Carousel Haul [27.03]

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Carousel is a Westfield shopping centre here in Perth, Australia. I went there last week with my parents and saw that Portmans were on sale. I got those loafer shoes for $19.99 a pair! I love these shoes but I find that the width is a little too small for me. I do have extremely wide feet and it is difficult to find shoes. They’re not totally uncomfortable either so I hope once I break into the shoes a little bit more they will be as comfy as a pair of house slippers. I would love to do the MichellePhan shoe trick but I lack the freezer space and I am freaked out about stinking/dirtying/poisoning the freezer contents. I would much rather a blister on my foot than food poisoning the whole house.

We then went to the $2 shop and thought that I should try this sausage bun shaper (haha, I don’t actually know what to call those). Even though it was a $2 shop, this thing costed $3 – don’t know why. I’ve never owned those hair doughnut things and I should probably have tried those first. I do have slippery, fine, layered hair and I clearly did not think this purchase through. When I got home, I put my hair up in a pony tail and tried to make the sock-bun look just like the millions of tutorials I’ve seen on YouTube. Guess what, I failed miserably  To be able to compare these with a sock bun, I found a pair of unused socks I brought home from the aeroplane years ago. I cut the stitching at the toes off of one sock and rolled it up into the doughnut shape. I tried making a sock-bun – it did not work either.

So I am still wondering how to actually make a sock bun on my slippery, fine, layered hair. Maybe I need to put in some products first. I am not too sure. When I figure out how to do this, I will surely post another blog post. Meanwhile, if anyone out there know how to fix this problem of mine, do let me know!

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Lots of Smiles,

Sita Carolina

My Easter Bunny Buns

First of all, I would like to wish you all a HAPPY EASTER!

It was Good Friday and I decided to make these bunnies from a Honey Bunny Bun recipe I saw on Pinterest. With a little help from both mum and little sis, this is what I achieved.

I like to bake because I feel like my efforts are being rewarded greater than cooking normal meals. For example, you might spend an hour on a main meal and then it gets eaten in 15 mins. However, if I bake, the produce will last for at least a few days. Somehow this makes me feel better. Am I weird?

I don’t bake that often nor am I awesome at it. I have never baked bread before other than a few pizza bases. I didn’t do a lot of things differently to the recipe though I did find a few things weird. First, I didn’t expect the amount of yeast required – 2 table spoons. In the end, I decided to put in the whole 2 table spoons. My mum also thought that it was weird to mix in the oil, sugar, water AND yeast in one go. Though I already did that before she saw and it turned out okay.

I found out only after all the ingredients were mixed that we don’t have a bread dough mixer (the spiral kind, not the cupcake kind). Luckily, mum owns a Thermomix – a neat little kitchen gadget, practically good for anything from making juices, mixing stuff, making soup to even cooking rice, pretty cool huh. So that’s one thing I did differently.

Second thing, mum couldn’t remember where she’d put the honey so we ended up glazing it with golden syrup instead.

Thirdly, I am not very artistic – I tried poking it with chopsticks to create eyes but they ended up looking a little creepy and thought that it would look better without the eyes. So in the end we ended up with 24 faceless bunny buns.

Fourth, I used a fan forced oven so I lowered the heat by 20 degrees Celsius from the recommended temperature and the bread were cooked in less than 10 minutes (a few minutes less than the recommended 11-13 minutes). The recipe is American so it uses Fahrenheit instead. I simply used the Google converter to convert to Celsius- easy peasy.

A Tip: You know bread is ready when it sounds hollow as you tap the bottom of the bread with your nail. Be careful though! It’s HOT!

THE FINISHED PRODUCT:

Sita’s Easter Bunny Buns

FRESH – fresh out of the oven, they taste like heaven. Slightly crunchy on the outside, but still very fluffy on the inside. The taste is similar to that white table bread at fancy restaurants. I was worried that the golden syrup might taste a little weird and yeah honey would have tasted better but this was fine too. A light brush at the top of the bunnies gave them a slight sweet taste but nothing overpowering. Needless to say, I was quite proud of it (being my first bread and all).

NEXT DAY – I was a little disappointed when I picked a bunny up. All the golden syrup have been absorbed and the outside was not crunchy anymore. The inside was less fluffy too. But I guess this was to be expected from a day-old bread. I wonder if I put it in the oven again for a few minutes it would be a little crispy again on the outside? Maybe I should try.

VERDICT – So I like to categorise recipes into 2 piles – worth doing again and not doing again. I also like to put some notes on them so I remember what went wrong last time or what could be improved. This recipe is definitely going into the worth doing again. Not only is it cute, but it’s also very Though next time I’d probably bake this in the morning and maybe just make half the recipe or something (my family doesn’t eat a lot of bread). Also maybe I will get mum to make some soup to go with it. Hmmmm….

So that was my experience with this recipe. Do let me know if you like these kinds of posts where I try out recipes. Of course the taste comments will only be based on my opinion and whoever is around me at the time. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and read this post!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita