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FREE BAKING CLASSES

 

I have been teaching baking skills for free in the last 2 months for single mums and to ladies who wanted to learn basic baking  but were unable to pay the fees.

 

I taught them basic muffins, savoury muffins, cup cakes with frosting, German Marble crumble Cake, Nuttella Blossoms  to name a few.

 

 

I am happy to note that each of them had learned well and now have the confidence to bake on their own. Some of them have been baking recipes from cookbooks etc. They have sent pictures of their bakes and I feel so proud of them.

I will open up more free classes if I can make some time and get a bigger venue to accommodate more ladies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alot of work goes into planning the classes – from creating recipes to buying the right ingredients and providing the refreshments.

 

I derive much happiness in teaching and to impart my passion and knowledge to anyone who is keen.

 

 

I would rather teach a person to fish instead of giving a fish to eat.

I am not posing any pictures of the ladies who came to my classes but only pictures of their bakes.

 

 

Dear ladies – who attended my classes – you know who you are,  keep on baking and keep on learning!  Keep in touch. Feel free to call me if you have any queries in baking. I will gladly assist.

I HAVE A POSITIVE MIND, DO YOU?

Stay positve be positive, switch to positivity each time you feel negative.

I am so tuned to this after I went to a mind blowing course at Janda Baik many years ago.

The trainer who was a Colonel together with his wife were excellent in imparting postitivity in me. I have never felt better in life. I have gone through some tough times, but this training has helped me tremendously.  I want to thank them profusely.

One analogy that was used was the SWITCH to turn off and on.

Just switch on or off whenever negative thoughts creeps in – I was told. From then somehow or rather each time I see a switch anywhere I turn my postive mode on.

Nothing bothers me – I keep calm and cool. Always ask what can be the worst thing that can happen – will I be able to accept that, If yes then there is no issue, if no then learn to cope.

 

To help you further always look at the end result and work backwards from there.

You will have more resources and energy to reach your end result and objectives as you already visualize it.

Have inner peace and calm. It is no point to have a mind when a rat goes round and round. Give yourself some 10 to 20 minutes of me-time and cultivate the inner peace. You will feel better and sometimes realization and answers will just appear.

All of us go through some form of conflict, unhappiness and exasperation. Write down your anger instead. Let out your fear, anger, frustration and everything negative which surrounds you on paper.   Then after a few minutes, tear out the paper slowly and release the tension within you. You will feel so much better . You will feel refreshed and then forgiveness will surface and everything is all smiles again.

 

Exercise your mind and body. Physical exercise takes care of your body , need not specially go the gym, a walk around your homeground for 30 minutes daily is sufficient. Importantly your mind must be detoxed as well. It removes all toxins and you have a beautiful mind after that.

Don’t ever fall prey to negative comments or irritations from others. Just leave them be, Dont get flustered and learn to let go. Don’t carry any burden that doesn’t belong to you.

SO STAY POSITIVE, SWITCH ON TO POSITIVE MODE.  Really Helps.

TRAVEL EATS AND MORE…

I travelled to Northern Italy and did a side trip to St moritz in Switzerland just recently.

Of course food was predominant in my thoughts and will share my experiences which will be useful for you.  (Will post some recipes that I collected along the way)

In Milan can you get away without savoring the risotto ala milanese?  No way!  We had this and a basic cheese pizza and some roast chicken in a restaurant near Duomo ( beautiful cathedral) right in the city. Pix below.  Also a place where you can buy all branded items, such as Gucci etc. Beautiful location to walk around and you can pop into the shops to look at beautiful and very expensive luxury items.

As it was Milan Fashion Week, I caught some celebrities ( Victoria Beckam and many more) at the restaurant next to the one where I was eating.

Coming back to the food, the Risotto was exquisite, every bite al dente as it should be and the fragrance of saffron whispering in your palate as you eat slowly.

The Pizza was thinly crusted and the cheese heavenly.  Lots of it and I loved it.  I finished the whole pizza by myself. ( Very very thin crust ..)

