Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Next Chapter

I've been thinking for a while now...about going full time with my blog and baking.

But somehow something else always gets in the way. 

This time, I have told myself, that I will pursue my passion and turn it into something! It's not easy, I know that. It is rather scary, if I'm completely honest. But I know that with your support, it will make things slightly easier for me.

So many thoughts are going through my head...

What if it doesn't work out? Where do I start? What do I do? How do I get from here to there? What if no one likes my goodies? 

It is definitely very different, doing it as a hobby when people order my goodies versus doing it for real; full time. The time, effort, and cost are multiplied.

You can support me and my journey by sharing Passionatemae to your friends and family. 

Thank you again for all your support all these years. Passionatemae wouldn't still be here if it wasn't for all of you!

More updates to come as we go along!

Want to follow me on my journey, don't forget to like me on Instagram and Facebook!

Have a good day! :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sweet Findings


We are 9 months in this year already! Christmas is around the corner. Meaning the holiday season is too! Made plans to go on holiday or will you be staying in town this year? Christmas/New Year period is always the most expensive time of the year to travel, generally speaking. Crowded places. Everywhere is congested!

Let's do something easier shall we, let's look at this week's Sweet Findings.

1 - OMG! Here's how to make your own Lobster roll.
pic: honestlyyum

pic: bloggingoverthyme

3 - It is time for Thai Shrimp Tacos yo.
pic: heatherchristo

4 - Party food Mac & Cheese. Do it!
pic: thelittlekitchen

5 - I think it is still cold enough to have some Eggplant & Chickpea Coconut Curry.
pic: flourishingfoodie

Happy FriYAY! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Family Recipe: Sugee Cake

Today is my daddy's special day, it is his birthday. And to celebrate this occasion, I have asked him, "What cake would he like for his birthday?". I should have guessed! He has requested for his all time favourite cake - Sugee Cake.  For those who do not know what a Sugee cake is, it is basically a cake made out of fine semolina flour and lots of egg yolks! You'll see what I'm talking about when you read the recipe below! 

This recipe is a family recipe. It is pretty easy to follow too! If you like to try it out, check out the recipe below! I made half the recipe in the pictures below. If you're doing half the recipe, bake the cake for about 45-50 minutes in a loaf tin.

All you need:
1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound sugee flour (fine semolina flour)
1 pound caster sugar 
15 egg yolks
5 egg whites
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g toasted chopped finely almonds (I used slivered almonds and chopped them) - for flavour purposes, not really for texture
100g mixed peel, chopped finely - for flavour purposes, not really for texture
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tsp brandy (optional)

All you need to do:
1 - Beat egg yolks lightly with a fork. 

2 - Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3 - Gradually add in the egg yolks. Add the vanilla extract.

4 - In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff peak.

5 - Gently fold in egg whites into mixture and mix well.
6 - Fold in flour a little at a time, to avoid deflating the air in the batter.
7 - Add in the sugee (semolina) flour, almonds and mixed peel. Mix well.

8 - Pour into square 9" cake tin. Let the mixture rest for at least 30 minutes.
9 - Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for about 1 hour or until skewer comes out clean.

10 - Cool cake in tin before removing to cool completely on a cooling rack. 

And lastly, a birthday shoutout!

Happy birthday daddy dearest! Love you to bits! xx

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sweet Findings


My husband got me a Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta machine for our anniversary. I have not used it yet, but surely am excited to make my own pasta from scratch!

I used to buy the supermarket home brand pasta. The cheaper the better. I did not care about whether there was egg in it or not. Then I started to feel a little sick after eating it. That's when I took more care when I bought my pasta. I looked for gluten free, egg pasta, the more gourmet ones.

But since I have my very own pasta machine, I can't wait to make my very own fresh ones!

Are you guilty of buying the cheapest non-egg pasta too?

Here's this week's Sweet Findings.

1 - Here are 10 ways to use your Food Processor.
pic: thekitchn

2 - Love Mint? Here are the Dos and Don'ts
pic: apartmenttherapy

3 - Complete guide to store Flour correctly.
pic: thekitchn

4 - Do you have a toast every morning? And your toaster needs a clean? Here's how.
pic: thekitchn

5 - Let's wrap up the week and kick start the weekend with a Boozy milkshake
pic: howsweeteats

Happy September!! :)