Tuesday, July 29, 2014

taco tuesday

I got to know about this place called Grumpiez Green Pepper,which apparently sells authentic Mexican food.

Ever since then i couldn't get tacos out of my mind so I persuaded Sing Inn to go check it out with me today. 
Taco bout a craving that is asking to be satisfied.

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Contrary to their name, the whole place is done up in bright happy colors!

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Sing Inn and I with our mountain of food

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The tacos al pastor, which was filled with spicy pork with a side of spanish rice, beans and salsa. 
Call me sua ku, but this is also my first time having hard taco. I like it but don't think my arteries do. 

So anyways, the tacos were fresh and sooooo delicious! 
Porkdon me, what salsary is cheese. Hahahaha. 

Ok ok i pepper stop with my lame puns, sorry I was on a roll. 

:D :D :D 

OKAY I BEAN IT. 

>_<

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There was a period in time I just wanted to get out of penang. 
But lately I've been learning to appreciate what a beautiful city i live in :)

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I initially thought of meeting up with friends/do something fun over this 4 day long weekend but in the end all of it didn't materialize cause I had cakes to bake. 

Its okay la, that means more moolah for me muahaha /jiggles coin pouch

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A few days ago, I suddenly woke up with an ulcer on my throat. MY THROAT. 

How the heck i got it is still a mystery to me but its the worst kind of ulcer to get cause its such a pain to eat, drink, talk or even sneeze. 

So I was forced to eat soft food (like the koay teow thng above^^^) in small portions and swallow really slowly on one side. 
THE TORTURE. 

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And yesterday, i dropped by queensbay for a supposedly quick in and out grocery trip. Before going in I prep myself to NOT buy anything other than intended.

But there was sales everywhere and I'm weak la so I ended up bringing home an extra dress and moisturizer also. I mean, the print on the dress is so pretttyyyy how to resist you tell me. /clutches chest

I told myself its okay I'll take it as my reward for working so hard these past few days.
But urm, that's what I told myself when i bought three dresses last weekend too? -_-


Saturday, July 26, 2014

brown butter chocolate chunk and pecan cookies

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^^^^too long since my last giffff!


This time last year I had to bake 500 cookies for an order, which took me the whole night to complete (like really, I didn't sleep).

And I think that incident scarred me cause I stopped making cookies ever since then. :P


Until recently when I saw this recipe by Joy The Baker

According to her its the Best Browned Butter Chocolate Cookies. 
She say until like that don't try also cannot right.  And they look really delicious!

So I made a batch and goodness they are really outta this worldddd! 
The brown butter adds a depth of flavor to the cookies and the chopped pecans really complimented the brown butter. 

Browning the butter might be a little tricky, but keep a close eye and follow your nose (the butter will smell nutty when browned), and you should be safe! 

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The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
(makes about 3 dozen cookies)
recipe from The Joy the Baker Cookbook

1 cup (236g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup (200g) light brown sugar, packed [*i reduced to 180g]
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon molasses
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar [*i reduced to 80g]
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips [*i used dark chocolate chunks]
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
coarse sea salt, to sprinkle on top

1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Place half the butter in a medium skillet. Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling it in the pan occasionally. It’ll foam and froth as it cooks, and start to crackle and pop. Once the crackling stops, keep a close eye on the melted butter, continuing to swirl the pan often. The butter will start to smell nutty, and brown bits will form in the bottom. Once the bits are amber brown (about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or so after the sizzling stops), remove the butter from the burner and immediately pour it into a small bowl, bits and all. This will stop the butter from cooking and burning.  Allow it to cool for 20 minutes.

3. Beat the remaining 1/2 cup butter with the brown sugar for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth. 

4. Beat in the vanilla extract and molasses.

5. Pour the cooled brown butter into the bowl, along with the granulated sugar. Beat for 2 minutes, until smooth; the mixture will lighten in color and become fluffy.

6. Add the egg and egg yolk, and beat for one minute more.

7. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda, beating on low speed just until everything is incorporated.

8. Use a spatula to fold in the chocolate chips and pecans and finish incorporating all of the dry flour bits into the dough.

9. Scoop the dough onto a piece of parchment paper, waxed paper, or plastic wrap. Flatten it slightly into a thick disk, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. About 15 minutes before you’re ready to begin baking, place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat your oven to 350°F.

