Friday, 29 August 2008

Chinese Walnut Cookies

I already mentioned that I made some biscuits last weekend.
These were the last batch I made on Sunday night.
I like eating chinese walnut cookies so when I found an easy recipe compared to the traditional recipe, I gave it a try.
I think this wasn't as good as the one I can get from Chinatown.
But my mum said it's nice.
I think maybe I should have roasted the walnut 1st before adding to the dough & put more walnuts in.
I'll try to make some again.

75g icing sugar
55g butter (unsalted)
150g plain flour
1g soda in 20g water
25g whole walnut (suggest 30g or more)
1 egg (beaten) for brushing

Roast walnut in the oven at 150'C for 15 min, then grind into small chips once cool.
Butter (softened) + sugar, beat until smooth & fluffy.
Add soda + water & blend well.
Stir in sifted plain flour.
Add walnut chips & mix well.
Roll into small sized balls, place 5 cm apart, flatten slightly, then use a brush to put some egg (beaten) on top.
Bake at 180'C in preheated oven for 18 - 20 min.

Monday, 25 August 2008

Graduation gift 1

I finally started working on the graduation gift last night & got it finished today.
I'm going to make 3 necklaces as my friends (Lan, Jessie & Lucy) graduation gifts.
I have received an e-mail from Lan saying that she's coming back for the ceremony in Oct.
Previously, I thought some of them might not come back for it.
Then, I'll have to send the gifts via post.

I also baked a light lemon cheesecake although I don't like cheese today.
It's for my mother as she likes to eat cheesecake.
I have also baked some biscuits over the weekend.
My brother just said I'm mad in baking but in fact I'm not.
I just like to eat home baked cookies rather the ones sold in shelves, so I just bake my own.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Saturday's incident

I went back to Basildon yesterday morning.
There was an minor incident that happened which made me feel a bit angry.
There was a lady shouting at me 'For God's sake!' when I was on my way to the bus station.
She was walking behind me & she thought I blocked her way.
I think it's alright if she simply said 'excuse me' & pass through me.
But shouting at people is not polite plus it's not a good way in solving problems.
Maybe I'm overreacting...

When I browsed through my picture folder, there's a photo I took long time ago.
It's a necklace made for my mother's friend in HK.
I took the picture & was supposed to put in on my blog soon.
But I totally forgot about that.
Well, it's another necklace in black.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Almond Choco Cookies

Finished work earlier yesterday due to an accident in the lab.
Someone broke a bottle of chemical, so the lab had to be closed.
It happened around 4 pm, so we just finished work earlier.
Accidents do happen in the lab, so when it happens we just learn from it.
So, I used my extra time to make some cookies again.
This is my favourite cookies.

1 egg
75g sugar
75g butter (unsalted)
100g plain flour
30g corn flour
25g cocoa powder
75g almond flakes

Butter (softened) + sugar, beat until fluffy & smooth.
Add egg, mix well.
Sift plain flour & corn flour in & mix well.
Add cocoa powder & mix well.
Add almond flakes, blend into a smooth dough, then make in a long roll.
Wrap with plastic film & refrigerate for 30 min until stiff.
Cut the roll into 0.5cm thick slices & bake at 170'C for 18 - 20 min.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Swirl Choco Cookies

Made some cookies last night.
Seiko (new Japanese flatmate) likes it very much, she ate a few of them.
She said she shouldn't have eaten cos it's already 10 pm when I baked the cookies.

1 egg
80g butter (unsalted)
1/4 tsp rum
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
100g plain flour
30g corn flour
40g sugar (original recipe 50g)
10g cocoa powder

Butter (softened) + sugar, beat until fluffy & smooth.
Add egg, rum & vanilla extract, mix well.
Sift plain flour & corn flour in & mix well.
Add cocoa powder to half of the dough & mix well.
Flatten both doughs into thin sheets, then put one on top of the other & roll it up.
Wrap with plastic film & refrigerate for 30 min.
Cut the roll into 0.5cm thick slices & bake at 180'C for 15 - 20 min.

Friday, 15 August 2008


Going to see the musical 'Les Miserable' on Tuesday.
This is the 1st time going to see musical in a theatre even though I've been to London for many times.
I know musicals generally take about 3 hours, hopefully I won't fall asleep~~~

I made this butterfly for my mother as a replacement.
I made her a yellow one before, but she lost it when she went to a casino months ago.
She met her friend (maybe not, just a person she knows) who got it in London airport.
She didn't get it back, instead she let her friend kept it...
Well, I think she's just too kind as the materials cost a bit as there're Swarovski crystals.


Sunday, 10 August 2008


Photo taken by Sei-Him Cheong

I went back to Basildon yesterday as today is my sister's birthday.
We had a lunch together in Dockland.
I made her a set of necklace with earrings.
Although I didn't think of making her jewelry, I don't know what to give her.
Well... plenty of stones lying in my drawer, so...
Hope she doesn't mind.

除此之外,我想我其实并不想回去吧! ?

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Stone Wrapping~~Fluorite 2

Green & grey fluorites.
Last 2 fluorite stones (12mm) in my stone collection.
The motifs not only for keychain, also on mobile phones, hangbags etc.
I think this is a perfect gift for anyone so I'll order more stones of this size.

Keep in touch with my old friends in Malaysia ^___^
I haven't contacted them for a long long time, make me feel guilty.
Hope everyone there is getting on well.

做了些手工,打扫房子,补充食物。 。 。



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