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12 August, 2020

PG Mall, Your Trusted Online Shopping Platform

Who loves online shopping like me? I am definitely a fan and online shopping has become a monthly therapy for me to release stress and splurge on my favourite items. Among all the e-commerce platforms, one of my most frequented platforms is PG Mall.  

Do you know that PG Mall is Malaysia's No.1 e-commerce platform, established since 2017? In fact, it is the one and only local e-commerce platform in Malaysia and we are so proud of the achievement of our home-grown e-commerce platform as PG Mall is ranked as top 3 e-commerce site at Iprice insight report.

One of the reasons I like to shop at PG Mall is the variety of payment methods it offers - PG Mall accepts all e-wallets and payment gateway. Super easy and fast to make payment in just a few clicks! 

And during this couple of months, PG Mall is having various campaigns for you guys.
The more you spend, the more you save here!

E-Penjana Shop Malaysia Online
Duration: 10 August - 30 September 2020 

"By Malaysians, for Malaysians" - This campaign is definitely for all of us, Malaysians. In line with the government's initiative, PG Mall is offering attractive discounts for both new and existing shoppers. This limited-time deal includes: 

❤ New Shopper: RM25 OFF with min spend RM80
❤ Existing Shopper: RM20 OFF with min spend RM100 
❤ FREE RM8 OFF shipping fee 
❤ 50% OFF exclusive Facebook Live rebate voucher

Proudly Local Campaign
Duration: July - December 2020 

If you want to support the locally made products, here's the best time to do now! At PG Mall, we are spoilt with choices of groceries, kids and baby products, electronics and appliances, health and beauty, automotive and sports, fashion etc. All of them are local products, so let's support #BarangBaikBarangKita!

Nestle Top Spender Campaign
Duration: 1 August - 31 August 2020  

Let's save the best for the last - hooray for Nestle lovers! Time to stock up your favourite Milo, Nescafe coffee, milk or Maggi noodles because you will stand a chance to be the lucky winner every week / month! The more you spend on Nestle products, the higher is your chance to become one of the top spenders to win away Grab credits and PG Mall vouchers. Of course, free shipping is available upon any purchase of RM80 and above. 

Be quick to check out the Nestle deals as follows: 
❤ RM8 OFF with min spend RM80
❤ RM50 Grab + PG Mall voucher x 16 winners per week 
❤ RM100 Grab + PG Mall voucher x 3 winners per month 

Overall, PG Mall is a great platform to shop for anything I like - be it daily necessities or my favourite beauty products, fashion pieces, home decor etc. The variety of products available on this platform is just amazing - I am sure you'd be able to find something you like at a reasonable price too!
 
Hope you enjoy the deals and promotions at PG Mall, and have fun shopping there!

For more information about PGMall, please visit: 
Website: www.pgmall.my
Instagram: @pgmall.my

#PGMall #onlineshopping #shopping #MalaysiaNo1ecommerceplatform #ecommerceplatform 
#Shopnow #Shoponline #ByMalaysiansToMalaysians #BarangBaikBarangKita
#ShopNestle #NestleTopSpender #WinwithNestle #PGMall4u #Cashback #points

07 August, 2020

High-End X50 Series: The Success of vivo In Penetrating Elite Market

Despite current uncertainties due to Covid-19 which has greatly affected the smartphone industry, vivo is still able to achieve and maintain positive results as shown during this critical period. Behind the rapid recovery and stable growth is not only benefited from vivo's continuous 5G strategy and clearer positioning of the high-end X series, but also inseparable from vivo's reorganisation of its overall brand strategy. Moving in tangent with its aspiration, vivo launched their latest in X series – X50 and X50 Pro this year. With the launch of the X50 series, it increases the recognition of the vivo brand by serving the high-end market with its breakthrough performance. 

