November 11, 2015
White chocolate and raspberry cake is this year's favorite. Since I made it for a couple on their wedding day, it has become the most requested cake.
I didn't have all the things called for in the original recipe which made me do a bit of tweaking. I normally use medium size eggs in baking. That went to my batter in place of large eggs. I made my own self-raising flour because it's way cheaper than buying the original. Here in the tropics, getting access to fresh raspberries is impossible. I used frozen raspberries instead. Some suggests not to defrost frozen raspberries if used in baking. As for me, I let it thaw and leave in a strainer to drain all the liquid before adding it to the batter. This has always work for me.
The cake peaked while baking. I got rid of the dome (which I happily munched after everything is set) before filling and frosting the cake with vanilla butter cream. I can say this is one of the nicest cakes I made. Try it for yourself.
November 5, 2015
It was my birthday. I went to Bangkok to be with friends and family as I did not want to celebrate it on the island alone. I invited everyone for a meal but not all of them could come. A few days past my birthday, a friend who missed the gathering, rang me up and asked if me, my sister and cousin could join him for lunch. It was his treat to celebrate my birthday. My sister was still down with the flu so only me and my cousin were able to meet him.
On my cousin's recommendations, we went to this place called On The Table - a Japanese Cafe serving both Italian and Japanese food at their The Mall Bangkapi outlet. It hasn't been that long when she and my sister discovered the cafe. They have visited it a few times already. She loves the food. Now, she couldn't wait for us to try it out.
November 1, 2015
It's the time of the year again when I celebrate another year added to my life. It's a time when I get to break free from work and reward myself for working hard. My birthday is a national holiday in Thailand. I took the opportunity to fly back home to Bangkok and gather my family and friends who all had a day off of work for a celebration.
I made a last minute decision to do it at the restaurant instead of hosting a party at home. It would be less hassle for me. Besides, I really needed a good rest. I chose a restaurant called China White at Central World. They serve hawker-style Thai-Chinese fusion dishes. I've been there numerous times. They have good food and the price is inexpensive. The service can be really bad during busy hours so I suggested we go there way before lunch time.