Gone and Done with October…

I had no idea what is up with October because it went by in a jiffy. I did not know what is the rush but all I knew was October was a quick and busy month. School started in mid-October, managed to bake and cook a little before school reopened. I was blessed to celebrate the beginning of the month whilst in Japan. Beautiful memories were made and glorious food were eaten.

For the first 3 days of October, I was in Japan, having good old fun! I shall let the photos speak for itself…

This is an old street we came across while on the way to temples and shrine up the hill.
This is an old street we came across while on the way to temples and shrine up the hill.
We visited a wild deer park. There were many many deers.
We visited a wild deer park. There were many many deers.

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THE. BEST. TAKOYAKI. I. EVER. EATEN. !!!!
THE. BEST. TAKOYAKI. I. EVER. EATEN. !!!!
We sneaked a picture while on the ride in Universal Studio Japan.
We sneaked a picture while on the ride in Universal Studio Japan.
And to conclude our trip in USJ and Japan, a cheeky selfie!
And to conclude our trip in USJ and Japan, a cheeky selfie!

After my trip to Japan, I had severe ‘Japan-withdrawal-symptom’. Well, it is a symptom I made up to declare my sorrows on leaving Japan. However all good things must come to an end…

Nonetheless, it was not all bad being back at home as I got down to more cooking and baking.

I baked Eclairs. Sinful but there's always space for dessert.
I baked Eclairs. Sinful but there’s always space for dessert. Recipe would soon be up on the blog real soon!
Pasta with grilled cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.
Pasta with grilled cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. The recipe for this pasta dish would be up on the blog, so stay tune!
Apple crumble again... :D
Apple crumble again… 😀

And October was the month of my dearest Grandpa birthday! IMG_8626

All in all, October was a fun-filled month. It was certainly busy, but filled with enjoyable moments. I am beginning to question myself why are all the months passing by so quickly… Month after month, and soon it would be 2016!

October have treated me amazing and I cannot wait to see how would November would handle me! To a great month ahead!

 

Cinnamon Rolls!

As it is the starting of fall all over the world, except Singapore and Australia, I would like to share my recipe on Cinnamon rolls! These rolls are filled with cinnamon and sugar which makes it a sinful treat for the fall.  IMG_6863

I myself have always loved cinnamon rolls. I remember the times when my mum visits that bakery which sells heavenly cinnamon rolls, the only one in Singapore. She would purchase one cinnamon roll especially for me. And the moment she returns home with that familiar bag on her hand, I knew exactly what is inside the bag. I would warm the cinnamon roll up, just warm enough for the white glossy icing to melt and then devour it! So now I am big enough to make my own cinnamon rolls and have more than one to enjoy, let’s begin!

I chose to let my bread dough to proof overnight in the fridge, thus making this recipe a 2 day long procedure. However it is less-labour intensive and you would not find yourself worrying about the dough being underproof! The dough-making was simple and easy to follow. If I do not have much trouble mixing the ingredients for the dough, I highly believe you would not have any trouble as well.

I heated the vegetable oil, milk and sugar in a medium saucepan for the dough.
I heated the vegetable oil, milk and sugar in a medium saucepan for the dough.
Sprinkle yeast into cooled milk mixture.
Sprinkle yeast into cooled milk mixture.
Next up is to mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Next up is to mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the milk/yeast mixture to form a dough.
Then I set the dough aside to let it proof and after an hour, it grew. *Use a bigger bowl for the proofing process.
Then I set the dough aside to let it proof and after an hour, it grew. *Use a bigger bowl for the proofing process.

Then after an hour, I kneaded and use another cup of flour and then cover it with cling film and leave it in the fridge for the night!

The very next day, all I had to do was assemble the roll! It took me less than 4 hours to assemble and bake those bad boys.

I spread a layer of melted butter before sprinkling the cinnamon sugar! Add more cinnamon for a more distinctive cinnamon flavour!
I spread a layer of melted butter before sprinkling the cinnamon sugar! Add more cinnamon for a more distinctive cinnamon flavour!
Then I rolled them and cut them...
Then I rolled them and cut them…
Cinnamon rolls are by far one of photogenic food.
Cinnamon rolls are by far one of photogenic food.
After putting them into baking dishes, allow them to proof for another 30 minutes before they enter the hot oven.
After putting them into baking dishes, allow them to proof for another 30 minutes before they enter the hot oven.

IMG_6868This recipe is indeed time-consuming but you cannot rush baked products. As I once said, all good things are worth the wait, or all good bakes are worth the wait! I had such a pleasant time baking the cinnamon rolls and cannot wait to make them again! IMG_6871

I gathered my recipe for the Pioneer Woman, Cinnamon Rolls. She made maple glaze for the rolls, however I made a simple vanilla glaze for the rolls.

