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scrubby wubby

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Ingredients

  • 1 Seville orange
  • a little melted butter , for greasing
  • 100g plain chocolate , broken into pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • 280g caster sugar
  • 240ml sunflower oil
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • orange candied peel , to decorate

FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • 200g plain chocolate , broken into pieces
  • 225ml double cream 
  1. Pierce the orange with a skewer (right through). Cook in boiling water for 30 minutes until soft. Whizz the whole orange in a food processor until smooth; let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C.Grease and line the base of a 23cm/9in round cake tin. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave for 2 minutes on High, stirring after 1 minute. Let cool.  
  3. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs, sugar and oil. Gradually beat in the puréed orange, discarding any pips, then stir in the cooled melted chocolate. Sift in the cocoa, flour and baking powder. Mix well and pour into the tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for 55 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed in the middle. (Check after 45 minutes and cover with foil if it is browning too much.) Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.  
  4. Make the chocolate ganache: put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream to the boil and pour over the chocolate. Leave for 2 minutes, then stir until smooth. Set aside until firm enough to spread over the cake – up to 1½ hours.  
  5. Transfer the cake to a serving plate. Using a palette knife, swirl the ganache over the top. Decorate with strips of candied orange peel. 

being Vesak Day yesterday, of course we had a day off from work. sooo..long weekend here we come!

except that we are having a really long weekend. For some reason, I keep thinking that it’s Sunday today, and was sorta mentally prepared to go back to work tomorrow. -_-” Now I’m starting to think that the weekend is REALLY long.

anyhoos, we did work yesterday, despite it being a holiday. popped over to my mom’s to cook lunch and to try out this chocolate & orange cake recipe from the BBC Good Food magazine (UK). Sure did something very new, i.e., boiling an orange. I wasn’t sure how soft it should be, so did my best. The recipe asked for a Seville orange, but I substituted it with a Valencia orange. I found out that Seville oranges were used for marmalades too! Not that I’ve ever seen a Seville orange..nor know why in particular Seville oranges. Oh wells. So I boiled it, blizted the whole orange in the food processor, and poured all of it into the mix.

The cake came out nicely, and the smell of jaffa was awesome! When it was fresh out of the oven, it smelt like chocolate, with a hint of orange and then when you took a bite of it, there were orange pieces in it, and the citrusy taste just hits you. mmM. I didn’t have time to make the ganache. Took the advice of one of the people who commented that they used yoghurt instead of the double cream that the recipe asked for. A much healthier option!

I brought a camera along, but forgot to take a picture of the cake. DOH. Ah wells, maybe the next dessert then. haha. I baked the cake cos of a colleague who’s lost her sense of taste, has never tasted a chocolate orange anything, and can’t imagine it either. Here’s to hoping that she can smell this one out!

Ohoh, it was our virgin attempt at doing our marketing at the wet market too! haha. We were so ignorant of the prices that the vendors could probably have ripped us off. But it was cool, the prices sounded right (and sooo cheap!!). Lunch cost us about S$10 for 4 people! and we still had leftovers. I reckon we would have saved about over S$10 shopping at the wet market as compared to shopping at the supermarket. Far out!

After all the cooking and baking at my parents’, we popped over to Donald’s grandparents place, since they lived nearby. And then the hardcore work began. Cos they were elderly, and cleaning was probably difficult for them, Donald and I thought we’d go over and give the place a decent scrub down. It was hard work, but soooo satisfying at the end of it all. =P Donald was sweating buckets, and disgustingly wet at the end of it all. Thank goodness for gloves man. I squished a fair few baby cockroaches. URRRRRGGGH. I think it took us an hour, cos we started when Little Nonya on Channel 8 started, and was almost done when it ended. haha, Donald’s gramps turned the tv off when it started, and we were like noooo, leave it on. I think it was an episode that we missed too.

Came home, showered and went out for a good meal. We were so hungry, and my man needed meat, which he didn’t get in the end. =P We ended up having sushi and not eating alot of it. You know the kind of feeling you get when you are hungry, everything sounds nice, and when you actually eat it, it wasn’t as good as how you envisioned it to be? Yar, that was it. Anyways, I didn’t even have any appetite for my Horlicks McFlurry from Maccas, which I was dying to try. =( Another day perhaps.

