Mini Chocolate Muffins

Just watched an episode of ‘Good Chef, Bad Chef’ (gotta love afternoon TV) and thought it was time for a food post (aka it’s the weekend for me-ish: interning tomorrow but not too much brain-work required)!

A friend requested some mini cupcakes for her birthday last week so thanks to Google, I found a quick recipe and of course I got my camera out ;).  If you just want the written version, see here but my version with have photos! hehehe

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa, sifted
  • 1/3 cup CSR SMART

Liquid ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup low fat milk (I used full cream)

Method

1. Lightly grease 2, 12 hole (2 tablespoon capacity) mini muffin trays.  Preheat oven to 200°C conventional or 180°C fan forced.
2. Combine flour, cocoa and CSR SMART together in a medium bowl.
3. Mix the vanilla, egg, oil and milk in a separate bowl.
4. Gently pour the wet ingredients into the dry and lightly fold together until just combined. Over mixing will give tougher muffins.

still a bit lumpy here...

5. Divide mixture evenly between each cup of the mini muffin pans.

6. Bake muffins for 15-17 minutes, or until they spring back when gently touched in the centre. Leave in tray for 5 minutes, then gently remove and cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 24 mini muffins :).

Instead of dusting it with icing sugar, I went all out with colourful icing ^^.

The green didn’t really stand out so she had some Aussie colours :).  Sadly, I had no common sense about the icing (plus I was trying to keep my bro from eating them) so after I decorated them, I placed the cupcakes in the car without refrigerating them… let’s just say I’m glad I took a photo of the finished product before showing her ^^’.

Had some extra batter so…

:).

Happy times ! They were very moist and the peeps enjoyed it… as long as they popped it in their mouths quickly lols.

OK, I’m cooking dinner so better get prepping!

♥ Ames

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Cookies In A Jar

I feel super organised today… ’tis a good feeling when you actually are organised as well hehehe

Gone to the gym, sent a zillion emails, folded a mountain of clean clothes, made a few important phone calls, booked in for a few career fairs, filled up the rest of my last week before uni with lunches, a movie premiere, a haircut (yep, another haircut! I think this is gonna be my short-hair phase year…) and a birthday bash to name just a few… lols, life couldn’t be sweeter!

Except of course when there’s a cookie post to write !! :D

So yes, as expressed last entry, I FINALLY made time to make some cookies!  These holidays have been super busy so to find a spare moment to bake is definitely a luxury I don’t get very often.  One of my piano students (whose mother is a kinder teacher – important point to note because it explains the creativity of this present) gave me this for Christmas:

Such a clever idea!  I love nifty crafty presents :).  So since Christmas is well long and gone, this was one present-opening that was very well overdue.  I’ll have to confirm the exact measurements of the ingredients but as you can see, we have:

  • white and milk chocolate drops
  • oats
  • castor sugar
  • brown sugar
  • self-raising flour

Additional ingredients and instructions below:

I had wanted to photo-document the whole process but that kinda got a bit difficult after I got my hands all covered in the cookie dough… and well, I kinda forgot :D.

So here is the finished product:

I didn’t leave enough gaps in between the balls of cookie dough and since I was in a rush to get out the door, I didn’t have time to do one batch at a time…

Oh well, the verdict?

Everyone loved them and came back for seconds :D.  Most said they tasted like ANZAC cookies, probably due to the oats… thankfully, I was smart enough to grab one to eat for myself before they ran out – they were much softer than ANZAC cookies and had a bit of a chewy-ness with the chocolate drops… all in all, a baking success!  It’s quite a simple recipe so I’m likely to make it again once I get the exact measurements…


Lols, the other 2/3 of the Quotes of Gold loved them too ;).  It’s hard to believe that these two are off to uni this year…time really has gone so fast!  We get on each other’s nerves (one more so than the other :P) but at the end of the day, we’re sisters- sisters in Christ :).  And I love them.

Happy O-week freshers!

♥ Ames

reorganised mess

Today was the day I planned on doing my annual post-exam-desk-clear-up…

Clearly it was way overdue.  It got done eventually…

Ta-da!  It took more than a few hours though because I got easily distracted by all the things that had piled up on my desk over the year.  Found a speech that had been half-given at my 21st, found my tax return cheque that has yet to be banked, found notes I’d written ages ago at a conference etc.  As I was looking for spots to displace items on my desk, I decided to reorganise the textbooks and readers I’d accumulated last year…

Makes me wonder, how many trees do law schools kill each year…? lols, I guess it’s a question better left unanswered.  We had oven-roasted chicken marinated with garlic and chilli accompanied by a mushroom, cucumber, tomato and lettuce salad which meant that I got to make my favourite dressing: Red Wine Vinegar Wholegrain Mustard dressing :D.

Ingredients (the name kinda gives it all):

  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Wholegrain Mustard
  • Sugar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method: The vinegar is the base of the dressing so pour into a small soup bowl as much as you need.  Spoon a few teaspoons of wholegrain mustard into the vinegar and stir through.  Add sugar to taste and sprig the oil in and you are done!  Easiest thing ever and adds a great kick to any salad :).

You guessed it, this was just another excuse to take photos and put them up for self-admiration…. ;).

Quotes I found lying around on my desk:

 ‘Justice is when we get what we do deserve.  Grace is when we get what we don’t deserve.’

‘Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.’

‘Every closed door is protection for you.  Every mistake will turn and work for your good.’

♥ April

NYD Feast

After coming back from a 3 -day camp where we were sooooooo well fed, nothing looked appetizing… and I literally mean NOTHING!  I had no appetite at all which rarely happens since I love food so much and it wasn’t the greatest timing since we were on the eve of a new year.  I picked at my NYE family dinner and internally swore off food for the next few days…HOWEVER, a visit to our family friend’s place on the 01/01/2011 changed all that :D.  The Mrs. of the house is one organised lady and had made most of the dishes whilst some others brought a dish to share as well hence, creating an amazing NYD menu:

I only had my iPhone handy but there were some dishes I just had to snap a photo of because it was so well presented(so please excuse the less than desirable image quality):

 

Burmese Spicy Egg and Chicken Noodles (wasn't on the menu)

  

Cucumber with Marinated Jelly Fish

One of my favourite appetizers was ‘Abundant Cup’ which the host had though up herself.  She used Wonton pastry to create the ‘Cups’ (cooked in the oven for X mins on ~180 degrees celcius until crisp) that she filled with a potato and corn salad mix and then placed cooked prawns in each of them, topped with sesame seeds.  Such a smart idea and tasted great!

Abundant Cup (Original)

But the winner for me that evening was the Hong Kong Style Salad:

Hong Kong Style Salad

From memory, it was a mixture of cubed cucumber, cooked potato and carrots, corn kernels, pineapple pieces tossed in whole-egg mayo and seasoned with salt to taste.  It was very light and just tasted divine :).  I went back for thirds and fourths hehehe. 

When I have my own place one day, I hope I can be as organised to put together such a splendid dinner party spread that even bloated uni students who attend will be enticed to try all the dishes ;).

Hope you enjoyed the New Year festivities and food !

 ♥ April