Monthly Archives: July 2010

Sponge Cupcakes with Sparkling Apple Juice

Sponge cake may not be for everyone.

The reason I make such statement is based on observations that I’ve gathered from my friends who are self-confessed cake connoiseurs. :P  They usually prefer their cakes to be dense, moist and rich – so rich that makes you float on cloud nine and wish that this moment will stay forever. I, on the other hand, prefer cakes to be light and airy and for health reasons, I’ll try my very best to keep the frosting  to a minimum (the key word here is “TRY” :P).  Unless there is a special occasion like birthday or potluck where I’ll go all out, on normal days, a simple sponge cake would be my preferred option to appease my sweet tooth.

   

Mocha Vanilla Twists

First off, how’s your weekend?

Mine was relaxing as usual, mostly catching up on blog reading, watching beauty channels on Youtube and TV shows. That said, I was planning to bake something over the weekend so that I’ve something to blog about on Monday (my blog is in serious need of breaking the curries-and-stir-fry pattern). Plus, the weather was fine – meaning  good lighting for photo-taking.

Unfortunately, the plan has gone down the drain as I end up watching the entire season of Modern Family. Oops. When it comes to TV shows, it’s like an once-you-pop-you- can’t- stop moment for me. :)

   

Grilled Chicken Nibbles with Homemade Tangy Barbecue Sauce

There’s nothing more fulfilling than cooking from scratch and it gives me the sense of achievement that makes the whole cooking experience more enjoyable. I’ve always wanted to home-make my most-frequently-used sauces – ketchup and barbecue sauce, for some time now. Although having said that, laziness has been the reason I’ve been procrastinating and resorting to the readily available store-bought alternatives.

Ok, I’ not insinuating that there’s anything wrong in doing so, but once in a blue moon, it’s nice to relive the tradition of sauce-making at home.

   

Beef with Lemongrass & Chiles Stir Fry

When I first dabbled in the world of cooking, I used to rely heavily on pre-made stir fry sauces from the supermarkets. It makes cooking less intimidating as all I had to do was to cut up some fresh meat and vegetables, tossed them in the pan  with the pre-made sauce. No sweat.  Although each time the cooking process was almost identical, the results,on the other hand, were hit and miss depending on the sauces I used.  Actually when I think about it, I had more misses and hits.  One of my bad experiences is the extreme thirstiness  I felt after trying out a X#@X sauce which was an indication of too much MSG.

Nowadays, I might give in to pre-made sauces on some rare ocassions given that old habits die hard,  I began to concoct my own stir fry sauces as often as possible.