable oil to a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup. Add the egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (this should be 1/3 to a 1/2 cup of milk). Add vanilla and whisk until combined.
Add milk mixture to the bowl with flour and sugar then use a fork to combine. Do not over mix. Add blueberries and use a spatula or spoon to gently fold the blueberries into the muffin batter.
Bake blueberry muffins 15 to 20 minutes or until tops are no longer wet and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with crumbs, not wet batter. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack and cool.
AND TADAAAHHH THE END PRODUCT THAT WAS INSTAGRAM-ED
I love the fact that I don’t need to use the mixer for these muffins omg how easy can it get rly. The only troublesome thing was measuring out the ingredients. But. One. Bowl. So measuring out the ingredients is rly like ok I can deal w this.
I only shared a muffin w my sis at the time of writing, but I really liked what I ate so I rly think I might just make another batch tomorrow because I still have blueberries in the fridge hehe. Overkill? NAAHHHHH.
Finally blogging about my 21st birthday because like since I blogged about my previous birthdays, I definitely have to blog about my 21st right? After all it’s like only the most celebrated years. The next year that will experience such hype is like.. my 60th?? HAHAHA. I wonder what the world will be like when I’m 60. Interesting.
I toyed with the idea of having a 21st birthday party for the LONGEST time. On one hand I wanted one because like wow so fun seeing all my friends together on my birthday. But on the other hand so many reasons to NOT have one. Like I’d be way too stressed during it, I’d be worried that my friends were not having fun, I’ve too many friends who don’t belong to a big group so they would be lonely, Melissa’s birthday is on the same day, etc etc. So I decided not to have a birthday thing.
Couldn’t celebrate w Melissa on the actual day this year because she was having a BBQ with her family so we settled on celebrating earlier. I love birthday celebrations with Melissa 😀 So glad we’re still friends and celebrating our birthdays together. I think it’s our umm 3rd time celebrating together? Yippee! We went on a food fest this year HAHA. Skipped out on Max Brenner. Breaking traditions the both of us!
Went to Manbok Korean BBQ where we discovered a great new place for Korean BBQ omg the lunch was only S$15 NETT!! All-you-can-eat style buffet yums. They even had a little pot at the side where you can do a steamboat or army stew if you wish. We ofc did the army stew. It’s amazing what two girls can eat when they set their minds to it hehe. The selection of meats was quite limited tho. But still really yummy. I think the marinated chicken breast was quite good! And the bacon. Omg we spammed the bacon hahaha so good!! Love Korean bbq sigh. We ate until we couldn’t move. So it was time to move to our next stop!!
We were headed to Lady M at Marina Square. Passed by Llao Llao and it wasn’t that long a queue! So we were like OKAY let’s see what the hype is all about. So we ordered a Sanum to share and we were… disappointed. Like omg so THIS is what the hype is over?!? WHAT is this?!?! So unimpressed and disappointed at all the people who made us BUY it even tho we were still so full LOL. We just kept complaining the whole time we were eating it hahaha omg so Singaporean. It’s not that it tasted bad. I’ve gotta admit that it’s kinda yummy. It’s just that it’s not really so mindblowing to inspire such long snaking queues. /smh.
After that we walked to Marina Square and walked around for a bit because we were way too full. BUT that’s not going to deter us from our original goal!! LADY M! Woohoo crepe cake.
But yknw what was almost as good as the cake.
THE ICE WATER THEY SERVED OMG. Idk how to describe it. Idk why it was so good. Is it like expensive places even have good tasting water?? IDK. Hahahaha but really omg the ice water was so refreshing. It’s not even like we were v hot. I mean like we had Llao Llao earlier plus we were walking around in an air-conditioned mall. But the ice water was SO TASTY HAHA HOW??? WHAT SORCERY. CAN I DRINK IT EVERYDAY?!?! We got a refill ofc. Melissa even gave me some of hers HAHAHA. Thanks lady M.
Okay that’s all for this post haha. Next update shall be on the actual day’s very happening happenings.
Looking back, I realise that I had a rather eventful Week 12. Presenting some highlights of my week in photos. Clearly I’ve come to regret my having fun in the mad rush of things sigh.
Had an author’s visit from Suchen Christine Lim during SSA lecture this week. Must confess that I haven’t read her novel oops. But she’s really nice and v cute. Plus she’s Cantonese (and v proud of it) woohoo.
