Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kitchen Essentials Part 5 :  How long can you store your ingredients?

Ever wonder where to store baking ingredients and what is the shelf life on them? Don't worry, I'm here to help. It is important to store ingredients properly to ensure the freshness of it. The worst thing is to use stale ingredients or ingredients that are not as fresh as it should be.

You can use jars, air-tight containers, sealable bags to store your ingredients. Don't forget to write the purchase or expiry date of the ingredients so that you're able to keep track.

It is also good to know which ingredients you use on a regular basis and which you don't. That way, it can help give you an idea on where you should store them. 

I have here a short list of examples on what, where and how long you can keep the ingredients.



I hope that this list will help give you some guidance on what you should and can do.

At the end of the day, just taste or smell the ingredients, if something doesn't smell alright, it's time to replace it. Also, from my experience usually ingredients that are kept properly especially when kept in the freezer or the fridge, lasts longer than the expiry date. But hey, at the end of the day, use your senses to lead you! 

Happy organising! :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sweet Findings

Hey!

This week has been crazy for me.

I've been so very busy keeping my oven and Kitchen Aid mixer going. Loads of recipe testings in the kitchen. I can't wait to share it with you all when it's ready!

Here are my 6 sweet findings for the week!


1 - These Halloween Cupcake toppers are the cutest! Learn how to make them. (domainehome.com)

2 - I can't wait for my Homemade Decadence cookbook by Joy Wilson a.k.a JoytheBaker to arrive! (joythebaker.com)

3 - Halloween Candy Bar? Learn how to create one from Cupcakes and Cashmere. (cupcakesandcashmere.com)

4 - Feeling adventurous? Make your own Sriracha Chilli Halloween costume. (thekitchn.com)

5 - No-Churn Condensed Milk and Jam Ice-cream...YUM! (cookrepublic.com)

6 - OMG, give me some! Hazelnut and Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk Cookies! (preserve.us)

It's going to be one very busy weekend! I hope you'll have a relaxing one! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Questions from Dear Readers: Part 2


Last week, I opened an invitation to all to "Ask Away" about anything and everything you would like to know about me. Thank you for sending in your questions. I had a great time reading all of your questions. So, here we go! Your questions answered! 

1 - What I was holding in my hand from my Ask Away picture? 
Nutella filled Donuts from The Grounds in Alexandria. 

2 - I read about your post on "My Next Chapter", and I am so happy for you. I would like to know whether you've come up with what you will be selling?
Thank you, I'm so excited too. I've been so busy in the kitchen, with recipe testings. I do have a couple of items ready. I will definitely update my progress in another post as we go.

3 - How old are you?
I'm in my late 20s...very close to 30. Okay..okay...I turned 28 in August. 

4 - Why did you decide to go and study Patisserie?
Hmm..that's a good question, I wanted to learn and understand the techniques and science behind why we do things a certain way in baking. You can read more here.

5 - Why do you like baking? 
It has a calming effect on me. Baking is fun...it feels like I'm accomplishing something!

6 - In your previous post, you've mentioned that you would love to branch out of baking, and I recall that you've mentioned about fashion and home decor. What's your kind of style?
Yes, I certainly did, I would definitely say that when it comes to fashion the clothes I wear is usually bright and bold in colour and a hint of girliness...and comfortable! As for home decor, I would say Modern Classic. Definitely would ensure there are splashes of colours around the house.

7 - What are you most afraid of?
At the top of my head, it would be creepy crawlies..eww..

8 - Why do you like eggs so much?
Because it taste awesome! And the texture is unique...andddd it goes well with everything..at least that's what I think!

9 - What kind of food do you like to eat? What sort of cuisine?
I like spicy food..so anything with chilli is a good start for me. Malaysian is my favourite cuisine, especially Nasi Lemak with Sambal Sotong and Chicken Rendang! YUM!! 

10 - What languages do you speak?
I speak English, Malay, and some Hokkien & Cantonese. 

Thanks again for your support! Have a good week! :)

xo Mae

Monday, October 20, 2014

Morning Blast with Nutribullet!

Morning!

What do you eat first thing in the morning for breakfast?

Cereals? Smoothie? Coffee? Croissants? Muffins, Sandwiches? Fruits? A tub of ice-cream maybe?! :)

As for me, I always start my day with a glass of water first before I do anything else!

Then, I will make myself a drink with my Nutribullet!

Nutribullet is pretty awesome! It is easy to use and clean. It breaks down all the fibres into liquid so that you get the full nutrition from it. You don't have to remove the seeds or peel your fruits too. You can only buy it through the phone for now, look out for the infomercial on TV if you're interested. It cost around $300 or so for it. But it is really worth it! 

Anyway, this is what I usually make for myself. I love bananas, so I will usually have that in my drink. I also always put Chia seeds, Spirulina powder, and sometimes Acai powder (all superfood).

These are the few varieties that I have made throughout the week. Of course it depends what fruits I have and what's in season too! The combinations are endless! You can put vegetables too like Spinach, Celeries. Not forgetting, you can add oats or nuts to the drink too.


1 - Bananas, Apples, Strawberries, Soymilk, Chia Seeds, Acai and Spirulina.
2 - Bananas, Carrots, Apples, Soymilk, Chia seeds, Acai and Spirulina.  
3 - Rockmelons, Pineapples, Mint, Chia seeds, Pure Coconut water, Chia seeds.
4 - Bananas, Strawberries, Oranges, Mint, Chia Seeds, Spirulina and Soymilk.
5 - Bananas, Strawberries, Mint, Soymilk, Spirulina, and Chiaseeds.
6 - Bananas, Papayas, Orange, Soymilk, Chiaseeds and Spirulina.

Happy Tummy = Happy Life! :)