10.Scoop the dough in 2 tablespoon-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave about 2″ between the cookies; they’ll spread as they bake.

11.Sprinkle the cookies with sea salt, to taste — as much or as little as you like.

12. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, until they’re golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and allow them to rest on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before moving them.

13. Serve warm; or cool completely, and store airtight at room temperature for several days. For longer storage, wrap well and freeze.

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*Notes:

1. Please use the best butter you can get your hands on. 


2. As mentioned above, be very careful when browning the butter. Don't even think of leaving it for 10 seconds as it burns really easily. Trust me, I burned my first batch. 


3. If possible, leave your cookie dough to rest in the fridge overnight and only take them out just before you are about to bake them. I find chilled dough easier to handle and they won't spread so much when baked. 

4. When the cookies first come out from the oven, they will be very crispy. After they have cooled down, the cookies will be crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

sunday funday

After saying goodbye to my bbgirls, I went over to meet val + nat to spend the night at their place. 

I'm so happy nat has moved back and she's just only an hour's flight away from me now. :)

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First stop was to fill our bellies with FOOD. 

We went over to Ah Wah at Paramount,

where we shared hokkien mee, wat tan hor, fried oyster and lotsa high pitched excited talking. :D

I'm pretty sure the people sitting at the next table now know all the in depth details of of all that have happenened in the past five months of our lives.

Sunday morning saw us reaching church half an hour late cause we got very lost trying to find it.
Thanks ah waze, feel free to pat yourselves on the back for being consistently unreliable. 

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Lunch was at Nirvana, Bangsar. Maaaaan I've missed this so much! 

We arrived at the perfect time too and got seated immediately (thank God cause I was starving), whereas 2 minutes after that a really long queue started forming. 


I could see plenty of hungry eyes looking longingly at our pile of rice and curries and fried bitter gourd. :P 
I would have cried if I were in that queue seriously. 


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shoez twinziez for the day

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We walked off our heavy lunch by going shopping aka every girl's favourite cardio exercise. ;)

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The night before I was lamenting to Nat about how I feel like I've lost my direction in dressing up cause NOTHING in the shops/my wardrobe seem to interest me. 


So I was as happy as a clam that I managed to find and bring home with me a striped maxi dress, a colorful tropical print dress and a really cute skirt that i all love!


Which nat unshamelessly took credit saying because i was shopping with her. Dah dah cukuplah.


But actually its true la shopping with her is so much fun cause she makes me try on stuff which I *think* wouldn't suit me but turns out they do. :D



We popped into the Inside Scoop for dessert and to cool down from thr heat. We had valhorna chocolate and mango lassi ice cream served with the lightest and crispest waffles. SO GOOD.


Monday, July 21, 2014

afternoon tea at majestic hotel

I was down in KL last weekend for a mini holiday/farewell/birthday/much needed reunion.

And it all started really gloriously with me trying to twist open a bottle of mineral water and splashing a quarter of the water all over my top. Also over my air asia boarding pass and IC. 


-_-


While waiting to board the plane, I met two friends who were boarding the same plane as me.

Made me suddenly feel like I've got a lot of friends like that hahaha.

So after one hour of flying which included 20 minutes of head lolling around dozing,
plus another hour more of traveling into the city, I was finally reunited with Bel, Ananthhat and Xin Xin!

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We went for afternoon tea at Majestic Hotel to celebrate Bel's birthday. 

I loveeeee afternoon teas!

What can i say.....afternoon tea's my jam yo.

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Xin Xin who's leaving us soon to go work in korea /sobs into napkin

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Two of the most adorable humans I know!

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They served a balanced selection of savory and sweet bites for their afternoon tea set. Though to be honest I enjoyed their savory items more.

We had ours at the Tea Lounge, which had a lovely touch of old world glam yet still manages to leave you at ease. 


There's two more rooms where you can have your afternoon tea, the Drawing Room or the Orchid Conservatory (which I'm dyyyyyyying to come back again for!).

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While all the other people in the room were behaving really ladylike and acting like real tai tais, we were in our little corner #keepingitreal. XD

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Missing these babygurlz already. Many days I wished I live closer to them and get to see them more often. But its okay, we got a bunch of holiday plans brewing up our sleeves already which I'm really looking forward to! :)