Honey Hiccups!

Posted by aBEE M. on 10/12/2011 09:24:00 PM in ,
Well, sorry for the slow update everyone...

I have decided to push through with my idea of selling my cakes... People have been approaching me for a while, asking if they can order my cakes, and I usually end up saying "I don't know..." Well, now I know what i can tell them...

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Another EGGcellent Idea!

Posted by aBEE M. on 8/25/2011 11:30:00 PM in , ,
Sorry for the long absence... I encountered a very common occupational hazard for people who love to cook. I got burnt by boiling oil. But, now that every thing is back to the way it was (plus the ugly scar)... I'm back to cooking.

It was my grandmother's 83rd birthday, and the family was so excited. We wanted to make it extra special so we devised a plan. My aunt would be handling the main dish, my mom would be for appetizer, and I can handle the dessert section. So, after hours and hours of deliberation, we finally decided on the menu except for my part, which they told me to make whatever.

Now, whatever is a good plan, the downside being that it's too vague. So, i took out my handy dandy notebook, checked through all the recipes i've jotted down through out the years, and determined which ones i've never made before... Which was a bad idea, since it consisted about 3/4 of the pages. So, just to make it more fun, I picked out 3 of my favorite desserts (which i've never made), wrote it down on a piece of paper, rolled it, and whichever one i picked is the one I'm making which ended up being: HONG KONG STYLE EGG TARTS.

Now basically, egg tarts are flans in a tart shell. So, it really wasn't such a big deal, the only problem i had was i didn't have a blow torch or a salamander to give it that brûlée finish. So, I decided to make the egg tarts anyways and worry about the blow torch after.

I surmised that I should probably make around 50-60 egg tarts since we would have guests around that number. So, the night before, I started making the dough for the tart shells and blind bake it so I wouldn't have too many things to do the next day.

raw tart shells

Which by the way was a very very bad idea. The dough actually expands a lot even with the baking beans, and doesn't leave a lot of room for the custard. So, you end up having a lot of left over custard. Thank God I only tried blind baking 6 tart shells.

So, even if it means more work, I decided to just do everything on B-day. Which, started off fine, until the guests started arriving. Because, there were already too many people in the kitchen helping out with the other dishes, the guests actually wanted to watch us cook.

right out of the oven
Dessert Table
I ended up staying in the kitchen from 8 in the morning, to around 4 in the afternoon. Making 4 dozen Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts, and another 2 1/2 dozen Banana Cupcakes (because my aunt wanted it soo bad, and I just couldn't say no)

a closer look


"The Mommy Diaries DAY 3"

Posted by aBEE M. on 6/20/2011 11:46:00 AM in , ,
DAY 3 - Fin!

Day 3 is finally here. Somehow, I wanted to do something productive. So, I asked the little poppet what she wanted to bake (cookies or cake), and she answered, I want the brown thing with the nuts... No idea what she meant, but after a thorough investigation of what she actually meant, we decided that it was "Brownies" she wanted to make. So, we then agreed that we'll make it after breakfast since her dad is picking her up after lunch. After another eventful breakfast of indecision, I finally made French Toast, it's easy, yummy and the fastest thing I could make, I also forgot to take a picture of it. But anyways, after breakfast, I cleared out the table and started gathering the ingredients. And like always, I couldn't find my usual chocolate bars that I use for making my brownies, so I cheated... Again. I found some Pillsbury brownie mix, where you just add an egg, water and some oil. I figured, it'll do! All she wanted to do was actually do the mixing and tell everyone she made it. And so, the baking begins...

she wanted a picture for her Facebook!
And so she mixes and mixes while I preheated the oven. And as I kept reminding her not to over mix the batter, she keeps telling me that there is no such thing as "over mixing" and she then kept mixing and mixing until I finally brought out the mini muffin tin so she can fill it up, which she then said that the mixing is quite enough.

"I wanna do it!"

Well, it ended happily enough. At least the brownies turned out quite yummy... When her dad arrived, she then pulled him through the kitchen and told him she baked some brownies to bring home to her cousins. And kept repeating the line "Ako'y ga luto ani pa!" (I baked this dad) with emphasis on the AKO (which means I) She just kept insisting it was she who made it and no one helped, which of course I supported 100%...