According to the recent phone shipments report conducted by Canalys, vivo’s share of the Chinese smartphone market in the second quarter was firmly ranked second, an incremental rate of 23% from the previous quarter – making vivo the Number 2 smartphone manufacturer brand in China. Despite IDC predicted that the global smartphone shipments will see a decremental rate of 18.2% in the first half of 2020, vivo resulted as the second-largest smartphone vendors, who has successfully toppled other major Chinese smartphone manufacturers.

vivo’s innovations including in-display fingerprint, fullscreen display and pop-up cameras have been seen as part of vivo’s short-term strategy – having to say that though the innovations may bring great returns to the brand but it may not be the best strategy for a long run. In the case of the overall industry downturn, vivo's response strategy is to focus on serving the long-term strategy which is to adjust expectations and improve capabilities. 

With vivo’s strong determination on progress and develop the most advance technology for their users, they have also been focusing on the image and video technology since then. One of the most remarkable innovations in this segment including the micro “gimbal-like” structure which has been embedded in the newly-launched X50 Pro. Recognising the consumer needs, the built in “gimbal-like” structure can help to achieve steadier results when recording video footage – offering an ultimate user experiences especially for photography and videography enthusiasts. 

After gaining a foothold in the mainstream market, vivo's brand exploration has been centered on user insights and in response to consumers' pursuit of mobile phone camera functions, vivo polished its products from multiple directions such as soft light, selfie, zoom, and images to resonate with the users more as it gradually becomes one of the core value points of the vivo brand. 

Forever determined to keep moving, vivo has mapped out the strategy not only for the current, but also focuses on the more comprehensive and ideal plan for the long run plan. Adhering to the brand’s philosophy, vivo continues to focus and commit on being their best and to always strive forward while constantly exploring new consumer demand – leading them to the success today.

For more information about vivo, please visit
or official website www.vivo.com/my.

06 August, 2020

K-POP Star BLACKPINK’s Lisa is The New Ambassador For vivo

After several consecutive rounds of leaks and rumours, the new generation of “thin and light selfie flagship” vivo S7 has officially launched in China as the latest offering from the company. With the design of the mid-range device vivo S7 has been revealed, BLACKPINK’s Thai-sensation, Lisa has been appointed as the face of the commercials.

The brand released Lisa’s photo collection with the different models of her phone, as well as the commercial video where she showcases all the incredible features of the phone.

vivo S7 features a 44-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel 105° ultra-wide angle. Indicating from their slogan, S7 focuses on its lightness and thinness. Through the optimisation of the internal fuselage structure and delicate stacking, the weight of the fuselage is controlled to 170g, and the thickness is reduced to 7.39mm which makes the newly flagship lighter in general. Meanwhile, the S7 flagship also features a 6.44-inch 2400×1080 resolution AMOLED screen, which is also equipped with in-display fingerprint sensor.

Besides that, the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, standard 8GB LPDDR4X running memory and 128/256GB UFS2.1 flash memory, and a built-in 4000mAh battery that supports 33W flash charging.

With vivo constantly bringing innovative devices in Malaysia, does that mean we can be expecting vivo S7 in Malaysia soon?

For more information about vivo, please visit
or official website www.vivo.com/my.

03 August, 2020

[REVIEW] BEYOND Deep Cooling Hair Care Series (with Discount + FREE Gift!)

Welcome back to my self-care routine series -- it's all about HAIR this August! 

As I always dye my hair every couple of months, I am very particular in the hair care products I use. When I heard about BEYOND Deep Cooling Hair Care series, I am tempted to try because of its natural formula to soothe stressed scalp and leave the scalp clean.

BEYOND is a Korean hair care brand available in THE FACE SHOP physical and online stores. They are having special promotion this month:

15% OFF on BEYOND Deep Cooling Hair Care products &
25% OFF on any BEYOND hair care and body care products. 

Promo period: 1 Aug - 31 Aug 2020 

Specially for you, my readers! Use my promo code FISH0801 to get 

10% DISCOUNT + FREE BEYOND Phytogenic Cleanser 
upon ANY purchase of BEYOND products on THE FACE SHOP Online Store.

