Friday, December 19, 2014

Quinceanera Dresses

The tradition of Quinceanera is one of the most important celebration in the Mexican culture.   In Mexico and other countries in Latin America, it is customary to celebrate a girl’s fifteenth birthday party with full pomp and glory.

Now what is Quinceanera?  It is a combination of the Spanish words quince “fifteen” and anos ‘years’.  It is one of the most meaningful event that happens to any fifteen year old Mexican or Latin American girl.   This celebration traditionally marks a girl’s coming of age, that she’s mature and ready for marriage and also to give thanks to God for all his blessings.    It is also an honour to the girl’s parents and her godparents who’ll play an important role throughout the ceremonies.

The celebration normally begins with a thanksgiving mass in church, to give thanks for a completed childhood.    The godparents will bestow the birthday girl with lavish gifts and jewellery  which will accentuate her beautiful dress.    The Quinceanera dress  will be a full length ball gown in pastel or bold colours of her choice.  



Around the birthday girl will be 14 male and female attendants and escorts, called damas and chambelanes to represent the previous 14 year of life.



The Quinceanera dress is the birthday girl’s first formal adult attire and even though it’s worn for only a day, a good choice of a comfortable dress is crucial.  A dress that will look good on her, with matching colours to her skin and which will flatter her body.   Pink is the traditional colour of a Quinceanera dress but fashion has evolved and the colours now worn are more bold and extravagant.  So for those who are planning for an elaborate ‘Fifteenth Year’  or a ‘Sweet Sixteen’ birthday bash, do hop over to  Sweetquinceaneradress for your dream dress.

                                                          
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vanilla Cupcakes with Choc Glaze

Sokehah Cheah | 11:13 AM | | | | 16 Comments so far


These cupcakes were baked in a muffin pan but devoid of  paper liners as the chocolate glaze would drip down the the sides of the cakes.  If you use a paper liner, the chocolate glaze will drip onto the liner  and will look a bit messy.  I suppose these cuppies with the choco glaze and coloured sprinkles will be a hit with the kids during this festive season!








Recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes with Choco Glaze  香草杯子蛋糕

    Ingredients

    • 195 gm plain flour
    • 1.1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 113 gm unsalted butter
    • 1/4 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
    • 130 gm caster sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1.1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1/4 cup milk
    Chocolate Glaze
    • 120 gm /4 oz cooking chocolate
    • 42 gm butter
    • 1.1/2 Tbsp golden syrup 

    Method 
    1. Melt all the above ingredients in a big bowl  over a pot of simmering water.  Mix well, remove from heat and let it thicken for about 10 mins.  Pour the mixture into a measuring cup.

    Method for the cupcakes
    1. Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt  OR just whisk these in a mixing bowl and set aside.
    2. Beat butter, then add in the sugar and beat till light and creamy.
    3. Add in eggs one at a time, mix well.  If the mixture curdles, it doesn't matter for the mixture will smoothen out once the dry ingredients are added in.
    4. Fold in the flour alternatively with the milk, starting with flour and ending with flour.
    5. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the batter into the lightly greased muffin pan.
    6. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 15 to 16 mins. till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
    7. Leave the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 mins. before removing onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    8. Pour the melted chocolate over the cupcakes, sprinkle on some coloured sprinkles as desired.
    9. Yield :  12 cupcakes




This will be my last post for 2014.  I'll be taking a short break from blogging and will return in January 2015.  Also would like to take this opportunity to wish

All my Readers and Friends, A Very Merry X'mas 
and 
All the best for 2015!



This post is linked to Cook and Celebrate (Christmas 2014)
organised by Yen from Eat your heart out, Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids




Best Recipes For Everyone #5 Dec.'14
~ My Little Cupcakes ~
hosted by Fion from Xuan Hom Mum Kitchen Dairy




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Monday, December 15, 2014

Lace Wedding Dresses

Lace Wedding Dresses

Lace Wedding Dresses  seem to become trendy again as nowadays women  tend to view lace as a feature of a ladylike wedding dress and more and more brides-to-be are considering lace dresses over others as their bridal gowns.  Some ladies who are keen in passing on their gowns to their daughters someday are now interested in purchasing wedding dresses with lace.  Lace adds sophistication to a wedding dress whether  the lace only appears on the collar, the upper part of the dress, on the sleeves or as an overlay over  the whole gown.

Although there are many types of styles for  Lace Wedding Dresses due  consideration must be given when deciding on a lacy wedding dress and how much lace the dress should have.  Heavy lace is perfect for fall and winter weddings and not for the summer.

