Monday, November 16, 2015

Perfect weekend

Salut !

Work life has been so busy and tiring that the moment I got home I just wanna drop dead on the bed. Can't even bring myself to open my mouth for dinner, not even think about working out I think I'm going pretty out of shape now :'(

Anyways, I'm super hyped that the boy is finally back from his horrible work trip. Well, it was definitely a hard time for the both of us but thank God it's over! Had an extremely well-spent weekend & Diwali holiday with him that makes me really really contented & loved. Being have to work almost everyday and driving myself everywhere, Sunday and any public holiday is certainly precious for me.

Had a lovely Saturday evening at the "beach"- Country Garden. We are nature-lover just so you know. Chilling by the bay with a cup of coffee is our absolute love!

Silly things that we do ;)

Aku anak Johor!

That night, I treated the boy with my very first pay! Brought him to my all-time fave restaurant @ Marco Polo! They've got the BEST PIZZA IN JB I reckon! Boyfriend says he'll come here every weekend for the pizza! HAH! They also serve classic Italian dishes like pasta & risotto. Pesto shrimp linguine used to be on the menu but unfortunately they've taken it out :( I'd personally recommend their spaghetti vongole & mushroom risotto. They also serve desserts like tiramisu and panna cotta and some cakes but they aren't my fave. 

We had the mexican beef linguine & 5 white cheese pizza!

Happy kids!

And waffle ice-cream for dessert ! This is a must have every time I visit the restaurant. Though it's just a humble waffle topped with ice-cream and maple syrup, they still do it well.

On Sunday, we went shopping at JPO since there was sales going on.
So Christmassy! Can't wait for my fave season of the year! But sadly, the christmas atmosphere in JB just isn't there at all. Makes miss KL even more, where christmas carol can be heard everywhere you go with gorgeous decos all around the places.

Having to drive myself to see clients everyday, it's definitely a luxury being drive around !

Yes, public holiday simply means waking up to yummy brunch without the alarm! This was at Brew Orchestra.

French toast with berry compote, espresso nutella banana & vanilla ice-cream.

The toast were fluffy but honestly, it wasn't anything like french toast :( They wasn't any taste and fragrance of the egg, more like some pan fried brioche without much flavor. The nutella espresso sauce was quite sour which didn't pair well which was such a disappointment from what it supposed to sound. Berry compote was tasteless as well. This dish literally tarnish my impression towards the cafe.

On a lighter note, we had a chillax afternoon at Puteri Habor where has officially became one of my fave place in JB! It's only my second visit there, the first time was 2 years ago? Where only Hello Kitty land exists back then!

Can never be thankful enough for this man and moments like this. Definitely perks me up after a long week. So, it's Monday again, have a great week ahead people! xx

Saturday, October 24, 2015

I'm officially missing you

I need my sugar right now :'(

Saturday, October 03, 2015

NezBakes: Scones

Hello October!

New life has officially begin. Finally made up my mind and took my step into a complete new stage of life- WORK LIFE. Oh dear, I feel grown up instantly! 

First week of work is over and everything's been good so far. Praise God ! Been loving everything here, especially getting to run around, meeting people and learning new things which I've never come across in life. Indeed an eye-opener! Have gotta really thank my brother most of all for analysing things with me and flooding my world with optimism which certainly boost my courage in taking up the position. Also thank God for the wonderful colleagues and department which makes my life a lot better in the company. I mean, conducive environment is one most important key to a healthy and happy work life. Being a psychologist..hah! 

Guess the only setback about this job is having to work on a Saturday! Bummer!

Since the weekend is here, time for self-rewarding! :D
Made some cranberry scones which is my absolute love! But lacking the most important clotted cream is such spoiler, wish someone could ship over Rodda's for me now! I MISS ENGLAND :'(

Anyways, this has gotta be the best I've had ever since coming back from UK! The buttery crumb, fluffy texture, slight savoury body with hint of sweet dried cranberries OH NOMS.

Ingredients (2 scones)
1/2 cup self-raising flour
20g salted butter *
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp skim milk *
1 tbsp dried cranberry *

  1. Rub cold butter into dry ingredients till reaches bread crumb consistency. 
  2. Add cranberries and mix well. 
  3. Add cold milk to bind them together. 
  4. Wrap dough in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for 30mins. 
  5. Shape the dough and place it on baking tray.
  6. Bake at 180 for 15 mins with top heat then switch to bottom heat for 5 mins. 

