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Happy Announcement!

Never saw me writing this kind of post, but voila! We’re expecting a baby, due in October 2017!

For someone dealing with PCOS, I think we are very very lucky with this pregnancy. Everything sort of happened au naturale when we already even had IVF in mind. God is good! Nothing much has changed except that I’m prescribed on a complete bedrest at least till another 2 months or so. 

With this pregnancy I’ve slowed down by a lot because pregnancy brain is… real. Multitasking is definitely out of the question, now my brain can only churn one thing at a time. Besides, I’m also actually prohibited to think about work, but of course that causes more stress for me :’)

Mary’s Pastry Lab is still operating as per normal, just that all our plans for bakesales and whatnots have to be delayed for a while now. Guess have to put little bean as priority first. How’s your early 2017 holding up for you?

2017

I can’t believe the last time I updated this space was back in June ’16. OOPS.

Time has clearly shown how unproductive I’d been with this blog and that was one resolution definitely still standing to be crossed off.

Year 2016 was one heck of a year. We moved kitchen again. The chef (aka me) got married. Took off almost a month from kitchen to freshen up with my newly wedded hubby. Hired few more certified chefs. Bought more utensils, that included KitchenAids! Whee! Went for our first outing during New Year. Simply put, it was a crazy good year.

As a team, we had made a solid resolution to double up our sales this year (that is minimum!!) and we are hoping to have our first physical appearance in whatever forms. Still working on that. 

Best of luck and wishes from our kitchen to you. Will blog more soon.

Little Mary’s – your small dessert helper

“Why another one? Aren’t you busy enough?”

I did question myself that too. But Little Mary’s is actually more of the opposite. It’s my playground to play with small food and share it with my loyal customers-turned-friends and new customers/friends I’m yet to meet. If anything, they’re my muse of how everything came about.

So what is Little Mary’s really?

Essentially it is:

  1. Your dessert caterer for any events (from corporates, weddings, bithdays, small parties, big parties, arisan, gatherings, whatever. Really do you need reasons to have desserts?)
  2. Your 911 for any dessert fix. I’m always up for it!
  3. A place where we be friends based on food.
  4. My ‘lab’ to experience with little bite-sized heavens.

9 out of 10 people have always told me to go the opposite direction into making humongous cakes especially for weddings, but I wouldn’t betray myself. I’d rather spend my time experimenting on food than crafting something people won’t eat 😀 And besides, what seem like the bigger money don’t weigh itself out of the stress that I have to deal with the bridezillas (uhms!) and party vendors. And here’s a fact, I don’t even have a wedding cake planned for my upcoming September wedding! Will write another post on it.

So Little Mary’s really is just a place for all of us to have some enjoyment. My loyal customers are gems and I can’t stop being grateful for them. It’s absolutely overwhelming to walk together with them through their milestones in life – from daily dessert fix, birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, pregnancy cravings, baby showers, and then their newborn’s birthdays, kids’ birthday parties. And for that very reason, I’ve promised myself to keep doing my best to spread the love through my creations.

The kitchen is always a mess everyday for sure, but I’m also hiring new people by the day. New kitchen helpers, new customer service, etc. etc. But trust me, it’s all been fun I really shouldn’t complain. 🙂

Dear loyal customers, thanks for loving MPL. New customers, about time we be friends!

Healthy Rum Ball

Eversince the 30s dawned on me, my weekends have usually been spent home. Especially this weekend, it’s a week full of exhaustion & our domestic helper went back to visit her family soooo that totally spelled a homebound weekend.

I’m a super lazy person, so I’ve committed not to cook anything in the home kitchen till she gets back. But my craving outnumbered my energy today. I needed something vintage and sweet… So rum dum dum dum… Presenting my no-mess Healthy Rum Ball! Completely yums.

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Healthy Rum Ball
Serves 20
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47 calories
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12 g
4 g
3 g
2 g
12 g
70 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
12g
Servings
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 47
Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 12mg
4%
Sodium 70mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 0g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
8%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Any biscuits of your choice - 200gram
  2. Condensed milk - 4 tbsps
  3. Cocoa powder if you wish - 1 tbsp
  4. Flaxseed - 2 tbsps
  5. Maraschino cherries - 6 pcs
  6. Toppings of your choice - in my case I went with hazelnuts, cocoa powder, coconut shreds and cheese
Instructions
  1. 1. Crush the biscuits to powder form. Since I'm lazy I used hands manually to do that.
  2. 2. Scoop in the heavenly condensed milk and flaxseeds into the crushed biscuits.
  3. 3. Add in cocoa powder or any other fillings your choice.
  4. 4. If the mixture is too dry, add more milk. If it's too wet, add more biscuits. It all really depends on your biscuits.
  5. 5. Roll those mixture into balls. In my case I weighed 15gram for each one of them.
  6. 6. If you're not as lazy as I am, you can totally dip them into chocolate. But in my case I just rolled them into the toppings of my choice.
  7. 7. Chill for half an hour or so. Bon Appetit!
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30 things I learnt before 30

So I turned 30 today. No biggie, but er… still quite something to think about…

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And I thought, perhaps it’s only right to honour my 20s with 30 things I’ve learnt in that colorful decade.