Given this good deal, let's try out BEYOND Deep Cooling Hair Care series! 

BEYOND Deep Clean Cooling Shampoo (450ml)

This shampoo is effective in cleansing away the excess keratin, dandruff and other impurities from the scalp. I love how this eco-friendly shampoo contains no silicone and is made from 2 key natural ingredients: 

(1) Herbal ingredients (chamomile, rosemary and tea tree):
❤ To relieve itchy scalp by supplying moisture and nutrients
(2) Fruit-derived natural AHA ingredients (bilberry and orange):
❤ To balance the scalp water content and keep it moist 

After shampooing, it leaves the hair and scalp with a fresh and cooling sensation. Best paired with BEYOND Deep Clean Cooling Conditioner

BEYOND Deep Clean Cooling Scaler (100ml)

I have never used hair scaler at home, until I realise how important it is in order to maintain scalp health. This cooling scaler is certainly worth trying as it contains natural plant scrub ingredient called Lygodii Spora, which helps scaling to the fine parts of the scalp. It removes waste substances and keratin from the scalp with external stimuli and sebum secretion. 

How to use: Apply on dry scalp before shampoo, massage in and leave for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off. 

Upon application, it gives a cool minty sensation to the scalp instantly. After using it for a week now, the scalp feels less itchy and oily. It feels great to get rid of the old dead skin cells which have long been accumulated on my scalp. 

Make sure it is well-massaged onto the scalp ya!

Verdict:
BEYOND Deep Cooling Hair Care is good for its 2-in-1 anti-dandruff and moisturising effects with no silicone, artificial colorants etc. 

Recommended for those who have issues with dandruff and dead skin cells. If you don't like the strong irritating formula from the specialised scalp scaling program, this is ideal for you.

All the products featured in this post are available at THE FACE SHOP outlets and online store.

To find out more about THE FACE SHOP please visit:
Website: www.thefaceshop.my
THE FACE SHOP Online Store: www.thefaceshop.com.my

31 July, 2020

Plant-Based Meat: An Alternative Protein For Your Restaurant’s Menu

Hey meat lovers out there! Have you ever faced difficulty in finding a 100% plant-based meal option when dining out with a vegetarian? 

Usually a vegetarian’s choices on the menu are limited to dishes that were originally made with meat but may be removed while cooking or substituted with other alternative proteins or mock meat products. But with the food technology advancement, this is no longer the case now...

Plant-based meat in the overseas market
In the United States, plant-based meat produced by companies like Beyond Meat gained much popularity when it was first offered in restaurants and cafes. It was then packaged and sold in US supermarkets from 2016. Today, it is now popularly consumed not just among vegans, but among meat-eaters
as well!

Although plant-based meat is gaining its popularity rapidly overseas but still not as common in Malaysia, I am glad that I found this delicious meat replacement from Phuture Daging Malaysia, a pioneer of plant-based meat solution provider in Malaysia. 

What is plant-based meat?

Malaysian food technology company, Phuture Daging shares the various aspects and benefits of a plant-based diet. Plant-based meat is made from plant proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, natural colouring and natural flavouring to mimic the texture, taste and smell of meat. With the advancement of food technology, you probably can't differentiate between a plant-based meat and a real meat with my bare eyes! 

Benefits of plant-based meat

I am sure we are aware that real meat is often associated with high risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, obesity and high cholesterol level. To make things worse, the processed meat is further added with sodium and gives rise to an increased risk of coronary heart disease and type-2 diabetes. So, by incorporating the plant-based meat from Phuture Daging Malaysia into your daily diet, you don't have to worry about the health risks anymore yet you get to enjoy the great taste of meat without impacting your well-being.  

This would help you cut down on their weekly meat consumption, hence lowering the blood pressure, cholesterol level and weight too. This leads to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, prevention of various types of cancer and a better quality of life.I am sure in a long run, this would certainly improve your overall health. 

