Sunday, June 30, 2013

Banana chocolate mille crepe

It's actually 'half failed half success' mille crepe, haha! Half failed because of the look (which you'll see later, but please don't laugh ya!), half success because of the taste.

I've been wanting to make mille crepe since some times ago but keep on delaying because of the tedious works on frying the crepes one by one. But my recent strong baking mojo had made me doing it at last.

Here are the ingredients needed:

For the crepe:
2 eggs (room temperature)
100g cake flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
250ml milk (room temperature)
Few drops of vanilla essence

For the fillings: (There' re actually lots of options for the fillings, I adopted the easiest one)
250g fresh cream
2 tbsp sugar
Nutella
3 large bananas

Steps:
1. Sieve the flour in a bowl.
2. Add sugar, eggs and mix well.
3. Add half the milk, butter and mix well again.
4. Strain the batter to remove lumps.
5. Add the other half of milk, vanilla and mix well.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for about 30 mins.
7. Pour a ladleful of batter onto non stick pan and fry. The thinner the crepe, the better.
8. Continue to cook til all the batter is finished.
9. Leave the crepes til cool.






Pardon for the out-of-shape crepes, haha! 


For the fillings:
1. Beat fresh cream with sugar on top of a bowl of ice and beat til it forms a soft peak.
2. Add in mashed bananas. Set aside.



To assemble the crepes:
1. Take one layer of the crepe, spread Nutella.
2. Take another layer of the crepe, spread the banana cream.
3. Repeat til you have use all the crepes.
4. Cover with a plastic wrap, put into fridge for about an hour before cut.




So here's my virgin attempt with mille crepe! Can't achieve good layering because of the mashed bananas inside. 

Despite the ugly looks, I can say my mille crepe taste good though! My friend commented that looks can be improved later on, the most important thing is that it taste good! Yep I agree on this! ^o^
The crepes taste even better the next day, honestly I love it! So as my parents and hubs. But I know I shall practise more to achieve both the taste and look ;)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Some food to welcome the weekend

I think the terrible haze has gone by now in almost every states?
So, cheers to the weekend peeps! 
Got nothing particular to blog today but I'd like to share some easy stuff I've made over the weeks.

1. Homemade fruits popsicle. This is so easy, just place your favorite fruits into the ice cream mould, make sure they are fit snugly inside, pour in your favorite juice (I used Ribena) and place in the fridge for about 1-2 hours and viola! 


The best thing of homemade food is that we can put whatever we want, and how much we want! Such a perfect snacks for the hot scorching day! 


2. Also made fruit juice soda with Ribena, it should appear to be a 3-layered color (Ribena at the bottom, orange in the center and soda on top) but may be I poured the soda too fast so it mixed with the orange juice already. Use a chopstick when pouring the juices so that it can form layers.


3. Homemade pizza. This is a simple version as I just utilize whatever I could found in the fridge. Couldn't find the proper pizza dough at the supermarket near my house hence I replaced it with roti canai ;)


Super easy I don't think I need to elaborate on the steps ^^ (Run outta cheese though *blek*)

Tada!! Actually the roti canai as a base taste very good too! Yumz!

Since we're talking about food, I wanna share some good stuff I've tasted lately, courtesy of my yoga instructor, Susan.
She made salad croissant the other day and gave me 2, the prawns are so fresh and chewy, salad is so yummy and the croissant, crunchy! Perfect!

She's good in cakes too! Just recently I had tried pandan layered cake and tiramisu, also very yummy!

Corn layered cake, thumbs up!

She is not only a good yoga instructor but also a nice friend, and a good cook! I am blessed to be the lucky ones who gets free food regularly! ^_*

Til then, enjoy your weekend and I shall see you next week!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Movie review: Man of Steel (2013)

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Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Micheal Shannon

I am never a fan of Superman, I can't really remember if I have watched any of the Superman series before.
But this one (though it is not named Superman but it's actually Superman, confused? :p), I decided to give it a try cause I've read positive reviews from blogger friends.

End up it's not a disappointment at all! The story line is interesting (mainly on how to save mankind from big devils), and I love all the graphics of those air crafts, planets, sci-fi actions and destructions and etc! I know this is not real but who cares? Haha xD

As for the main cast Henry Cavill (as Clark Kent), I tell you he is such a hot hunk!! Look at his muscles!! Seriously can make all the girls scream, hehe....

A movie worth watching =)

Ratings: 7/10

Monday, June 24, 2013

The hair matters

Note: Haze has finally attacked Taiping! Everyone please try to stay indoor, drink more water, wash hands regularly and take care! Not sure when can we all see clear blue sky :( All thanks to our neighbor la!

