July 20th, 2015

SALE SALE SALE

Easy Store 25% off

I am having a FLASH SALE on my Etsy Store today! It’s 25% off and you can use the coupon code upon checkout. It’s currently all digital files only which is perfect if you prefer to print them out on your own so you can get your prints immediately! 

If you do put them up on your wall, be sure to share them on Instagram and tag me!

June 29th, 2015

The kid turned two!

The kid turned two some time back. I can’t believe it! We have been parents for two years now! Talk about a big accomplishment. I wouldn’t exactly say we loved every minute of it. There were a couple of hair pulling moments specifically night times but on the whole, it has been an amazing experience. 

2nd Birthday Fondant Mickey Mouse Cake

As with every birthday celebrated in our home, I’d like to make and customise the birthday cakes. This year, the kid gets to see the making of the cake. She kept coming around while I was making fondant Mickeys and exclaiming, “Oh Mickey Mouse!”. Well, at least I know it looks like Mickey! Phew.

2nd Birthday Fondant Mickey Mouse Cake

As I was cracking my head on a figurine to make this year, I finally decided to make a tradition instead. I made the same figurines as last year but added on the Mickey headbands for the little missy and Rosco. So every year going forward, the kid and the dog will spot different outfits/add ons while maintaining a somewhat similar pose. It’s an idea, gotta see how it goes!

2nd Birthday Fondant Mickey Mouse Cake

The cupcakes are for the kids at the daycare and since it’s gonna be eaten by kids, I decided to make a “healthier” option so I made banana cake. It is also one of my favourite cakes to make because I managed to snag a pretty good recipe for this. I knew it was going to be a favourite for everyone as well.

2nd Birthday Fondant Mickey Mouse Cake

It was my first time making this many cupcakes – 38 in total. To be honest, I was pretty frazzled at one point wondering if I could even finish up the batch of cupcakes. And the weather? Hey, what’s up with the rain, Sydney? It was raining for three days straight – apparently the worst storm in a long time. The wet weather was a bummer especially working with fondant. The fondant wouldn’t dry and it was sticky. Everything was droopy as heck! Bad timing.

Still, everything went perfectly as planned and the cakes were amazing. Everyone loved it and I had fun making it.

We surprised the kid at daycare with the cupcakes and sang the birthday song for her. She got so embarrassed and hid her face throughout the song, much to our amusement. =) 

We set up her personal cake on a stool ready for her when she got back. She hasn’t seen the finished version so that would be a surprise for her. She was absolutely happy to see the little cake and couldn’t stop smiling. There was another round of birthday song and blowing of the candle. In our excitement, we only stuck one candle in the cake! She’s gonna have questions in future about the number of candles on her cake. 

I think we made it really special for her this birthday. I hope she felt special too. I love birthdays and love celebrating with my loved ones so I want to make sure the kid feels the same too. I think she did enjoy her birthday and would probably never remember this day but we have pictures and videos for her to see in future. 

Happy birthday, kiddo. We love you lots and lots!

 

May 6th, 2015

FREE STUFF: Mother’s day Instant download card

With Mother’s day around the corner in most parts of the world, many are scrambling to get cards to send home. This is my first Mother’s Day here in Sydney and even though I don’t always celebrate this special day with my mom every year, being so far away really does make me miss her even more. 

I celebrated my first Mother’s Day with my mom and it was wonderful! What a great way to start mine with my mother. In all honesty, I loved seeing how my mom plays and interacts with the kid and I feel quite sad really that we are this far away from home. My mom is truly such a great Grandma because even through FaceTime, she can still find ways to play with the kid.

Here comes the fun part! I am giving away free downloadable Mother’s Day card. All you need to do is to print the card, fold it and stick it into an envelope and you are done! The card is done in a minimalistic manner that allows you to style it or glam it up as much as you want. Here are some of the things I’ve done to mine before I send it off to my mom.

DIY GLAM Mother's Day Card Free Downloadable

DIY GLAM Mother's Day Card Free Downloadable

DIY GLAM Mother's Day Card Free Downloadable

DIY GLAM Mother's Day Card Free Downloadable

DIY GLAM Mother's Day Card Free Downloadable

Have fun with your free downloads! Hope you enjoy them!

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April 7th, 2015

Teresaling has an Etsy store!

I have been away and busy. Lately, we’ve been sending the kid to daycare twice a week and that gives me time to look for work opportunities as well as working on my new venture and passion. 

Teresaling has an ETSY STORE!

