Archive | September, 2011

Hanae goes out!

25 Sep

The other day I went to a mall with my daughter Hanae alone. Since Hanae has been acting a bit cranky in the car recently, I haven’t gone out with her alone so much. She doesn’t like the car seat and learned how to pretend being hungry so that she gets to suck some food in my arm^^;. Apparently Hanae knows that papa doesn’t have anything to give her because my husband told me that she is OK when he takes her out alone. Hmm… she is getting smart…

We went into The Loaf for lunch and I ordered Japanese Curry set, which came out like this. Very nicely displayed on a wooden board! But then there was no spoon but only steak knife and fork. Normally we use spoon to eat curry, so I was a bit confused and was thinking how to eat them for a while… After a few minutes, I figured that you dip the toast into the curry cup and so I used my hand to eat the bread with curry and used fork to eat the chicken. Knife was rather useless there.

Now as I write, I think maybe I was supposed to use knife and fork to cut the toast and dip them into the curry, just like eating pancakes or french toast??

Anyway, the curry was good and it reminded me of Japanese curry at home^^.

What is that?

Meanwhile, I prepared some food for Hanae. She started eating solid food well so we have been carrying around some biscuits or cornflake that dissolve into warm water whenever we go out. I prepared those for her but she was not interested in at all and kept looking at my toast and curry. So I gave her the inside soft part of the bread and she liked it!

Gimme! gimme!

Oh tastes so goood!

She liked it so much that she banged the table as she always does when she is happy.

Another meal time for Hanae. Papa feeding her favorite fish.

Yummy~.

Hanae turned 9 months today. She is exposed well^^.


Chocolate Macaron*

24 Sep

Yesterday I visited my husband’s movie set with my daughter, Hanae. I brought Chocolate Macarons for the actors, actresses and crew members and they were gone within a few seconds!

We have been seeing macarons in many shops recently (I’m surprised to see how popular it has become in Malaysia) but for some of them it was their first time to try this french petit gateau^^. For my case, I had my first macarons in Paris. The taste was so dense and thick like its vivid color and it was so good! I haven’t really gotten much chance to try macarons here, but I have to say that the ones I had were a bit disappointment – with not so much taste but more of an artificial flavor and coloring… I guess macarons attract people with its cute and colorful look, just like cupcakes!

As for my macarons, I want to focus on its taste using fresh and high quality ingredients as much as possible. Of course within a price range^^; Macarons tend to be a bit pricey and this is because they use a lot of almond powders. Some of the ingredients/fruits are very difficult to get such as framboise (raspberry), blueberry, hazelnut, pistache (pistachio) and so forth. It also requires some skills to make a perfect macaron!

I hope to sell good yet accessible macarons at my shop!

Hanae meets the child actress!

Visiting FHM Malaysia 2011 & updates on me!

21 Sep

Hi there!

Yesterday I visited FHM Malaysia 2011, Malaysia’s Official Food and Hotel Show held at KLCC Convention Center. This was obviously my first time visiting the fair. I went there for my ‘research’ on baking equipments and ingredients and was quite satisfied talking to some industry people and getting some information.

I didn’t get to take much but these are some of the photos I took.

Cake display chiller

Cake decorating demo using yugurt cream

Industrial oven and baking machines

Luwak coffee from Indonesia

As I wrote in my earlier post, this Luwak coffee is the most expensive and low produced coffee in the world! They were selling coffee beans with discount – RM99 a packet (100g) which the original price was US$99 (about RM300). Normally 10-12g of coffee beans would make a single cup so you can imagine how expensive a cup of Luwak coffee would be. The lady was making coffee using syphon and I got to taste a small cup^^!

The day I visited was the first day of the fair which was opened only to the industry people for business purpose but it will be opened to the public on the last day 23rd (Fri.). So if you are interested in, you should go check it out!

Mmm? Industry people?

Yes, for the last few weeks (or shall I say few months?) I’ve been developing my brand Caramel Factory to start out its baking school/teaching center in Shah Alam! Caramel Factory – me ^^- will be teaching Japanese style and French influenced pastries at the shop. The classes and courses will be mostly in workshop style, maximum 8 to 10 students per each class,┬áso that students get to learn how to bake hand in hand from me. I imagine the class to be intimate and fun^^! I also intend to offer coffee and tea making classes in future.

We will also be selling items such as macarons and cupcakes at the shop. So for the last few weeks I was working on creating the menu, business cards and posters for this. Just to give you a glance…

The shop location is almost confirmed but it still needs to be rannovated and so hopefully Caramel Factory will be on board by end of this year! I will keep you updated on the progress of the shop and the menu, so please look forward to it! Any comments, feedback and advice will be very~ welcomed^^!