Friday, February 28, 2014

My Love

I haven't taken many photos with my actual camera in a long time. Probably because I don't feel that our lives are special or exciting enough to lug around a bulky DSLR

But this year, I am making it a point of trying to take more and share more

Cue our first photoshoot (complete with hair and wardrobe) in years, to get into the Chinese New Year mood...

And one can tell that I am Isabel is out of practice, because it took an eternity to get the shots that I wanted...

But I had lots of goofball prepared to be bombarded...

Wait...let me think of how to pose...

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Is this good?

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Is this better?
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Oh, snaps! This is hard!
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How about... 
Are we DONE, momma?!
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I did manage to get some precious gems...though they are not the type that will make it to the short list of the "acceptable Christmas card photos", they are probably my favorites

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I'll Have Some Toast With That, Thank You...

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Made kaya for the first time ever, despite having intentions for years. It was simpler than I thought, and I finally found a use for the gula melaka that has been sitting in my pantry forever...

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Recipe taken from here, although it came out a tad sweet for my taste. I shall probably reduce the amount of gula melake to 2 tbsp rather than 3.

- 4 egg yolks at room temp, well-beaten 
- 45g palm sugar/gula melaka, or 3 rounded tablespoons
- 45g white sugar, or 3 rounded tablespoons
- 200ml undiluted coconut milk, fresh or canned 
- 4 fresh pandan leaves (I used a few drops of pandan essence instead)

Beat 4 egg yolks thoroughly with a handwhisk 
Add the palm sugar, white sugar, coconut milk and pandan leaves in a pot over medium heat. 
Stir constantly with a spatula or wooden spoon until the mixture begins to simmer. Turn off the heat. Slowly pour 1/2 of the coconut milk into the egg yolks, stirring at the same time.
Pour the combined mixture back into the remaining coconut milk in the pot, turn on the heat back to medium-low / medium. Keep stirring for the next 10-15 minutes. 

The kaya will thicken gradually over the next 10-15 min. Remove the pandan leaves and transfer the thickened kaya into a clean sterilized glass jar, leave the jar lid open to cool down completely.
When it is completely cooled, close the jar and keep in the fridge.

 Meet my harshest critic...
She has developed quite a taste for kaya and butter toast from our recent trip back home to Malaysia
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It met her standards. 


Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Many Faces of Isabel

Apparently getting older leaves Isabel with mixed emotions...

Stage 1: Disbelief that she is getting that old

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2) Shock as she finally acknowledges the fact that she IS getting older
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3) Acceptance --- with a touch of humor..else she might end up crying?

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The cake was a surprise -- baked by a good friend (who is crazy and sets the bar so far up that I can't even see it)

 Grateful for all the family and friends who turned up (most who met Isabel for the FIRST time, which is crazy...and makes me kind of sad)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Elf-ette on the Shelf - Day 10

Charlie followed us East...but the humid tropical weather proved too much for her as she was found with her head stuck into a pot of water....presumably to cool her down

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Elf-ette on the Shelf: Day 8

Looking with interest at the crap that has exploded in my bedroom, in the name of packing.

Probably wondering if she'd be able to hitch a ride in the suitcase instead of finding her own way to our destination

Instagram: #adventuresofCharlietheElf

Friday, December 06, 2013

Elf-ette on the Shelf: Day 7


Or wondering "oh where, oh where has the kau fu gone?"

Instagram: #adventuresofCharlietheElf