  1. Work hard and don’t fear to fall. Because truly, when you fail in your 20s, you have more time and spirit to get back up.
  2. Keep walking. Even when you seem lost, just keep walking. Even when you don’t know what your purpose will be, keep searching, you’ll find it. Just. don’t. stop.
  3. When you pursue something, go all out. If the intention is right, the cosmic will conspire to make it happen for ya.
  4. Don’t compare yourself to others. Have some respect for yourself. Especially don’t compare other’s final results to your work-in-progress. Disgrace!
  5. What others think of you don’t matter, what you think of yourself does! Coming from a small city, as I grew up I was surrounded by people who love to give out their free commentaries about others. But boy as I moved out almost half of my life ago, life was so much more brighter. Who needs what others think of me? I don’t even have enough time to enjoy myself. Besides, those who try to bring you down are already below you.
  6. Try something new all the time. I tried to make that happen everyday but of course who got the time? But from time to time I always got this urge in me who can’t stand still. I jumped from advertising to orchestra then to cooking and baking. Well yep.
  7. Be kind to everyone, especially kinder to those who need it most (aka your enemies). It may be hard, but just by smiling to the janitors is good enough to start with. The world needs more kindness.
  8. And because everything that happens to us is a vibration of what we put out. Positive seeds yield positive results, and vice versa. Good vibes only.
  9. Timing. Timing has much to do with everything. So don’t question so much when something in your life fails despite everything that you think you’ve done right. In moments like this, take time to retrospect and paddle forward.
  10. Entrepreneur doesn’t always spell ‘BOSS’. Entrepreneur is simply someone who works the double shift – both as the employee and the boss. Thinking being a boss is all good? Think again, basically you don’t have off days even when you’re sick, and you have to drive the team during good and bad times. But yes, of course the freedom is very rewarding.
  11. Work for others first. Don’t quickly jump to become a boss right after you finish school. How would you know to treat your staff or lead a team when you’ve not worked in a team for someone before?
  12. Be selective with friends. You are whom you hang out with. You don’t have to please everybody. Be friends who are always there to back you up, to propel you to a higher level. It’s not about quantity, but quality. It may seem cool to hang out at clubs with plenty of friends, but as late 20s come, things are gonna change.
  13. Talk to everybody. Don’t see yourself as someone who knows it all. Everyone has a very interesting to share. I love talking to the Uber drivers and Gojek drivers when I ride with them. So many insights to learn from.
  14. Brokenheart isn’t the end of the world. And trust me on this, I got into a relationship that lasted almost a decade long which didn’t end so well. For a certain period my world seemed to crumble, but hey, what did I know? What I have now is a million times better than that fantasy feeling I thought I had.
  15. You own nothing but yourself. You don’t own those you love in the world, they can be taken away from you anytime. You don’t own anything in this world, everything can be easily taken off from your life. But you have yourself. Be good to yourself, always listen to what your soul needs. Make him/her proud.
  16. Meditate. Meditation may not make your life easier, but it can certainly lift off burdens from your mind. A mind exercise, I’d like to call it. It makes me focus easier.
  17. Be a traveler, not a tourist. Get into the off beaten path, enjoy come what may. That way you’ll see a broader spectrum of colors which you’d never seen before and get to know yourself better. What you like, what you don’t like, how you overcome yourself, etc.
  18. Travel alone. Traveling is whole lotta different when you’re traveling with yourself. You’ll be surprised by the so many things on your journey.
  19. Date someone who sees you like chocolate cake. Someone who will love and adore you no matter what. But first of course groom yourself enough to be loved and adored. Don’t be naive.
  20. Spend time with your loved ones. Not necessarily always family or lover, it can always mean friends and your pets. In my case since I used to live alone, my friends and staff came on top. We loved going out till wee hours and pigging out a lot!
  21. Beauty is not skin-deep. Branded bags and makeups are essentials, at least in this metropolis I live in. But as more people get shallow, it’s harder to find those with real intentions. Be careful.
  22. Invest, invest, and invest. Create an investment goal. If you don’t know how to start, start thinking the biggest goal of what you want from life. Do you wanna travel the world? Do you wanna own a multimillionaire company? Do you wanna be able to retire in a lakehouse? And from there start sketching out on how much you can save every month. I didn’t start this until my late 20s, but if you could, start as early as you can.
  23. Don’t be a fucked up religious fanatic. Religion is what human created, it has flaws. Don’t go so blindly into it and please respect other religions out there. Believe that every mankind has a good intention. Religion really is just a tool.
  24. Always give. You never really lose by giving, especially to those who are most in need. Even when you really can’t, wish them good intentions. That’s the least you could do.
  25. Always pray. When you wake up in the morning, to say thanks, to complain, to ask for guidance, to ask for help, etc. It’s where ultimate strength mostly come from.
  26. Exercise. Honour your body with good health. Looking sexy is the bonus point you get out of this.
  27. It’s never wrong to take a break. Go connect with nature. I often find that to be really refreshing which puts me on reset mode. Just remember to come back.
  28. Move countries, or at least cities once in your life. Make new friends, train your mind to be flexible. You’ll have a new mindset over things in your life.
  29. Happiness depends on you. What you think, you become
  30. Life is funny. Take it easy. Eat delicious food. See beautiful places. Don’t worry. You only have now.

