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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

#001: Mint Chocolate Cupcake [I Dream of Mint]

This is my first post of my kitchen adventures.
It has been long overdue.
I will try to post all of the products from my kitchen factory from now on.

This is a delicious & rich chocolate cupcake with mint buttercream.
I used mint oil essence because oil flavourings are usually on the stronger side.
I didn't want the richness of the chocolate to over-power the taste of the buttercream.
On top is half of a mint junior. You could really top it off with anything minty or chocolatey or BOTH!

Everyday Chocolate Cupcakes
Yields: ~ 30 Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Milk&Honey Cafe

You will need:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter (room temperature)
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs (room temperature)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup milk
3 tsp vanilla

You will have to:
1. preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. cream butter and sugar - beat butter until softened, then add the sugar until well blended in a light and fluffy form. it should look like butter cream.
3. add eggs - one at a time until well combined.
4. mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl - measure the flour, baking power, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder and mix with a whisk until evenly incorporated.
5. mix milk and vanilla in a separate bowl
6. add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine.
7. add 1/2 of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine.
8. continue adding ingredients by alternating dry and wet. Make sure to finish mixing with adding the dry ingredient.
9. fill cupcake cups ~ 1/2 full.
10. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

Testing the cupcake: use a toothpick and insert it into the center of a cupcake (preferably one that's located in the middle of the oven). it is ready when the toothpick comes out clean, without any wet residue.

POW! Mint Buttercream
Personal recipe

You will need:
1 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
4 - 5 cups of powdered sugar (sifted for better results)
1 - 4 tsp peppermint oil essence
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/8 tsp green food colouring (optional)
30 Junior mints for decoration (optional)

You will have to:
1. beat butter until creamy
2. add heavy cream and beat until stiff
3. add powdered sugar and peppermint oil essence, beat until well combined.
4. taste it! Add more sugar or peppermint oil to your own liking.
5. add green food colouring if you desire.
6. decorate your cupcakes

you know you want me

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My New Office & The Sad Future

There's only one thing I can brag about since my move to North Carolina.
My pimp-ass office.
It's huge. (picture below)
It makes me feel important.

However, I was told that we will be moving down to the third floor in a month.
I received a tour and it looks like everyone is going to downgrade.
My boss is going to have a small office (he will be pissed).
I may have to move to a small window-less office or even (God forbid) share an office.

This is how Jinna & I feel.

Me: If I have to share an office with a annoying girl, i'm going to cry then kill myself.
Pretty excessive already, but Jinna tops it off by..
Jinna: or gouge her eyes out.

I'm going to enjoy my office while I still have it.
Napping under the desk will be an option.

MTV Cribs - Pimp Office Edition

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My dad is a dork & he loves me

I have finally moved to North Carolina.
It's almost surreal to me.
Today was my first day in the office (Huge with 2 windows).
Even though I miss the city tremendously and want to go back, I need to suck it up.
This is about my career.

After complaining to my father, he remembers a student he used to have at his lab who is currently a medical student at Duke.
Therefore, he took it upon himself to write him an email while CCing me.

Hi, Tr****,

How is it going?

My daughter is just relocated to NC this week. She knows nobody there.

Her phone: 240-*******

Jane, T*****’s number: (339) ***-****

Not only do I feel depressed about leaving the city, I now also feel like the #1 loser.
Thanks Dad, I love you too.

Yes, I know


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Menu 2009

I am in charge of Thanksgiving dinner every year.
Last year, I started planning a month in advance. typical of me.
This year with the move to NC and work hecticalities, I am left with today and tomorrow.

I have decided to serve faux turkey this year. as a secret!

Gardein faux turkey roast with cranberry mushroom stuffing.
Spinach Gruyere Cheese Puff Pastry
Green Bean Mushroom Casserole
Marinated Butternut Squash
Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Mashed Ginger Yam Pastry Cups
Jalapeno-Cilantro Mashed Potato & Beets

Stay Tuned For Pictures!

"gobble gobble, because i am still alive!"


Friday, September 4, 2009

Wedding Crashers

Inspired by the Hollywood blockbuster hit.

Jinna and I recently joined, because we are getting sick and tired of going to the same dive bar every weekend.

I came across this.
A wedding reception invitation from two people I've never met.

Via gchat...

Me: We need to crash their wedding.
Jinna: We should SOOOOO crash it.
Jinna: wait, does this mean we are losers?
Me: uhm, did Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn look like losers?
Me: I didn't think so.

We are so crashing it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wanted: Podophilist [Foot Fetishist]

In the car with my best friends...

Janet: Did you guys read about the guy with the foot fetish on craigslist?
Jinna & Me:
Janet: ...HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA..laughing to herself.
Me: How does a foot fetish work?
Jinna: You know, they just like to lick it and rub it and stuff.
Me: Do they use it as a penis?
Janet & Jinna: .....what...HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!
5 minutes later...

Celebrities with Podophilia:
Britney Spears
Tommy Lee
Marilyn Monroe
Elvis Presley
Rosie O'Donnell [Let's not think about that]
Jack Black

Well, do you use it as a penis?
Thanks in advance.

That's some O'Donnell shit right there.
Lesbionic Pedophilia

Friday, August 28, 2009

Highest Unemployment Rate, MY ASS.

What an insensitive post.
I agree.
It's my blog, so SUCK IT.
Now, I will add a cute emoticon to balance out the vulgarity. ^o^

Being a crazy busy body with a full-time job and going to school, I decided to get a part-time job.
I craiglist shopped and found some amazingly popular places in DC.
Took a half day and went around there and applied for four places.

1. Busboy and Poets - VERY popular & famous
They were having a open house. I completed the application and the worksheet test that came with the application. Yes, there was a worksheet test that consisted of wine/alcohol and basic server etiquette knowledge. I was interviewed by the spanish Maurice. We chatted about the food network, going green and why I deserved to work there. Got a call yesterday for a second interview. Went in today and I'm hired. Orientation is on Monday, 4:30PM. Bring two forms of ID and dress "cute".

2. Blackfinn American Saloon - Fancy bar and grill.
I went in there, the place wasn't open but I could tell they were already doing training for hired servers and bartenders. I filled out an application, chatted with the operating partner for literally 5 mins. He then said, "Alright! Well, come over to this table and we can sign your life away." That was it, I had a job. A job that will pay pretty well, esp being right down in the smack of downtown DC.

3. Creme Cafe - VERY popular
I went in for an application along with 20 others. I was the first one to talk to the general manager, where he simply said that today was just to put a face to a name and that people will be called for an interview. We chatted 3-5 minutes, he told me about how booming the neighbourhood is becoming. I was called today and have an interview tomorrow at 5:15PM.

4. Masa14 - Will be amazing.
Grand opening is at the end of September. The venue is no where close to being done. It is a collaboration project between two very well known chef in Washington DC; Richard Sandoval of Zengo and Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro. It will be posh. It will be expensive. I went in for an application. Had a 2 minutes chat, and was told that interviews will be held next week. Hopefully I'll get a call.

I've concluded that people are just lazy.
Take a half day (or even a full day considering you are unemployed), walk around your city/town and find a job.
It's not hard.
I had found at least three (potentially 4).