April 25, 2015

Birthday Cake Surprise For The Resort's DJ



I frequently deal with last minute cake requests for both the staff and guests birthdays. Unless I am told about the cake's specifics, I always use a recipe which I could whip up in no time which is why I stick to my tried and tested vanilla chiffon cake. All I need to do is separate the eggs. Whip the egg yolk with half the amount of sugar. Mix the flour mixture with the egg yolk mixture. Stir in the water and oil, and lastly fold in the meringue. I pop it in the oven for 40-45 minutes until done.

April 21, 2015

Going Away Dinner At Le Meridien



My only close friend and fellow Filipina at the resort is returning to her home in Spain for good. Before she flies out, she invited me to have dinner with her at Le Meridien restaurant. It was our first and I hope not the last to hang out together. We have been working at the same workplace for almost two years now but it was only recently that we got to spend some time together. That is because of our different schedule. I start as early as 4 and she does not start until I am halfway through. Also, my job as a baker is physically demanding. When the day's work is done, all I want is to have a relaxing quiet time at home. Bedtime is at half past 8  so going out at night is nearly impossible.

Anyway, I accepted her invitation. She suggested a time to meet at the neighboring hotel. It would be too late for me to have dinner by the time she finished  but  I made an exception.

April 18, 2015

My Cupcake Collection



Cupcakes. What makes them irresistible? Is it the  moist and spongy texture?  Or is it the delicious, light and fluffy frosting that sits atop of it. Whatever it is, cupcake is absolutely the perfect treat for any occasion. Whether it is a birthday or a  wedding, cupcake delights everyone.

I don't make cupcakes too often but when I do, I try to vary colors to make them pleasing to everyone's eyes. Even with a few years of baking experience, I still am learning different techniques to improve an overall quality of my cupcake.


April 14, 2015

Vacherin




I am bored with recipes that are redundant but I can't avoid having to make the same thing over and over again. The chances of me getting to whip up something new is rare. On those rare occasions, I go all out to create a perfect treat.

One time, the executive chef asked if I knew how to make vacherin. The name rang a bell. He handed me a recipe and showed me a picture of the dessert on his laptop.  No clue.  My French culinary knowledge gave me the idea what it was when I skimmed through the recipe. He asked if I could give it a go. Why not? It seems a fairly easy dessert. He informed me it was for the owner of the resort. He was arriving and he wanted to have it for dessert.  I'd better make it good.

April 10, 2015

Easter Brunch Treats


This year's Easter celebrations at the resort was extra special. On top of all the usual desserts, I made hot cross buns to commemorate the occasion. I also did bread pudding as an added treat to the guests.

And what's Easter without the bunny and eggs? The iconic Easter symbols graced our dessert buffet table. Even without the traditional egg hunt, the two helped create an Easter mood.

April 6, 2015

Giving Jamie Oliver's Hot Cross Buns A Go




In Philippines, Easter is widely observed by the majority of Filipinos but not my family. Being Protestant Christians, my family doesn't have food traditions like other families do which is why I have no clue as to what they eat during Lent. At the resort, western and Thai holiday celebrations consist of dishes traditionally served during the season. On many occasions, I get the chance to work on some of them. This Easter, I was commissioned to make hot cross buns to mark the occasion. I didn't know what it was. I did a little reading to get some ideas for the recipe.

What is hot cross bun? According to Wiki   hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the United KingdomIrelandAustraliaNew ZealandSouth AfricaUnited StatesIndia, and Canada, and now available all year round in some places. 

So there. The bun is an Easter tradition in most western countries. Another article states that they are served to commemorate the suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross.


April 3, 2015

Lee Cafe



A couple weeks ago, I was in Bangkok to meet a friend and talk business.  My sister and I picked him up at the airport. It was almost midday. Our friend had a little to eat on his flight. He must be starving. I suggested we grab an early lunch.  We went to my sister's place to drop off his luggage  so we didn't have to drag the big suitcase around. It was his first visit to Thailand. His trip was strictly business. We took him to Lee Cafe for a Thai food experience to make his two-day stay memorable.