Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's another of those days again...

I'm sitting in front of my office computer now, and finding it so hard to get through a day @ work. After I finished my last exams in May, I immediately started this job. At first, I was so enthusiastic about going to work every morning, but now I think it might have been a pretty bad job match. I have no issues with colleagues and co-workers because most of them are very friendly. The problem is that I feel that the current job scope is waaaaay off what I was made to expect during the job interview. It doesn't help either that I don't really have anyone to mentor me, and I'm literally starting from scratch, nil, zero, nadda. Making a LOT of mistakes along the way as well, and I feel really overshadowed by my high-flying colleague.

I've had much thoughts about this in the last 2 or 3 weeks, and after speaking to my family, I am now seriously considering quitting my job and learning baking professionally. This is not the first time that this has crossed my mind, given how much I love to fiddle around in the kitchen, but I've never ever really imagined I'd ever dare to make that step. To me, I feel that there's a certain uncertainty (for lack of a better expression!), and that I may be disappointing my parents. They have invested so much money to put me through university, and instead of putting my degree to good use, I run away to learn baking? But the other day I was a seminar by Le Cordon Bleu, and I met one of the owners of 2am dessert bar, a new dessert cafe in Holland V. She was also from the same university as me, but she realised that baking was her eventual passion and she left for Paris to study patisserie after she graduated. She says she has no regrets at all. Should I do the same?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Baked Mini Lotus Paste Mooncakes

Sorry I haven't been posting for so long. Been busy working that even weekends are taken up. However I managed to take a short vacation last weekend to Kuala Lumpur and right before I left, I made these little mooncakes, just in time for Mid-Autumn Festival which falls next Tuesday. This is probably my most successful attempt in baked skin mooncakes so far, and I'm really happy with the colour. Brought them to office to share with my colleagues.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Foodie BlogRoll

OK I admit I'm totally new at all these blogging things... I even had to goggle to find out what a "blogroll" was. But anyway, I saw this Foodie BlogRoll on Amrita's site and it piqued my interest. It's such a wonderful idea to have the world's foodie blogs to be linked together! Looking through everybody's great blogs, I realise I do have much to improve though!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sultana Cupcakes

The other thing I made for the charity sale! My favourite all-purpose butter cake recipe, and I added rum-soaked sultanas. Although the rum taste is pretty strong, I think most of the alcohol content had been evaporated away during baking. So no, you won't get drunk eating one of these!

Banana Muffins

I'm pretty excited because I have an order for a charity bake sale. Spent the day baking up a storm in my tiny kitchen!!! Made these which are really more cakes rather than muffins because it uses the creaming method instead of the muffin method of incorporating the wet ingredients into the dry.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Soft and very chocolatey. Quite crumbly though... Maybe the recipe is meant to be like that?

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Wholewheat Kaya Buns

Made this last weekend for my parents. Also gave some to my brother's girlfriend who loves bread. I love this wholewheat bread recipe cos it's soft, not gummy and doesn't have an overly yeasty smell.