Mini pumpkin cheesecake

Recently tried this for dessert during Chinese New Year, not too heavy with cheese taste and a little spice to the good old plain cheesecake. It’s good with white or red wine, if you’re a wine lover.

I adapted this recipe from eats well with others and made it less sweet for our taste.


Makes about 15 cupcakes


220g Digestive biscuits, crushed
113g unsalted butter, soften
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
250g cream cheese, room temperature
114g sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
385g pumpkin, steamed and mashed
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice


1. Cut pumpkin into slices and steam for about 20 minutes. Once done, remove the pumpkin skin. Cut pumpkin into smaller pieces and put in a medium bowl to mash. Then, leave to cool.

2. Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Prepare paper cups.

3. In a large bowl, stir together Digestive biscuits, butter and cinnamon powder. Spread out evenly in 15 paper cups. It gives you about 5-10cm thick of crust.

4. In the stand mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium-high speed for about 1 minute until light and fluffy. Add in sugar and beat for another 2-3 minutes.

5. Mix in eggs, one at a time and scraping down the bowl after each addition.

6. Mix in vanilla essence, pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Scoop the filling into the paper cups. Hit the tray with cupcakes on the table lightly for any air bubble to lift.

7. Bake for about 30-40 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the oven door slightly ajar for another 30-40 minutes.

8. Remove from oven and let cool. Allow to chill in refrigerator before serving.

Note: If you would like to have a smooth cake side, you may either use warm spatula to smooth it or bake it in a mini baking ring with foil covered at the bottom.


Kettle / Pot cleaner ポット洗浄

When your kettle starts to build stains at the bottom or the wall of the inner pot, you’ll think about getting a new kettle or pot. Before you do that, try this! I recommend this pot cleaner. It works wonders!


Choose one that says 除菌 (kills bacteria) and 植物系 (plant type) which I personally prefer for safe and effective cleaning.

This is how my kettle looks before and after the cleaning. Amazing, right? This saves you loads of money from buying a new kettle!





This whole pack is written in Japanese but you can find other packs that may be written in Chinese. Here is my version of English translation instructions for this pack.

1) Put in hot water about 40 degree celcius into the pot up to the maximum line.

2) Put in one pack of the cleaning powder and leave it soak for about 30-40 minutes. Note: While cleaning, please notify everyone or put a note on the pot so that nobody will drink the water.

3) Once time is up, pour away the water and wash the pot under running water until clean.

Please read instructions properly before using as different brands has different methods of cleaning.

This pack can be purchased from Homes (everything at RM4.99) or similar pack but different brands from Daiso (everything at RM5.00).



Korean mini rice cooker 韩版 迷你电饭煲

I would like to recommend this as I find it very suitable for people who stays alone and would love to cook but usually for 1-2 person. A small portable mini rice cooker!


The whole box comes with a mini cooker, a power cable, a stainless steel tray, a measuring cup and a spatula.

Details of the product

Rated voltage : 220V – 240V
Rated Frequency : 50Hz – 60 Hz
Power : 150W
Rated capacity : 1.0L
Gross weight per box : 0.99kg

I love this cooker of its non stick inner pot which is easy to clean.


Both the inner pot and the shell is joint which makes me worry that water will get into the cooker through the power socket but I worry too soon. The power socket is designed with a silicon cover which prevents water to get in. However, you must also be cautious to close the cover properly and as it cautions you, “don’t put it in water”. After a few usage, it’s still working fine!


The cooker is simple to use as it has only 2 buttons, either “Cook” (the red light will light up) or “Slow Cook Keep Warm” (the green light will light up). It was introduced that the cooker can keep warm for about 4 hours with attaching to the power. This, I have not tried as I prefer to eat my food right after its cooked.


When you cook something, caution that there will be a lot of steam coming out from a hole on the top cover. The amount of steam will depend on what you are cooking. You may want to put a cloth below the cooker if there is too much steam as the steam turns to water pretty fast.