And so, the end has finally arrived and all I could say was, I don't think I'm ready for a kid just yet. The occasional baby-sitting I can put up with, but not just yet with forever. I wouldn't really know where to start. And so, The Mommy Diaries end, Finally!


"The Mommy Diaries DAY 2"

Posted by aBEE M. on 6/16/2011 03:26:00 PM in , , , , ,
DAY 2 - Another Day of Spongebob Squarepants

After a very tiring day, I ended up sleeping like a baby...But woke up like an adult. With my little girl's jumping on the bed and shaking me awake, asking for her breakfast. So, like yesterday, I opened up the TV, made her watch some cartoons while I prepared breakfast. I'm not sure what was wrong with me last week, but for some reason I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to cook for breakfast (As I rarely eat breakfast). So, on to the pantry and the fridge still looking for something to cook when the little moppet appeared out of no where demanding her breakfast. She said she was so hungry she could eat a cow. Well, too bad, we didn't have one or I would've pointed in the direction of said cow. I then told her that I didn't know what to cook for her, and she goes, "Whatever is available!" So, I opened up the freezer and there in front of me was the answer to my prayers... Eggo! Thank God for Instant Breakfast! So I cheated... sue me! Hahaha.. So, we had instant waffles and some egg (again, as requested by the little girl who cannot live without eggs).

"can't eat breakfast without eggs"

After Breakfast, we then had a morning of peace...for about 10 seconds, and then my niece requested to use my MacBook so she could play her games in Facebook, I then listened to some music from my iTunes which my niece kept changing because she doesn't like Beyonce's 1+1, which led to her horrible rendition to 1+1. When lunchtime came, we went out and bought some of the home-made goodies from the store in the corner, so that I didn't exactly worry about that. After lunch, we then went back up to my room (I wouldn't let her play anywhere else, or I'll end up cleaning again!) and went to upload some pictures of my Mom's birthday. She then begged to upload pictures in her Facebook account as well because she didn't have much. So, we ended up doing this:

The next few hours went by quite fast. We just spent most of the day taking pictures everywhere in the house. I did her nails, which she wanted done and painted red (cherry blossom), put some make-up on and did our hair. She then started putting on some of my clothes and tried on my shoes. It was fun! Definitely fun... So, when my mom got home from work, she brought some Fried Chicken (as requested again by the clever little girl) which we ate like people who have not seen food for months. Then, I made her wash up, brush her teeth and hair, and she finally went to bed after hours and hours of telling her to do so. She ended up sleeping at 11:30 anyways. At least this wasn't as tiring as yesterday. So, I ended picking up a book and started reading myself to sleep. Day 2 - Finished! 


"The Mommy Diaries DAY 1"

Posted by aBEE M. on 6/15/2011 02:56:00 PM in , , ,
Being a mom is not easy! Last week, I actually got to experience being a mom as I got stuck baby sitting for 3 days. My niece, Kira {7 years old} who happens to be my eldest cousin's only daughter was packed, sealed and delivered right at my doorstep. Now, don't get me wrong, I was very excited, I love my nieces very much (not to mention this very one) and I actually started planning some activities for duration of her stay, not to mention the menu. And so, the day came. We started off with some snacks, I made some Kimbop which mysteriously disappeared after a couple of minutes. And, after hours and hours of talking, it was finally time to say goodbye with an exception to Kai-kai (which is what she prefers to be called). It was around 6:00 P.M. When they left, and so I had to think about what I'd feed the moppet for dinner. While I was looking through my pantry and trying to figure out what exactly I was trying to make, A blessing came with the sound of the phone ringing, my mother was coming home from work and will be bringing home some delish fried chicken! Thank God! And, after dinner, I made her wash up, brush her teeth and hair and finally got her to sleep. 

