Wednesday, December 19, 2007

paris vacation

We are in Paris right now, so no cooking or baking for a while..
some laundry for mummyji to do though, hmmm, here in the apartment which we've rented for our stay here..
no big deal there, cos no ironing to be done, hahaha

ok now, that's all there is gonna be for this week, a brief respite from all that walking, shopping, eating..

hey, Mummyji's on vacation now!

cheers, everybody! Check out our vacation photos

Friday, December 14, 2007

new bakes

Mummyji was pottering in the kitchen for a couple of days last week, simulating the life of a SHM (that's Stay Home Mum for you ). Forgot to get some shots of the plats du jour in all the excitement, only remembered the breks and dessert.

This is the batch of double choc muffins.

Cross-section of lemon-blueberry muffin, adapted from Dorie Greenspan's orangey blueberry muffin. The lemon zest and lemon juice didn't impart as strong a citrus scent as an orange would have, in mummyji's humble opinion. Well, guess the next time we'll just stick to orange as in the original recipe.

And here's a chocolate truffle pie, topped with fresh organic raspberries, baked specially for Mamaji's visit. Mummyji really liked the tart raspberry on the rich dark chocolate, but the little ones kept asking, Yi-ma, how come the berries are so hairy?

Aren't these cute? They just remind mummyji of a flock of plump geese sunbathing in a pond... hahaha
Actually they are Mummyji's virginal batch of meringues baking in a low oven.
They turned out pretty well, mummyji's really proud to say - they were crispy and light, not too sweet... simply fabulous!

And they're so simple to make too, just a couple of egg whites and half a cup of sugar whipped till they became a fluffy white cloud which could hold peaks, then baked slowly in a low oven of 100 - 120 deg C, with the oven door slightly ajar for an hour.
Mummyji's gotta do another batch for the beloved daddyji seems to like them with his morning macchiato cuppa.
Well, that's gotta wait for a couple of weeks, as we'll be off to Paris for our long-awaited vacation in less than 2 days!
Yay! Paris, here we come!
A very Merry Festive Season to one and all!
Au revoir!

P.S. Just in case u are wondering, the simulation of the life of SHM was pretty fun, except that it would have helped greatly if the FDW was still around! FYI, yea, we're in the midst of another maid change.... again....sigh... anyways, Mummyji'll rather not talk about this frustrating issue right now. Let's not dampen the countdown-to-vacation mood now! Watch out for our vacation pics....

parting shots of Hans... and welcome Svens

Yea, yea, Mummyji's a sentimental old ninny.. It's been 2 weeks since we've parted with Hans.. it's really time to let go.

Svens looking quite at home after being driven back from the showroom by a beaming Daddyji.
This new fella's literally oozing Nordic cool, he's effortlessly powerful and sitting behind the wheel in his cockpit (;->) never fails to set Mummyji's heart on fire..
May we have many exhilarating years of companionship, Svens! And wilkommen to the family!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

rambling thoughts

Mummyji was pondering on the drive to work with Hans.(There was quite a lot of time to ponder since it was pretty much a slow drive, given the daily turtle-race on the TPE)
Anyway, Mummyji reckons that this parting with Hans is rather akin to that of putting one's loyal ageing pet to sleep...
It really is quite painful...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ode to Hans

This weekend, Hans, our macho German machine, will retire after almost 5 years of faithful service. Other than the 2 occasions when Hans was whacked in his toned behind by careless delusionary drivers, there was only once when he had to be towed into ER (aka the VW workshop) for a system reboot. Sadly, Hans had not been quite his robust self since after his "hospital" stay in the first part of this year. Over the past couple of weeks, Hans has been beeping again about his engine oil pressure and causing us some alarm.
And hence, last weekend saw Daddy- and Mummyji car-shopping. Oh well, at least this time we test-drove 2 brands, and then settled for the Saab. Anyways,more about that later. This feed's for Hans.
After Marcel, our Renault Laguna, died on us in early 2003, Daddy- and Mummyji had, by divine intervention, driven into the first showroom in LengKee Road - VW. And so it was that we first drove the Passat and decided to get it. Some days later, Mummyji got to drive Hans home from the showroom because Daddyji was away for work and Mummyji fell right in love with this new German fella, full of feist and style.
Whenever Daddyji is away on business, Mummyji has exclusive use of Hans.
Mummyji never cease to look back to cast an admiring look at Hans after parking him. He is easily one of the best, if not THE best looking vehicle in any carpark.
Sleek and macho, Hans always seem to attract silly drivers of lesser makes who'll want to overtake us. Mummyji loves the roar that Hans' turbo engine kicks up when she steps on the gas pedal and the other cars are soon left far behind.
However, Mummyji has to assert to one and all who read this blog that she's a safe driver, definitely not one to challenge others or overtake dangerously (Mummyji just wants to get out of those lunatics' way!) And that the speeding ticket plus fine slapped on Mummyji wasn't due to that too. Mummyji had merely accelerated slightly on an empty stretch of road to ascertain that Hans was ok, that his engine wasn't getting sluggish. Doubt if the traffic cops will care much for Mummyji's reasoning for doing 80-90kph instead of the supposed limit of 60.
Incidentally, that will be Mummyji's 2nd speeding summon after 13 years of legal driving... ;p

