Red, white and black. Glossy. Shiny. Neat. Modern. Clean lines.

This will be my perfect kitchen. I’ve spent a large amount of my day in the kitchen these past few months (thanks to B’s food fussiness) and it got me thinking about my perfect kitchen. It should be me, my fav colors, ample of work space (yes I need a lot of counter space!), the latest baking utensils, my baking haven!

L-shaped with an island (island is a must so I can feed B as well as do my work). Red, white and black/grey.

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A 4-6 gas cooking range. yup its big but you need to multitask with B. red or black in color. a glossy or glass range hood.

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A 2-3 door fridge, high-end sink with a chopper, colander.

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Top it up with the latest utensils in the world of baking, and this is my perfect cooking-baking paradise!

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B’s already half way into his 10th month, and i am so late for his 9th month post! he just keeps me super busy, searching and removing him from all the corners of the house!

last month was full of mood swings, crankiness and what not! B’s doc finally confirmed hes teething for sure this time. He gets these ear pains due to which he keeps pulling and scratching his ears. almost every morning we see a new scratch and blood clot in his ear! ouch..

and he’s becoming a fussy eater too! is it one of the side affects of teething? i don’t know, but it surely tests my patience (which i have very little of)! lunch is still fine but dinner is a roller coaster ride for us. hence i now handover B’s dinner bowl to M. its become so difficult to cook for him now. his one time fav veggies are no longer on his list. Sweet potato, squash, pumpkin..no no! eggs also didn’t go down too well with him. AND he will not repeat his lunch for dinner! every meal is my experiment and a hope that he likes it.

with the arrival of spring and days becoming longer, B has started his evening park trips. it’s a good walk for me and B loves the swings and slides.

B’s fascination with laptops continue. he jumps with joy on seeing a laptop and leaps for it. he uses M’s laptop for his hourly workout sessions! he goes on all his fours (crawling position), climbs onto the laptop, makes a bridge by going on his palms and toes..he discovers new ways to reach items, new body positions..its so fascinating to watch him do different and new stunts every time!

his latest fav room in the house (besides the kitchen) is the bathroom. he crawls off to the bathroom when he gets the chance and sleeps next to his bathtub!

and finally his activity of the month – he broke my headphones! 3 pieces! don’t ask how!

This is the first time i tried making a rolled cake and i cant believe how simple it is! and it tastes just like the ones sold in supermarkets. infact you can add your fav flavours to suit your taste. you must try it out for yourself. its very simple and just takes 7-8 mins for the cake to bake.

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Here’s the recipe for Jelly Roll

Ingredients

Vegetable oil cooking spray

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour (not self-raising), plus more for sheet

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting cake

1 1/4 cups good quality jam

1 cup heavy cream (whipped cream)

Method

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius. Coat a 12 1/2-by-17 1/2-inch baking tray with cooking spray. Line with parchment; coat with cooking spray. Dust with flour; tap out excess, and set aside. Stir flour and salt in a bowl; set aside.

Put eggs, yolks, and granulated sugar into the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water; whisk until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch. Attach bowl to mixer fitted with whisk attachment; beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Raise speed to high; beat until mixture is pale and thick, about 4 minutes more.

Sift flour mixture over egg mixture; using a large rubber spatula, carefully fold. When almost incorporated, pour butter down side of bowl; gently fold. Spread batter evenly into prepared sheet. Bake cake until golden brown and springy to the touch, 7 to 8 minutes.

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Run a knife around sides of cake. Invert onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar; remove parchment. Dust a little more sugar on the cake and cover with parchment. Roll cake in towel, starting at a short end. Let cool completely, seam side down.

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Unroll cake. Spread with jam, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Whip cream until soft peaks form; spread over jam. Roll cake without towel, starting at a short end. Refrigerate 30 minutes (up to 3 hours). Serve dusted with confectioners’ sugar.

Happy Feasting!

Note:

The cake should be thin and long for it to roll nicely, hence the big size baking tray.

Roll the cake when it is still warm out of the oven to avoid cracks.