Vanilla Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together, add more milk for a thinner consistency.
  2. Pour the glaze while the rolls are warm.

Baking have brought me great joy and sorrow. I learnt so much from it and would not stop to educate myself further. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a good time baking this rolls! Till the next time, Ciao~

 

The Pleasure of Traveling.

Today I would love to chat about traveling. Sadly it is no sunset/sunrise post, however somewhere along the line of traveling.

Often when we (We as in the people around me and family) travel, we are constantly finding that perfect gift to bring back home to loved ones. I no longer know the significance to that idea. The idea to purchase a gift when abroad and present it to someone when back home; exactly what is the gift for?

On my recent trip to Japan, I came to this conclusion whereby I would only buy food or some necessities to take back home. I do not see the issue to purposely buy something for a love one anymore as I was constantly troubled with this gift purchase. Why have a tug of war with my own mind when I am supposed to be enjoying my time abroad. I thought to myself it is time I spend money on food and sharing it rather than gifts or present to others. I always tell others “Do not buy me gifts for me, tell me all the stories that happened when you are abroad.”

The memory taken back when abroad is way more important and warming than getting an object someone took so long to buy, that is the pleasure of traveling; to share about the fun times when in a foreign place. Unfortunately, I am currently the only one who have such a mindset.HAHA! It does not matter because I appreciate every single thought to those who painstakingly purchase a gift back home for me.

Overall, traveling is to make memories, not busy yourself to find a perfect gift to bring back home.

Well, thank you for reading. If you have read to this part, I appreciate your time here, reading my rant. Till the next time, Ciao~

{Travel Adventures}- Kanazawa Prefecture, Japan; Part II

Hi all! I am back with part 2 of my trip to Japan! Unfortunately I did not take much pictures of my meals for the day as I could have gotten overwhelmed by the amount of good food I was consuming in Japan! But fret not, I took pictures of my trip to Kenrokuen Garden and the 21st Century Museum we visited that day.

I was in awe with nature during my visit to Kenrokuen Garden. Fresh air and vibrant green trees, the grass is certainly greener on the other side. 😀 We had Japanese students guide us around the garden which was so lovely. Their hospitality warmed me.

The view was simply stunning!
The view was simply stunning!

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The students who guided us around the garden. Such kind and beautiful souls.
The students who guided us around the garden. Such kind and beautiful souls.

Next we visited the 21st Century Museum. I hate to admit but this museum was not my kind of thing. I barely knew the exhibition and their meaning. However there were quite a bit of interesting stuff there!

Cool huh!
Cool huh!

We got to experience wearing kimonos as well. I found out that I am not meant to be a kimono wearing lady as kimono might suit petite girls. But all is well, we had fun. IMG_7046

Another sweet treat we ate was gold-leafed ice-cream. It was simply ice-cream with a sheet of gold leaf. As Kanazawa Prefecture is known to produce most gold leaves there, hence there’s no harm in trying some! FullSizeRender

We tried ice-cream, breathe fresh air and experienced kimono wearing and that concludes day 2 in Japan.

Stay tune for more as interesting and fun stuff are coming right up! Till next time, Ciao~

{Travel Adventures}- Osaka, Japan; Part I.

Hellooo! As you all may know, I went to Japan a few weeks ago, therefore giving me fresh content to write in my Travel Adventure series! It is going to be an exciting series as there are loads of food involved! Enough of the talking, LET’S BEGIN!

The land of the rising sun. Japan have always portray a beautiful image in my opinion. Therefore I quickly signed up for the trip in school. Oh! I have yet to tell you that this is a school trip, not vacation, hence no parents are present. I went to Japan with 40 students, including myself. It was somehow an exchange programme, however it was more on the fun factor.

Traveling comes glorious new food, and this trip has opened me up to a whole new level of food. Japanese cuisine is sophisticated, delicate and oh so yummy! Throughout this trip, I ate so much good food and I cannot wait to share them!

The day we arrived we were welcomed by a table of food! There were sashimi, a bowl of salad, miso soup, grilled saba fish, fried tempura and chawanmushi (steamed egg/steamed custard). IMG_7010

The sashimi was so fresh, the tuna they served was creamy and smooth. The steamed egg was silky and smooth. It jiggles when shaken. IMG_7001

We did not know which dish to begin, there was just too much food on the table. And each dish was prepared delicately by the Japanese. I was amazed by the presentation and glad to be able to enjoy such pleasant meal the day we arrive.  IMG_7003

Dinner was a do-it-yourself meal. We had grilled meat first. Then came noodles, which we had to fry, then lastly, we had okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese style savoury pancake, it may consist of various vegetables and seafood in the batter. After the batter is cooked, it is usually coated with a layer of sweet sauce and sprinkled with fish flakes and seaweed. We had lots of fun cooking our dinner. The meal being cooked by ourselves certainly made it nicer!