Last November saw Mummyji driving the family back from KL, after Hari Raya visiting, cos Daddyji had to stay on for another day for business.
It was an exhilarating drive, and Mummyji doubts a Jap or Korean car would ever have provided the same thrill.
With many lovely memories of driving Hans, Mummyji's really sad to see her German companion go. He'll be reconditioned for export, as there isn't really a resale market for him here in Singapore. Goodness knows what he'll look like in his new lease of life, and how his new owner will treat him! Mummyji doesn't even want to imagine that....sob...

Auf Wiedersehen, dear Hans, you have served us well and you will be missed.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

reflections on a tuesday morn, before the madness begins
Click on the above link, read the story of the Two Wolves.
Stories like these feed the soul... at least it does Mummyji's.
It takes an immense deal of patience and discipline though, to ignore bad wolf and feed only good wolf... Bad wolf bugs, tugs and gnaws at one's heart and disrupts one's inner peace when there are inconsiderate and assinine people around. Ask Mummyji, she knows only too well. The world has too many of these - Evil people with no consideration or respect for others, who takes others for granted and destroys their peace, who oversteps boundaries because their eyes are only too full of their selfish selves....

But Mummyji shall persevere, good wolf will prevail within Mummyji, insya'allah.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Deepa-Raya in CHIJ

Mummyji offered to bake choc chip cookies for the babes' Deepa-Raya food sale in school on Monday.

Z hard at work, getting even mounds of dough onto baking sheet.
We baked a batch on Saturday morning, after which mummyji packed them in 3's into fold-top Glad polythene sandwich bags. Intended Selling Price= $1/pack.
There were 22 packs, not enough for both babes. (We might have had more packs if S didn't keep munching)

S, the cookie monster!
Anyways, Mummyji then baked another batch the next afternoon.
The 1st batch of cookies was chewy, and the 2nd really crunchy, even though Mummyji followed the exact recipe from Dorie Greenspan's Baking. Oven temperature was kept constant at 180 to 190 deg C, that's for sure, as Mummyji's now got an oven thermometer.
Perhaps it's the creaming of the butter? Mummyji's observed that the 1st batch's butter was creamed to a runny consistency while the 2nd's was thicker.... We'll just have to bake another batch to find out!

All packed and ready to go!

Z waiting at our stall for the girls to come down to the canteen for their recess...Check out her home-made sign!

She decided to lower our price of $1/pack of 3 large cookies to 80cents, cos one girl came along and exclaimed, "One dollar?? I have only $1.50..." and walked away despondently. After we'd slashed our price, and after several packs had been sold, the very same girl came back and happily bought 1 pack. She even asked Mummyji, "is the price lowered so more people can buy?" Hmmm....

And here's a pic of the refreshingly light and incredibly fragrant orange-cranberry muffins Mummyji baked for breks. Mummyji decided to bake these since we had some lovely oranges and it's been a while since we've had orange-cranberry cake. Daddyji's off to Paris for his business already, and so muffins would be the easiest breks since Mummyji's preparing it alone. (Usually mummyji'll do the espresso for us n milo-cinno for the babes, while daddyji did the toast and such.)

Finally, here's a beautiful sign from the Almighty...

Rainbow over Shaughnessy..

It's been quite a tiring week, with many things on Mummyji's mind... and so, this was like an affirmation that He makes all things beautiful, in His time... like a rainbow after the rain..
Incidentally, Mummyji proudly showed this scenic picture to the family & friends, and all would go, "Wow, rainbow..."
but not the nephew, Ivan...Mummyji showed him the pic, and he stared and squinted at it in mummyji's k800i for a hard and long minute, then proudly answered, "Your house!"
hahahaha, funny little boy..


