In A Nutty Mood For Baking


Sardine Puffs and Frosted Lemon Poppy Seed Cake


Cinnamon Raisin Chocolate Bread

Good Day, dear friends! šŸ˜€

Ah, I have certainly missed posting here – I have been either busy decluttering to get my children’s study room ready in time for the new school year, busy taking my kids to the shopping malls to buy their stuff, and in between those busy periods, I was feeling under the weather. So, I didn’t cook much until yesterday, and we pretty much survived on take outs. šŸ™„

For the past few days, although I went to bed tired, I didn’t have much good sleep as my sleep was full of active dreams and I would wake up the morning after feeling even more tired despite a good 8-hour’s sleep.

Yesterday, I decided to make a soup which was recommended by my healer lady for “restless sleep” problems and I also used a Feng Shui cure for insomnia/restless sleep (I will post both remedies shortly)………so, last night I had such a good sleep that I woke up this morning feeling like my old self again and wow, was I happy to have my energy back! Suddenly, I was in a baking mood today and I was nutty enough to bake 3 things altogether (well, I am not very good at baking and therefore, I hardly baked at all) ! šŸ™„ šŸ™„

First, I measured the ingredients for baking a Cinnamon Raisin Chocolate Bread into my Bread Making Machine (which has been gathering dust in my kitchen cupboards for a year now! šŸ˜† ) and turned it on. While it was kneading the dough and doing the rest of the sutff on its own (I thank the person for inventing the Bread Making Machine!), I went on to make a Frosted Lemon Poppy Seed Cake.

This was the first time that I baked this cake and it has a rather interesting recipe (which I had found from a book called “The Best of Baking”) whereby a sugar and brandy syrup is poured over the cooked cake, and then a lemon-icing-sugar frosting is poured onto the top of the cake…… it was fun to see the frosting flowing down on its own to the sides of the cake…easy frosting indeed! šŸ˜†

With the cake baking in the oven, I proceeded to make some Sardine Puffs, using some frozen Puff Pastry that my friend gave me earlier. Hehe, I dared not take a close-up photo of my Sardine Puffs to show you because they turned out so ugly….a confirmation of my not so good baking/pastry skills! šŸ˜† But the sardine filling was very tasty and I remember that Sardine Puffs or Rolls used to be popular when I was a kid, back in those days when bakeries only sold basic goods like breads, cakes, curry puffs and sardine puffs, none of those fancy looking buns and pastries that we get these days!

So, we had all these three treats for tea just now and my husband and children were so happy that I baked so many things for them….well, I guess I was making up for the last few days when I didn’t cook for them! šŸ˜†

I will post the recipes for all these soon…………, I have to go cook dinner – tonight, we are having Pork Chops with Scalloped Potatoes, Grilled Whole Tomatoes, and Buttered Chinese Long Cabbage. šŸ˜‰

Talk to you later….. šŸ˜€

P.S. I thought I would post this picture of my kitty with her slice of cake! šŸ˜†


No, she was not going to eat the cake……..she was waiting for the Sardine Puffs! After we “posed” her with the cake, I gave her a little dish of sardines! šŸ˜†


8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    sweetrosie said,

    I did wonder if you had been feeling unwell. I had you a feeling you might have been under the weather. I truly hope that you are sleeping better and your busy mind has slowed down a little for you šŸ™‚ xx

    Beautiful baking! I love roti sardine! Kitty looks like she has her eyes on the sardines on the other side of the room šŸ™‚

    Keep well dear choesf.


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good evening from KL, dear sweetrosie! šŸ˜€

    Thank you so much for your caring thoughts – big {{{HUGS}}} for you! I slept beautifully last night and I will continue with my Feng Shui remedy to ensure another night of good sleep afterwards. šŸ˜‰ Plus, as today is a Muslim public holiday here in Malaysia, I need not run around as much as “a headless chicken” (as per a Chinese saying). šŸ˜†

    Hehe, usually I am here talking a lot but if you don’t hear from me for a while, it usually means that I have “ran out of steam” and am “taking a breather” for a while! šŸ˜† šŸ™„

    Okay, I going now to post a picture of my pork chop dinner here and then I shall go put my feet up and relax happily for the rest of the evening!

    Good night and sweet dreams. šŸ˜€

    With happiness and peace,



  3. 3

    rose said,

    My friend!

    Same as rosie , I was also worring for you ! So glad to see you are Ok now ! The sardine puffs will conquer my family and friends :)) for sure !

    Take care.Love and hugs, te pup,rose


  4. 4

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Wow, blessed indeed am I to have 2 wonderful “roses” as my caring friends! šŸ˜† Well, I am happy to be back here.

    Many te pups and big {{{HUGS}}} to you as well, my dearest Rose! I pray that you are well, too, and can prepare for your Christmas feast for Ina!

    Take care and I wish you much happiness, sunshine, and good health!

    With peace and harmony,

    choesf šŸ˜€


  5. 5

    rose said,

    My dearest choesf! šŸ™‚

    May I remind you about the sardine puffs recipe, please? If you have the time,I would like to do it for the NY’s Eve dinner? Yesterday I’ve made the fruit mix for my Christmas_ New Year pudding šŸ™‚

    Ina will spend Christmas in Wein,so we are just the 3 of us, with my mother in law. šŸ˜¦

    Love and hugs,rose xx


  6. 6

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Oh, I am very happy for you that you have started your Christmas Pudding, dearest Rose! I have been a good girl with my Christmas Puddings …. they are still intact in their bowls in the fridge! šŸ˜† Many times I have been tempted to serve one with dinner but I thought I will wait until Christmas Eve for the full surprise! šŸ˜‰

    Oh, Ina will spend Christmas in Wein? Perhaps she will be able to drop by and spend New Year’s Eve with you. šŸ˜‰

    Okay, Sarsine Puff Recipe coming right up…. šŸ˜€

    Love and Hugs, too,

    choesf šŸ˜€


  7. 7

    person who knows a recipie said,

    i like peanut and bannana sandwiches lol šŸ˜‰ šŸ™‚ -_-


  8. 8

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello and welcome, dear “person who knows a recipie” šŸ˜€

    We also love this type of sandwiches – with peanut butter and sliced bananas. There is also another variation of this that we have sometimes – first we butter 2 slices of bread, then we put some peanut butter and banana slices, dip this sandwich into beaten eggs and pan fry them in a little melted butter…like “French Toast” style. Sinfully delicious cos they are loaded with calories! šŸ˜†

    Have a nice day!

    With peace and harmony,

    choesf šŸ˜€


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