Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Father, Son & Daughter

A mum's job is never easy but yet it can be fun and happy at times. Being a mum to 2 kids at the age of 4 and 6, it's a hectic especially if you happen to have a active one. Well, I have 2. As they grow up they can ask you lots of funny and unanswerable question.
Yesterday, hubby were sitting down with them and he started to ask how the cat, dog and cow sounded. Then, later he asked them again how the lion, elephant and horse sound. They are very happy answering the question. So, the question goes on.................... hubby ask them if fish swim then how about birds? How about frog and kangaroo? Suddenly, my little girl ask him, "daddy, how fish eat? Daddy kena trap liau. So, he told her that the fish eat with the mouth. Trying to take her attention away but she insisted daddy showing her how the fish eat. No choice but to show her by moving his mouth, showing her how the fish eat. Another question, "daddy, how fish shower?" Oooo no, this is a question that none of us can answer. So, he explain to her that fish live in the water, no need to shower already. Then, our son said, "must shower one, if not smelly." So, anyone know the answer? How fish shower?

The 2 cheeky kids

I like this picture. Too bad daddy, the picture is up here liau. Daddy washing the son son hair and the brother washing the sister hair. They just came back from swimming. Luckily, daddy is not naked. If not ...............................

Still can smile even got punish? Yup, that is Delwin. He got punish from daddy coz running around my shop. Hand on the head with 1 leg up

Kids are joy to us but at times you can also get heart attack, ok?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cupcakes - Rich Chocolate Cake with Fruits

My daughter, Delwina birthday had just pass 2 weeks ago. I always feel happy being able to make the kids something that they like. Btw, my daughter is 4 years old liau. She had been telling me that she wanted chocolate cake with strawberry. Everytime when I try to brain-wash her with other cakes she will still tell me she wanted Chocolate Cake with Strawberry. Aiyoh!!!! Finally, I told her that I will put some grapes (one of her favourite fruits) and pineapple apart from strawberry. She agreed........................... kids are hard to deal with nowadays. Parents also learn well in the negotiation skills. hahahahaha

This is her cupcakes that she is will be sharing with all her school friends. The stick??? It's biscuit

I specially pack 8 boxes for her classmate. 1 cake with strawberry and the other one with cherry

Nice? Also pack 1 box for her class teacher

This is my little adorable girl, Delwina.

I hope she will not ask me to do this cake again. Other flavour it's ok. Always chocolate, mummy also go mad liau. I will be bored leh.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Recipe : Lemon Cake

About 2 weeks ago, my customers (a group of youngster) drop by to pick up some ingredients that that need to bake a Lemon Cake. They got this recipe from the Australian Women Weekly book.
The next day, they came to see me with the cake that they had baked. They want to know what had gone wrong. Honestly, the cake smell great. I take a look and I smile to them and tell them, 'your cake is not cook yet'. Without making them dissapointed I actually take a piece and eat. Yup! I eat a cake that is not cook yet. Well, being a cook we have try it so I will know what could be wrong. In fact, I ask my staff to try it. Not that I want to make them happy but at least my staff will get to know what happen. He learn at the same time. Now I can tell them what had gone wrong with their cake after I had tried making it. Nothing wrong with the formula or recipe from the book. If you are reading my blog, this is what gone wrong with your cake :-
1. Your cake is not cook like what I had told you earlier.
2. The temperature that you use could not be right.
3. You did not mix the batter well which mean you did not follow the instruction correctly too. You put in all the flour and milk at one time!
I had tried the cake. Came out fantastic and I love the cake, not only the result but also the taste. Anyway, I love lemon!!!
I had also given a minor change to the cake. Let me share with you the recipe from my customer. Oh ya, I ask them if they can give me the recipe so I can try to make sure the formula is ok.

Don't this cake look good? I can't wait till the cake is cold. After it come out from the oven about 20 minutes, I cut and get my staff to try. We love it except my hubby. He is not a lemon lover. Nevermind, I can share it with my staff . Less man more share!!!

Here is the recipe

125g butter, softened

2 tsp grated lemon rind

250g castor sugar (original was 275g)

3nos eggs

230g flour (original was 225g self raising flour)

1tsp baking powder

125ml milk

1/4cup lemon juice


1. Line a 9in round cake tin.

2. Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add egg 1 by 1 and mix it well. Add flour, baking powder, milk and lemon juice in 3 batches. Mix well. Add lemon rind.

3. Pour into the pan and bake for 50 -60 minutes or till cook at 170C. Let the cake cool down for about 5 minutes before turn it on the wire rack.

Note : This cake had got some soury taste due to the lemon juice. However, it had got it's unique taste. If you a person who love baking, give it a try and be adventures!!!

My advice when doing your cooking or baking. Never rush. Read the instruction clearly and do it with love. Don't do it for the sake of doing. Fail does not mean you are a bad or stupid cook/baker. Try it again and this time do it carefully. If can, try to ask for advice. I know that some people don't like to ask for advice. What's wrong asking? Sometimes, I even learn from young baker - I even learn things from my son who is only 6 years old.