Sunday, May 26, 2013

Green Tea Matcha Wafer Biscuits

I got some really nice treats from my friend Tiffany. As these matcha wafer biscuits are so delicious in my opinion, they are worth mentioning in my blog post. :)

I'm a big fan of almost anything matcha, as long as red beans are not in the picture. Just never liked that combination somehow, as it is usually ultra sweet. But I see many snacks or dessert with that combination, which is disappointing for a pure matcha fan like myself.

Love the packaging, the mint green itself is such a soothing color.

The wafer biscuits are individually wrapped.

I cannot describe how delicious the wafer sticks are, they just taste different. Very fragrant, yet light.

The green tea is strong, and yet not so sweet. One of the best snacks I had in a while....:)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Biscuit Clay Review

Today, I am pleased to try my hands playing with this biscuit clay and do a short review of it.
Pardon me for this photograph, I broke a little of the corner of the clay before I realized that I need a full product shot of it before I try using it. Therefore you see a little dent in the corner of this photo.

The first thing I noticed was its awesome natural colour and texture. It has tiny specks of some different colored grains, mostly black and lighter brown. It is precisely this that gives this clay its most natural look of a biscuit or cookie would look.

I know that the Decollage has another biscuit clay in their product line, but I find that color a little too "dark", maybe a little too "ochre" for my liking. Therefore this one appeals to me more for its natural coloring.

As for texture, this one feels just like what other lightweight clay would feel. Airy, light and soft. Easy to sculpt and mold.

This clay is perfect to make biscuits, cookies, waffles, cheese cake base, ice cream cones, tarts ...I can go on and on, but you get the idea. There are endless things you can experiment making with this clay.

I made a miniature ice cream cone with this, but need to get some nice sunshine going on here before I can take a photograph with it :)

Of course, the biggest plus point is that since the color is already mixed well naturally, you don't have to add any additional color into it.

Storage Tips:
The clay comes in a sealed package and the clay itself is wrapped in a plastic sheet. However it is not the best ideal way to store this clay. You may experience that the corners of the clay is a little hard, but this can be solved by breaking away a little chunk of it, and using water to wet it. Once it is soft enough for molding, you can use it.

I suggest that you transfer this clay into a clear wrap. Make sure it's tight enough, and put it into a ziplock bag. Then find a air tight container to store it. I know this sounds a bit more work, but again, there is always pros and cons to almost everything, no?

Hope you enjoy my review :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Good bye dear friend...

I just found out that one of my overseas friend has passed away...and actually he left 2 years ago. How did I not know about it? Well, obviously I don't know his parents personally although we always chatted about our families. In the past few years, we would chat when we were on facebook at the same time, which is rather difficult as my friend is in New Zealand which is one of the most difficult time zones to coordinate a chat with. We never talked as regularly as we used to like 5-6 years ago but whenever we did finally had the chance to catch up, we were like two old friends catching up from where we left. It was never awkward. Not everyone's facebook feed shows up on mine, and just a few months ago, I thought about him. I wondered what he was doing as it has been a long time since we last chat.

I'm obviously saddened by the news, because I didn't expect to know it through facebook.

It was his birthday today, if he was still around...he would have been 40 years ago.

His birthday reminder pops up, and I sent a Happy Birthday greetings to him. Out of curiosity, I clicked on his profile. Some folks said "I miss you." Something is amiss. I scrolled down further and read his brother's message and found out he left us in 2011. My last chat with him was just 2 months before he left....and it was still in my facebook chat. Everything came back fresh in my mind and I felt very sad.

The last time we chatted, Glen was his usual self. Always positive, cheerful and optimistic. He was one of the earliest person who knew about my passion and dreams and encouraged me to go for it. I will always remember this, that he was there when I was at the down periods in my life, giving me lots of support. He was a great friend and listener. I'm sad that I don't have the chance to say good bye to him, but his spirit will live in my heart. It was an honor and privilege to have him as my friend.

He would want me to do more of what I love everyday, without a moment of regret. He would want me to live a colouful and meaningful life. The last time we chatted, he was very happy and proud of my accomplishments, even though they were nothing grandiose.

Thank you for being such an amazing sweet friend, Glen. I will certainly miss you. I will cherish all our conversations, secrets and dreams we shared. But I will not forget your spirit, and strive to lead a meaningful life.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lati Doll Food - Black Cherries Cake

I was working on this Lati Doll Food on and off for a while before I left for my holidays. Sometimes a piece of art has its own story, some longer than others, while some have shorter ones. This piece is extremely memorable to me as I was working on it while going through a very stressful period in my life. So, this piece holds a lot of sentimental value and I will always remember this. 

This black cherries cake is modeled after a real cake photo which was requested by my sweet friend Jacqueline. When I first saw it, I thought the real challenge were the black cherries, since it was something I've never done before. The colour of the cherries is tricky, as it's not entirely black, but really a very deep dark purplish red. There isn't an acrylic colour that offers that particular shade, so it means I have to create the shade myself. And when I started working on this cake, I realize there was another challenge - cutting through the cake layers so that it is straight and not crooked...

Working on a 1:12 dollhouse miniature scale and working on a Lati Doll scale still has its own set of different challenges altogether, as I realized. The method that worked so well for the 1:12 dollhouse scale did not work well on a Lati Doll scale. Thus I had to find solutions to solve it.

Along the way, I made mistakes - which meant that I had to re-start all over again. ;)

But to be honest, I was determined to work and find a solution, although I am apologetic to my friend that I took longer than usual to think about it, experiment further and making it as nice as possible.

I am grateful for this challenge though, because not only I found a solution that works, but it increased my knowledge about handling larger size cakes and I think that knowledge is immensely important to me and I am truly grateful for, honestly.

I think that's how I learn - through making mistakes and discovering new ways to do certain things. I also realized that being curious and playful are wonderful, positive and powerful traits to have in this art.

Now that I discovered how to create this in a Lati-scale, I want to re-create this in 1:12 dollhouse scale soon.. The black cherries are calling out to me :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Black Sesame Bamboo Charcoal Swiss Roll

Most people may be skeptical when they see a black colour swiss roll. When I saw that it was a black sesame flavoured swiss roll, I knew I must give it a try as it reminds me of my favourite childhood hot dessert (black sesame paste).

This tasted absolutely delicious, and probably it helps that the texture of the cake is really good. It's also moist and best of all, it's NOT sweet. There is also very, almost no cream in it. :)


I'm back from vacation but I am not feeling so well as soon as the humidity and heat greeted me. Therefore I'm still slowly getting back into the swing of things ;) Please bear with me while I slowly wade through my emails.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Away on Vacation 5-15 May

Just a short note this time round...

I'm going to be away for a much needed vacation break from 5-15 May. It has been a rather stressful 5 months for me this year and I do look forward to having some relaxing down time to unwind.

I am usually not very excited for summer, but this year's summer is going to be colourful for me. I'm really looking forward.

While I'm away, I'm leaving my shops opened. But of course, all orders will only be processed when I'm back. I seek your kind understanding :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dollhouse Miniature Workshop progress - Maison de Patisserie

It has certainly taken a while...and it's almost time for this piece to go to its own home.

But here's a picture of the dollhouse miniature workshop progress. My student, Leng Leng has almost completed this after a few sessions spread out in months. I think we only need 1 more session before she finally completes and bring her masterpiece home.

The cake shelf took 2 sessions to build. Leng Leng picked this lovely colour which I'm very sure would make her patisserie colours pop!

I can't wait to see the desserts go into the shelves, but before we can do that, there is still work to be done on the desserts during the last session.