Thai Night

there is always something special about finding great food in hidden places. it’s like discovering a secret that only a few people knows. one day while husband and i were strolling along new brighton area, we happen to pass by a simple thai dine and take away place tuck in an alley at a mini mall near the beach. by the looks of it, it can only hold 10 people at a time. i would guess that the thai lady and her kiwi partner runs the place. they are a nice and friendly couple who always welcome us with a smile whenever we ate at their place.

one thing i like about the place is that the owners are very hands-on in that the lady always gets the orders, then she goes inside the kitchen to cook the food while her partner is manning the cashier booth. the guy serves the food and from time to time, checks on the customers how the food was. i don’t remember seeing a third staff working with them. i just feel that the mere presence of the thai lady is more than enough to prove that the food we are about to eat is an authentic home cooked thai food! hehe!

our secret thai place

our secret thai place

smile before lamon

smile before the attack

smiling, posing and chewing in between. multitasking at its finest.

smiling, posing and chewing. multitasking at its finest.

omg, pad thai!

omg, pad thai!

green curry chicken

green curry chicken

chicken satay in peanut sauce

chicken satay in peanut sauce

if we want chinese food, we go to bensons. for japanese food, samurai bowl is the default. if we crave for indian food, there’s always kinara. and if we want thai food, we just go to spicy thai dine and take away place. :)

Think Positive

i am pregnant.

i learned this few weeks ago out of curiosity when after i missed my period for few days, i bought packs of pregnancy test kits at the mall and tried them all in the office. positive. to convince myself i am not hallucinating, i took the test again the following morning upon waking up and saw the same result, big fat positive. then i went to the gp to officially confirm the result (because husband is only 99.9% convinced) and there, i was greeted with my first ‘congratulations’. it’s only been 6 weeks and so far, only a very few knows about my pregnancy – our families, couple of people at work (because i’ve been feeling sick for some days) and you. yeah, we haven’t made formal announcements yet because i want to see the scans first and hear the baby’s heart beat before fully celebrating. not that i’m being negative, it’s just that it’s kind of hard to announce then suddenly you may have to retract it if things did not go as planned (keeping my fingers crossed).

we’ve been trying for a couple of months and the first time i got delayed and only to find out that i had the period the following day, i have to admit that i felt sad for a while. that day on, i told myself not to expect and things will come at the right time. the sadness did not prolong because i always keep in my heart that god’s timing is always perfect based on my personal experience. he never failed me on this.

what a perfect surprise for my upcoming 30th birthday. :) i was telling my husband before that if by july comes and i’m still not pregnant, i will skydive again to mark my big 3-0. of course, you gotta enjoy life while you’re still in the calendar. haha! but i guess the lord has other plans and i have to take care of myself more now and forget about my carefree life.

i am praying and wishing for a very safe pregnancy and healthy baby. i am anxious and excited at the same time. i’m still waiting for my 1st ultrasound in the next couple of weeks because by then, baby will be very visible. i honestly do not know what’s going on inside my body and it makes me paranoid at times. is the baby growing? is it forming properly, etc? but there’s nothing much i can do except eat healthy, rest and relax. god’s will is god’s will, period! so far, morning sickness is not too bad. i’m feeling well most days and nausea/vomit only happened thrice. i stopped eating sushi (huhu) which is the major thing i have to quit for now.

so, i won’t be flooding social media with my pregnancy stories. perhaps, i will post occasional updates but the rest of my pregnancy stories will mostly be documented here. :) i seem to be slowly gaining weight now and i just wish that i won’t get too hippo to the point of not controlling the weight anymore!

that’s all for now. i now miss baking. see, pregnancy comes with constant tiredness and laziness thus the absence of posts.  hehe! but don’t worry, i’ll be back soon. i’m so thankful to husband because aside from helping me with the household chores, he often brings me more food! hehehe! *evil laugh*

to my friends reading this, please kindly include me, tiny baby and husband in your prayers (and let’s keep this tiny secret for now). :)

think positive!

think positive!

