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Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I really like tea, I just never thought about it very much.
Lately I have been reading the Laura Childs ‘Tea Shop Mystery’ series. It drove home to me how much I like reading about tea. I want to work in a tea shop also. But not one like Theodosia’s where there’s food as well. More like a real tea shop that only deals with tea.
Anyway, I applied to a shop (the only one I know of atm) and no reply yet. Wondering if I should contact the manager and ask if they got my C.V.
Ah well I will contact her soon.
No need to rush things.
I currently like Jasmine green looseleaf best, and then looseleaf black spiced aka Chai. We call it Chai in my country but the problem is that some other countries have a word for tea which is Cha or Chai. So they get confused. That’s why we should just call it ’spiced ‘.
The Jasmine one I drink is very refreshing and needs no sugar or anything except hot water. I like it because it is less bitter than some other green teas I have tried before.
Have a relaxing day…
Relax, yo!

Muffin recipe I invented

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

My muffins:

1 and ¾ cups of flour (high grade white)

About a teaspoon of baking powder and also the same of baking soda

Almost a cup of raw sugar (you could use brown sugar or demarera also)

A dash of cocoa and a dash of cinnamon

125 grams of butter (aprox)

Rub in butter well

Then add milk, a bit at a time.

Stir in.

Should be a fine mix with a wet consistency.

Put in muffin cups and bake each set for about 20-30 min on 180 degrees aprox.

Keep an eye on them.

When done, they taste like gingerbread kind of, which is odd considering they do not contain ginger.

No eggs needed!

If you do not add milk, they would probably be like a bready-biscuit like shortbread.

Because I used powdered milk I think that accounts for their fine texture, which is very light and fluffy. They are very delicious and I kept on eating them.

I think I made about 18-25. I can’t remember how many there were because we kept eating them as they came out of the oven.

If you only put in say, two tablespoons of milk, then they could become cookies.

But when I tried to make them into cookies, the mix was too wet and spread out on the tray. So this mix above is better as cake or muffin mix.

Btw, I often add tea to my recipes, I just open a tea bag and pour in the leaves. I like Earl Grey best but plain black tea would also do. The tea’s flavour comes through well in a recipe with little other flavouring. It also goes well with cinnamon added.

You know, you shouldn’t worry about making mistakes in baking. Try new flavours! Some of my favourite manga are cooking manga like Kitchen Princess. I enjoy the recipes as much as the story. Look up ‘Kitchen Princess’ sometime, it’s cute and also really fun to read.


Faith should not hurt others

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I guess what I want to say today is that people seem to be frightened of faith, either of faith in others or of trying to have faith themselves. But faith is supposed to change a person and improve their character. It is not to be feared.
When people with strong belief do wrong i.e; terrorists and dictators who oppress weaker people, we should not blame their religion. It is their strong drive to control, their belief in themselves above all else that is the problem, not their faith.
People like that often use their religion as an excuse to do wrong. That is evil. People do not like the word ‘evil’ or the word ’sin’. But those things are just words people have used in the past to sum up ‘bad things/deeds’. We do not have to be afraid of words, but rather try to understand the real meaning behind them and not just get annoyed because they are over-used. Words that are over-used become meaningless. I dislike the word ‘religion’ because of what it carries. I also dislike the word ‘crusade’ because of the horror of the Crusades. However if you ignore all of the history attached to these two words, then they become merely words again. They do not have to invoke horror or anger.
I want to become a genuinely better person. My faith is helping me to do that.
I think that most humans have the drive to improve somehow and in some way. That is why we try to work to get money and buy things, or we try to learn and study, or we get married. We want to become better or find meaning. Some people find meaning in their job or their role in their family. Some find meaning in food. Some in study or achievement. I want to find my meaning mostly in my faith because if I allow my faith to seep into all aspects of my life, then it will hold me together. If my faith changes me, then I will work better, treat people better, love my family without selfishness or favouring one person, and I will enjoy what I read, what I eat, what I watch on tv. I will get more out of my life that way. If I were going to try to tell someone about my faith, that is what I would like to say. I think that is important. A full life. Anyway, I was just thinking about this because it is the time of day when my mind starts to think about these types of things.
Well, I might go and have a cup of tea.
Speaking of tea, and unrelated to faith at present…
I have been reading the Indigo Teashop mystery series by Laura Childs. So interesting! I love tea. I actually like her recipes and descriptions of tea slightly more than the murder mysteries. But she blends both well enough to be palatable (haha puns). So far my favourite book is ‘The Jasmine Moon Murder’.
Well gtg. Have a great day, y’all!

