Photos from the Past

My parents were in Malaysia this week and they happened to find some of our old photos. The excited Dad immediately scanned and sent over to us.

Sis Jean commented that Grace looked just like me when I was four.. hubby.. what do you think?

The 4-yr old Jessie

Among the other photos were my siblings taking a group photo at ECP and some individual photos. One of them caught my eye because my beloved grandparents were in them.

Lektopa 1986

Somehow looking at these photos made me want to go back to the past.. If only time machine stories are for real…

Mother’s Day 2008 Special

i’ve decided to do something special for Mother’s Day this year.. bake a cake for mum! but why special? 1st.. i’ve never bake a sponge cake before .. 2nd.. this is first time i’m going to attempt frosting.. and lastly i celebrating with 3 mummies together on Vesak Day.. 🙂

i was thinking of strawberry sponge cake and off i went to surf the net. Found this perfect recipe @ Happy Home Baking. This mommy has so many ideas and receipes. She also provides tips on techniques. Great blog i would say. 

i had my first trial run today… here’s the outcome…   

and instead of one cake.. i made two.. haha.. that’s because i’ve used a 15″ round pan instead of 20″. so i gave one to my mum-in-law and the second to my hubby’s aunty living nearby.

the problems i encountered was during frosting. 1st .. i overwhipped the cream and it became watery… no choice got to get more from the supermarket.. 2nd.. i underwhipped the cream for the second cake and it’s not as stiff… 3rd.. i took an hour just to frost 2 cakes!!!! gosh.. by the end of the process.. i’m dead tired… with aching back and legs.. but looking at the results.. it’s worth the effort… 🙂

my mil thought i got it from a cake shop and was surprised that i did it myself alone… 😉 she liked the cake as it’s not too sweet and taste just right… she only commented that it needed to be a little bit softer and with more moist to be perfect.. (that’s probably due to over-baking of the cake)  😛

my hubby didn’t seemed to be interested with my cake though… well luckily it’s not for him… if not i’ll be extremely disappointed, especially on my first baking trial since secondary school.

aunty commented it looked very good for a first timer… well hope it will taste good for her too.. 😉

so i shall keep my finger crossed on Vesak Day.. and try my best to make it better than today..

 

Strawberry Sponge Cake I (Makes 2 15″ or 1 20″ round cake/s)

Ingredients:

4 eggs, bring to room temperature
150g caster sugar
4g salt
140g cake flour
30g olive oil
30g fresh milk

filling & frosting:
400ml whipping cream
250g strawberries
1 pack of slice almonds (roasted on pan)

Method:

  • Sift cake flour, set aside. Grease and line a 20cm round pan, set aside. Pre-heat oven to 180degC. Position rack at the lower bottom of the oven.
  • With an electric mixer, whisk eggs and sugar & salt on HIGH speed for about 5 to 7mins, until the batter double in volume and is ribbon-like (the beater should leave a ribbon-like texture when the batter is lifted up). Turn to LOW speed and whisk for another 1 to 2 mins. Whisking at low speed helps to stabilise the air bubbles in the batter.
  • Add sifted cake flour into the batter. With a spatula, gently fold in the flour until well blended.
  • With a spatula, mix about 1/3 of the batter with the salad oil in a separate bowl. Fold in this mixture into the remaining batter. This method will help to ensure the oil will be fully blended and at the same time will not deflate the batter.
  • Add in fresh milk and fold in gently with spatula.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 35 mins, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Unmold and cool completely.

Assemble the cake

  • With an electric mixer, whip the whipping cream still stiff.
  • Slice the cake horizontally into 2 layers. Place one of the cake layers cut-side down on a cake plate. Spread the whipped cream over the layer.
  • Arrange rings of strawberries to cover the whole layer.
  • Fill with some more whipped cream. Top with the other cake layer, cut-side up.
  • Spread the whipped cream over the top and side of the cake. Decorate as desired.

 

original recipe taken from Happy Home Baking > Strawberry Sponge Cake

On a Sunday afternoon…

we went shopping at Kiddy Palace with my in laws. 🙂

wanted to get a bouncer for Kyane and playmat for Kyson but couldn’t find any suitable ones.. sigh..

a wasted trip for the parents but not for Kyson though… he has a ride on a Ferrari… 🙂

i really love his innocent expression! priceless…

m!d-aUtUmN fEsT!Ve 2007

first time in my 27 years, i celebrated mid-autumn festival without mooncake and tea…

and come to think of it, hubby and i didn’t buy any mooncakes for our own family ….. probably that is the “side-effect” of having a new born in our family… and that is “NO MORE SHOPPING TIME”… haha..

however i realised there are more family time. went to chinatown for sight-seeing with my parents, sisters, hubby, grace and most importantly, our sweetie pie.

his small eyes kept looking at the lights excitedly even though he is tired. seeing his adorable reaction made me forget that my arms were aching…  🙂

but i really detest those rude passerbys who touched my bb WITHOUT my permission. i know he is cute but please ask the parents before doing that. Damn.

well well, just got to clean him up before putting him to sleep… 😉

gRaCe !s TuRn!nG tHrEe

 and my dear sister had organized a simple party with lots of lip-smacking food for her… erm i would say for us! *hehe*

chicken curry, sushi, fried meehoon…etc… simple dishes yet full of taste!

but most importantly, she had personally baked grace’s birthday cake. a good mother with so much love for the kiddo. i hope to bake kyson’s first bday cake too… hmm will steal the recipe from her when the time come next year..

however during the party i was totally distracted by kyson’s wailing for milk and cuddles… i didn’t even sing the birthday song for grace… sorry sister… you will understand won’t you? 😉

AND… to thank you for being such a wonderful host and mother, i return you with nice pictures of your goodie box… hope you like it…

just to let you know that it was gone within minutes after below’s photo-taking.. *yummy*

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fAtHeR aNd SoN

found this amusing so i quickly grab my camera to take them down.

adorable aren’t they? *haha*

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