Had Hwangsies for lunch w my beloved birthday fairies. One hour w them is better than none at all! Glad to hear from Jianyi and my beloved PJDJ both of whom I haven’t seen irl for ages. Love you guys 🙂
Popo had her bypass surgery last Thursday. Aside from a scare on Thursday night and a number of slightly abnormal incidents of her heart rate going terribly high, she’s becoming the popo I know again! The one who complains a lot, makes me laugh, agrees w me when I say I’m pretty, etc etc heh. 🙂
Auntie Kim’s for dinner! I rly love (some) types of Korean food haha. We had the seafood pancake as well which is rly a MUST ORDER when you eat at Auntie Kim’s. Too excited to eat that so I forgot to take a picture. But here’s chicken soup + bibimbap to make you hungry.
Took a picture w sissy while waiting for the food. But the lighting was so orangey so here’s a B&W photo instead. Aside from our eyes… I really think we look rather alike here.
Thursday – Happy birthday Corrine!
Oops using this photo again! Hahaha but since I’m documenting my week in pictures, might as well have this here right? Matchy tops w Ming by coincidence!
Went to Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King at Orchid Hotel (Tanjong Pagar) for dinner. THE SOUP WAS SO SO DELICIOUS O M G. It wins. Really. I don’t remember if I’ve had ramen w soup nicer than this. The first time I tasted the soup… it was like this incredible rush of sensory delight. The ingredients itself weren’t that fancy because I was feeling poor and only had chashu to go with my ramen. But there’s free flow hard boiled eggs and marinated beansprouts!
Then we had Cake Spade for dessert even though we were stuffed. Because you can’t celebrate a birthday without cake right?! We ordered the Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake (which is really a fancier way of calling the Strawberry Jelly Hearts imo) and Speculoos Chocolate Crumble. Both were yummy because the former’s lighter on the palette while the latter’s really rich and delicious too.
Then Friday was matchy denim shorts day w Mel and Corrine 🙂 Photo taken by Sam. It was rly funny because we initially asked him to only take a photo of us waist down BUT him being a guy and us being girls… you can imagine that it felt pretty awkz. Hahaha so we decided to just take a normal photo instead.
Rly can’t stand the state of my fringe oh gosh but I can’t decide whether I want to let it go out or cut it hmm.
Okay time to start on reflection paper hope I actually write something this time D:
Amazing how time flies right omg this happened in the first week of my internship!! And I’m like 3 weeks from ending my internship already wow. I don’t remember how the C-weed outing came about actually because it’s been so long ago already HAHA oops. But yeah the point is that we met up!! Wow. I think C-weed hasn’t had an outing since like forever. Maybe the freshies go out idk, but okay tbh not so close to them LOL. Just recently started to talk more to them because of the camp.
ANYWAY YAY WE WENT TO SWEE CHOON!!! So happy leh now I can truly say I’m a uni student. Seems like such a uni student thing to do lor, go to Swee Choon to have supper LOL. But I wonder why they go there though… it’s not like it’s super accessible by train or bus?! Probably for the food teehee. THE FOOD WAS YUMS!
We ordered a bunch of dimsum hahaha. Had liu sha bao omg SO FABULOUS the golden slightly salted filling in the bao WOW. Plus it’s challenging to eat to not waste a single drop LOL. I didn’t really enjoy the xiao long bao that much. Will pass on that to save tummy space for other things. What else was good hmm. I liked the Century Egg Porridge! But then again I usually like it la and it wasn’t like super duper mindblowingly special. OH AND THE PRAWN AND BANANA FRITTER ALSO GOOD. Taking my daily dose of fruits leh teehee. Egg tarts were not too bad also!
BUT THE FREAKING AMAZING DISH THAT SURPRISED ME WAS… MEE SUA KUEH OMG. Have you even heard of it. They freaking DEEP FRY the mee sua. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT YOU CAN DEEP FRY MEE SUA RIGHT. Then it comes in this amazing unassuming pancake looking thing. WA. So impressed hahaha. Oh I also liked the char siew sou. Yums 😀 😀
So as you can tell I was v happy w my meal hahaha. But we got a bit overexcited during the meal then ordered too much so Agnes had to pack some food back. BUT IT WAS GOOD. Hope I get to go back again sometime soon. Oh yeah surprisingly the place wasn’t as packed as I imagined. I think in my head I was imagining it to be like some place in Hong Kong w super packed tables and little space to move. It was sortaaa like that but definitely not to the extent of the Australian Dairy Company in Hong Kong. That one is like the highest level man hahaha.