Definitely a good choice for the health conscious and weight watcher! 

Why Phuture Daging?

It is notable that Phuture Daging’s plant-based meat product is entirely meat-free and is 100% plant-based. In other words, there is no animal product content at all, but rather it is completely made from plant-based ingredients such as soy which provides similar protein content to real meat. In terms of the nutritional value, it contains vitamins and minerals such as calcium etc which are commonly found in dairy products. 

Besides, it contains 80% less total fat, 70% less saturated fat and 50% less calories compared to ground meat of the same weight. There goes a more balanced and healthier diet that suits everyone. 

The best part? Phuture Daging’s plant-based meat is made in a Halal food production facility with ingredients sourced from ethical suppliers and adheres to the highest food safety and hygiene standards.

Your perfectly meaty experience
To develop the ultimate plant-based meat solutions that are most suitable for our Malaysian taste buds and cooking preparations, Phuture Daging has been conducting continuous R&D and trials by food scientists and researchers around the world.

You can always enjoy plant-based meat at the local cafes and restaurants as Phuture Daging is supporting the SME companies and local restaurant operators to research and develop their own menu using the plant-based meat to suit the discerning palates of their customers. No doubt the demand for plant-based meat will definitely grow in the F&B industry. 
 
Soon, the adaptation of plant-based meat into your diet will contribute positively to the climate crisis by reducing the impact of food production on the environment. And Phuture Daging will develop a variety of plant-based products to reinvent the meaty experience for all types of local and international cuisines.  

For more information about Phuture Daging and collaboration interest,
kindly email enquiry@phuturedaging.com or visit their website at https://phuturedaging.com.

30 July, 2020

Wake up Glowing: 5 Beauty Sleep Tips

Taking a look at yourself first thing in the morning can sometimes be a bit of a shock. From messy bed hair to dark under-eye bags, getting ready for the day ahead can sometimes be made more difficult by a lack of beauty sleep.

While getting the sleep and rest you need is essential for your overall health and wellbeing, beauty sleep can make all the difference in how you look and feel throughout each day. But, don’t despair!

We have put together these top 5 beauty sleep tips that will help you to wake up glowing each morning.

Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase
For many people, the most comfortable position they can sleep in is lying on their tummy. If you are one of these people, then you may need to invest in a silk pillowcase. This is because while sleeping on your stomach may make for a comfortable night’s sleep, it could be the cause of frizzy bed hair and skin crinkles.

As you toss and turn throughout the night, you are causing extra friction. But when sleeping on a silk pillowcase, the soft material does less damage to your skin and leaves you with a fresher feeling in the morning.

Using FOREO LUNA play plus facial brush with face cleanser
Always Remove Your Makeup Before Bed
If you have had a busy day at work or have just come home from a night socializing with friends, the last thing you feel like doing is taking your makeup off before climbing into bed. However, not removing your make up can cause your skin to age up to seven times faster - and nobody wants that!

Therefore, we recommend that to get the ultimate beauty sleep that will keep you looking younger for longer, you must always remove your makeup before bed. This will help keep your skin clear and give it a natural glow when you wake up in the morning.

Create a Relaxing Sleep Environment
You can guarantee that you won’t wake up glowing in the morning if you don’t get the best quality rest that you need throughout the night. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to create a relaxing sleep environment that is conducive to a long and peaceful night’s rest.

There are many different ways to create a relaxing sleep environment from making your bedroom a device-free zone after a certain time to ensuring that you keep the temperature cool and not too warm. You should also ensure that you have a good quality mattress and bed that suit your needs. There are several good adjustable bed options that can offer you the support and comfort that you require.

Have a Nighttime Skincare Routine
While it is important that you take off your make up before you go to sleep at night, you should also have a nighttime skincare routine in place to give your skin the nutrients and boost it needs. By having a range of skincare products in place, such as cleansers, toners, and the perfect night cream, you can wake up to well-cared-for with hydrated skin each morning. Even though establishing the right skincare routine can be hard at first, once you have found the products that are right for you, you will wake up with naturally glowing skin.

