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Hazelnut blueberry biscotti

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Lately, WordPress has been messing with my feelings. For entire days, I won’t be able to access the system to edit or create new posts. =( Not like I had the time too anyway.

What’s with the world lately? It’s just too depressing. =( The past week, I have been secretly panicking. See, there’s this frightful phenomenon known as the “MID-SEM CRISIS”. It’s a horrible thing that strikes in the middle of each semester, when deadlines pile up and things don’t appear to be going well. And it creeps up on you slowly, like an evil snake and when you’re looking the other way IT STRIKES! Another word for it is the “HELL WEEK”.

This round was quite bad. The blow to my ego was unfortunate. But anyways, there’s no looking back because it would be freaky if there was someone standing behind me right now. Wait what? Anyway, ANYWAY, things have taken a turn for the better and my prospects are looking up! I’ve actually gotten calls for internship interviews which is a great relief. (By the way, if your company is looking for an intern… and you love sweet stuff…you know who to email).

So here are some Sunflowers to take away the gloom from the day.

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March 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm

The Day After Oat Muffins

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After two major celebration worthy holidays crammed back to back… my jeans do not fit happily. =( Today’s post will be another one of those healthy and yet tasty muffins that won’t add on to your guilt trip. I really shouldn’t have eaten that last piece of cadbury gold chocolate. Sigh. Or that extra slice of peaches and cream pie with Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream. MOPE. No help to it. At least these muffins are actually healthy and yummy.

It’s another year yet again, 2010 was whirlwind of coming of age incidents and exciting discoveries. I wonder what 2011 holds for us all. Will we finally discover aliens on mars? =O I shall write out a New Year Resolution for the Year 2011.

New Year Resolution for Miss 2011,

1. This year, I will not allow any major terrorist tragedy to occur during my reign.

2. There will be no death or destruction, wildfires and strange climate storms will cease.

3. There will be peace worldwide if only just for a year.

4. Greedy bankers and businessmen will find themselves plagued by mysterious bouts of guilt and conscience.

5. COE prices in Singapore will not go beyond 2K but all families will only be allowed one car. Rich families will have to sell their extra 8 ferraris (not like it does them any good on Singapore roads anyway) and donate the proceeds to an uncorrupt charity.

6. Charities will install mysterious robots who will whack the hands of corrupt people who try and misappropriate funds.

7. All children will be happy instead of being locked at home and made to finish assessment books.

8. Nobody would wish to divorce but couples will live together happily and resolve their differences through communication and compromise.

9. There will be no more gang attacks in Singapore, gang members who find themselves itching to do mischief will instead pick up baking.

10. Life will be good.

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Written by Musingsat

January 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

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Brunch at Food for Thought (Review)

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Brunch always brings to mind a lazy sunny afternoon. A place untouched by time, with heavenly aromas of scrambled eggs and sausage wafting about like little fairies… No stress in mind and no deadlines to rush… Ahhh…

To celebrate mel’s birthday, we went to Food for Thought to try their brunch menu. There is something about the place that really delights me. Maybe it’s the roomy all white interior, or the delicious food… maybe it’s the smell of freshly cooked food wafting about the restaurant. Maybe it’s the fact that all the photos I took here turned out beautiful due to the superior lighting…. Or, maybe it’s how they’re always engaged in community projects like providing water for people in third world countries and education for the less fortunate.

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December 8, 2010 at 9:59 am

Brunching in Singapore- Cafe Hacienda (Review)

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There is something quite fairytale-like about brunch on a beautiful Sunday morning. A special day when the haze recedes leaving us with fresh clean air to breathe and visibility beyond our arms length. (alright it wasn’t quite that bad. But it was still bad). I should probably have been cheering my friends on at the Nike human race… or helping out with the work there but… oh well… break times are important.

The boyfriend checked online reviews and found this quaint little cafe, situated in the heart of Dempsey road. The online reviews were pretty darned good so he decided it was worth a trip down to try their food.

Their prices are pretty reasonable for brunch at dempsey, about 15 /pax. Maybe if we return, we’ll try the wagyu patty burger which my boyfriend was eyeing…(this is more expensive…maybe 40+/pax)

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October 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Multifunctional muffins!-Wholemeal Mocha Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!

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I am a child from the generation of multifunctions… where phones can’t just be phones anymore but have to be able to take photos, film videos, host games and access the internet… Where cameras can connect directly to the printer or to the internet or anywhere…. and where muffins can’t just be one single flavour anymore…

I love my generation! Whee~!

I think that if you’ve read other posts in my blog, you’d have realized that i’m quite health conscious. (I need to fit into my jeans! Help!) But i also have a crippling weakness for sweet stuff and yummy food… It’s the balance that makes things fun!

Presenting the perfect yummy breakfast! Tastes unhealthy, but is actually pretty low fat and good for you! Awesome stuff.

Wholemeal Mocha Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!

adapted from allrecipes.com (i made a few changes…)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup wholemeal flour
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup extra light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk with expresso dissolved into it (how much you put is really up to you! If you need a big kick at breakfast or a little kick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well!
  2. In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, milk and vanilla.
  3. Dry ingredients into wet until just moistened. Don’t overmix or your muffins will be dry.
  4. Fold in bananas and chocolate chips.
  5. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  7. Enjoy for breakfast!

(i gave in to the temptation and started eating even before i finished taking my photographs… oop)

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October 17, 2010 at 8:53 am

Minimizing wastage of sour cream!- Mozzarella bites

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After that chocolate cake, I was left with 1/4 cup of sour cream… how to use up such a itsy bitsy bit of sour cream??? Besides, I was feeling lazy…. so it had to be something easy!

Mozzarella Bites

adapted from  allrecipes.com

Ingredients (i divided the recipe by three because i only had that much sour cream)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (I omited this because i hate baking soda. =P)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water (used milk instead)
  • 2 tbsp of mozzarella cheese because my mother wanted me to clear it up… don’t ask.

Directions

  1. Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add sour cream and mix to a soft dough. Add additional water if necessary.
  2. With well floured hands shape dough into round biscuit shapes. Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 12 minutes.

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August 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

Acknowledging mortality- (Not) To die for Blueberry Muffins

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The last few months have been scary. Having almost lost two of the dearest people to me, mortality is looking oh so real. I still pray in the night, thanking God fervently for preserving their lives. Death is not something to take lightly…

So when I saw the title of this recipe, I was miffed. Blueberry muffins are definitely not something to die for… even in jest, we should not take the concept of mortality so lightly.

(NOT) To die for Blueberry Muffins

from allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Crumb topping (i normally halve this. It’s too much too much!!!)

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. (Be careful not to overmix!!!) Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

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July 22, 2010 at 5:18 am