Friday, June 29, 2012

Randomness

I only started watching Grey’s Anatomy in the Season where Meredith finally married Sheperd and then I got hooked.

There was an episode today where Meredith describes what a typical bad day is for most people as complete chaos and deaths land at the door steps of the hospital.

I think I’ve been through so much that every thing bad is a matter of taking a breath and just moving on, unless it involves death or grievous injury, nothing fazes me. I seriously can go through unbelievable stuff without panicking and for that I think I’m super lucky.

The universe on the other hand has such a knack for randomness that it throws you of your chair just like that. You sit there wondering what the heck just happened. Why now? Why even?

I have never back stabbed, used, stole or hurt anyone on purpose. If I was wrong I would apologise no matter who it was. If I didn’t like a person they defineytly would know as I’d either ignore them or tell them what I felt. What I do know is I my directness wasn’t a fond characterism for many. All I can say is the truth hurts and when I am right, trust me no one can make me back down and that has actually worked in my favour. You learn the truth about people or you just reaffirm what you’ve always known.

Randomness taught me one thing. You only know if the journey was true when you cross paths with a moment of randomness. The rest of them were fake and probably just using you. Nothing surprising there. Anyway I realised I am one of the luckier people, not everyone would have had the opportunity to be as blessed and for that I am truly blessed.

Thank you for everything, you probably have no idea what you once did but I will always be grateful. I wish nothing but happiness for you always.

Dear universe, just so u know I’m not into randomness so let’s keep it a once in a rainbow moon. 



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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bread and butter pudding



So I’ve been in a baking mood lately. Last week I made a non-bake cheese cake and this week I made my all-time favourite Bread and Butter Pudding. Best part I finally nailed the vanilla sauce. The thing that I don’t like about baking is you usually need to be precise with the measurements and I’m a cook who doesn’t like to measure. Good thing is both didn’t need much measuring. Since there was a recipe request, and I’ll tell you the few things I did different.  

Bread Pudding
Ingredients:
2 cups whole milk (or 2 cups half & half (don’t ask me what this is as we don’t have it in KL, I used a liquid creamer)
1/4 cup butter (for the bread and the pan)
2/3 cup brown sugar/ white sugar (light or dark, depending on taste preference)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups bread, torn into small pieces (french bread, white bread or any kind of bread you have which is about a day old)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
a dash of salt
Directions:
1. Preaheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C)
2. Grease an oven proof baking dish.
3. Combine milk, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed. Not too fast or you might over mix it.
4. Place bread into the baking dish and drench with butter. Try to get some butter on all the pieces. Sprinkle raisins on top of it.
5. Pour the batter over the bread and let it rest for a while so the bread soaks up the batter.
6. Sprinkle some brown sugar over the mixture.
7. Bake at 40 to 50 minues or until its brown and set. Trick to know if its set put a knife throught the middle and if it comes out smoothly with very little pudding sticking on the knife its set.

What I did different from the basic recipe.

The good thing about bread and butter pudding you can add anything you want.
  1. I added crushed chocolate chip cookies that came with choc and nuts on the bread – once it melted it gave an awesome chocolaty taste to the bread pudding.
  2. I didn’t have nutmeg or cinnamon so I omitted it and instead increased the vanilla essence a bit
  3. You can add chocolate pieces into the bread if you want.
  4. Also I substituted the brown sugar to half granulated white sugar and half dark brown sugar.
  5. Increase or decrease sugar amount according to taste

Vanilla Sauce
Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup granulated white sugar (light brown sugar can be substituted)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon flour
dash of salt
Directions:

Its super easy to do but you’ll need to constantly stir it. Just mix everything together and stir until it thickens. The milk should reduce in amount and thicken. Reduce to the consistency that you want. Remember that it will thicken once cold. I like to serve this cold.

Extra
You can add more sugar if you want and keep it thick so you won’t need a lot of sauce.

I used fresh milk and a layer of cream formed when it cooled – just mix it together before serving. 



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