We eat bittergourd even when we do not want any bitterness in our life. We eat chilli even when it burns our tongue. We eat sweets more than we should. We drink lemonade even when it make our faces cringed and inner cheeks shrink. But still, life should be full with these flavors. And what happens when life gives you lemons? Make lemonade. This isn’t a new quote but yes, go make that damn lemonade. With meyer lemons if possible.
Recently I received quite a few jars of Nutella from the youth fellowship members. Apparently they bought loads of it for a church camp and passed the leftovers to me (in the hope that I could probably whip something out from it for them, I think). I didn’t mind of course, it’s Nutella! I can think of 100 ways to use it already. These Nutella cupcakes were one of the confections I made using the leftovers. The thing is, although I am a dessert person, I am not really crazy about cupcakes. I can’t stand the frosting made with…
BANANA CAKE is something I baked the most. Not that I love to bake it so much but it’s more like I am being requested to. Everyone around me loves banana cake. I don’t have a single best banana cake recipe because there are just so many great ones. Banana loaf with walnut pieces in it, with pecans and spiced streusel topping, or like this Dorie Greenspan recipe, a classic banana cake, no nuts, and baked in an old-fashioned bundt pan.
Last week I was occupied in preparing desserts for a church event – a play based on a true story, painstakingly produced by the youth fellowship (https://www.facebook.com/watarewelookingfor). Preparations for the desserts were no joke. Luckily I got extra hands from some of the youth fellowship members, whom help me on moulding the tart shells, cracking the eggs, sifting the flour, filling the pastry cream into the profiteroles, chopping the fruits so on and so forth. Despite lack of sleep for days and suffered from an aching back, I must admit it was really a great fun and certainly worthwhile when…
BANANA SMOOTHIE is possibly my favorite on-the-go breakfast. It only takes 5 minutes to make and 2 minutes to drink. It’s quick, healthy, provides a good dose of energy and most importantly, delicious. Smoothie is best drunk when it’s cold but I don’t like the idea of blending ice cubes into the smoothie, which can dilute the taste. One easy way to have undiluted cold smoothie (anytime) is to freeze the fruits. So I always have little bags of frozen chopped bananas in the freezer ready when I need a quick blend.
EARL GREY is by far my favorite tea of choice. The distinctive aroma that derived from the oil of bergamot never fail to delight me each time. Apart from drinking the tea directly, I almost get excited always with any desserts made from the aromatic tea. And I will jump to any recipes that are made with earl grey.
I made this little birthday cake for my friend, JSI’s daddy. JSI requested for a vanilla cake, I brainstormed for a few nights and finally decided on a yellow cake made with buttermilk (98% fat-free) and madagascar bourbon pure vanilla bean paste, a cream cheese frosting, topped with strawberries and blueberries and garnished with my home-grown mint leaves. I have to mention the mint leaves because it is the first time I grow a plant and was quite proud of it… 🙂 I am not sure how well the cake turn out but I do hope JSI’s family enjoy it, especially her daddy. Happy Birthday…
I haven’t been to IKEA for a long time until recently, which was a really fruitful trip. I didn’t know that they actually have a section on baking utensils so I was really thrilled to discover it! I wonder if anyone notice that they have this really cute 12-hole muffin pan, which has rather deep and slender holes in the shape like cylinder. Matching paper liners are sold separately. The designs of the liners were limited though, in fact, I only saw one stripe design that comes in three different colors (blue, green and purple) in a box.
Yay! It’s Vanillyn’s full month today! I thought anniversary might not be a suitable word, so I’ll call it moniversary. And what’s a celebration without cakes right? So for this 1st moniversary, I made Red Velvet Cupcakes. I mean it’s red, and red is always an auspicious color isn’t it?
Lately I was reading this beautifully written book, A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, the creator of Orangette, where she wrote about a Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cake with Glazed Oranges and Creme Fraiche in one of the chapters. Just the name itself sounds delicious enough to make me want to eat it right away so immediately I went rummaging my fridge and shelves for the ingredients, which I was lucky enough to have everything in place. Life seems wonderful at this point.