Monthly Archives: March 2014

matcha roll cake

2Most people by now would know that I am a huge fan of matcha! Some people may dislike it for its bitter aftertaste but for me it’s the bitter, the better. I’ve been on a search for a soft and fluffy roll cake recipe. This one is definitely a keeper!

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something old something new (SOSN)

photo-1Want to shop for a good cause?

Something Old Something New (SOSN) will be having their annual flea market next weekend, 29 March 2014, from 9am – 5pm, at Simei Care Centre.

I’m excited to be a part of this initiative! 7 other bloggers (including Christabel, Elaine), and myself, will be part of the day’s highlight — A fashion show, where we will walk down the runway with the beneficiaries from Simei Care Centre, in our thrifted and handpicked outfits.

As you might have realised, this is my very first nonfood-related post, but it’s all for a good social cause!

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media invite: japanese sweets collection

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Last weekend, I was invited to a media event featuring popular sweets from one of my favourite places in the world, Japan! From March 14 – 23, Isetan @ Westgate will be having a Japanese Sweets Collection Fair, featuring the best of Japanese pastries. That’s right, you don’t have to travel all the way to Hokkaido, Kyoto or Tokyo for that particular famous confectionary you’ve been yearning to try!

I was really impressed by the range of sweets they had. I have been to Hokkaido fairs organized by Isetan but this particular fair was a sure winner for me.  (Although I may be biased partly because of Sadaharu AOKI’s macarons…) There were even live demonstrations and sampling opportunities — more details below.

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earl grey and milk chocolate macarons

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I’ve been baking a lot of macarons recently. Till date, it’s one of my favourite things to bake! The most recent flavour being Earl Grey & 40% Jivara Milk Chocolate. I made a batch for the bake-off two weeks ago (Thanks @catslavery for the invitation!), and I’m glad it was a big hit at the event!

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vskitchen granola bake sale

4 Wow, it’s been two weeks since my first granola bake sale. Slots filled up quickly and I received very good feedback from customers. Phew! I’m thankful that everything went smoothly. I had a mass meet-up in town and it was really nice meeting some people for the first time! Yes, finally beyond the digital space that is Instagram.

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NY cheesecake

4 copy Calling all cheesecake lovers out there!

Cheesecakes have always been tricky and challenging to make. In the past, my cheesecakes have always failed on me that I actually developed a fear of baking them. They would either crack or the water from the water bath would seep in and soften the crust, or they would not be at the ideal creamy consistency. Although I prefer tofu cheesecakes and Japanese soufflé cheesecakes to such traditional NY cheesecakes, I was still determined to master it because don’t we all crave something rich on occasion?

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