Hydrate Before Bed
While downing pints of water before you head to bed can cause disrupted rest during the night, eating water-rich vegetables will help to keep you hydrated while you sleep. Structured water in some vegetables and nuts slowly release hydration, which means they are the perfect addition to your evening meal.

By making a few changes to your lifestyle, sleeping environment, and skincare practices, you can wake up with glowing skin and feel ready for the day ahead.

23 July, 2020

FiSh's Baking Diary Vol. 1

Welcome to ohfishiee's Baking Diary! 

I have never thought that I'd ever have a baking diary on my blog. Entering into the kitchen is never my thing, not to mention baking. But I am definitely one who has a sweet tooth and constantly craves for pretty desserts :P 

Over the past few months, I have tried making my own sweet treats for myself and my loved ones. From a disastrous slice of cake to a decadent piece of cookie, I guess I am slowly improving. Hence, I am here sharing the recipes of 11 simplest bakes for beginner...

By the way, you can also check out my IG story highlight for more photos :)

#1 Basque Burnt Cheesecake

When I first started baking, I have no idea what to bake and my friend recommended this because it is claimed to be the "easiest cake" ever. Well, the process is pretty easy, but to nail it perfectly, it still takes a bit of time and effort to master the consistency of oozing cheese inside and solid burnt crisp skin.

6-INCH BASQUE BURNT CHEESECAKE RECIPE
INGREDIENTS:
226g cream cheese, softened  
100g granulated sugar
2 large eggs
200g heavy cream  
15g all-purpose flour, sifted 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

STEPS:
1. Mix cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until very smooth, light and fluffy. 
2. Mix in the eggs (1 egg at a time), beating 30 seconds after each addition, to fully incorporate.
3. Scrape down the bowl, whisk in the cream and vanilla extract.
4. Sift the flour over the batter and fold in with a rubber spatula. 
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 210°C for 25-30 minutes or until a very deep brown on top but the centre is still jiggly (Make sure your oven rack is positioned around the middle of your oven and do not overbake or else the top will be too dark and will taste bitter)
6. Cool in the pan completely before gently pulling the parchment away from the cake.
7. Keep in the fridge and it can last for up to 1 week. 

#2 Banana Loaf

An ultra soft and moist banana loaf is seriously easy peasy! The best part is, you can always twist the recipe a little to make it more interesting, such as adding walnut, chocolate chips, or cream cheese frosting. Super versatile yet it doesn't require much effort. Keep your electronic mixer aside for this recipe, all you need is your bare hands :P 

SOFT, MOIST AND FLUFFY BANANA LOAF RECIPE
(Pan size: 21cm x 11cm / 8" x 4")
INGREDIENTS:
(A)
80g butter melted
80g granulated sugar
6 medium banana (over-riped), mashed 
2 tbsp whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 whole egg, beaten

(B)
1 cup cake flour, sifted
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

STEPS:
1. Mix (A) together with rubber spatula.
2. Sift in (B) into the mixture and fold until well combined.
3. Rest the batter for 10 minutes before baking. 
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 170°C for 40 minutes.

#3 Raisin Scone

This is by far, my favourite masterpiece! I love how easy it is to make a huge batch of this centuries-old English pastry in less than an hour. If you don't want to bake them all at one go, you can store the dough and pop into the oven whenever you like. Easy peasy!

Butter is the key here, don't ever compromise with cheap butter or margarine or fat spread - they are not the same! I'd love to try with dried cranberries, pecan or dried apricot next time. 

