Monday, January 19, 2015

Wholemeal Orange Chiffon Cake with Chia Seeds

My first bake in 2015! Going healthy by adding wholemeal flour and chia seeds to my usual bake.

The reason for this change. Because my mum went for health screening recently, her cholesterol and triglycerides levels are tested to be on the high side, though medication not required. Actually they have been high since many years ago cos she used to like eating fatty meat. Although she has already switched to eating vegetarian, eating healthily and exercising daily all these years, the levels don't seem to drop lower. So don't think you can eat as much as meaty as fatty as oily as you want because you are still young. Cos they will accumulate in your body till all the problems come. I believe in that!

So the nutritionist advises her to eat more oat and wholemeal products. Then I heard about the many health benefits of eating chia seeds. Besides high in the important nutritions, it is also high in antioxidants, Omega-3 and found to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, increase HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). So I bought a packet to try. Both of us eating this everyday. I will add 1 tbsp of chia seeds to my hot Milo every morning. Let's see if it will have any benefits.


The wholemeal chiffon cake. Chia seeds not so obvious. Adding crunch to the fluffy cake though the texture is coarser than usual due to the wholemeal flour. Is there any finer wholemeal flour around?


The recipe is the same as the one I posted before, except substituting half of the flour with wholemeal flour and adding 1 tbsp of Chia seeds.

Wholemeal Orange Chiffon Cake with Chia Seeds

From Fairprice $15.90 for 150g packet
Ingredients: (17cm chiffon tin)

3 egg yolks
20g caster sugar
35ml vegetable oil
1 tsp Cointreau
60ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 tsp orange zest (I used zest of 1 whole orange)
40g cake flour
40g wholemeal flour (I use Prima)
1 tbsp Chia seeds

4 egg whites
50g caster sugar (I used 40g)

Method:

1. Whisk egg yolks and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
2. Gradually add in vegetable oil, followed by Cointreau, orange juice and zest.
3. Add sifted cake flour and wholemeal flour. Mix until just combined. Add 1 tbsp of Chia seeds. Mix well. Set aside.
4. In another bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Add in sugar gradually and continue whisking until stiff peak form.
5. Gently fold in the egg white into the egg yolk batter (in step 3) in 3 batches.
6. Pour the batter into an ungreased chiffon tin. Give the tin a few slight knocks on the tabletop to remove air bubbles. Bake in preheated oven at 170 deg C for 35 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and invert the tin immediately onto a cooling rack.
8. Unmould the cake only when it is completely cool.

Adapted from: 好吃戚风蛋糕轻松上手

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014 Hello 2015

Another year is gone, so fast. Time to look back at some of the more memorable posts in 2014 (though not much)!

I did the Blueberry Crumble Muffins in January. The photo got me drooling again!


My CNY bakes - 2 types of pineapple tarts with SCS butter! Which one do you prefer?



My must-bake every year, the cashew nut cookies. Probably the last time you will see them in this shape. Still very sad that I lost the mini crescent-shape cookie cutter. :(


My second CNY Bake Sale partly for charity. Tell me, I shouldn't continue next year. So tedious!



My attempt to make Hidden Hearts in my chiffon cake. Pretty yah!


A KitKat and M&Ms chocolate cake. Fun making it!


Completed writing about my Hong Kong trip.


Went Bangkok in May and have not completed writing it, forever in the draft folder. Lol! Surprisingly, the Planning for the Trip post is quite popular with the readers.


The Japanese Cotton Cheesecake has quite many likes in my IG!


Mooncake making for Mid-Autumn Festival.


How can I not bake my favourite chiffon cakes. Usually the ordinary ones. But this Neapolitan chiffon cake comes with 3 flavours that reminds me of the ice cream.


Went for a short Malacca trip in November. Will be writing about it next time.


Then I slack of the rest of the year. I will leave those in the draft to next year. Aiyo!

Looking back at 2014, I had baked and blogged lesser. Most of the time I when I bake, I tend to bake those that family prefers to eat and using the same recipes. That explains the reason of lesser blogging. Sometimes I also feel lazy to blog because oh yes I already posted the photos on FB and IG, haha! Then I also did not go around reading blogs as much as I used to and thus somehow lost some inspiration to bake something new?? Haha, cos we tend to be influenced by what other bloggers posted.

Then this question always repeats, whether I should continue blogging. The answer is almost always yes (I admit I have thought of giving it up many times). Because this blog records all my baking recipes, my success, my failures, my life, my memories. Although I rarely read back what I had written unless I need to find a recipe. LOL! I know many 'old' bloggers also post lesser and lesser or some even quit because it is really hard to maintain a blog due to personal commitments or have switch to other social medias.

Forward to 2015, I will like to continue blogging as long as I can, although not regularly. I may not blog all about baking now, I will also include some of the places I have been to and keep my memories here. Wishing a great year in 2015 for me and everyone!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bangkok 2014 Day 2: Or Tor Kor Market and Asiatique The Riverfront

Day 2: 4 May 2014 (Sun)

Or Tor Kor Market

We "escaped" into Kamphaeng Phet MRT Station. You can come here for aircon or a toilet break. If you want to go Or Tor Kor Market which is just opposite Chatuchak, you can pass through here, there's a sign that directs you to an underground mall. After walking through till the end you will reach another exit 3. Come out you will see the big Or Tor Kor Market sign.



This place is like our wet market here. It is big, clean and spacious. They have wet market stalls and also dry market where fresh fruits and dried goods are sold.