DAY 1 - A Change of Schedule

My day usually ends when the sun rises (around 5 AM), which means, I usually sleep late (or sleep the morning that is, it depends how you see it). I wanted to sleep early but my insomnia usually kicks in and I just end up watching the ceiling from the time I lie down till the sun rises and then I end up asleep. And would wake up at around noon. This time, I would say, that I ended up with no sleep for a whole week. My dearest little niece wakes up at 8:30 in the morning, while my mom leaves for work at 8:00. Which means, I'm assigned for breakfast and lunch duties. (I cheated during lunch time and bought it in the store in the corner).

After reading my book (which is what I usually do before going to bed) which was around 5:30 AM, I finally end up closing my eyes, with the Sand Man practically dumping a sack of sand on me. I was just about to start dreaming of my latest EYE CANDY when I got startled by a heavy pillow that was dumped on me. I peaked a bit, and saw the toothless pillow smiling at me (5 more minutes please!). And then the pillow's stomach started grumbling and I knew I had to wake up. I opened up the TV, made her watch... SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! while I made breakfast.

Kai-kai watching Spongebob Squarepants!
And so, my kitchen battle begins. I had to figure out exactly what I need to cook... and fast. My little girl is hungry and I have to pick out something that she'd actually like eating and something I can cook really fast. I then had to remember what my dad used to cook for me and my sister when my mom was not around... And ended up making, mini buttermilk pancakes, bacon and eggs (Sunny Side UP as requested by the clever little girl).
Mini buttermilk pancakes

Kira enjoying her breakfast!

After breakfast, we ended up watching more Spongebob Squarepants, some of Barbie Mermaidia and Fairytopia, Rapunzel, Cinderella and more Spongebob Squarepants... When lunch came, like I said before, I cheated and bought some yummy home-cooked meals from the corner store. A "Manang" (translated to ajhumma in Korean / a middle-aged lady) cooks home-cooked viands and sells them cheap for people who don't want to cook or can't cook (Great huh?). And then, after lunch, we played some kind of game involving a very reluctant Patrick Star being tossed over the banister. And, when that bored the wits out of her, she ended up watching more and more of Spongebob Squarepants (DVD player overheating) until I could start saying the lines if you put the whole cartoons to mute.

Dinner came and my dear mama, brought home pizza! :) Thank God for experienced mothers. Then, after dinner, Kai-kai washed up, brushed her teeth and hair and went to bed. Day 1-finally over... for her that is...

I ended up cleaning her mess in the upstairs family room, the kitchen, my room and the computer room. Did laundry, with the ice cream stains on her white shirt and shorts. I ended DAY 1 exhausted. When I was done cleaning, I took a long long bath, brushed my teeth and hair. When I lied down after picking a book to read that night, I started reading 10 pages, and I fell asleep at 10 PM! Insomnia? What Insomnia? I couldn't open my eyes long enough to turn off my lamp. And so, DAY 1 is finally done and over... DAY 2 is yet another adventure...



Posted by aBEE M. on 4/14/2011 07:44:00 PM in
Well, well, well... if it isn't another sabbatical for me. Actually it isn't. I'm sorry to those who have been waiting for new stuff to go through. But I believe I will need to be out for a couple of weeks more. You see, we (my family and I) are currently packing up all the stuff in our 56-year old house. We will be moving to a new house about a year to two from now. So, what's the hurry? well, were moving to a transition house by the end of April or the start of May. Anyways, I've put a stop sign for cooking at the moment and will get back to it once we've settled in... so for now, i would have to be happy with a sandwich or a trip to the mall to get my lunch and dinner! But, everyone else! keep cooking...