The Roast Chicken was not that fantastic having tasted many interesting variations here in Singapore and other countries.   Apparently in that restaurant all roast dishes do not come with any sauce, so it was quite a disappointment. ( I learnt that is the case in most restaurants in Milan)

To end the meal, I had the Hot Chocolate.  Oh my,  one the best chocolate in a cup, the Italians know how to make and savor chocolate.  Hot melted chocolate, thick & gooey and every spoonful was a delight.  What was missing, maybe were churros. ( oh just kidding) ( In Spain churros are served with melted chocolate – a lovely dessert).  There was this fascinating dessert trolley, starring right before me and which had tiramisu, panna cotta and many fruity dessserts with cream etc, but then I can eat no more…..  Really can’t!

More to come…….

WHY WAIT?

Sometimes you can just wake up and realize that you must do something.

No procrastination – Beat this habit – it doesn’t give any benefit.

There are just 101 things that can make our lives better.

Simple as telling yourself to smile often.  Or smile at the driver who fetches you or at the grocer when you are buying something.  It is very nice to hear nice words from strangers, why stinge on lovely words.  Make their day and make yours in return because you feel good too.

I always remember my late mother’s words – “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it. But be generous with lovely words when the person needs it”.  A little appreciation goes a long way, even among our own family.

Lets not resist change, it is inevitable, isn’t it.  We got to embrace change, no matter what.  When we adopt and adapt – life becomes easier.

Maybe talk less, smile often, have happy and positive thoughts.

Be awesome = forgive someone who has hurt you and get relieved.  If the other person does not change, it is no more your problem,  But you are free.

I find passion in cooking and baking so I don’t feel hurt at all.  When others behave in unsavory manners, brush it off . Transfer your energy into things you love to do.

I love reading since young, but left off during my career building years, now I make it a point to read at least 1 book a week. Sometimes it stretches to 2 weeks, it is alright, at least I read.

So friends don’t worry about resolutions, make simple  changes that will make you feel  happy.

Since January 2017, I have travelled 4 times, read 10 books, taught at my baking classes,  did  2 voluntary sessions of baking classes,  tried  and tested many recipes on top of creating my own {yes, yes will be posting} spent time with very senior citizens who just wanted someone to listen and have coffee with. Spent time with a friend who was admitted in hospital and who had no one.  Not to mention attendance to workshops/seminars etc.

In the next 2 months, I still need to catch up with some old friends that I promised to meet this year.  I will have more baking classes for anyone who want to learn, bake and mingle in a fun way!  Life is revolving fast and I am not complaining.

Enjoy every minute. Make it awesome – only you can do it.  And please, I would love to hear from you, drop some lines for me to connect with you.  That will be awesome too!

 

 

 

My Say

It has been more than a year since I started this blog, have received many wishes, enquiries, tips and many more.

I thank all my friends and everyone who has given me opportunity to teach them, share recipes etc.

I am willing to share answers to your doubts in cooking/baking so feel free to ask and I will answer to the best of my ability or will check with some chefs that I know.

I have restarted my baking classes, cosy group as I want to give attention to each and everyone.  The classes will be interactive and fun. Classes are for families, children, and friends and anyone who wants to learn and bake.  I was glad to know that some students have made it a career  by selling their baked goods  learning from me.  I am very proud of them.  All of my students will have access to special benefits along the way.   Pl see Baking classes Category in this website for more details.

Today food is the one that brings people, families together.  Make it an enjoyable meal even if it is just a plain sandwich.  Give some thought on hygienic practices and get your groceries from sources that are legitimate and clean.  Plan your meals ahead as you can save lots.  Certain supermarkets have fresh produce in the mornings. Go for it. Or  pool yourself with other people and buy at wholesale prices.  Saves time and money.

One student told me that she buys 1 whole chicken and can make at least 3 dishes to serve on 3 occasions.

I guess this is the way to go. Instead of buying parts of a chicken which is slightly more expensive – 1 whole chicken can definitely give more mileage.

Same goes for a whole fish.  Usually I will buy one whole salmon and share with friends who need a few fillets.

I also make my helper happy as she loves to cook the fish head in her filipino style and she enjoys it so much.

Little changes to make our everyday life smoother is the way to go.  Be happy. Make someone else happy too.

 

My Say

Today was a good day whereby I caught up with some old friends. We ended up talking about dreams. It was quite surprising that we have travelled far and wide in our dreams. To places that we have never seen, been or heard of! It is like an escape to another world.

Does it mean that this is unconscious being?