Friday, 30 December 2011

年糕. Chinese New Year Cake.

I was still in Hello Kitty mode when I suggested to my mum that we should use the moulds to make 年糕 (nian gao/Chinese New Year Cake). So with our experiment hats on we rustled up a few today.


The key ingredients in making nian gao are glutinous rice flour, sugar and water. Rather than it being a 'normal cake' it's more of a chewy dessert, sort of like mochi?
With these key ingredients, you can also add your own flavours if you like to try something different (essence etc.) my mum usually like to add a little block of creamed coconut.
Sugar wise, people usually use brown rock sugar blocks but you can use caster (the mixture would be a white colour rather than the traditional golden colour).

Nian Gao are very simple and quick to make, today I'm going to share with you our family recipe.

You will need (makes about 7-8 small cakes or one medium one):
250g Glutinous Rice Flour.
1 and a half block of brown sugar blocks.
Roughly 2x2cm (or a little more depending if you want a stronger coconut flavour) cube of Creamed Coconut.
250ml of water.

Firstly you heat up the sugar, creamed coconut and water in a pan until everything dissolves.
Wait for the mixture to cool down for a bit, about 10-15 mins.
Add in the Glutinous rice flour and bind everything together until it looks like this:

Distribute the mixture evenly in the moulds, or pan if you are making one. With the mixture above we were able to make a extra one:

Put it in the steamer and steam for about 20mins. To test whether the cakes are ready, poke with a wet chopstick/fork/knife and if it comes out with no mixture stuck to it then they are ready.


Leave the cake to fully cool down before turning them out of the moulds otherwise they will be very sticky and a nightmare to work with.


There are a couple of ways to eat Nian Gao:
You can eat it when they are fully cooled and they'll be soft and chewy. 
Leave it for a couple of days until it hardens (sort of like fudge) and eat it like that. 
Or leave it to harden, dip it in a beaten egg and pan fry them so it's crunchy on the outside and gooey inside.

I hope my instructions are clear and understandable, let me know if you have any questions and I will clear things up :D

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Eek it's New Year Eve tomorrow, so I guess this is my last post of the year.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and Happy New Year to you all! Here's to a awesome year in 2012!! :D

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Kitchen Time!

This holiday season has finally given us the opportunity to all be at home at the same time as a family. During this time we usually spend lots of time in the kitchen cooking delicious foods. 
Cue food porn...

Christmas Dinner.

Gingerbread cookies. Used this recipe here.

Flapjack.

Yum Cha at home :D

Hello Kitty Mango Puddings. Moulds bought from John Lewis.

How was your Christmas? What yummy food did you have/make?



Saturday, 24 December 2011

Marc by Marc Jacobs Haul.

All I wanted was a pair of earrings.
I first saw the earrings on the Selfridges website, but thought I'd check to see if it was available in stores first. The lovely salesman on the MBMJ counters told me they were sold out of the cream and gold version I wanted *huge sadface*. I then decided to drag my little sister to find the actual MBMJ store which I knew was nearby.
In the depth of a quiet but beautiful (and posh) area behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street we found the store and came out with a bagful of goodies...

The store is quiet small, but the atmosphere is really nice inside. The first floor has their ready to wear products as well as Marc Jacobs fragrances, bags and jewellery, the bottom floor (The Vault) has the Marc Jacobs special products.

The Vault was where I went slightly crazy as the products were more affordable for me :D

Small Tote £26.

Metallic Sharpie £2, Lipstick Pen £3.
I grabbed the pens on a whim, the lipstick one is for my little sister and the Sharpie simply because I wanted a silver pen XD

Latin Ring £2. Veritas Inlustrat - Truth Enlightens.
I love these types of simple rings, these are so cheap and actually fit my tiny fingers. I might go back and get more to stack :)

And finally the earrings, I was so happy when the SA told me they had them in stock.

Cream and Gold Turnlock Earrings. £35.


You can find the store at this address:
56 South Audley Street, 
London,
W1K 2RR.

Speaking of MBMJ, I also bought the latest Sweet magazine from the Japan Centre.


Freebies were two MBMJ pouches and a calender.



Merry Christmas and happy holidays lovelies!!




Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Secret Santa Pressie Opened.

I woke up nice and early yesterday to participate in a google hangout, when most of us who was part of the Secret Santa exchange were ready to open our presents.

I hid my package in a corner so I wouldn't be tempted to open it early, I've never waited so long to open a package up before lol.

My Secret Santa was the ever so lovely D aka Miss Shiny Pretty Things. This year's gift exchange was pretty funny as most of us knew who our Secret Santa was XD

D sent so much!


Lot's of sweetie and choccies.

A lovely Esprit Scarf and a Hello Kitty Pen.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch, Revlon Facets of Fuchsia nail polish, Wet n Wild Silent Treatment palette. Tarte LipSurgence Collection.

I love everything, thank you so much D!!! 