If you have not noticed, on your right, you’ll see my Etsy store! I sell motivational wall arts with handwritten typography  or vector designed images. All of these are designed right here at home. Right now, you are able to purchase the downloadable files for an affordable price before I start selling prints only. These files are best for prints of A4 sizes but if you want larger sizes, let me know! 

Looking to expand the range in future, I am thinking of creating customised ang pau packets, invitations, postcards, party labels and you guessed it, MORE wall arts!

If you have something in mind and would like me to get it done, you can give me a buzz at etsy@teresaling.com and I will respond to you.

Feel free to look around the shop. There’s not much now but there’s more to come!

 

March 17th, 2015

Winter workwear

Winter workwear 2015

 

Now, if I have a job and I have money, I would totally go out and get this for work. 

But I am far from it. Right now, I am still wearing my PJs with the kid clinging on to me. It’s 4pm now by the way. Oh, so glamourous!

I love these stuff I pulled out at Polyvore because instead of the standard dull colours, I chose things that add a pop of colour to what is normally a subdued weather. I also quite like the coral based colours. Funny, I am not normally a person who would choose colours like these off the shelves but when putting it together like that, I like them. I like the shoes. I don’t do well on heels. I am a klutz even on bare feet so heels are hazardous for me. I believe you can get the flats from The Iconic. 

Winter isn’t here yet but it’s beginning to feel like it. We are now into the first month of Autumn and it’s getting chilly. Infact, I wore a sweater while hanging clothes outside at 21°C. What the heck! How will I survive winter? And I LOVE the cold. What’s up?

What are your winter essentials? Hit me up on Polyvore!

 

p/s: If you want to purchase makeup, you can get $10 OFF at Luxola when you spend $80! Only for new customers. SHOP NOW!

March 4th, 2015

SMB Chocolate and a Millenium Falcon CAKE!

Swiss Meringue Buttercream Chocolate Cake with gradient orange swirls

I had wanted to post this in like FOREVER but I kept postponing it for unknown reasons. I don’t quite know why because I sure was excited making them. So I decided that I had better get this up before the kid turns two in a month’s time! TWO!! TWO! Warp speed I tell ya!

At one years old, the kid did not have anything that she can closely relate to. She had no favourite toy, no favourite cartoon character and no special security item. So instead of deciding on a cartoon character for her birthday cake, I decided to make a figurine of the kid and her “favourite” pal, Rosco, our four year old Westie. I’ve made plenty of figurines with polymer clay before so yes, I’ve got this covered!

Swiss Meringue Buttercream (SMB). Ahh, the very word that makes plenty of people quiver with fear. SMB, if you are not familiar is not the same as your normal buttercream. SMB is made of egg whites, butter and sugar. It’s quite temperamental so it has to be handled with care. One wrong move and you could waste your whole bowl of egg whites (which you have PAINSTAKINGLY separated!). If you want to know how to make SMB and all the steps to make sure you do it right, visit Sweetapolita. I was an absolute newbie to SMB so I googled for it and this website was the only one I needed. Thankfully, I got my SMB right on my first try!

I didn’t particularly want a one coloured SMB cake nor do I want the typical pink coloured one for girls. I wanted something bright and cheerful so I chose a gradient of orange colour. I loved making the swirls! It is really so easy to make but you would need a turntable for this. If you would like to find out how to make this, please check out this video.

Birthday cupcakes with swiss meringue buttercream

I used the extra SMB from the cake to ice my cupcakes. As you can tell, I still need a lot of work with my piping skills. Not exactly a masterpiece there. :)

The cake was a hit with everyone! The chocolate cake was amazing and combined with the SMB, it was heaven. What I love about SMB is that it is light and not too buttery. It’s a perfect combination with banana cake too! 

A few months, 50 boxes and a flight later, it was the husband’s birthday and for the longest time, I have been dying to make him a Millennium Falcon cake because I can’t exactly afford the Lego ones. I’ve searched online for an easy, not too advanced one to “copy” but it was hard to find one that I have in mind. It has to be two things; Lego and Millennium Falcon. Finally, I just had to imagine it by looking at the actual Lego set online.

Millennium Falcon Star Wars cake

Introducing my homemade Lego Millenium Falcon Chocolate cake! I had a lot of fun making this! I had thought that it would take me a long time to make it but if I combined all the hours, it was probably only a day’s work. I used piping tips to make the round lego bits and the figurines were real Lego ones. This was my first sculptured cake. In fact, I was actually pretty nervous about making this one but I am quite impressed with how it turned out!

I have only ever used fondants from Bake With Yen which I found too be too sweet. I wanted to try another brand while I am here so I used Bakels fondant and I liked it. It was easy to handle with the cold temperature, didn’t crack easily and and most importantly, it wasn’t too sweet. 

