14 May 2012



I was watching this old korean's variety show called family outing, and there were too many cooking and eating scenes! I've realized that they really like to cook pancake, and it seems really easy to make.

I almost salivated, when the thought occurs to me that I should make my own pancake for dinner. And, I did!

Here is the recipe, taken from 'Joy of Baking';
1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (28 grams) granulated whitesugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup (240 ml) milk
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted
Plus extra melted butter for greasing the pan.

How to make:

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, milk, and melted butter. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and then pour in the egg mixture, all at once, and stir (with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon) just until combined. The batter should have some small lumps. (Do not over mix the batter or the pancakes will be tough.)

Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium high heat until a few sprinkles of water dropped on the pan or griddle splatter.  Adjust the temperature as needed. Can also use an electric griddle with the temperature set at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Using a piece of paper towel or a pastry brush, lightly brush the pan with melted butter or oil (or spray with a non stick vegetable spray.)

Using a small ladle or scoop, pour about 1/4 cup (60 ml) of pancake batter onto the hot pan, spacing the pancakes a few inches apart. When the bottoms of the pancakes are brown and bubbles start to appear on the top surfaces of the pancakes (2-3 minutes), turn over. Cook until lightly browned (about 1-2 minutes).
Repeat with remaining batter, brushing the pan with melted butter or oil between batches.

Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup.

Makes about 8 - 4 inch (10 cm) pancakes.  Serves 3-4 people.

13 May 2012

Einstein's riddle


I was distracted by 9gag yesterday, and I saw this riddle by Einstein. It was said that only 2% of people who tried can answer it, but I think, what was really meant by that is; there are only 2% of people who tried answering it without making notes can be successful.....or, something like that.

I've tried making notes, but it was quite hard for me. So, I developed a method in answering it. It might not be new to others, but I just thought of it to make the riddle a lot easier. I solved it in 10 minutes or so.

So, why don't you give it a go?


12 May 2012

I'm a bit lost!


I haven't been visiting others' blogs for quite some time now, and I apologize for that.

Truth to be told, I'm a bit lost with the new blogger-thingy. I mean, I find it hard to find all the other blogs that I've been following. So, eventually, I gave up using my laptop for blogging.

I've downloaded the blogger application, so I was able to write more often these days since I'm with my phone 24/7. However, even with that application, it is still hard to go around reading blogs. It took so much time just finding my way around, and I still need to study.

Anyway, I'll pay a visit once I'm done and over with the exam.

Peace. Out.



I wonder...
Have you ever been dumped? I did. Once, when I was younger. I hope he regret it tremendously if he ever see me now again. Haha!

He didn't actually said that he was dumping me. He was too much of a coward then. I was a naive girl, but not to the extent that I can't read his intentions.

Anyway, I don't know why am I bringing it up again now. Maybe because I saw this show where they've tried to guess how many was each of them ever being dumped.

How about you?

P/s: a photo of my puppies for your viewing pleasure.

11 May 2012

Red velvet


Anh came over to my house during the holiday for a baking session. Though it was our first time baking a red velvet, it actually came out pretty nicely.

The moist, and rich cake.

The pink batter!

In case you are wondering, here is the recipe for the cake. I took it from 'Joy of Baking' (Google it!). They have really great recipes of other cakes, and stuffs too.


Red Velvet Cake:

2 1/2 cups (250 grams) sifted cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (15 grams) regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated whitesugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
2 tablespoons liquid red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 - 8 ounce (227 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
1 - 8 ounce (227 grams) tub of Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (115 grams) confectioners' (icing or powdered) sugar, sifted
1 1/2 (360 ml) cups cold heavy whipping cream (double cream) (35-40% butterfat)

How to:

Red Velvet Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter two - 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.

In bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter.

Working quickly, divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert, lifting off the pan. Once the cakes have completely cooled, wrap in plastic and place the cake layers in the refrigerator for at least an hour (or overnight). (This is done to make filling and frosting the cakes easier.)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and beat until smooth. Using the whisk attachment, gradually add the heavy cream and whip until the frosting is thick enough to spread. Add more sugar or cream as needed to get the right consistency.

Assemble: With a serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half, horizontally. You will now have four cake layers. Place one of the cake layers, top of the cake facing down, onto your serving platter. Spread the cake layer with a layer of frosting.  Place another layer of cake on top of the frosting and continue to frost and stack the cake layers. Frost the top and sides of the cake. Can garnish the cake with sweetened or unsweetened coconut.

Serves 10 - 12 people.

10 May 2012

Online Safety Test


We had to answer an online safety test by the end of this week for us to be familiarized with our level 3 lab skills next year. I did my test today, and I had so much fun answering the questions. Especially because of the choice of answers given.

You rock!

Let's drink all the sulphuric acid!

Nick is our Head of School. What fun!

I'm going to pretend..... :)

9 May 2012

I'm broke


So, as the title goes, I'm broke. Seriously.

The story was like this;

I've bought to and fro flight tickets from London to Sabah via an agent for Royal Brunei Air just before our spring break, and I thought that all things were settled.

During the holiday, I've spent quite some money carelessly (and I totally regretted it). When I've realized that I have yet to receive the e-ticket for my flights, I emailed the agent, followed by a call.

Apparently, the bank has denied my payment, for no reason. That's one thing. The problem is, I wasn't notified of this matter. If it happens that I didn't realized about the e-ticket until the very last day, it would have cost me a fortune to go back for summer.

In the end, I've bought new flight tickets directly with Qatar Airways this time for roughly £600. Well, at least, I am able to go back earlier this time.

All is well.

It looks a little too empty, yeah?

Will I be able to live off these?