A Dinner

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My daughter BFF and her parents will be joining us for dinner this evening. I’m cooking Balinese food with all the condiments (can you spot the Indonesian crackers in the glass jars). My daughter set the table with so much excitement and she requested double chocolate cupcakes for dessert (her current favourite). Music is playing in the background, Hubby is slicing cucumbers for our G&T, its humming and buzzing in our household, I’m loving it.

Enjoy your weekend everyone, cheers!


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Kue Keju or Kaastengel cookies are a popular savoury cookie made with Edam cheese, a traditional Dutch cheese. As a cookie it normally shape in the form of stick/log and it’s one of Dutch’s heritage recipe commonly found in Indonesia. The mini bite size with soft texture and creamy cheesy taste is definitely made it more-ish (you just keep on reaching for more!) but never under estimate the size, it’s really time consuming to make them since it needs to be shape by hand one by one. Of course if you don’t want to endure the long process you can do a short cut (make a large log then use a knife to cut it into desirable size) but estethically it’s not THE Kaastengel that we know 🙂 For yummy kaastengel recipe you can surf the web, there are many good one that is easy to follow.

I’ve normally made these cheese cookies in large batch since they last for couple of weeks in airtight containers. It’s a great home made gift for social gathering. By the way I love using pretty glass jar with airtight lid as packaging, normally I will do a few different kind of cookies to accentuate the display also to give options for the person to choose what they like, just as below image (chocolate chips cookies alternated with kaastengel).

For me, I will choose Kaastengel any day ❤

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Double Chocolate

I’ve been baking countless vanilla madeleines the last couple of weeks as an alternative to home made banana muffin in my daughter snack box until she told me last night that she missed having cupcakes as a treat, chocolate cupcake to be more specific. So do I actually, for me chocolate cupcake with decadent dark chocolate frosting is an absolute indulgent. That’s it, in my mind I know I’m going to bake our favourite cupcake once I’m done with my errands.

Nothing beat freshly baked double chocolate treat, my happy Little Miss is enjoying it to the last bite ❤

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A cupcake


Esti nangka

I’ve made mini jackfruit (nangka/langka) cupcakes for the Indonesian ladies in Manila gathering today. I always love the unique texture of this exotic fruit, once it’s baked/cooked it became soft and very fragrance. Such a big hit in our luncheon, it was gone in less than half an hour, love it!


We Want Cookies

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It’s long weekend in Manila (Aug 31 is National Heroes Day holiday), my daughter invited her friend Tara for a sleepover. In between building legos, playing Xbox and swimming they kept on saying “We want Cookies!” in unison. So happily I start my baking frenzy, I’ve made dark chocolate drop cookies which they devour straight away from the baking tray (after cooling off!), then I’ve made double chocolate chips cookies (as per their request). I’ve made 2 batches at the same time, 1 with extra chocolate chips and 1 with less chocolate chips but I’ve added chopped almonds (my favourite). Once its all cooling off I placed it in a glass jar along with the sweet treats by the dining table, I put the Botero inspired bronze sculpture of these 2 ladies doing yoga pose in front of it as a teaser. Yup, you can have some cookies but not too many at a time ❤


Banana & Chocolate

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There are 2 main ingredients that I make sure I never run out in my kitchen : fresh organic eggs and banana. We like ripe banana as power snack prior sport training and whenever it developed the brown dots on its skin (over ripe) I made it into banana smoothies (banana+ coconut water+any fresh fruits) or GF banana pancake (banana+egg+almond ground) or (my daughter favourite) banana with chocolate chip cupcakes (preferably with chocolate frosting), just like above image.

I prefer to bake it in mini cupcake size since it take less then 15 minutes to bake, add the chocolate frosting and voila … the most delicious tiny bite that pack a punch, love it!

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A classic ice cream flavour on a cupcake, isn’t it cool?

I’ve known so many people that asked me to put extra buttercream on their cupcakes order and yes, this is it, if you are in Metro Manila you can get your cupcakes with Neapolitan frosting piled high on your choice of cupcake (the one in the picture is dulce de leche cupcake with Neapolitan frosting). It’s absolutely delicious!

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Back to School

citrus cupcakesThese are citrus cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting and orange sprinkles. I’ve whipped out 2 batches of this particular recipe of mine, 1 batch for cupcakes and 1 batch for madeleines (my daughter favourite item in her school snack box). Yes, our Little Miss started the new school year this week. We’ve had a very busy week towards the end of her summer break, she competed in a swimming race in Lucena City, Quezon Province (around 3 hours drive from Manila), won 4 gold medals (broke PASCAI swimming record for 100m Butterfly stroke in her age group) and Most Outstanding Swimmer Girls 9 Years Old, we are very proud of her.

Now that she’s back in school I can have more “ME” time, cheers to that!