After that we walked to City Square and had Swensens woohoo. Finally we spent the voucher that C-weed won at CNM camp last year. It’s been almost exactly a year already wow! Means I’ve known my fave bunch of uni friends for two years already aww 😀 😀
Took a photos and that concluded our night out! It was of course, really love to see my NM buddies again plus it was a nice way to end my first week at work with familiarity and laughter w them. We really should hang out more often 😦
Okay I HAVE to blog about this amazing crab place that my colleagues brought me to for dinner on last Tuesday (3 June). The story about how I joined them was kindaaa interesting I guess. Sometime between my first and second week of work, I received an email from a colleague (that was also sent to many others) saying that they were having dinner at Happy Crab and invited me to join them. Many thoughts ran through my mind when I got the invite:
Omg but a bit awkz right, like now we eat lunch also hardly talk
But the more we get together together together…
More awkward times now = less awkward times later
Plus it’d be quite rude to decline?
BUT WHAT IF THEY INVITED ME EXPECTING ME TO DECLINE.
Hahaha as you can tell, I’ve many complex thoughts behind whether or not to accept it. Ultimately I decided to go for it because I thought it’d be good for myself to go for more company things like that and make an effort to be more chummy chummy w my colleagues. Or at least… show that I’m making an effort haha.
But then on Tuesday morning (the day of dinner) when I was talking to another colleague about it… I got a shock when she said oh prepare at least $30 OMG I RLY SHOCK LEH. Didn’t expect it to be so ex. My mind started to run in overdrive – how how how can I escape it I don’t have so much money. But she already called to reserve the crabs how can I cancel on her aahhhhh. Obviously in the end I chickened out of backing out (lol) and ended up going because I couldn’t have it on my conscience.
They drove us to the place and it was just like… a coffee shop w two stalls it seemed – the crab stall and the drinks stall LOL. The colleague who intro-ed us the place ordered the food and VIOLA CAME THE CRABS. I didn’t take any photos because I was too paiseh to take but here’s a photo I found from openrice:
I’ve never had a whole crab to myself before. Like ever. In my whole life. So it was quite the exciting prospect to finish it all on my own. PLUS IT WAS SO YUMMY – NOT A PROBLEM MAN HAHA. It was really vv tasty and the sauce was tangy and rly yummy also aiya just the whole thing was good sigh.
Oh of course Pui San here was the quiet little intern sitting at the table concentrating on her food. I really tried to participate in the conversations going on – I would have contributed if I could T.T but they were talking about stuff I have little to no interest in (they were discussing movies sigh) so it was rather difficult to contribute.
But the food was yummy so all was fine.
Anyway if yall wna check it out (and yall have spare cash on hand lol prob not), the place was: 13 Pahang Street Singapore 198613. Oh they even have a website haha so helpful. Yay so yummy. Go there to treat yourself or something – rly I mean how often can you eat the whole crab right. Oh yes I must also point out that inside the crab was crab roe. Like lots and lots of it. Also the stallkeepers were really friendly and nice and chatty! Apparently the crabs they use are gay. Just some trivia for you to end this post. 😀
Oh and P.S. I was rly fortunate becos in the end my reporting officer decided to treat me to the dinner phew. Lucky me, super thankful to my boss also whee 🙂
Over the weekend, my mum mentioned casually that we had a lot of lemons in the refrigerator for some reason. So obviously the bell in my head went ‘ding ding ding’ and I decided to bake something lemony. Partly because I like lemons, my parents like lemons, my sister likes lemons, and I was kinda bored of baking the same things over and over again. Plus I’ve been kinda inspired seeing friends posting their culinary adventures online so I decided to venture slightly out of my comfort zone of chocolate chip cookies.
Seriously tho, my family cannot live w/o chocolate chips I suspect. Like I tried baking lemon cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes but they were all like ‘Why are there no chocolate chips inside this?!’ So I relented and added chocolate chips to it. Anyway, that’s not the point.
The point is I decided to make Glazed Lemon Cookies because I stumbled onto a few recipes recently and they looked easy to make. That’s kinda like my criteria – the ingredients should be easy to obtain and it should be rather easy to make. Preferable one-bowl-only kinda easy HAHA. Because yes I am that lazy.
Sharing the recipe here because even tho those who read my blog don’t bake, it was really quite the yummy recipe and I’m worried I’d lose it so it’s best that it’s archived on my blog for future reference.
1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (changed from the original recipe so that I could drizzle the glaze on rather than dip the cookies in)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk and set aside.