Can't believe the old astigmatic eyes, but mummyji's found the missing spidey cake pic!
And long after it's been digested, haha..
well, at least there's evidence.. ;-p

Monday, October 29, 2007


Mummyji baked a modified brownie cheesecake yesterday, and piped over the top in melted dark chocolate, a huge spiderweb... was quite worried that the piped chocolate would just spread all over the cheesecake layer, but it didn't and the web was cool..
and when the cake itself was cooled, mummyji piped in a rather fat-looking spider in a corner (to mask some cracks in the cake's top)... mummyji'd baked it for the babes cos they're getting kinda excited about halloween this week..
BUT ALAS! the one and only picture mummyji had taken of the cake is nowhere to be found in the memory stick of her K800i!!
the cake's been cut up for dinner, after our sumptious dinner of rack of lamb with aglio olio angel hair, and lots of caramelised spanish onions and feta crumbs served atop a bed of butterhead leaves..
no picture of the Spideycake left..
guess there's only one thing left to do.. bake another one soon!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

a couple more pictures

Happy 11th Birthday, S!!

Eid Mubarak

Eid light-up in #344

Birthday breakfast cupcakes on 11 Oct 2007 @ Sahuur

the birthday girl

the other girl whose birthday we celebrate 3 days later

more cupcakes

Z's birthday cake, covered in chocolate ganache, encircled by sliced strawberries, decorated with white chocolate-covered raisins, and milk chocolate buttons

Happy 10th birthday, Z!

S's birthday cake, frosted with swirled white chocolate, with dark and milk maltesers... (no fruits please, as requested by the birthday girl)

Eid present from the best hubs in the world

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin

Monday, September 24, 2007

too sweet cake

This is the cake which mummyji baked on sunday. It looks vaguely like a wedding cake, no? Mummyji's been telling everyone she's practising for the babes' wedding.. much to their chagrin, squealing, "What?! Mummy, we're not getting married now, we're still kids!" Hahaha, ok, ok, Mummyji's simply practising to bake both of them their birthday cakes.
Mummyji bought this heart-shaped pan last month to bake special cakes for the special ones in her life, so the babes' birthday cakes had to be heart-shaped, no?
And since both of them are in their anti-pink, eew-so-girly phase, the frosting could never be pink, much as mummyji wanted it. It wouldn't really do to have a blue heart, so mummyji decided on a white background with blue trimmings.
The cake was baked using a sponge recipe, with cocoa paste added. The middle sank somewhat, and mummyji sliced the cake into 2 layers and sandwiched them with melted chocolate/butter/whipped cream. The rest of the whipped cream with icing sugar went to coating the exterior. Then Mummyji whipped up some buttercream icing tinted it blue, then piped it along the bottom edge and top outline as trimmings. The result? An almost-wedding cake! Quite messy cos it was actually melting..
and quite disappointing too, cos all that icing it was engulfed in made the cake really really hyperglycemic sweet.
Lesson learnt? Mummyji shall coat the birthday cake with chocolate ganache, and possibly decorate with white chocolate trimmings. No point making a fanciful-looking one with all those super-sweet icing which we all scraped off before eating the cake.
But, mummyji has to say, it is rather pretty to look at, isn't it?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ramadan, continued

Ramadan is the month in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear Signs for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present at his home during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. He wants you to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

-Qur'an, Al-Baqara, 2:185

Going without food or drink from dawn to dusk requires good discipline and a strong will. Mummyji's proud to say that the babes possess both. Sure, they complain a little, "why is it that the other religions do not fast like us, mummy?", and sometimes, after a long day in school, "Mummy, I'm hungry..."
But not once, not at all, have they whined to be allowed to break fast before it is due.

The thing about us fasting is that we get to look forward to and plan quite elaborately for the meal at Iftar. We, or at least mummyji and daddyji do, browse through cookbooks and websites in search of new recipes to dish up. We pamper ourselves after a day's fast, have a good meal at Iftar, simply because we have the means to do so. And it is in fasting that we are able to reflect upon the hunger we experience, and compare ourselves to the impoverished ones. We must not forget that for these people,hunger is a way of life, and not just for a month. They eat what they can get, with probably not that much of a choice, to fill their rumbling stomachs.
And so we must appreciate that we have been blessed with a good life and give thanks to Allah. For all the luxuries we enjoy, we are grateful and should never waste.