For this chocolate cake, I used the recipe from Sharon Wee’s cake book. It was as great as the one I made for the kid.

Since it was just the three of us at home, I made the husband take the rest of the cake to work and I am glad that they liked it!

Millennium Falcon Star Wars

It was such fun designing, sculpturing and baking the cakes. I would have love to turn this into a business but the hassle of getting the approval is just too much here. Still, I am no where near making perfect cakes. I’ll just have to make do with my home audience. :)

And the next time I’ll be baking is when the kid turns two! She has more interests now so I would probably make her something that she can relate to but I still can’t decide which one I would make. Hopefully I will remember to document a step by step of the cake making process this time. I can’t wait to make it!

March 2nd, 2015

Recipe: Soft and Fluffy Shokupan

Soft and fluffy Shokupan

For the longest time now, I have been searching for a soft and fluffy bread that I am satisfied with. I had one that I used to use back when I had a breadmachine but since moving here and buying the Thermomix, I have been manually making my bread by first mixing in the TMX then baking it in the oven. A little more work than the breadmachine of course but it really doesn’t take up that much of your time. 

Then I came across this bread recipe in Cookpad.com and oh boy, there is no turning back with this winner! It is the softest and fluffiest bread I have every made! And it stayed soft for FOUR DAYS in my Sistema container. Absolute keeper.

Soft and fluffy Shokupan

I would normally eat this bread with soft boiled eggs, the way many Asians do, I think. What I found out recently is that this bread does absolutely well toasted with a bit of butter then topped with Parmesan cheese. Then you eat that with the eggs. Heavenly, I tell you!

Cookpad is a fantastic place to check out awesome bread recipes because like most Asian breads, Japanese have really good soft breads too. Many of the recipes are in Japanese but there is an English section where they’ve translated some of the recipes from the main site. I have my eye on the white Shokupan recipe there but I don’t quite have the ingredients to try it out yet!

If you are looking for soft fluffy bread that’ll last for days, you should really try this out. 

Soft and fluffy Shokupan

Soft and Fluffy Shokupan
Serves 1
An absolutely soft and fluffy bread loaf that'll last for days!
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Ingredients
  1. 250 grams Bread (strong) flour
  2. 40 grams Butter
  3. 2 tbsp Condensed milk
  4. 2 tbsp Sugar
  5. 12 grams Skim milk powder
  6. 4 grams Salt
  7. 175 grams Water (cold)
  8. 4 grams Instant dry yeast
Instructions
  1. BREADMACHINE INSTRUCTIONS
  2. -------------------------------------------------
  3. 1. Put all the ingredients in a bread maker and set it to make the dough and let it complete the 1st rising (double its size or at least 1.5 hours).
  4. 2. Once the dough is done, take it out and place it on a floured work surface, and deflate. Divide the dough into two pieces and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  5. 3. Now to shape the bread. Start by rolling out the dough into a big oval using a rolling pin.
  6. 4. Fold the bottom one third up...
  7. 5. And the top one third down.
  8. 6. Turn the dough so it is perpendicular to you and use the rolling pin to roll out a bit more (until it is the width of your bread pan).
  9. 7. Roll it up from the bottom and then seal the end.
  10. 8. Place each piece of formed dough in the corners of the pan. Place the closed seam side on the bottom so that they face each other.
  11. 9. Let the bread rise a second time until it has risen up to a bit less than 80% of the pan.
  12. 10. Put on the pan cover and bake in an oven preheated to 200°C for 30 minutes. Once it is done baking, take it out of the pan immediately and let it cool.
  13. TMX METHOD
  14. --------------------
  15. 1. Put all except the butter into the TMX in this order; water, yeast, skim milk, condensed milk, sugar, flour and salt.
  16. 2. Mix on dough mode until all incorporated. Throw in the butter and knead it for 12 minutes. Once done, let it rise until double its size or at least 1.5 hours. Make sure to remove the cover and cover your mixing bowl with a loose cling wrap.
  17. 3. Now to shape the bread. Start by rolling out the dough into a big oval using a rolling pin.
  18. 4. Fold the bottom one third up...
  19. 5. And the top one third down.
  20. 6. Turn the dough so it is perpendicular to you and use the rolling pin to roll out a bit more (until it is the width of your bread pan).
  21. 7. Roll it up from the bottom and then seal the end.
  22. 8. Place each piece of formed dough in the corners of the pan. Place the closed seam side on the bottom so that they face each other.
  23. 9. Let the bread rise a second time until it has risen up to a bit less than 80% of the pan.
  24. 10. Put on the pan cover and bake in an oven preheated to 200°C for 30 minutes. Once it is done baking, take it out of the pan immediately and let it cool.
Notes
  1. I used the bread tin that I bought in Malaysia (Bake with Yen). I bought the wrong size so the recipe for this one does not rise up all the way to fill up the tin. I made two times this recipe to get it to fill up instead. I saw bread tins in Victoria Basement here in Sydney.
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February 8th, 2015

Kuih Bangkit Recipe

The great thing about the world we live in today is the Internet. Everything we want and need are just literally at our finger tips. 