Purin and Farmville!

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

This is my farm on Farmville when I planted cupcake seeds and they look so good!
Also on HKO I found Purin’s house and inside his cafe! So cute!
I never saw his parents before.


Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Pancakes… aka hotcakes.
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They have come up on blogs from totally different hosts twice this week. I really like making pikelet style pancakes. I call them hotcakes or pancakes, but really they are giant pikelets. I don’t know if anyone knows what pikelets are but they are a Kiwi/New Zealand thing. Ladies make them and scones and we eat them with butter, jam or honey and sometimes cream. You could eat them with anything you like really, even cheese? You can eat them plain if you make them sweet (which I do because jam is bad for my teeth). They are basically mini-pancakes but thicker batter, almost like waffle batter. They are just mini-hotcakes I guess.
I wondered what makes pikelets and pancakes different.
My friend seems to use a similar recipe to me but she makes it thinner, the batter, that is. But wouldn’t that make crepes? I’m not sure but I think she also puts golden syrup in the actual batter. She uses a lot of butter to fry them in. I use a non-stick frypan and no oil or butter. They are soft, firm yet puffy, mildly sweet and golden-brown! I like them non-oily. I think that’s why I don’t usually like pancakes when other people make them.
I will post my pancake recipe that I made up, and then you can make them too.

I use (roughly because I don’t measure properly all the time)
Aprox: 2 cups self raising flour (I hate trying to get plain flour to rise satisfactorily with baking powder)
One cup of white sugar
1 egg (I don’t like any eggy taste so minimise my use of eggs)
1 cup of milk, then add as I want to adjust the thickness of the batter
To mix things up a little, you can add ginger or cinnamon (or both) to your batter, 1 table spoon will add flavour.
You could even put in chocolate chips or fruit, like blueberries.

I myself prefer to keep them plain and you can add other stuff on top later.
It really is cheap and easy to make these. I guess they are my comfort food.
If you have a non-stick pan or wok, use it to spoon/pour a small amount of the batter onto it and watch it carefully. When bubbles show in the batter, you can turn it over. It should turn over easily. I use a flat plastic slotted spatula to turn it.
Don’t use metal things on a non-stick pan, it scratches it.
This all may seem very obvious to some people but other people often seem to do some of the stuff I have mentioned. People aren’t stupid, but I think that most people do not stop to consider these days, so they act rashly and then regret it later.
So there we go. I hope someone can have fun making these pikelet thingies. It really is cheap and nice to eat. They look tidy and brown too. If you watch them and are careful, they can look good and not burn.

Also (Subject change!BRINGGG!)I saw this entry on a nice American lady’s blog, about Mother’s Day. I like to blog trawl lately. This one has nice photos of cake and marzipan animals. In New Zealand our bakeries generally aren’t as good as the ones I see photos of. But they are cheap (usually) and you can find good quality food sometimes if you search around. Like the one near my house that has really nice Samosas. I love vegetarian Samosas…Ah…

Anyway here is the link to the Mother’s Day cake blog entry.

Chocolate Fish

Friday, May 21st, 2010

My friends went to a chocolate cafe last night (!) and they brought me back a present. It was this delicious chocolate praline fish.
Here is the picture I took just before I devoured it! Hehe.
Well that’s all for now.
In case you wondered, yes the chocolate melted in my mouth and the praline was crunchy and hazelnutty.