Starting to live my 30s is inevitable now. But this new decade is certainly more about mature planning. I’ll still play a lot, travel a lot, that’s my nature. My staff often said I’m still actually a kid. I don’t walk in the lab, I hop. I dance to upbeat music when working in front of the computer. This is the decade that marks how everything is gonna change in my life. Gonna be a mrs. soon, and mom too (who knows?). My priority will shift. 

But that being said, I’m also going to bring MPL and my new business to a higher level. 🙂 It’s been a blissful celebration. Showered with love. <3

Banana Nutella Crepes

Banana Nutella has been one of the, if not the most best selling flavour in our crepe variant. Like our every other recipe, it came up just by accident.

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Back in the day working in Singapore, crepes was the first thing we all had to master then. How to get the most beautiful golden layers, how much filling that won’t make you feel sick by just getting a bite of it, and what flavours would be the best composition. Those were my golden days that I would always love to repeat, despite the 6am shift and finishing off at 1am.

Anyway.

This is not the recipe we use in our kitchen but I’ve kept this one to be really domestic-kitchen simple. You can go crazy with the fillings of course, whip up what suits your kids or spouses best.  

Banana Nutella Crepes
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186 g
207 g
32 g
33 g
7 g
543 g
341 g
54 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
543g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1169
Calories from Fat 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g
49%
Saturated Fat 7g
33%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 207mg
69%
Sodium 341mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 186g
62%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 54g
Protein 33g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
36%
Iron
17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 175 gram all-purpose flour
  2. 1 egg
  3. 250ml milk
  4. 40gr sugar
  5. 20gr canola oil/melted butter
  6. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Crack the egg into a mixing bowl, lightly beat it with a fork.
  2. 2. Mix in the sugar and keep whisking.
  3. 3. Pour in half of the flour + salt
  4. 4. Pour in all of the milk
  5. 5. Pour in the rest of the flour + salt and keep whisking till it’s well blended.
  6. 6. Lastly, slowly pour in the oil/melted butter and mix well.
  7. 7. Cover your mixing bowl with a plastic wrap and keep it refrigerated for about 30 minutes before you start cooking it layer by layer.
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  Don’t worry if you don’t have a crepe maker. I myself started with a simple frying pan back then. Here’s a how-to video by the way. Enjoy and please come back and share what flavours your experimented with!

The Best Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe Ever!

Overworked. Too much work. That’s always the case of 2015… and still counting. LOL. So as much as possible, I want to create a healthy eating regime to support my activities. Personally I don’t really like the idea of make-ahead foods, but it’s my best option now than settling down on store-brought food.

So, let’s talk breakfast. The first meal of the day. Bread and Butter Pudding, or BB Pudding as how we always called it at the restaurant I used to work at, has always been one of my favorite breakfast menu. Comforting, and can be eaten in various ways – warm, cold, with alcohol (a lil of rum in the morning won’t kill ya), chocolate, raisins, marmalade, ice cream, yumyum. I’ll leave the rest for you to fantasize about.

Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding

But let’s get back, to the warm and mouthwatering Bread and Butter Pudding!

