Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Making Puppy Wholewheat Buns

CNY 2018 is next week!

Oh em ji. I thought we just had Christmas and now we're in February already.

As usual, I planned to bake some CNY cookies last weekend to kick start the CNY mood in the house but my husband commented, "So early you want to make cookies already meh? CNY is still two weeks from now." At that time, I really thought CNY was less than that but since he said so, I drew a conclusion that he was not keen in babysitting the kids for a couple hours while I made the cookies. As such, I ditched the CNY cookies making plan, put the eggs and butter back to the fridge and postpone my annual activity to (hopefully) this coming weekend.

I did, however, manage to make a batch of wholewheat buns... in dog/puppy shapes last Sunday, and they were quite a success! My kids recognized the buns as dogs so yeah, my dough shaping results were not too shabby last week. LOL.

Puppies, anyone?

Here's the recipe that I used to make the buns.

Woof! Woof!

Basic Wholewheat Buns
(original recipe is from Honey Bee).


250gr Bread flour
150gr Wholewheat flour
40gr Sugar
4gr Salt
260ml Liquid milk
A dash of vanilla extract, optional
5gr Instant yeast
50gr Egg (without shell)
30gr Butter, at room temperature


1. Place all of the ingredients except butter in the bread maker or mixing bowl. Knead until it forms a dough. Add in the butter and continue to knead until the dough pulls clean from the side of the bowl. (I kneaded twice with one rest/proofing in between).

2. Shape the dough into desired shapes. If you are making the puppy buns, take some part of the dough and mix it with chocolate paste or cocoa powder for the puppy's ears and nose.

3. Once shaped and decorated, let the buns dough rest on a tray already lined with a baking paper until they double in size.

4. Bake the buns in a preheated oven at 160-170C for about 15-20 minutes or until the buns are golden brown. Immediately brush the buns with some butter for the glossy effect. Let the buns cool completely on rack before serving.

*This recipe makes 9 medium sized puppy buns.

Puppy Buns.

If you don't like eating wholewheat buns, you can omit the wholewheat flour and substitute it with normal bread flour. These buns keep well for about 2-3 days inside an airtight container. Today is my puppy buns' third day and they were still soft and fluffy. I briefly steamed the last two buns then enjoyed them warm with some chocolate spread for my afternoon snack.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Things My Kid Says #11

Funny things Naomi says are probably the fastest things to jot down in blog lately, other than recipe sharing of course. Haha.

After School's Evening

I usually pick up Naomi from her daycare around 6pm on weekdays because her school's afternoon enrichment program is run until about 5.30pm and day care opens until 6pm. Therefore, I normally leave the house and get Naomi from day care after I am done with bathing or sometimes feeding B his dinner (I feel so accomplished when these two tasks are completed before 6pm!)

Can't remember what day exactly but last week I picked Naomi from school in the evening as usual, I had this funny conversation with Naomi. Naomi sat on the back seat and B was seated on his car seat next to me, with his eyes searching for stray dogs or cats around the neighborhood.

As I was driving, Naomi pointed the clear sky that was slowly turning into yellow/orange shades.

👧: Mommy, you see! *points at something in front of us*
💁: Umm.. See what?
👧: You see, it's sleepy. It's tired.
💁: Who is sleepy? Who is tired? Naomi?
👧: No. THE SUN ahhh!
💁: Ooh.. Haha. Sunset!


20 January 2018: Shopping for CNY.

Spicy Food

Naomi is always interested in our food. However, she knows that the food that we, adults, eat is sometimes spicy and hot and she doesn't like it. She often checks with us if the food that we're eating is spicy when she wanted to try our food.

Last Saturday, we were eating dinner at a Japanese restaurant in KL. She was eating some kind of deep fried fish cake and chicken. She noticed her Dad was eating the fried chicken with chili sauce and she reckoned the fried chicken tasted better when eaten with the red sauce dip.

(Few months ago I introduced Naomi to McD's tomato ketchup to eat with fries and she loves its tangy taste tho' initially she refused tasting it as she generally doesn't really like trying to eat something new.)

👧: Papa! What is this? *points at the chili sauce*
👨: Chili sauce.
👧: Is it spiky?
👨: LOL. Yes, it's spi-cy. Not spiky. Do you want to try?
👧: Nah. *shakes head*

B at 20 months old

Meanwhile, my 20 months old Little Man's vocabulary is developing faster than his sister when she was around his age and B is quite a chatterbox.

My friendly guy in December 2017.

Thus far, B can say some animals' names and their sounds like bird, fish, tiger, lion, dog and cat. He loves dinosaurs so much (just like Naomi) and is obsessed with Baby Shark Doo Doo (he can do the Baby Shark dance so well from beginning to end).

Nowadays, B can say some baby languages that we often use in our daily life like nenen (read: milk), mamam (read: eat), pom-pom (read: bath) and oi-oi (read: sleep). He knows how to say Papa, Mama and Jiejie (sister) as well as bye-bye, thank you and let's go. Although he can say Mama, B still tends to address me and his grandparents as Papa too.

