Sunday, October 17, 2010


Beam me up, Scotty, I'm ready to rejoin the ranks of the civilized.

After much purging and packing, we have finally moved into our new home. And thus began the entirely separate process of unpacking, of figuring out what goes where and with what else, logically, ergonomically and within spatially feasible parameters, in an unfamiliar space you endeavour to make familiar through the process itself, clustering a few favourite objects here, tucking out of sight the occasionally used there.

189 boxes later, I feel like I've become the fastest Stanley knife draw in the East; a deft flick of the wrist and I can collapse and flatten a duct tape bound carton faster than you can say Doc Holliday. We're finally able to enjoy the sheer luxury of kicking back, settling into our new digs, and getting back to living a normal life. Which, for me, at this time of the year, means getting totally pysched about new recipes and new classes for the holiday season.

I'm very late to the party; the schedule went up some time ago, and Holiday Treats I, the demo class I'll be teaching at Shermay's Cooking School is right round the corner on 13 November 2010 (Saturday) and 14 November 2010 (Sunday). For all inquiries, please call the school at +65 6479 8442 or 6479 8414, or email

The menu:

Spiced Pear Bundt Cake Homemade pear sauce lies at the heart of this wonderfully moist and moreish cake. Perfect on its own, but may also be dressed up with a Poire Williams Glaze and Pear Chips.

Pumpkin Patch Cookies Gently kissed with spice and pleasingly pumpkin-y, these cookies boast a tender, cake-like texture and are simply scrumptious. Try serving with Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream for a special treat.

When replete with a Zesty Orange Glaze, stems, leaves and vines,

these cookies look just-plucked from the pumpkin patch!

Or sandwich the cookies with a billowy Cream Cheese Filling for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

Little Maple Cakes Pure, premium maple lends its distinctive, earthy sweetness to these little cakes that may be mini in stature but are mighty on taste. True blue maple lover? Pair with Maple Pecan Ice Cream for the ultimate in mapley desserts.

The batter may also be baked up as Maple Cupcakes, frosted with Maple Buttercream, and embellished with Fall Foliage Decorations.

Nutella Panna Cotta Call it a milk chocolate and hazelnut panna cotta if you prefer, but Nutella – essentially a chocolate hazelnut spread – is the everyday secret to this extraordinary pudding; only you need know it!

Lovely accompanied by something crisp, such as the Classic Gingersnaps.
As for the Bonus Section with Extra Recipes, Ideas & Serving Suggestions:
Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream All the savour of an awesome pumpkin pie churned into a sumptuous ice cream

which can be used to sandwich the Pumpkin Patch Cookies.

Maple Pecan Ice Cream The deeply nutty, toasty flavour of great maple syrup really enhances that of pecans. This potently flavoured ice cream is just as great with Little Maple Cakes or Maple Pecan & Date Cookies.

Maple Pecan & Date Cookies The contrast of succulent dates against crunchy cookie, combined with an unique intensity of flavour, guarantees this number will become a cookie jar favourite.

Classic Gingersnaps Fragrant with the heady warmth of ginger, these delightfully crisp cookies have a habit of being snapped up as quickly as they are baked.


Blogger Cool Chic Style Fashion said...

Sono bellissimi tutti questi dolci, ciao

3:43 am, October 18, 2010  
Anonymous Venar said...

Hi there, I miss your class. Still overseas. The little maple cake looks so moist & yummy.

5:13 am, October 18, 2010  
Blogger Deborah said...

I absolutely need to make those pumpkin whoopie pies! They look yummy!

8:04 pm, October 18, 2010  
Blogger la signora delle camelie said...

I think you're an artist!

12:27 am, October 20, 2010  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

All of these fall treats look incredibly good!

10:10 am, October 24, 2010  
Blogger Chelsea said...

Wow, you just inspired me to bake even more than I have been lately. (aka putting off studying for midterms). Thanks!! :)

10:38 am, October 24, 2010  
Anonymous melissa said...

I'm so glad to hear you're all settled into your new digs! There's nothing quite like the pleasure of turning a new house into a home, is there? And now that you have TWO kitchens to play around in (can you tell I'm still burning with envy?) I hope we'll see you (and your magnificent creations) a little more frequently around these parts. :) xx m

7:41 pm, October 28, 2010  
Blogger Nithya said...

All this looks so incredibly lovely. I wish I lived in Singapore... Then I would take each one of your classes.

7:35 pm, October 29, 2010  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Congratulations on your moving, recently I also moved, it was a huge mess. I like your menu, I also tried making Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream, but until guests arrived the ice cream melted, I forgot to put them into fridge.

5:29 pm, July 15, 2011  

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