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It is my son’s 4th birthday today.

I just attended his Parent-Teacher Conference on Saturday and realized that he is a much-loved child, with his cheeky grin and ready hugs.

Yesterday evening, he drove me absolutely bananas while I was trying to bake a cake / ice a cake / pack all of the 25 goodie bags for his classmates in school. I ignored him, marched up the stairs for a quick shower, then returned to the hall to sit at the piano for a while.

After the second reading of Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, he came up to me and said, “I’m sorry, Mummy, for making you angry.” I stopped and gave him a hug.

Did I mention that we also held our wedding dinner 7 years ago today?

We are truly blessed.

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20140427_193802[1]Champagne Truffle and I were having a discussion on lavender the other day during Secretaries’ Week lunch which reminded me of the little container-full of lavender I have stashed on my piano gifted to me by Patrick the Chef some years ago.

I’ve used it once to make lavender chocolate cake (not very successful because it was way too flowery) while The Other Half tried to use it to infuse cream for chocolate truffles. Thereafter, it lay forgotten on the top of my piano.

So the weekend past, I had to make a birthday cake for my mother-in-law and decided to re-visit the pot of lavender and my recipe for lavender chocolate cake (with a greatly reduced amount of lavender).

The result, I must say, was really quite lovely.

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In the silence in this space, I have taken my disappointment and baked it into a Chocolate Rum Tart as follows:

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The next day, I turned the leftover egg whites into meringues and brought them to work together with my crunchy molasses toffee for treats during my work day:

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I decided that nothing I say could make a difference to what others think about me. As such, I decided also that if I have nothing good to say, I will say nothing at all and screw what others think of me in the silence. That decision has been quite liberating thus far.

I supposed disappointment is a bit like a bitter chocolate tart. One must always remember that all you need is a scoop of vanilla ice cream to improve its taste vastly.

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I discovered the following things about my children while baking gingerbread people with them yesterday in an attempt to distract them from the pain from their mouth ulcers:

1. Peanut likes small details and small things. She is the one who would peel off little bits of dough stuck to the rolling pin and gather them together and try to mould them into small bows and ribbons for her gingerbread girl cookie cutter.

2. Lion is a bit of a production operator. All his gingerbread people are variations on a theme, even when I tried to show him different ways of decorating them.

3. Peanut on the other hand is very creative. She made aliens and angels and girls with belts and necklaces, boys with smiley faces. Anything goes and whatever catches her.

4. Lion is quite meticulous. He will pick out all the parts he needs, lay them straight in a line on the mat before sticking them on.

I also found out that it is possible to make up and sing silly gingerbread people songs for 2 hours straight.

It was a fun afternoon, except that Lion still refuses to eat and it takes great effort to get him to drink anything too. Lion also refuses to talk and communicates with me by sign language. I end up having to keep up a running chatter to make up for the kiddies’ silence, which is really tiring because I am not normally a very chatty person either. The Other Half is far better at this kind of thing. I usually just walk along in silence with the children.

My gingerbread recipe can be found here. We have to make about another 3 or more batches because I have decided to give out gingerbread this year instead of cook jam like last year. That should keep the kiddies busy for a while.

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chocolate biscuits

chocolate cookies with chocolate ganache

chocolate cookies with chocolate ganache

the bowl-cleaners

the bowl-cleaners

the cleaned out bowl of chocolate ganache

the cleaned out bowl of chocolate ganache

I love baking with the kids around 😀

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Chocolate Madeleines made from the 2 eggs that were expiring on Monday

Chocolate Madeleines made from the 2 eggs that were expiring on Monday

Tall people do more filing

Tall people do more filing

the picnic list

the picnic list

Stress & OCD - It took me 2 hours to pop every single one of those little bubbles

Stress & OCD – It took me 2 hours to pop every single one of those little bubbles

"I think if a Jojo doesn't like you, then you are really screwed up as a person."

“I think if a Jojo doesn’t like you, then you are really screwed up as a person.”

Goodnight and have a great weekend 😀

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IMG_20130804_173811[1]It was my sister-in-law’s birthday over last weekend. She checked into a hotel at Resorts World Sentosa and we brought the kids over to hang out on both Saturday and Sunday. We had earlier asked her what she wanted for her birthday cake and she replied that she wanted something non-chocolate.

On Saturday, we all went to Universal Studios and found out, much to the delight of Peanut, that over the year, she had grown tall enough to make it for the Transformers ride. She was so pleased that she rode on it twice and while we were walking through the gift shop after, she insisted that we bought a robot for Lion, who could not go on the ride and spent all that time pottering about outside with my mother-in-law staring at all of the installations. He’s currently in a robot phase and has developed an insane obsession with Iron Man.

We left Peanut to stay over with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and brought Lion home to bed. After putting Lion to bed, I started on the chiffon cake.

For the record, I have never actually made a chiffon cake in my life. This is the first try, and after putting it into the oven and finishing the washing up, I realised to my complete shock that I forgot to add cold water to the heavy batter. I then spent the rest of the night wondering first whether it will rise, then after I took it out of the oven, wondering whether it will deflate overnight.

Quite luckily it didn’t so the next morning, I made and applied the icing and The Other Half grilled some peaches and we were ready to go! It was lovely and everyone enjoyed it very much. I will probably make it again (with ALL of its ingredients).

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