Ode to The Baker King

Posted by aBEE M. on 3/25/2011 06:06:00 PM in ,
After watching the series "Baker King" I decided I'll try my hands on some home-made bread. Baking is one of my many passion but this is the first time I've ever tried making BREAD! The closest I ever got to making bread was the time I made home-made pizza and some flat breads [Roti/Chapati] but I don't think that counts. So, I pulled out my favorite cookbook: "Simply Italian" [Sophie Bambridge] and navigated to the pane e pizza (bread and pizza), which is the same book I used when I made my home-made pizza. Technically speaking, to date, I have already made 2 batches of bread using the same recipe. The first batch I made wasn't exactly a success.
Italian Bread [first try], looks a bit rustic, with the floured top
Batch 1: Success?
For the first batch, I tried to follow the shapes that were shown in the book for classic Italian bread rolls (ciambellini, cylindrical, oval and round) but this is how it turned out. I had no idea what I was doing and just figured that maybe I should just make my own shapes and it turned out quite well. Also, If you look on the right column you'll see that one of the bread has a gaping top, I originally wanted to form that as an oval roll but couldn't figure out how to do it, no matter how I tried shaping it into a lemon, it wouldn't stay that way, so, I tried to shape it into a lemon and then didn't know what to do with the gaping slit in the middle, so i stuffed it with some cream cheese and Christmas ham and then decided to do it for some of the left-over dough, most of the rolls you see on top have cream cheese and ham stuffed inside. Overall, it turned out quite tasty. The book suggested that if you want to have a good crust to form on the bread, you have to create steam while the bread is baking, so during the baking part, I sprayed water in the oven every 15-20 mins. even though the book only suggested to spray a little water into the oven at the beginning. Anyways, The crust turned out well enough. The bread had a crusty outer layer and the inside was soft and creamy. The only problem was that after the bread cools down, it starts turning a bit tough. It somehow ended tasting like a baguette, good enough for me.

Anyways, a couple of weeks after making my first batch, i decided to do the second batch, and try making it softer (i guess). My aunt the baker suggested that the problem may have been on the yeast or during the kneading part. She said that if you keep adding flour while kneading, it'll turn tough after baking. So, for the second batch, i decided to increase the amount of yeast for the starter. Instead of using 1 Teaspoon of dried yeast, I increased it to 2 Teaspoons. Also, during the kneading part, I added as little flour as I could. I could already tell the difference while i was kneading the dough. This batch was lighter and fluffier that the first one and i could already tell how it would turn out.

second batch
For the second batch, instead of going for the rustic look, I wanted this to look prettier. Instead of dusting it with flour, i decided on an eggwash to give it that golden look. The shapes are so much cuter as well and the round rolls were easier to make because of the softer dough. During the baking process, I followed the same process with providing spritz of water but did it every 10-15 minutes, I also placed a bowl of water in the oven for the duration of the baking process.

cylinder rolls

just making fun shapes. I tried making a braid and made it into a donut braid instead.
For this batch, there are no filling. It's just plain ol' Italian bread rolls. But, I still ate it with cream cheese. This batch was definitely softer and stayed soft longer than the first batch. I must warn you, that for this particular recipe, don't expect cottony soft bread. It's not that soft. Anyways, I'll be looking through some other recipes for soft breads. So, for the next few days, I'll probably be Googling and watching some YouTube videos for Yummy bread recipes.

for the bread recipe, please click on the RECIPE TAB on the TOP of the page.


Fabulous @ 23!

Posted by aBEE M. on 3/23/2011 10:33:00 PM in , ,
I feel fabulous at 23... Last March 20, I celebrated my 23rd birthday and, thought of making something special for myself. At first, I wanted to make a 3-layered fondant cake with the topsy turvy theme from Alice in Wonderland, but, seriously, with only a day to make it and for someone who never made fondant before, I admit, it's a little ambitious. So, i decided to level it down a bit. I wanted to make a cake, which was easy to make, not that hard to decorate but still make it turn out like it was bought from the store.
I started with the idea of making a mini 3-layered cake, instead of the full-scale size. So, more or less i was headed to the cupcake department. I looked through "Hello, Cupcake" and "What's Up! Cupcake" for ideas, and there was one which i liked a lot. It was made of 1 mini cupcake, 1 regular sized cupcake and 1 jumbo cupcake, put on top of each other to give it a 3-layered cook look. But, the problem was, i dont have a muffin pan for the mini cupcakes and the jumbo cupcakes and i dont want to buy one for now. So, back to the drawing board. That's when i decided to look through my pans and see what i could use. I tried stacking the pans together to try and see what i can make, and tada! i decided on this.