So when I needed to find a foolproof recipe for Kuih Bangkit that is good and melts in your mouth, I turned to the internet; well, Google to be more precise. But the thing about the internet is that you can have many hits in your search. So how would I know which one is good and which one is not? 

This is when you thank bloggers like Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, who does an in-depth review on which recipe is the best in her opinion (and others who’ve tasted it) out of the recipes she tested. Without a doubt, I went with her suggestion and used the recipe from Kimmy at Cooking Pleasure. Man oh man, were they melt in the mouth fantastic!

Kuih Bangkit

Every Chinese New Year, I fondly remember having Kuih Bangkit that my Ah Ma makes. If I am not mistaken, she does this over charcoal from my earliest memory of her and the biscuit. The result is always wonderfully crispy on the outside and then it melts in your mouth. I am not a big fan of the biscuit, in fact, I get a little thirsty after a few, but I can’t resist eating this once a year. Since this is our first Chinese New Year away from home, I decided to make them to remember us of the celebrations back home. I am also going to pack a few of this for our Australian friends and the kid’s educators at daycare. This would make a wonderful thank you gift because I find that this is a uniquely Malaysian Hokkien delicacy. I am always quite proud of my roots. :)

Kuih Bangkit

This is a simple recipe and really quite easy to make. The only time consuming part is shaping the dough but once you’ve got a hang of it, you can move quite fast. Unfortunately, I was constantly interrupted by a pair of small arms wrapped around my legs crying, “Carry. Carry!” Her poor Papa will have to save me from her clutches and distract her with Disney movies and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse reruns. 

You start first by frying your tapioca flour to reduce the H2O properties because you need really light and fluffy flour to make that melt-in-your-mouth moments that is usually what makes Kuih Bangkit so great. You just need a wok or a deep frying pan, measure out your flour, throw in your pandan leaves (screwpine leaves) and dry fry it till the leaves are crispy and flour is light. You can tell when the flour is light comparing it  to when you first started frying it. Kitchen Tigress explained this really well in her blog. I used her calculations when I weighed my flour again after frying to make sure my flour is just right. Kitchen Tigress also explained why we should use coconut cream instead of coconut milk so make sure you buy the right one.

Kuih Bangkit

I mixed and pre-kneaded my dough in my TM5. Such a handy little thing! But really, you don’t need gadgets for this. You can use your hands and knead them to make sure everything is well incorporated. If your dough feels too dry, add in a little more coconut cream but not too much! If it’s too wet, shaping your kuih bangkit will prove to be really difficult. 

Kuih Bangkit

Make sure to dust your moulds enough so remember to fry a little extra flour for dusting. It’s no fun to see your dough sticking to the tiny parts of your mould! I did not have the traditional wooden animal moulds so I used these ones that are actually meant for another biscuit but it totally works! I am searching for the wooden ones for Kuih Bangkit and Angku kuih in Australia so hit me up if you know where to get them!

Kuih Bangkit

Once you’ve shaped your biscuits and sliced off the excess, gently tap your moulds on the counter or on your hand so that they pop out easily. If it’s dusted well enough, they should come out alright. If your dough sticks then make sure to dust your moulds properly and if that doesn’t work, you might need to add in a little more flour into the dough. Remember to mix it well. Line up all your biscuits on a lined baking tray. The biscuits will not expand so don’t be afraid to put them a little closer.

Baked Kuih Bangkit

Here are my baked Kuih Bangkit! The oven heating here in my rented unit is a little uneven, which explains the slight browning on one side. I had to pay close attention and rotate the tray whenever I bake in my oven.

This recipe comes pretty close to my Ah Ma’s one so I am happy with the results. The aroma is just amazing. If you follow the recipe closely, you should have a perfect balance of pandan and coconut flavour. We gave some to a friend of ours and he loved the taste and smell of the pandan. In fact, he says he wants to try to find a plant and grow it in his house! I would want one too! 