For once I asked my then-boyfriend (now my husband :p) what's the first thing he'll notice when looking at a lady? And his answer is, the hairstyles ^^ (So that explains the purpose of this post, LOL! Nah just kidding! xD)

For me, the first thing I'll pay attention to is the face then the hairstyles. That means personally I care about these 2 the most, of course the rest are equally important also la!

我们女人阿真的是从头到脚都有得忙有得花钱。就单单头发都可以变很多花样了 right?

因为早两个月前不小心把头发剪得太短了所以就开始变得很散很乱,就连发尾的卷也慢慢变直了。所以就换了个发型。。

既然都谈到了发型嘛就让我分享一下我之前的发型!

In 2008, I tried to perm my hairs with small curls like this....
这是2008年的发型,头发满长的所以挑战小圈的卷发。结果还不错。。
Which makes me looks kinda matured, but I like it, I always believe that curly hairs creates more sense of feminine ;)


Then in 2009, my hairs returns to somewhat messy after I have trimmed off the curls little by little.......
过后慢慢的修掉发尾就变了直发咯。。不过如果有心机弄一弄还是会有点卷的。

I don't have naturally straight beautiful hairs, in fact I have curly baby hairs, which sometimes is quite irritating... 


So after my wedding in 2010, I did rebonding, with fringe.
2010年结婚过后就打算来个不一样的发型~
做了理直烫,也剪了留海,整个人就很young的fu有没有?嘻嘻~

Which makes me looks much younger, hehehe :p 
I actually like this style and feels good with it, straight hair is always more manageable! But the drawback is, it makes the face looks much rounder >.<


一直到2011年还保持着。。只不过留海长的快所以就开始梳到旁边咯。

Anyway the awesomeness continues for another year...... But this time I started to comb my fringe to the side......


虽说直发好打理,我也很喜欢不过慢慢的就开始觉得闷了。。(女人有时候就是酱矛盾 :p)
所以去澳洲之前又弄了卷发,不过这次就挑战大波浪的圈。。
Eventually I got bored of plain straight hair, so I went back to curls later in 2011 but maintained my fringe.



Then nothing was done anymore as I got pregnant after that. 
过后因为怀孕了所以不能再变花样了。。就维持这样一直到坐完月子。
The only thing I did during this period was to trim the hair regularly, and when my due date is near, I trimmed the hair more often, and trimmed more locks away..... Hence my curls were all trimmed off....


2 months after confinement, I visited the hair stylist and did digital perm again (Guess I really love curly hairs huh?) And let the curls rules til early this year. 
坐完月子的两个月就再次的弄了卷发。其实我个人是比较喜欢卷发因为觉得比较有女人味(呵呵),加上老公也说我弄卷发比较好看所以就。。。嘻嘻~ ^^
当然直发也有它的好处啦!

But no more fringe this time

And as the hair grows longer, I trimmed off those curls again........ So the hair looks kinda messy now.
这就是我说的头发很散很乱咯。。看了金马仑的照片后我决定再次挑战新发型!
See what I mean?

就那么刚好前几个礼拜看到港剧‘情越海岸线’里面女主角李诗韵的发型,觉得还不错。。它也不是很大圈的卷发,就只是发尾往里面翘而已,简单得来又很美。
Then I was thinking what hairstyles should I try this time? I really really wanted something refreshing other than curls and straight hair. 
I was watching the HK drama 'Slow Boat Home' last few weeks and this hairstyle somewhat attracted my attention:

The actress Selena Li's hairstyle in the drama... 

So I went to my hairstylist 2 weeks ago and showed him this, but according to him in order to achieve something similar I'll need to blow my hair every time, just perm alone is not good enough. So for a lazy busy person like me, I better give up.
结果问了发型师,他说这发型其实要靠吹才美的,单靠烫卷是不够的。哎以我现在的样子我哪有多余的时间和力气每次都把头发吹美美呢?所以还是放弃了。。。。。。=(

End up, I sat in the saloon for 6 hours to do something like this.......... 
到最后。。。还是弄了卷发,哈哈!(很没趣对吧?)

Shorter hair, with a more voluminous curls at the end and straighten my fringe at the same time. Might not make so much different from photos, but I did feel an instant lightness of the hair right after the whole haircut and treatment! I am quite satisfied with this now......
不过这次有稍微不一样啦,把头发剪短(到肩膀上面)然后把发尾弄卷,看起来比较蓬咯。只不过那一半黑一半褐的颜色很难看 =_= 想想8月才出国所以还是忍到下个月尾才做coloring啦!


And since we're talking bout hairstyles, I wanna share with you my 'dream hairstyles' all this while.........

