A Mont Blanc is a dessert of puréed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whipped cream. The name comes from Mont Blanc, as it resembles a snow-capped mountain
Managed to book the Mont Blanc class for 3 of us. It is the first time that I have Jacinth and Teri together, but I know they will hang out well together because both of them are superb nice people whom I have met in my life 😊 I have always thought that the mont blanc is made with swiss roll and top up with cream frosting, but I was wrong after attending the lesson. Surprised by the taste of the chestnut and felt it is rather unique tasting cake.
Targeting to go for baking class monthly is still achievable so far. Most importantly, I get to meet up with my girlfriends for the session. Checking out on one another and sharing our updates is something rather luxury for a mom since most of our time is focused on our family instead.
ABC cooking studio have been introducing their monthly premium trial class which is very interesting. I think this is also one of the smart marketing tool they use to entice the members to introduce more friends to their studio or to promote more awareness. For the month of September, the special trial lesson is Strawberry Chiffon Roll. This is very popular among my friends as many of them were asking me to referral them to the class. Referral by member for trial class is $28 instead of $35 (UP $48 for walk-in).
Chatted with Mei Fong & Qiu Ling and we managed to form into a table of 4 so that i can book a premium trial class with the instructor. One challenge i have been facing with my favorite instructor is that she is getting very busy with her schedule as many others will opt for her as well. But i must say, those sessions held by her is very enjoyable in my opinion. No pressure and she is very motivating.
I was really excited last weekend when I chanced upon the 50 cents feast advertisement on TV and immediately thought of grandparentsKwan since it brings back those old memories. Went to google about it and understand that it is the 4th year that Singapore Food Festival has held the events. It is set up with an 80s makeover with street hawkers and there will be long lost dialect recipes such as the Hokkien Rickshaw Noodle, UFO (Fried Oyster Cake), Hakka Abacus Seed, Red Glutinous Wine Chicken, Teochew Ah Balling, Ice Ball and more! Most importantly, the dishes will only cost about $0.50-$2.00 per dish depending on stalls.
The grandparents are really excited about the event as well as we decided to head there for early lunch to avoid possible queue and crowd. Event starts at 11am and we arrived since 10.30am and managed to secure a table for 6 of us.
Sounds good? Read on.
We noticed that the food sold was mediocre, nothing fantastic about the taste and the portion given per bowl is pathetic. Each stall was lined up with plenty of people queuing for food. As the venue was crowded with people, it was frustrating to queue for every single food and extremely humid since there is poor ventilation.
Poor grandparentsKwan ended up not wanting to queue for any hawker stall as they cannot stand for long so we have them seated at the table and wait for us to buy back the food. After going around buying from various stalls for almost 45 minutes and finally head back to rest and eat, it disappoints us because none of them is tasty. Felt total waste of time, money and calories as we munched down the food with grandparentsKwan nagging about not wanting to come for such event anymore.
To make things worse, none of us was full despite spending over $48 on the food! Will not recommend going for such an event in future. BOOHOO!
My 3rd Attempt for Pandan Chiffon cake. Apparently the first two times went bad where cake shrink and lost the fluffiness of the chiffon signature. Was kinda dishearten because of the repeat failure but somehow i decided to try 1 more time today. The Pandan Chiffon cake i tried this time round uses Cream of tartar to stable the egg whites which seems to work better as compared to the first couple of times. Cracked but at least, it is still rather fluffy!
Step by Step: 9 egg white recipe
Egg yolks 6
Castor sugar 100g
Corn Oil 115ml
Coconut milk 140ml
Cake flour 200g
Baking Powder 2 tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Pandan juice 2 Tbsp
Vanilla essence 2 tsp
Pandan essence (optional) 1 tsp
Egg whites 9
Castor sugar 100g
Cream of tartar 1 tsp
PapaTan bought this samsung gear fit 2 for me after he gonna irritated with me borrowing his Garmin watch for my routine run lol. Nah, he bought it cause i say it is chio looking since i saw it on my colleague and i thought it might be good for run! Woohoo! ❤️yay to more runs!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Dearest Husband! This year i decided to bake you a cake to celebrate your birthday since we are celebrating at home this time round :D Something small but time consuming as you know i am not well verse in baking yet. Hope you like the cake as much as i do! Thank you for your effort in creating an awesome roof and support for Morris and me. We love you <3
May this special day be filled with love and laughter. One year older and one year wiser.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MAMAS IN THE WORLD! YOU HAVE BEEN GREAT AND AWESOME! Please give yourself a PAT on the shoulder and appreciate yourself! Ever since i promoted to being mother, i understand the difficulty to be working and showering tender, loving and care to the child. Work is important but being there for the family is a priority for me instead.
This year, i gave myself a challenge which is to create a whole cake to celebrate for the event. It is meant as a surprise for grandmaKwan. Chanced upon my colleague's ondeh ondeh cake and decided oh yes, this is what my mama will like. Googled for recipe and decided to adapt bakewithpaw's recipe on the Pandan cotton cake with Gula Melaka Swiss Meringue Buttercream :)
PANDAN COTTON CAKE
Adapted from Butter, Flour & Me with some modifications from Bakewithpaws and followed the method of Jeannie Tay’s Pandan Sponge Cake.
Two 7″ Round Cakes Recipe
174g cake flour or all purposed flour
½ tsp double action baking powder
½ tsp salt
8 egg yolks
106g corn oil
66g fresh milk
66g pandan juice (screw-pine leaves juice), very thick and concentrated juice.
