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Similar to cheesecakes, there are several versions of the Chinese New Year cake – usually the steamed version, which could turn fairly hard after a period of time.  A fried of mum’s introduced me to the oven-baked version, which is easy and quick to whip up.

Ingredients:

40 grams softened butter

1 cup sugar (palm sugar is best but I was lazy to crush the log so I used raw sugar instead)

2 eggs

400 gram glutinous rice flour

600 ml coconut milk + fresh milk (it just depends how much of coconut milk I have and I just top up the volume with fresh milk)

a little baking powder (say a pinch less than 1 tsp)

Method:

  1. Beat butter with sugar until pale.
  2. Add in the eggs and beat well.
  3. Pour in the coconut/milk mixture between the glutinous rice flour.  Mix well.  It should resemble the usual batter consistency so add milk if you think it’s a little too thick.
  4. Stir in baking powder and pour batter into greased pan.
  5. Bake at 180 degree C for about 40 minutes or when skewer comes out clean.  The surface of the cake should be nice and browned and not too pale.   If you see cracks on the surface do not be alarmed, the cake will still be fine.
  6. Cool in pan and cut into pieces for serving.  The cake is best consumed 1-3 days from baking as it is nice and soft and chewy.

Easy!?

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I began meditating on Psalm 23 last week, 1 verse at a time.  It sounds slow but as I spend my nights meditating on the verse-of-the-day, I am better at remembering them, which is really helpful when it comes to praying during the course of the day.

Today I just want to share with you what I saw in these 2 verses of Psalm 23,

He makes me to lie down in green pasture

He leads me beside the calm waters

He restores my soul

and leads me in the path of righteousness

for His name’s sake.

I have always prayed for my circumstance to change – be it before an exam, after an argument in the family, after diagnosis of a disease – I pray God to take away the circumstance, “give me this, and not that!”  As I meditated on verse 2 I realized that our situations and circumstances is a given and they will be forever challenging, as Jesus has told his disciples before he left them.  Maybe God will change the circumstance according to our prayer, maybe not – there is no certainty.  One certainty God gives us though is in verse 2, He will provide for us in any hardship, and bring us to the calm waters to drink from, if only we would allow Him to.  Isn’t this beautiful?

When I referred to this website (http://wesley.nnu.edu/john_wesley/notes/psalms.htm#Chapter+XXIII) I discovered that the word “restore” means more than “re-establish” something, it actually means “to bring back from the errors and wanderings”.  God restores our souls, Jesus has already taken away our sins on the cross, we need not wonder no more!

May the Lord bless you as much as He has blessed me with this revelation of His words.

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I love my little transistor radio, something I never forget on long journey on the bus.  When I lived in Singapore, I bought it so that I could listen to it during my journey to work.  It used to be the BBC programs, news and current affairs; or other times the classical music.  Nowadays it’s Hope 103.2 in Sydney or One Way FM in Canberra, the local Christian music station.

When I focus on the songs, I often find many songs with very meaningful lyrics.  What annoys me a lot is often the announcer doesn’t tell the listeners the title or artists’ name, and I would try my best to remember part of the chorus so that I could search on Google later on to find the song.  Sometimes I remember and find the songs, like this one by Rush of Fools, Undo.

Truly only Jesus is able to undo what I have done.  No matter how far I hide, I am not able to take away the sins, disobedience, pride…  Only when He calls and I come before Him will I be “undone”.

My lesson of the week (and as long as it takes me to learn) is submission.  The ladies’ group showed a DVD the other night and the opening statement by the speaker was on “our Lord”, i.e. the owner.  The owner “dictates” what we can and cannot do.  If we call Jesus our Lord, He is our owner.  That means living in submission to His will, I am no longer my own.  That’s the lesson I need to learn and practise, submission.  Through little things, He showed me how much in control of life I am and how that is an obstacle to this submission business.  It is a caring hand and nudge I feel when He shows me these lessons, the warm heart of a shepherd guiding me to Him.

“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” Ps 23:1

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