Of Random Things #99

This will be the last entry before reaching the hundredth post for the topic of “Of Random Things”. There is nothing much to worry about as I am not stopping with this one. You will know of which drama series that I had been watching or miscellaneous stuffs which I do not see the point of having an individual blog entry categorized under this topic.

Anyways, I had been watching a few episodes of The Introverted Boss since few days ago. Surprisingly, this drama series is one of those which I started to find the storyline a bit boring. I think I will put it on hold first and start with something else in the mean time.

The Perfect Match

This is the current drama series which I had been watching. Instead of a Korean drama series, I decided to make a change this time round and went for a Taiwanese one instead. It is still airing at the moment. One episode per week.

Review: Roasted Sip

Sunday was spent baking Pandan Kaya Bread Loaf and Banana Oreo Muffins in the morning. Headed out for manicure and pedicure session at a salon in town before meeting up with Jennifer for coffees at Roasted Sip. We were supposed to meet at Roasted Sip last Sunday but something came up at work and I had to return on short notice to deal with some matters.

I was unfamiliar with the routes around Jerudong so I had to make use of GPS to locate the cafe. I had a rough idea where it is located but I am not sure which exit to turn into. Luckily, the GPS worked just fine and led me to the right destination.

Having clean eaten for days, yesterday was sort of the first day when I started eating more. Mom cooked a pot of Chicken Curry yesterday morning and I had a small bowl as I was craving for something hot and spicy at the same time. Felt so much more alive after having the hearty bowl of “soup”. Result has been visible this morning as my tummy does not look so bloated up anymore as compared to days before.

Roasted Sip is the second coffee roaster after Kapra here in the Sultanate. I do not have any picture of the cafe but the place was cozy in my opinion. The indoor cafe might not be able to seat a big group of patrons due to the seating arrangement. I think it is only able to accommodate about 20 pax at most at the same time. However, you could seat outside if you do not mind not being in an air conditioned room.

I was there before 3PM and managed to secure a table for four. There was a small tea table nearby the entrance which could accommodate Jennifer and I just fine but I did not like that the entrance door is by the side. By 3:45PM, the cafe was so packed up that Jennifer and I decided to leave to make space for other patrons.

Latte | B$5.00

When the staff member served us our coffees, he apologetically told us that their barista confused the orders and made ours in takeaway cups. That explained why you see our coffees being served in takeaway cups. Jennifer decided to go for the most basic Latte and she mentioned that the coffee tasted good and aromatic!

RS Mocha | B$6.00

I had their RS Mocha which is also known as their Special Mocha. I had been into Mocha recently than before and this RS Mocha just seems to fit the timing perfectly. I had been intrigued to know what was that dollop on top of the Mocha. It was chocolate whipped cream. Not advisable if you are on a diet though.

I liked their RS Mocha as the balancing of both chocolate and coffee was perfect. The texture was smooth and tad creamy at the same time. I think I will go for their ordinary Mocha next time. =D

Garlic Danish Sausage | B$4.50

Jennifer and I had this to share as I am trying to cut down on my wheat intake. This was chicken cheese sausage wrapped in Danish pastry. The Danish pastry was good. It was buttery but not overwhelming.

Roasted Sip
Simpang: 508,
Jerudong Complex,
Jalan Jerudong,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2610850

Baking #127: Banana Oreo Muffins (Revisited)

Baked a batch of Banana Oreo Muffins this morning before heading out for my eyebrow trimming, manicure and pedicure session. The outcome this time round was a lot different compared to the first time when I attempted the recipe. I think it was due to the kind of butter which I used.

I am used to Anchor unsalted butter for baking but the price of the said butter had increased more than a dollar. So, the cheapskate in me resorted to a cheaper alternative and tried Devondale unsalted butter. The muffins turned out to oilier than before. Lesson learnt, never be cheapskate when it comes to baking or else the outcome would not be what you are expecting.

Banana Oreo Muffins (adapted from Honey Bee Sweets)

Ingredients:
Serves 16

  • 220g unsalted butter, room temperature *202g Devondale unsalted butter*
  • 180g fine granulated white sugar *100g*
  • 4 large eggs *5 small eggs*
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium sized bananas, mashed *4 Pisang Berangan*
  • 110g plain flour
  • 110g cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 50ml buttermilk *50ml full cream milk and 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice*
  • 100g Oreo, crushed to crumbly texture
  • 16 mini sized Oreo *optional, for garnishing*

