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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2006|11:51 am]
[mood |busyprocrastinating]

the year (that was) 2006!

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(no subject) [Sep. 10th, 2006|06:18 pm]
[mood |hungryhungry]

Rich Chocolate & Fresh Strawberries "Sandwich" Cake

Closeup of the very chocolatey buttercream icing & snowflakes

Cupcakes for Elaine's Birthday! (Sept 1, 06)

Vanilla Cupcakes with Rose Water Icing (100s & 1000s version)

Same as before, but with chocolate sprinkles

The birthday cupcakes!
Light Pink Rose Water Icing + Sugared Flowers (Fondant)

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Cooking Expedition - Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes [Aug. 13th, 2006|08:08 pm]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |JLo - If you had my love]

I stumbled upon the recipe from two diff blogs. However, being the creative cook that I am, I improvised the recipe to suit the ingredients that I happen to have at hand at the time. With that said, I don't usually search for ingredients, but instead, ideas for my latest baking experiment.

Anyway, here is the recipe as adapted from The Pink Shoe Cookbook (slightly improvised)

Flourless Chocolate Cupcake:
- 2 sticks minus 1 Tbsp butter
- 7 oz dark chocolate
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- a rounded tablespoon of flour

** I substituted the tbsp of flour with 2 heap tbsp of hot chocolate powder and halved the sugar**

Note: like all dark chocolate cakes, these are best made a day ahead (or at least in the morning if you serve it for dinner).  Personally, I found it to be more delectable on the second day onwards.  Quite moist and fudgy, a cross between brownies and fudge! 

Pre-heat your oven to 350°F. Spray cupcake pans with non stick cooking spray or use liners (you can remove them later)

Melt together the butter with the chocolate (in a double-boiler or in the microwave slowly and for just a few seconds at a time, blending with a spoon between each pass). Transfer into a medium mixing-bowl. Add in the sugar, stir with a wooden spoon and let cool a little. Add in the eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition. Finally, add in the flour and mix well.

Pour the batter into the molds, and bake for 10 minutes. Then turn the oven off, but leave the cake inside for another 10 minutes. Remove put the pan to a cooling rack to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and take out about an hour before serving.

Add whatever frosting/topping that strikes your fancy!


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XMAS in July Party! [Jul. 30th, 2006|09:11 pm]
[mood |creativecreative]

Nothing beats an early celebration of XMAS. Especially in July and when the uni workload is starting to pick up. Last nite, a bunch of crazy early xmas celebrants (that is the fair dinkum aussies + I) congregated together at Sandra's humble abode in the very colorful suburb of Newtown. I arrived early to help out with the XMAS roast & brought some freshly home-made delicacies along! I made Pistachio & Orange Flower Madeleins (but I used a doughnut-shaped muffin tray instead since I do not own a madelein tray :( *sniff*), fully decorated with christmassy icing to add to the XMAS effect/theme that we had and fairy sandwiches (with the colorful 100s & 1000s or those funky little polka dot thingies!) and baked a last minute xmas chocolate pudding, that was too chocalatey and of course heavenly :P  Ooh, how I love theme parties & being a foodie that I am, the yummylicious food!

Since it is universally accepted that no post is complete without pics, I'm leaving y'all with a couple of collages to drool/admire over :)


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Blog Convert [Jul. 24th, 2006|10:41 pm]
[mood |goodgood]

I am jumping on the bandwagon and converting my blog into a food blog! All personal entries not relating to food will therefore be made friends only! So all you see, is all you gonna get from now on. Have a nice day!

Oh, I am including my new found passion of baking. Here's my very FIRST batch of cupcakes! They were vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese & almond topping :D

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