We went to Pasadena to catch glimpses of bright and beautiful Christmas decorations.
And tried to spread some Christmas cheer by singing to kids at the Loma Linda's Children hospital. It's an indescribable feeling when the little faces lit up because of our prayers and singing.
With a few more days to go before Christmas, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! May God's peace, joy, love and happiness be yours! :)
Over the last couple of days, I tried several new restaurants...here are 2 places that is pretty cool... ....
The pictures you see above and below were taken at the Heroes restaurant in Claremont. It's an interesting place because it is legal to throw peanut shells onto the floor after eating them! (It would be a $500 fine if one is caught littering n Singapore- that's why Singapore is called a clean and green country.)
If you want authentic Korean food, here's the place to go.Kobawoo House is located at 698 Vermont Ave #109, LA, CA 9005. Number to call to make reservations is 213-289-7300.
Kimbup, Soon tofu, Bibimbup, Chap chae (hope I spelled them correctly) are staples when it comes to Korean food. However, this place had traditional food not commonly found elsewhere. I love the acorn noodle dish. :)
Since it's Christmas time, I baked several stuff and will post up pictures of the stuff aunty C brought back to Singapore to pass to my family.
Cookies are one of the easiest things to check in.
I used the Martha Stewart's alphabet cookie cutters to make various lettering like JOY, PEACE, LOVE, PAPA, etc...
And then decorated them...i hope that they'll like this surprise. :D
Other shapes and styles...
Not forgetting white chocolate peppermint bark!
The unbroken piece...
Sinfully good fondant fudge...
Last but not least, C and I made Ang Ku Kueh that came out pretty good. (For those who don't know, Ang Ku Kueh is a favourite dessert for the Chinese and Nonya in Singapore. It's a glutinous rice-flour cake with bean-paste or peanut-paste fillings, moulded into a turtle-like shape). Red and green blended into the Christmas season colors.
I will post up more pictures of other stuff that I made for friends later so till then, stay happy and thankful! Happy Holidays! :)
Aren't the bouquet of flowers lovely? They're mine. :) I can't believe the bride's bouquet flew right to me! ^_*
Korean food was served at the Hilton Hotel.
Congratulations Eileen and Donghoon!
I attended another beautiful wedding. Darren and Soojin are a lovely couple. It was interesting to watch the Korean P'yebaek ceremony vs Chinese tea ceremony.
Plated Chinese food served at another Hilton Hotel
(Note to self on dish ideas: Cylindrical taro fried in sweet and sour sauce, Deep-fried white mushrooms. The red "flower"on the right is actually white fungus dipped in red coloring. )
Thanksgiving is a major holiday in the US and it's similar to the Chinese New Year or Mid Autumn Festival where families get together to eat. (I think I gained several pounds that day. *wink* )
Staples include pumpkin pie, candied yams, turkey, corn bread, green beans, potatoes, etc...
Aunty Helen made her specialty candied yams that's absolutely traditional...she's been making it for the last 20 years! Here's her recipe that she calls, "Elizabeth's candied yams" as Elizabeth gave her this recipe.
For 9x13in pan, Use 7 yams (red skin), peeled and quartered into strips. Place cubes of butter or Liquid Lecithin +olive oil onto the bottom of the pan. Mix these in a bowl: 1/2 t nutmeg, 1/2 t cinnamon, 2t vanilla extract, 2 c white sugar (or 1 cup white and 1 cup brown). Pour on top of your yams. Dot 1 stick of butter on the top of yams. Bake at 350 F for about 1-2 hours. Every 7 minutes, bath yams with liquid, using syringe. (top with marshmallows if you want)
Alternative healthier version: Go natural- bake the yams wrapped in foil- they're naturally sweet and tasty :)
The pictures above show the two desserts I made that day. The top is cream cheese pie-cake while the bottom picture is Orion cheese cake.
It was potluck dinner for Joan's birthday and I made a gigantic egg tart, scribbling the words "Happy birthday Joan!" on it.....
I used the Portuguese egg tart recipe, hence the "burnt" look on top.
J and I shared a tiny slice...it's high in calories and cholesterol!
Kar Wai's 24th birthday...
Vegan strawberry tofutti cake that I made specially for her :)
Crushed graham crackers acted as a base for the strawberry tofutti cream cheese mixture, topped with clear strawberry jelly.
Shadowless Dancers danced wonderfully. :)
I made these German chocolate low- fat cupcake topped with carob frosting for her. ;p Even non chocolate cupcake lovers loved it. It wasn't sweet and smelled heavenly fragrant. :)
1 cup sugar
2 eggsn( large)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup low fat sour cream
1/4 can wild blueberries, 1/4 cup raspberries ( or 1/2 cup of cranberry)
Method :Refer to her blog for further instructions.