The baking was the hard part. Instead of going with my usual banana cake, i decided to push through with a new recipe which my aunt provided (Carrot Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting). I started making the cake at 6 pm and finished the crumb coat frosting at around 8 pm [I cheated! I didn't make the frosting, i bought a ready made one from Betty Crocker]. I know it's really small and all but the frosting part was the hard part. I tried to give it a really clean finish, but seriously, I can't perfect that overnight. Maybe with more practice. Anyways, after doing the crumb coat, i topped it off with the second coat and decided on different colors for each layer. Bottom was Dusty Rose, Middle Part was Teal and the Top part was Pretty Purple. and for the finishing touch, i decorated it with gumpaste cartooney flowers with the cutest colors ever (violet and lime green). Finish product? I liked it a lot. It was absolutely adorable.

Bottom: Dusty Rose Middle: Teal Top: Pretty Purple
If you look closely, the cream cheese frosting is melting. It was sooo warm that day, the moment i took it out of the fridge, it started melting and i didn't have time to clean it up anymore. Oh well!

The blue candle started melting on the gumpaste flower. 


DONUT, Eat...

Posted by aBEE M. on 3/12/2011 12:32:00 PM in , , ,
Baker King has finally ended and let me tell you, the ending is quite unpredictably predictable? (oxymoron ...i know). As you may know, I've started out my love for Korean cooking with Korean Dramas (refer to  K(orean) Kraze), and one thing I've noticed about the plot[s], is that the bad guy always gets the girl! Maybe the writers think that its too predictable to let the good guy get the girl. But the weird thing is, they set the whole thing up so that the girl looks really good with the bad guy. Take "Boys over Flowers" as an example. The main character Gu Jun Pyo (Lee Min Ho) is the bad guy [rude, obnoxious, irritating], and then the supporting character Yoon Ji Hoo (Kim Hyun Joong) the good guy [gentle, supportive, really hot] and then add in the girl, Geum Jan Di (Goo Hye Sun). Now if you're familiar with the plot, Jan Di fell in love with Ji Hoo at first sight, but Ji Hoo was going through a rough time while Jun Pyo was making Jan Di's life miserable, fast forward to being star-crossed lovers and Jan Di chooses Jun Pyo. Another example would be "The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince." Choi Han Kyul (bad guy-main character) is cocky, self-centered and obnoxious, add in his cousin Choi Han Seong (good guy, very nice though not as cute) and add in the girl Go Eun Chan, and then fast-forward: Choi Han Kyul gets the girl. You get my point.

Anyways, getting back to my celebration of the end of the Baker King, I made some Donuts. Donut[s] is one of my all-time favorite food in the world. When I was little, my mom used to bring home some after work, and I've always loved it. My favorite flavor is hands down chocolate glaze (Dunkin Donuts). And like most things i do, i Google[d] the recipe. If you Google it yourself, the first one it'll give you would be a site called Secret Donut Recipe, Although I wouldn't call it a secret anymore. Anyways, while I was writing down the ingredients, I was a bit hesitant about the potato, I never really thought of a potato being used as an ingredient for Donut. The guy who made the website said, the potato is the secret ingredient, and I believed him.


Sauce Bowl (improvised cutter)

soda cap (improvised donut hole cutter) 
Like the guy who made the recipe, i also, don't have a donut cutter. So, i used a sauce bowl which is just about the right size i wanted, and a soda cap to make the holes in the middle. You can use whatever you want.
final count: 14 regular donuts 7 mini donuts, 14 regular donut holes and 7 mini donut holes
I couldn't make everything regular sized, so for the excess dough, i made mini donuts and instead of rolling out the donut holes to make more donuts, i cooked it the way it was. Now, as for the total count, the donut guy said it would yield around 10-12 donuts i think, i made more because i rolled out the dough a bit thinner than it was supposed to be (really up to you). 

Now, for the cooking part, make sure you have enough oil so it floats. You don't want to pan fry your donut (its not bacon), you'll end up with a donut that burnt on the outside and raw in the inside. And, never forget to turn the donut. you'll know when to turn it by checking the side of the donut, if it starts to get that golden brown color, then start flipping, if its not golden brown yet and you flipped it already, easy! FLIP IT BACK!