Make sure you check these lovely ladies who also participated in the gift exchange too:


Also thank you to Sheila for organising both this and the webchat, it has been so much fun! 


Friday, 16 December 2011

GWP.

Boots seems to be spoiling us at the moment with a number of GWP (gift with purchase) with certain high street make up brands.
I managed to pick a couple up with some recent purchases.

Revlon Little Box of Glamour, free when you spend £15 or more on Revlon.

Grow Luscious Mascara, ColourBurst Lipgloss in Coral Reef, Nail polish in Gold Coin and a £2 off Revlon voucher.

L'oreal Luxe Glam Box, free when you spend £15 or more on L'oreal.

Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo sample, Revitalift Repair 10 Multi-Action Daily Moisturiser Sample, Studio Secrets Resurfacing Smoothing Primer, Color Riche Lipstick in 390 Nude Treasure, Glam Bronze Trio, Youth Code Day Cream Sample, Contour Khol Eye Pencil in 164 Golden Brown and a £2 off the True Match Liquid Foundation voucher.

Maxfactor also has a box of goodies free when you spend £15 or more on their products. Picture here on Boots website.

17 has an Electric Disco nail polish kit free when you buy two or more of their products. Picture here.

Spend £6 or more on Barry M and get a Limited Edition nail polish free. It's so pretty but I don't need any more glitter polishes XD Picture here.

Superdrug also has a similar Barry M offer, when you spend £6 or more on their products you can get this Limited Edition Purple Foil Polish free.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Fangirling: My Princess, Michael Buble & YG Concert Vids!

A couple of things I have been fangirling lately... ^_^

K-Drama: My Princess.

This drama was out earlier this year and I've only just managed to start it lol. 
It is a light-hearted romance comedy, the two leads Kim Tae Hee and Song Seung Hun are so funny in their roles. I don't know why but these cliche K-Dramas are so fun to watch. You will really hate the evil ones and love the funny and cute characters. 
I'm almost done with this drama and will continue to watch Tree with Deep Roots with is the total opposite to this one, it has a really serious gripping storyline which I am loving.

Michael Buble-Christmas.

This album is so perfect for Christmas (well of course, it his Christmas album XD), I love this guy's voice. Ahh he's so amazing!

<3


I've been watching fancams of the recent YG Concert and it is so awesome.
This video never fails to make me laugh omg haha.

I also watched eatyourkimichi's video of their experience at the concert and I really want to go to one now.
I was was talking to Jian, D, and Tiffany about it on twitter the other day, we will go together one day!! :D

Sunday, 11 December 2011

NARS G-Spot Multiple.

'Rich gold infused rose' -NARS

Part of NARS' Holiday collection, this Multiple in G-Spot was a must buy after I spotted swatches on varies blogs.

One Swipe.

Blended.


As you can see one swipe straight from the stick (or tube?) is very heavy. I usually dab it onto my cheeks then I'll blend it with a brush, and build on the colour that way.



Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Ding Dong!!

We are often woken up by the doorbell by our Postman.
Our Postman (Frank) knows most of us by name, he knows of our shopping habits too...
He's a really friendly dude and sends us Chinese New Year (made by himself) and Christmas cards every year :)

Here are a few things he has been delivering to me and are still untouched, too pretty!

I was one of the winners of a giveaway over at khatsii's adventures. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and some lipglosses.

Eee love pack from Yumeko!

Lunasol Modeling Cheeks in Coral Pink Red.

NARS Ita Brush.

Crown and Glory: Premium Liberty Alice Band-Autumn Rose.

My H&M x Versace purchase, the bright leopard print scarf.

This came this morning. I joined the Secret Santa blogger's exchange that was organised by the lovely Sheila and my gift from Secret Santa is here. I just have to wait patiently till Christmas to open it now XD

Have you been receiving anything awesome recently?


Sunday, 4 December 2011

Fangirling: WGM Teukso (Dimples) Couple.

I love We Got Married, the show has had a huge number of stars starring in this variety show and it has become such a great hit. 
I don't watch the entire show, just couples that I feel like watching lol. Currently I have been following the 'Dimples' couple every week, they are so cute!
Some of the previous couples I enjoyed were the Sweet Potato couple (SNSD's Seohyun and CNBlue's Yonghwa), Adam Couple (2AM's Jo Kwon and BEG's Ga In) and Khuntoria couple (2PM's Nickhun and F(x)'s Victoria).
I think the reason why I enjoy this show is because you get to see a insight of how Koreans are in a relationship, or at least how the people in the show are as they are not really dating.


The Dimples couple are the newest couple in the show, so we are only on episode eight. Husband Leeteuk from Super Junior and Wife Kang Sora an actress are so awkward, it's adorable! But they are so sweet together and I can't wait till they get closer and are fully comfortable with each other. I always say to my sister with every couple I watch on this show that the guy is falling for the girl for real!  XD

From the latest episode :D

I watch the episodes subbed from kshownow.net.