Mangoes everywhere! You can pack a big box home like what wiffygal did.


Dried goods and snacks. We got the Thai dried longan here, cheaper than Singapore.


I fell in love with Thai durians. They are so sweet, thick and creamy. The durians are all individually wrapped! I posted this on Instagram and someone told me that the name of this variety is called "Khan Yao" and it is considered one of the top and most expensive ones. Second best to this will be "Morn Thong". We chose the most expensive one at 180 baht, the seller offered us at 150baht (~$5.94). It was so cheap and there were 8 big fleshy with very small seeds. Taste superb. Durian is the one we missed most for this trip instead of mangoes. :)


There are also many cooked food stalls here. You can feel free to 打包 (buy and takeaway). Unlike in Singapore, when you tabao from the mixed vegetables rice stalls, they just scoop everything into a styrofoam box. Here, they pack the rice and vegetables individually. I do find it better, rather than mixing all the food together.



Spent about an hour there and then took a taxi back 100baht (~$3.96) to our hotel to rest and refresh ourselves.

Asiatique The Riverfront

After a short break in the hotel room, we left at about 6pm in the evening to Asiatique The Riverfront night market. Took BTS to Saphan Taksin station. Go out from exit 2, keep to the left and look out for the signs for the free shuttle boat at Sathorn Pier.


In fact, this was what greeted us once out of the BTS station, the looong queue... aiyo!



Admiring the scenery while waiting for the boat.


Here comes the boat!


We boarded the boat. Very crowded and had to stand. Sorry for the blur photo as the boat kept shaking. Lol. I took a video for the entire boat trip. It takes about less than 10 minutes to reach Asiatique. Hold the camera properly ok. :)


The sky darkened during the journey. You know you are near when you see the big ferris wheel.


Reached!


Another shot of the FREE shuttle boat. :)


The touristic photo shot.


Big ferris wheel. Didn't go up though.


Asiatique The Riverfront is an open-air night market converted from warehouse. The area is not too big, divided into 4 districts and 10 sections. You can do shopping here at more than 1500 boutiques from fashion, craft, souvenir to furniture. For dining, there are around 40 bars and restaurants with international cuisines and alfresco dining. Other activities to do here besides shopping and eating - go up ASIATIQUE SKY, the highest Ferris wheel in Thailand, watch Muay Thai live, enjoy Calypso cabaret show, a 4D cinema at Ymax, and etc. Opening hours is from 5pm-midnight.


Didn't do much shopping here as we were here more for a sightseeing place. Compared to Chatuchak, the prices were higher, the sellers were more willing to give better discounts. Designs were better and more upscale. There is a Naraya shop here where ladies will scream for the pretty and affordable bags. I saw many men standing by the side waiting. Haha!


Bye to Asiatique as we returned to hotel after a tiring day of shopping. Looking foward to the half-day tour tomorrow morning.


Next: Half-Day Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market Tour

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bangkok 2014 Day 2: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Day 2: 4 May 2014 (Sun)

Day 2 was going to be a long day of shopping as we were going 3 places. From Erawan Shrine, we walked back to Chit Lom station and took BTS to Mo Chit station to Chatuchak. No change of train is required.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

At Mo Chit station, you don't need any directions as everyone will be going to the same place on weekend. Coming out of the station exit 1, follow the crowd and here we are - Chatuchak Weekend Market. Not yet, you need to pass through the row of stalls before reaching.


It is one of the world's largest weekend markets covers an area of 27 acres, divided into 27 Sections, with more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand. Look at the map! I doubt you can read it cos the place is just too large and you will be in a maze of stalls once you enter the small lanes.


It is opened on Saturday and Sunday only, from 9am-6pm. Do come earlier as when comes to noon time, you will be sweating like mad. To maintain your sense of direction, use the clock tower as the landmark. As first-timer to Chatuchak, we stayed close to the main roads, wandered into the smaller lanes when something interests us. Still we think we only see like 10% of the shops only? Haha!


Not many photos here as busy shopping around.







Things were cheap here. It's not easy to bargain though, maybe we were not so good. The discount they gave was miserable, still cheap though!  It's a wonderful place for shopping except for the heat and sweating. Wear light and have strong legs. :)

Met many Singaporeans here, you will know when you hear Singlish during shopping and eating. :)

Many food stalls here too. We didn't try a lot as a bit worry about the hygiene, you know the food are just displayed outside.



The green skin orange juice is a must try here. Very sweet. 30baht (~$1.19) for a small bottle.


It rained a while during noon time. We had Mango sticky rice 60baht (~$2.38). Too hungry and ate without taking photos. Because of the rain, we went into shelter and stumbled upon this Noodle soup with Chicken stall that was filled up with customers.


I had to try this for sure! A bowl costs 50baht (~$1.98). One braised drumstick, some knuckles, very QQ noodles and the herbal soup tasted heavenly! I don't even know the location. It was only after I came back and googled and found that it is a popular stall at Section 21 Soi 29 facing Soi 47.


Back at the main road near the chicken noodle soup stall.


Sample drinks to try.


We walked left towards the direction of Kamphaeng Phet MRT Station. Spotted the Indonesian milk tea.


Which is beside the famous coconut ice cream. A bit regret that I did not try it. Why??


After spending like 4 hours plus at Chatuchak, we surrendered to the heat and tired legs and off to another location nearby.

Next: Or Tor Kor Market and Asiatique The Riverfront