Baking Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake Recipe

During the Christmas holidays my aunt had baked this delicious fluffy cheesecake which I decorated with strawberry Santas. I asked for the recipe and she just told me to youtube it, so I did! The recipe I followed was ‘Bake with Mi’ but adjusted the ingredients and oven baking times according to my own oven; which you should do the same too.

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Look at the kawaii santas

The texture of the cake is light and fluffy and practically melts in your mouth. At first you will get a cake type flavour slowly changing into a light creamy cheese aftertaste. The cake went down really well with my TKD group and many of my friends have been requesting it!
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Delicious!

Let’s Begin!

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Mike’s Birthday

Happy Birthday Mike!!

Even though it’s today, we celebrated it last Saturday with a mountain full of home cooked food and good company.

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Look at all that deliciousness!

Mike had slaved away in the kitchen the whole afternoon and produced two large batches of chicken gyoza, green Thai curry, rice and Thai salad with sticky rice. It was soooo much to chow down! We managed to devour all the gyoza though!
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Ready for bed!

It was a good night with such yummy food. It was a shame I had to leave really early the next day since I had my grading in Surrey.
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Birthday boy "cutting" his cake

It was a lovely evening ^_^ Now, photos!
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Fun auto photos!

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Kitty!!

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Selfies!

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Hilarious ^^

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Sake!

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Delicious keki

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Bake Off Competition and Barbeque with Friends

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Since summer has arrived (finally!), my TKD group decided to hold a BBQ and AGM at someone’s house over the weekend. We also agreed to a bake-off where each team (2 members) would create a winning dessert of their own and take home the prize of pride.

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My friend, Diana, and I teamed up together.  At first she wanted to make a Caramel Tart with Custard, an old school dessert we used to have back at school. We tried to bake it one evening and after 3 failed attempts we gave up… So much butter and butterscotch was wasted :( I found the caramel the hardest to make because I didn’t know if you should cook it on the heat, the heat and flour made the mixture look like crumbs and tasted like Indian sweets (just without the coconut). A few days later, my friend was told that we could actually buy pre-made caramel in a tin so we basically wasted an evening and a fridge of ingredients. D’oh!

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When the day of the competition arrived though, we totally changed tactics and baked cakes we could and love. We baked 3 in total because we were so indecisive and had bought so many ingredients! In the end, we had baked Carrot Cake (my fave), Red Velvet Cake (the judge’s fave) and Victoria Sponge Cake (Diana’s fave). We baked so much because, basically, Diana wanted to win (hahaha). Our sweat and tears in the morning proved a success when they announced that she won (after a long chat with the judges, else my cake would have won Lol!)

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We were up against forest fruits jelly and banofee pie.

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There was also a BBQ going in the garden during our meeting which made us all drool over the chicken cooking on the grill. It smelt so good and meant people weren’t really concentrating. We had to break half way, gobble down the cooked food and then sit back to the meeting while the rest cooked – the smell teasing us.

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The BBQ meat was so tasty and it was a very fun day. There was so much left over we all took some home :) We even played Tekken on the XBox which I haven’t touched in ages! I only really know to button mash though…

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What did you guys do to enjoy the sunny weather? Did you take advantage and fired up a BBQ too?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Ice sculpting Festival 2013

The London Ice Sculpture Festival was on at Canary Wharf during the weekend of 12th January. My friend and I headed down to the wharf to look at the ice sculptures and have a fun day out. We booked ourselves in for the ice sculpting Masterclass at Cabot place and headed to Nandos for lunch while we waited for our class to begin. This needed up being a bad idea as it took a while to order and wait for our food, which left only 20 minutes to chow done a big platter of piping hot food!

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Platter of chicken wings and sides

We headed over to the counter at 1:20 where the lady told us to pick a spot at the centre table. There were many blocks of ice half-chiseled. The teachers told to carve the small ice block into the shape of a polar bear following the image on the card using the small chisel in front and using a light but forceful shaving technique. The ‘sculptors’ before us had already given the block of ice a form and the starting points for the shape of our polar bear. I had noticed that the head was already defined and there was a relatively noticeable bump on the polar bear where it was rounded off from his back into his round bum. There were small archways at the bottom for his legs which I helped chisel and carve away to make a small cave. I found it hard to manoeuvre around the block of ice upright; it was very hard to create archways and shave off certain parts of the ice with limited tools. My friend was frantically smoothing his hump and creating a more in depth back for our lovely polar bear, where I was slowly shaping his legs and feet. However I chiseled too much and his front left leg fell off! We were both so sad and I wanted to re-freeze the lil polar bear so that his foot would stick back on…
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Our little crippled polar bear :-(

After 10ish minutes, the bear was still not complete and we were told to leave our stations. I managed to take a few photos with our unfinished bear.
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It looked like a bear at least!

We went to Wood wharf after and found the entrance, also the exit, blocked from people trying to get in and out! The place was manic and there wasn’t an organised system in place. After a good while waiting to get in, the security guards came to save the day and tried to let everyone out. Though it took them a lot of effort to urge people to stand back and let others through. Once the blockage of people were off the bridge it was free for people to enter. The guards managed to input a system that allowed a one-way system where a batch of people could walk across the bridge that would alternate every 5 minutes; there were queues forming but at least there was a system in place. I didn’t understand why they hadn’t in the first place. I would have anticipated there would be a hoard of people and certain procedures and precautions should have been put in place before the opening of the event!
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Amazing sculpture of a bird at the beginning of the event

Nevertheless, we managed to get into the ice sculpting area and saw all 22 teams participating in the speed sculpting competition. There were many intricate pieces that were being judged on the theme “infinity”. Many of the sculptures were very abstract and it needed explanation. However I thought the process from start to finish was interesting to watch. To be able to judge and saw, chisel and shave away the ice in an instant and perfection is an art and mind-blowing skill (I thought the polar bear sculpturing was long!)
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DNA

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Guitar Hero?

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A very detailed bird

There was also a lot of food stalls in the area and the aroma was too good. The weather wasn’t very nice as it was windy and cold. I really regretted not wearing my winter snood I bought in winter wonderland since the hood would have covered my head and ears, then the excess material at the front would have protected my face. Why did I not wear it?!
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Our chicken curry dinner tonight warm us up

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Lemon cake and apple tart

We didn’t stay to hear the announcement of the winner because we were almost frozen and wanted to take our delicious treats home to eat. It was so nice when warmed up. The lemon cake was amazing! I really love desserts. Can’t live without them!

Which of the ice sculptures do you like most?

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