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Breakfast at Mai Samui Resort and Spa Koh Samui

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Just love my recent stay at Mai Samui Resort and Spa, the island of Koh Samui. A four days and three nights stay was just barely enough, wish it was longer. Defintely a place to be free, no hassle and rain with peaceful pleasure. During my stay at the resort, I was amazed with the breakfast served. It starts serving as early at six in the morning.

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Simplicity Pastry Chocolate Tartlet with Chef Gerald Maridet

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My most desireable dessert over the weekend would be having a cup of coffee over a dark chocolate tartlet. A fabulous bitter sweet chocolate. Having to try almost a lot of recipes and I found this one from Chef Gerald Maridet can be very overwhelming. Very decadent. Full of simplicity. Easy to follow.

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THE BEE BURGER at Jaya One

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Dukkah Prawn Salad

We went for a life comedy act a week ago at PJ Live Arts at Jaya One, Petaling Jaya and it was brilliant. Besides having a good laugh that night we had a delicious bite at the Bees which located just outside the ground floor of the theatre. I felt great about this place, newly with simple deco, warmly spacious and part of the wall was filled with awesome earthen red bricks, definitely a great place to chill out and to have a nice cup of coffee over a chat.

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A Hidden Secret Garden Wedding Ceremony

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soul mates are like pillowcases, they’re meant to be together FOREVER
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like a good cup of coffee, keeps you awake at night

“Elise & Ivan”

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Wedding Planner : Jonathan
Wedding Dessert : Big Boys Oven
Wedding Cake : Big Boys Oven

Illy’s Espresso Macaroons

I was at the beverage exhibition at KLCC Convention Centre recently and had a chance to taste a variety of illy coffee….. I am really into coffee as I enjoy the aroma and taste but I always feel that a cuppa a coffee must be accompanied with something, if not, it will be very boring and lonely…..lol…I am sure you will agree with me,…. am I right?

A piece of big chewy cookies is something I always dream off to accompany my coffee but not many places will store them except my own cookie jar……lol! I also notice that huge coffee places like starbucks or coffeebean do not provide any cookie when you order an expensive cup of coffee. I guess it is time they should. On the other hand, whenever I have my coffee at the 5* hotel in Kuala Lumpur I get to have a cookie, bravo.

Anyway…. I really adore illy coffee, and I am sure you know why and can be found at some many eateries in Kuala Lumpur. So I decided to use illy espresso coffee and add them into my macaroons. Oh! they are so lovely……as they can divorce their cuppa of coffee……funny? I had them with white chocolate ganache so that the aroma of the espresso will explodes in your mouth when you eat it.


Espresso macaroons are available for sale, please get in touch with us.

Love Sunny Yaw

Toasted Almond and Strawberry Jam Cookies Sandwiches

Sandwich cookies sound like a really good deal as they come in two cookies plus a filling. Isn’t it a real bonus. Sandwich cookies have slightly longer ingredient lists than single cookies, but their fillings are all fast and simple, and these cookies are familiar and easy to make. They just look like something special. You can use quick frosting, chocolate and cream trufle fillings, jam and ice cream provide a lot of filling choices, and they can be mixed and matched with other cookies.

Sandwich cookies lend themselves to a two-steps or do-ahead preparation, make the cookies one day and fill them the next day. Any of these sandwich cookies can be wrapped individually and frozen for up to a month.

The craving for sandwich cookies had me stumbled onto this book entitled, “Big Fat Cookies” by Elinor Klivans. Elinor Klivan ia a notable cookbook author and food writer who has published articlesfor Bon appetit, Fine Cooking, Eat Well and the Washington Post. She is also a formet pastry chef, she is a member of IACP and lives in Candem, Maine. In her book there are 50 different gigantic, crispy, chewy or fancy-pants-sandwich version to choose from, but my favourate one will be the maple cranberry oatmeal cookies, absolutely marvellous, delicious and so adorable. But in this post, I would like to share this recipe that I had tried, the toasted almond and strawberry jam cookies sandwiches. They are really ideal for afternoon tea or even with a warm cup of coffee which I always prefer, a cup of illy espresso.

The shape of these jam-filled almond cookie sandwiches is limited only by your choice of cookie cutters, circles, rectangles, heart and stars are all good choice. If no cookies cutters, just cut the dough into neat rectangules or squares. The top cookie has a hole cut of its centre and is sprinkled with powdered sugar, so the bright jam shines though a white sugar-dusted top. Seedless rasberry, blueberry or blackberry jam make other good filling choices.


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (monin syrup)
3/4 teasppon almond extract (monin syrup)
1 cup (about 4 ounces) whole blanched almonds toasted and finely ground
6 tablespoons strawberry jam

Sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar until smooth and slightly lightened in color, about 1 minue. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. On slow speed, mix in the vanilla, almond extract, and ground almonds. Mix in the flour mixture just until the flour is incorporated and the dough holds together.

Divide the dough in half and form into two 6-inch disks. Warp each one in plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough until it is cold and firm enough to roll, about 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Remove one piece of dough from the refrigerator. Put the dough between 2 large sheets of wax paper and roll it into a rectangle about 12 by 8 inches and 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top piece of wax paper and discard it. Use a cookie cutter to cut out 3 1/2 inch circles (or any shape you like) from the dough, leaving the cookies on the wax paper. Turn the wax paper over, peel off the paper and use a metal spatula to help palce the circles 1 inch apart on one of the preparedbaking sheets. (The cookies do not spread much.) Set aside the dough scraps. Using 2 clean pieces of wax paper, roll and cut the second piece of dough. Gather together all of the dough scraps, forming a smooth disk, and repeat the rolling and cutting process. You should have 20 cookies.

Cut a 1 inch circle (or other shape) from the centre of half of the cookies and remove these circles from the cookies (the wide end of a pastry tube works well for cutting the circles). The dough “holes” can be baked along with the cookies for snacks.

Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the edges are light brown and the tops firm, about 18 minutes. Cool the cookies for 15 minutes on the baking sheets, then use a wide metal spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Turn the cookies without the holes botttom side up. Leaving a 1/4 inch edge, spread a rounded teaspoon of jam over each one. Sift powdered sugar over the cookies with the hole and place them on top of the jam-covered cookies.

The cookie sandwiches can be stored in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

I love and adore this cookies as the scent of almond will bring the freshness in you and sweetness of jam makes you feel so divine. I hope you will give it a go soon as festive season is just so near.

Love Sunny Yaw

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