Thursday, 12 November 2015

These Are My Words

Red Velvet Cake is always a crowd pleaser. There was once much hypes surrounding the red velvet cakes. People love the moist and tangy buttermilk cake with a bit of cocoa and the cream cheese frosting, and they go gaga over the red colouring in the cake.

Red Velvet Cake has its humble beginnings and the cake dates back to the 19th century. It is red because a man from Texas wanted to sell more food dye and he figured red cakes could sell more!

Red velvet cake is a dessert that everyone oohs and aahs over whenever I bring it to church functions. These are no exception. I baked for the Filipino fellowship monthly birthdays, and I was glad they enjoyed the cakes very much.

There are many good red velvet cake recipes around. This is one which I like. After testing many red velvet cake recipes, I prefer one with a mixture of butter and oil. I find it more flavourful and denser than all vegetable oil recipes.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

makes 12-18 cupcakes

85g unsalted butter
170g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp vegetable oil
160ml butttermilk, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs food colouring
190g all purpose flour
2 tbs cocoa powder.sift
1/2 tsp baking soda


250g cream cheese, softened
55g unsalted butter
55g icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 180g
  • Cream butter,sugar and salt until well combined.
  • In another bowl, whisk in oil,egg,egg yolk,butttermilk and food colouring. Mix well.
  • Add flour, baking soda and cooca to the mixture and mix gently until well combined. Do not overmix.
  • Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake till just firm, 18-20 minutes.
  • Let cupcakes cook in pan for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Whisk cream cheese, butter and icing sugar till combined.
  • Add in vanilla extract and whisk on high speed till frosting is light and fluffy.

My bible study group has just completed the Bible timeline study and we are now on the book of Psalms. Why we choose to study Psalms?

We choose to study Psalms to help us gain a fuller appreciation for worship. The Psalter is the favourite book for all whatever our circumstances maybe. We find words which are so appropriate to our needs to glorify, seek and talk to God.

Martin Luther once said, " Psalms are a little Bible, and the summary of the Old Testament"
Our Lord Jesus himself also pointed out salvation in Him is written in Psalms.

These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Luke 24:44 

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

All Your Children

I finally bought a waffle maker! It is a single rotating waffle maker which doesn't take too much space on my small kitchen counter top. This is a made in China brand with a weird name(Rohe) but I'm very happy with it. It is not very expensive and comes with an indicator light which tells you when the waffle maker is ready to use and done. The non stick grids make it easy to remove freshly cooked waffles and clean too.

Prior to the delivery, I looked up some waffles recipes and came across this. The name caught my attention, and this is the only recipe that I have tried. There was no turning back to others. This recipe yields only 3 waffles which is just right for me. Crisp, light and fluffy which is the texture everyone likes.

You can have waffles in many ways and I like it sweet and simple. Pure maple syrup with fruits, or plain with butter and syrup. These waffles do not taste nice on its own. The batter is really basic and easy to mix. It uses buttermilk and I always use real buttermilk, never substitutes.
It is fun to make waffles at home and even my children are making them for breakfast and tea. I bet they will not be ordering waffles at cafes anymore! These are like cafe standard or even better!

serves 3


105g all purpose flour
30g cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup corn oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Mix and stir all the dry ingredients together.
  • Mix and lightly blend wet ingredients with a whisk
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry. Whisk until smooth and lump free.
  • Rest mixture for 30 minutes.
  • Pour waffle mixture into pre heated waffle maker.

Children need the peace that comes from knowing they have a loving Heavenly Father who sent His son, Jesus Christ, to bring light and hope into the world.

All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.
Isaiah 54:13

Saturday, 3 October 2015

For I Am Sure

Kaya Butter Toast is our local people ultimate comfort food. Kaya is a traditional jam made from coconut milk, eggs and sugar. Some like to eat Kaya butter Toast for breakfast, others prefer it for tea. This toast set is usually accompanied by two soft cooked eggs eaten with a dash of dark soy sauce and white pepper.  The eggs are a perfect complement to the sweet toast. The thick kopi (coffee) or teh(tea) completes the meal.

