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LCB #4: Week 2 – Fruit Tarts, Mendiants, Baklava, Florentines and other cookies

Week 2 of LCB (and Week 3) has quickly flown by. I was tired to my bones during week 2, because we were moving into our new apartment and in order to save moving cost, we did most of the packing and moving ourselves! It is not really ours per se, as we just signed a one-year lease, but it will be our first place together! Previously, I was staying

LCB #3: Week 1 of Le Cordon Bleu Sydney classes

The first week of LCB concluded last Saturday. I was beyond tired and my back has been aching ever since. Lesson 1 on Thursday was an introduction to knives, knife cuts, kitchen equipment and our tool kits. All that was pretty boring but informative all the same. I finally got my first look at a commercial kitchen, and have a better idea in the event that I want to open

Brownie Mosaic Japanese Cheesecake

A pat on the back for myself please – this is the very first time I am actually posting something that I have baked on the very same day!! All my previous posts usually feature cakes baked a day ago, a month ago, even two years ago. What spurred me into action? Well, if you haven’t yet heard, SCS Dairy is holding their “Star Baker Challenge” and needless to say, I

Wholemeal Chocolate Bread Loaf with Chocolate Chips

Yes I know, my last 3 posts have been text-heavy, and picture-less – which just speaks of how lazy I have been in uploading my photos from my camera or my phone. I seriously need to invest in a SD card which allows me to upload stuff wirelessly, so that I will not have any more reason for my sloth. One other reason is of course, the fact that I’ve

Madeleines Ispahan for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Both Chap Goh Meh (Chinese Valentine) and Hallmark Valentine! :] And to my dearest, you probably are on your way to Zanzibar now and with the spotty connection, you probably won’t see this at all. I’m not even sure if my blog is still part of your feed, considering how dormant it has become for the past few months. Anyway, I hope this will be the

3 years on… and some reflections

Time moves slowly but passes quickly. I had forgotten that this little space of mine has turned 3 on Christmas 2013! Dang. I must admit that unlike in the first year of blogging where I produced almost 1-2 posts weekly, I have slowed down considerably for 2013. I only posted a grand total of 24 times in 2013, which translates to two posts every month *embarrassed*. However, although I did

Baked Eggs in Avocado (Baked Avo-Egg) and a Truffle Salt Giveaway!

Almost two months ago when my tummy started acting up and bloating, I decided to embark (once again) on a modified Atkins diet to see if it would alleviate the problem. One of the mainstays in the Atkins diet, or any protein-centric diet, is the egg. As I’ve said before, I’m not a particular fan of eggs, so variety is key! I’ve had eggs in all forms, but my favourites have

Cream Scones, (and the difference between scones, biscuits and rock buns)

My blogging seems punctuated with these bursts of energy where, after reading posts of others such as a colleague who actively blogs, I feel like I should post. After all, I do not lack for photos and content in my posts, considering the amount of backlog I have. These scones have been a regular on my ‘Australian’ repertoire for some time. Yes, I do have an Australian repertoire and a

Carrot Cake Loaves

If you’re a follower of mine on Instagram, you would have probably know that I have been baking cake loaves for charity the past month, and will be for the month of October as well. I have been selling a total of 6 flavours (with options to customize) – namely, plain butter loaf, double chocolate loaf, lemon loaf, banana loaf, carrot loaf and an almond butter loaf. I had expected the

Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake (Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with White, Milk and Dark Chocolate Pudding and Dark Chocolate Buttercream)

My my, I have been living a jet-setting life this August. I jetted off (on a Scoot budget flight) to Seoul with my bff on 31 July, and spent a whopping 9 days in South Korea, before flying back. It was a very welcome break, and we stuffed ourselves silly with all types of Korean cuisine (we didn’t even repeat any dish twice, save for patbingsu, their equivalent of ice