Fat Witch Brownies

because i’m happy, motivated (*cough-ahem-cough*) and not to mention that we already run out of snacks, i bake some fresh fat witch brownies from the fat witch bakery cookbook.

fat witch brownies cookbook

fat witch brownies cookbook

here are the ingredients:

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp unbleached flour
  • pinch of salt
butter, chocolate chips, sugar. eggs, vanilla extract, flour and salt

butter, chocolate chips, sugar. eggs, vanilla extract, flour and salt

steps:

  • grease a 9×9 inch baking pan with butter. dust with flour and tap the excess and preheat oven to 180 C.
grease with butter and dust with flour

grease with butter and dust with flour

  • melt butter and chocolate in a small pan in low heat, stirring frequently. once melted, set aside to cool.
melt butter and chocolate together

melt butter and chocolate together

set aside to cool

set aside to cool

  • cream the sugar, eggs and vanilla together.
cream sugar, butter and vanilla

cream sugar, butter and vanilla

  • add the chocolate mixture to the sugar mixture and mix until well blended.
  • sift the flour and salt and put them into the chocolate mixture. mix the batter gently with hand until well combined and free of lumps.
  • you can add extras like nuts at this point.
  • spread batter evenly in the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
spread evenly in the pan

spread evenly in the pan

  • remove from oven and cool on a rack for 1 hour. >> it may appear broken and toasted from outside but it’s chewy and yummy inside. this is actually my favorite among the brownie recipes.
  • cut into slices before serving.
cut into slices

cut into slices

  • enjoy!
boom relax!

boom relax!

Cocoa Brownies

first, i want to greet all the fathers, soon-to-be fathers and all single mothers out there a happy father’s day!!! :) i hope you’re having a blast with your loved ones on this special day. as for us, we’re having fun as well watching the very exciting fifa world cup games on tv. haha!!! i’m not a football fan but i think i am now. seeing all these gorgeous players makes me sw♥♥n.

so here’s another very simple baking recipe, cocoa brownies. husband requested for a chocolate brownie today so here you go. credits to fat witch brownies cookbook. :)

recipe:

  • 170 g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  •  4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
(l-r) eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, butter and cocoa

(l-r) eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, butter and cocoa

steps:

  • grease baking pan with butter and dust with flour. tap out the excess. pre heat the oven at 180 C.
grease pan with butter and dust with flour

grease pan with butter and dust with flour

  • melt the butter on a low heat in a small saucepan. once melted, cool for 5 minutes.
melt the butter on low heat

melt the butter on low heat

  • add cocoa powder and sugar to the butter and whisk until well blended.
  • add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each until the mixture is smooth and shiny. add the vanilla until well mixed.
  • measure the flour and salt and sift together into the batter. mix the batter gently until well combined and no trace of the dry ingredients remains.
mix ingredients together until free of lumps

mix ingredients together until free of lumps

  • add extras like nuts if desired.
  • spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
spread evenly in the pan

spread evenly in the pan

  • remove from the oven and cool on a rack for an hour. cut before serving.
ready to eat slices :)

ready to eat slices :)

very simple and easy to prepare recipe especially on this father’s day. :)

 

New Zealand Breakfast Brownies

today’s brownie recipe is another experiment. i got the recipe from fat witch brownies book and this is supposed to be called ‘earl grey brownies’. but since we run out of earl grey, i substitute another tea which is the ‘new zealand breakfast’ tea from twinings. i like drinking tea by the way. i buy different kinds of tea every time we do the grocery. hopefully, i get to know more about tea so i can avoid those with caffeine on it. hello baby project? haha!

ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 5 tea bags (earl grey, darjeeling, chai or any tea you prefer)
  • 140 g of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

steps:

  • grease baking pan with butter and dust with flour. tap the excess and preheat oven to 180 C.
  • pour boiling water over tea bags and simmer for 15 minutes.
bags of tea in boiling water

bags of tea in boiling water

  • while brewing the tea bags, melt the butter and chocolates in a small pan over low heat stirring continuously. once melted, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
melt chocolate and butter in low heat

melt chocolate and butter in low heat

  • cream the sugar, eggs and vanilla in a mixer until smooth. add the chocolate and butter mixture until well blended.
cream eggs, vanilla and sugar

cream eggs, vanilla and sugar

cream until smooth

cream until smooth

  • squeeze as much tea from the tea bags and discard the bags. add tea to the batter and mix until well combined.
  • sift flour and salt together with the batter. mix gently by hand until well combined and no trace of dry ingredients.

and the finished product, voilà!

New Zealand Breakfast Brownie

New Zealand Breakfast Brownie

the brownie is not that sweet and nakakaumay. texture wise, the brownie is soft, fudgy and taste very simple. it perfectly goes with a cup of brewed tea, perfect for this cold weather. :) i always make sure husband brings some at work for his snack. haha!

 

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