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I Made a Cake!


Recently, I read a manga series called Kitchen Princess. At the end of each chapter (it’s a manga about a culinary class after all!), they have a section with recipes for the food items in that chapter.

Chapter Two was about strawberry shortcake — I love strawberries and shortcake, so I decided to give it a go! Unfortunately, I didn’t know the difference between “Soft Flour” and the flour at the store (all purpose) so my cake wound up less fluffy and more dense. It’s still pretty good though! With the help of my good friend Arty, we made the cake you see here, all from scratch! We even whipped our own whipped cream. :’D

A couple of tips for people who might want to make cake from scratch! Firstly, make sure you have all the right ingredients from the get-go. Make sure, also, that you have an appropriate cake tin! I had a bit of trouble with this cake because my cake tins were all too wide, so the cake is a little short (no pun intended). The directions also didn’t say to use PAM / nonstick spray, but I did anyway and that made a world of difference trying to get that cake out of the tin. I don’t think you should use oil, or at least use it very sparingly.


Oh, and buy cake flour, not all-purpose flour! Cakes apparently get pretty dense if you use all-purpose flour (which is what I used, oops). It’s also known as “soft flour”, if that helps anyone.  It’s still good, and it’s still a very light cake in terms of how it sits after eating, but the cake itself is dense. Also, a piping bag and a piping tip would be nice to make the cake look pretty, but it’s not 100% necessary – just use a silicone spatula. :]



Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Foods, kami's adventures in cooking


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Service with a Smile

Not like this.

Like a lot of people, I enjoy going out to eat. It doesn’t matter if it’s fast food, or something incredibly formal and posh — it’s nice to not eat at home, and not have to slave over a hot stove and do dishes after.

Customer service is something we seem to take for granted, unless it’s terrible. Then we rant and bemoan the wait-staff, vow never to return, but don’t leave until we eat all the food we ordered.

When it’s good service, though, we finish our food and tip with no fanfare, then leave without another word. We make our way home (or elsewhere) with a full belly, and not another thought.

But when was the last time you had service that overshadowed delicious food? Can you remember the last time you went out for food, only to walk away praising your server until everyone got sick of you talking?

Tonight was such a night for me. I cannot think of a single time before tonight that I paid more attention to the quality of service than the quality of food (which admittedly was very good).

My fiancé, my roommate, and I visited the TGI Friday’s at the Tyler Galleria tonight. Our server, Trudy, was an older lady, who seemed pleasant enough as far as wait-staff goes. She started off on an excellent note, checking up on us indecisive patrons every few minutes, asking if we were ready and excusing herself before she left.  She addressed us as “my young man” and “my young lady”, which was absolutely delightful. Her friendliness seemed completely natural and effortless — rare, I feel, at “lively” places such as TGI Friday’s, where the wait-staff more often seem eager to be your BFF.

This has nothing to do with this paragraph, but omnomnom.

There was a slight problem with my steak being overdone. Trudy immediately apologised, whisked the offending steak away, and returned shortly with a new one, not leaving until I had cut into my steak and given a seal of approval. We saw her frequently, coming by to make sure we were satisfied with our meal and waiting until our mouths were empty and we’d all answered (seriously, when was the last time that’s happened to anyone?) before saying “Excuse me, please” and leaving again. We were never out of drinks, she convinced us to get dessert without overselling the selection, and our finished dishes were cleared in an expedient manner. She said “please” and “thank you”, and really let us know she was our server, without neglecting her other tables.

I watched her interact with the other patrons, and it was all such flawless execution and zero effort. We tipped her a little over 25% of our bill, though if we had extra spending cash we’d likely have tipped her 90%. We talked to her manager, and submitted a glowing review to TGI Friday’s website.

Thank you, Trudy at the Galleria TGI Friday’s, for an unforgettable experience at a place I’ve been to countless times before, but will now never forget this one night.


Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Foods


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