FINAL PRODUCT. (i made it with Vanilla Glaze)
For this batch,  the regular sized donut i made with vanilla glaze and the mini donuts and donut holes i flavored with cinnamon (picture: its in the zip-lock bag, i was too lazy to plate it). 

mini donut and donut holes (cinnamon flavored)
a closer look
Anyways, for the donut recipe, it turned out great. And, yes! the potato made all the difference. And as for my Korean Drama addiction, I'm feeding it as of the moment. After Baker King ended, I watched "Mischievous Kiss" to relay my moment of madness and my obsession with the ever gorgeous KIM HYUN JOONG (Yoon Ji Hoo in Boys Over Flowers / band: SS501).

for the Donut and Vanilla Glaze recipe, press THIS


Baby Corndogs and the Baker King

Posted by aBEE M. on 3/01/2011 09:55:00 PM in , ,
I've been craving for a corndog since forever! Why not just get one you ask? It's not that easy. You see, from where I'm at, the corndog they sell at the mall, are not that yummy and the microwaveable ones, isn't an option either (they're so expensive!) And so, like all the food I crave that I can't buy, I make them! So, last Sunday was a blessing, I finally found a store that sells cornmeal. Finally! I remember, when I was around 13 years old, I tried making it for the first time, the batter turned out so liquidy that it didn't stick to the hot dog and it just turned out like deep-fried hotdog. Anyways, this one turned out better than I thought it would.
the batter
fry baby fry!
Now, as you can see, I don't have anything interesting to tell you regarding the process. It went as smooth as a baby's bottom. Batter did not need that much mixing and all the measurements were just right. If you look at the picture of the finished product, you'll see that its not the smooth kind of corndog. That's because for most corndog recipes, you'd be asked to use cornflour or cornmeal that's been ground extensively. In this particular corndog recipe, I used medium ground cornmeal which consist of the cornflour and some corn kernels that weren't ground finely. It's really up to you as to which type of cornmeal you want to use.

finished product

I was able to make 16 baby corndogs. On the lower right part of the tray, I made some home-made honey mustard sauce.

Anyways, I was watching 6 more episodes today of Bread, Love and Dream (Baker King). And so far? More tears and more trials... But, finally he found his mom! Also, the girlfriend? I'm not sure if I like her. She's seriously disturbed. And I still think the hag and the side kick should be punished. Severely. I can't wait to finish the series. And to celebrate, I wonder what I should make? hhhhmmmm.... some bread perhaps?

a closer look at my baby!
For the baby corndog recipe and all other recipes of food you have read on  my blog, please visit the RECIPE tab.