White bread is usually toast on a hot grill and spread with a generous dollop of salted butter and thick kaya.
You can eat this toast by dipping into the soft boiled eggs, and slurp the rest down.  This kaya toast set is easily available everywhere in local kopitiams(coffee shops),food courts and shopping malls. But if you have sudden cravings of sweet kaya like me, you can make it at home too! This recipe doesn't require you to slave over the stove and stir the kaya for hours. Try! and you be amazed by how easy and quick you can prepare it!


45g white sugar
45g palm sugar, chopped
4-6 pandan leaves, cut about 3 inches long
5 big yolks
200ml freshly squeezed coconut milk


  • Separate egg yolks from the whites
  • In a non stick pot or pan, heat coconut milk with pandan leaves. When coconut milk is simmering, add the two sugars.
  • Stir and cook for about 10 minutes until all sugars are dissolved. Remove the pandan leaves and set the coconut mixture aside.
  • Lightly whisk the yolk until smooth and well mixed. Add a little coconut milk and whisk until blended.
  • Using a double boiler, continue to stir yolk mixture and slowly add in coconut milk. 
  • Stir until desired thickness and colour.

Recipe adapted from themeatmen

Nothing can separate us from God's love! God's love is steadfast, sturdy and inseparable! Paul is utterly convinced of God's love for us that he says.....

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor ruler, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8;38-39

Monday, 21 September 2015

I Will Ascend Above

Move over, Egg Benedict! Make way for Cloud Egg or Soufflé Egg. I have never seen this or heard of cloud egg until my friend who was on holiday in Croatia sent me a photo of what she had for breakfast.

After watching a YouTube video on how to make cloud egg, I quickly made a portion for dinner. Yes, Dinner! I wanted something quick and light with minimal washing up. I'm not sure if my cloud egg tastes like hers but it sure looks the same. The meringue is slightly crisp and fluffy. The yolk is done just right. This dish is exactly like what it is called. Cloud Egg!

Cloud Egg with Ham and Chives
serves 1

1 large egg
1 piece of ham, chopped
Small handful of chives, chopped
Pepper and salt to taste
Chili powder and chopped parsley to garnish(Optional)

1 toast or burger bun

  • Preheat oven to 160C
  • Separate egg yolk and white.
  • Whisk egg white, add seasonings to taste. Whisk egg white till stiff peak.
  • Fold in ham and chives.
  • Place half a buttered bun or toast on a lined baking tray. Spoon meringue onto the toast. Make a small dent in the center for the yolk. Bake for 15 mins until slightly browned, remove from oven and gently pour yolk in the center.
  • Bake for another 5 minutes or until yolk is done to your liking.

Note: I used home made garlic buttered bun.

I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the most high. Isaiah 14:14

Monday, 7 September 2015

We Live By Faith, Not By Sight

These Almost Famous Amos Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies are almost there! That is quite close to Famous Amos, and because there's no shortening added, the textures will never be quite like Famous Amos. They're are very crunchy and very addictive.

The recipe is shared by a member of a cooking/baking group on Facebook. It receives many likes and comments and many have baked and shared photos too.

This recipe makes a huge batch of cookies and like most cookies, it can be prepared in advance and kept in freezer. The ingredients used are like most chocolate chip cookies except of one secret ingredient, Chocolate Emulco which must be added to taste like Famous Amos. Chocolate emulco is an ingredient to add flavouring and colour to your baking. It is thick and concentrated.

Almost Famous Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies


500g self raising flour (sift with bicarbonate soda)
320g unsalted butter (I use salted)
240g brown sugar
20g caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon chocolate emulco
2 eggs
200g chocolate chips
5g bicarbonate soda
Pinch of salt (omit)


  • Preheat oven at 160C. Put butter, brown sugar, caster sugar and salt in mixing bowl and cream till blended.
  • Add in eggs, one at a time and mix till well blended (eggs are incorporated into mixture) then mix in chocolate emulco.
  • Pour in self raising flour (sifted with baking soda) mix till incorporated. Lastly mix in chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 160C for 15 minutes.

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