The noodles which consisted of cabbages and seafood.
The noodles which consisted of cabbages and seafood.
The batter for Okonomiyaki!
The batter for Okonomiyaki!
Our very own Okonomiyaki designs!
Our very own Okonomiyaki designs!

Dinner was such a satisfying meal. We had a little too much and could not finish all our food and shared our food in the end!

The food consumed in the first day of Japan was warm and made with so much love! The hospitality received was overwhelming and I appreciated every single bit.

After dinner, we checked into our hotel and rested for the day…  Stay tune for more glorious food, so till next time, Ciao~

 

 

The Trilogy of Crumbles; Part II, Pear and Apple Crumble.

Hi guys! I am back with the second part of the crumble series! This time, I am here to share about my pear and apple crumble! It holds the same crumble topping, just a different filling, a little less sweet and it taste like Christmas! So, let’s begin!

In the previous crumble post, I wrote about the crumble topping, therefore I would link the recipe here for your reference. Today, I would talk about the filling! IMG_6221

The filling for today’s recipe are apples and pear. A perfect combination. I added cinnamon and nutmeg to make it smell and taste like Christmas! And I am definitely baking this crumble for Christmas.

So for the filling, I made a slight mistake of cutting the apples and pears too big. I could have sliced it as the flavours would penetrate easily into the fruits. And one more thing to note is when buying the pears, it has to be hard as the baking would soften the pears. IMG_6225

Pear and Apple Crumble filling

Ingredients:

  • 3 Apples, peeled and sliced (Green or red)
  • 3 Hard Pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, (use granulated sugar if you only have that in your pantry)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (I love cinnamon therefore I used more)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Place apples and pears in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt onto apples and pears and mix
  3. Let them sit in the fridge for at least 15 mins, to allow the sweet juices to be extracted out.
  4. When ready to assemble the crumble, pour apples and pears, plus juices into the baking dish.
  5. The baking time for this crumble is also 30-45 minutes as the top of the crumble must brown to give it texture and taste!  IMG_6224

My Pear and apple crumble was not as sweet as the Berry crumble, however I enjoyed this better! This crumble was a success and I cannot wait to share my last crumble recipe! Stay tune to find out what is the last crumble recipe and till then, Ciao~

September was INSANE!

Hey guys! I have finally found some time to sit my butt down to write about my happenings during September! So without further ado, let’s begin!

September has been a fun and interesting month! I celebrated my birthday, baked a little and did a little traveling! It has been a month full of surprises and I am so thankful and grateful for all the people who were part of all the surprises. Felt so much love this month and I cannot be more thankful.

Making good looking food with friends were one of the highlights of Septmber!
Making good looking food with friends were one of the highlights of September!

One of the surprise is my lovely bunch of close friend surprised me after dinner with cake and presents. I was taken aback with slight tears welling up in my eyes.

Thank you for the grand surprise and cake! Appreciate the effort and love! :)
Thank you for the grand surprise and cake! Appreciate the effort and love! 🙂

Next amazing moment of September was baking my all-time-favourite cinnamon rolls! Cinnamon rolls are one of my favourite roll till today. The mixture of cinnamon in warm bread, best combination ever! And in the month of September, I finally baked them and even though I met some setbacks, everything was fine in the end. More would be blogged soon, so stay tune to find out!! IMG_6872

I baked cookies too! They were pretty sinful but good! Recipe would be up on the blog shortly!

Just plain old fashioned sugar cookies with chocolate glaze on them.
Just plain old fashioned sugar cookies with chocolate glaze on them.

And then more interesting stuff happened! I got to go Japan! I shall leave minimal details for now, but Japan is simply gorgeous! I fell in love with their food, culture and weather! I would be writing a series of my trip to Japan, so keep an eye for that! For now, enjoy some pictures captured during the trip!

I took a midnight flight, therefore I had the chance to encounter such a sight when I woke up.
I took a midnight flight, therefore I had the chance to encounter such a sight when I woke up.

IMG_7035 IMG_7061 IMG_7230 IMG_7474 IMG_7534 September have been nothing but the greatest month. So grateful and blessed to have spent this month with loved ones.

However, my apologies for being absent for a while… No excuse would be given as I was simply lazy. But I am going to productive for the next few weeks and update the blog as much as I could! Till the next time, Ciao~