Bread, Love and Dreams

Posted by aBEE M. on 2/27/2011 11:02:00 PM in , , ,
I have been crying my eyes out for the last 3 days. Doing what you ask? Watching my new favorite K-drama called Bread, Love and Dreams, but commonly known as Baker King. Yes! my dear readers, this writer is a sentimental fool, among other things. I cry watching sad movies and I hate movies that don't end happily. Anyways, for those of you who haven't seen this drama, I can give you a little rundown of the plot, but can't tell you how the story ends since I'm still in episode 21 (out of 30). Kim Tak Goo <Yoon Shi Yoon> (main character- very handsome fellow) is the son of the president of Samhwa Enterprise, a legend in the baking industry, and his mistress. Technically speaking since he's the eldest son of the president and shows so much talent for making bread, his father wants him to inherit the company. Like all drama series, there is always a villain, well in this case, theres a lot. First is the president's wife. This evil hag who couldn't produce an heir did everything she could to have a son (to the point of actually getting one from the company's Manager Han). But, too bad, her son came too late, he ends up being the younger brother (thus, can't inherit). Second is Manager Han, the evil side kick. He does all the dirty work that the evil hag asks, including making a baby (actually, he's in love with the evil hag), killing the president's mistress and also killing Tak Gu. And the third villain is Tak Gu's "half-brother", Goo Ma Joon <Joo Won> (who is equally handsome but needs an attitude adjustment). He plots and plots and plots to make Tak Gu fail everything, but never succeeds. Ha! He, of course like most manic jealous  younger half-brothers wants to steal his girl, his pride and everything Tak Gu has, which isn't really a lot. Let me put it this way, Goo Ma Joon: lives in a huge house, get's everything he wants, went to school in Japan, and is very talented as well (but not his dad's favorite), Tak Gu: is very poor, no family, no education, lost his mother, and has been living alone in the streets since he was 12 years old.... hhhhmmmmm.... makes you wonder right? Well, that's because Tak Gu has manners, never gives up and is very responsible? and Ma Joon is a coward and a sore-ass loser. 
Baker King Kim Tak Gu / Bread, Love and Dreams
And so, the drama starts with the Evil Hag (President's wife) giving birth to yet another girl, frustrated and everything, she consults a quack doctor and asks what she could do to give birth to a son, Mr. Quack tells her that he's not telling. Evil Hag gets upset and offers money and whatever, Mr. Quack then tells her, that with her husband, no matter how many kids they have, it'll never be a boy. And so, Evil Hag decides to have an affair with Manager Han, Mr. Quack tells her, that she will have a son, but so will her husband, with another woman. Thus the births of Tak Gu and Ma Joon. Through out the episodes, Tak Gu goes through a million trials, including but not limited to the following: starving to death, getting beat up , almost losing his sense of smell, taste and sight, losing his girl (well, not really), and almost dying (all the time). Not only does he have to go through so much trials with becoming a baker, he also has to evade death from Manager Han's attempt to murder him every single episode. I know, the story line, when seen this way is a little heavy to put up with, but, like all the K-dramas I've watched, it teaches you a million and one lessons. You see, Tak Gu is the kind of person that, even if he can't smell or taste, still makes bread. If you try to murder him, he will forgive you. And, if you tell him to meet you at 6:00 PM, and you're not there, he'll wait till you actually come even if he has to wait till midnight. Practically, he's the best boyfriend for anyone. Anyways, all I want to do right now, is finish the series, and see how it ends. I hope it ends happily, if not, then there's one very pissed off girl in this side of the world.


Birthday Pie?

Posted by aBEE M. on 2/22/2011 01:20:00 PM in ,
As far as birthdays and cakes go, i bet you've never heard of a birthday pie. Technically speaking, its just a plain ol' apple pie that my uncle requested for his birthday. I know right? unusual would be the right word to use. Anyway, on this particular day (around January. As i said before, I'm writing some of my backlog blogs) I was on a very long conversation with my sister on the phone (from 11 pm to 5 am) and totally forgot that I was baking a pie the next day. So, trying to decide between getting some sleep or baking a pie before 8:30 am, I somehow ended up with baking the pie. I reasoned, that since birthdays are an annual thing, better make the pie than suffer guilt of a broken promise! Thank God I made the Apple Pie...
making a pie crust is always messy business
just threw in what I wanted, it's really a no-brainer recipe
not as neat as i wanted it to look, but due to time constraints, i just had to deal with it
the finished product! you wont even notice the patchwork i did with the holes


Heart of the Matter

Posted by aBEE M. on 2/16/2011 01:04:00 AM in ,
Another Valentine's Day, without a special someone... But, instead, I've been given more; I have special someoneS... with an emphasis on the S. Last Valentine's Day, instead of the usual bouquet of flowers, the chocolates, the love sonnets and the candle light dinners everyone usually get, I got to spend a fun night with my Family and some of our closest friends eating, drinking and listening to LOVE SONGS sung by us of course. With everyone belching out from Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” to Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” I would say, FUN isn’t the only word to describe the whole night. With last year’s special Valentine’s Day feast becoming such a success, everyone just figured out that sometimes, “the more the merrier” is really the way to go. Everyone of course didn’t go home empty handed, in spirit of the celebration, everyone received a special gift from everyone else. There were heart-shaped chocolates, teddy bears, flowers, and mugs with heart designs. With all the excitement of planning the potluck dinner the night before, I decided to make something special for my DATES. I wanted to make a cake with all the icing flowers and maybe some fondant icing and go all out with it but, reality struck me, thank God; I honestly did not have enough time. So, instead of making something new and difficult for the first time with TIME against me, I decided to tone it down a little bit but still make it special. In the end, I decided to make Valentine’s Day Cupcakes.

