Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Free Vouchers

Update on 15 Oct @ 2.30pm: All vouchers taken! Thank you & Enjoy!!

Received some free vouchers from a corporate client recently but I dont think I'll have a chance to utilise them in the near future. So I've decided to give them away to my blog readers.

Voucher Set 1 - Free 45 mins facial at Sothy's

  • This voucher is valid for first timer only.
  • Entitles you to redeem a 45 mins facial & eye treatment for free.
  • Not valid for part redemption and non-refundable for any unused balance.
  • Not exchangeable for cash.
  • Mgmt reserve the right to amend the terms & conditions (huh?)
  • Valid till 31 Dec 2010.
  • Location is at Dataran Mentari, Bandar Sunway.
  • A bonus RM100 cash voucher for treatments priced above RM150.

Voucher Set 2 - 30% Discount at Sunway Lagoon

  • Discount based on published rate
  • Not exchangeble for cash or for sale
  • Max purchase of 6 ticekts per voucher
  • Not valid with other ongoing promotions
  • Not valid for group purchase or functions
  • Child denotes those above 90cm and below 12 yrs of age
  • Valid on day of purchase only
  • Present voucher at Sunway Lagoon Ticketing Counter
  • Closed on Tues (excp Malaysian school & public holidays)
  • Not applicable for Nite Park
  • Valid till 31 December 2010

Voucher Set 3 - Aster Spring / Dermalogica Express Facial worth RM48

  • Applicable to new customers only
  • Pls call for appointment
  • Quite a number of branches everywhere .. so I wont type them all out here.
  • Valid till 31 December 2010
  • A bonus scalp tension relief therapy voucher worth RM48 as well.
So if any of you are keen on the above, do drop me an email with your fullname and address, i shall snail-mail them to you asap. First come first serve, ya?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Decorated Sugar Cookies

I realise that cupcakes are kinda "over" and the new kid in town is the decorated sugar cookies. Seen some wedding favours these days with butter cookies beautifully drawn with royal icing with colors, so really wanted to try to see if its easy to do.

I found a really good butter cookie recipe and the dough is kinda easy to prepare. The smell in the kitchen while it was making was sooooooo good! Allowing it to rest while it cooled off, its time to prepare the royal icing. That was easy as well but not cheap! Those days people used pure egg whites whipped with icing sugar, but these days, and like many other things, food ingredients are no longer safe, so the trend is to use meringue powder. And the only brand that we have in Malaysia is from Wilton. Which is kinda expensive, but anyway, you always need to be safe than sorry right?

It was really fun piping in the colors - but the REAL PAIN in making these sugar cookies in waiting for the royal icing to dry. It literally takes ages!! They never ever dry in our so-called room temperature as we have such high humidity levels. So you need to dry them in a air-conditioned room for at least 3-4 hrs (overnight is better) and only until they are really dry that you can stack them or pack them into cellophane bags.

So now I understand why for such a tiny wedding cookie favour, they can sell it for a higher price than fully decorated cupcakes! Cos need to factor in air-cond cost .. and all the waiting time .. and painfully painting each and every one in tiny details!!!!

If you know if any other way of drying it faster or have a better royal icing recipe, please do share it with me pleazzzzzzeee!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Garden Cake & Cupcakes

Late Friday evening, SIL called to order some cupcakes for a housewarming party that she was invited to by her immediate neighbour. She didnt know what to get them at first and then she remembered that eldest SIL and her daughters were at my place learning to bake a orange butter cake and some cookies. So she wanted some cupcakes ... and at the same time helped me promote them lor ... so thanks to you Vivian.

The same night, my niece called to ask if I could bake her a birthday cake as well .. and she wanted it by tomorrow as well ... same deadline by SIL! I panicked a bit but nevertheless, I did promise her that I'll bake a simple one which she didnt mind. I dont have the heart to turn down the little girl. Birthdays are very important to the younger generation mah, right?

So late Friday evening, i went out to get some groceries. Quickly baked a chocolate cheese cake the same night and let it rest to cool overnight. Next morning, I woke up at 4am to bake an orange cake and 2 batches of cupcakes, left them to cool and quickly frosted them.

The most easy theme would be the garden theme and since I have ready made fondant flowers in hand (made them earlier for mom's birthday), I used them in the said "garden".

I finished this at 9am, just in time before Bryan wakes up. He was pretty excited to see them. And so was I.