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I spent Saturday at the new place, having left the kids at my mother-in-law’s, meeting contractors then at various locations selecting tiles, toilets, ovens, sinks.

We had a quick late lunch at Terminal 3, then doubled back to pick up the kids for dinner at Oscar’s.

I turned a year older. I didn’t eat as much cake as I would have liked but I am now a home owner and I can’t wait to see what my bathroom will look like.

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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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About 3 to 4 weeks back, while we were walking to the car to go home, The Other Half asked me, “Do you want your birthday present now?”

“What?!” said I. “No!!!”

“Okay,” said he. “I thought that if you wanted it now you could use it this weekend. If you don’t want it, then don’t look in the boot later when I open it.”

“Why did you tell me!!! Now I will spend all this time wondering what you got me!!”

Then when we got home later, I asked him, “You bought me an appliance, didn’t you?”

There was a pregnant pause. Then he replied, “What makes you think I bought you an appliance?”

“I don’t know,” I shrugged, “We have been discussing appliances lately.”

He sniggered. I was so sure he bought me a kitchenaid. I thought about all the marshmallows I would make and was secretly very excited.

Then on Saturday night, while I was having a quiet word with Lion downstairs, The Other Half and Peanut sneaked upstairs and Peanut came down bearing the present for Mummy.

My first response was, “You didn’t buy me an appliance!!”

The Other Half burst out laughing.

It’s a lovely handbag! In just the right colour and size and shape! And because I spent all this time thinking about receiving an appliance, it came as an even bigger surprise than it was.

“So did you deliberately got me to think that you bought me an appliance?” I asked.

“Not really,” said he. “You did that all by yourself!”

😀

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toffee apples

1. Procure and wash some organic unwaxed apples and leave them out to dry on the sink.

2. Place 1.5 cups of brown sugar with 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of corn syrup in a saucepan over low heat. Then decide that this should be an adult version and add in another 1/4 cup of dark rum. Stir till sugar crystals dissolve and leave it to heat, occasionally shifting and rocking the pot to get rid of heat spots.

3. Go and lie down on your kick ass sofa and wait. Check the temperature of the liquid about once every 15 to 30 minutes.

4. Take a picture of the inconsiderate cat who sits on your chest and pushes her butt into your bored and disgruntled face with the front facing camera of your mobile phone as follows:

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5. When the temperature of the liquid passes 135degC, stand over the pot with the thermometer and watch it like a hawk till it hits 148degC to 150degC. Turn off the heat and move the pan off the stove to cool.

6. Cut disposable chopsticks into half and drive them through the top of 6 apples. Lay non-stick paper onto a tray and place it next to the pot of molten sugar.

7. Stare at the molten sugar, wondering why the bubbles have not disappeared on their own. Then add 1 teaspoon of cochineal red colouring and stir the caramel till all the bubbles have disappeared.

8. Coat the apples and let it set on your dining table under the ceiling fan.

Toffee Apples complete!

Toffee Apples complete!

9. Serve them, gift wrapped, to your best friend in Court the next day for his 50th birthday!

The End 🙂

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Choco-Banana cake made by Mummy!

Choco-Banana cake made by Mummy!

My baby lion turned 3 over the weekend to much joy and jubilation. I think he has finally realised the significance of birthdays and what fun they are so for an entire weekend, he was like a pocket rocket laughing and zooming around, buoyed by the knowledge that it was his celebrations and he should have as much fun as humanly possible.

He has grown up so much over the last year and has become quite eloquent over the last half year or so. He is now able to participate in Peanut’s narration of stories and even negotiate with Peanut on occasion.

And for the nth time, his name is not spelt wrongly, thank you very much. For the record, we had intentionally named him Seph and not Seth. Seph is Egyptian (also spelt Sef), not anglo. It is the name of the lion which guards the door of yesterday and forms one half of the representation of the Egyptian God, Aker. Hence Lion, borne in the year of the another big cat, the Tiger. It annoys me to no end when people get his name wrong or ask me whether it is short for something.

So ’twas a happy happy weekend for the birthday boy, who ate a crazy amount of food (as usual) and even ate almost half of the cake [with some help from his sister] which the restaurant had kindly provided complimentary during his birthday dinner on Saturday night. For someone who doesn’t usually eat sweet stuff, it was really quite a feat!

absolutely delighted!

absolutely delighted!

Now doesn’t that picture make you wanna squeeze him? 🙂

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going away

The week leading up to long leave is the longest ever.

I stayed at work on Friday till 9pm to file some submissions which are actually due next week but The Buddha wanted to file them before I went on leave.

The last time I was away for this long (2 whole weeks!) was to St Petersburg. Before any of the kids ever came along. Maybe that explains The Buddha’s insecurities.

So we start by first celebrating my father’s birthday:

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Then tomorrow! We will be traipsing all over Taiwan. First time on the plane for the kids. *crosses fingers*

Hope we make it through in one piece and no frayed tempers.

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Have I ever told you what a great guy The Other Half is? A couple of weeks back, we arranged to meet after work at Kino to procure a travel guidebook for our upcoming family holiday. We were to meet at 6:30pm, which meant that I needed to get off work latest at 6:00pm, which I didn’t manage to until 6:20pm [story of my life]. When I finally got there, he was calmly seated in Coffee Club with a drink and a book, with no outbursts or recriminations at my extreme latecoming.

at a corner of gallery hotel...

at a corner of gallery hotel…

When I was leaving work, I told my girls I married the most patient man on earth!: The man who would just quietly take a nap on the couch on his birthday morning while waiting for the kids and I to finish pottering about the dining room mixing up a cake and waiting an hour for it to be done, then later help with getting the kids ready and drive out to a hole-in-the-wall ramen place to satisfy ramen cravings, then asking me on the drive home how come I stopped playing Liszt’s La Campanella, which I stopped playing years ago because he developed La Campanella fatigue hearing me murder it on the piano every day.

Thank you for everything, my love. Hope you enjoyed the cake!

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