Since the chocolate lava cake, I think i’m kinda in love with all the baking and cooking. And also it is part of my vows to learn how to cook, so that we don’t have to eat bread or maggie all the time. This week, we are baking muffins! Most muffin we bought are either too big or too sweet, and yes, we are talking about the one at Starbucks. So we decide to bake our own banana muffins. Since there are some left over chocolate from the lava cake, we add in chocolates too!
200g white sugar
250g all-purpose flour
2 eggs at room temperature
150g salted butter
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbp baking powder
1.Pre-heat oven to 200°C and line muffin cups with paper liners.
2. Mix together flour, baking powder, ground nutmeg & cinnamon.
3. Next, beat the butter and sugar together. Until it has a light texture, add in eggs, vanilla & milk.
4. Add in bananas & chocolate, and use a spoon to fold it.
5. Fill the cups about a bit more than half.
6. Baked about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center and comes out clean.
We love cakes, but we never tried to bake before. The only cake we tried to make ourselves is no bake cheese cake. I always wanted to learn how to bake or go to culinary schools, hopefully to learn something. Then one day, I discovered this wonderful school that teach you everything - YouTube.
So after watching lots of yummy videos online, we decide to give it a try and go bake something. We wanted to start from something simple and voila, chocolate lava cake! It may seems really hard, but after countless time of watching the video, it wasn’t that hard actually.
250g Dark Chocolates
3.5 tbsp Sugar
1. Melt the chocolates! As we don’t have a microwave, so we use what we have, boil a pot of water and use as a double boiler.
2. Mix the butter and sugar and mix well. Until the mixture is blend and a bit of pale yellow, add in the egg, one at a time.
3. Lastly, add in chocolate and mix and mix and mix.
4. Grease your mould with some melted butter and fill your mould with lots of love, but don’t be too greedy on the mixture. Don’t fill it more than 3/4 of the mould.
5. Baked for 10 minutes, 250°C. Remove from oven and let stand for few minutes.
6. (optional) Top with vanilla ice-cream!
Recipe adapted from ByronTalbott
I always had a thing for old vintage stuff, especially film camera. I still cant replace my film camera with any digital camera. When we pack for our travel bags, I always say that i will bring only 1 camera, but mostly end up bringing 3 or 4 different cameras. Sometimes i have my fisheye 2, sometimes i have my instax wide, but i will always pack my FM2.
Despite my great love for films & cameras, there is always an issue when i bring them to travel. Last year in Bali, my film wasn’t loaded properly. Then when i was in Tokyo, the same thing happened again. I told myself if this time it happened again when we travel, I will not bring it anywhere anymore!
When we reached Bali this year for our honeymoon, everything was fine. But on day 3, something bad happened, something real bad… the shutter release got stuck! *#@)^%!* Yes, after i’ve prepared all my films and everything else, it just don’t let me open the shutter release button… It just got stuck… I bet it just sit on my lap and laugh at me like what Nelson did to Bart.
When we got back to KL, we brought it to our friend at Keat to help us check the camera. Once we reach there, the shutter button was already working again without even checking. Just switch on and it works! WHAT AN AMAZING CAMERA YOU ARE, MY DEAR, here is a note for you!
Dear FM2, Please treat me well on my next trip no matter where we go. Sincerely,Your Owner.
Anyway, before it got stuck, i got to spend some quality time with it,the result turn out quite well <3 *hugging my FM2 to bed, okay, fine, i forgive you…..*
So during our stay at this wonderful Ubud Village during our honeymoon, and we joined their 2 hours cooking class. At first I was thinking will it be enough, but then 2 hours is just right!
The menu we picked included Soto Ayam - spicy chicken soup, Pepes Ikan - steam fish in banana leave, Pelecing Kankung - water spinich with chili and Pisang Rai - cooked banana with coconut.
Malaysian food is kinda like Indonesian food, usually is bit spicy with lots of spices and most of the food need to eat with rice or noodles. So most of the ingredients I can still get here, just need to wake up early and go to the market.
What I like about balinese food is the flavour. They always have very heavy spices, herbs & flavours, that’s what make it so delicious. So the first thing I need to cook is the base, they call it Base Gede. It is kinda like chili / spice paste and foundation of all the food, everything we cook, we add a little or a few big spoon of base.
Follow up is the sambal *as a malaysian who cannot eat spicy food, I still enjoy eating sambal and drink lots of water after each bite of my food*, then we start cooking all the food with fancy names.
About 4 years ago, B showed me a blog, which is full of lovely romantic photos from a photographer. Since then, I felt in love with her photos. I joked around telling B said, if one day, we really get married, I want only this photographer to shoot our engagement & wedding.
When we finally plan to get married, the second vendor on my list is this amazing photographer - Jenny Sun, right after our dream venue, Carcosa Seri Negara.
After months of emails and waiting, finally we get to meet this lovely photographer, who shoot tons and tons of lovely photos of us.
Most of the time, we were behind the camera shooting other couple or people, and this is the very first time we get together and have a real photoshoot together. Before this, we were pretty nervous, worried about the props, the outfits, did we bring enough props, will it rain, will we look good on the photos, and a lot a lot more.
When we confirm our date with Jenny’s team, we started to plan about everything for the shoot, and also wedding details. After rounds of discussion, decide to go for a small outdoor picnic / road trip theme. So we asked a friend for a vintage mini austin and brought along some props and DIY a letter “&”, which look super cute on photos. Everything was colour coordination, yellow & turquoise, which is also our wedding theme colour.
Last but not least, a small slideshow of our superb photoshoot with George Harrison singing Let It Roll *i’ve watched this slideshow countless time but i still love it :P*
Venue : Carcosa Seri Negara
Photographer : Jenny Sun Photography
Bouquet : One Cup Love
Props : DIY with love and lots of time
Hair & Make up : Suz Make Up
And also special thank to our wonderful friend Wei Peow for helping us on that day *Big HUGS*
Just came back from our honeymoon, from the wonderful island of gods, Bali. It was my third time to Bali, and I know the forth time is not far away.
As usual, we spent most of our time eating and taking photos. I was so excited and prepared, but on the third day, my film camera got stuck! Good thing I have my X10 with me! *Oh thank god!!*
But end up too busying eating that Klepon and soaking in the private pool, so as usual, I have only some photos… I really need to slap myself the next time if I keep being so lazy :p
Anyway, here are some photos from my X10. Will post the one from my FM2 in the not so far away future *slapping my face to remembering this promise*