Note *
  • If using unsalted butter, add 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Use any kinda milk as you desire, depending on your taste. e.g. Half and half for rich texture!
  • Use raisins if you like. Or even chocolate chips! 

Now, go ahead and make this with a cup of tea! CREAM TEA TIME BABY xx

Friday, September 25, 2015

NezBakes: Matcha craze

Thanks to Indonesia the haze issue is getting more and more ridiculous recently that I can smell the smoke even without opening any windows and doors at home. It has always been an issue but their government is obviously ignorant about it.

It absolutely pointless getting your minister to apologise without taking actions. Like c'mon, talking is easy, heck needs that? We, Malaysians & Singaporeans need you to do something to put off the fire and turn the situation around. PSI level strikes 300+ just yesterday and i could barely breath like a normal. Imagine people in Indonesia where PSI level exceeds 2000?! Who's more of a victim?

Sometimes, people can be so inconsiderate and literally have forgetten about the importance of lives. Your country won't make it without any one of them okay.

So people here, stay indoor and keep yourself hydrated all the time!


Says my outfit. 

I have been very very addicted to matcha these days. I've always been a green tea/matcha lover but it got me so obsessed with it so I've baked some matcha desserts consecutively to satisfy the crave! It's also a wholesome ingredient for detoxification and anti-aging so yup, makes great refreshment during hazey days like this ;)

First up, Matcha Swiss Roll !

It's my first time making a swiss roll and boy, it's easy! Filled with my all-time favourite cream cheese frosting recipe that I've use on my red velvet cake, you can see them here, here and here! I always have this frosting on hand to be topped on cupcakes/cake, spread on toast, as strawberries dip etc! They are just perfect to go with anything ! I can even lick it on its own :p

Well for the cake, you only need a handful of ingredients and little time to complete them! (minus the chilling process)
My recipe makes a mini roll for 4? Hehe

Matcha roll: 
2 tablespoon Cake flour
1/2 tsp Matcha Powder
2 Large Eggs (separated)
1/4 cup Sugar (too sweet for me, will reduced more in the future)  
Lemon cream cheese: 
4oz Philadelphia cream cheese
2/3 cup Icing sugar
Zest of half a lemon

Next up, matcha cream cheese blondie!

Oh babe, this IS so helluva HEAVEN ! The combo of white chocolate and matcha with cream cheese is an absolute perfection with such rich and luxurious taste! White chocolate has gotta be the new addiction from now on. I've always been a fan of dark chocolate and I guess it's time for a change! I mean, we do need things like this to spice up life a little, no? ;)

Besides, the CHEESECAKE BASE certainly bring these blondie to the whole new level! You know I'm a huge fan of the base rather than cheesecake. Well, I added this to my blondie because I initially wanted to make some bars, hence the idea! *ding* Also, I wanna use up the leftover crackers in the tin because I think they're going soggy :/ heh

Anyways, this is pretty a healthy and low fat dessert to me due to the high butter and sugar content in white chocolate, little amount of sugar and no cream is used in this recipe. The sugar was to compensate with the other ingredients.

I have always come up with recipes that yield smaller batches because I'm either making weekend treats for myself or for gatherings with a couple of my friends and I definitely wouldn't want any of them to go into waste so yeah. I think it's brilliant especially for y'all who comes from a smaller family or so :)

4oz white chocolate chips (I use Hershey)
50ml skim milk *see note
1 Large egg
1/4 cup Granulated sugar
1/4 cup Cake flour 
Matcha cream cheese swirl: 
2 Tablespoon of cream cheese frosting *see above 
1/4 teaspoon Matcha powder
1/2 cup Cracker crumbs (about 10)
20g melted Unsalted butter

Baked at 170c for 40 minutes, then chill in the fridge to set.

2 down in my stomach and it's just SO hard to resist decadent treats like this! Successfully retain the rest to be brought over for a friends gathering tomorrow! *wink*

Use whole milk/cream for richer, creamier taste to your liking. As I wanna make it less sweet, skim milk would be a healthier choice for me. 

Last but not least, shoutout to Indonesia,


Terima Kasih!