Thursday, December 18, 2014

First visit to fun fair

So there was a fun fair in town, kinda like a temporarily put up mini theme park with rides and games booth. We pass by it every morning I send the lil' fella to his nanny's. He's been telling us, let's go there and have a 'walk walk'. I've been telling him, yea yea.. we will go there, one day. But deep down inside, I felt reluctant to bring him there, cos it's a temporarily made up fun fair, how flimsy are the rides and frames gonna be? Oh well, we had to go cos we still have to fulfill our promises. So we thought, we will just bring him for a walk-around. 

Ahhh... seeing these photos, you'll know we didn't just go in for a walk-around. He went onto the rides, alone. I wasn't too sure how my hubby felt, my heart was pumping fast cos for G sake, there were no height restrictions sort of rules and there wasn't any safety belt on the rides (Okay, for I have allowed him to go onto the rides, I shouldn't be complaining at all.. but .. just saying..). With his height, I doubt he would be allowed to go on. Oh well.. he loved it! It was heart-warming seeing the beam and grin on his little face. I hoped there was fear in him (cos that was his first ride, even though it wasn't a fast spinning one, but it did felt fast to me.. and knowing there was fear in him would make ME felt much better cos there was surely fear in me, worrying that he would stand up half way, wanting to be let out...) .. ah .. but again, maybe I was wrong. He held onto the rail obediently throughout the ride and was seen enjoying every second every moment of his entire ride. He even let go one of his hands half way through the ride, and the worrisome me had to remind him to place his hands back onto the rail. Bless him. 

Twas just a short visit. But it surely was a good one for him. We bought him an helium balloon on way back. He held on tight to the balloon even when going to bed. So the spiderman balloon was floating right next to my pillow at night. Nice!  

Last night, I also found out that my gym acquaintance from back then when I was in KL, Eileen Khoo has passed away at the tender age of 37. I hadn't got the chance to know her properly but she was a lovely and bubbly lass. I'm glad that she now doesn't need to suffer anymore. Eileen babe, rest in peace. 

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then the entire life to forget them. You'll always be in our memmory, dear Eileen. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Breadmaker black sesame hee pan (kikaku)

My clients are getting sick of just baking bread with their Donlim breadmaker. So they are asking if I can come up with more recipes, other than bread. Yesterday, I made soft and fluffy banana and walnut cake with it. This morning I made these Hakka delicacies with the breadmaker. I kneaded the dough and let it proof in the breadmaker, then steamed them in the steamer. The lil' fella loved them. He had about 2-3 of them. I had 3 myself. We love the chewiness but at the same time, also fluffy, especially when warm. 

This is a sponge dough recipe. It requires additional steps of preparation. I have made some simple dough method, but I felt that the texture of the kikaku is quite dense, so I have always prefer those made with this sponge dough. You can refer to those easier ones if you felt that this recipe is a little too cumbersome for you. Here's the link for the easier straight dough recipe. 

Sponge dough: 
  • 1tsp active dry yeast 
  • 200g all purpose flour
  • 150g black sesame drink / pandan juice (if making a pandan heepan) 
Combine all ingredients. Cover and proof overnight at room temperature. 

Main dough: 
  • 100g all purpose flour (I have used 85g all purpose flour + 15g cornflour) 
  • 150g glutinous rice flour 
  • 125g water / pandan juice (if making a pandan heepan) 
  • 125g sugar (I've replaced with 75g brown sugar) 
  • 1/2 tsp active dry yeast 
  • Some oil for rubbing on palms when moulding the hee pan later on. 
  1. Place all ingredients, including the sponge dough into the breadpan. Select mode no. 6 for knead (和面)。 Press Start 启动/停止。Let it knead for 10minutes. Press Stop 启动/停止。 
  2. Select mode no. 8 for Proof (发酵)。 Adjust TIME 时间 to 01:00 (1 hour). 
  3. After an hour, bring dough out of breadpan. Punch out trapped air. Shape into 50g ball and place on a steam paper or banana leaf. Press to flatten. 
  4. Let proof for another 15min. Steam on medium heat for 10min. 

  • 1tsp 酵母 
  • 200g 普通面粉
  • 150g 黑芝麻奶 
在一个碗内将以上材料混合。盖上保险纸 , 放在室内室温发酵过夜。 


  • 100g 普通面粉 (我用85g 普通面粉 + 15g 生粉) 
  • 150g 糯米粉
  • 125g 水
  • 125g 糖 (我只用了75g 黄糖) 
  • 1/2 tsp 酵母 
  • 油 (整形的时候抹在手板上用) 
  1. 将所有材料,包括面种,放入面包桶内。启动菜单 6  和面。 和面 10分钟,按停止。  
  2. 启动菜单 8  (发酵)。 调整时间为1小时。 按启动/停止。  
  3. 一小时之后, 将面团取出。敲打以将空气敲走。 将面团分成50克的小圆形, 放在香蕉叶上压扁。 
  4. 发酵15分钟. 中火蒸10分钟。  

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