Breakfast at Frisky Goat Bakery Cafe

I went back to KL for Christmas a couple of weeks ago and during which I managed to meet up with Alice for breakfast. It was so great to be able to catch up! But of course, that’s not the purpose of this post. I wanted to talk about the bakery cafe that we went to…

We went to a relatively new cafe in TTDI called Frisky Goat Bakery Cafe. It’s one of those new cafes that are popping up around Taman Tun. The food was pretty good and I love the atmosphere.

I had eggs benedict which was uniquely served with belgium waffles. Recently, I’ve been craving smoked duck which was great because they do serve that as an add-on for an extra RM4. I did not regret my choice of food. The duck had the right level of saltiness and it was juicy. The waffles were crispy outside and soft inside (though I did wish it was shaped like the traditional belgium waffles). The eggs were nicely cooked on the outside and the yolk was just the right amount of gooey.

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With my waffles and smoked duck, I had coffee in my preferred manner = latte:

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There was nothing extraordinary about the coffee. But don’t get me wrong, it was not bad and I have no complains about it.

Alice had the eggs with salmon. I could have sworn that it was suppose to be smoked salmon, but maybe I was mistaken… In any case, It looked pretty good and I’m sure the waffles tasted as good as mine did.

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All in all, it was a lovely breakfast. The atmosphere was great, not too busy during the time we were there, and the service was prompt. It’s definitely a place I will visit again.

While eating, I noticed this pillow:

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As a great fan of BBC’s Sherlock, I could not resist taking a photo of it!

Fruit Tree in My Garden

One of the things I like about staying in Sabah is the large garden that we have here. It’s big enough that we have around 3 rambutan trees and 2 lemon trees…

rambutan tree in the garden

rambutan tree in the garden

This tree is right in front of the house. It’s fruiting now and will soon be ripe and ready to pluck. Just in time for my mom to bring it back to KL for my dad and sis to makan!

Hello World!

So it’s been a while since I update this page.

Lots of things have happened since then:

1. I finished my Masters!
2. I got a temp job
3. I resigned from temp job and got another temp job
4. Resigned for temp job #2
5. Started perm job
6. Moved to Sabah for the perm job
7. Went back to KL for 1 month for training
8. Am back in Sabah now

So there you have it! My life this past (half) year…

BBC’s Sherlock

I just started watching BBC’s Sherlock and found it fabulous. The chemistry between John and Sherlock is so good. I like it better than the Downey movies. The dialogues are remarkably witty and funny. Not only that, all the Britspeak reminds me of my childhood storybooks.

I loved reading Enid Blyton and I think I read the whole Famous Five series before I even started school… But really, Sherlock reminds me mostly of Fatty from the Five Find Outers Series.

Such wonderful memories.

Now all I have to do is wait for season 3, coming out next year…

Mille Crepe!

I love cooking and I love baking… Hahaha… as evidenced by my gebu-ness… So today, I decided to try making Mille Crepe. This is my second time attempting this recipe so I made a slight modification. My sis blogged about my first attempt here . I’m kinda proud that it turned out good the first time *pats myself on the back*.

So now, in my second attempt, instead of making plain vanilla custard Mille Crepe, I decided to combine it with the king of fruits, aka Durian.

I got the recipe from here but because I wanted to save time, I didn’t refridgerate the batter before cooking. I found the batter a bit thick so I added slightly more milk after I mixed all the incredients together – the texture has to be thick but not too thick, if not it will be difficult for the batter to spread evenly over the pan which causes the crepe to be thick. I believe that cooking is an experimental process so try it out and see what works best…

Here’s the recipe (which I amended slightly to suit my taste), it makes about 18 to 20 pieces of crepe. It’s make a 2.5++ inch thick cake.

Crepe Batter
6 tablespoons of butter
3 cups of milk (each of my cup is approx 250ml)
4 tablespoons of fine granulated sugar (ori recipe stated 7 instead of 4)
A pinch of salt
7 mid size eggs (ori recipe stated 6 eggs)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (each cup is approx 250gm)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (not required in ori recipe but it smells really good with it)

1. Bring the milk to boil then add in the butter. Mix until the butter is melted, set aside to cool slightly.
2. Mix the rest of the ingredients (except vanilla) together using a mixer.
3. Once well mixed, pour in the warm milk + butter concoction. Best way to do this is to pour in milk while mixer is on low.
4. When everything is mixed well, add in the vanilla and mix again.
5. Keep the batter into the fridge until cool (the first time I made this, I put in into the fridge for about 2 hours).

If you decide to skip step 5 (which I did today), it’s actually okay. I didn’t find much difference in the texture from when I refridgerated the batter and when I didn’t. Make sure your pan in heated up before you pour in your batter. Put enough batter into the pan to cover the bottom of the pan. Tilt the pan gently all around to spread the batter evenly.

You need to decide for yourself through trial and error on how much batter you need for your pan size. Unless you make crepes all the time or are a super genius when it comes to cooking, be prepared to waste the 1 or 2 crepes before they start turning out right. When the edges of your crepe starts to brown, it should be ready for you to remove from the pan. I strongly recommend a nonstick pan :).

Put the crepe on a baking sheet to cool. Only when it has cooled down, you can stack it up. Before it’s cooled down, it will stick to each other.

“Mille” actually means a thousand but obviously you don’t have to make a thousand layers la… Continue making the crepes until you have enough to make a cake. I prefer having about 20 pieces as it will give you a good height cake.

Once all the crepe is ready, set them aside and prepare your filling. Here’s what you need for the filling.