And perhaps mummyji shouldn't be so uptight about loading the babes with enough calories at Sahur to last a whole day. Perhaps mummyji should just let them eat what they think they can hold, instead of insisting they finish a whole muffin or a whole pack of noodles, only to have them leave behind half, or worse, throw up the entire meal.
After all, Mummyji's read recently that human beings are able to survive a whole month without food, but only a week without water. We do not need to wait that long to break our fast, so perhaps Mummyji should just relax and let the babes experience the hunger, and pray that they will, in their own time, reflect upon how blessed they are.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


The month of Ramadan is upon us. It is already day 6, and mummyji's really feeling the toll of awakening at 4.30am.
The trusty alarm clock is set at 4.45am, but now, we have the overzealous new maid, who has taken upon herself to overtake the timepiece to knock relentlessly on the boudouir's door till she sollicits a loud "OK! OK!" from mummyji/ borrow a phrase from the legendary ah beng, "Wah biang ay!!!" Another 15 minutes of snooze time would be cool, but no, the ever-ready FDW is out there, every morning at 4.30am, a-knocking, so since the MIL's already down there clanging away, preparing the FIL's meal, mummyji trudges down too, with eyes barely opened.....
The babes have yet to acclimatise their digestive systems to ingest food before dawn though. Think it might take them another week or so, from past experience.
Mummyji had a what she thought was brilliant brainwave yesterday - to bake a nutritional, jam-packed-with-goodness muffin that the babes can eat at Sahur.
So mummyji got busy in the kitchen after maghrib and baked a batch of chocolate-carrot wholemeal muffins...with the intention of filling the babes with all the goodness and nutrients of carrots and eggs, all that energy provided by chocolate, and the slower glycemic release of the wholemeal flour, so that the day's fast will be more bearable and they'll have more stamina.
With much cajoling, alas, the babes only managed to swallow half a muffin each. Well, Mummyji gave both of them a stern talking to on the drive to school... after all, what's the point of dragging your sleepy bottoms down to the dining area just to simply stare at the food in front of you?
Might as well make the most of it while you are already up, right?
sigh, anyways, Mummyji's not about to give up yet... these babes just need more coaxing and prodding.

Mummyji's always seem to be researching more recipes, food joints and food than ever during Ramadan. Anyways, while shopping for sugar-less mooncakes for the Gong-gongji a couple of weeks ago, Mummyji chanced upon a chinese stall which was halal-certified. The main outlet is in AMK Hub, and they produce freshly-baked chinese pastries. Mummyji was quite over the moon to see "Gai zhai bang" on the shelf. There was also a century-egg-bean-paste cake, portugese egg tart and pineapple tarts.. and last but not least, an incredibly drool-worthy black sesame cookie, sold in pretty bottles. The slightly-salted cookie literally melts in the mouth, and the lovely scent of black sesame simply invites one to pop another cookie again.... and again...and again.....hmm, simply heavenly!!(... the stomach rumbles and growls as mummyji hallucinates the fragrance of black sesame paste...)

It really is good to see chinese food joints catering to muslims. Malay- prepared "chinese" food is just not the same. And that is why too, Mummyji applauds the existence of Banquet foodcourts in Singapore. What a great difference is the Char Kway Teow fried by a certified halal chinese hawker stall, as compared with that cooked by a malay food stallholder. And where else can one find a decent bowl of halal fishball meepok? Nowhere but in Banquet....Hotel fare is just not the same.
Mummyji can never forget the time when she ordered a plate of wan ton mee from a malay stall, as shown on the signboard, only to be served a dismal plate of egg noodles with a stalk of vegetable and some shreds of chicken flesh. When questioned, the stallholder merely shrugged and said, the noodles are wonton noodles what, there is no wanton, that is just a picture!...??!! What's up with that??!!
Needless to say, we've never patronised the stall again. In fact, it's not even in business anymore the last time we passed by... Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Here are some ginger cookies that mummyji and the babes baked last sunday. Mummyji made some glace icing, separated into 4 bowls of blue, orange(or copper as stated on the bottle of colour paste), pink and white, for the babes to go wild and decorate the cookies as they pleased.
They're not too fastidiously designed, but the taste is good! The cookies had a good crunch, a mild ginger taste and the lemon in the icing ensured that it wasn't too overcloyingly sweet. They were well worth the effort, considering the temptations we had on so many occasions to lick our icing-smudged fingers!

On a more serious note, to mummyji, this is a month of self- reflection and self-restraint. As mummyji's already written last ramadan, the restraint of thoughts and words are indeed more difficult to practise than not drinking or eating. Every curse that is muttered whenever any assinine driver irritates mummyji is immediately followed by a feeling of guilt and silent apologies to the Almighty. It is tough, but mummyji's a stubborn one, so she's gonna strive on, by the grace of Allah.