SUPER BASIC RAISIN SCONE RECIPE
(Yield: 15 scones)
INGREDIENTS:
360g all-purpose flour
70g granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
90g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed 
180ml low-fat milk, cold
15g baking powder
2g salt 
150g dried cranberries or raisins
 
STEPS:
1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Rub in the butter with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. 
2. Then mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into the well of the flour mixture until moistened. Mix in the raisins.
3. Sprinkle over some flour, cover the bowl with cling wrap and fridge in for 30 minutes. 
4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into 2-3cm thick. Cut into 8 wedges (using floured cookie cutter for a nice shape). 
5. Brush the top of each scone with beaten egg.
6. Bake in the preheated oven at 200°C for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

#4 Savoury Cheese & Scallion Scone

Tweak the recipe a little, and ta-daa! You'll get some savoury afternoon snacks for those who prefer less sugary stuff. I personally think that using salted butter would be a better option here, otherwise the scone might taste a tad bland. Sharp cheese is a must too! 

SAVOURY CHEESE & SCALLION SCONE RECIPE
(Yield: 15 scones)
INGREDIENTS:
360g all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
110g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
125g grated cheddar cheese
4 chopped scallions
120ml low-fat milk, cold
16g baking powder
1 tsp salt
Optional: Bacon

STEPS:
1.  In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Rub in the butter with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. 
2. Then mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into the well of the flour mixture until moistened. Toss in the cheese and scallion.
3. Sprinkle over some flour, cover the bowl with cling wrap and fridge in for 30 minutes. 
4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into 1 inch thick. Cut into 15 wedges (using floured cookie cutter for a nice shape). 
5. Brush the top of each scone with beaten egg and top with more grated cheddar. 
6. Bake in the preheated oven at 200°C for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

#5 Classic Lemon Pound Cake

Another favourite of mine after attempting a few varieties of pound cake. The zesty lemon flavour gives an instant lift to the overall rich, buttery body of the pound cake. Excellent recipe that is good to go on its own without any lemon glaze or creamy icing on top! 

LEMON POUND CAKE RECIPE
(Pan size: 9" x 5")
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup (150g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (65g) cake flour
1 1/2 tsp (9g) baking powder 
5 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp (8ml) vanilla extract
1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (225g) sugar
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup (65ml) lemon juice with flesh
1 tsp (6g) salt  

STEPS:
1. Beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest at high speed for 4 mins. 
2. Add 1 egg at a time, and beat at medium speed For 1 min each time until light and smooth. 
3. Add vanilla extract, lemon zest & lemon juice and mix evenly. Scrape the sides with a spatula. 
4. Sift in the flour, baking powder & salt, then beat at low speed until fully incorporated. 
5. Pour mixture into tray, and tap to remove air bubbles.
6. Bake at 165°C for 65-75 minutes. 

#6 Marble Cake

Yes, marble cake is another beginner-friendly cake which requires no separation of egg white and egg yolk. One point to note -- high quality butter and cocoa powder are the game changer here -- and don't forget to do the proper swirling and achieve that marbly effect too. 

6" BUTTERY CLASSIC MARBLE CAKE RECIPE
INGREDIENTS:
120g salted butter
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
140g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
20g milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
7g cocoa powder 

STEPS:
1. Combine butter and sugar well before beating with a mixer until light and fluffy.
2. Add in the eggs, one by one, and beat well.
3. Sift in the flour and mix well with a spatula.
4. Add vanilla extract and milk, then mix well.
5. Take 100g of the cake batter and mix with cocoa powder.
6. Pour the vanilla and chocolate batter in the pan alternately (spoon by spoon).
7. Use a long skewer / knife to swirl the batter together.
8. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

#7 Basic Egg Tart

Frankly, pastry is a little difficult for beginners especially when folding it perfectly into the mould. Surely it takes slightly more patience and time to make these perfect-looking basic egg tarts from scratch, but hey the result is rewarding! I love how crisp and buttery the crust is, although the silky egg filling is not as thick as I'd expect. 

