Ham & Cheese Quiche + Ramblings

Wow.. it has been AGES since I updated anything on this site. My attention has shifted from baking to beauty in the past few months, mainly influenced by colleagues. They know so many deals and always invited me to beauty workshops, events and sales. So far, the ones I remembered that I went to were the Shiseido Sale, Laneige Workshop, Estee Lauder Makeover @ Sephora ION, RMK Makeover, Dior Christmas event. All very cool, especially those makeover ones.. I’ve never seen myself in full makeup so it was quite an ‘enlightening’ experience. I also got into skin care – using better products than the minimalist MUJI brand I’ve been using previously. So far I’ve noted significant difference with my skin – smaller pores, lesser redness and break outs.

I ended my baking hiatus during Christmas because I knew I definitely had to bake something for Christmas gathering with friends. Somehow, I didn’t feel like going the sweet route so I went for savory – thus this ham & cheese quiche! I used to be really afraid of making pastries involving cutting cold butter into flour, like pie crusts. Imagine in Singapore’s weather! I imagine everything will melt really quickly. But I think I’ve conquered it this time. The trick is to use FROZEN cubed butter and use a pastry scraper to cut the butter. The butter took sooooooooo long to melt when I used this method. The quiche was really not bad except I made the crust a tad too thick and forgot to add salt in the crust.

Quiche Crust Recipe

Quiche Filling Recipe (Add in your own ham and cheese. Also you may not need that many eggs. I had a lot of leftover and baked mini egg cups using those)

Looking back this year, I think I had a good year. Work-wise, I had great colleagues that I could get along with. Family-wise, we have good relationships and put in effort to meet and bond. Friends-wise, I’m still in touch with them and really excited that some of them are getting married in 2017! Personally, I feel like I improved myself too. I was inspired by vegan Youtubers like Freelee the banana girl (I know, she’s quite a controversial figure) to eat healthy. I am not a vegan but knowing the terrible things animals go through and the effect of factory farming on our planet, I’m actively reducing my meat intake and eating more plants & carbs. I guess this made me healthier and I lost about 7 kg eating less meat and exercising ever so slightly more.

For 2017, I plan to go on with the healthier lifestyle and even exercising more to get better results. I’ll still continue to bake, learn more things and maintain relationships with my loved ones to make the upcoming year fruitful and fulfilling. This hashtag is so overused but I really do think it applies to my life: #blessed.

Here’s me signing off to 2016. xoxo.

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Happy 2016!

It’s a new year! I am a little late to talk about the holiday season but I really enjoyed the Christmas and festive gatherings with friends that I gotta blog about them.

I had a Christmas potluck dinner with my ex-colleagues where I contributed a cake. The process of making this cake was really eventful – I took 4 hours!

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Happy 2014!

It’s the new year!

The first official year where I am not a student any more, but a working adult. Some of the resolutions I make this year are distinctly different than those of last year. Last year’s resolutions are somewhat school-oriented, for example, performing well for exams and reaching that certain CAP score I have always wanted. Unfortunately, I did not reach that goal at all. In fact I got that only one C in my transcript from my last semester in school.

I also had other personal goals, which includes setting up a blog (which I did, but did not update regularly) and losing weight (which I didn’t, because I gained weight). I pretty much did not follow what I set out to do at the beginning of 2013.Nevertheless, I was guided by my goals, going for aerobics and fitness classes and baking more.

It is still not the time to lament about lost time since a whole new year awaits. This year, I hope to achieve more things with these new year resolutions.

1) Advance my career.

As a fresh new graduate in the workforce, I am quite comfortably working at my first job now. I would like to have more opportunities to climb up the corporate ladder, either staying with this company I’m working for or being able to find more exposure elsewhere.

2) Focus on relationships.

I’m an independent lady who sometimes prefer to not be in touch with the world. I should continue to be in touch with my friends even with my working lifestyle. Working 9 to 5 weekdays drains a lot out of one’s social life! Also, I aim to be more loving towards my family and boyfriend. My character flaws make me somewhat a fiery personality. I try to control that to stop saying hurting words.

3) Lose weight- exercise + eat healthy

This is an eternal stayer on every year’s resolutions. I need to eat healthier, definitely. Quite difficult with this blog’s existence, I must say. ¬†Pretty much self explanatory. Perhaps I can be more detailed and set a monthly goal. Lose one kg every month? That sounds realistic. I am definitely limiting my intake of sugar. Firstly, it shall begin with having my tea twice a week instead of the current daily routine!

4) Keep this blog alive.

What started in 2013 shall not discontinue in 2014. I shall be inspired to make more goodies and improve my skills.

Let’s see where I am at the end of this year.

Once again, wishing all a Happy New Year.