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Perfecting waffles

October 4th, 2015 No Comments »

I have 2-3 more waffle recipes that I want to experiment on. But then this one that I’ve discovered requires no egg white whisking and simply put, takes just minutes to whip up. So I keep using this over and over again. I finally figured out how to get it real crispy – just use cold batter. Simple as that. The result is waffles that are crispy around the edges and slightly chewy center.

Random note. Don’t you love that you no longer have to post in squares on IG?! Love love love.

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September 2nd, 2015 No Comments »

I love dried figs but love fresh figs much more. It’s terribly expensive and elusive as it is only available for a short span of time. Whenever it is in season, I’ll stock up but then again, they don’t last very long. The Turkish ones have been the best so far and when it’s ripen nicely, the flesh is a bright hue of red and it is soft and sweet. Figs are fruits that are not only tasty, but also highly nutritious.

It’s low in fat, rich in minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and also a good source of antioxidants and Vitamins A, E and K. It’s great for people with weak stomachs like myself as it naturally moves bowels and tones the intestines. Oh it also contains high amounts of fibre and helps lower blood pressure. See? How not to love it..

I usually eat fresh figs with feta, nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts or pine nuts, mix in some fresh greens and drizzle over yes honey and balsamic. I love using maple or fig balsamic. Figs go really well with cheeses so I bought a soft apricot cheese and it was so good! I think it will also pair well with mozzarella and haloumi. It also pairs well with anything citrusy, nuts and cured meats like prosciutto and ham. I prefer eating them fresh on its own or with salads but if that is too boring, try baking them or using them to make desserts such as fig tarts and pies.

Craving figs once again..

That chocolate cake

July 18th, 2015 No Comments »

While I’m trying to cut down on dessert eating.. it’s difficult. I still enjoy baking and miss it when I’m busy. The other day, I decided to revisit my attempt to bake an Awfully chocolate like cake and pleased to say, this came closer. I can’t wait to do this again with another kind of frosting to bring it a step closer to one of my favorite chocolate cakes in town.

On a related note, I miss baking chiffon cakes and want to bake Japanese breads AND well, my list is quite long. But as someone said, you need to focus on what goals you want to achieve in a year. You can’t do all of it. I think yoga has got me going. I’ve neglected so many other things but then again, that’s how life never gets boring right? You keep doing stuff, keep learning and keep improving. Meanwhile, cake, no wait, chocolate cake that is moist, soft, decadent is always, always a good idea.

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The need to

April 17th, 2015 No Comments »


Sometimes I wished I had more pockets of time to do the things I love. Like cooking and baking. Time is a luxury. Having enough time is or is it the result of poor choices that we make?

When I spend ? of my time at work, at a place which gives me financial independence and pays the bills, the rest or remainder of it is precious. Many times, I do envy my friends who have the luxury not to work where there is more flexibility to plan the things that their hearts’ desire . For me, where the precious pockets of time that is left after work is mostly left to do the laundry, grab a meal, a workout and sleep. Repeat.

I enjoy work. I do enjoy it. But what if, what if I didn’t need to? Where money wasn’t a concern and I could use the time to do what I love. Bake. Yoga. Run. Spend time with┬áloved ones. Travel. Sometimes, it is an irony. You work hard to bring in the dough and to fund things that make you happy. Such as, buying ingredients to bake and cook, buying an air ticket and paying for a holiday. Paying for yoga classes. Having time to do all of it without worrying about money. What if?

But for now. Taking a quick half an hour to bake matcha and chocolate granola, it’s simple but still baking and it fulfills a tiny part of what I desire. And lately, sleep seems to have taken priority above all.

There will never be a perfect scenario. The pastures are always greener on the other. And perhaps, all there needs to be done, is to find that balance. To figure out the priorities, what truly matters, what is important and what will result in happiness. And I wish, I didn’t need so much sleep -_- If I just needed 5 hours of sleep daily, that will give me so much more time to do more things. But I suspect, when that happens, it will still be .. not enough.


January 23rd, 2015 No Comments »

It’s way past my bedtime (breaking one of my goals..) but I feel like writing and it’s been a terribly long week. These pictures have made its rounds on my Instagram, but these days, I hardly use my camera since the iPhones function well for me and perhaps, I need to get a wifi card or upgrade my Sony to one that has that built in.

I’m trying to grapple with the fact that January is almost done and dusted, like seriously, where on earth has it gone to?!! It’s scary how fast time flies by and I seriously want it to please slow down. Perhaps when you are so insanely busy, time goes by more quickly, I can’t even recall how each day has gone by since the year started. Oh wait. I do. Tonsillitis then it was back into work and it’s been non-stop since. Like pulling late nights till almost midnight and lunch is a 10-15 minutes at the desk affair and I’m so brain dead but trying my best to keep up to my resolutions for this year and I am pleased to say that it’s been pretty much on track so far.

Much as I love work, it does get draining and I find myself looking forward to the weekend where I can veg and do nothing and in short, not use my brain. Unfortunately, the last few weekends have been work weekends so well, work isn’t as fun as everyone thinks -_- I seriously kowtow to full-time working moms. How challenging is it to rush into the office each day, stay focus at work so that they can leave on time or at a decent time to rush back home to spend time with the kid(s). Lunches and coffee breaks are a luxury and the majority of working moms that I know and work with – they hardly spend time on social media. For me, I’m literally brain fried, brain dead after a day’s work and to return home to be a parent and wife is so difficult. And for the men that share the same parenting responsibilities, it’s the same. So for that, big big respect.

So what have I been filling my spare time? The last two weeks is sleeping and doing household chores. I try to bake or cook on weekends mostly to destress and I’ve been doing yoga quite diligently, stretching and slotting in runs. Life gets busy as it always does and I really shouldn’t complain because if I look at the big picture, I’m lucky. Lucky to have work to pay my bills and mortgage and everything that I need to keep me comfortable. And lucky to be able to do the things that I want and spend time with people that I love. So next week will get better, it always gets better after a tough week (or two or three) and well, I do have a vacation to look forward to. Now is to plan for the next big one and hmm maybe one year end and then try to slot in Bali and Bangkok. Uh ambitious? Possible if I try and possible if I remain focus on what I want to achieve and push aside the distractions and keep moving forward.

TGIF! And for this week, seriously, THANK GAWD IT’S FRIDAY! :)

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A dessert for every season on Bloesem

September 26th, 2014 No Comments »

photography by Franz of lilreddotfolks

These two are just a few of my favorite food shots ┬ábecause it was so beautifully styled and it’s personal as the desserts were prepared and lovingly baked by yours truly.

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Quick easy meals

September 20th, 2014 No Comments »


When work weeks stretch longer than they should, it’s tiring to juggle everything. My social life dwindles and after doing the daily chores (laundry is a big Zzzz for me – wash, hang, fold, thank goodness I outsource the ironing!!), it gets tiring to cook. I land up eating a lot of salads or cook something that lasts for 1-3 days and quick to prepare and cook dishes become a favorite. It is often the preparation that is sometimes longer than the actual cooking. That and washing..

I recently purchased Gordon Ramsey’s “Fast Food” and have yet to try out the dishes, but baked fish in parchment paper seems to be a quick and easy fix. I need to research on more variations of it, but in the meanwhile, I love how fast it is to prepare and cook. It’s healthy too.

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