Author: Judy Ng

Brownies with crackling top

Brownies with crackling top

I have been wanting to bake this for a few days but haven been able to find time. Today my 5 month old woke up at 5am for milk, and i have not left much time to sleep as i need to wake up for work at 6am, so i took the time to do a quick bake.

I love my brownies moist and chewy, with a crusty crackling top. However, this recipe does not yields the chewy texture inside but it is moist and the top cracks.

I had these brownies slightly overbaked a little, thus the inner is a little dry. I should have bake it about 5 mins lesser so to attain the moist texture inside the brownies. So do take note and adjust the time and temperature accordingly to your tray and oven. For me, i used a 8 inch square pan, with fan so i probably should bake 5 mins lesser or bake with non-fan instead.

To this, i also added 1 teaspoon of coffee powder to achieve the bitterness in the brownies. Chocolate and coffee always goes well together in bakes if you do not want an overly sweet bake. However, you can omit the coffee powder if you prefer to a sweet cake.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 140g Butter
  • 160g sugar (half brown and half white)
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cold eggs
  • 70g cake flour sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder ( you can omit if you don’t have)
  • 1 tsp of coffee powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp orange liquor (optional)
  • 50g nuts (optional)

Items used:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk/Mixer
  • Pot
  • 8 inch tray
  • Baking paper
  • Spatula

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven at 180Β°C
  2. Add butter, sugar, salt, cocoa and coffee powder in a bowl. Melt the butter and mixture under a boiling pot of water.

2. Let the mixture cool down to warm, then add vanilla paste (orange liquor if you are using) and eggs one by one. You can use hand whisk for this but i am using an electric mixer for easier and faster mixing.

3. Add flour + baking powder, mix well before finally adding the chopped walnuts.

4. Line the baking tin with baking paper. Pour the mixture in the baking tin and baked for 20-25mins.

  • For this batch it is a little dry because i baked with fan. I should be baking about 15 mins non fan, and 5 mins with fan. The purpose of fan is to achieve a cracked top. You can adjust the temperature and timing according to the texture you want.

5. Take out to cool on a wire rack.

6. Cut to size and enjoy with a good scoop of ice-cream!

Soft Chewy Mochi

Soft Chewy Mochi

I did mochi today because I had super intense cravings on a good soft chewy mochi skin, it was awesome!


I always liked Japanese mochi ice cream but never liked the mochi that are sold in supermarkets. The nice ones from Japan are really expensive here, so I decided to make my own. You’ll be surprise how cheap these ingredients will be.


Recipe for Soft Chewy Mochi

(Yields about 15 mochi)


(THE CHEWY SKIN)

100 g of glutinous rice flour
35 g sugar
200 ml coconut milk

*Some cooked glutinous rice flour for dusting




1. Whisk all the ingredients till smooth.
2. Pour into a well greased bowl.
3. Steam at middle high heat for about 25 mins.
(I steam mine in a rice cooker)
4. Once ready, take out and loosen up the dough a little using a spoon.
5. Dust a good amount of cooked glutinous rice flour on your work table and start to stretch and knead to a flat rectangle. Careful the dough will be hot. If too hot too handle, let cool a little.
6. Cut the dough into desired sizes and wrap your fillings into the dough.
7. Final coat of cooked glutinous rice flour before placing them into cupcake liners.


* Cooked glutinous rice flour
How to: Fry the flour under really low heat until it becomes light and fluffy. If your flour turned brown, it’s over cooked.



The Mochi filling

You can fill the filling of mochi with almost anything! Some examples are:

Ice cream (make sure your dough is cooled by the time you wrap these 😁)

Fruits like mango, strawberries and kiwi (Either you wrap them up as a whole fruit or blend the fruits with whipped cream and freeze them in ice cubes)

Sweet fillings like red bean paste, yam paste, crushed peanuts with sugar, sesame paste (You can use store bought)

Since I have some crushed peanuts and peanut better left, so I made some. I did not do any weighing for these so I won’t be providing the actual weights of ingredients.

Peanut fillings

– Store bought crushed peanuts
(They usually comes sweetened with sugar, but you can add a little more sugar if you like it sweeter, afterall what’s a dessert when it’s “less sweet” right?)
– Some peanut butter (you omit this)
– Some water

Add all these into a bowl to get a somehow wet yet not clumpy texture. Look at my 1st picture, the peanut mixture is darker in colour but they do not clump into a ball.



These can be eaten straight away, or store them in an air tight container before placing them into the fridge for a cold dessert.

The freshly made ones have a more soft texture while the cold ones will have a more chewy texture but they both will taste just as good.



Do link me up if you successfully tried this recipe! Can’t wait to see your pretty mochi soon!

