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I don’t take good pictures of the food I cooked just because I don’t have the luxury of time to do so.

Anyway,  to make this crispy yet juicy drumsticks… it is easy with my Philips Air Fryer.

Seasoning to marinate:
1.  Chinese Wine (Hua Tiao), approx 2 tbsp
2.  Light soya sauce, approx 2 tbsp
3.  Sesame oil, approx 2 tbsp
4.  Black pepper
5.  Cloves of garlic

(Take note that the measurements above are not definite. I usually cook with estimation and never once it failed me… so go with your feel, who knows,  you may come up with something tasty.)

Method:
1. Slice the drumsticks to allow better marinating.
2.  Marinate for 30 minutes and above.
3. Preheat air fryer for 10 minutes at 200 degC.
4. After preheat, turn temperature down to 180 degC, line the drumstick in the pan, add in the garlic too.
5. Start the timer for 15 minutes.
6. 7 minutes later, open the air fryer and give the drumsticks a turnover.
7. After the 15 minutes is over, turn up the temperature to 200 degC, set the timer for 15 minutes and let the drumsticks continue to fry. (You may want to remove the garlic at this point of time before it become charred.)
8. At the 7 minutes mark, do the drumstick turnover and check that they are not charred.  If they looked great, then you can stop the fryer and serve those fellows.  If they still need some time, turn it over and let it continue till the timer rings.

Give it a go.

As the second week of the year comes to the end, let’s take a look at how my planner filled up.

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It has been rather hectic. With work to plan and children to worry about. Looking at how I ended up home only at 5pm with the girls, I am getting worried and upset over it.  I want to have more time with my girls and not less.

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I doodled a little to calm myself down while I was at work. I truly needed this therapy.

Kind of late to say it but oh well… I am always a little slow in catching on with stuffs anyway.

For the new year, which has proven to be hectic, I adopted to filofax planning. I bought a planner (a few actually and not Filofax itself) and started my planner adventure.  It was fun decorating the pages and even more fun filling in the details of the week.  It has proven to help organise my harassed brains and help me keep all schedules for the week visible and hence, easier to handle.

A quick look into Week 1.

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Week 1 part 1.
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Week 1 part 2.
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This is how it looked at the end of the week.

I am enjoying the decorating and planning.

In the midst of examinations revision, there is a need to keep very calm. Especially if I am the one coaching through this stage of revision.  So I keep my mind clear by doodling.

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These were my doodles for the past few days.

Let me know what u think. Thanks for being here.

The usual recipe is to use Coke… but I like Pepsi Twist so I used that instead.

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The Pepsi will evaporate while cooking and leaving the chicken wings all nice and coated with sugar from it.

Recipe

Ingredients:

Chicken Wings ( there were about 12 chicken wings)

Char Siew Paste ( I bought the bottled ones from the local supermarket)

Pepsi Twist

Method:

1. Marinate the chicken wings with the char siew paste for 3 hours or more.

2. Heat your wok (or frying pan).

3. Pour about a cup of Pepsi Twist into marinated chicken wings and stir to mix it well.

4. Put the wings and the marinate into the wok.

5. Cover the wok and let the chicken wings simmer in the marinate till it comes to a boil. ( I used medium heat/fire)

6. Once the marinate is boiling, remove the cover and continue to let it boil.  The objective is for the liquid to eventually evaporate.  This may take awhile.  So be patient.

7.  When the liquid is almost gone, you can turn off the stove and serve your chicken wings.

 

Try it and see if you like it.

 

 

 

It has been a long time since I made these for my elder girl. She loves cheese while my younger babe is more fussy about cheese. The latter prefer cheese cubes and cheese on pizza.

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It’s rather simple to be done.

Another relaxing activity that I like to do is to bake. Although it can be tedious while getting everything to come together but the end results are really worth all the effort.

So I baked Marble Cake last evening.

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The girls loved this and eagerly chomped down their slices even though they were full from their dinner.

Marble Cake Recipe

Ingredients 

227g Unsalted Butter, softened

160g Caster Sugar (original recipe called for 220g)

4 Large Eggs (about 60g each)

225g Self-raising Flour

3 Tablespoons Fresh Milk

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoon Hershey’s Cocoa Powder

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degree and line cake tin with greaseproof paper. (Original recipe called for 180 Degree Celsius, which was too high when I baked it, after 30 minutes the top was crisp but the insides were wobbly and wet)

2. Beat soft butter and sugar in electric mixer till light and creamy (about 2 – 8 minutes on medium low speed).

3. Next beat in egg one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

4. Fold in the flour, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.

5. Divide the mixture into 2 bowls and stir in sifted cocoa powder into one of the bowls.

6. Scoop the chocolate and vanilla cake batter alternately into the prepared tin. (I used a silicone loaf tin)

7. When all the mixture has been used up, tap the bottom of the tin on table to release the trapped air bubbles.

8. Take a skewer and swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect.

9. Bake the cake for 50 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

10. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool.

There… the recipe for all to give it a try.  Let me know if it works for you.

 

Have been doing a lot of doodling.  It really helps to keep me calm and also allows me to quietly be focused on something while my elder girl revises for her upcoming big exams.

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This one below is named “Tree of hope”.

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This one is named “Print of nature”.

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Hope these doodles appeal to you.

Take care till next time.

Realisation that trying to fit in is difficult.  Had always been trying but it had been proven that I am never and will never be part of anyone’s life. Someone told me that she could not remember me from school, although we were classmates and I sat two seats away from her. With that … I realised that I will always be a misfit.

Rather then try so hard, I decided to take my leave. I will speak less and draw more and craft more.

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This one below is inspired by the river opposite my apartment.

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This other one could not be completed.  I lost the inspiration so I thought it is best to end it this way then to ruin it with more additions.

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Till the next doodle… take care.

It has been another long quiet rest in this blog space. Doodling also came to a stop as stuffs in life just took over everything. However, the recently due to many unhappy events, I needed to seek an avenue of peace, I returned to doodling. I am still very much in love with it.

Below are what I had done.

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This one below is a very big piece of work which took me a total of 5 hours. I truly love it. Now, I am just waiting to scan it and maybe add in colours.

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One particular friend sent me a message one morning concerned over me, which I am truly grateful. So far, despite my constant shoutouts of my mental meltdowns on Facebook, no one actually bothered to call me or message me to have a chit chat. Anyway, she told me that my doodles looked depressing and frustrations can be seen through them. It upsets her. So I decided to add colour into the doodles.

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Although colours are fun and vibrant, I still like the strong dynamic lines of black ink.  I think I will alternate between the balck on white and also the coloured ones.

Please leave a comment to let me know what u think of them.

Thank you very much for visiting this space too.

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