Oooh it’s been a while. I went MIA after my girlie trip to Canggu owing to Flo and I moving to our new place. It’s been a week and a day since we moved and we’ve unpacked everything and made this space our new home.

It’s still quite a big change from our last home in that this estate is quite a lot older and there were people living here before us whereas our other place was new. A lot of things said to have been done looked like they weren’t and we’ve had to chase our agent to get things up to scratch beginning with cleaning. The previous tenants were said to have got a cleaner in but a few days before our move, Flo was insistent on checking the apartment and when we entered, it took us less than a minute to find dust balls and sticky tabletops. Next day, the agent had some cleaners in to vacuum, mop, and dust. It took them 4, nearly 5 hours!

We also pointed out these oil splats on the kitchen walls, as well as parts that were chipped. So last Saturday, the painters came over to repaint some of the walls. They were told they were to paint only 2 walls but after Flo and I showed them some of the other ones, the chief painter generously painted them for us without additional charges. His sweet gesture was rewarded with a loaf of Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread that made his tough exterior melt into a gratuitous smile. That made me even happier knowing that I had given a homebaked cake to someone who appreciated it.

Right now, we’re chasing the agent to get the large water bottles and water dispenser lining our front patio removed and to have someone look at our living room air-con because each time it’s turned on, tiny black disintegrated foam spurts out and renders all my cleaning useless. Pooh!

Aside from all these little things, I’m starting to get settled in and getting used to the gurgling of the water pipes, chirping of the birds every morning and evening, and revelling in the sounds of children playing and laughing, then crying, every afternoon, just in front of our apartment where the swimming pools are.

I have a lot of new things to share with you, recipes and non-recipes related, but first, a throwback to the beginning of this new year with my first cake order of a Lychee Raspberry Cake with Rose Chantilly Cream.

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Paying cake homage to Pierre Hermes’ Ispahan.

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And kicking off the new year with a healthier bake filled with Matcha Green Tea and Spelt Flour.

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I had some gorgeous Macadamia Nuts gifted to me from an aunty who visited Australia and was itching to use some of them in a bake. The rest went straight to my tummy! I love the creaminess of macadamias and adding them to the blondies provided a nutty milkiness to every bite. Think Matcha Latte. Almost. As I prefer not to use white chocolate in my blondies lest they become cloyingly sweet, the nuts were the perfect creamy boost complementing the bitter earthiness of the matcha.

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And of course, some dark chocolate chips were thrown in for good measure.

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Chocolate Chip Matcha Spelt Flour Blondies with Macadamias (Yields 1 8×8″ Square)

180g Butter, Melted
240g Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
8g Matcha Powder
175g Spelt Flour
150g Plain Flour
70g Dark Chocolate Chips
30g Chopped Macadamias

  1. Preheat oven to 170deg C and line an 8×8″ baking tin.
  2. In a clean bowl, whisk brown sugar together with melted butter. 
  3. Whisk in eggs.
  4. Stir in both flours and matcha powder until just combined. 
  5. Gently fold in dark chocolate chips and chopped macadamias. 
  6. Pour batter into tin and bake for 22min until just set. 
  7. Allow to cool before removing from tin to cut – I sliced mine into 12 pieces.

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I used my basic Spelt Flour Blondies recipe sans brown butter and substituting some of plain flour for matcha powder. It was the last of my matcha since I didn’t want to stock up on more before our move so I wasn’t able to add as much as I’d have liked for a richer green tea flavour. As a result, these were mild but good for those just getting to know the awesomeness of matcha. Otherwise, I’d suggest bumping up the amount of matcha powder up to 10-12g. Matcha Power!!

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