Monday, 31 August 2009

A Wired Violin

Haven't been working in jewelry for sometimes, but in wire crafts.
I'd just come back from a short break in Nice, France.
It was a really great trip, I've had a fantastic time with my family in France.
However, it's a shame that we didn't go in June or July to visit the famous lavender & sunflower field.
So, it's definitely worth going again, but this time we could stay in Avignon.

Recently busy in looking for a room to rent in London.
Hopefully, I can get an ideal room.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake

It's still the season of berries.
The strawberry sold in my nearest supermarket was cheap so I thought of making a strawberry cheesecake.
I used the recipe for raspberry yogurt cheesecake I made last time.
This time I added a tablespoonful of rosewater.
This increased the depth of flavour of the cheesecake together with the strawberry jelly.
I love it!

Strawberry Jelly:
100g fresh strawberry (blended into puree)
2g/1 sheet gelatin
25g sugar

Boil the strawberry puree then add in the gelatine.
Let the syrup cool down.

Note: Cool a layer of cheese filling or jelly in fridge until stiff before adding another layer.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Bird Cage

'Open the cage
Let the bird fly away
And give the cage back its freedom'
by William Mar

When I came across this poem & I thought it came well with the cage I made.
When a bird is kept inside the cage, which side has lost the freedom?
The cage or the bird?

Monday, 17 August 2009

Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies

I have baked these cookies twice now.
It's absolutely delicious!
Once I start eating it, I can't stop myself from eating.

140g unsalted butter
170g plain flour
70 roasted whole hazelnuts
80g sugar
25g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder (b.p.)
110-140g chopped nuts

Whisk butter & sugar until fluffy & light in colour.
Sieve in the flour, cocoa powder, b.p. & fold until well-mix.
Roll the dough into 70 small sized balls.
Wrap one whole hazelnut with one ball of batter then coated with chopped nuts.
Bake at 180'C in preheated oven for 15 - 20 min.

N.B. This recipe makes 70 mouthful size cookies.

Friday, 7 August 2009

1st Time on Wire Crafts

Wire Crafts - my most recent interest.
It seemed complicated & difficult to make a piece.
But it's not as hard as I thought it would be.
They're made of basic shapes: circles, squares, lines, curves etc.
I love the simplicity & the combination a wire can give.


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