Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Chewy Raisin and Oat Cookies

Try these easy to make cookies
they're full of wholesome ingredients (oats, raisins... or whatever you can find in your larder 😊)
and they're extremely moreish too - you have been warned!

Chewy Raisin and Oat Cookies

8 oz unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups raisins

Preheat the oven to 170C

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well before adding in vanilla

In another bowl, sift together flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt
Add the oats and raisins, making sure raisins are evenly coated with flour

Add the dry ingredients to the cream mixture and stir until well mixed

Arrange equal amounts of cookie dough on baking tray
Bake for about 12 - 15 minutes, or until light golden brown and firm

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Princess Cake

This is a long overdue post...

It was my husband's landmark birthday in December and I promised 
to bake him his favourite dessert, the Swedish PrinsesstÃ¥rta
It was my first attempt, and I must say
I'm quite proud of the outcome.

The cake is essentially made up of layers
of sponge cake, creme patissiere, raspberry jam and whipped cream.
It is traditionally shaped like a dome and covered with marzipan.

The result was quite satisfying
I have always love marzipan and to my delight, 
my homemade marzipan was much more superior tasting than the shop bought ones.

And most importantly, it got two thumbs-up from the birthday boy....

Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello TwentyEighteen!

Best wishes for the New Year!
May your new adventures lead you to success
 OakenShield 2018

Sunday, 31 December 2017

GoodBye 2017

Well, what can I say...
one more year passes us by, 
too quickly for some, unbearably slow to others

But for us, 2017 has been a relatively quiet year
Elsa completed her undergraduate studies and moved on to 
doing a Masters' program and practice certificate.

On the home front, things were rather quiet.
It was not a good year for gardening 
- we were gifted with extreme weather conditions

This was also the year where politics got weird 
locally and internationally.

All I can say is my family and I won't be missing 2017 too much
Instead, we are hoping for a better year.

To all our friends out there, we would like to wish everyone of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!
May all your wishes come true
and may peace prevail

Friday, 22 December 2017

Winter Solstice

It's that time of year where it gets darker earlier and night-times are just a little bit longer.
It's also the time of year where I would have my nest 
dotted with the warm glow of candles; tiny tea lights, votive candles, pillars of all sizes 
- I love them all!
Whilst battery-operated LED candles are incredibly realistic-looking nowadays
and pose less safety issues, to me it lacks a certain je nais se quoi...
- there's something pleasing about watching the flickering flame of a candle
Plus, I do love the ritual of lighting them up and blowing them out at the end of the day...