In a small bowl, add granulated sugar and lemon zest. Rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers, until fragrant.
Beat butter and sugar/lemon mixture together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
Slowly beat in flour mixture on low speed until blended. Drop dough by tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Gently flatten dough with the palm of your hand.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are just set and slightly golden brown. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 2 minutes and transfer to cooking racks. Cool completely.
In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Pour the mixture into a resealable bag and cut the corner. Drizzle the mixture onto the cooled cookies and let the glaze set.
Super easy recipe I LOVE IT. And the cookies came out really prettily too:
I found that the glaze went really well with the cookies – in fact, the cookies didn’t really have a lemony taste to it when eaten just plain. Definitely required the glaze for the extra zing. Plus the glaze was yummy – sweet and tart (how is that possible). I really love lemon desserts (as long as they’re not too sour heh) and these cookies fit the bill quite well. TBH I’m not exactly certain if it’s just the glaze I love… But they do go well with each other 😀 PJ and my family all enjoyed it so yay. The best thing about baking is that it’s shared w the people I love 😀
Back in Year 1, Semester 2, before things got hectic, Hazel and I discovered a little gem in Geylang. We were in the mood for some exploring and as always, in the mood for food so we spent a little time Googling and set out to find Geylang Claypot Rice – a place highly recommended according to HungryGoWhere. Plus their website reassuringly included mouthwatering photos of the other dishes they had so we were so completely sold on it. Then we went there and were BLOWN AWAY by the deliciousness of EVERYTHING WE ORDERED. So we decided that we HAD to go back there again and bring a friend this time because it was too good to not be shared.
So this time we brought ST 😀 We were supposed to meet at 1pm at Bishan MRT I think. But a strange twist of events (read: we were lazy and are terrible timekeepers) lead us to only LEAVE our houses at 1pm. Luckily we all stay around the same area sorta so we all got to Bishan at about the same time as well. We walked to Geylang Claypot Rice in the hot hot sun thinking that it didn’t look that far on Google Maps and we should walk off some fats before ingesting even more calories. Plus it seemed more troublesome to take the bus LOL. As always, it comes back to the root of all problems: laziness. Anyway we finally got to the place, after doubting our sense of direction multiple times because it seemed to take FOREVER to get there.
It didn’t take us too long to decide what to order because Hazel and I were pretty much set on what we wanted to eat. Which was basically the same as what we ordered previously. Just that this time we decided to swap the veggie for tofu. Tofu is sorta like a veggie too right. Since it’s made of soya beans. And soya beans grow on trees. So it’s a veggie at heart.
So here’s what we ordered:
Like the last time, everything was really yummy. But the pork ribs were less yummy boo. I was disappointed. Soft-shelled crab was super good tho. ST strongly recommends the tofu I think. I RECOMMEND THE SOFT-SHELLED CRAB. Omg sooo yummy.
After our meal, we headed to LICK aka Little Ice Cream Kafe but this time we went there by a different route! Once again we trusted Google Maps and let it take us there. Luckily it didn’t lead us astray. We did see some very interesting condominium names tho, I wonder how they come up with it. Some strangeee act-fancy names like ‘Sunflower view’ okay not that exactly. LOL but something similar. You get the idea.
Got there safely just before the rain started pouring. And because it’s Wednesday it was one-for-one ice cream again!! SO WE WERE LIKE OK ORDER EIGHT LA. SIX LA. Fatties teehee. Ended up ordering four scoops la. I’m so happy because it was mostly flavours I like this time but.. I forgot what we ordered omg. OH WAIT I REMEMBER. My favourite flavour we ordered is Sea Salt Caramel (I think that’s the time, should be something to that extend). Like it was so justtt right. Not too salty that it was weird, and not too sweet because it was salty enough. Sea salt is so super fabulous. MUST ORDER IF Y’ALL GO THERE OK.
We sat there really long and just talked and laughed and took photos because of the pretty wallpaper. I love how we’re all on about the same wavelength so we have about the same sense of humour. It’s so lovely to share the same sense of humour don’t you think? To laugh together 🙂
We then took a bus back to Paya Lebar MRT where ST’s junior was waiting for him then we made use of him (heh) to help us take photos teehee 😀 Was a lovely day spent!
I can never recall what the actual name of this day is. It’s just 汤圆 day to my siblings and me LOL. We kinda remember festivals by the food we eat. Like 中秋节 is Mooncake festival, and omg I can’t remember what the dumpling festival is actually called. OH IT’S 端午节 right. This is quite terrible is it not teehee. My daddy would probably have my head if he knew.
