I’ve not had the most perfect week but that’s life isn’t it? It’s nice to imagine it being a wonderfully soft bed of thornless roses but sadly, in order to appreciate life’s highlights, we have to get through the lowlights as well. Thank GOD then, that to make those lows more bearable, there’re always freshly baked goodies to turn to.

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I had some lychees left from a private cake order and didn’t want to keep them sitting around for too long. I also wanted something to soothe my soul and since I didn’t have good ol’ Camomile at home, I settled on Earl Grey to partner with the lychees. Also, I ofted to make these cakelets using some cornmeal because cornmeal tends to give a slightly gritty texture – something you either grow to love or learn to hate. I wanted to use it as a reminder that even when things get a little rough, there’s always a touch of sweetness somewhere to make the going that much more bearable.

Sometimes in life, we don’t always get what we want, but that doesn’t mean that something beautiful will not come out from it. I always imagine that whatever happens, happens, and everything will always be ok. Eventually, as events unfold, you’ll stand there one day looking back and realising that it all happened for a reason. More often than not, that reason would be worth having gone through all that rough and tumble.

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So if you happen to be having a tough day, or a difficult week, or a challenging month, know that these are small blips in our life. If we lived to 100 and face a single tough day, that’s just 1 day out of 36 500 days. A few more than that to be exact since we get extra days in leap years but I can’t be bothered to count the number of leap years in 100 years. Yes I may be Asian but that doesn’t mean I’m a mathematician.

Mmm…. Now I feel like I ought to do the numbers properly. So every 4th year is a leap year… 100/4=25. So that’s 1 blip out of 36 525 days! Of course we’ll have more than one bad day in our lifetime but in the grand scheme of things, I think I can safely say we have more good days than bad ones. It’s all a matter of perspective. And you know what? You can always come talk to me! And if you’re a little shy, then perhaps these cakelets will do the trick!

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Lychee Earl Grey Cornmeal Cakelets (Makes 8 Cakelets or 1 2″x6″ Loaf)

115g Butter
40g Sugar
15g Honey
1/4tsp Salt
2 Eggs
55g Flour
45g Cornmeal
1 Sachet Earl Grey Tea
8 Lychees, Halved

  1. Preheat oven to 170 deg C.
  2. Cream butter with sugar and honey until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
  4. Add flour, cornmeal, contents of the earl grey tea sachet, and salt. Mix until just incorporated.
  5. Pipe mixture into prepared moulds of loaf tin, and top with lychee halves.
  6. Bake for 18-24min (for cakelets) or 35-40 min for loaf, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean.

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In my early struggle with ED, baking was my therapy. In fact, it often is even now. There is something therapeutic in going about collecting ingredients, following each step, and from the most basic ingredients of flour, sugar and eggs, creating something delicious. I find it calming, soothing, comforting. When I was still living with my parents, we’d share my bakes with neighbours, friends at church, our condo security guards… And the joy it gave me when they received my bakes with relish helped fuel my desire to want see people’s smiles through my bakes.

Sadly, it would be difficult for me to send you my baked goods whenever you feel down. So it is through my recipes that I hope you manage to take some refuge in. In a way, when you bake, it’s like a little of me right there! More than that, I hope that you won’t have to face bad days as much as possible; that most of your days will be filled with rainbows and white puffy clouds in the shape of smiley faces. And that these Lychee Earl Grey Cornmeal Cakelets will be the icing on top of that beautiful day of yours! X

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