The box does not provide any recipes but the promoter recommended these simple recipes. Note: 1 cup serving is using the measuring cup provided in the box.

White rice : 1 cup with 1 1/2 cups water

Brown rice : 1 cup with 2 cups water

Porridge : 1 cup with 7-8 cups water

Spaghetti : Boil half a pot water, then put in spaghetti and cover for about 5 minutes

Steamed egg : 1 egg with 1 cup water (using stainless steel tray provided, put at the top of the inner pot after the rice has been cooked for about 7-8 minutes)

Please note that the above are just suggested methods. I tried with brown rice but as the type of brown rice that I use is different from their demo, I think I may have put a little too much water if I follow their suggestions. You will still need to try it with your own ingredients to get the taste and texture that you prefer.

Mixed grains brown rice with carrot, pumpkin and ginger

Mixed grains brown rice with carrot, pumpkin and ginger

I bought mine at a road show by Ideahom Centre, which comes with 1 year warranty. For more information, you may contact them at

Ideahom Centre Sdn Bhd
21G & 21M, Jalan 6/9,
Taman Komersial Pandan Indah,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel : +603 4295 5688
Email :

I also saw it at Sungai Long night market (operates every Tuesday night at Jalan SL1, Bandar Sungai Long) and Mahkota Cheras Aeon’s Mr DIY, which sells other brands and sizes as well.


Tax Relief Guide Infographic for Malaysian by iMoney

Tax paying for Malaysian individuals that work under employers is coming again, below is an infographic with 19 tax relief items and other rebates that come come handy when you are filling your taxes. The infographic was contributed by Lee Ching Wei, CEO and co-founder of iMoney (leading price comparison website in Malaysia).

Tax infographic for Malaysians by
Courtesy of:

Carrot cupcake with lemon cream cheese frosting

Other than logcake, carrot cake can be an alternative cake to bake for Christmas! There are so many different types of carrot cake recipes on the internet but what attracted me was the word “moist”. I love how delicious moist cakes are. What caught my attention was adding pineapple to the batter to give the cake an additional moistness. Making it into cupcakes would be easier to eat or share.

If there is a video recipe, why not we check it out right? It gives us that extra boost to feel how easy it is to bake. I adopted this recipe from  This recipe uses applesauce instead of pineapple but it also mentions what are the alternate ingredients you can use. For the frosting, I love it with a lemony cheesy taste and I didn’t have butter. So I adopted another recipe from

I have also reduced the sugar level from the original recipes.


Makes 12 cupcakes


Carrot cupcake
175g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
120g walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 eggs
100g castor sugar
160ml vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
160g crushed pineapple, drained
320g grated raw carrots

Lemon cream cheese frosting
115g cream cheese, soften
30g sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp lemon juice


Carrot cupcake
1. Preheat oven to 180°C.  Line 12 muffin cups.

2. In large bowl, whisk eggs until lightly beaten. Add in sugar and continue whisking to mix in. Then whisk in oil and vanilla essence until slightly thickened. Fold in grated carrots and crushed pineapples until just mixed.

3. Mix flour, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon together and sieve into the wet mixture above at 3-4 intervals until all dry ingredients are folded in. Add in walnuts and fold until just incorporated.

4. Fill the batter up to about 3/4 of the cup. You can use a measuring cup to help to split the batter evenly in each cup so that the cupcakes can be ready at about the same time. Note: I made mine up to about 1/2 of the cup for more cupcakes. If you think it looks ugly, you can serve it without the cups.

5. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and let it cool completely.

Lemon cream cheese frosting
6. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar and vanilla to mix in.

7. Gradually add lemon juice and beat until smooth. Note: If you see the batter curdle, don’t worry, let it continue to beat until smooth.

8. You can either pipe or spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. You can then add in any edible decorative on the frosting. Keep refrigerated to avoid the frosting and your decorative to melt.


Here is the video from