Sunday, 28 April 2013

STARTER + PROMINENT


 
Other than laziness, I cannot think what prevented me from using a Starter before this.



I never expected a Roux Starter could lend such a boost to the bread.  So moist, so pillow-soft and super fluffy.  I imagine it would be how sinking my teeth into a cloud feels like?  Such aroma and flavour too!  Just that small effort of making a starter truly pays off.


Akan datang for more bread adventures.


Roux Starter: 1 egg yolk, 10 grams caster sugar, 15 grams Showa PROMINENT, 65 grams milk

Bread Dough: 250 grams Showa PROMINENT, 40 grams caster sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 4 grams instant yeast, 50 grams milk, 50 grams water, 25 grams butter

Filling: 200 grams red bean paste

Finish: egg wash

Saturday, 27 April 2013

OUT OF MY MIND

Awoke this morning with this image in my mind.  Couldn't get it out of my head.

Since it's determined not to leave there is no reason why it shouldn't stay.

Out Of My Mind Into My Head Apr 27, 2013

Perhaps I'm going out of my mind.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

'S'


'S' stands for Sunshine, Sunflowers and Showa bread flour from Japan.

After weeks of blood, sweat and tears the APAC Summit is finally over.  Today all I want to think about it warm sunshine, happy yellows and sunny sunflowers.  Hellooo oven, it has been a while!


I brought home several types of flours from the Taipei International Bakery Show recently.  Among them are two 1-kilo pack of  Showa bread flour, a pack of red bean paste, and a pack of taro paste.  Crazy I know. 

Today I'm using the PROMINENT bread flour.  It's truly fantastic.  As soon as I lifted the dough from the mixing bowl, I knew that the bread is going to turn out fabulously.  The dough was soft yet strong, wonderful aroma, and doesn't stick to my hands.  Now I kind of regret that I hadn't bought more. 


Oh no, this sunflower is so full, it's ready to burst!
 

Bread dough: 200 grams Showa PROMINENT, 20 grams all-purpose flour, 30 grams caster sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3 grams instant yeast, 25 grams egg, 130 grams water, 15 grams butter

Filling: 200 grams red bean filling

Finish: egg wash, 10 grams sesame seeds

Saturday, 6 April 2013

乌龟为什么会赢?

Cathy 和 Kevin 送我琉璃工房的手工雕塑:龟兔赛跑  让我想起曾读过的一则小笑话。

老师问同学们:在龟兔赛跑的故事里,乌龟为什么会赢?



同学A回答:因为兔子态度傲慢又自以为是,还先打了个盹。当兔子醒来的时候乌龟已经到达终点了。


同学B回答:因为乌龟不敢轻敌,一刻不停的爬行,结果赢了。


同学C:兔子一路领先,乌龟眼看兔子快达终点,向前面的兔子直嚷: 先到的是乌龟!  先到的是乌龟!”



Monday, 1 April 2013

台北遊:感动篇 GRACIOUS TAIPEI

Part of a large artwork found on the wall just outside of my hotel room


总觉得台北人比新加坡人更贴心,更有人情味。 

台北公司里的同事 
Kevin 和Cathy真的很好客。Kevin来新时我没为他做什么,这次我在台北却让他和 Cathy又请吃饭,又送礼物。Paiseh 啦! 下次Kevin来新我一定要对他好一点! 

有人情味的路边摊大叔 
有一晚在饭店前的天津街走走看看。有位大叔在路边卖碳烤串, 香味扑鼻, 就这样把我给吸过去了。摊边围着好多顾客, 大叔忙得不可开交, 一个似七八岁的弟弟上前问 ”请问有 十五元的吗?” 眼看其他顾客随便选四五串都要 150-200元了,心想:怎可能有十五元的?只见大叔边接过钱币边问小弟弟 ”喜欢吃鸡肉吗?喜欢哦? 我半送你好了。” 看着小朋友天真, 感激的笑容 made me all warm and fuzzy inside. 

贴心的Dandy Hotel receptionist 
较早时下了一阵小雨。傍晚出外时,柜台的Iris 不忘提醒“有带伞吗?” Iris, 你的贴心我有感受到。

热心的传单美眉 
一晚在捷运站外遇上在派传单的美眉。聊着,她知到我不是台湾人, 立刻兴孜勃勃地推荐 ”对面有家店的松饼好好吃哦!你一定要试试看!” 又问我 ”明天想去那里玩? 你一个人没问题吗? 要照顾自己哦!” 

亲切的便利商店服务员 
星期六到饭店对面的7-11 买饭团当早餐,听到年轻服务员与小妹妹的对话。

服务员:妹妹, 你要的(牛奶)牌子没有咯!要不要打个电话给马麻问她要别的牌子吗?
小妹妹拨了手机:马麻,牛奶没有了,要别的牌子吗? 什么牌子? 。。。我不知道耶 。。。
服务员:你告诉马麻,是X牌的。
小妹妹:马麻,是X牌的。可以吗?
服务员:要跟马麻讲是低脂的哦! 全脂暂时的卖完了。
小妹妹:马麻,是低脂的。可以吗? 可以哦?

这才是邻里商店该有的服务嘛! 

心思细腻的饭店 
每当你出国时你会带travel adaptor吗? 如果你住的是台北丹迪旅店你就不用带啦。因为旅店房间里的电源插座是这个样子的呀! 小小的心思,大大的方便。


这一切一切都是我越来越热爱台北的原因!