17 4 / 2014

After getting so many little surprises at work this week. I decided to return the gesture and gift some baked goods to the Admin pool. Today, I got a throw for my legs for the impending winter from my Admin boss.
I had baked black bottom cupcakes last week and I decided to tweak the recipe to see if I could make it better. I did them all as mini cupcakes and I got some nice mini cupcake paper cups from Coles. I had to buy a box to put the mini cupcakes in and I was overly ambitious thinking that I could get 8 in a box and thus gift all 48 in the batch. 
Turned out I could get 6 in a box, which was just as well, as Twin and I shared half of one to test the taste. I had nixed the salt from the cream cheese and put in vanilla essence instead, but I put in 1 teaspoon - might try 1/2 teaspoon next time. Overly Attached Friend had complained that I gave her none of last week’s batch, so I set aside 6 from the 12 left over.
Mother ate one, so that leaves 4. What to do with them?
Tomorrow is the last work day of the week!! Yay!! 

After getting so many little surprises at work this week. I decided to return the gesture and gift some baked goods to the Admin pool. Today, I got a throw for my legs for the impending winter from my Admin boss.

I had baked black bottom cupcakes last week and I decided to tweak the recipe to see if I could make it better. I did them all as mini cupcakes and I got some nice mini cupcake paper cups from Coles. I had to buy a box to put the mini cupcakes in and I was overly ambitious thinking that I could get 8 in a box and thus gift all 48 in the batch. 

Turned out I could get 6 in a box, which was just as well, as Twin and I shared half of one to test the taste. I had nixed the salt from the cream cheese and put in vanilla essence instead, but I put in 1 teaspoon - might try 1/2 teaspoon next time. Overly Attached Friend had complained that I gave her none of last week’s batch, so I set aside 6 from the 12 left over.

Mother ate one, so that leaves 4. What to do with them?

Tomorrow is the last work day of the week!! Yay!! 

16 4 / 2014

My day.

My day.

15 4 / 2014

So, one of the JAMs (Junior Account Manager) didn’t have to twist my arm to get me to go to lunch with her and the SAM (Senior Account Manager) she works with. Ding Tai Fung!!

When we got there, we were informed of a 15min wait. We agreed to it and were then given a menu, an order sheet and a buzzer. the JAM and I were very quick to decide what to order. When the buzzer sounded we hot footed it to the front and were seated around the the back, near where the outside entrance was. I understand that you need to draw in a crowd from the street, but the automatic sliding door was huge and kept letting in the cool Autumn. 

We ordered the pork dumplings (xiao long bao), the truffle ones (one each - so damn expensive!), shao mai, drunken chicken (one of my favs from this place), fried rice with chicken cutlet (so succulent and tender on the inside, lightly crispy on the outside - way better than what I was expecting) and noodle with mince pork sauce (zha jiang mien). The price was very high per person but the taste was all there and I wanted more of every dish, if only my stomach had more room. Definitely worth multiple visits when flushed with cash.

A surprise I got early in the morning when I got into work was the two bunnies waiting for me at work. The little ceramic bunny and a milk Lindt Easter Bunny. I didn’t know who the mysterious giver was, but it was very sweet of them.

I wanted to put Cadbury Easter eggs in the bowl at my desk as Twin and I used buy Cadbury Easter eggs (back when they were in large foil bags) and share them around in high school. I ended up using four bags to fill the bowl throughout the day. The Cadbury was definitely a hit. The SAM decided that he didn’t want to be outdone so he went and got four bags of different sweets and put two in smaller bowls, next to my big one. At the end of the day, I was bored and put the little ceramic bunny into the bowl of the Easter eggs with just the little white head poking out. I don’t know if anyone noticed. My little way of having fun.

Hope you all had a satisfying Monday!

P.S. The little trophy you see on the side is actually a reward given to the soccer players of office. The inscription on it says “Broke the Duck”. Don’t really know what it means, but something about finally winning after losing for so long.

P.P.S. Thank you to my new follower! Very nice to see the notification so early in the morning.

14 4 / 2014

We ended up deciding to go La Premier for the movie as it best suited the time we had and we had a $52 for two tickets voucher.

We waited for ages to get a seat at Kam Fook for yum cha. Did some clothes shopping and then got our snacks and drinks to sneak in. There was also the free popcorn and soft drink. But the soft drink had more carbonated water and very little syrup. Not really tasting like lemonade at all.

I quite liked the movie but there were definitely cringe worthy young adult aimed ‘love’ scenes (tender moments) that I couldn’t look at. The book was written for young adults, so I guess that would explain it.

Theo James was very nice to look at. Jai Courtney, too - although he plays the bad guy.

I like the world that the author had created as I felt that in a way, this could happen in a post-apocalytic world. A world where to create a ‘harmonious society’ people were created ‘equal’ but like Animal Farm, “some are more equal than others’. And within the society, some are subtly moving things around for their own agenda. 

