Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Exciting News!

I know I might be announcing this a little too early seeing as it's not even May yet, but I am so excited and could not wait to share. I have recently found my 2010 calendar selling at calendar.com!

The front of the desk calendar with a little note pad!

The back...

My publisher put it together last year and has just recently started selling it to their buyers, so I thought it would be awhile before I actually saw it being sold... but it's already online :) yay! Each month has a different picture and a recipe by me. I can't wait to get an actual copy so I can see what the whole thing looks like.

On to other cake news... a couple of weeks ago, I put together a little mini dummy wedding cake for my cousin so that she would get an idea of what her cake will look like on the big day and how well the colours go together. Her actual cake will have 4 layers, the middle layer will be replicated twice but the pink and greens will be swapped. My cousin designed this herself :) Let me know what you think!

Close up of the roses...

I brought the top layer back to Singapore with me and it survived the plane ride and temperature changes... When we got to Singapore, I left it uncovered for a few days and it all seemed fine. I was so happy that it survived the humid and hot Singapore weather!

But I celebrated too soon! When I got back from my holidays, I found there were little holes in the rolled icing and flowers! Like something had come along and nibbled it :( Think of a leaf eaten by a caterpillar and that is what the roses looked like. I know nothing ate it, so I'm still trying to work out where it all went wrong :( Maybe it's the way the humidity condensed in some areas? Maybe next time I will just have to leave it in a air con room 24/7. I was really pushing my luck by leaving it outside.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Seoul and Tokyo round up

It's amazing how fast 3 days in Seoul and 4 days in Tokyo passes by.

First stop Korea... My favourite part about Seoul would have to be the food...

Bibimbab - lunch on our first day. All the food seems to taste less oily than the ones in Sydney.

Cupcakes! All the sweets look so pretty in Korea. They taste as good as they look too.

Macarons were everywhere in Seoul and Tokyo.

My high school friends also brought us to a Korean BBQ place... YUM!

And I just love the Korean strawberries! It's like nothing I've ever tasted. Tastes just like strawberry lollies. If you ever get a chance to try some, it's highly recommended.

We were then off to Tokyo! Everything in Japan was so well presented. Especially their food...

We made it just in time for cherry blossom season... they were starting to fall off when we visited the park, but it was still beautiful.

One of my favourite days in Tokyo was spent at Disney Land...

There is just something so magical about Disney Land... the structures, rides and all the characters brought back lots of childhood memories!

Giant octopus balls being sold on the road side. It was soooo filling!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Satay and Dessert at 2am

During my 24hr + time in Singapore, I managed to indulge myself in most of the food I missed… first stop was Satay Club (as requested by the boyfriend, he liked it so much the last time we were here). We also caught up with family and had such a hard time getting used to the sticky, hot and humid weather :( But going through all that for the Satay was worth it!

The Satay man doing this thing...

The next day we were off to do some shopping, eat roti pratha and to try out a new dessert bar – 2am.

2am was highly recommended by my cousin who said they had really unique desserts and a really cool concept. They are like a bar (serving alcohol) but they focus on desserts. They open till 2am and people go to hang out and indulge. I wish they had something like that in Sydney which opens to late, it’d be so nice to go somewhere like that to catch up with friends than a bar or a Starbucks.

2am was tucked away inside Holland Village and surrounded by little shops and HDB flats. Such a strange place for a fancy dessert bar to be located, but it must work well for them.

I suppose being a dessert bar, they would tend to get really busy at night. We went in the late afternoon and had the luxury of having the whole place to ourselves and personal service! There were too many choices on the menu but finally we were able to settle and order…

My brother ordered the S’mores which had toasted marshmallow, rich chocolate cream, biscuit crumbs, caramel and macadamias.

I got the Twix which had a burnt caramel mousse on top of a bed of biscuits, salted caramel sauce and rich chocolate cream.

The boyfriend ordered the Toffee Pudding with custard, maple whisky jelly and pomegranate sorbet. This was my favourite out of all the desserts.

My mom ordered the hot chocolate with churros. Love the presentation plate!

Me and the boyfriend enjoying our dessert :)

When they served us the dessert they also explained to us what each one was. So much fun :D

Friday, April 3, 2009

Wee Love to Travel!

It's almost 2am in the morning and in 4 short hours I'll be on the way to Sydney international airport with the boyfriend for our holiday :D I can't wait.

First stop Singapore, then Seoul, Tokyo, KL and back to Sydney. So there won't be anything new in terms of my baking for the next 2 weeks, but I will be posting about all the yummy food I encounter :)

I have just finished packing... took me a good couple of hours! Apparently, nuts are really expensive in Singapore so my mom has requested for me to carry 6kgs of nuts home for her. Yes, 6kgs! It took up all the space in one of my bags.

Travel cookies... I'm excited and ready to go :)

Bag with all the destinations!

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