While the words he has mastered are not as many as other toddlers may have, I feel that it's so much easier to teach B how to speak because he picks up words very fast as he is very keen to mimic the sound of words that we say to him too.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Checking Out Kellie's Castle in Batu Gajah, Perak

[Foreword: I planned to finish and publish this post before my Christmas holiday. I really did but then as usual, got caught up doing so many things before I could start my holiday. Alas, this post only gets its airtime a year later. Haha.]

On one Sunday morning in late November last year (tho' technically it was just a couple months ago), my husband took us and his parents to Batu Gajah Perak (which was about 4 hours' drive from Seremban) because he had to attend a company event there.

Before we went there, my husband had planned to bring us to see one of Batu Gajah's landmarks, Kellie's Castle, after he's done attending the event. I was pretty excited to learn that he'd bring us out to visit a fancy schmancy castle during this short business trip until he mentioned that the castle is believed to be haunted. I was like, "OKAY! Let's not go there. Let's visit somewhere else." He rebutted that this place is a very famous tourist attraction in the area and we must check it out since we would be driving all the way to Batu Gajah anyway.

I didn't think too much on the itinerary for that Perak trip since it was going to be a day trip and half of the trip was going to be spent attending my husband's event anyway.

Fast forward to the day when we woke up extra early on a Sunday to go to Perak; after we attended the said event, my husband drove to Kellie's Castle which apparently was not very far from his event's venue.

From afar, this century-old huge mansion stands tall and majestic against time with vast green gardens surround it. Simply mesmerising. There were lots of tourists visiting this castle so yep, it was not as scary as I thought it would be.

The parking car fee was RM 2 per vehicle and visitors need to get their entrance ticket in the counter. The ticket counter would request visitors to produce their ICs to get the local price, otherwise they would need to pay double price, like mine.

26 November 2017: Can you spot Naomi?

It was a sweltering hot day when we got there. Naomi whined and kept on asking for a unicorn ice cream aka Rainbow Paddle Pop when she saw ice creams were sold in the ticket counter. As such, she was not allowed to enter the castle before she finished eating her ice cream.

Little Pony needed to recharge her battery.

Before we could come closer to the castle, we had to take a walk to the Castle's large garden (but unfortunately, not so well manicured - guess it's been a while ago since the management mowed the lawn) and cross a bridge over a stream.

Crossing the bridge to get to the Castle.

I should have done more Googling about Kellie's Castle before I came.

Happy girl ready to explore the Castle's surroundings.

Why? You may ask.

Because I was quite surprised to learn that we were actually not visiting a proper castle (okay lah obviously I could not expect sightseeing places such as Schloss Hellbrunn or Versailles in Batu Gajah) but I did expect checking out a well maintained old Mansion like Tjong A Fie's Mansion to say the least. My expectation was kind of crushed when I stepped into the inside of the castle as Kellie's Castle is, in fact, an unfinished, ruined mansion.

Naomi was busy checking out the Castle's ruins.

You could find the long history of Kellie's Castle in the internet but a bit of story of this castle is that this Castle is built by a Scottish planter named William-Kellie Smith who tragically died during his short trip to Lisbon in 1926 hence the halt of his mansion's building. Already the castle's development was not completed, WWII destroyed some parts of the castle.

For me, the creepiest part of Kellie Castle, other than walking up and down its old spiral stairs without railings (I think there was no railing!) is the rumor that says this castle is haunted by its late owner. Not sure how true this rumor is but it's literally written on one of the walls of the 'haunted' corridor. Reading this already gave me goosebumps which encouraged me to end our sightseeing in the Castle ASAP despite my RM 10 entrance fee (the most expensive among all of ours!)

The notorious haunted corridor.

My husband, Naomi and FIL went to the top part of the castle but MIL and I didn't follow them because it's quite difficult to climb a flight of spiral stairs with a baby. Not to mention, it was suddenly drizzling when we were there.

Hello from the three of us again.

We didn't take many photos of the inside of the castle but we did take quite a bit of nice pictures with the castle and its green lush garden as the background. Albeit unfinished, this castle, with its Scottish Indian architecture, stands really beautifully, perfect for outdoor and pre-wedding photo shoots.

Finally, family photo.

Final thought - I don't think I want to visit this place again because haunted old places like this make my hair rises. Say no more, I am an unadventurous scaredy cat. Believe it or not, I still felt the creep and horror about Kellie's Castle when typing its name on Google to get more information about this castle for this blog post. LOL.

Kellie's Castle
Address: 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia
Entrance fees for locals: RM 5 (Adult), RM 3 (Children below 12 years old) and RM 4 (Senior Citizen)
Entrance fees for foreigners: RM 10 (Adult), RM 8 (Children below 12 years old) 
Opening hours: 9am-6pm