Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What's goin on in the baking world?

Here's some of the stuff that I baked this week:

Ginger snap
Recipe: Old Fashioned Ginger Snap
Modi: Didn't have molasses, so used dark syrup instead. I also reduced the sugar to 1.5 cups.
Verdict: Quite good when fresh. However, after a few hours, it loses it's crunchiness. Is this common? This is my first time baking ginger snap.

Apple cake
Recipe: Apple cake
Modi: As usual, i reduced the sugar to 1 3/4 cup. Next time will reduce more to 1.5 or 1 1/4 cups.
Verdict: OMG! This is one of the best cake that I've baked. It is REALLY REALLY GOOD!

Banana cookies
Recipe: Banana cookies
Modi: none
Verdict: Don't let the name deter you off. This is more like a banana bread in cookie shape or banana muffin top. It's pretty good, and a nice break from the regular banana bread.

That's all for now folks!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

JD's new toy

Starting last winter, whenever JD eats a little junk food (candy, burger, fries, etc.) she coughed. She coughed when she's laying down, and this cough can lasts for months. Finally, her doctor recommended us to see an asthma specialist. After waiting for a long time, finally we got an appointment time. And 2 weeks ago, we went to there. JD was diagnosed with a mild asthma. The doctor puts her on inhaler twice a day for prevention, because winter in Bergen is terrible for asthma.
At first, JD was afraid of it. But now, she loves her inhaler. She even wants to do it herself, and takes it wherever she goes.

It's a bit sad that she has to undergo this. But after a few days of using it, her cough's gone. She's been coughing for 2 months, and we've tried everything! Well, I guess we can wean her off it later in spring. But for now, HIP HIP HURRA for no coughing :))

Sunday, October 11, 2009


So, I knitted Trellis cardigan for JD when she's 1.5 yo. I made larger size using larger needle, and heavier yarn hoping that it'll fit her until she's 2 yo.
Apparently, I made it so big, that it fits her just right right now. At the age of 3.5, and right when it starts to cool down too :))

Trellis Trellis

Ravelled here

Friday, October 09, 2009

Do they look the same?

My friends thinks I cloned my girls :)
I managed to snap a few pics of Kai posing almost the same way like JD did when she's small. In the pic, JD was a few weeks older, and look they even wear the same shirt!
What do you think?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Kids stuff

Some pictures of da kidz.

JD and Kai sitting on the windowsill.
I think JD carries her sister to sit up there.

We all sleeps together in one room. Not because da kidz don't have their room and beds, but because they don't wanna sleep in their own room and beds. So, Kai sleeps on my bed, and we brought out a spare bed for JD. This is actually quite cozy and works better than all 4 of us sleeping in 1 bed like our previous arrangement. And since it started to get cold here, our room become quite warm and packed.
One night, I heard Kai fussing a bit, and went over to check on her. JT found them like this. Apparently, Kai moved around and fell into JD's bed (good thing it wasn't the floor).

JD helping me rolling the pie crust for pear tart

Monday, October 05, 2009

Food recap

Things that I've been baking/cooking in the past week.

Deep, dark brownies
Recipe: Deep, dark rich brownies
Vote: Really good. JT even loves it. It's rich, and very satisfying.

Herbs de provence bread
Recipe: Herbes de Provence bread
Vote: Taste-wise, it's good. However, the dough was really sticky, and not rising well (on the first rise). And on the second rise, it's more like rising to the sides, and up. Resulting in a bread that's more like a fluffy pancake, as JD (my oldest) said.

Lamb Curry with white and red rice
Lamb curry
Recipe: my own

Oatmeal cakes
Recipe: Oatmeal cakes
Vote: Pretty good. JD loves it. And it's healthy too. So yay!