Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bangkok Street bag

I've made this bag early last year. This bag is actually a trademark bag in Thailand, I think, no, I saw this kind of bag worn by monks in Thailand (now they have use different pattern bag)

I've bought a purple color bag and decided to cut open the pattern. But unfortunately the pattern from the fabric cannot be use due to unpropriate cutting and sewing. My dear husband helped me drafted a new measurement and he even made a paper pattern for it. Plus, a smaller scale bag pattern for kids!

The adult size is using a thick jacquard fabric. It's very sturdy, I don't need to add lining to it. There is also a pocket attached on the outer side to put small notebook or keys, so I don't have to dig in the large main compartment! It's so convinient to take it to the beach and I use this bag to buy groceries, too. This kind of bag suits me better as I need to carry my little boy around a lot. Love it!

This is my daughter's bag (but I often borrow her bag (^.^) whenever I want to do simple chores like going to the bank and stuff). I also use a thick grey jacquard fabric with no lining added. A little pocket on the front and tiny decorative ribbon as a personal touch label!

The purple bag is my son's. He likes to carry his toys in it. And I've also made 3 more bags for a dear friend, her daughter and my daughter's friend as a birthday gift (no picture were taken for these 3 bags. Regret).

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The super easy way to make doughnuts!!

Doughnuts have been my favourite ever since I was a kid. I've never thought of making it myself until my kids started to like eating them as well...And so I searched the internet and I came across to this recipe of fluffy doughnut from tichersu , thank you tichersu for sharing the recipe! And now, I'm sharing it with you!

The ingredients are:
(makes about 30-35 yummy doughnuts using the regular size doughnut cutter)

1kg of flour
About 1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of mashed potato
5 tablespoons of margarine
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 packet of yeast (Mauripan brand)
1 1/2 mug of warm water
Castor sugar

Add in a packet of yeast and a teaspoon of sugar into 1 1/2 mug of warm water. Stir well and set aside. It will become foamy like the picture shown.

Sift the flour, and add in the margarine and mashed potato. Knead the flour mixture until it becomes like breadcrumbs, like the picture shown below, I hope the picture is clear.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Though making the mashed potato is kind of 'fussy', it's the necessary ingredient if you want your doughnuts to be fluffy. And also you can add in about 5 tablespoons of powder milk to the flour mixture if you want to...

Add in the yeast mixture into the flour and knead it for about 1/2 hour or until it becomes smooth and doesn't stick to your beautiful fingers!

ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: Though I've stated 1 1/2 mug of warm water, our mug might not be the same size, so pour in the the water a small amount at a time so that you won't over pour the water and if you do, the mixture will become sticky! ( Like mine during the first attempt, where I had to add in more flour, this caused more time to knead the dough). Are you still with me? Now...

Let the dough spread until it become 2 times bigger. Knead the dough again and roll out the dough into about 1.5cm thickness. Cut the dough with the doughnut cutter.

Put it on a greased tray and let it spread once again until it become twice the size (about 15 to 30 minutes). Yikes, the doughnut's shapes are not really nice because this picture was taken during the first time making. I didn't take any picture of the next three successful attempts. Sorry!!

Fried with preheated oil until golden brown.
Spread evenly castor sugar on the fried doughnuts!

There you have it, your self made doughnuts! I've tried it 4 times now, except for the first attempt, the rest are all fluffy and yummy. Try it and let me know the result!

FUN NOTE: This activity is fun and can be enjoy by your kids, even my youngest son loves to help! (^j^)

Hello again (>.<)

It has been a long time since the last time I posted on my blog. Oh gosh...for more than a year, I supposed. It's all got to do with the super slow (broadband)internet connection when I was staying in Cameron Highlands (Did I mention that I am now staying in Dungun, Terengganu? It's a very simple life in kampung village near the sea...)

The broadband connection still slow here but, a bit better than in highlands. Okay, to start off, this is actually a gift set for my friend, Ayu about a year ago (I'm not sure whether she received as she didn't respon to any of my SMS's, probably she changed her phone number...(>.-). It's a messenger bag, a cosmetic pouch and a coin purse with tissue holder.

The set made of an upholstery fabric, very sturdy and kind of stiff, and a cotton fabric for lining. I add in a decorative ribbon on one side of each item just to make it my own personal touch (Well, it's actually because I don't have my own's kind of expensive to make here)

I hope this post will somehow be the jump start for me to share more interesting and (hopefully) inspiring stuff with all of you.

P/S: Next post, the super easy way to make doughnut! Yummm!