LOVE,
Judy Bakez

One Year Post Op

On 22.11.2018 marks my 1 year jaw op anniversary!! Yay!!! Of all the jaw blogs i have read, i have almost could not find updates about surgery recoveries after 1 year or more. Thus, i would like to give a little more updates to prepare for those who are in the process or are still in doubt.

If you have read all my previous jaw posts, by now you would have more and less knew what i had gone through:- my horrible recovery! I was in so much pain and mental torture ( i didn’t want to scare you because i had quite a good share of fear too!) My recovery wasn’t smooth, it was way more difficult and longer than almost all stories i have read or heard (therefore don’t worry, you couldn’t be worst).

I had little swelling every once in a while on my right cheek at my lower jaw (they hurt), even thou i was fully recovered. I had some numbness and tightness on my chin during my 8 months post op and was prepared to live with this for the rest of my life but i was wrong.

I’m not sure when the tightness went away but it was gone. Probably i start when i started working on this chin with some movements and stretching. Facial exercises are really important if you want a good recovery, it is the same with any post surgery you will need therapy, especially people like me who are already in the 30s, depending on how major your surgery is, our recovery is not really as excellent as before.

At my 1 year post op mark, these are the few things i can sum up:

  • I could chew beef and nuts with no difficulties
  • My front teeth (jaw) has not regain 100% strength, probably 80%
  • No pain / numbness / tightness feeling anymore
  • I look much more approachable and friendlier now
  • I could feel bones in my fish with my tongue now (if you get what i mean)
  • I could chew with all my teeth
  • I have a wonderful smile which gives me so much more confidence
  • I read alot about people claiming pain/ache in jaw when the weather is cold, but it never happened to me
  • The screws and plates are here to stay in your face as long as it doesn’t cause inflammation. They are designed to be accepted by our body.

 

Jaw surgery is a major surgery, so DO take all necessary vitamins to build your immune system in preparation of the surgery. I used alot of Young Living Oils to aid my recovery and to manage my pain instead of medications.

I visited Dr Cheng for my 6 months review on 21.11.2018 and he says that everything is good! My teeth are settling well in their positions, however i have just 1 naughty tooth that seems to rotate a little which Dr Cheng says he could fix it if it really bothers me. My visit to Dr Clement Lye will be next month.

Overall, i feel jaw surgery is one of the best decision i ever made! Patience is the key. It takes months and months for you to be able to see the perfect change. I gained back my weight but still looking way better than before!

If you have any questions/doubts/fear, feel free to pm me on my facebook or instagram and i’ll try my best to answer your questions =D

 

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Easy Chocolate Sponge Cake

Chocolate has always been everyone’s favorite (almost everyone), thanks to its unique, rich, and sweet taste.

While some may feel guilty on eating chocolate because of its bad reputation for causing weight gain, a number of health issues may also be associated with this delicious treat,Β however, there are also a number of health benefits on this sinful treat!

Chocolate is believed to contain high levels of antioxidants and some studies have suggested chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline, if there isn’t high fat and sugar content in this one treat.

Putting cocoa powder and controlling the amount of sugar you can put in one dessert enables you to enjoy this without much guilt, at least to me.

I have always love sponges of any kind, soft and fluffy ones always makes excited. There’s 2 ways to make a sponge cake:- Egg separation method and the whole egg method.
I didn’t understand why my whole egg method always fail on me not giving me the best of the cake. Hence, i have grown to using the more tedious egg separate method for all cakes. They always turn out super light and fluffy.

Once you get the hang of making good sponges, you’re almost good to do all kinds of basic cakes!

Recipe for Chocolate Sponge Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 Egg whites (large)
  • 100 grams sugar (i divided into 2 portions of about 80g and 20g)
  • 3 Egg yolks (i used 60g eggs)
  • 80 grams Cake flour
  • 50 ml Milk (full cream)
  • 30 grams Butter (or coconut oil)
  • 20 grams Cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (optional)

Cream of tartar helps to stabilize your egg whites during whipping and baking powder helps to achieve the fluffy texture of the cake although both are not necessary.

I’m using only a electric hand whisk to do this cake, as little bowls and as little washing as possible.

Steps

1. Preheat oven at 170C.

2. Melt butter in warm milk

3. Combine and sift dry ingredients in a bowl

4. Whisk egg whites, gradually adding sugar (80g) in 3 batches to soft peak.

5. Whisk egg yolks with sugar (20g) in another bowl, till slightly pale in colour.

6. Add milk mixture and dry ingredients into the yolk mixture.

7. Fold in the egg white meringue in 3 batches.

8. Line a 6″ cake tin. I only line the base of the tin so the cake can “climb” and i will have a taller cake.

9. I bake my cake on the middle tray of the oven, at 170C (no fan) for 40 mins and 150C (fan) for 12mins. Insert a toothpick to check for doneness. It has to come out clean.

