Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friskie started having bald patches near her lower back on both sides, and that started us worrying until Eileen told us that when her cat had a similar problem, the vet asked if there was anyone expecting or a newborn is around. Reason is that cats get nervous about the new member of the family. Incidentally, as i'm about to blog about this, Friskie climbed into the paper bag which Eileen brought the new presents in, shown below.
For me, this wins the Cake Awards hands down. All the baking that Ade has done so far culminates in this slice of exquisite pastry. You wouldn't imagine green and red to go so well in taste, but the japanese red beans and green tea flavours were so well resolved together that you would have wished these two never separated. Its so good that though it is chilled to perfection, somehow i feel so warm inside eating it.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Ever had peanut butter and jam with toast? That is one of my favourite spread combinations for bread. This bake is a manifestation of that delightful marriage of taste in a muffin. If you focus on the center muffin in the above picture, you can see the raspberry jam oozing out of the peanut-buttery muffin crust. The taste is simply awesome.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Its week 34. Last Saturday, Bryan was 2.38kg. From what it seems during the last ultrasound, he is maturing i.e. heartbeat slowed down to a stable rate from the fast foetal heartbeat/ fat has started forming at the right areas. What this means is that he is getting close to being ready. Oooh. At this rate of growth, our gynae predicted that our baby will arrive earlier than the expected date of 25 Nov.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Heres the chocolate muffins baked at 10, finished by 10.30, whalloped by viva familia, many of their happy and satisfied faces are seen below. The first picture shows them in their freshly baked state, while the bottom ones are dressed up with cream-dip-your-fingers-into-the-stirring-bowl-and-suck cheese, mine with a special carrot topping.
These lovely friends came to check out preggy Ade, whom they haven't seen for a long time. It was nice catching up. Cheers guys.
Remember the orange chiffon? This is one up from that in several ways. It is fluffier and lighter, more holey and so delightful. When eaten, you experience the great taste but none of its load on the stomach.The amazing thing was that it was baked at 12midnight, and ready at 1am, where baking passion has no bounds.
Monday, October 6, 2008
For pregnant women who are near the 30 week mark, or those who experience a lack of oxygen when a place gets too crowded, and have difficulty breathing, heres a useful tip we just learnt from Maureen and her husband - When the MRT is crowded, the carriages in the middle of the entire train has the most ventilation (the train has 6 carriages, so its carriages 3 and 4). This morning when we verified, it worked, Ade has no problems breathing even thought the train was packed full.
IKEA flower lamp. The alternative to the main pendant lamp we have in the room as seen in the previous baby room post. Turns out giving the room a nicer ambience than we expected. Furthermore, the lamp costs less than the energy-saving bulb it holds.
I've always been asking for the chiffon cake ever since Ade started baking these days. Just like the japanese cotton cheesecake, the chiffon cake is a light cake, nice to hold in the hand and munch away. Its a different sort of cake from the kind you carefully carve with your fork and scoop bite sized portions like you are sculpting, like the black forest cake for example. This is the hold and stuff in your mouth and chomp casually kind of thing. Yumminy yumminy yumminy.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
This week, the cravings have changed from pastry to savoury. The whole of yesterday, our dear mummy-to-be kept chanting "Pork Chop Pork Chop Pork Chop Pork Chop" like it wards off the pain and breathlessness that shes feeling during this period.
The flavor of the pork chop brings Ade the memory of her late mum's cooking. The familiarity of that taste makes her feel all at home again. Mother's love. From mum to daughter, and now daughter to son. I'm sure Bryan will find the taste familiar when he tries it next time. Slurp.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Last Saturday, Adeline was ironing the clothes* that we are bringing with us to the hospital, so that Bryan can wear them on his way back from the hospital. Now check out the size of that body suit compared to her hand! So small its so cute!!!
*all clothes were washed by Pigeon laundry liquid detergent and softened with Kodomo Softener.