Saturday, 18 April 2009

Green Tea Sweets

Baking weekend, just baked some green tea shortbread cookies.
Original recipe from Amai Tea & Bake House.
I used a large egg instead of 3 large egg yolks.
Well, it tastes good and not sweet but has a green tea aroma.
Every one likes green tea will love it!
Honestly, I don't fancy green tea that much, but I have 2 bags of green tea powder from Taiwan.
I only thing use it for baking or making a green tea milk (1/4 tsp green tea powder in a cup of milk).
I think it's great to find some recipes to consume it.

100g icing sugar
150g unsalted butter
290g plain flour
1 large egg
4.5 tsp green tea powder/Matcha
granulated sugar (for coating)

Sieve green tea powder & icing sugar, then mix together.
Add in the butter & whisk until fluffy and light in colour.
Sieve in the flour & mix well.
Add the egg & mix into a smooth dough.
Roll into small sized balls, flatten slightly, & coated with granulated sugar.
Bake at 180'C in preheated oven for 15 min (until golden colour around the edge).

NB: A cookie cutter is used in the original recipe, the dough is flattened and then cooled in a refrigerator for 30 min before cutting with a cookie cutter.

End of my short Easter break in Basildon, I'm going back to London tomorrow.
My revision progress is on the schedule, so not to worry if I can keep on.
As the time approaches the summer, I'm getting to think about the future more often.
Telling myself to STOP thinking & focus on the project & exams.
But I can't stop myself from thinking about it...

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Easter break + cosmetics DIY

I'm now on my Easter break, staying in Basildon for a week.
Then, back to London & hopefully finish my lab works.
Also have revisions for exams in May.

I'm in my final year of Chemistry now.
A bit worry about the future.
Well, I have applied for a Ph.D in my college but still...
I should just finish all my current works first...

About the picture, I've made a cleansing mousse for my sister this morning.
Actually, I've been making cleanser for my mother for years.
I picked up cosmetic making a few years ago, but I was more addicted to jewelry making.
So, I think not a lot of friends know this.
I know I have too many interests.
Sometimes, not enough times for more serious tasks like college works.
But, it does give me a sense of achievement.
It's particularly encouraging in this time when my current lab works failed.
Plus, it's so easy.
Just mix a few ingredients then I have a wonderful cleanser that lasts for months.
It also saves me some money from buying ^__^


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