Directions: 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients – plain flour, cake flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Sift and set aside.
  2. In another clean mixing bowl, cream butter and white sugar together for approximately two minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs one at a time and making sure that the egg is well mixed in the batter before adding the next egg.
  4. Add in mashed bananas and vanilla extract, mix well.
  5. Add in half of the sifted flour mixture and beat on low speed, followed by milk and the remaining half portion of flour mixture. Mix until well combined and be careful not to over mix the batter.
  6. Gently fold in the crushed Oreo.
  7. Scoop batter evenly between cupcake liners and bake in a preheated oven of 175 degree Celsius for 20 to 22 minutes or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean in the centre of a muffin.
  8. Leave the muffins to cool in the muffin tray for about 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Mom shared four pieces of the muffins with a neighbor, gave Jennifer 10 pieces and left two pieces for home consumption. Parents had the muffins during tea break. Mom commented that the muffins tasted extremely sweet. I am not sure what caused the muffins to be so sweet when I had further reduced the sugar quantity nearly half. So, it must be the sweetness from the Pisang Berangan.

Baking #126: Pandan Kaya Bread Loaf

It had been a while since I last did baking. Well, I did attempted a Nutella Chiffon Cake earlier this month before heading to Johor Bahru for a weekend trip. The cake turned out to be badly burnt. It was supposed to be a hand gift for Annie to thank her for her hospitality. As the cake turned out badly, I did not bother to bring it over in the end.

Some time earlier this week, I had the urge to start baking. So, I looked up for recipes which I could attempt over the weekend and I found this relatively easy recipe for a Pandan Kaya Bread Loaf. The only downside is that I had to purchase majority of the ingredients. I seldom do bread baking at home and the ingredients that I had in hand probably had expired by now.

However, what’s good about this recipe is that your bread machine can help you do all the work from kneading to baking! And you will get a fresh homemade bread in the morning. I intended to bake this bread when I woke up in the morning but Dad had forgotten to buy bread for breakfast. So, I resorted to baking this at night and woke up again in the wee hours to remove the bread from the bread machine to cool down.

This is how the dough looked like about 10 minutes into kneading. The color of my dough was a lot greener compared to the original recipe. I think it was due to the color of the pandan paste I used.

Pandan Kaya Bread Loaf (adapted from Lirongs)

Without further ado, let’s get started with the ingredients and how to make this Pandan Kaya Bread Loaf!

Ingredients:

  • 270ml coconut milk
  • 1-1/2 tsp pandan paste
  • 1-1/2 tsp pandan essence
  • 6 tbsp pandan kaya
  • 18g vegetable oil *sunflower oil*
  • 370g bread flour
  • 30g fine granulated white sugar
  • a pinch of salt *1/4 tsp*
  • 4.5g instant yeast

Directions:

  1. Measure all ingredients in advance with measuring cups and spoons.
  2. Remove bread pan from bread machine and install collapsible paddle.
  3. Pour in wet ingredients – coconut milk, pandan paste, pandan essence, kaya and vegetable oil.
  4. Add in dry ingredients – bread flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
  5. Wipe spillage outside the bread pan, if any.
  6. Return bread pan into the bread machine and close the lid.
  7. Choose setting (Basic – Normal) and press START.
  8. Wait for bread machine to finish all cycles before removing the bread pan from the bread machine.
  9. Leave bread loaf to cool on a cooling rack prior to slicing.

The method of making this Pandan Kaya Bread Loaf is with the help of a bread machine. If you do not have a bread machine, you could either hand knead the dough or using a cake mixer. Either way will work just fine.

So, this was how my Pandan Kaya Bread Loaf looked like after it was being sliced. I kept half of the loaf for family’s own consumption and shared the remaining half with Jennifer. Parents had the bread for breakfast this morning. I think they liked it despite being sweet. Perhaps I should consider reducing kaya the next time I am attempting this again.

PS: I upped the ingredients to make a bigger loaf.

Of Random Things #98

As mentioned in my previous blog entry, I had been eating clean for days for detoxifying purpose as my body felt bloated from all the wheat consumption recently. The downside of clean eating is that you get hungry shortly after you had your meal. It reminded me of what I went through two years ago when I started my diet regime.

I went to bed hungry most of the nights and breakfast was my most anticipated meal of the day as I can eat in bigger portion despite it being greens and whole kernel corns, topped with some Italian dressing only. On some days, I had a hard boiled egg or poached chicken breast fillet as well. Apart from eating greens during this detoxing period, perhaps I should consider other clean eating alternatives? Any suggestion?

Introverted Boss

Anyways, I had started watching Introverted Boss this morning when I had completed watching episode 8 of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. The viewer ratings of the former was surprisingly pretty low as compared to the latter. Perhaps it had to do with the popularity of the casts in Introverted Boss?