Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My failed attempt to bake Matcha Green Tea Cupcake

This Matcha green tea cupcake is among the very first recipes that I've tried when I started baking 3 months ago.  I was a newbie, still is now. It was a failed attempt but a fun one nonetheless. My recipe is from BakingMad.

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

175g unsalted butter
175g self raising flour
175g caster sugar (feel free to halve this if you don't like overly sweet cupcake)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 vanilla extract
1 tbs matcha powder
3 eggs 

But as you can see here, I cut the ingredients to suit my needs. Which later I found out is a big mistake.

It is a must to sieve the dry ingredients especially the flour because it helps your cupcake to rise when baked.

Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. This took roughly around 5 minutes at medium speed.

This is my another mistake. Adding the egg and dry ingredients at the same time.

Although the recipe says adding the rest of the ingredients together into the butter and sugar batter, I suggest that adding the egg first and whisking it together until it is well incorporated. Only then you can add in the dry ingredients little by little while whisking at slow speed to avoid the flour creating mess. 

Once your batter is ready, scoop into the cupcake case and bake for 20 mins at 180 degree Celcius.

Ingredients for the icing:

300g icing sugar (I halved this)
175g butter
1 tbsp water
1tsp matcha powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat the butter until smooth and add the icing sugar little by little. Lastly, add in the rest of the ingredients. And there you have it.

Lucky I have the buttercream icing to cover my ugly cupcakes. I didn't beat the cupcake batter well and it ended up crack and rupture in the middle. So I covered it generously with buttercream. Taste wise it was okay but I could have done better.

I once read that baking is different from cooking. In baking, you have to follow the ingredients closely if compared to just wing it in cooking. Well I learnt my lesson through my failed cupcakes. Now that I have enough practice, my cupcake is close to perfect, if I may say so myself. Next I have to work on my buttercream and piping skill obviously.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kid grows so fast

I was looking through photos in my camera last night and found lots of Danish growing up photos. Looking back at those photos, he looked so young and still a tiny teeny toddler.
Fast forward a year later, he can speak better and can talk non stop. Looking through his photos just makes my heart melts.

I'm not really a kid person but seeing Danish for the first time is really a love at first sight for me. I immediately fall in love with this giant baby.

That silky smooth skin has been machine-gun kissed lots by me hahahhaa

Every time he came over to my house, my room is his playground and his favorite toy is my camera ='=
Since then I've deleted hundreds and hundreds of blurry shots and out of focus photos taken by him.

This is him trying to take the camera away from me

This was taken a year ago. He was so cute and still have his baby fats.

He literally climbed everything in my room.

This was taken early last year, the baby boy was eating on my bed ='=

Rummaging through my shelf and read my books.

Last month he was staying over at my house and doing what he like best in my room ie; rummaging my book shelf. We read the book together but this time he recognized some numbers and alphabets too.
He even can pointed to my air flow and said "circle"
His current favorite song is the shape song, so he's been busy pointing to different thing with different shapes.

That is when I realized that Danish is no longer a clueless toddler. He understands so much and can perfectly conversing with us. My Danish is growing up so fast.

It is impossible to take a good photo with him now

The only way to get still photo of him is when he's concentrating on his cartoon

Or when he is sulking 

This is taken today for his pre-kindergarten class next year hahahahah

I really love this kid <3 p="">
Can't imagine how will I be when I have kids on my own, I'll probably be an obsess mom. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Nutri Juice detox

This is a very long overdue post. I know, it's my laziness that got in the way of my writing. That's why I have zero entry in October. But I have my reason. I update my daily life snippet in my Dayre because it is so much more convenience. Anyway, back to the topic of my post today. I'm very into healthy lifestyle as of late. I figure if I'm too lazy to work out, the very least that I should do is watching my diet. That's how I got into juicing in the first place.

Every weekend I would buy fruits in bulk for juicing. I would wash and cut my fruits and juice it into bottles. Since I make my juice fresh, I can't make in bulk. Normally, I prepare 2-4 bottles for 2 days worth of juice. Then I have to repeat the same process after 2 days. Enjoyable? Yes, for the first few times. But after awhile, I got tired because I have to clean the kitchen and the juicer.

Lucky for me, my friend Sara started her healthy juice business called Nutri Juice. It is like the universe is listening to my plight. I was so happy when she started Nutri Juice because that means that I now can have my juice fresh and deliver to me with just a few text messages.

Got my fresh juices delivered to my house for my detox.

Nutri Juice offers an affordable daily cleanse program which is what I chose. I decided to try detox on weekend because it is easier for me. 

These are the juices that I chose. I can't decide which one is my favorite, it's a tie between Super Yellow and Summer Orange Glow.

Taking my first sip of The Healing Son which is their new juice menu. It's a mix of papaya and raw veggies. This one is super filling and I felt full for the whole day.

On to my second bottle of day

The third one

The forth one

The fifth one

No photo for Green Punch because I gulped it down too fast. I was hungry, guys. Anyway, I'm really happy with my detox day. It really does help my bowel movement because everything went down smoothly hahahhaa. 

I think for you to see the obvious result of detox, you have to do it for at least 3 consecutive days and strictly no solid food. So, if any of you interested to try cold pressed juice, feel free to contact Nutri Juice and share your experience with me.