Definitely need to watch more movies before reading the books. Makes me less likely to bitch out a movie about how different it is from the book.

A sad thing we found out was that Ding Tai Fung has finally opened for business after we had lunch and were not hungry for dinner after the movie. Why?? Definitely wanted to eat there more than Kam Fook.

Well, there’s always the next few weeks!!

Hope you all had a good weekend! 

13 4 / 2014

Thank you to another follower!

Hope you all got to sleep in today and/or yesterday!

Only a four day week coming up!!

13 4 / 2014

Today was a busy day.

Got a haircut (nice, silky, shiny hair. Yay!), did some grocery shopping and ate way too much food. 

I finally took Twin to the Korean place at one of the entrances to Westfield in Chatswood and had to go back as lunch was too packed for us to wait, with out limited time. We ended up settling for a very early dinner (around 4pm) and now, at 10:30pm (and some) I’m still feeling full.

Pretty excited about tomorrow. Going to see a movie!!

Hope you are all having a good weekend!

12 4 / 2014

Today started out good.

I remembered to take the black bottom cupcakes into work and when I took them out to share they were gone in under an hour.

Almost 30 of us went out the lunch farewell one of the staff members. Three tables at Shanghai Stories with very Chinese food. One dish of almost every meat (seafood, pork, beef, chicken, duck) and one vegetable plate and one rice dish (surprisingly good).

With most of us stuffed from lunch (finished at 2pm), it was decided that cake would be at 3:30. The cake was called Chocolate Indulgence. Chocolate sponge with white and dark chocolate mousse with a swirl on top. It was light in texture and the smell of real chocolate was amazingly good. I did have a piece and it was yum!!

After work, some of us went up to The Orchard for drinks. The worst part of this whole day was going home. I lasted until 7pm and wanted to go home. I just picked the wrong time to go. It rained very hard and didn’t ease up the entire walk to the car and my shoes were completely soaked and it was kinda miserable sitting in the car for about 30mind while soaked in places that the umbrella didn’t cover. Don’t remember the last time I was out in rain that bad.

Have a good weekend!!

11 4 / 2014

I can’t believe that Easter is fast approaching!

There’s a count down picture put up on one of walls in Admin area. As I walk past every day, I’m reminded of Cadbury easter eggs and Lindt bunnies. 

I’m excited about the next two weeks. Very much looking forward to them. A short four day week next week, and then an even shorter three day week the week after (that means Birthday is approaching!). Bring it on!

I’m ready for my long weekends.

Hope you all had a good Thursday!

10 4 / 2014

So here’s out the black bottom cupcakes turned out. 
Not sure about taste. Not like the ones I had at Usyd - but it has been a while since I’ve had one from there. 
I admit I was a little over-zealous with the cream cheese with the first batch as I put way too much on top of the regular sized cupcakes. The little ones didn’t have paper cups and I greased the pan quite well. At least they popped out easily. I did end up with a lot more chocolate cake batter and I had to scrape the bowl to manage to top the last two cupcakes (which I ended up making in muffin moulds). 
I’ll take them to work to get a fair assessment. If they don’t like the taste, I think I will look for another thing to make. Something new. I think I want to try new recipes. 
Hope you all had a good Wednesday!
P.S. Thank you to another new follower! Very pleasantly surprised when I saw the number jump again! 

So here’s out the black bottom cupcakes turned out. 

Not sure about taste. Not like the ones I had at Usyd - but it has been a while since I’ve had one from there. 

I admit I was a little over-zealous with the cream cheese with the first batch as I put way too much on top of the regular sized cupcakes. The little ones didn’t have paper cups and I greased the pan quite well. At least they popped out easily. I did end up with a lot more chocolate cake batter and I had to scrape the bowl to manage to top the last two cupcakes (which I ended up making in muffin moulds). 

I’ll take them to work to get a fair assessment. If they don’t like the taste, I think I will look for another thing to make. Something new. I think I want to try new recipes. 

Hope you all had a good Wednesday!

P.S. Thank you to another new follower! Very pleasantly surprised when I saw the number jump again! 

09 4 / 2014

Pretty awesome Wednesday so far!
Two new followers!! Wow!

Also, as I’m home alone tonight, I’ll be trying out a new recipe - black bottoms cupcakes!!

Before you all go, wtf?, I’ll explain. It is a chocolate cupcake with cream cheese as the top bit. Yum! I’ve always wanted to try out the recipe since I ate a few from my uni days at Azzuri Cafe at Sydney University. Most recipes I’ve seen had it as a dollop in the middle of the cupcake rather than the whole top. I did find a recipe that uses mini muffin moulds so that should do it.

I’m baking these as a test run for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. This is organised by the Cancer Council to raise money for them and workplaces, homes and schools and anyone can participate. My office is holding it in May.

I’ll try and remember to post photos of my results.