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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

Basic Pâte Sucrée (Sweet Pastry Crust) Recipe

For those of you who are visiting my humble blog for the first time, welcome! You probably have come here because I have shared with you my blog address during the Mayer at Expo fair, and you probably want to get your hands on my tart recipe, which I have shared with some of you but eventually got lazy to list down all the ingredients and steps repeatedly. And hey,

My 100 for 2013

I recently saw this quote, and it struck a chord in me: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone“.  I’ve realized lately that I’ve been sticking too much to my comfort zone for baking, and not venturing outside what I’m familiar with. In fact, joining events like Aspiring Bakers was meant to push me outside of my comfort zone, but I’ve used time constraints as an excuse not

Homemade Strawberry Apple Jam, and the differences between jams, jellies, compotes, confitures, etc.

My local supermarket had quite a few offers on strawberries in the past few months, where a punnet of 454g USA or Australian strawberries were being sold for slightly less than $5. I grabbed a few punnets, partly because I was kiasu, and partly because I knew I wanted to do a ton of things with them. So far, I’ve eaten them (duh), used them as decoration on my chocolate

Pâte Brisée for any Occasion (All-purpose Short Crust Pastry)

It’s Singapore’s 46th birthday today, and sadly, I’m stuck at home doing work for lessons tmr. I indulged in a spot of baking today, and no surprises, it was tarts again! Anyway, although I’ve received some mouthwatering entries for Aspiring Bakers #10: Easy as Pie (August 2011), entries have generally been trickling rather slowly. As the host, I guess I should provide the lead by showing you that pastry crust are

Basic Sponge Cake, rolled.

I’ve been rather uninspired to bake any type of cake lately, content to make muffins and cupcakes instead; but luckily for me, I took a look at Aspiring Bakers and was inspired again. This month’s theme is Swiss Rolling Good Times, and it’s the 9th edition, hosted by Lyn. I’m actually quite amazed at how our little group has grown and how active I’ve been in participating. To date, I have tried

Banana-shaped Chocolate Banana Cake

I’ve been on a baking dry spell recently. My mind has been filled with tons of ideas, but because of the failure of my matcha macarons and mango souffle earlier in the week, I’ve been a little sian or wary of trying new recipes. People always say that it’s okay to fail, but maybe because I’ve always been a results-oriented person, I get particularly dejected when something I imagine inside my

List of Baking Supplies Stores in Singapore

When I first started out with baking, I’ve to admit that besides Phoon Huat, I knew of very few baking places or baking shops. So I actually went on this spree where I compiled a long long list of baking supplies stores from the internet, and went to each and every one of these stores below, just to take a look and perhaps, buy things. I actually managed to take

List of Baking Supplies Stores in Singapore

When I first started out with baking, I’ve to admit that besides Phoon Huat, I knew of very few baking places or baking shops. So I actually went on this spree where I compiled a long long list of baking supplies stores from the internet, and went to each and every one of these stores below, just to take a look and perhaps, buy things. I actually managed to take