Now mummyji's looking forward to decorating the stairs and patios with her stash of candles and holders (mummyji has a candle fetish). Mummyji thought we'd not use those ubiquitous tacky chasing lights that almost every other muslim household dangle on their windows/balconies/parapet.... We'd use candles, and daddyji thought it a good idea too, so we got this neat 5-candle holder stand made of iron from Lim's, which we intend to display at the front patio...think we should start lighting up in a few days! Yay!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

mini cakes



Mummyji went on a shopping spree at vivo with the babes on Friday. We'd bought each of us something fashionable from Zara, ("a girl has to have fashionable stuff to wear, u know"... so proclaims the first-born, S), a pair of Converse each for the babes, gone on a sugar high at Candy Empire,wolfed down yummy Phish Food and Chocolate chip cookie dough at B &J's... then we walked into Giant to see if we could find S a replacement water bottle.. needless to say, we didn't, the babes are such snobs, but Mummyji found two 12-mini cup muffin trays and a long row of pretty green daisy papercases. And so it was the very next day, Mummyji baked these mini cakes.
The recipe which Mummyji improvised from chocolate brownies yielded 48 mini cakes, plus 4 regular-sized muffins.
1 1/3 cup flour, organic unbleached
1 tsp baking soda
100g butter, unsalted
3/4 cup molasses sugar, organic
2 eggs
100g dark chocolate, 74% cocoa
a dollop of greek yogurt
a pinch of salt

Preheat oven at 175degC.

Melt the chopped choc and butter in the microwave at high for 1 min, mix in the sugar till well blended. Mix in the eggs, then sift in the flour n baking soda, with a pinch of salt. The dough looked kind of dry and mummyji dropped in a dollop of yogurt (about 2 tablespoonfuls) in between adding in the flour.

Meanwhile S had helped mummyji lined the 2 trays with the mini papercases.
A tsp of dough was carefully dropped into each case, and the trays were baked for around 10 minutes.
The first batch was allowed to cool for a tiny while before mummyji lifted the cups out with the aid of a tiny fork, and quickly lined the trays again for Batch 2.

After the 2 batches had cooled considerably, Mummyji melted some white chocolate (about a 100g or so) with 50g butter.
White chocolate needs more care to melt, and quite a bit of stirring to get an even blend. A dollop was delicately smeared on the top of each little cupcake and with the back of the teaspoon, gently pressed then pulled up in the centre, so as to get a tiny peak.
The babes helped to drop the coloured sprinkles on the white choc tops before the choc cooled and hardened.
and voila!
This is going into Mummyji's repetoire of Hari Raya goodies-to-bake! Mummyji's gonna be doing more "research" and experiments for Raya... stay tuned!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

teachers' day

"Mummy, can you teach me to bake muffins for my teachers?" asked the first-born, S.
And so it was, that we baked some chocolate muffins last Thursday, for the school's teachers' day celebration the next day.
The baked muffins were cooled overnight and in the early hours of the next morning, before Mummyji(the inhouse barrista) made the breakfast cafe espresso, the muffins were stuffed delicately into pretty little cellophane bags with strawberry motifs (acquired from Daiso, the incredible store stocked with a fascinating array of merchandise, all priced at SGD2!).
Z claimed 2 packs for her teachers, while S brought 3... word has it that one of the teachers squealed with delight upon receiving her goodie pack and devoured the muffin soon enough.

Mummyji thought it befitting to send an sms to her old teacher, Sr P, to wish her a Happy Teachers' Day as well. A couple of weeks ago, Mummyji had brought a couple of blueberry muffins to Sr P's residence, but alas, did not get to meet her as she was attending mass. But Sr P had called Mummyji later on to tell her how much she enjoyed the muffins... ;p
and so mummyji sent her an sms, thanking God for having been blessed with Sr P as a teacher.. to which Sr P replied, "Believe me, it was a pleasure teaching u.." and Mummyji is so touched....

We've got our new maid for a week already, and so far, so good...
there was a weekend when we were maidless, and everybody chipped in to keep the house as clean as we could.. here’s evidence of Z cleaning up after dinner!

