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Snowy sun bathing

So snowy is now seven and half months now and loving her new home. We had managed to build a cage around the hutch as the rabbits were chewing on our gardening. (I’ll show some pictures in the next post).

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Snowy back at it again trying to blend into the white rug

Spot the cutie!

Isn’t she just so adorable? I’ve made a cute bow tie by stitching a black plastic flower onto a piece of ribbon. The tie is loose on her neck so there is no way of her suffocating, however I take it off before I go to sleep, just to be on the safe side.

The brown part near her eyes is actually brown! At first, I myself thought she did not have fur near her eyes and she was somehow injured but it’s actually odd bits of brown fur . She’s just a ball of cuteness isn’t she!

 

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Selesa – Malaysian restaurant 

Selesa is a Malaysian restaurant at Park City Grand Plaza hotel located in South Kensington, London. The food was absolutely outstanding, from presentation to taste! The staff and manager were so friendly and made our experience there amazing. My friend and I went for the 3 course meal and a bottle of Prosecco. 

For my starter, I had ordered Orkid Salad. The grilled prawns were on a bed of lovely lemongrass salad which was neatly inside a large clam shell with a generous amount of chili sauce drizzle around the plate. The king prawns were nice and crunchy grilled to perfection. Every bite was luxurious . 


Good 10 minutes flew by trying to decide the main as we were bombarded with so many options. Finally, I had decided to go with the Signature Selesa crab selection and chocolate cake for desert.
Although I knew the crab will be a messy project to demolish, the sound of it on the menu was an absolute temptation. The crab was covered in sweet and spicy sambal (typically made from a mixture of variety of chili peppers and secondary ingredients such as fish sauce/paste, garlic,ginger,shallot,lime juice and sugar) which was lush served with a separate plate of rice to accompany it. Sambal was a sauce I was familiar with as it is also a traditional Srilankan sauce that accompanies many dishes. My friend had ordered the Malaysian Korma (lamb) which was also delicious, we ended up sharing each others dish to be honest.


Promptly, we were served our desert. Rich Chocolate fudge cake with a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream and caramel sauce.

Overall the ambience, service, food diversity and quality was excellent. If you like Malaysian food this is definitely the restaurant in west London to visit.

Rainbow cake – first attempt!

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Yesterday my two friends and I had made our very first rainbow cake.  The recipe below serves 6-8 people. All ingredients were bought from Morrisons (supermarket in UK) for £22.00 including 5 cake trays (£1 each) and 3 macaroni cheese to eat whilst baking.


For the cake

  • 350g self raising flour
  • 3tsp baking powder
  • 350g soft soft unsalted butter
  • 350g caster or light brown caster sugar
  • 6 large free range eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 table spoon of milk

For the frosting

  • 100g butter, soft
  • 250g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 600g icing sugar, sifted

Since we had no clue on how to make this rainbow surprise , I had googled it and pretty much clicked on the first link that had popped up and personalised it as much as we can.

Directions

1 Heat oven to 350°F/Gas Mark 4. Spread butter all over the tins to make it nonstick. ( It will be ideal to use round tins but we only managed to find 5 rectangular ones.)

2 In large bowl, beat the butter and sugar till the mixture is fluffy and not grainy. In a separate bowl, add the 6 eggs and give it a good whisk. Once the eggs are beaten well, pour the mixture into the large bowl whilst whisking. Slowly add the flower and the baking powder and give it a good whisk. Add the vanilla extract and whisk for another 10 minutes.3 Using food colors, tint batter in 1 bowl blue, 1 bowl red, 1 bowl green, 1 bowl yellow, 1 bowl orange (using red and yellow) and 1 bowl purple (using blue and red).


4 Take out 6 little bowls and fill each one with cake batter. Now for the fun part, add the food colourings in. We decided to use; purple , green, pink, red and orange.


6 Give it a good mix till they’re mixed properly and pour it out onto the trays. Spread them out evenly.

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5 Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center and begins to pull away from side of pan. Place the cakes into the refrigerator so it cools down by the time you apply the frosting.

7 In large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese with a wooden spoon. Gradually, beat in powdered sugar. Beat in vanilla. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until frosting is smooth. Put this mixture in the freezer so it becomes thick.

8 On serving plate, place purple cake layer. Spread with frosting to within 1/4 inch of edge. Repeat with green, red, pink and orange cake layers. Spread light coat of frosting on top and side of cake to seal in crumbs, then frost with remaining frosting.

9 Finally personalise your cake with sprinkles or icing and voila.

I must agree that it looks quite messy but bare in mind that it was our first attempt.

Kaviee

 

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The classic avocado on toast!

Mashed avocado on toast is one of my favorite go-to savory snacks.

The good fats and fiber in the avocado fill you up and help you feel full longer, i usually add poached eggs on top for extra protein as I am currently on a mission to gain weight.

Ingredient:

  • 2 slices of bread ( I personally prefer white bread for high carbs)
  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 Eggs (Poached)
  • Salt & Pepper

Method:

Toast the bread so you have a nice crunchy sound when you bite into the goodness.

While the bread is toasting , poach your eggs (or fry them if you wish) and mash the avocado with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Spread the avocado on the toasts once they are toasted and sprinkle some pepper on top if you wish to add more flavor.

Add the eggs on top of the toast and voila!

*I usually add a squirt of mayonnaise on top of the eggs for extra flavour.

Avocado on toast

 

 

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Love starts with Yourself

Always love yourself first before anything or anyone!

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Love starts with yourself. You can’t love others if loving yourself is a difficulty.

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The scallop that smiles back

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I had tried scallops in two different ways. One option is by itself with no toppings but just peri peri mayonnaise to dip on and the other option is with stir fry bedding and bacon sprinkles on top (picture above).

These sea scallops have a very mild and somewhat sweet taste. If they are not over cooked the consistency could be compared to a mild white fleshed fish but smoother.
If I had to compare them to something else that I have eaten, I’d say they taste a tiny bit like lobster but a bit more chewy. Although they may look like shrimps, it tastes nothing like it. Personally, I prefer the scallops by itself with just a sauce on the side to dip on. The reason being is because I feel that the bacon overpowers the taste of the scallops that you aren’t able to enjoy the tenderness of the succulent shellfish.

This dish at the Borough market near London Bridge was £6 (3 big juicy sea scallops covered in bacon). If you want to try the scallops on its own it’s £1.50 each, you can help yourself to free sauces.

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Maple Syrup Glazed Salmon

I am huge fan of seafood dishes and I love me some salmon and vegetables.

Ingredients: 

  1. Firstly get a bowl  and add your  butter , lemon juice, and pressed garlic and give it a good stir.
  2. Add your salmon fillets and make sure they are fully covered with the marinate. (Try not to break them!) Leave the fillets to soak in the mixture for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat your pan on medium heat and a tablespoon of oil (I usually add olive oil.)
  4. Gently place your fillets in the pan and sprinkle a fair amount of salt and pepper on for extra flavour.
  5. Make sure you keep turning the fillets around so all the sides are cooked perfectly. (Usually 2 minutes on each side).
  6. Finally, get a cooking brush, dip it in your maple syrup and gently brush the sides and top of the salmon. There’s never too much of maple syrup so go crazy!

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Andddd waaaaala! There you have it. I have added freshly chopped vegetables on the side with Caesar sauce dressing. The alternative method to cook this dish without using a frying pan is to put it in the oven by parceling the salmon fillets in foil with the marinate inside and add the maple syrup glazing at the end 🙂 (I don’t have the patience to wait 20 minutes for the salmon to cook in the oven hence I used a frying pan.)

 

 

 

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