Crepe Filling
2 rice bowl full of durian flesh (about 24 pieces / biji) – the durians I used where didn’t have much flesh la.
2 tablespoon of drinking water / cream
2 cups of heavy cream (for whipping)
1 tablespoon of fine granulated sugar

1. Blend the durian with the water.
2. Whip the cream with the sugar until thick.

Start piecing the cake together. I decided to put alternate layers of cream and durian paste.

The final piece of crepe is place on top and voila! The Durian Mille Crepe is done…

All that’s left is to refrigerate for a couple of hours cos the cake is best when served chilled.

Latest Updates

went to Spain for 16 days for WYD and Way of St James walk and am now back in Malaysia. Time really passed so fast! It felt like it was just a while ago when I was rushing to shop for travel essentials and packing. Now, the trip is over and it’s almost then end my my holidays. Semester 3 starts next week and it’s my final, yes, FINAL semester for 1st year. Next year, I’ll be a senior ClinPsych student mentoring new students… But that’s another story.

Back to my updates. Madrid was HOT! If you think that Malaysia is hot, think again. It was torture to be under the sun and I drank so much water. One day, I can finish 2 liters easily. When we were at Cuentro Ventros from the WYD overnight vigil and Pope’s mass, it was practically a desert. It was scorching hot during the day. There were rocks, sand, and dirt everywhere. Every breath was filled with sand / dust. Our clothes were dusty the moment we arrived and I think I may have eaten sand also… I think I now understand why the people in Arab (i.e. Desert areas) cover themselves from head to toe. At night, it rained and suddenly it was freezing cold. Not a good day and night…

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with the organizers in Madrid. WYD and also my group. There were things that could have been done better… Much much better. I can’t make myself list them down now. In anycase, it’s over and I do look back at the memories and experiences fondly. (edit, 20 July 2014: Okay, maybe I was a bit harsh with my judgement then, I have to credit the group with the effort that they put in.)

Compostela (i.e. Way of St James) was a much better experience for me. At first, after the WYD experience, I wasn’t too keen on the 2nd part of my trip. But after the 1st day of the walk, I started to enjoy myself more and more.

Completing the 100km walk was a challenge but the feeling of achievement was wonderful. It’s a rush of exhilaration and joy.

The first day was a 19km journey from Lugo to San Roman. It was tiring and we were all in pain at the end of the day. The tiredness came not only from the walk but also from the lack of sleep. Firstly because on Sat night, we were at Cuentro Ventros and it was difficult to sleep among the rocky and hard ground, lack of space and sudden chill. Next, on Sun night, we camped out in Barajas Airport. It’s the first time I’ve ever done that. All these lead to us being severely tired and I would say unprepared for the 1st day’s walk.

The 2nd day, we were all better rested and more prepared for the walk. But this day was a killer because we walked 31km. At the end of the day, my body ached to badly from head to toe. I could barely stand and move the moment I stopped walking. I never knew I could push myself so hard. I was ready to give up after 25km, thereabout. I nearly cried when I found out there were more to go. I’m not overly religious. But somehow, I found myself praying throughout the journey and I found the strength to complete that day. I had blisters on my toes, my ankles hurt, my knees hurt and my back hurt but I made it.

After a gruelling day 2, the 3rd day was pretty easy cos it was just 15km. The aches and pains were still there but it was tolerable. Day 4 was a little tougher but not too bad. We walked 18km that day. My aches and pains were still there and recovery was slower than before but all in all, we made good time and the walk was good.

Day 5 started was good too. It was the final day and we had 20km to go before we reached our final destination. Again, the aches and pains were there but we reached by about 5pm to Compostela. Got our Certificate, attended mass at the Cathedral and took some good photos.

Being able to see the Cathedral was great. I love the grandness and majestic-ness of it and if I close my eyes, I can imagine the place in it’s time of glory back in the past. The walk was a wonderful experience and worth every ache and pain. I don’t know if I will ever do it again but who knows?

I’ll upload some photos soon…

Updates galore!

It’s been over a month since my last post… So many things have been happening in my life that I don’t know where to start:

1. Semester 1 of my MClinPsych course is over and I am quite pleased with my results. Hehehe… good enough that I just have to maintain my grades where it is (NO catching up required!) and I will graduate with no problem! Yayyyyy!!! I am so glad I spent the last week of the semester working on my assignments and doing that one extra paper that upped my grade. The sleepless nights were SO VERY WORTH IT!

2. My darling Tiggie passed away. It was so sad and yet I know it was time for her cos she’s been suffering from cancer. She was so strong till then end. Tiggie waiting for my sis to come back from NL and for my parents to come back from Sabah so that she could say goodbye. She was the best dog ever!

3. I went to Netherlands for the holidays. Stayed for a fortnight. It was a fabulous trip and I got to meet up with Mal. The weather was wonderful. Not too cold and not warm at all. It was spring and the plants were starting to blossom. I had a chance to go to Keukenhof to see the tulip gardens and it was beautiful. Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.

4. I managed to also drop by Brussels, Belgium to see the sights including the everyfamous manneken pis. I also got to eat waffles in Belgium! They were yummy…

5. Semester 2 has started. One week in and I can see how hectic this semester will be. I’ve been assigned to my supervisor and I start seeing clients this semester during practicum. I have 240 practicum hours to complete this semester. Something that I feel woefully unprepared for but still I am eager to start. I get to signoff my reports and notes as Clinical Psychologist in Training (or something like that la)… hehehhee…