Redemption Day

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Was contemplating to cancel Astro because the old folks at home only watch the Hua Hee Dai and Sports. Been thinking to get NJoi and just prepay for HHD and sports. That would cost me only Rm42.40 per month instead of Rm164.30 now. It’s ridiculous to pay for so much when I don’t even get to watch one bit.

As I was mulling over the decision, I signed in my account and realized that I have accumulated 2750 points. So decided to use it before cancellation.

Didn’t notice the cute figurines of Game of Thrones till I redeemed a pen drive. It’s the most practical I guess. Luckily they ran out of Tyrion Lannister. Otherwise I would be kicking myself.

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So since I have redeemed Astro points, I sign into my other utilities accounts too for freebies.

One thing about TM rewards, the guys at Unifi actually cared enough to call me to inform that I have accumulated over 5,000 points in my account and advised me to redeem them before expiry date. So previously, they assisted by redeeming 5500 points for Rm55 off my unifi bill. 500 points = Rm5. Am quite grateful.

So today I further redeemed 1500 points for Rm15 off my bill.

Speaking of redemption of points, am quite upset that Maybank no longer gives 5% rebate for shopping on weekends effective 1st August. There goes the Rm50 savings every month. Now only applies to dining. No more 5% off TNB, TMB and Maxis bills if you pay on weekends. Heck. I always wait for weekend to do online banking. Kiasu max? Ha ha.

Hopefully they still maintain the 5x points for Amex. Oh well..

Managed to use 9000 points over the weekend for Rm25 Baskin Robbins treat. Didn’t know we could redeem like that. Was told by the staff so I jumped to it and we had free ice cream. Best!

Recycling Day

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It’s almost 9 am and I still can’t drag myself out of the bed. Public holiday today but since I work on alternate Saturdays, no extra days off. It sucks there are companies which still practise working on Saturday. Evolve a bit la!

Slept really late last night but still wake up at 8 am. Will laze around till I hear breakfast is ready. Ha ha. 🐖🐷🐽

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Off to Tzu Chi recycling centre in Taman Seri Melati again. The amount of things my household churn out.. I think my house could turn into a recycling centre itself! No thanks to the hoarders in my house.

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This happened every time my sis used my car. What short legs she has. I had to adjust my seat back about 4 inches whenever she used my car. Just about right. Her height is 4 inches shorter than mine.

When I am in a hurry and this happens.. quite pek chek. Save 3 seconds adjusting seat. Ha ha ha. Sorry shorty sis.

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Visited the recycling centre to drop things off. Not many things to sort out so I went home.

Bathed little Peggy. I think we will need to get anti slip mat. Everytime I bathe her, she either accidentally swallow the bath water or hit her head. Lol. Not that I abused her ah.. she’s too active for her own good.

Get a hair cut. I am probably one of the few ppl who has a hair stylist at home.. my 73 year old aunt. She’s a professional .. don’t play play.

She was a hair dresser during the hippie 60s till the 80s before she moved to KL to join her husband in selling vegetables.

Sweep and mop the floor 2x.. upstairs and downstairs.. put clothes into washing machine to wash..take a nice long bath.. and reward self with this very delicious ice cream from Australia. Yumz!

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Best tea time food… yao char kuai and kopi o. Went shopping for new curtains at Jusco then back. Been looking for curtains to add colors to my new room but some were too expensive.

Egg Muffins Frittatas

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Making egg muffin frittatas after seeing an instagram photo. Since we still have some chicken ham left, so I just added to it. One onion and tomato diced and chopped. Since there’s fresh bloom of basil leaves in my garden might as well use it!

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I used 7 medium sized eggs for 6 big muffins. Add on about 4 tbsp of milk and a dash of black pepper with a pinch of salt.

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Oil the muffin holes with olive oil. I used only 1 tsp of olive oil for 6 holes. Then add on slices of ham, tomatoes, onions and cheese of choice to each muffin hole.

Pour the egg mixture till it covers each hole evenly. Try not to put too much egg mixture as it would overflow during baking.

I find adding on basil leaves give a distinctive taste to the egg muffin!

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Better burst the bubbles in the egg mixture to avoid unsightly surface on the egg muffins.

Bake in preheated oven at 200°C for 20 minutes. I prefer the insides slightly runny so perhaps next time I would bake for 18 minutes. Trial and error! This time make sure it’s fully cooked coz children are eating them. Gotta avoid salmonella!

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Tadah! Here are the six egg muffin frittatas!

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The insides are a little overcooked..so I guess will bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 200°C next time!

Attempted Mexican Coffee Buns

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Making roti boy …err… Mexican Coffee Bun. Have to space out the buns otherwise the buns would stick together!

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Pipe the coffee filling on top of the buns generously.

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Tah dah! Should have put in more butter inside the buns for more butter flavour.

It’s not bad though.

Recipe adapted from The Fresh Loaf

To make Tang zhong

20g flour
100g milk

Use a double boiler to cook the mixture till you get a starchy dough

To make sweet buns

200g milk (1 cup)
1 whisked egg
40g sugar (3 tbsp)
1/2 tsp salt
All tang zhong (as prepared above)
380g flour
1 tsp instant yeast
40g butter

Put into the breadmaker in the order as above except butter. Made a well in the middle of the flour before placing yeast. Select dough function.

