October 14, 2014

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE (WITH PUMPKIN)


On a whim while grocery shopping, I decided to buy a can of pure pumpkin. Just to jump right on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, I decided to make some pumpkin spice latte (also known as PSL). Proceed to buzzfeed here to see the craze.While I wish coffee chains in Malaysia served pumpkin spice latte, I heard in the actual drink, there's no actual pumpkin involved.

So here's my take on it with real pumpkin. I must admit the thought of putting pumpkin in my tea sort of grossed me out initially but surprisingly the taste is masked by the spices and it feels like a lovely seasonal drink. Would I make it again? Probably...not. (sorry!)

Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe
Yields: 1 large latte

Cinnamon spice

1 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice

Latte

1/2 cup strong black tea /coffee
1 cup milk
2 TBSP brown sugar (add to preference)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
Whipped cream (optional)
nutmeg to sprinkle 
  1. Combine black tea, milk , pumpkin puree , sugar and pumpkin spice in blender and whiz until frothy. 
  2. Spoon cold whipped cream on to latte and sprinkle with nutmeg.

October 09, 2014

MID WEEK MOTIVATIONS #2


Alright for this week's MWM, be prepared for animal videos. Very random animals.



  • If you have not seen this two kangaroos I suggest you do it now. The stars of the show are the two kangaroos fighting it out, but damn that background music fits perfectly. Watch here.
  • Some genius decided to strap a GoPro on his dog and watch how he bounds towards the sea. Gotta love how Walter the Labrador runs at full speed even with all those rocks. Check it out!
  • On a side note. Give Goodmail a shot. 
"GoodMail is project hosted by Do Something Good. When you agree to send an anonymous message of inspiration and hope, you'll also receive one from another participant in this project. On November 1, we'll send the emails out. We can't wait for all the good feels to come around!" Link here.

Have a great week!

Neelia

September 24, 2014

MID WEEK MOTIVATIONS #1





I'm pretty sure mid week slumps are real. To get rid of all that bad vibes on Wednesdays, I came up with a new weekly column with random links I collect(e.g.music,food links,general knowledge). This week I happened to bake pumpkin spice granola with extra figs and apricots(picture up top).

Friday links



  • Since 'M' is a dinosaur fan, I found out what megalodons are. Awesome.
  • I didnt quite like Bastille - Pompeii when i first listened to it, but this acoustic version is pretty awesome. 


Have a great week!
Neelia


September 16, 2014

TRIPLE BERRY SMOOTHIE + NEWS


Since the last blog update, I m proud to say that I've finally started selling the cakes that I bake. Its been an interesting week or so as the support has been tremendous and I'm very flattered. If you are interested, head over to my facebook page to check out the menu.

Now this leads me to my second issue, I ve been consuming a heck load of desserts. You know, I baked 2 pound cakes and a blondie, and the bits and bobs (excess cake)  was of course baker privileges. So I ate them.

So, I am quite guilty now that the internet knows I do this. I'm making it up by drinking this smoothie.



Slightly tart from the strawberries and a load of nutrients from the goji berry, this is pretty much a superfood smoothie. I did not add sugar or honey as the blueberries were sweet and balanced out the strawberries.



Triple Berry Smoothie  
Yields: 2 cups
Ingredients 
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • handful of goji berries 
  • 1 cup water 
  • handful of mint (optional)
  • 1 TBSP of chia seeds (optional)
  • ice cubes
  1. Place ingredients in blender and blitz until no visible chunks of strawberry or ice. Garnish with sprigs of mint and serve