Tuesday, 14 October 2014

L/O - Think Positive

patterned papers: DCWV Fal & Halloween 6"x12"
card stock : Bazzil, DCWV Fall & Halloween combo 4.5" x 6.5"
embellishment : DCWV The Magnolia Way stack (green leafy), DCWV Burlap (burlap flower)
others: Sizzix TH Tattered Florals die, Sizzix BG Branch w/Leaves & Flower die, Pebeo pearl liquid, pearl, scallop heart border punch, doily, gesso.

Made this fall colour layout based on DCWV October challenge sketch. Photo of me and my best buddy during a trip to Indonesia. The affirmation quotes are the words which my buddy kept on reminding me when I was so down and having really difficult time coping with life. It was the darkest moment in my life. She was there for me all the time.  She still is but we both now sharing laughters.

  1. DCWV October sketch
  2. Challenge YOUrself - affirmation
  3. Frosted Designs - ink, bling, fall colour
  4. Bizzy Becs Store - anything goes
  5. SSS Monday - O for orange colour patterned paper

Char Siu Pau

Top left: proving the dough, top right: after steamed bun
bottom left: voila!  bottom right: my lil' monster made his 'nipple bun'..lol

I made it!

Just something non-crafty that I made today. They are 'char siu pau' or bbq pork buns which normally available in most of the Chinese restaurant dim sum and at our local coffee-shop.

I made them following Wendy's recipe which is quite similar to Hainanese pau-making method. The difference between the dim sum bun and this is the texture of the bun. Growing up in a Hainanese family whereby my late father used to make them using the traditional baking yeast, I can immediately tell the difference when I eat them. Dim sum bun (which use baking powder as the raising agent) texture is almost like the muffin texture, 'fluffy and powdery' and it will hardened when left in the cold for long.

For the filling, I did not follow through Wendy's step. Instead of boiling the pork, I straight away diced it and marinated overnight with the sauce. I added 1 tbsp of hoisin sauce and 1/4 tsp of sesame oil. Simply heat up a wok with 1/2 tbsp of oil and cook the diced pork for about 5 minutes before adding 1/2 cup of water+1tbsp cornstarch, covered and simmered for another 7 minutes until the gravy dried.

Recipe (yield 12)
300gm pau flour (or highly bleached flour, 8-10% protein )
60gm sugar
1/4 tsp fine salt
30gm shortening

150ml lukewarm water
2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
(premix all these until bubble arise)

Filling (marinate overnight in the freezer)
600gm pork belly without skin (cut into small bite pieces)
3 tbsp sugar (I use brown sugar)
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 1/2 tbsp mei kwai lu chiu (Rose wine)
1/2 tsp fine salt
(I also added this)
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/4 tsp sesame oil (added during cooking)

1/2 cup water
1 tbsp cornstarch
(for thickening and drying the sauce during cooking)

Follow Wendy's instruction here.

I like the bun. The pork taste just nice especially with the aroma of rose wine. The bun is very filling. Lil's monster immediately ate 2 pieces, gave me a thumb up and asked me to make again the next day.

Have these for dinner too and for tomorrow breakfast and tea-time.

For further reference about flour:

  1. http://everybodyeatswell.blogspot.com/2013/05/different-types-of-flours-for-chinese.html
  2. http://www.craftybaking.com/learn/ingredients/flour-and-grains/wheat-flour?baking911=true
  3. http://www.joyofbaking.com/flour.html

Friday, 26 September 2014

L/O - Oh, Happy Day

paper: WRM 'Simply Spring', Bazzil card stock
others: Technique Tuesday 'Family Flair' stamp, Spellbinder circle die, Lifestyle scallop circle die, EK Success 1" circle punch

Photos of my son playing water in a swimming pool. It was his first time stepping into a resort swimming pool and he loved every minute of it.

Done this layout based on this sketch from Stuck? Sketches.


  1. Stuck! Sketches - 1st September reveal sketch
  2. Bizzy Becs - anything goes
  3. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Just For You Tag

Image: Magnolia Tilda, butterfly embossing folder, doily, Faber Castell watercolour pencils, pink card stock, pink yarn.


  1. Time For Magnolia Challenge - black, white and another 1 other colour.
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - tag
  3. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
  4. Bizzy Becs Store - anything goes

Thursday, 28 August 2014

L/O - Dream Big

Paper: MME In Bloom, Stella Rose,  Bazzil cardstock
Others: Daisy punch, EK Retro flower punch (various sizes), MS border punch, MFT Flourish die, doily, TH distress ink pad, gesso, air-dried superlite clay, angel silicone mould.

I have a fun time creating all the handmade embellishments. I bought a silicone mould from a bakery supplier and used it to make the angel embellishment with air-dried superlight clay. At first, I air-dried it by putting near a window with lots of sunshine and left overnight in the room but it did not dried thoroughly enough and had difficulty getting the clay out from the silicone mould. After that, I tested frozen it in the freezer for about 12 hours and voila, the clay dried and had hardened enough to be easily taken out from the mould! Easy peasy!

I was inspired by Danielle's layout using only 1 photo and the minimal embellishment at the corner of the photo.

  1. Back Porch Memories - August (inspired by Danielle C's layout)
  2. Bearly Mines - anything goes
  3. SSS Wednesday - anything goes
  4. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

L/O - Fun Playtime

 Paper stack : DCWV Birthday
others: Star punch

Done this layout based on DCWV August Sketch challenge. 


  1. Bearly Mines - anything goes
  2. SSS Wednesday - anything goes

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Candy 23/8/2014 - Magiczna Kartka

Magiczna Kartka has a new candy running until 23 August 2014. Click on the image for further details.