A State of Unknown

In the past week, I have found myself reflecting a lot about the 6 years since I moved to London. I started postgraduate teacher training, and then went straight to teaching without really a clue about what I was doing. I had a lot of challenges and pain at the beginning, and almost wanted to quit, but somehow managed to stick with it (call me stubborn I guess). Just as I finally started to feel more at ease with my job, then the pandemic hit and the uncertainty with lockdown made me learnt not to take anything for granted. When society gradually reopened, post-lockdown chaos piled on like a ton of bricks, and new circumstances made me decided to go back to studying – and at last I am two weeks away from officially starting my sabbatical and facing a brave new unknown.

My last bake in my London apartment

I moved out of my flat yesterday and am staying at a hotel as I finish my last two weeks of work. Funny enough my last night in my apartment was instead mostly spent elsewhere as I was away at the annual BBQ with my colleagues (and marking my last bake with a fruit tart which I thought would go well with a summer BBQ! πŸ”₯β˜€οΈ) It’s probably our largest gathering yet with old and new faces all coming together, which I guess put into perspectives of all the people I have met throughout my five years here. You would think I should be feeling stressed about moving, but I wasn’t back home until late after midnight πŸ˜‚ (and bizarrely ended going outside again to buy some grilled chicken πŸ— and chips 🍟 after finishing my final pack at 2am!)

Everything felt like a blur in the morning as I dragged my bags and luggages down the stairs and boarded the Uber, and then rushing back on the tube to drop my key off at the agency before it closes… (Bizarrely a carnival was held there and the reception lady went outside with her young son to the face painting booth and made me stood outside for half an hour! πŸ˜‚ Though I grabbed a hot dog whilst waiting! 🌭)

The hotel room strangely reminds me of my first flat in London (TINY! πŸ˜‚)

I wonder how these final two weeks will turn out? First thing foremost is to make sure I can get up for my hour-long journey to work tomorrow morning! πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸš† πŸŒ…

Jubilee Weekend

Made this cake a few days ago for a best friend’s BIG 3-0 birthday! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³ Had so much that evening at the bowling alley, and now I am enjoying the glorious sunshine β˜€οΈ at Folkestone for Jubilee weekend. Really don’t want to go back to work on Monday… πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜…

The cake is a strawberry wine cake! πŸ“πŸ“
Had a bit of fun writing those tags using edible pens on wafer paper
Love being by the sea! 🌊

Just Want to Quickly Say…

Happy Easter! 🐣πŸ₯🐣πŸ₯

The following is a mango πŸ₯­ and coconut πŸ₯₯ cake surrounded by white chocolate feathers- a technique I also used to my mum’s 60th birthday cake. (Very easy to do! πŸͺΆ All you need to do is melt and temper some white chocolate, then take a spoon and scrape the chocolate over baking paper. Once they are cooled and dried, they should peel off very easily. Give it a try! πŸ˜‰)

Happy 60th! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽŠ

Happy birthday to my mum! πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚ And it’s the B-I-G 6-0!! Though I was a week late getting back home to celebrate due to work, but I finally managed to pick up the spatula and whisk again and start baking! πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³ (Was worried I might have gotten rusty after quite a long time of not baking haha!)

Mango entremet – struggled a little with the glaze so took me quite some time there! πŸ˜›
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We also visited Hibiki in Edinburgh for a Japanese birthday lunch! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ A bit pricey but we loved all the food there!

Prawn and vegetables tempura & BBQ pork ribs (super soft!)
Sushi platter and prawn yakisoba
And black sesame ice cream for dessert! 🍨

A belated Merry Christmas! πŸŽ„β˜ƒοΈβ„οΈπŸ’«πŸ’«

A slightly late Merry Christmas from me!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ I got a little carried with a lot of stuff lately (work, uni essay and readings among many other things 😬), but finally found some time to do some festive baking in the past month. 😁 What kinds of festive baking have you done?

And also a quick shoot of the beautiful Christmas lights here in Edinburgh!! 😍😍

28 Today!

Another year flew by and so much had happened during these times… Went through months of lockdown; adapted to the new working environment; dazed through hundreds of online Team calls; forged new relationships with new people; rethought my careers path, enrolled to a new university course; felt the highs from the Tokyo Olympics and explored parts of this amazing world I have never encountered before… Going to a new year of my life, I feel like I am certainly turning over a new leaf. πŸ€

There are many future plans I would like to share with you all, but I shall keep things under wrapped for the time being as the dusts settled. Meanwhile, I thought a new biscuit selfie profile pic is in order to celebrate the beginning of yet another chapter! πŸ˜‰ The background is in light of my trip to Paris a few years ago – the stunningly bright Eiffel Tower under the midnight sky was a memory I would never forget!

Strawberry Love πŸ“β€οΈπŸ“β€οΈ

I just love love strawberry! Especially when it is in season in the summer and nothing can get better than a classic British strawberry and cream dessert! πŸ˜‹

When I visited the Silver Darling in Aberdeen earlier in the week, I was very inspired by its strawberry tasting platter, so I decided to do my take on it last night. This strawberry dessert platter was composed of a strawberry & mint sorbet, eggless meringue (made from aquafaba), strawberry shortbread (coloured and filled with dried strawberries), strawberry jelly cubes, fresh strawberry coulis, whipped cream, and last but not least, a strawberry-mint vodka cocktail shot! πŸΈπŸ˜‰

We might have gotten a little carried away on the alcohol! πŸ˜‚

A State of Limbo…

Happy Friday! πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ For me, this past week felt oddly anticlimactic (perhaps with the Tokyo Olympics finished last week, I felt a little like I don’t know what to do with my life anymore! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…) Between alternating spouts of sunshines and miserable weather this week, I mainly stayed homebound and lazed around on my bed catching up on sleep 😴 (except for a couple of lunches outside with my mum.)

Following Tokyo 2020, this week I took a bit of inspirations from some of my family’s favourite Japanese ingredients. πŸ˜‹ Chestnuts and sweet potatoes were some of the hot ticket items among my family growing up in Hong Kong!

Mont Blanc 🌰 🌰
Caramel Sweet Potato Cake 🍠

After a week of slight limbo, it felt like it will be a nice change of scene as I am heading to the Scottish Highlands tomorrow. Fingers crossed 🀞 for nice weather and plenty of pleasant surprises ahead! πŸ˜†