Gave the boys their spot on worming treatments today without any dramas, which was surprising! Usually Thomas is the docile one, and Marcus is ferocious when you grab him to give him the treatment. I reckon it’s got something to do with the scratching post. They scratch it, and when they are on one of the platforms, we give them a scratch. So maybe they don’t feel so threatened. Hmm.. Marcus did have a ‘I’ve-been-betrayed’ look on his face though. haha Too bad. =P

Off to do abit of a clean up today in my room. Bleh. I’ve got too much unorganised paperwork on the table, both from Australia and Singapore. And I think I need to repack my wardrobe too. I don’t have enough wardrobe space! And it’s not cos I’ve got too much clothes okay. I need more clothes if anything. *grumbles*

may so far

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Picnic food

May started off with a picnic on a hot and sunny day at the Singapore Botanical Gardens. *beams* For some reason, I was dying to go for a picnic with Donald. haha. Of course I asked a few other people along just for the fun of it. Turns out only Joanna turned up. haha. Poor Donald and I had to practice restraint to not be too smoochy in front of Jo. hahahah. Just kidding. =P

I had a good time that day, just chilling at the gardens, under the shade, and eating and chatting. We saw heaps of pots of orchids for sale, pitcher plants and venus fly traps. I had itchy fingers and teased one of the fly traps into closing. hehe. How cute!

The rest of the week passed by quietly, and we met up with a few more interior designers just to get a feel of what we want, and how it would look like for our new place. The kitchen is giving us quite some dramas, with me wanting to have heaps of counter top space and trying to find the right spot for the fridge. MEH. We’ve got a perfect shaped kitchen and dining room! How did designing get to be THAT problematic?? *grumbles* But yes, all in the name of fun so far. =P

Just realised that this one entry took almost 2 weeks to be written. I started it on 8th May, and now it’s the 24th May. Doh. I have been procrastinating. So yar. =P

Of course so many things have happened between now and then. Good things. We found a new gadget at Sim Lim (to be set up at my mom’s place later this week), we met up with the same IDs again, did more planning, went to the zoo last weekend, met up with Ken & Leon before they left for Japan, cooked babi sioh for my parents on a Saturday (that ended up on the dinner table @ grandma’s), my stuff arrived from Perth etc

It felt soooo good to be able cook something from scratch again. A new recipe and success on the first time too!  The pork was tender enough, and there was enough gravy. =D The whole shopping experience was fun too..ventured into the unknown by shopping at the wet market. hahaha. Basically went where the crowd was when it came to shopping at the stalls. I reckon I would have saved about another $10 had I shopped at the wet market instead of the supermarket.

Ah wells, I’ll get a chance to do that this long weekend. hehe. Gonna trawl through my magazines for another decent recipe to try.

Donald and I finally decided on the layout of our kitchen. One that we are very happy with, but we are still deciding on the doors. And the cost. Oh goodness, the cost. I haven’t even confirmed the renovation works yet and I’m starting to feel very poor. Doh. But it is to be a home, so I am willing to invest in decent renovation works. I think the hubby is the one feeling the pinch. A very big pinch no less =P

went to the zoo the last weekend, free entry courtesy of Donald’s workplace. We spent 3 hours walking. Utter madness, but it was fun! My feet were sooo sore after that. I haven’t been to the zoo for ages, so it was really nice to check out what was new at the zoo. A couple of new enclosures..and of course more things to pay for as well. Wanted to get Daisy a small backpack with detachable animals on it..but thought surely there has to be something better than that. =P

got a shock last night when Thomas nearly jumped out of the window. stupid cat saw a lizard on the wall and gonna pounce on it on the wall, just beneath the open window. I gave a yell when that happened. Not that it’d do anything to save him if he had jumped out. The food and water bowls were beneath the window as well..so our dear friend knocked some water over as well. Totally forgot about lizards in Singapore. We don’t see alot of the household ones in Perth. Meh.

We’ve been giving Marcus and Thomas a work out every evening too with the laser pointer. haha. It’s really funny to see them following it, esp. Thomas. I’m torn between saying Thomas is silly and smart. He’s silly cos he’ll follow the laser beam around, as far as we can point it. He’ll follow it into the room, and then spend a while looking for it and come out looking somewhat bewildered. He’s smart cos he knows that the laser beam comes from the laser pointer. Take the pointer out, and he’ll come to you, sit/stand in front of you, and then he’ll look to the ground.

*sigh* what will I do without the both of them. =P

long weekend up ahead! We’ll have a couple of errands to run..so will probably nuah on Friday before hitting the weekend. We’ve been having such late nights no thanks to meetings with agents, IDs and family. It’s gonna be an early night for me tonight. *yawn*

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between us

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between us, Donald and I are poles apart in character. oh digress abit, yesterday was our 5th month SG-wedding anniversary, so happy anniversary bebe. =) The significant one will be this Sat, haha. Donald reckons good things will happen on that day. We might find a house! That chance of happening is as good as I losing 15kg by this Sat as well.

So yar. Can’t wait for this Saturday then! hahaha.

