Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ginger Kisses

I fell in love with these melt-in-the-mouth little gingerbread cakes with filling called 'Ginger Kisses' when my family and I visited New Zealand in 2007 but have not been able to find the correct recipe to make them at home.

That was until I met a lady from New Zealand recently and I asked her about them, and she suggested that I Google 'ginger gems' instead. I did just  that and voila! There was the recipe that I had been searching for all this time!

I made a batch of them and my daughter brought some to school to share with her friends during recess...and came back with praises from her friends.

You might want to try them too. If you have a sweet tooth like mine, you won't be disappointed! Some of the ingredients you would need to get from stores selling baking supplies.


250g   butter

2         eggs
¾ cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 level teaspoon baking soda dissolved in ¼ cup boiling water
1 level teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder


1½  cups icing sugar

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon Creamwell 
2 teaspoon lemon juice
a little boiling water


1) Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffly. Add eggs and beat well.

2) Mix in dry ingredients and baking soda dissolved in ¼ cup boiling water.

3) Place half tablespoons of batter on a tray lined with baking paper, spacing them well apart Bake for 20 mins or until the edges start to brown, at 180 degrees Celsius.

4) Remove from oven, cool about 10 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

5) Mix icing ingredients and enough boiling water to form a smooth creamy icing. Sandwich the ginger kisses together with the icing.

6) Enjoy!

On a different note, I made some ping pei mooncakes this year using 2 different fillings and when I cut them into quarters they looked like heart shapes (viewed from a certain angle). It's amazing how our eyes can find something unusual in the ordinary things!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nick Vujicic In KL

I found out on Facebook that Nick Vujicic would be in KL for a few days, so hubby and I decided to bring our kids to attend his talk City Harvest Church at Sunway on the 31st of August.

The talk was scheduled at 2pm but when we reached there at 12.30pm the hall was already about 80% full. We queued for an hour and still couldn't get in. Thankfully, our church friend who had arrived earlier and had booked seats for us managed to convince the security personnel to let us jump the queue to enter the hall.

All the chairs were removed from the hall so that as many people as possible could be seated on the floor. Later I read that the final count was about 9,500 people when only 5,000 were expected to turn up!
The crowd that afternoon. There is a large
LED screen at the stage.
Seeing Nick in person made all the waiting and tight squeezing worth it. He's an excellent motivational speaker - he has this gift of making people laugh or cry with his words.
So thankful for the large screen because Nick
looked really tiny from where I was seated.
Nick Vujicic's message is one of hope. Born without arms or legs, he should be the one without much of a future yet God had plans for him beyond what he could even imagine, and now he travels the world spreading the message of hope and finding meaning in life. This really makes me grateful for what I have and I believe that, like Nick, everyone can live a life full of possibilities.