Thursday, March 31, 2011

I read a story about a guy whose girlfriend got into an accident, she is practically disabled and cannot live on her own. The boyfriend stays with her and wrote this song.

Very inspirational and touching.
Updates tonight.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

So after a mis-calculation of missing the end date for skating we decided to go watch a movie, dinner and drinks. We watched limitless and after watching this movie, I felt impelled to do even better. Without the pill of course. Haha. The movie talks about a low life guy that turns into everything he wanted to be after he takes this pill, now of course I won't spoil the movie for you but you get the jits of it.

Here we go. =)

sick
Everything just looks better in red. =)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

What a tough but fun weekend. Friday was just long, Saturday was packed with outings and Sunday was just being Sunday.

Friday:
I brought the Quinoa cookies to work and they loved it. The quinoa was a little bit weird but the semi-sweet chocolate chips made up for it. It was nice and chewy with a generous amount of melted chocolate chips in it. Pure goodness. =)

The second half of Friday we made swiss rolls in class. The rolls itself was easy to make but the bad part about it was the cream. I don't like desserts that have too much cream! Blah. I brought home two different flavours, strawberry and aprocot.(sp?)



cookies and chocolate chip bread




haha jen and julie =)


this is what we call the ribbon stage


cake batter





dough for next week!






topped off with toasted almonds



dim sum in the morning



dim sum in the afternoon....same day -_-

i failed for the first time, explain later...
Oh my, these brownies didn't turn out the way I wanted them to. I think it was because I added too much butter and that resulted in a oily base. Next time, I will know not to add as much and have more patience when baking brownies. I can't beleive I failed but life time of learning. =)
happy bday my friend!


Friday, March 25, 2011

It's been a long short week but we made it! Does that even make sense? Haha who cares. Yesterday I summoned up the courage to bake some cookies since I suck at baking cookies, I'd figure I could use some practice. I made quinoa chewy chocolate chip cookies and they turned out great. Note to self, never use wax paper to bake cookies unless you want smoke to come out of your oven.

Off the top of my head I think the ingredients went something like this:

quinoa flour
all purpose flour
baking soda

white sugar
brown sugar
butter

2 large eggs
vanilla extract
salt

semi-sweet chocolate chips

I think afterwards you are suppose to roll the dough with a rolling pin so that you can use cookie cutters but I didn't and I just shaped the cookie dough with my hands. Anyways, it turned out awesome, my co-workers loved it. I should have brought more but oh well, next time.

having a stand mixer is just so awesome

stiring in the flour


cookie dough!

straight from quinoa!

which one is better? this one?

or this one? haha

Monday, March 21, 2011

This is a long post of pictures and days where I have not been able to post but here it is. So Friday we made black forest cake which was pretty interesting and tiring since we stayed until 1030pm cleaning up. The reason why it took so long was because our oven was not working properly! So we needed to wait till the cakes were baked then we needed to mask and decorate the cakes, which took forever! Cleaning up was worst but that's alright. I was late for my cousin's birthday party but I made it up by bringing a cake for him! He was so happy and my relatives loved it too! =)

Okay here is what you need to make this cake:
470 g sugar
160 g shortening
5 g salt
320 ml water
5 g vanilla
320 g Pastry flour
90 g Cocoa powder
40 g whole milk powder
10 g baking powder
5 g baking soda
5 whole eggs

then on the side you need
1000 g cherry pie filling
1 liter 35% cream
500 ml whip topping
300 g chocolate shavings

Starting off:
- add shortening, sugar, cream and set on speed of 3
- then add the dry ingredients on low speed
- add water
- add eggs
- set on baking cake pans and bake



shortening,sugar, cream

dry ingredients




making the chocolate pieces

some friends having fun

chocolate shavings



cake off

35% cream, whip topping


sugar water to soak the cake



three tiers!

so cocky haha

my black forest =)

=)

family

with grandma!





Dinner at my favourite shanghai place! There is this place at first Markham place with really nice shanghai dim sum stuff! I went there and the quality was still the same. Good food never gets old. I had to order the shanghai dumplings and the thick shanghai noodles. Yum

my fav shanghai place at FMP

This weekend I finally got a chance to use the new kitchen aid toy that we bought and I made a video on how to make meringue! I didn't upload it on youtube yet but I will and I will post the link here! =)

fruit meringue with my new baby