8 egg white
106g caster sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
I actually added grated coconut in gula melaka as fillings to create the ondeh ondeh feel. What i did is to melt the gula melaka and add in pandan leaf while i pan fry the grated coconut. Add in the melted gula melaka to the grated coconut and mix it up! Super yummy! And for the sides, i added salt and pan fry the grated coconut to create some sweet salty taste while eating :D
I took almost 2 hours to finish cleaning, chopping, dicing and mixing these tiny rolls of Ngoh Hiang.
Manage to do up about 20 rolls and we finished almost 10 rolls today! Gosh! I promise i will appreciate Ngoh Hiang more now after it! Sooooooo many ingredients needed to make this awesome roll!
Mix the above with salt, sesame oil & pepper. Lastly, Add 1 egg & mix properly.
Cut beancurd sheet into desired size. Wipe lightly with cloth to remove excess salt. Scoop the above mixture onto the smaller sheet and wrap.
Steam for 8 mins. Open and remove cover after an additional 4 mins.
Brush wu xiang with oil and AF using grill pan.180 degrees@ 8 mins first.
Flip wu xiang over and brush with a little oil and AF another 5 to 8 mins.
The family requested for 面粉粿 again and here we go! Made from scratch on the broth and dough! Yums!!! Best combine with the chilli gonna from whampoa!
Recipe Source - Home Cooking Magazine - July 1999
Ingredients for Noodle Dough [serves 5]
300 gm plain flour
1 tbsp tapioca flour [optional]
1 tsp salt
1 egg - lightly beaten
2 tbsp cooking oil
150 ml water [as required]
Ingredients for Mee Hoon Kueh Soup
50 gm anchovies - rinsed and drained
150-200 gm minced meat
3 dried mushrooms - soaked and cut strips
a bunch of sweet leaves [mani chye] or choy sum
1.5 litres water
1 cube ikan bilis stock granules
salt and pepper to taste
some chopped garlic
some chopped spring onions or coriander leaves
- Air fry the anchovies with sesame oil which makes them really crispy.
- I uses PPC to create the soup broth. "Soup mode" for 30 minutes KPT.
- Try to pinch the dough and stretch it to as thin layer as possible.
- Added 鲍贝 and Roasted Pork for more flavors.
MIL has been wanting to eat Kaya for the longest time but unfortunately the kaya is not quite healthy. Googled on some recipe and decided to make this pumpkin + sweet potato kaya (egg less) for her! Yums. I think i will make it more often. Hope she likes it
PapaTan surprises me with a bouquet of lilies + roses delivered to my office! Definitely my favorite combination! Thanks for the surprise! I always love Birthday season as i get to feast for the celebration <3
I do not need any fanciful celebration but just the comfort of food, the closeness of family and the time spent together. This year is slightly lousy as i needed to work because i am unable to apply for leave. PapaTan decided to come and pick me up from work and bring me to feast at Crab in the bag ! :)
Next year will definitely not wanting to work on my Birthday anymore! THANKS PAPAYTAN!
It seems to get more challenging to blog as Morris grow older. Totally have no time to sit down so to pen down the resolution for 2017 till now. With appreciation, 2016 passed back real quick and now, it is already the start of another year. I think it is always good to write down some thoughts and resolution for recap at the end of the year and i hope to keep this habit going for long.
Career path vs Family. I guess with Morris coming along, the intention and the career minded self changed to one who prefer to spend more time with family. Having more energy to priortise and focus on the loved ones are far more important than to advance in career. Unfortunately with the high living standard in Singapore, both parents are required to work so to own a relatively comfortable lifestyle. I hope that my priorties remains unchanged and family should always come first at all times.
Education vs Affordability for Morris. We have been speculating alot when it comes to putting Morris in school. The seperation anxiety from GrandmaKwan is severe and it is extremely difficult to find a school that meets her requirement. After some discussion, we decided to place Morris in a playgroup - Chelseakidz while still having grandmaKwan to babysit him. The playgroup is a 2 hours session from Mon-Fri which we believe it will let Morris to explore a little more. Most importantly, it is for him to grow some independency as well as to be less shy like how he is now. It cost us alot more than the usual playgroup but We just hope to bring him FUN which we are not providing at the moment.
Traveling. Both of us loves traveling and exploring new countries. This year wise, we hope to explore places we have yet been to instead of going to Taiwan / Hong Kong again. Hoping that we can clock in either Korea / Australia this time round. Adding on, my first Girlfriend trip to Tokyo together with Cynthia will happen in March!!! So excited that this is materializing! Something i have not done before but i know with Cynthia along, things will be awesome!
Home Sweet Home. Something that will change this year is that we will own our a place that is ours. The need involved in maintaining cleaniniess for the place as well as grocery shopping (oh! i love Groceries shopping) for our home. Most importantly, hosting for gatherings and have friends coming over for meals are what we hope to have in future!
Self-reflection. I guess i am lacking the drive in life and i do hope that in 2017, i can find something that i really like doing and have passion in as it does feel kind of sucky to be leading a mandane life. Or maybe this is the path for me. Will be looking at courses to attend for the year and i am considering to pick up property license. Let's see how it goes!
Savings. With increase in expenses as well as school fees for Morris, it may be difficult to maintain the current savings target. I need to review and adjust the target to ensure that a certain amount is set aside for monthly savings. I am hoping to save at least $1000 a month? lol! Afterall, renovation cost us a bomb and savings greatly depleted.
Okay, Hoping for the best in 2017!
Tan Family signing off.