Ban Seng, a friend of mine, was commenting about the wedding video he saw at the dinner last year and said that it was really special, and asked what it was like being married.

I laughed and said,’ well, we have been living together for the past four, so getting married was like ‘ooooo’ when signing the papers and ‘ooOO’ for that day, then it was back to normal liao’. Donald then gave me an incredulous look and went ‘what?!’ . I mean, it’s true to a certain extent what!! haha. I guess, the only thing different about being married is that you can’t be too flippant about things that you say any more, no? =P

Had coffee with Wah-kor on Tuesday, prior to meeting up with the rest for dinner to celebrate Joyce’s birthday. We spoke about heaps of stuff, it was really nice. In a way, sharing with a person the same things that you tell your husband, except this person doesn’t go ‘no you can’t do that!’ hahaha. Not saying that Donald does that, but because when I tell Donald, and it involves him, he might not be so open to listening me out, and have pre-assumptions even before I finish my spiel. It works both ways, chances are that I could very well be doing the same thing, so I’m very aware.

the birthday girl & cake

That’s not the point. Point is that I told Wah-kor that I feel that Donald and I are very much still in the honeymoon phase. There’s still alot of camaraderie between us, a nice enough dose of lovey dovey-ness without others getting sick of it, and a lot of fun. It’s like being kids sometimes. And for that I’m glad.

Prior to getting married, we’d have spoken. discussed and “discussed” (haha) about topics, issues very rhetorically. You never know what’s gonna happen in the future, and you don’t know enough to talk about anything other things in detail. We know that we want to have a proper balance between work and family, we know how we want to live our lives in Singapore, we know how we want to raise our kids.

Last night, we had a “discussion” about kids. About our kids and their clothes. He finds the idea of his first-born child wearing hand-me-downs appealing. Cos it’s cost effective. meaning, Donald’s cheap =P [he is very!! but more on that in the future, okay lah, not that bad cos he doesn’t restrict me on spending]. I’m sure it is very cost effective. But then, I find that a little wrong. Make that very wrong. Maybe I’m a snob in this area, but I don’t like the idea of wearing 2nd-hand clothes and for sure don’t want my kid to wear it. I’m uncomfortable with it. I don’t know who it’s from, I don’t know where it came from, I don’t know where it has been. Sure, chuck it in the wash and it’s all good. NO. Not good. It’s a mentality, a mindset, and it’s there to stay.

It’s like Donald and his OCD-ness on public transport. la sup jiak la sup tua, along the lines if you eat unhygienically, you grow up with a better immune system against it, which has some truths to it! You know, like when you were young, Moms only need to hear some kid has got chicken pox, and you are sent right over so that you catch the germs and get it over done with. Not sure about your mom, but mine does. Oops, I digress. That is a mentality, a mindset and it’s there to stay. I just usually laugh about it and let him be.

So laugh about mine, and let me be. =D Other reason I felt strongly against it was that if I were to have a kid, why deprive me of the pleasure of shopping for stuff for my kid?

 It’s like, ‘oh yay, we’re pregnant! oh, nothing to do liao, except stay home/work and just be pregnant. Nothing for you to do, move along move along. Just have the bloody kid. You’ve got EVERYTHING already.’ 

HOW SAD IS THAT?! Pek chek..the more I think about, the more irritated I get. Meh. Excitement dampener. It’s meant to be a whole new adventure, not half an adventure and I get to bear the crummy part of popping the baby. Geez.

Apart from that, we are settling into a routine. Donald and I have spent alot of time with each other and have no problems doing so even back in Singapore. Been trying not to go out too much with friends cos I’ll end up spending most of my ‘allowance’, and miss spending some time with him to talk about our day. He sleeps WAY too early in my opinion, but he rides, so I’d  rather him alert than sleepy. That means we are left with weekends, and his weekends are spent house-hunting (I’ve given up that role, I’ll only possessively hold the design role =P), my Sundays at church, and our weekends at family’s. How can we have such a big week!? I mean, where did all the time go? We used to have HEAPS of time in Perth. haha. DOH.

Anyhoos, end rant. Hmm, plan for the day, some job hunting, some work and off for a run at the gym. The dieting starts today, after a massive dinner last night to celebrate the parents-in-laws’ 30th wedding anniversary. I’ll have to run twice as long today. Was just telling my mother-in-law (MIL) that I don’t have a problem with running, it’s the feeling bored whilst running bit that puts me off. She suggested bringing the laptop along. Nah, not such a good idea. Can already imagine the potential laptop damage. =P

On another note, found it really amusing to find my MIL stooping next to the cats’ food bowl and teasing them this morning. Cos the boys were starving, and have been following her around the flat. haha..so cute.

Time to get a headstart, my morning started very late today already. Off to the treadmills!

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