I had no problems finding all the ingredients here. All you need to do is walk into an Asian grocer and you should be able to find most of your ingredients if not all of it there. I bought frozen pandan leaves which are better than the fresh ones I get from Fresh Corps in Hornsby. So don’t worry if frozen pandan leaves are all you have. Happy baking!

Kuih Bangkit Recipe (Coconut Screwpine cookies)
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Ingredients
  1. 500 gm tapioca flour [or 250 gm Sago flour and 250 gm tapioca flour]
  2. 5-6 screwpine [pandan] leaves - washed and wipe dry, cut into half
  3. 100 gm icing sugar
  4. 1 whole egg
  5. 2 egg yolks
  6. 150-200 ml thick coconut milk
  7. 3/4 tbsp butter - room temperature
Instructions
  1. 1.Place flour and pandan leaves in a wok. In low heat, fry the until the flour is light and the pandan leaves turned crispy [stir lightly as the flour will be very light]. Cool, discard the leaves and scoop the flour into a big sieve. Lightly sift the flour into a big deep bowl. Transfer sifted flour in a plastic bag until required. The flour must be cooled thoroughly. This step can be done days ahead.
  2. 2. Cream butter, eggs and icing sugar until light and creamy. Make sure the sugar is totally dissolved.
  3. 3. Slowly add in the flour and creamed the mixture. Gradually add in the coconut milk to mix [you may not need all the coconut milk, kept balance for use when the dough is too dry].
  4. 4. Knead until the dough does not stick to the hand. Cover the dough with a damp cloth, rest for at least 30 minutes. You can use this time to line your baking tray with parchment paper, extra fried flour for dusting and a little pink colouring for decoration.
  5. 5. Dust the wooden moulds with some tapioca flour [fry more for dusting], pinch off some dough and press it into the moulds one by one, then cut off any excess using a thin sharp knife.
  6. 6. Knock out and arrange the cookies onto the baking tray. This cookie does not expand but will be very fragile after baking.
  7. 7. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 degrees C for about 12-15 minutes or until it's slight brown at the base.
  8. 8. Cool completely on a wire rack before storing them in a cookie jar.
Adapted from Cooking Pleasure
Adapted from Cooking Pleasure
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 This is my first submission to an organised cooking event. I am submitting this to the Cook and Celebrate: CNY 2015 event organised by Yen from Eat your heart out, Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.

January 28th, 2015

Summer beach days

We’ve been hitting the beach lately making the best of the Australian summer and we are loving it! Clontarf is our favourite spot, especially with the kid around because there no big waves and enough sand for digging and building sandcastles. I am not exactly a beach bum nor am I a seasoned beach goer but I definitely love the beach and hanging out inside my cheap Kmart tent. :)

What I hate about the beach is how much sand you come home with. I have a love hate relationship with sand. I love the sand at the beach, that’s it. That’s where it belongs! And no matter how much I try to brush off, those pesky little bits of sand still makes it way back to my home!

I am new to this bi-monthly beach outing so I don’t exactly have the best fashion items when I go to the beach. I just make sure that I have enough water to hydrate, a change of clothes, diapers, fresh fruits, sunscreen, our Kmart tent, our Kathmandu picnic blanket, and my sunglasses. That doesn’t mean I can’t ogle at nice bikinis and beach dresses online! :) I mean, online shopping is the best you can do when you have a clingy kid. Window shopping with one is horrendous!

Here are my favourites from my online window shopping adventures. I have a similiar dress from Roxy that I wear but that Ted Baker bandeau bikini top is lovely, huh? Hit me up with your favourite styles on Polyvore!

Also, I am obsessed with stripes! So nautical!

 

Summer beach essentials
 
 
 
 

And also, not forgetting a map to Clontarf beach. 

PARKING

If you are lucky, you can find free parking but at $8 for two hours, that isn’t so bad. Just make sure you time yourself!

January 22nd, 2015

Toddler eats: Morning breakfast #1

I posted this on my instagram today.

If you know me, you know my kid isn’t the best when it comes to eating. So more often than not, I rack my brains trying to think of new things for her to eat. One thing I am absolutely happy about is that she eats her breakfast almost fuss free. One of them that worked really well almost all the time is yogurt.

I keep the yogurt variety pretty much a healthy one by just throwing in a number of fruits like berries, mangoes, apples, pears or peaches, drizzle a little honey and a pinch of cinnamon and she’ll down that all in a jiffy! *phew*

Talk about a happy mama bear! She’s happy, I am happy!

Share your toddler yogurt recipes by tagging #toddleryogurt on Instagram!

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