Some tips.

  • As i mention i want to keep as little washing and as little bowls i have for this, after you whipped your whites, there is no need to wash or clean your whisk. You may use it to whisk the yolks straight away.
  • Do not delay too long to get your egg yolks mixture done as the egg whites that you just whipped up, may deflat.
  • Do not overmix or overfold your batter in any part.
  • You can also use a 8″ cake tin for a bigger but shorter cake. It works fine too, but you may need to cut the baking time. Maybe try 170C 20mins (no fan) then 150C 10mins (fan). Insert toothpick to check for doneness.

I’ve prep some homemade berries jam and frost with some chocolate buttercream. You can frost the cake with whipped fresh cream as well. The ideas are countless when you have a perfect chocolate sponge cake πŸ‘πŸ»

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Post Surgery Recovery and Tips

Post Surgery Recovery and Tips

Today marks the 30th day of my post op. It was a hell month with pains and headaches that does not go away due to the tensed jaws muscles in my cheeks. I was too afraid to move or to bite because i felt my bones were still weak and movable!

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Facial (not jaw) exercises worked!! And some smiling exercises too.

Tension headaches released, tension jaws released. Work on it!!

P.s: Today I secretly released my tight rubber bands that Dr Tan tightened, since Dr Lye says my bite is quite stable and I’m going the ortho tomorrow πŸ‘πŸ‘<

It’s been a tough month, especially the first 2 weeks. Before the operation, I thought it was easy because everywhere I read about their experiences was just discomfort, but they didn’t mention the frustrations they are getting. I was wired shut, I couldn’t get messages through, I was frustrated and impatient. I cried soooo much (nobody mention that previously in their recovery), and nobody visited me. Not to mention I was super weak and fatigued from the anesthesia and the liquid diet.

I seek alot of comfort from a jaw surgery group (worldwide) because that was only the place where people understands me.

Along the way, I met more people who are Singaporeans that are also Doctor Tan’s patients whom I can seek advice, help and comfort from their experience. (That’s how friends are made)

There were also times where people do not understand why I needed the surgery and keeps saying everything looks ok. Yea~ on the surface.. Don’t be so superficial can anot luh?? What’s inside my mouth and health related issues, you know anot hah?

Then there were people who are so ignorant that they claim this is solely cosmetic.. When do you see cosmetic surgery done in our local government hospitals? Common sense luh.. Somemore medisave can claim, government hospital stay can subsidise. So good ah? Then i want to do my boobs liao lah huh!

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Then another few would say, but you see your face change like become a different person liao, still say not cosmetic? Comon leh… jaw movement (Bones) ley! If face no change maybe i’m really an alien liao! Can you look beyond that?

Doctor Tan told me to be prepared for face that may have huge changes. Maybe my jaw deformity is so bad that the surgery became a massive one that almost changed my looks entirely. On the good side, everyone around me who are concern on my biting and face symmetrical issues previously are happy for me. They look deep and beyond knowing it’s for the best of me. They said, : To us, you are still you. Your face has given you more confident and the thought that you could eat better in the future is most important.”

Wahhh… so touching luh.. then u know who are the real friends and family liao lor..

But I’m so glad that god has been kind to me allowing me to meet people who are on the same path. I had some of Facebook friends who are constantly comforting me and encourage me through each day (strange that sometimes the most caring ones are actually strangers)

Officially 1 month post op. I’m finally smiling 😊😊 The rest of the swelling will take months but it’s ok, at least my teeth meets now.

Tomorrow is my orthodontist appointment. Once I get all my braces fixed, my journey to chewing will officially starts πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

AND BACK TO WORK!! I’m still on HL thou, we shall see how it goes. Cross my fingers no post op complications and no more intense headaches.

The whole surgery ONLY consist of breaking and moving of bones.

NO implants were made.

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P.S: I’M LOVING MY TEETH 😍😍😍

Works of orthodontics Dr Alfred Cheng from Alfred Cheng Orthodontics Clinic with Oral Maxillofacial surgeons Dr Winston Tan and Dr Clement Lye πŸ‘ at The Oral Maxillofacial Practice.

I had a double jaw surgery where both jaw bones are cut and pushed back and secured by plates and screws till the bones regrow back. Doctors also decided on a chin advancement of 5mm during the surgery.