The idea was brilliant, I will make my specialty cupcakes (Banana Walnut Cupcakes) and then to make it unique, I would decorate it individually to make it look all Valentine-y… So, for the topping, I needed some creamy Vanilla Butter Cream Icing, which by the way, I have no idea how to make. And so, I went hunting in YouTube (as always) for some delicious vanilla butter cream recipe. I found a couple which I liked (because it was easy and didn’t require too many ingredients) and decided to trim down the find to the yummiest, in terms of look and simplicity. Since most of the recipe looked quite the same, I determined that the best way to go from there was to summarize the ingredients used, in other words, I took some of this and some of that to finally have the ultimate recipe. With the VBC recipe in hand and the knowledge of what to do the next day, I was finally able to sleep, which was around 5 in the morning…

Like most great events that took a day of planning, things don’t really go as smooth as you want it. Let’s start with the time I woke up, at noon. With two dozen cupcakes still to be made, some vanilla butter cream and some decorating, I was in serious trouble. So, with no other option, I took a deep breath, climbed out of bed and started with the cupcakes. I had all the ingredients at hand, which made everything from measuring to mixing the batter quite uneventful. And, with luck on my side (as I started thinking) I then decided to play with the food coloring and make the cupcakes a different color. I was trying to decide between pink or red (thinking of red velvet cupcakes) and thought of red being too strong, I went for pink. And so, the whole baking process went as smooth as it could get, the cupcakes turned out great and had an extra dozen cupcakes, although the color turned out to be normal (it didn’t really bother me one bit). With all the baking done, I placed the cupcakes inside the fridge to cool it down and to make it easier to frost later (without the crumbs falling off). 
it looked more pink in real life
 So, I moved on to get my VBC ready, this is when I started to panic. With the recipe calling in for softened butter (but not melted, which means it should be in room temperature) I remembered too late that my butter was still in the fridge, I took it out immediately (like it would help) and was pushed back 30 minutes waiting for the butter to be soft enough for the recipe. So, when the butter finally melted!!! I continued on with recipe and placed it in the mixer. Just when I was going to start putting in the sugar, the mixer broke… can life get any harder? I honestly wanted to throw out the butter and just not continue on with the icing. But, disheartened I may have been, I’ve always hated giving up. So, I went through all the kitchen appliances we have, until I found a curious little thing that was called a THUNDER STICK (don’t let the name fool you), a weird name, yes! But it was all I have. The thingamajig was like, if a blender, a mixer and a food processor would have a kid, I guess this would be the end result. Thank God for geniuses! And so, with the thingamajig on hand I tried going through with the whole mixing thing, and I take back what I said earlier (about thanking God for geniuses), the whole thing was a disaster, powdered sugar everywhere, it was a nightmare. And like I said before, disheartened I may have been, but I’ve always hated giving up. And so, with so much time wasted already with stupid machines that either break or don’t work at all, I ended up using an old fashioned whisk, and it worked like the bomb! Lesson learned: Don’t trust appliances…

very yummy vanilla butter cream

and so, with my VBC all done though the color was off white which doesn’t matter since I was going to color it anyway and my cupcakes chilled, everything was ready! I placed some VBC in three separate dishes and decided on purple, pink and turquoise for the colors. End result? Well, they’re not as pretty as I wanted it to be, but I believe with time and practice, I can definitely make them look sooo much better.

With everything ready and dinner came to an end, it was time for dessert and like always, everyone was pleased (they love my cupcakes, as everyone tries to order them all the time after I gave out cupcakes for Christmas) the Cupcakes were delicious, as always, and though the decoration wasn’t how I wanted it to be, the Vanilla Butter Cream tasted like heaven, it turned out so yummy! I think I just need to make it look prettier next time. After, the celebration ended, just about 12:30 am, everyone were exhausted, dancing and drinking and having such an ecstatic time, and that is the heart of the matter, Valentine’s Day isn’t only about chocolates, flowers and romantic strolls on the beach, it’s about spending time with the people you love, and that’s exactly what I did!

everyone doing their wacky cupcake pose!

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