Tuesday, February 23

10-Day Blog Challenge.

I have seriously been lacking in blogpost idea. I open the laptop to type a post, pick up the camera to take some photos, and to be honest: I just stop. I need some motivation to blog frequently. As a result, I came up with this 10-day blog challenge. I’m hoping it will help me gain back my momentum in blogging. 

Now I know it’s not as overwhelming as the many 30-day challenge out there, but hey, it’s better than nothing. Right? I stole ideas from other challenges which I saw online to create this one. Feel free to take on the challenge as well! New blog post coming soon, *hint*, it's about me. LOL.

Monday, February 22

This or That: Cooking vs. Baking.

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There is definitely a thinking underlying the preference for cooking vs. baking. I fall in the baking faction and it goes far beyond my liking towards sweet over savory. The reason is pretty simple: I like following directions.

Perhaps I am a bit of perfectionist, the idea of following directions appeals to me. Though, I think I've had a lot more baked goods turn out to be hit than savory recipes, despite following directions. When it comes to cooking, I have to use my judgement rather than precise recipe.
Source: Google Images
Neither baking nor cooking is similar to each other. Baking requires accuracy and perfection. The whole thing must go according to what has to be done. And I’m at ease with the idea that if something is not coming together - it’s because I went astray from the original recipe.

That being said, I still have to cook! I've produced lots of things that aren't necessarily pretty, but I've never yet cooked anything that couldn't be eaten. But then again, I'm not likely to ever become a professional cook - or baker.

Here's to many more posts on either cooking or baking to come! Till then.

Wednesday, February 10

Coffee Mug Cake.

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I’m sure korang pernah dengar of cakes that you can make (or bake!) in a microwave and, I have to admit, the first time I saw a recipe for one I was unconvinced. I mean, how can you make a cake in just minutes? So, I set out to cuba-try-test the theory. And guess what? You CAN make a cake in minutes in the microwave … and they’re YUMMY!


I made a single serving coffee cake in a mug.

I have been experimenting with different recipes of mug cakes ever since I heard about them about a year ago. And I must say, this mug cake is the perfect treat to help fulfill a coffee cake craving. And part paling best about this dessert is that it’s quick and easy, and you can have it ready in under 5 minutes (approximately!), start to finish.

  • Self-rising flour - 3 tbsp
  • Condensed milk - 3 tbsp
  • Melted butter - 2 tbsp
  • Hot water - 4 tbsp
  • Instant coffee powder - 2 tsp
  • Walnuts/almonds/chocolate chip/etc. - a fistful (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. 
  2. Microwave on high for 1 minute. (Time depends on microwave wattage). 
  3. Top with Nutella if desired.
  • If you don't happen to have self rising flour, here's an easy way to make a substitute for this coffee mug cake:
    • All purpose flour - 3 tbsp
    • Baking powder - 1/8tsp
    • Baking soda - a pinch
  • For extra density, fat and, most importantly, flavor – you may substitute hot water with fresh milk.
  • Depending on the wattage of your microwave, you may have to increase cooking time. Mine took exactly a minute on a 900W microwave.
Makes 1 very large serving.


Monday, February 1

Comeback Post.

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It has been 1 year, 9 months, and 4 days since I logged into my blog for a revival post. Coming back to blogging after a very long time can really be oh-so-difficult! To be honest, I did not feel like writing this piece. I feel out of groove, out of touch with blogging.

Making a comeback to blogging after a long absence is macam starting a playlist from halfway point, literally. I simply don't really know where it's going to play from and what song. Kick starting my blog that has been sleeping for a length of time left me scratching my head wondering where I should make a start.

I, for a second, thought about leaving my blog behind as I have no idea on what to post about. I need inspirations - an arousal to teruskan blogging. I don't want to quit. I know that something is bound to happen which will make me type away. Till then my hands ache.