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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hi to Ping Pong flower! #JustBecauseFlower


When you see me blog lesser,  meaning I have been overloaded with work lately...

I have been getting calls almost every day asking payment..shipment schedule...and the worst part is asking me when to return their containers.**I really don't know la...pfftt** I think economy has been bad lately...every one is very tension too..haha

Nevertheless...thank you for the beautiful flowers. #HappyBunch. It brightens my day.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Shanghai MoonCake - Yuen Fatt Biscuits, Kluang


My youngest sister in law went to Johor for a day trip and she came back with some delicious mooncakes for us. From what I heard, this is a well known pastry shop located in Kluang famous for its rugby shaped mooncake. Do expect a long queue during the mooncake festival season and some people came down all the way from Singapore just to get this delicacy.

I asked my kiddos what does this moon cake shape like? Nah....the rugby ball we have at home. The 'All Blacks' rubgy ball - a courtesy from Poh Poh during her trip to New Zealand.

As you can see this is not the classic mooncake, but the version of Shanghainese. Both the crust and filling is soft which melt in your mouth.

We had the pandan flavour . It turns out Big E loves the most out of the two. The fragrant from the pandan is so lovely started from the crust till the filling.I bet they make the pandan extract from the scratch which enhances the aromatic pandan taste.

Me and my girl were debating whether this is red bean or black sesame filling. I think it was the latter one.

The flavor is very mild so it's kind of hard to tell. But I am pretty sure is not red bean.Haha

Last one is the lotus paste filling. Big E was rather curious to spot three little holes on the mooncake crust. I wasn't sure if they did it for purpose or to check if the moon cake is done or to indicate this is the lotus paste mooncake.She kept insisting I must cut through the holes to see if there is any 'gems'..hahah

Slice it....no GEMS but Yummms!

Honestly, I am not a huge fan of moon cake but this is something that I did enjoy as the level of sweetness just fit my palate. You can certainly have more than one at a time especially it melts in the mouth so quickly.

Yuen Fatt Biscuit Sdn Bhd
No.39, Jalan Haji Manap Nordin, Kluang Baru, Kluang.
Contact No : 07-773 7107 / 012-715 8287

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Me, My Kids and Friso Gold

I’m very particular about the formula milk I give to my little one. There has been a spate of bad publicity with regards to powdered milk from China since the 2008 Chinese milk scandal with melamine contaminated milk so I make sure that I don’t buy anything from China, just to be safe. It’s not like the country has an excellent safety record.

My formula milk of choice is Friso Gold 4. This is 100% imported from Holland so I have peace of mind when I use it.Friso Gold also has all the nutritional benefits I look for plus I have peace of mind from being able to track my can of Friso Gold from the source to Malaysia (including when it was produced and shipped) just from the unique Batch Number.

I just need to get the batch number from the can…

…and put it into the Friso Gold website.

It tells me when the cow was milked…

…to the production date!

I even know when it was packed.

As well as when it was shipped.

and that’s how it came into my little girl’s glass.

Besides nutrition, taste is also an important factor. I can’t get the little one to drink something she doesn’t like.I once made too much and she drank the remainder from a cup and she said it was very delicious. She loves Friso Gold!

I have a tried and true ritual whenever I make milk for my little one. I have a hot water dispenser that can come out with water to the exact temperature I ask for but I still test it to be sure. Once the water is ready, I measure out the milk formula and shake it so it dissolves. I want a milk powder that dissolves easily without lumps (something which was a problem in the past before all these new and advanced formulas).

I can use a regular cup or a nifty container which I got just for the little one. I’m quite chuffed to see that they have a new design for the can. Friso Gold now has a Protection Lid (appropriately gold colored) that makes it easier, cleaner and more hygienic for me to prepare milk for my little one.

The spoon is now attached to the gold lid instead of lying on top (or sometimes deep inside) the powder. This is very important as I don’t need to go digging for the spoon when my hands are wet or dirty from boiling the water and testing the temperature to make sure it’s right. I love this new spoon holder feature. It’s so ingenious someone should have thought for it earlier.

Friso Gold is the only brand in the market that has the protection lid and it’s available in all 900 gram cans. The new protection lid also comes in a tight seal, protecting the powder inside. The spoon also acts as a measuring spoon – there’s even an accurate dosage panel (which I have dubbed The Scraper) which levels off the excess powder with ease.

The new packaging looks good and it’s very functional to boot – the protection lid makes milk preparation easy and hygienic. I particularly love the spoon holder and the tight seal it forms after opening. I don’t have to worry about contamination (have a fear of cockroaches) anymore.

I’m very happy with the new protection lid – it makes my little one’s favorite formula milk all the better. She already likes the taste of Friso Gold and I like the convenience and hygiene the new protection lid with attached spoon offers so it’s the best of both worlds and it works for the both of us.

Friso Gold makes it much easier for me as a mom to prepare milk as I can be assured that it’ll dissolve fast and properly without having to use scalding hot water and my little one is always happy to drink it.

Friso Gold makes her content and she always asks for it as a treat at night, when I get her and her sister to do homework together.

It has become a treat of sorts, the bigger sister even wants some as a nightcap before she sleeps coz she likes the taste so much! *faints*

Good thing the recommended selling price for Friso Gold 3 (900 grams) is RM 60.40 and Friso Gold 4 (900 grams) is RM 55.60 so it won’t break the bank coz our family sure drinks a lot of it. :)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ling Bakes : No-Knead Artisan Bread

I never bake bread from scratch and the last time I baked a bread is using a bread maker. The reason I don't bake bread is because the long waiting hour to complete the whole process, especially the proofing and kneading part. I read a few recipes about no-knead bread which seems to intrigue me.

Best part is to mix everything and leave it overnight for the whole proofing process to happen. If you have try this recipe before or going to try it, do let me know how much you like it. I personally ok with it due to the texture or perhaps I didn't quite nail it. It looks airy inside with crusted skin. Maybe a bit dense to my liking. Still is a healthy and economical type of homemade bread you will enjoy.

Recipe : No-Knead Artisan Bread           **credited to Simply So Good

Ingredients:
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water
Also added
raisins and pumpkin seed for my bread

Method
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, yeast, dried fruits and pumpkin seeds.
- Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours. Overnight works great.
- Heat oven to 450 degrees. When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes. (I don't have a cast iron pot. Refer picture below for my DIY cast iron pot)
- Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. (NO NEED TO KNEAD)
- Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating. Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.
- Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.
- Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.

The ingredients that are easily available in the kitchen.

Combine all ingredients and mix with water

Proofing process

Dusted dough ready to bake

This is my own version of DIY CAST IRON POT - Combination of cast iron rice cooker + baking tray (as lid)

First outcome...seems like too much dusted flour.

Second attempt...Looks like artisan bread right. SUCCESSFUL!

Capture the styling...hahah

Have a good cuppa with a slice of homemade bread. Yummmss....
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