Saturday, December 29, 2007
Must say that there's still a lot of room for improvement for the whole works.
My dd loved them even though the cuppies were half baked LOL
I'm still wondering what went wrong that day when I baked the cuppies.
200 g sugar
3 nos. eggs, beaten
200 g AP flour
100 g ground almond
2 tsp baking powder
6 tbsp evaporated milk
100 g dried cranberries soaked in 2 tbsp Bailey's
100 g walnuts, chopped
This was one of the three quickbreads that I baked as a gift.
206 g AP flour
40 g quick cooking oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
200 g caster sugar
120 ml orange juice and zest (2 large oranges)
120 ml vegetable oil
2 nos. eggs, beaten
Fold into batter 140 g fresh/frozen blueberries
Topping: 2 tsp caster sugar + 2 tsp cinnamon
Pour all the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Stir till they are well blended.
There's enough batter to fill up to 4 aluminium loaf tins till 1/2 way.
This time round we had a small group gathering at the newest joint at Keong Saik Rd ....
25 Degree Celsius Pte Ltd .... a joint that sells fusion food and cook books too!
I had a good time there chilling out with the regulars and new members too. Vi from the US and Chin from Australia joined us.
After doing so much cooking and baking during the week before Christmas, it was really good to just sit back and relax and enjoy the food the joint cooked LOL
Here's sharing with you the gals and the food there .....
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
My gifts of qbread this year for my sil, mil, aunties, uncles, tuition teachers and friends.
I made three recipes this year .... Pumpkin Pecan Quickbread, Almond Cranberry Walnut Quickbread and Blueberry Orange Oats Quickbread. I hope they like them.
Beef in Red Wine
Sausage/Fish Ball Platter
Smoked Chicken from CS
Honey Baked Ham from CS
Lime Jelly Cheesecake
Uncle W bought Steamed Crab and Chilly Crabs .
Dh bought Oatmeal Prawns, Salted Yolk Crabs, Peppered Crabs and Chilly Crabs too.
Because of dear Uncle W's contribution, we ended up with 5 kinds of crabs this year.
It was a night of catching up with the extended family members, lots of food when everyone had a chance to 'ta pao' something home. Good memories were formed when the younger ones had a chance to play with one another. My dear SIL helped me out with the washing up after the rest left and I'm so thankful for having her do that for me. GT 'xie xie ni'.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
This year I will have two family X'mas gathering at my home. So for the last week I had been kept busy planning the menu for the two days, marketing for the party food as well as cooking and baking. It is tiring but I always feel joy when I see family members enjoying the food I prepared for them.
The Menu for this gathering .....
Sausage Platter with Fish Balls
Baked Hickory Chicken Wings
Black Pepper Roast Beef from CS
Honey Baked Ham from CS
Rice and Bread
Orange Jelly Cheesecake
2 Kinds of Cookies (Chocochips and Lavender)
Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies
Seedless Black Grapes with Strawberries
My SIL also contributed Sushi from Sakae Sushi and dh bought butter oatmeal prawns and peppered and chilli crabs too.
There was a lot of food ... more than we could eat and everyone had lots of ta pao food to bring home.
Wishing all who visit my blog to have blessings and the hope, peace, joy and love of the season of Christmastide befall on you and your families too.
Here you see the mini X'mas tree and the Nativity set up at the balcony in my home. This has been a yearly ritual since I moved into this home. The baby Jesus is still missing in the set up and the family will put in the final baby figurine on Christmas day as a short blessing prayer is being said.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Bought a loaf of this bread from the supermarket and intended to have it for myself. Came dinner time and realised that there was not enough food for all in the family. Knowing that the boys and dh didn't like anything to do with bread that has grains in them I really was at a lost as to how I could share the bread and make them eat it. Finally decided to do it this way to hide the grains in the bread by spreading some butter on the bread and then putting some ham and cheddar cheese on it and toasted them crunchy. Then I squeezed some Japanese mayonnaise on them and wallah ... they ate the bread without complaining about the grains in the bread.