BASIC EGG TART RECIPE
(Yield: 9 pieces)
INGREDIENTS:
Tart pastry
200g plain flour, sifted
75g icing sugar, sifted
140g unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 egg

Egg custard
2 eggs, beaten
50g sugar
150ml water
50ml milk 

STEPS:
1. Sift flour and sugar together then knead in butter.
2. Add in beaten egg. It will form soft dough.
3. Once a dough is formed, flatten and place it onto cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4. Roll the dough into 6mm thick and divide into 9 even doughs.
5. Place into the mould and make sure it is at least 2mm tall above the mould.
6. For the custard, melt sugar in hot water then add in milk. Let it cool. 
7. Add beaten egg into the cooled sugar mixture.
8. Sieve out the bits twice, to make the custard smoother.
9. Fill into the mould (from Step 5) until about 70% full.
10. Bake at 180°C for 20-25 minutes.
11. Once the crust is golden brown, reduce the baking temperature to 160°C for 5 minutes.
12. Let it cool for 7 minutes before removing from mould. 

#8 Chocolate Chips Cookies

Yay, any cookie monster here? :P First time baking such gigantic piece of cookies dotted with chocolate chips. I always love Famous Amos type of crunchy mini cookies, but the one I baked here is more towards the chewy type (thanks to the huge amount of brown sugar). Equally delicious yet amazing in texture! 

BIG, FAT, CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIPS COOKIES RECIPE
(Yield: 18 pieces)
INGREDIENTS:
(A)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

(B)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 cups chocolate chips, dark 

STEPS:
1. Sift together (A) then set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together (B) until well blended.
3. Beat in the vanilla extract, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy.
4. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended (Don't overmix or it will toughen the cookies).
5. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the tray, leaving 3" space between each dough.
6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 165°C for 15-17 minutes, or until the edges are lightly toasted. 
7. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

#9 Coffee Swiss Roll

Can you see the difference between the coffee Swiss roll on the left and on the right of the picture? Hahah! I am pretty satisfied with my first attempt (picture on left) as the fluffy cake is well-infused with coffee flavour, and heavily loaded with fresh cream filling. 

For my second attempt (picture on right), it is an improvised version with cocoa-flavoured buttercream-like filling. Hence, the filling is slightly more solid and it doesn't create a mess while enjoying this decadent piece of Swiss roll. 

COFFEE SWISS ROLL RECIPE
(Pan Size: 9" x 13")
INGREDIENTS:
Cake
4 egg yolks + 1 egg
20g caster sugar 
60g vegetable oil
90g plain flour
20g corn flour
60ml milk
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp instant coffee powder 
1/8 tsp salt 

4 egg whites
1/8 tsp vinegar
70g caster sugar

Coffee Cream Filling
2 tbsp instant coffee powder
1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
120g whipping cream
20g sugar
20g chilled butter
 
STEPS:
1. Dissolve coffee in hot water and set aside.
2. Beat milk, oil, salt and 20g sugar together, then stir in coffee mixture until combined.
3. Sift in the flour mixture, then mix well.
4. Add 4 egg yolks and 1 egg, then whisk well.
5. For the meringue, beat the egg white at lowest speed for 10 minutes (add a bit of vinegar) until foamy. Gradually add in sugar (in 3 batches), and beat in medium speed until stiff peaks form.
6. Take 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the batter to mix.
7. Then fold in the batter mixture into the remaining egg white mixture.
8. Lay parchment paper on the baking tray and pour the mixture onto it. Smooth it out horizontally then vertically. 
9. Bake in a preheated oven at 140°C for 20 minutes, then change to 160°C for 10 minutes and finally 180°C for another 5 minutes. 
10. While the sponge is still warm (after 15 minutes), place a large sheet of baking parchment on your work surface and carefully invert the sponge onto the parchment. Gently peel off the top layer of parchment. Trim the very outer edge of the sponge with a sharp knife. 
11. Using the parchment, tightly roll up the sponge and leave to cool, seam-side down. Chill the cake for 20 minutes. 
12. After cooling, spread a thick layer of coffee cream filling on top of the cake horizontally then vertically. 
13. Chill for 4 hours before serving. 

