Friday, April 17, 2015

A Tempo XXIV filming





pretty retarded yet fun time hehe

Friday, April 10, 2015

Salted Caramel Cheesecake


So, this cheesecake.

I don't even know where to begin. Everything about it is (well, was) incredible. From the not-too-thick-yet-still-satisfying digestive crumb to the creamy cheesecake layer to the salted caramel sauce that was sufficiently globby (yes, it's a word now) yet not overly so, it all tied in beautifully. The only regret we had was not making a bigger batch o' these.

In fact, my parents, who don't normally enjoy sweet stuff, loved and finished an entire cake by themselves, and my friends, who love to mock me and never really complimented me before, admitted that it was good. So I think it's fair to say that this is a good cheesecake.

What you will need:
(makes 5 big cheesecake "muffins" and 12 smaller ones)

(Salted caramel sauce)
a three-quarter cup of caster sugar
half a cup of heavy cream
a teaspoon of salt

(Digestive biscuit base)
200g of digestive biscuits
half a cup of butter, melted

(Cheesecake filling)
500g of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
a three-quarter cup of caster sugar
a quarter cup of Greek yoghurt (I used plain, 0% fat)
two large eggs
a teaspoon of vanilla extract

Method:

(Salted caramel sauce)
1. Heat the sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring continuously. Do not let the sugar burn!

2. After the sugar turns brown, add in the cream and continue stirring.

3. After about five minutes, turn off the flame and let the mixture cool. Add salt to taste. Set aside.
(yes, it's that easy!)

(Cheesecake)
1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.

2. Crush the digestive biscuits in a ziplock bag until no large crumbs remain.

3. Stir the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter until all the crumbs sort of stick together.

4. Press a tablespoon (depending on how thick you like your crust) of the biscuit/butter mixture into each cupcake liner, and bake for five minutes.

You may prepare the cheesecake filling while waiting!

5. Beat the cream cheese until completely smooth.

6. Add in sugar and yoghurt and beat till combined.

7. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.

8. Beat in the vanilla extract and mix the mixture until smooth and homogenous.

9. Fill each cupcake liner to the top, or at least three-quarter way up!

10. Bake for about 20 minutes, and let cool at room temperature for at least an hour afterward. Chill in the refrigerator before serving! :-)

Plating suggestion: Spoon a dollop of salted caramel sauce into the sunken part of the cheesecake!!! It looks absolutely divine.



happy friends after a successful bake!!!



Said mocking friends who were engrossed in cheesecake

Wei Ze's 18th



The guys and I threw a mini surprise for Wei Ze this morning, with the help of Yue Xin! It went rather smoothly actually and he shat bricks about a hundred times that morning haha!!! We got him a heart-shaped balloon with the most feminine princesses possible and stuck his face (fused with the moon face emoji) on Cinderella's body, in case you can't see from the photos cos it isn't that obvious. :-( We also got him rock hard abs...lol jk these are soft and light as cotton HAHA

So today 3/4 of us are legal and that makes me the youngest, not like I'd be intimidated by their ages LOL

happy 18th birthday, peter supreme leader lim wei ze :-)

Saturday, April 04, 2015

unpacking while packing

We'll be moving house pretty soon so the whole family has been caught up in packing our stuff recently, and that includes uncovering a whole lot of stuff that's been chucked away in a corner for a few months/years (it couldn't have been that long since we moved in...). I guess that was what inspired me to write this post. Other than all my old clothes, used-up stationery and embarrassing accessories (think fat chunky gaudy necklaces...o my), I also looked through my files of letters/notes collected over the past seventeen years.

I organised my cards/letters (basically handwritten stuff given to me by friends and family) according to their sender, so I had a folder each for cards from St. Marg's, St. Marg's Band, Pei Hwa and family, Raffles, Raffles Band and Church. I had quite a lot of them so I indulged a bit and read through every single one of them, so I could decide which to keep. (In secondary school, I was in the habit of exchanging notes with my friends regularly so a lot of letters were basically mega long texts updating each other of happenings in our daily lives, so nothing too sentimental there)

Anyway, as I read the farewell note my Sec 3/4 biology teacher gave me, it tore open a kind of dormant wound (?) for me. She wrote that I should "enjoy the journey and make lotsa friends along the way ^_^". I remember when I read her note for the first time that day in class, it really stung. It was a huge blow to my ego and I remember being surprised that a teacher who saw us about 3 or 4 hours a week would be able to see through the facade of self-assuredness and confidence that I tried to put on. I wasn't much of a social butterfly and I guess I prioritised my studies over my friendships, which made me somewhat of a loner, if you will. So I guess it really stung...

I had actually read my more recent letters/notes prior to reading Mrs Tan's, most of them from my friends in Raffles. From those who I had only a superficial relationship with, and even from some of my closer friends, the descriptives "sociable", "out-going", "bubbly", "bring joy and warmth to your friends" etc. kept popping up. It occurred to me that perhaps it was because of my experience of being "above the need for friends" in secondary school that I veered to the other end of the spectrum here in junior college. I certainly am not as reclusive as I was before, but yet I wouldn't consider myself to be truly sociable and out-going. In fact, I really believe that I am an introvert, yet can be selectively extroverted. However, if so many people now just see me as someone who is "high" and "cheery", it makes me wonder...how many people actually know me?

Being liked and having friends are entirely different things. I guess it's much easier to be liked than to make friends because finding a friend in another means having to open up and make yourself vulnerable to said person. It's something that I struggle with because I find lots of things difficult to talk about to other people, even close friends. Yet, I really wish for a friend who would know know me.

Reading through the cards/letters weren't all bad and mid-teenage-life-crisis-inducing, though. I read through a lot of stuff from my days in St. Marg's band, and kind of re-lived those memories as I read through each letter, card and note. The band trip to Australia was one memory savoured, which made me realise that I was so incredibly fortunate to have had the experience. Going overseas to compete with SMSB was one of the most exciting things that happened to me during my secondary school life and I wouldn't trade it for anything else...not even for the trip to Japan with RSB. Yes, reminiscing the Australia trip made me much more okay with missing out on Japan this June, which is a good thing, I suppose, since I shouldn't brood over it too much.

Well, packing up my stuff has led me to unpack a lot of memories, both good and bad, and while I'm sorry that those times are long gone, and some lost for ever, I'm excited for the possibilities that the future holds.