It’s snowing again and that means no internship for the day. I think I’m beginning to love snow more than I thought I would, haha! Last night’s Super Bowl game was epic and pretty much phenomenal. I was almost convinced that the Patriots was going to lose, until they finished the job and won with 28-24, which is so close to EA’s prediction! If you haven’t seen the video, click here. Patnations, woo-hoo! And of course, Katy Perry and Missy Elliot put up such a fantastic show during half-time! Literally gave me the heebie-jeebies. Anyway, I baked some green tea cupcakes for the Super Bowl party last night and I thought I’d share the recipe with you!
Green Tea Cupcakes with Mon-cha Cream Cheese Frosting
3 tablespoons Matcha powder (I recommend using the one by Kiss Me Organics')
½ tablespoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
2 Medium Eggs
1 Medium Egg yolk
2/3 cups Milk
Mon-cha Cream Cheese Frosting
8oz Cream cheese
4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
2 cups Powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Matcha powder
1 tablespoon Lemon zest (1 lemon)
Green tea cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. Prepare your cupcake pan and line it with liners.
In a medium bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients together: flour, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt. Mix them well and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter. Using electric mixer, mix both ingredients together for about 5 minutes.
Add the eggs into the mixture and mix them well.
Add the milk and the dry ingredients into the mixture slowly by alternating between the two. Mix until all ingredients are well combined together.
Using regular sized ice cream scoop, fill each liner with a scoop of the batter.
Bake for about 22 to 32 minutes. How to check if the cupcakes are done? Insert a toothpick each into the middle a couple of the cupcakes. If the toothpicks come out clean (no wet batter), your cupcakes are ready!
Let the cupcakes cool for about 10-15 minutes.
Mon-cha Cream Cheese Frosting
While the cupcakes are cooling, it's time to do the frosting. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter using electric mixer on medium speed for about 3 minutes.
Turning the speed to low, gradually add in the powdered sugar, matcha powder and lemon zest.
Increase the speed to medium, continue to beat until the frosting is light and fluffy. Place the frosting in a piping bag, and have fun decorating your cupcakes!
It takes about an hour of plane ride from Bengkulu to Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. A city filled with pollution and the people tend to grow old in their cars because of the never ending traffic jams.
One of the main reasons of why we went to Jakarta was because my cousin was getting married. Funny thing is, I didn’t even know that he has a partner until my mom told me a few weeks before I even thought of coming back home. Quite sad how out of touch I am with my own extended family members. I rely so much on Facebook to see how people I know are doing, so thank you Mark Zuckerberg! Haha! Anyway, he had his wedding at a church nearby his house. I love weddings. The white dress, excitement of the guests to see the bride walking down the isle or to hear the couple say ‘I do’. I think the best part of every wedding is that look in the groom’s face when he sees the bride walking down the isle. Although my cousin’s wedding it was a little different as both the groom and bride walked down the isle together, it was still beautiful.
Tuang Teh is a Chinese tradition that usually happens before the wedding reception. What happens is that the bride and groom will pour glasses of tea to their older relatives and in turn, they’ll receive red pockets (also known as hong bao) containing moolah. Naturally, my parents were part of the Tuang Teh ceremony and here’s a little fun fact: my parents got to know each other through my cousin’s late father.
My dad knows that I love to sing, so when the MC was looking for volunteers to sing dad told him to pick me. Because he’s really big into confidence and believing in oneself, so of course I couldn’t say no because I didn’t want to disappoint my dad. Every atom in my body was filled with nervousness, but I’m proud of myself for making it to the stage. I picked what I thought was my “safe” song, I’m Yours by Jason Mraz and boy was I wrong, lol. Lost my voice here and there because I was hella nervous, but so glad that I was able to share the stage with my cousin’s daughter, Fiona! Oh that adorable little munchkin!
We went to Bandung the next day. J has never been to Bandung before so my parents thought it’d be nice to bring him around. We visited my mom’s friend’s idyllic house at the top of the hill. Picturesque view from the balcony and that called for a mandatory selfie, haha! Anyway, she brought us around the area and we had lunch at The Mountain View Golf Club in Dago. I ordered ayam bakar (grilled chicken, Indonesian style) and it was heavenly. Can someone from Indonesia mail some for me, please?
Next, we went to visit Tangkuban Perahu, a dormant volcano located at the north of Bandung. One tip for foreigners who are planning to visit, when your car/ride arrives at the ticketing booth.. hide. They’ll overcharge you like no other. I had J covered with my scarf and told him to pretend as if he’s sleeping, lol. It worked! I felt like a genius. Mmm, as for the sulphur, it didn’t smell as bad as I thought it would be but still worth getting the face mask (plenty of sellers around the area, not to worry if you don’t have one).
We were there for about fifteen minutes and then it started raining cats and dogs. We had to run to the nearby shelter and we were pretty much stuck there for about another fifteen minutes before our rides came to pick us up because there was no cellphone reception and we couldn’t call our drivers. Silver lining? I have one. I made a new friend while we were hiding from the rain. Ono, a beautiful pony who’s super calm and friendly. He even allowed me to take a selfie with him haha.
Before we left Bandung, my dad’s childhood friend brought us out to eat dinner at an authentic Korean restaurant complete with the floor seating and a table bell for the customers to press when they’re needing some assistance. I wasn’t a fan of the food though, but he ordered a lot, and I mean a lot of bean sprouts! Like a lot. No, seriously. Most of them were pretty much bean sproutified by the end of the dinner, except for me. Ha, I hate bean sprouts.
We left Bandung after dinner, made our way back to Jakarta. Our days were filled with food, malls, snacks, more food, sightseeing and… yeah, food. Hahaha. If you ever plan to go to Jakarta, definitely go on a culinary tour. Plenty of food to choose from and of course, don’t forget to try out the street food! Granted, if you don’t have a strong stomach you’ll more than likely get stomach problems like J did. But I still think it’s worth it, haha.
After a couple of days, we left Jakarta for Singapore — my second home. I look forward to sharing that part of my vacation story with you in my next blog post but until then, have you seen my recent vlog? Pretty much a compilation of bits and pieces of my time in Indonesia. If you haven’t well, here it is! Hehe, enjoy! See you in my next post, lovely!
Hi, friends! I’ve got something different for you today! I’m a huge lover of anything green tea and when BrandBacker provided me with the opportunity to try out Kiss Me Organics’ Matcha, I obviously couldn’t say no. I’ve been looking to get some matcha powder so that I could make my own green tea frappuccino without having to go to Starbucks. I have to say, so far I’m really enjoying it and I highly recommend it for those of you who are green tea slash matcha lover like me! The best thing is, when you make a purchase, you’ll also get a free matcha guide which contains over 50 recipes and ways of how you can make use of the matcha powder! $25 for 4oz of high quality organic matcha powder (and right now you can buy two and get one half off, yeah, crazy good deal!), what’s not to love? And fun fact, there are plenty of benefits that your body can reap from consuming matcha/green tea. It helps you to boost your body’s ability to burn calories, it can acts as antioxidants (important to stay healthy and live longer!) and more.
Just other night I was looking to ‘celebrate’ my last day of freedom before the semester officially starts and I thought why not make myself a drink right? I decided to make Creamy Green Russian, which is one of the many drink recipes included in the free guide. It turned out to be too strong for me, so I modified the recipe and call it my own, hehe.