Jaw surgery recovery tips (based on what i have used and experienced) :

– Warm salted water gargle. Cheap and super effective on wounds. They are really important. I did it before and after every meal and that made m incisions heal hell lot faster and prevent inflammations on the wounds! Dy Lye was pretty amazed by my incisions recovery. I couldn’t brush my teeth so i also used orasol mouth rinse given by the hospital. That prevents bacteria from building in your mouth.

– Ice pack. They are saviors!! Apply them on your face for the first few days every few hours or as much as you like. Your face will be “burning” because your cells and trying to heal, ice packs helps to cool it down and makes it feels alot more comfortable.

– Liquid/Powdered Vitamins, Calcium and Probiotics. Your body has gone through a HUGE trauma after surgery and it needs external help. Antibiotics will cause upset stomach as it kills all bacteria including the good ones. I’m taking powdered form probiotics after every antibiotic medication and it makes my day alot better. For sale of powdered Vitamin C and Probiotics that i am taking, pm me on facebook.

– Warm packs. You will probably need this after 1-2 weeks post op. The muscles gets so tensed after surgery and not moving for weeks, heat packs warms it and loosen the muscles for better movement. I bathe with very warm water every morning to loosen my muscles in the cheeks.

– High Protein shakes and meal replacement. I heard so much from other jaw surgery bloggers how yuckie Ensure is, so i prepared my own Protein shakes and meal replacement. Your body needs ALOT of energy to heal, therefore nutritious food intake is very important. Juices and liquid alone, is never enough. If you wish to purchase the protein shake, you can pm me on my facebook.

– Big Syringes. Hospital will be giving syringe to aid you with your liquid diet however, it’s energy draining to pump and drink from a small syringe everytime. So go to Guardians Pharmacy and head for the biggest syringe!

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– Very good Lip Balm. I heard vaseline is not good enough. I bought Burts bee Wax with peppermint and i have also gotten Paralin from the hospital. Your lips will be so swollen, injured, sore from peeling through the surgery that the bee wax kinda felt burning. I stopped and used Paralin since. Organic Coconut Oil from the supermarket is very good for healing and soothing peeled lips. Get one!

– Oracort E. Get it from your hospital before leaving. The sides of my lips cracked everytime i went back for review when they pulled open my mouth. It was a torture! This is for ulcers but it’s great for healing cracks on your lips too! Don’t buy from pharmacy, i feel it’s not the same. Get it from your dental clinics or hospitals.

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– Frankincense and Myrrh oil. The pure ones are very expensive but they are worth buying for healing sake. Frankincense warms and soothe tensed muscle and also helps in the mood relieving stress, anxiety and despair. Myrrh helps in blood circulation, muscles contractions, boost immunity, strengthen gums, helps wounds and prevent infections. I applied on my face at least twice a day.

– Facial (not jaw) exercises. Doctor Lye cleared me on soft food on my 3rd week but i didn’t dare to because i had so much extra wires tired to my teeth and pressing into my gums making it so uncomfortable and sensitive to bite. By the 4th week when they release all my bands and wires, my face are still stiff and suffered persistent headaches because my muscles are not strong enough to support. So i googled and did some face exercise which includes expression exercise and smiling exercise.

Other exercise includes open (stretch) jaw wide to a acceptable range, hold it for 5 secs, slowly release.

Another is to lightly press against your chin, and open your jaw slowly. You will feel your muscles pulling.

It was the first time i slept peacefully after waking up from a severe headache and doing these exercises.

– H2O. Be very well hydrated. Drink LOTS of water, i don’t mean juices or fluids.

– Collagen. Doctor Tan mention that after surgery, your skin is stretched, water retention expands your skin causing skin to sag. Of course if you are young, collagen rebuilds faster. I wouldn’t want to take the risk so i drank collagen soup which can be purchased from here:—> https://sg.dineinn.com/hosts/judy-ng/foods/collagen-broth-z9ydzv8w6kexmw

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– Chicken and Fish Essence. To me, this is essential for recovery and wellbeing after surgery, at least for the first week. Pure black chicken essence can be purchased here: —-> https://sg.dineinn.com/hosts/judy-ng/foods/pure-black-chicken-essence-uy3qdfj7u1vddq

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– Baby Toothbrush and Waterpik. Dr Lye wants me to start brushing after week 1 removal of splint. My cheeks are so swollen that i can hardly reach a toothbrush in. Go to the baby store, and get the smallest toothbrush possible and start brushing. My waterpik usage is approved by Doctor Lye during week 2 but was afraid to use it till week 4. It really cleans all particles stuck in the sides or the brackets in your mouth. Keep your teeth as clean as possible to prevent bacteria buildup that causes tooth decay. What’s the use of a good set of teeth that is decayed?

That’s all i can think of now. I’ll continue to add in and update if i thought of anything else.

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