Banana and Nutella Muffins

>> Sunday, August 30, 2009

okay.. this is a really random bake.

There were 5 really ripe bananas shouting at me... asking me to eat them but seriously, I won't be able to eat 5 mushy, bruised bananas in one night.

So, there came the thought... I'll bake something out of it.

Can't spend much time, so I made the recipe out. It turned out pretty good as I added nutella in it, though I think, I should have added more. Including baking time, I think it took me like max 35 mins in making them.

The recipe as I remember it,

5 ripe bananas (mashed up)

75 grams of butter (melted)

1 cup sugar

1 cup self-raising flour

2-3tbsp milk

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence

1-2 tbsp nutella (depends if you're a normal or crazy nutella fan)


Put melted butter and banana together. Mix well. Add eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and mix again. Lastly, add in flour and then the milk till a smooth consistency is obtained.

Pour mixture into muffin pans or paper cups and bake it in 180 degrees for 20-25 mins.

makes around 10

Serve when cool, or eat it hot!!!


Life long friend : Green Tea Mousse Cake

My first ever attempt in making a Mousse Cake. Was nervous before making it because, if I stuff this up, my dear friend won't have a cake for her birthday.

The most fun bit in the process of making this cake was decorating!! (though I still think there's lots of room for improvement)

Love strawberries on green tea cakes ^^

Cross-section of the cake

The verdict,

Everyone loved it!! Thanks Yochana for a such good recipe.

Myself, I think I need to improve more on the distinction on the cake layers!

Ingredients for sponge cake:

4 egg yolks
45 gm. castor sugar
4 egg white
50 gm. castor sugar
30 gm. water
50 gm. corn oil
90 gm. cake flour
5 gm. or 1 tsp. green tea powder

Green Tea Mousse Filling:

4 egg yolks
75 gm. castor sugar
150 gm. fresh milk
8 gm. green tea powder
300 gm. whipped cream
10 gm. gelatine powder + 45 ml. water (soak together then microwave for about 25 secs.)


(1) For green tea sponge cake: Mix egg yolks, sugar, water and cornoil together and stir till mixture is smooth.
(2) Add in flour and green tea powder and mix evenly.
(3) Whisk egg white with sugar till stiff peak. Fold in egg yolk mixture and pour mixture into a 9" square tin.
(4) Bake at 170C for about 30 mins. or till skewer inserted comes out clean.
(5) Leave cake to cool on wire rack and slice cake into 2 slices. Place 1 slice of cake into a 9" square cake ring.
(6) Mousse: Heat milk till warm, then add in castor sugar and green powder. Stir till evenly mixed. Fold in egg yolks and stir. Becareful not to allow the egg yolk to overcook and it will become lumpy.
(7) Add in melted gelatine mixture and leave to cool.
(8) Fold in whipped cream gently.
(9) Pour half of the mousse filling onto the prepared cake ring and then top up with the other slice of green tea sponge cake.
(10) Pour balance mousse on top and level it evenly. Refrigerate till mousse is set.
(11) Take out the cake from the cake ring and sieve green tea powder on top and decorate as desired.

Recipe courtesy to Aunty Yochana

A cake with a personal touch for a life-long friend.


Jy Shi's 21st at Ying Tai

>> Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ying Thai 2

  • 110 Lygon St
    Carlton 3053 VIC
  • Phone: (03) 9639 1697
Picture a Thai restaurant, the first thing that comes into mind would be classical, wooden interior decoration, with a pleasant smell of Sandalwood.

Thanks, to my friend Jy Shi's 21st, I got to once again visit one of my favourite places for Thai. Ying Thai!!! Contrary to the all the stereotypical interior, Ying Thai has a funky green theme decor, one that would associate to a playschool, with paintings of little Thai kids on the wall. Nonetheless, this environment creates a nice and cosy place for friends to gather for dinner.

Deciding what to order.....

First up, Thai fried rice spicy

(I'm sorry, I do not know the names of the dishes as they we re all ordered by the birthday girll... my bad.. I can only describe them to you.)

Then, the must have, Thai dish, Tom Yum seafood soup very spicy, it was really spicy but it gives a good feeling after drinking it...

3rd, pandan chicken safe , one of my favourites.....
(chicken wrapped with pandan leaves served with a Thai Dipping sauce)

All time winner, mince meat spicy
(best served with rice, infact, very well....)

5th, some chive cake served with beansprout spicy
(A good combination when served with beansprout)

There was also green curry safe but unfortunately, I was busy eating and didn't manage to take a picture of it.

The final moment... It was cake cutting time. This time we bought her a Laurent, Trio cake. It's definitely a recommendable cake. It's a cake with three layers of mousse.. milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate on top of a cake base... All the cake were gone!!

Check out the cakes from Laurent, they have been pretty good, with many shops around Victoria.


Aww.... isn't she just so cute and pretty the candles were special candles.. it kept re-igniting.. heheh.. took her a long time to blow them out.

There is always room for more desserts!! Just right after the cake, went to the gelati shop, Fredo's, next dooor.... who can resist its Ferroro flavour?!!! As good as eating the chocolate itself. Most of all, to some durian fans out there.. they serve authetic tasting durian flavoured gelati there!!

Just a group picture to end this post...

HAPPY 21st JY SHI....
My best neighbour/actuarial buddy/ friend/ guinea pig...



Lindt Cafe in Melbourne

There's always time for a chocolate drink, especially with my sweet tooth buddy, Tiff!!

Wishing you were still here to go more sweets samplings with me...

All the best, keep updating me with your life back in HK :)

Okay... so here you go....

The highly reputable Lindt Chocolat Cafe finally opened in Melbourne!!!

271 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9667 0900

Great decor~

The Lindt connoisseurs’ selection

Thinking hard, deciding what to try this time.

a Ha... decided!! Why not, Chocolate Milkshake this time..

( there wasn't enough taste this time, to me it tasted more like milk milkshake rather than a chocolate milkshake.)
and then.. you have Tiffy's Iced-chocolate..

Delice!! why are they called Delice you say?

This is what I've gathered from their board.

The French call them “Macarons”. At Lindt we call them “Delice”. Two small mounds of melt in the mouth almond meringue are sandwiched together with a rich chocolate cream filling.

so there you go... passionfruit and pistachio. Pistachio is highly recommendable.


I've heard some saying that "it's highly overrated" and some, "it's so good!!!!", so from just two comments, it equals to no comment which comes down to MY COMMENT.

I would say, it is definitely worth trying especially for the decor and just because it's on Collins street, just right next to Tiffany&Co.

Personally, having tried its hot chocolate, iced chocolate, chocolate milkshake, my verdict is, if you're looking for a real, rich, creamy, chocolatie drink that would last you for dinner, this is not IT. It is a drink that will allow you to eat after drinking it, as compared to its other friendly competitors.

ps. the receipt was found to have its Sydney address on... They can do better than that..

Nonetheless, definitely worth a try.



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Get ready for more posting in time to come!! More baking... MORE food... MORE STUFF...

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