Friday, August 12, 2011

Milk Tea, Mug Cake and Rose Petals

I discovered milk tea around second or third year college when my orgmates dragged me to Bubble Tea. Back then, Bubble Tea prices were still reasonable. Eventually, however, I stopped the Bubble Tea routine because their prices got too steep. And then I discovered Moonleaf in Magiting Street last November through Krinkle and Nadine and I love the place! Nowadays, I rarely have the time to go to Moonleaf so here's what I do when I'm craving for something.

Yakult Jasmine

Steep jasmine tea in a cup of boiling water for about ten minutes. Add sugar or milk (or creamer if you want). Pour into an ice-filled glass and then pour a bottle or two of Yakult. It's going to be like Yakult with a tinge of sampaguita. No, really. :))

One time I shared my jasmine Yakult with my brothers and here's the conversation:

Kuya: "Ano to?" *drinks*
Me: "Yakult na may sampaguita" (sampaguita is a kind of jasmine after all)
Kuya: "Pucha kaya pala kalasa ng air freshener ko."
Bunso: *drinks* "Ano to?! Lasang lason!"

There goes a typical conversation among us siblings.

But if you don't have Yakult at hand, you may want to try Muscovado Milk Tea. Steep some black tea in a cup of boiling water. Add muscovado sugar and milk. You may want it hot or iced. :)

I didn't give measurements because you have to adjust everything to your liking (even the steeping time of your tea).

And you know how well cake goes with tea. Lately, I haven't been able to bake cakes and cookies. Now here's what I do when there's Nutella at home and I'm craving for cake. Recipe is not mine. Found it somewhere in the internet but I forgot where. Tell me if it's yours so I can credit. :)

Nutella Mug Cake

4 tablespoons self rising flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Nutella
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug.
Whisk well with a fork until smooth.
Microwave on high for 1 1/2 – 3 minutes. (Time depends on microwave wattage. Mine took 1.5 minutes.)
Top with whipped cream and a little chocolate sauce if desired.

Reminders from me:
Don't overcook as the mug cake will turn rubbery.
If you think you've cooked the mug cake enough, remove it from the mug so as not to cook it any longer.
You may grease the mug with oil beforehand.
Also, this recipe yields quite a lot for a single mug so I actually mix it in a bowl and pour into two mugs.

Doesn't look as good as oven-baked cakes but good enough to appease cravings

I've tried making mug cakes before but they always end up rubbery. This recipe fixes the said problem using Nutella. :)

And here's something that made me happy last night while I was reviewing my ES 11 (Statics of Rigid Bodies) and making problems for our students to solve. Imagine studying and then suddenly you find these between the pages of your book...

Pressed rose petals!

I actually have a habit of pressing flower petals (and sometimes leaves) between books whenever I get the chance. (Un)fortunately, I don't get flowers a lot so I don't have much to press haha.

But honestly, I no longer remember where these roses came from (I don't even think they're mine... prolly my mom's) and I can't remember how long they've been pressed (although I'm sure it's been years).

Maybe I'll start pressing more flowers from here on and then put them into my books so that I'll get more surprises. That is if I have flowers to press. Haha.

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