Once the dough is formed into a ball, add butter. Leave the dough to rise for an hour.

To make coffee flavour top

50g soften butter at room temp
50g sugar
1 egg
1 tsp expresso coffee powder
1 tsp hot water
1/2 tsp vanilla
70g flour

1. Mix coffee powder and hot water and vanilla extract. Set aside.
2. Beat butter and sugar till smooth and creamy.
3. Beat the egg into the mixture.
4. Add in coffee mixture.
5. Add in 70g flour and beat till just incorporated.
6. Put into piping bag.

Set aside in the fridge.

To assemble the buns

1. Weigh about 60g for each bun.
2. Wrap a cube (about 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm) of butter into each bun.
3. Set the buns far apart from each other as it would spread.

Cover in towel and let it rise for another 45 minutes.

20 minutes into end of proofing time, take out the coffee filling for it to return to room temperature for easy piping.

Set oven temperature to 190°C.

Just before putting the buns into the oven, pipe the coffee filling in spiral form on top of the bun.

Ensure the spirals are not too far apart for well covered top. The coffee filling will weigh down the bun so don’t over do it!

Pop the prepared buns into the oven for 15 minutes till golden brown. Remember not to open the oven door while baking as the buns might collapsed!

Tah dah! You have your very own Mexican Coffee Buns!

Make 14 small buns

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Not bad looking also ya? Not bad for the first attempt!

Notes

1. You might want to add more butter to wrap into the buns for added flavour. But ensure all seams are nicely sealed otherwise the butter might ooze out!
2. Add more sugar if you prefer sweeter buns.
3. This taste NOTHING like the original Roti Boy of coz.. hence it’s called ATTEMPTED Mexican Coffee Buns. Ha ha. But it’s not too bad.

Butter Buns

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Homemade butter buns for breakfast this morning. The meeting yesterday took longer than expected. I reached home at 7.30 pm and started baking almost immediately. Talk about hard core. Lol

Actually I had made the scalded dough and didn’t want it to go to waste. Also, I can’t wait anymore to try the new breadmaker!

Verdict. It’s definitely a softer bun this time. Previously the buns I made had densed texture. This time its texture is soft and fluffy. Unfortunately I put too much butter in it so the butter spread out from the bun and made quite a mess!

Also gotta make a mental note to use only egg white to wash the top of the bun to avoid such dark brown colored crust.

So scalded dough is the way to go!

Verdict of the breadmaker? I only used the dough function so cannot really say much but I am really grateful I don’t have to make a big mess just to get it done! Just chuck everything in it then wait for 1.5 hours. Then shape away! And no more back breaking and avoid sprain to the wrists!

For ease of reference, here’s the recipe for roti paun. Adapted from Nasi Lemak Lover’s blog, Sonia. I used plain flour instead of bread flour.

For @sueyin98

Gelatinised dough
100g plain flour
70 ml hot boiling water

1. Place flour in a mixing bowl.
2. Add hot boiling water and mix with chopsticks to form rough dough.
3. Wrap dough in cling film and stick in the fridge.

I find 70ml water is too little. So I added more water to form this.

Refrigerate for 12 hours.

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This is how the dough looked like.

To prepare basic sweet bread dough using bread machine.

175ml cold milk
1 whisked egg
80g sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Gelatinised dough*
400g of plain flour
1 tbsp instant yeast
60g cold cubed butter

In that order, put the ingredients in the bread machine. *refer to gelatinised dough prep. Tear the dough into pieces. I actually forgotten about it till the machine started mixing. Lol

Make a well in the middle of the flour to pour in yeast.

Put in the cubed butter once the dough is formed into a ball. Leave the machine to knead and proof.

My bread machine took 1.5 hours from kneading to proofing.

Butter filling
100g butter (room temperature)
80g coarse sugar

1. Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl and refrigerate it.

To assemble the roti paun

40 minutes into proofing time, switch off the machine.

1. Flour the work surface and knead a little.
2. Butter or spray baking tin. Line with baking paper.

3. Weigh 50g of dough each. 30g for me is too small.
4. Add 1 tsp of butter filling into each dough.
5. Assemble in your baking tin.
6. Cover with cloth for 15 minutes.
7. Pre heat your oven at 180°C.
8. After proofing for 15 mins, egg wash the buns.
9. Stick into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes till crust is golden brown.
10. Cool down on the rack.

Serve when hot. Fragrant and soft!

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Note: Do not put too much butter filling. I did and the butter oozes out during baking! Still edible but unsightly at the bottom.

Weird.. with 50g per dough I still managed to get 20 buns in total!

The buns must be really good that I have orders now… from Ern Ern for strawberry and cheese buns. Not in one bun.. as in two flavours. Ha ha

#ThankYouLKY

Learned of a great man’s passing early this morning. Eventhough I am not a Singaporean I have nothing but utmost admiration for the late Mr Lee.

How he sacrificed his life to build a nation with good men and women to make a great nation at par with the most advanced countries in the world. No easy feat but he made it! He’s a true and wise leader. Edgy and modern thinking. Visionary.

My deepest condolences fellow Singaporeans.