Buzz!ng with Le Couple Toy

This is a photo only post. Nothing much to write about. Played around with the effects on Picasa. Decided to make all the pictures have a 60’s feel. Retro. I like!! 🙂

We were in Hong Kong in August. Weather was perfect. Ate a lot. Had my fill of luncheon meat, egg and rice. Oh and egg tarts too!  yummmm….

Day out on the junk.

Clubbing at Lan Kwai Fong

The boys looking gaya. Again.

xoxo

ToyGirl

ToyBoy frequently travels outstation for work and he always buys some local delicacy back for me, such as tau sa peah from Butterworth (it tastes much much better than the popular Penang Island ones), or otak-otak from Muar, or freshly made fishball from Yong Peng. This trip, he came back with bananas so I made banana cake which is his absolute favourite cake.

I Googled for a recipe and found one by Amy Beh on kuali.com

This recipe allowed me to try whisking egg whites till stiff. Yah I know I know…you must be thinking what?? I like to bake but have never whisked egg whites??? :p

I chose to try this recipe out of the rest that Google generated mainly because the ingredients are what I have on hand. Some recipes call for dry milk powder and some called for condensed milk.

ToyBoy’s verdict: Yummy!

But honestly, the cake is just a little too crumbly. May be the egg whites not whisked till stiff enough. It actually became a bit runny after I’ve added it to the batter. Is it supposed to do that? Will definitely try this recipe again. Next time, I’ll use 1 1/2 cups of mashed bananas instead of 1 cup.

Supper time!!

xoxo

ToyGirl

 

 

 

This past week both ToyBoy and I have been having stomach flu / food poisoning. I vomited my guts out, whilst ToyBoy had a total bowel cleansing system. Not  Nice.  We spent the entire Tuesday sleeping. Along with the vomiting and diarrhea, we also had feverish chills that left us feeling really tired and sleepy. It took a lot of energy just to sit up and drink a bowl of soup. 😦

After we were done with the purging process, we both ended up with indigestion due to the excess amount of wind in our tummies. This makes eating very difficult. Foods that produces gas has to be avoided. Foods that is starchy is a huge No. Foods that ‘excites’ the stomach also cannot touch. In the end, it doesn’t leave us with much choices. Especially not for ToyBoy that had to travel outstation right after he was well enough.

Luckily for me, I was at home. So I made my usual remedy for stomach wind.

The ingredients consists of:

1. Old Ginger

2. Red Dates

3. Dried Longan

4. Goji berries

Slice the ginger. Soak red dates, dried longan and goji berries till slightly soft. Boil a pot of water. When the water is boiling, put all ingredients into the pot and let everything boil for a few minutes. After that, turn the heat down and let it simmer till the red dates are soft and the dried longan as ‘expanded’. I usually let it simmer for at least 20 minutes. Strain the mixture and drink. The ginger gives this drink a warming ‘heat’ that helps your tummy to expel wind. This drink is usually a confinement drink. I adapted the recipe and added goji berries. Oh, I also didn’t mention qty of eaach ingredient as I usually just put in a handful of each. If I want it more ‘heat’, I put more ginger, if I want it sweeter I’ll add more dried longan. Just play with it and go with your taste buds.

I usually drink this for a a day or two till my tummy doesn’t feel gassy and I stop burping after every meal. :p

Kanpei!!

xoxo

ToyGirl

I’m participating in Cikipedia’s Healthy Getaway Weekend!.

I really hope I win as I’ve never been to the island before and I’d love to go. Here’s my entry for the contest.

“Being the fickle person that I am, my fitness routine is never consistent. I exercise based on my mood, be it running, yoga, or swimming. But whatever the mood, I will always exercise. It feels great to sweat, knowing the kind of lifestyle I lead.  “

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ToyGirl

p.s. keeping fingers tightly crossed!

We did it! We sold everything at our first ever event for Barkeryoven. Very happy and proud and tired. Although most of the selling was done by my two elves. 🙂

This Pet Carnavale was organised by the graduating class of IACT college on behalf of SPCA to raise awareness for prevention against animal cruelty. The turnout was reasonable. Besides us, there were other pet shop sellers selling pet fashion, pet accessories, pet food and pet photography. Jaya One also very graciously donated the venue to the organisers and allowed pets to roam around. That made the event a lot more fun. This is a pet event after all.

As you can see, I brought Miki there to let him see the sights. The poor thing, not used to crowds and the noise level, was shivering non-stop. Really must bring Miki out to socialise more often. Its also interesting seeing so many dogs and their owners and how they interact.

Can’t wait till the next bazaar / dog event that we are participating in. Will update details soon!

xoxo

ToyGirl

Although I make lots of wheat free biscuits, cakes and muffins for Barkery Oven, I’ve not tried one for human palate. And I was craving for biscotti, so I searched through my usual wheat free baking sites. I found one where the recipe has all the ingredients I had on hand.

Baking with wheat free flour is quite tricky. The dough is REALLY sticky. Hence you see the peaks in my log in the picture above. A chat with my fave baker friend and chef tells me that I need to sprinkle more flour onto the dough. I guess will try that next time.

Another point to note also is that the biscotti after baking, is more crumbly and dry compared to biscotti made with plain flour. So I couldn’t slice them thin. But, I do like the chunkiness of the biscotti coz I think its nicer to dunk into coffee. So this is just my personal preference.

The recipe is adapted from Girl Cooks World . Actually, if you look at her blog post, you’ll notice her biscotti log is smooth before baking, whereas mine was sticky and a yucky mess. Will have to try this out till I figure out why.

* 1 cup superfine rice flour
* 2/3 cup chickpea flour
* 1/3 cup potato starch
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 2 eggs
* 1 Tablespoon Amaretto
* 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 Tablespoon butter, at room temperature
* 3/4 cup whole, toasted almonds, roughly chopped

I replaced sorghum flour with chickpea flour. Also, since I didn’t have almond extract, I used 2 tsp of vanilla essense instead. Hmmm…maybe chickpea flour has a different consistency compared to sorghum flour. I’m still not able to locate sorghum flour in KL.

But either way, these have been quite yummy for me. I love my biscotti with coffee in the mornings. 🙂

xoxo

ToyGirl

Its been a week since the accident happened.

I was very nervous about driving at first. Still cried the day after. Was super nervous everytime a motorcycle drives past me. My eyes will dart left and right to watch if there’s a motorcycle coming up from behind. Its very, very tiring.

Now, things are more or less back to normal. I am able to drive without fretting too much. Not so scared about being on my own or going out on my own.

My mind has also stopped looping the same scene over and over and over….in fact, I consider it an improvement when my imagination made me into the hero. I imagined that I leapt out of my car, stick / weapon in hand, did a flying kick into the robbers and land with my feet on their chest pressing them down (cue anime scenario, me in my sailormoon type of uniform and my hair blowing out behind me).  Lol…this day dreaming sure beats the sad and negative ones where the scene always end up with me injured badly. So I’m cherishing this positive image.

On another positive note, ToyBoy is feeling a bit paranoid about my car and my safety. So I’m getting a new car! *double yay* Now we just have to decide on the car. I’m extremely fussy about the car I drive. Still can’t decide which car I want. I’m actually looking forward to driving a new car that wouldn’t remind me of my experience. Everytime I drive, I look at the window screen and I will remember what happened.

Till then…

xoxo

ToyGirl