Coffee Cream Filling
1. Dissolve coffee in hot water and set aside.
2. Put whipping cream into a bowl and whip until soft, then gradually add sugar and coffee.
3. Whisk at high speed for 2 minutes until stiff. 
4. Optional: Add butter to make it into buttercream.

#10 Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Whenever I prefer something simple yet lovely on a lazy afternoon, I think a chiffon cake or Taiwanese castella cake would be perfect to go with a cuppa tea or coffee. In fact, I have attempted this numerous times for different flavours such as vanilla, coffee and chocolate. And the latter is my favourite among all, so chocolaty yet not overly sweet :) 

6-INCH FLUFFY CHOCOLATE CHIFFON CAKE RECIPE
INGREDIENTS:
3 egg yolks 
50g milk
40g oil
45g flour
15g cocoa powder
3 egg whites
45g caster sugar
3g lemon juice
Pinch of salt

STEPS:
1. In a bowl, whisk milk and oil until thick. Heat it up, then sift in the flour and cocoa powder.
2. Add egg yolks and mix well until smooth.
3. For the meringue, beat egg whites on high speed in a completely dry, grease-free mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and salt.
4. Gradually add sugar (in 3 parts) into the frothy egg white mixture. Beat in medium speed until stiff peak forms. Then beat in low speed for another 10 seconds.
5. Add 1/3 meringue to the batter and whisk well.
6. Pour the batter into the remaining meringue and fold until smooth.
7. Pour into a 6" cake pan and smooth the surface with a stick. Drop twice to remove bubbles.
8. Bake at 150°C in a preheated oven for 12 minutes, then gently cross-cut through the surface.
9. Continue to bake at 140°C for 38 minutes. 
10. Once done, drop twice and let it cool for 20 minutes. 

[BONUS] #11 No-bake Oreo Cheesecake

And lastly, a no-bake recipe for those who don't have an oven. It is seriously easy except for the part of crushing the Oreo cookies by hand which can be very tedious and time-consuming. I'd recommend using a blender or buy readily-crushed cookie pieces instead. 


9-INCH NO-BAKE OREO CHEESECAKE RECIPE
INGREDIENTS:
Crust
28 Oreos (or use Oreo Small Crushed Cookies Pieces to save time)
60g unsalted butter, melted

Cream cheese filling
500g cream cheese softened to room temperature 
50g powdered sugar 
480ml cold heavy whipping cream (4°C)
15g gelatin powder 
16 Oreos (break into quarters) 
10 Oreos, chopped (as topping)

STEPS:
Crust
1. Remove the filling of 24 pieces of Oreo, and crush into fine crumbs. Mix with 60g butter in a mixing bowl until the crumbs are moistened. 
2. Line the bottom of a 9-inch cake tin with parchment paper, scoop the mixture into the pan, and firmly press it down into one even layer (can use the bottom of a glass), then let it chilled in the fridge for 1 hour. 
3. If you wish to have a crunchier crust, bake at 175°C for 8-10 minutes and then allow it to cool completely before filling. 

Cream cheese filling
1. Beat the cream cheese with powdered sugar until smooth. 
2. Pour whipping cream in a separate bowl, and beat until stiff.
3. Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and gently fold it with gelatin and crushed Oreos until well combined. 
4. Pour half the cheesecake filling onto the crust in the prepared cake tin. Add a layer of quartered Oreo cookies, then spoon in the remaining cheesecake filling.
5. Optional: Add the extra chopped Oreos as topping and gently press them down a little.
6. Leave to chill in the fridge for 4-5 hours or overnight.

What's Next?

Hope you like the above 11 recipes for beginners!
I will definitely be doing more home-baking and trying out new creations.
If you have any interesting recipes that you'd like me to try, please feel free to let me know ya!

Stay tuned for FiSh's Baking Diary Vol. 2 
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