Mummyji tried out a minimal fuss dessert over the maid-less weekend. It’s a chocolate pudding of sorts, made with lavender-infused milk, dark chocolate of 70% cocoa, a couple of spoonfuls of sugar and a sprinkle of Red Man’s halal gelatin powder.
This thick fragrant mix was poured into glasses in which a dollop of blueberry preserves had been added and chilled for some hours.
Just before serving, mummyji had broken up a tube of dark Toblerone and topped each glass with a piece. Yums!
Mummyji's thinking of adding in sweet pineapple chunkss, or mandarin orange pieces the next time...stay tuned!

Friday, August 10, 2007

happy birthday, SINGAPORE!

We celebrated the nation's 42nd birthday with a bbq, which lasted from lunch till dinner.... got ourselves a spanking new bbq, a belgian national made by Barbecook, and in daddyji's own words, " I love our new barbeque!".
Mummyji baked a batch of chocolate cupcakes, and frosted them with whipped cream sweetened with a couple of tablespoons of powdered sugar, and dolled them up with strawberry slices... loved the white and red combi, which was intentional, as that was the theme of the day.
The kids blew up some red and white balloons, almost everybody was garbed in red or white, or shades in between. The kids were given tattoos of the national flags, which Mummyji wore too, on the arm.

Even the tablecloth's red & white checks!
We saw the flypast in the distance, from the airbase nearby.... we heard the loud bangs, but unfortunately, couldn't get any view of the fireworks from our roof...
anyhoos, we had a lovely bbq, great food, great day, and all were happy and well-fed.
Daddyji's nephew was made to recite the national pledge before he could have a cupcake... we had a good giggle over his poorly-delivered mean! hahaha
Mummyji wants to wish Singapore Peace, Harmony and prosperity forever... and Mummyji's proud to be Singaporean!

Saturday, July 28, 2007


Mummyji's been hunting for passion fruits since the Danang trip. U see, at the resort, there was this lovely passionfruit jam served at breakfast, and on the dessert table, there was always a plate of passionfruit cakes, and needless to say, they were just plain gorgeous. Mummyji found some indonesian passionfruits at the tekka market last week, but they don't have the tartness and gorgeous orange pulp as the aussie ones.. Mummyji also chanced upon some passionfruit jam at an organic food store, but the jar was really near expiry so it was a no buy. And finally, yesterday, when mummyji n daddyji were at raffles place settling some banking stuff, we walked into a fruit store, Sun Moon (or something like that) and found these lovely purple fruits, 3 in a tray, for about 2 bucks. After seeing daddyji off at the airport (to a golfing trip in Jogja), Mummyji drove to toa payoh to pick the babes up. As there was another hour before 4pm, mummyji popped in the Fairprice to browse through the interesting shelves of Phoon Huat. And Mummyji found a bottle of 10 varieties of sprinkles, with butterflies, leaves, hearts... so pretty that Mummyji wanted to dash right home to bake some cupcakes to decorate..
Mummyji searched through the recipe books at home, and finally, decided to improvise and baked some passionfruit cupcakes.

Here's my recipe, to share..

1 1/3cup SRF
half tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup greek yogurt
60g unsalted butter
1 fresh vanilla pod
pulp of 1 passionfruit

Sift the flour n salt into a bowl, Mix in the sugar, and make a well in the centre. Lightly beat the egg, mix in the yogurt, vanilla and passionfruit pulp. Melt the butter and add to the well, pouring in the egg mixture as well. Stir everything with a wooden spoon till just mixed, be careful not to overstir.
Mummyji used the pretty pastel paper cases bought at Daiso, but they turned out pretty disappointing as they were soft and thin, which means they don't hold the shape very well. The cases were placed into 2 6-muffin tins, and a tablespoon of the batter was plonked into each case. The cakes were baked in a preheated oven at 175 deg C for about 12 minutes.
Voila, 12 cupcakes baked in less than 30 minutes!
Mummyji tried to do a whipped cream with icing sugar topping. It's either the sugar used(sugar powder) or the cream was whipped too much, cos everything turned into a liquid, and separated. Mummyji quickly dumped the mixture into the blender, and everything melded back again, but was still too liquidy.... so mummyji cut some butter, dumped that in, and blended the whole mix again, and got a thicker shake-like mix, and chucked that into the fridge for about half an hour. Mummyji had to send the babes for revision class at the aunt's, so the three of us quickly iced the cooled cupcakes, and decorated the tops with the pretty sprinkles, Mummyji's already mentioned that the cases were weak and the icing spread out a bit, but all in, we thought it was quite a good first attempt.
Mummyji's now thinking of turning the pumpkin the MIL brought home from malaysia into a pumpkin bread tomorrow.
Gonna do some recipe research now!