If you have a slender neck, a high collar heart shape lace mermaid wedding dress will bring out the elegance in you.  The lace be it sheer and lies over another bodice should be modest and to give it a ladylike look, it should not expose any cleavage.  Not so busty brides may opt for a V-cut neckline but this won’t work for a lady with a large bust measurement.   To make their shoulders broader, women should also go for a wide neckline.  A high neckline will also help to enhance your height if you would like to appear taller and more  elegant. 

Sleeves on a lace wedding dress will make the dress ladylike.  They can  be cap sleeves, short sleeves, three quarter or even full length to make the dress look modest.  If a bride-to-be has big upper arms, three quarter length sleeves will make her arms slim and slender.  However, three quarter length sleeves may not look nice on a lady with a small frame, instead she may opt for cap sleeves or even sleeveless.   To appear taller a lady can also choose to have a dress with long sleeves.

Lace, a feminine and timeless fabric looks fashionable in many ways and has become a favourite amongst wedding dress designers.   You can view lots of wedding dresses on- line and some are generally made-to-order items.  When choosing a lace wedding dress, brides must decide whether they prefer their gowns to have many layers of lace or a dress that has a bodice made of satin or other material but paired with a sheer lace overlay.   Since lace wedding dresses tend to fit a  bride’s frame closely, it is of utmost importance to use the manufacturer’s measurement guidelines which may vary from one designer to another while placing an order on-line.  For a choice of on-line wedding dresses visit   DresseStylist !





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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Braised Fish Fillet with Black Beans 豆豉焖鱼

Sokehah Cheah | 8:07 AM | | | 10 Comments so far


This is quite a common dish in households and my mum used to whip this up whenever we had plain white porridge for lunch.   I'm not so keen on the fish, but will make a beeline for the  beancurd sticks and puffs instead!









Recipe for Braised Fish Fillet with Black Beans   豆豉焖鱼


    Ingredients


  • 2 pieces of fish fillet about 125 gm each, seasoned with some salt
  • 6 beancurd puffs cut into half
  • 50 gm beancurd sticks, soaked and cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 4 pips of garlic, chopped
  • 1 small piece of ginger, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp black bean 
  • 1 tsp sugar or to taste
  • 1 tsp cornflour + 2 tsp water to thicken
  • 2.1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oil for frying

Method

  1. Heat up some oil in a wok, fry the chopped garlic and ginger till fragrant, toss in the black beans, stir-fry.
  2. Add in water, let it simmer, add in the beancurd sticks and puffs, continue to simmer.
  3. Add in the fish fillet, simmer till cooked.   Fine tune to taste and add in the cornflour thickening.
  4. Dish out and serve.
  5. Sprinkle on some chilli slices and spring onions if desired.




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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Beach Wedding Dresses




Beach Wedding Dresses
Destination weddings have become one of the hottest trends now and a destination  wedding means to have a wedding reception, casual or formal in a place more than 100 miles away from where the couple lives.  Nowadays many brides-to-be are getting bored with traditional church weddings and now opt for something unique and more memorable. 

Many young couples are now quite keen to book their nuptials at a resort or beach and plan to have a more intimate wedding with their close buddies and family members between the two.  What about a beach wedding with a romantic boat ceremony?   That sounds wonderful!

But there are also a few fine points to consider while planning for a beach wedding.   Will the family members be ready and can afford to take time off to join you on your journey to matrimony in a place far from where they are living?   Also the clothes to bring along if you plan to have a wedding by the beach.   Loosely fitted clothes will be the option and also you must take into account the climate of the venue.    For the brides-to-be, they must also bear in mind the blowing breeze from the sea and what sort of hair-do will compliment their wedding dress style.    If you have long hair, you may want to consider a braid and some complimentray accessories to hold your hair elegantly away from your face  especially while pictures are being taken or perhaps tie your hair into a  neat bun or even consider a Bohemian hair style.

High heels are not recommended when you walk on the beach, instead you can put on your sexy beady sandals and also do a bridal pedicure a day or two before the Big day.   Your guests tend to take notice of your feet if you wear open-toed shoes so put your best foot forward!


Now, what about the  Beach Wedding Dresses?   Cool, light fabrics such as organza and chiffon will allow air to blow through your body and keep you cool and comfortable in your dress for many hours in the sun.  If you have slender legs, now is the opportunity to show them off, so go for short wedding dresses.   A point to remember is to stay away from synthetic fabrics and look for strapless dresses, halter style, one shoulder, capped sleeves, low neck line, yet simple and elegant.   Take a look at DresseStylist   for a variety of wedding dresses!









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