Archive | September, 2013

Mid-autumn festival & Full moon party!

23 Sep

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How was your mid-autumn festival ^^? Did you eat mooncake and walk around the house with lantern in your hand?

Every year I get to try few kinds of mooncakes, and this year I had about 10 kinds of them! The raw type in the photo right is durian mooncake, and left one is from the famouse shop Tong Kee Bread & Tarts, which my student gave me. I’ve had many kinds of mooncakes in the past but this one was the best so far, I would say, at least for the baked type! The skin outside and pandan paste inside were both melting soft and matched very well.

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My mother-in-law made this raw mooncake for me. Raw type is easier to eat than the baked type and many people around me prefer this kind. It’s also easier to make but I guess it doesn’t last so long so you don’t see so much in the shop.

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By the way, I did full moon party for my baby son last weekend. Since we wanted to keep it simple, we just invited our family and relatives but it came all up to 30-40 people in the end!

There were couple of kids, so we also prepared lantern and walked around the house. Hanae got to have one too, and she really enjoyed holding lantern and walking around the house. It was a really cute sight!

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I was so happy to hold such party for my daughter and my son, thanks to my parents-in-law who prepared so much for us ^^.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Coffee break*

19 Sep

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I have been drinking decaffeinated coffee (by Bon Cafe) for the last many months, but I still make hand-dripped coffee for my family almost every morning. Then sometimes I take a sip ^^!

I buy coffee beans from Jasons @ Bangsar Shopping Centre, as I like to buy them in beans and grind myself right before I drink. Jasons have couple of choice on beans and the ones I like are mainly from Caribbean countries such as Guatemala and Costa Rica. Brazil is also easy to drink, and when I feel like something strong and sour, I go for Ethiopian beans.

I usually drink them straight and compare the aroma, but recently my favorite is to mix them up and make my original blend. The photo is a mixture of Guatemala : Ethiopia = 3 : 2. The strong sour flavor of Ethiopian beans are covered by fruity aroma of Guatemala beans, which makes the coffee have deeper fragrance. Hmm… very nice!

My coffee beans are finishing, so I want to head to the shop soon!

Hello!

11 Sep

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Hello!

Hi there!

Some of you may already know, but I gave birth to my son on 29th August 2013! He was 3.7kg / 53cm big boy^^.

It was rather a fast delivery (less than 3 hours since I reached the hospital) and I came back to my house the next day. Since then, I have been in the house mostly resting with my baby as I am in the confinement period. Same as my daughter time, I asked help for the confinement lady and following a little bit of ‘Chinese’ culture.

As for my daughter, Hanae, she welcomed her little brother and is really happy about him, but at the same time, she cannot help being jealous or a little confused of her attention being divided now. I guess this is an adjusting period for all our family and we just need to find a way to balance them out.

Lastly for our shop Caramel Factory, please be noted that we will not be conducting classes for next few months until further notice. However, we are still taking orders for macarons and cheesecakes and our shop is also irregularly opened. So if you have any inquiry, please drop us an email at caramelmoko@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for visiting our blog!!!

Regards,

Tomoko