• Baking Recipes,  Cookies

    Homemade cookies are one of the best pick-me-ups

    I don’t know if any of you experience this as well, but I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a homemade cookie without feeling a little better afterwards. If I’m having a good day, I start smiling a bit more; and when I’m having a bad day, the dark cloud over my head lifts a little. It’s like baked endorphins, especially when in the form of chocolate chip cookies! Now these may not be chocolate chip cookies, but I can assure you they have the same effect. As you all may have read from my previous post, I am in dire need of all sorts of pick-me-ups. This cookie definitely fits…

  • Baking Recipes,  Brownies & Bars,  From the books,  Reinventions of classics,  The Breakfast Bin,  TV cravings

    No turning back now + Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

    When I started this whole blogging thing, I had no idea what to expect. All I aimed for was a place to share the things I bake/cook and shoot. Now it feels like a little more than that. Aside from the newfound goal of teaching others and encouraging others to cook and bake too, now I get these crazy ideas and do these crazy things that I probably wouldn’t have had I not started this blog. I wake up really early during Sunday mornings feeling invigorated and excited to run into the kitchen even though Sundays are all I have for “rest”. I forget my week’s worth of exhaustion during…

  • Baking Recipes,  Cupcakes & Muffins,  Experiments & experiences,  The Breakfast Bin

    My Happy Day Muffins

    I made muffins out of a whim. It has carrots, pineapple, a touch of oats, whole wheat flour, egg whites, and agave nectar in it. Oh, and a dash of cinnamon and ginger, and an ocean of my love. That’s right. If you’re wondering where the butter and the sugar are, there aren’t any. And I adore them just the same. And then I gave it my family to eat.

  • Autumn baking,  Baking Recipes,  Cookies

    Whoopie pies remind me of my “identity issue”

    It’s stupid really. It’s not even that much of a deal to be called a crisis, but what do I call it? Identity problem? Identity predicament? So here’s the thing: I live in a country that is predominantly influenced by the United States, from the way we dress, to the way we speak, to how much the fastfood industry thrives over here, down to the books and the English we study. American English. And yet, and I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, I cannot stop myself from spelling in British English. That’s it actually. Kind of petty isn’t it?

  • Baking Recipes,  Experiments & experiences,  Recipe Round-Up

    {Kitchen Diaries} We’re just loafing around

    Well it would seem that I have run across some form of streak with the loaves I’ve been making as of late. They’ve all been really good, and I could only wish I managed to take really good photos so that these recipes can be featured on the blog in the way that they deserve. Alas, my photos aren’t exactly to my liking, so I decided I would just write a Round-Up. The first two loaves are these fantastic quickbreads; chock full of lovely flavors that really hit one spot or another. The third loaf though I found a bit strange. Let’s just say that although going the healthy route…

  • Asian Flavors,  Cooking Recipes,  From the books,  Seafood dishes

    Bee Yin Low’s Amazing Honey Walnut Shrimp

    By jove, she cooks! That’s the thought that enters my mind whenever I can tear myself away from the baking books long enough to cook something. To tell you honestly, I’m a bigger fan of eating “real” food compared to pastries and sweets, however for one reason or another, I like the act of baking a lot more. I’m guessing that’s about to change, now that I’ve gotten started with the cooking part with the help of Ms. Bee Yin Low! The first cooking recipe I featured here (which was amazing by the way!) was from her Rasa Malaysia blog, the Asian cuisine blog I surf and bookmark the heck…