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Monday, March 26, 2012

I love company...

... just because it gives me an excuse to bake!

So I've been limiting myself to baking just so I would eat less of the yummy goodness that I am a sucker for.
Lynn: "Just bake for us and not eat then!"
Hell no. I'd like to enjoy my creations please and thank you very much.

So the parents are here and I have been having fun baking up a storm. Lovin' it.

Lemon-Lime Curd

The only reason why I made this lemon-lime curd was because I attempted to make a chocolate pavlova that I have been eyeing on for the longest time. A good friend who loves baking told me that it was the easiest thing to do and I thought, why not?

My sad little chocolate pavlova that was meant for dessert for my parents FAILED. I did not whip the eggs enough. It certainly did not look like this...

Mine was flat as a piece of paper.

Anyways, I had leftover egg yolk from that recipe and decided to make this Lemon-Lime Curd from MyKindOfFood.

Lemon-Lime Curd

1 lemon juiced
1 lime juiced
3 egg yolks (you may need another yolk if you need to have a thicker curd)
6-8 tbsp sugar (separated) or more to taste (if you prefer a sweeter curd, add ½c to ¾c sugar)
4 tbsp butter, separated

1. Over a pot of boiling water, set a metal mixing bowl over top. Pour the juice into the bowl, add yolks and whisk continuously. Add sugar tablespoon by tablespoon, if you like it abit tart. Check for sweetness. Add as much or as little based on your preference.
2. Add butter 1 tbsp at a time. Whisk until well incorporated.
3. Lemon curd should be thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. 
4. Pour into a clean container and refrigerate.

Result: Super Yumms.

I made mine less sweet just because I am trying to bake as healthy as I can. It goes well with anything. Pancakes, toast, or just off your spoon. Super easy peesy!!!

Mixed Berry Almond Cake

After making whole-wheat mixed berries pancakes for breakfast yesterday, I used the leftover mixed berries for this recipe for today's breakfast.

Mixed Berry Almond Cake

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups almond meal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup minus 2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of sugar for sprinkling on top
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Frozen or fresh mixed berries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, almond meal, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
2. Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla.
3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
4. Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pie plate on a wire rack. Cut into wedges. 

Cake can be stored at room temperature, loosely covered, up to 2 days. But obviously, we could have finished the entire pie if we weren't watching our calorie counts. LOL.

Crappy picture. Breakfast this morning. The Lemon-Lime Curd went super duper well with the Mixed Berry  Almond Cake!!!! Even better with a cup of coffee and homemade Guava Greek Yogurt.


Yeah, I am blaming my parents for ruining my diet. But then again, I only see them once a year, how often do I get to bake for them?! Totally worth it :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

In For A Treat!!

Guess who's here?!

Reunited and it feels so good :)

The Fam taking a walk at Edgewater by the Hudson river.

Clearer view of uptown Manhattan behind us.
Mummy shielding herself from the chilly wind with her zip-up. She looks like a turtle!

Good times.

What are you doing this weekend?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Let Me Be Your Star

Hey world,

Just thought that I should share this new cover of SMASH's Let Me Be Your Star originally sung by Megan Hilty and American Idol's Katharine McPhee.

SMASH is a new musical TV show that resembles GLEE. However, it is NOT GLEE. I personally think that SMASH is way better just because it deals with real backstage issues and dramas between the actors, directors, producers, and all the she-bangs with putting up a new show on Broadway. It is not that easy you know. GLEE on the other hand, I think grew a little old for  me. Movies and plays are all about conflicts and resolution. But how much conflict can a high school setting give you besides pregnancy, closet gays, and rebellion? Mind you, I do like their take on the songs that they sing. However, sometimes I feel like they were just singing certain songs just to sing them and I can only take that much of their cheesiness.

I am also biased because SMASH is new and the excitement hasn't died yet. We will soon see how well this show holds itself :)

Enough of the tra-la-la-what-I-think-talk.

