Monday, July 27, 2009

Poll: How long do you take to write a blog post?

Bored and trying to find something interesting to do.

Join me in this poll. You have 1 whole month to vote until 31 August 2009.

For me, if I'm posting a recipe, I usually take 30 minutes to 1 hour. :)

Poll Results

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Problem with Blogger again

A short update from me before I take a hiatus from blogging.

This Blogger problem has been frustrating me so much that I have no mood to post anymore. My new post screen can't display properly and the editing icons are missing, including the upload photo icon. I can only type plain text like this.

I still continue my daily routine of blog-visiting for interesting new posts. I read all the blogs that I follow with envy. Everyone is blogging something and nobody complains about any problem. So is it my problem or Blogger's problem.

Anyway, I have received a second award. I also made a Mars Bar Ice Cream, another eggless, very simple recipe that is extremely soft and creamy.

I will post about it when the problem is gone. Dunno when.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

Great thanks to Tracie of Bitter Sweet Flavours and Missy of Sweet Crumbs for passing the Kreativ Blogger Award to me. It's my first award!

The Kreativ Blogger Award comes with some rules:

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated

It's hard to think of something interesting about me. So I shall change this to 7 types of cakes that I wish to try or improve on.

1. Sponge cakes - Hope to make one that is really soft and will not turn dry so easily. Intend to try making sponge cakes using the method similar to chiffon cakes by separating the egg yolks and egg whites too.

2. Chiffon cakes - Although I have some successful attempts, I still fail sometimes. Hope to be more consistent in future.

3. Swiss rolls - I never got this right so far! All my swiss rolls crack!

4. Cupcakes - I wish I could make pretty cupcakes.

5. Cartoon cakes - Want to do a cartoon cake for my nephew and niece. But ahem... I have no idea how to do it.

6. Layered cream cakes - I'm just not confident about decorating cakes. I'm pretty clumsy in handling the cream, not creative, and clueless about decorating.

7. Mooncakes - I promise to make mooncakes this year. :)

The next seven 'Kreativ Blogger' holders would be..
Happy Home Baking
Kitchen Corner
Passionate About Baking
The Adventures of Giggle!!!
....a little diary of mine
Honey Bee Sweets
Happy Flour

Saturday, July 04, 2009

If you can't upload your photos, try this...

Image has been uploaded, but nothing appears on the compose window.

Temporary solution: Upload the photos manually

1. Upload your photos as usual (make sure you choose the size that you want).

2. When the picture is uploaded, DO NOT click done. Instead, right click on the pic, left click on properties & copy the URL (add) there. Do not close the uploaded image window. Just minimise it.

3. On your edit post window, in edit HTML format, input the following:

(can't type this. see comments below)

where URL is the URL (add) that you have copied. Close the uploaded pic window before you click publish. Once you click publish, you shall be able to see your photos.

It's a bit troublesome. But that's all we can do while waiting for Blogger to resolve the problem.

Marble Chiffon Cake

I can't wait to try this Chocolate Marble Chiffon by Grace's Kitchen Corner once I saw the beautiful swirls on her cake.

I'm not very confident about doing this. I have never done anything complicated for my chiffon cakes, like making them multi-coloured. Cos most of the time, my chiffon cakes fail and I'm afraid my effort will be wasted. Secondly, her recipe uses a 21cm chiffon pan, while I'm using a 16cm one (that's the only one I own, sad!). I feel a bit risky to reduce the recipe like that.

You know what, I pass! (Like passing exams!) I'm pretty proud of myself. Thanks Grace, for such a wonderful recipe!