Warmth: Lesson 1 Quality of Light

This Butterfly Pea Flower, basking in the warmth of morning sun, was a pleasant discovery as I walked through the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru.

Lesson 1 of Developing Your Eye Part 2, invites us to think about light.  The word photography means “drawing with light” in Greek.  I must admit that I have not paused to think of what I do with the camera as drawing.  As I mull on this, however, I am tickled by how apropos it is.  For this assignment, we are challenged to consider the direction & quality of light as we look through our cameras.

As I walked around this adorable little flower, playing with the light from various angles, I thought about its significance to the Peranakan culture – we use it as a natural colouring for some of my favourite sweets: Apom Berkuah, a crumpet-like pancake slathered with caramelised banana sauce; Kueh Salat: a 2-tiered cake, on top a creamy & fragrant custard, redolent with coconut milk & pandan, on the bottom, toothsome & decadent sticky rice.  Both of these are traditionally beautified with a touch of the butterfly pea flower extract.

When I did a little digging, I discovered that Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is taken for health benefits, with antioxidant, analgesic and anti-stress properties.  All in a dainty pretty little flower;  I have some dried flowers in the pantry, I am going to make myself a cup now.

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Butterly Pea Flower Tea (image from http://www.majestic herbs.com)
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Fun with Healthier Pancakes

I have been having a lot of fun making my breakfasts higher in protein, lower in refined flours & sugars.  As pancakes are one of my favourite foods (and not just at breakfast time),  it seemed like a good candidate to spend some time on.  Here are some of my experiments to make a healthier, higher protein, naturally sweet meal. Continue reading “Fun with Healthier Pancakes”

The Changing Seasons: January 2018

Following  Zimmerbitch is an eye-opening experience: Su’s photography is spectacular and her insights astute.  She has recently taken over the curation of The Changing Seasons, a monthly blogging event that celebrates the changes in our world throughout the year.  This past December, my 30-Day Challenge was to take a Photo-a-Day.  I had so much fun thinking & reflecting on the month through photos so when I saw Su’s contribution to The Changing Seasons, I just had to join in! Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: January 2018”

Christmas Baking: Brownies & Blondies

We have spent the past couple of weeks baking tray after tray of Peppermint Brownies, Cranberry & Chocolate Chip Blondies, and Ginger & White Chocolate Chip Blondies.

One of my greatest challenges preparing for the season is gifting: picking out meaningful gifts for our loved ones.  We are typically gift as we go folks through the year, so attempting to focus lots of gifting in a short span of time often proves to be extremely demanding.  So when we found that we enjoyed baking these Christmas brownies and blondies, and our friends & family enjoyed receiving them, we were just thrilled to bits! Continue reading “Christmas Baking: Brownies & Blondies”

A tart Yuzu Cupcake for a Sister’s Birthday

Younger Daughter’s celebration of Older Daughter’s birthday: sisterly love & Yuzu Cupcakes!

Crazy Little Cupcakes

Meg4Today is my sister’s birthday.  She inspires me in my favourite things: for my fashion paper dolls, she  buys me lots of pretty paper; in Maths, she helps me to get my homework right; in Baking, she gives me ideas for new cupcakes and sometimes bakes with me.

I have created a Yuzu Cupcake for her because she loves yuzu!  Happy Birthday, Meg!

Love, Jo

We used & adapted BenjaminWong’s recipes for the cupcakes & glaze from “Cupcakes with Attitude”.

Yuzu Cupcake, (makes about 10-12 cupcakes)

Meg3 Candied yuzu peel (left) and yuzu juice

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 125g castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 20g candied yuzu peel (cut into small pieces)
  • 125g self-rising flour
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
  2. Line cupcake tray with liners.
  3. Cream the softened butter with the sugar until well-mixed.
  4. Add eggs and beat till well-blended, light & fluffy.
  5. Add salt…

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