Here's my cover of Let Me Be Your Star.
NBC has been pretty strict about people producing illegal karaoke tracks of the songs from SMASH so it was impossible to find it anywhere in the net. I was lucky to find a piano arrangement of the song by Youtuber Kengima.

Sam helped me slow down the track so that I could sing to it in a comfortable pace and I recorded the back up vocals to the song before recording this final take.

Enjoy, comment, share, and have a great day!


Friday, March 16, 2012


... appointment

I've been having troubles falling asleep recently. Those who know me would claim that I am the 'lucky few' who falls asleep the minute their head touches the pillow. Not that case anymore. I've been praised and envied with that ability, and now it is gone. I can't sleep with no one next to me, I can't sleep on a pillow that's too soft, I can't sleep without running through what I want to achieve in life, I can't sleep without thinking of what I want to do tomorrow, I can't sleep without thinking about nothing. I can't sleep. Period.

The lack of sleep affects me a lot more than I thought it would, such as my audition yesterday.
I am so angry with myself with the embarrassment I put myself through, I literally want to dig a hole in the ground to hide my face and disappear. I think I killed my confidence.

I got myself out of bed, headed to the city and had my name on the audition list at 7.15am (was told to come back at 2pm), went to the gym for a run and some weights. I made sure I didn't tire myself out because I knew that I had a long day ahead of me. Took a shower, grabbed a CLIF bar to fill my tummy up and headed to Sammy's place to record a song that I want to post on youtube.

Come 1.15pm, I start doubting that I should even go to the audition. I had a teeny bit of fatigue symptoms but I told myself that I had woken up early just to put my name on the list, I should bloody go for the audition even if I might not get seen.

Arrived at 2pm, was told to wait till 3pm.

3pm, was told to wait till 4pm after all the equity ladies who have been called back had their turns singing. I considered going home. I was hungry even though I already had an apple. Headaches whisked in and out of my head. No I should stay, I already waited this long.

4.15pm, was told that the casting people wanted to see all Asians. Wow. Rare opportunity. Changed into dance leotard and heels.

4.30pm, went in audition room with all the other Asian women, sees a prominent figure in the Asian theatre industry. Thought to myself, 'DO NOTHING BUT IMPRESS'. Obviously that did not happen.

The dance combination that they taught was simple and clean. I have done harder choreography than that, I could have easily caught it and done it right. Especially I've had intense ballet training over the past 6 months. I should do my teachers proud at the least! But no. My brains decided not to absorb anything that was taught, my legs acted as if they were someone else's, my arms... I don't know, they were just there hanging.
They separated us into groups and ran the choreography twice. At the end of it, I swore I saw pity their eyes as I was trying to run out of the room.

I think I've just went through the worst audition I have had in my life, in front of the entire Asian theatre community and THE prominent figure whom I shall not name.

I should have just stayed at home and slept.

Last night in bed, the scene in the audition room kept repeating itself over and over again in my head. Once again, insomnia.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Off track.

Been having trouble keeping my routines on check lately.
Need to get back on track.

Key: Discipline. Goddammit.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Jersey Boys

Been a while since I've seen a musical.
Thanks to Sam's mum, Sam, Cheryl, Lynn and I got to see Jersey Boys on Broadway yesterday at the August Wilson Theatre. A light-hearted juke box musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

For those who are still not familiar with Frankie Valli, he was the lead singer of the major hit group in the 50's who originated the song Can't take my eyes off youWalk like a man, and many many other hits.

Daddy, would love this musical just like how mum loved Mamma Mia. Totally their time.

Sam & I

Roomies *hearts*

I am awed by what defines a hit back in the 50's and now. Everything back then was about the beautiful harmonies that tie the song together, and now everything is about the beat and auto-tune. Not that I think it sucks. It is just so different now. You can practically create an entire track with electronic percussion and make it a hit these days. What will it be in another 50 years? How would our children look at Beyonce and David Guetta?

What is your favorite oldies hit?