Short posh-looking hair, just like Victoria! So cool! 
哦放上靓妈 Victoria 的照片是因为我个人很欣赏这样的发型!!实在太酷了!只不过我有一张大饼脸所以永远跟短发没缘  :'(


But, blame it on the chubby round face, I can never have this kind of hairstyle :(

Not sure how long will my current hairstyle lasts, and I don't know what other styles I'll do next time, but we'll see......... =)
不管怎样,个人还蛮满意现在的发型!希望下次真的可以尝试新的发型啦!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Day trip to Ipoh (Food post)

Besides visiting those caves in Ipoh, we tried some of the recommended local food as well.

For breakfast, Kim brought us to Sin Yoon Loong, located at Jalan Bandar Timah. 

这次南下除了参观洞洞之外,我们也吃了不少美食。

There're people selling fruits, pasembor and local snacks just outside the shop
早餐来到了新源隆咖啡店,人潮满满哦!我们都站在桌子旁等。。。

Full house! We stood by the table and waited for about 5-10 minutes for the previous customers to go...

Ordered the famous hor fun (not bad, the kuey teow is very chewy)
点了它们著名的河粉,还不错,馃条很Q

Yong tau foo
酿豆腐

Siew yok and char siew, highly recommended!
必点的叉烧和烧肉

Kaya toast, thin and crunchy!
面包土司,好吃!只不过这时我们开始有点饱了。。。

Egg toast also taste nice!
鸡蛋土司也很不错!


Then we dropped by the drive-thru Funny Mountain soya bean shop, located at Jalan Theatre.
接着就驾车来到奇峰豆腐花店。

如果你像我们酱懒得找 parking,可以呆在车里等,工作人员会过来order和送上你点的东西。。很方便吧!=)

Queues are long! But we just waited in the car, the staff will come for ordering and bill, so convenient! 

Tapao 5 cups of tao foo fah and 3 big bottles of soya bean milk. The tao foo fah is really good, smooth but not too sweet. But the soya bean is just normal.
因为还很饱所以我打算打包。。它们的豆腐花真的好吃,又不会过甜,大爱!至于豆浆嘛,还可以啦~


As for lunch, we visited this restaurant, Thean Chun, located at Jalan Market.

来到了天津茶室用午餐咯。。。


Hor fun (again), and this one taste nicer compared to the one we had in the morning!
个人觉得这里的河粉比早上的好吃!

Pork and chicken satay, erm just mediocre to me~ Probably because they're not warm enough
沙爹,嘛嘛罢了。。可能是因为冷了的关系!

The star, caramel custard! Nice!!
不过它们的饨蛋却很好吃!!

Rojak, not bad...

Last but not least, popiah. Well, I can't say it's not good as I know different place offers different flavors and styles. Somehow I still prefer Taiping's popiah and rojak, hehe...
薄饼,是很大块啦不过味道不比太平的好吃。。嘻嘻~


After lunch we headed South again to Batu Gajah to visit Karen's home. Spent an hour plus there then off to Tg Tualang for dinner. We dined at Lung Seng restaurant 2 years ago, and this time we tried the food at Luen Fong restaurant.

离开怡保我们再南下去 Batu Gajah 友人Karen 的家,去看看她4个月大的宝宝。接着晚餐时间呢就出发到 Tg Tualang 的联芳餐厅!
友人们。。
可能是父亲节的关系餐厅已差不多满了!还好我们早已经预约了~

It was 6.30pm but the restaurant is almost full house, luckily we had made a reservation earlier.

Here're the food we had:
晚餐包括:

Ice jelly honey lime, or more commonly known as ai yu bing, 爱玉冰,a famous dessert from Taiwan. But here in Ipoh/Tualang, they called it wen tou lang (文头浪,man tao long in Cantonese). This is delivered from the shop opposite.

Satay squids, the sauce is very appetizing!
沙爹鱿鱼

Fried kangkung
炒空心菜

Fried oyster cake
蚝煎

Kam heong lala
甘香啦啦

Steamed prawns
清蒸虾

Fried prawns 
干煎虾

Steamed lam ko
清蒸南哥鱼

所有食物都很不错就除了那只鱼!不懂怎么了那酱汁都没味的!(难道厨师忘了放酱油之类的调味料?好可惜啦!>.<)

We were pretty satisfied with the dinner above because the seafood are fresh! But the only regrets is the fish, the sauce is somewhat tasteless! So wasted.......

Anyway, total bill for the dinner is RM 310, expensive or not, you judge yourself.....

We reached home about 9pm+ and I continued my duty as a mum. It was such a tiring day but we all had fun! Look forward to the coming gathering, and this time will bring along our kids perhaps!

这天虽然很累不过我相信大家都很 enjoy!我和老公难得可以两公婆出外拍拖,偶尔这样其实也是很开心的~ ^^