Anyway as usual we went to my ah ma’s house to have dinner and eat 汤圆. I drove there both back and forth!!! One of the few times I’ve done so, because I usually feel too tired/lazy so daddy drives home instead. But I’ve been determined to prove myself so that I’ll be allowed to take the car out on my own. Tiny steps, tiny steps. Both drives were quite successful omg. First time my parents were q silent during the whole ride!!!!! HAPPY. I didn’t even have to ask if I was in the right lane that often or if I was going the right way. And they didn’t rly say anything about my driving skills omg. Happy happy 🙂 🙂
Sat around the TV and tried to talk to my cousins after dinner. It’s sometimes kinda hard to talk to my cousins because we lack common topics and we’re not exactly that close. That said tho, I still love them loads because family is family and there’s nobody else I’d love more. Okay except for the distant relatives whose name I don’t even know oops.
Okay actually the point of this post was to talk about the 汤圆. My ah ma makes by hand it every year and… tbh I never really liked it. But omg this year the 汤圆 was FABULOUS. Once I bit into it there would be this glorious burst of sweetness and then in the centre of the kinda tasteless flour and starchy meh-ness, there’s a rewarding little cube of slightly melted sugar. Then you bite into it and ALL THAT FLOUR IS INSIGNIFICANT IN THE PRESENCE OF THE. SUGAR. CUBE.
IS THAT NOT THE BEST TASTING THING EVER. I think I ate more 汤圆 this year than the previous years becos of how delighted my tastebuds were by the sugar hahaha.
No photos of the 汤圆 because it looks like every other photo everyone’s posting. But it’s special in that it’s made by my ah ma and shared by all her children and grandchildren ♥
Feeling kinda lucky because I’ll get to see my cousins again on Christmas. Even tho family gatherings are sometimes q awkward becos I don’t talk much to them, when I look around and see the faces of all these people who have seen me grow up, I can’t help but feel a little glow of warmth. It’s kinda like this is where I belong (to quote the NDP song).
As I mentioned a few posts ago, my dearest hardworking raroro found a job immediately after exams boo. Poof goes my plans to catch up properly with her over the holidays (because I saw her so infrequently in sem 1). But obviously I wouldn’t let her state of employment deter me! So I was like okay I’ll meet you for lunch one day k! Plus she works kinda near IKEA so we could lunch there ^^
Hurried over the IKEA because as usual I was late sorta. I really need to work on this. Just because ST is always late does not give me an excuse to be late all the time also. BAD HABIT. The queue was shocking omg. It stretched all the way to the entrance. Completely didn’t expect it :O Waited a while for raroro then we went to buy food.
I took quite a while deciding what to eat because I realised… I don’t really like IKEA food haha. Like there isn’t exactly something I like a lot? The meatballs are okay-ish at least to me even though everyone raves about it. Partly because I don’t eat beef I guess. So that didn’t leave me with a lot of other options. Ended up ordering the salmon but omg SALMON IS NOT MY THING MAN. Not. My. Thing.
Luckily for me, raroro was feeling hungry so we ordered an additional side of chicken wings and a cake. IMO the best food IKEA has is the chicken wings. And the desserts. The rest are… kinda okay? Not exactly worth the trip down if you don’t stay nearby I guess. So if you go to IKEA for the food.. get the chicken wings. And a cake. The rest of the food is meh. You’d be better off going opposite to Jack’s Place or Swissbake at Anchorpoint I think.
Walked raroro to the bus stop but by that time she was late already oops. Sorry for delaying you raroro D: Then there was me. Alone sighh. Decided to check out Anchorpoint because raroro said that there are many outlet stores there but nothing really caught my eye. So I trudged back to IKEA to buy the meatballs (requested by dearest bro) and another cake for my siblings.
BUT I FORGOT THAT IKEA DOESN’T GIVE OUT PLASTIC BAGS T.T T.T T.T So I had to carry two takeaway boxes ALL THE WAY BACK TO HOME T.T Thankfully though I decided to take a straight bus back to Thomson. But I lacked foresight and chose a window seat that the sun was mercilessly shining through. THE AIRCON WAS FOR NAUGHT 😦 So there I sat, suntanning in an airconditioned bus. My luck really.. 😦
Got home then both Hazel and I got too lazy to go for our last Jazz lesson heh. So I ended up going for StretchFit in the night instead ^^