The Best Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe Ever
Serves 8
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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314 calories
28 g
148 g
19 g
9 g
11 g
166 g
215 g
14 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
166g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314
Calories from Fat 168
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
29%
Saturated Fat 11g
54%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 148mg
49%
Sodium 215mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 28g
9%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 14g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
14%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
19%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 2 cups fresh milk
  3. 300ml cooking cream
  4. 50 gram sugar
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 8 thick slices white bread or any of your favorite breads
  7. 2 tbsp butter
  8. 1/4 cup raisins
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celcius.
  2. 2. Line the aluminium baking tray/ceramic tray with butter
  3. 3. Slice the bread accordingly to your favorite size/shape
  4. 4. Now prepare the custard. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk in the sugar. Slowly pour in milk, cream, and cinnamon and whisk again.
  5. 5. Spread butter on both sides of the bread
  6. 6. Now let's work the tray. Place the first layer of bread horizontally as the base of the tray/pan and leave no space.
  7. 7. Pour in the wet ingredients till the first layer is covered and sprinkle half of the raisins.
  8. 8. Using the leftover breads, line the sides of the tray vertically and slowly work your way in. I personally love to keep them in rose shape.
  9. 9. Pour in the rest of the custard till the bread is half covered.
  10. 10. Sprinkle the rest of the raisins all over the bread.
  11. 11. Et voila, it's good for baking now. Bake it for about 40-45 minutes until the bread is brown or until the custard is semi-solid.
  12. Bon appetit!
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How to be happy?

It took me an internal debate whether or not to post something like this. But heck, why not? Everyone has his way, and let me share mine here.

Being happy is crucial. It’s the core mental state that drives everything that we do – whether in being creative or decisive. I narrowed down that there are only 3 things that make me happy: food, travel & good companionships.

I learnt how to be happy the hard way in 2014 when I was faced with a tragedy. I hit rock bottom that year while on the other hand in tandem there were a new startup to juggle, living alone in a rented house (yes I have no families whatsoever), 2 dogs to feed, few staff to pay, etc. etc. etc. The choices then were either to break it, or make it. Either to pack and leave, or to make a breakthrough. I’m glad I chose the latter.

Happiness is not about where I live, how much I make, who my spouse is, who my friends are, what line of business I’m in, what have you. It’s simply about mental state.

First and foremost, be aware and decide what makes you happy. If you don’t know what makes you happy, at least be smart enough to know what makes you unhappy. Shut up and think.

At that time I put myself on exploration despite all bitterness. Tried hanging out with bunch of complete strangers for nature adventure, then battled through ferocious waves to go snorkelling alone in between cliffs (I am motionphobic by the way and came back almost passed out), conquered a completely non-English speaking country on my own, wrote a lot, went Karaoke a lot, attended a lot of talks to see what truly sparked me, etc. Verdict: I found where my true passion lies (travel!!) and I know what unhappiness I should avoid (toxic people.) That is how I came to know myself again. I should add that exercising and healthy eating also help a lot in my process of becoming more aware of myself.

It is really simple. Be aware of what you think and what you feel. Once you know it, fight for yourself to be happy first before you touch the lives of others. And believe me, you are enough. Don’t bring yourself down to compare yourself to others. I left Facebook for more than a year, registered a new Instagram with really selected people as followers just for my keepsakes. Shut unnecessary noise so you can focus.

Today I’m more than happy to be alive. I think life has finally rewarded me with what i’m meant to have (growing business, great friendships, lovely fiancee, cute dogs, strong team) and trust me, you can too. If you choose to be happy first.

My simple happiness on a Sunday.

My simple happiness on a Sunday.

Herro!

Three weeks into this new year, my life still has time against it.

One of the resolutions for this year though, is to keep track of my activities, mostly behind-the-scenes, in my honest truthful words – for keepsakes, for inspirations, for future reminders, who knows.

I think it’s only right to intro a bit about myself and what Mary’s Pastry Lab is all about before we cruise on 2016 together 🙂

Mary’s Pastry Lab is my brainchild. It started out as a foodblog back in 2010, when I was still a corporate slave in Bangkok. I baked almost every weekend and my officemates were my guineapigs. One of the perks living there was making friends with people of almost all nationalities, that’s how I crosschecked the authenticities of recipes I was making – most of which are those I’m using for Mary’s today.

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In the mid of 2012, I packed my stuffs and came to Jakarta to start this business. Daunting at first, but things slowly picked up along with tonnes of hardworks. Those sleepless nights during bakesale preparations, big festivities and parties, those cold sweats before each interview, presentation to prospective clients, etc. But like it or not, they’re all what Mary’s is made up of. 🙂

One day I’m going to write about my entrepreneurial journey. But for now, let me just tell you how happy I am with my first start – I just got a new customized desk all set up in the new nest! It’s not picture worthy yet, but to find the time to shift things around and finally pinpoint this desk as my new birthing nest is something I’m quite proud of.

My biggest resolution for 2016 is to have Mary’s in brick and mortar and other lines of business that are already queing in my notepad. Whoosh!