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Banana Hazelnut Muffins January 15, 2011

Posted by silverlinedletters in something new every week.
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I found this recipe while daydreaming in class last week. The shot of espresso powder got me intrigued and I had new bakeware (silicon oven mitts + heart shaped silicon baking tray from Geri for christmas), so when this lazy weekend rolled around and I was not content to spend it catching up on school work (though I really, really should), I zipped off to the market in the morning and came home with a bunch of ripened bananas.

Breakfast food for the next week! I replaced the walnuts in the recipe with hazelnuts and also cut the sugar to 1/2 cup. I used 4 bananas, techically 3.5 because I ate half a banana while prepping the batter.

Making good use of my new bakeware. The silicon tray is incredible – the muffins ‘pop’ out easily and washing up’s a breeze. Definitely all that it’s CRACKED UP to be!

Have a beautiful weekend xoxo

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Where there is love January 10, 2011

Posted by silverlinedletters in if music be the food of love, London.
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Where there is love the heart is light,
Where there is love the day is bright,
Where there is love there is a song
To help when things are going wrong,
Where there is love there is a smile
To make all things seem more worthwhile,
Where there is love there’s a quiet peace,
A tranquil place where turmoils cease
Love changes darkness into light
And makes the heart take “wingless flight” –
Oh, blest are they who walk in love
They also walk with God above,
And when man walks with God again
There shall be Peace on Earth for men.

– Helen Steiner Rice

I really like this poem by Helen Rice, it’s one of those poems that brings my heart and everything else to a still. It fills me with a quiet sense of gratitude.

Today, my little happy moment was when I got 5 lobster puffs and 3 egg tarts for 5 dollars from the Marine Parade Hawker Centre. They were deliciously yummy! I decided to treat myself on the first day of school. While it’s bittersweet to be back home in Singapore, for everything there’s a season; I’ve had plenty of time to enjoy, explore and discover in the last 5 months. Now it’s time to return to school and to do the best I can for my final semester (and not sleep walk through it as I’m inclined to do).

Accompanying this poem is a cover of one of my favourite songs – “Your Song”. While I was on the long, cold journey back from a day of jam-packed shopping at the boxing day sales in London, the song came on and I remember being momentarily blown away (not by the wind, but by the song of course).

Where there is love, there is a song

To help when things go wrong…


Happy new year lovelies! Here’s to peace, love and may your heart take wingless flight in the year ahead. xoxo