Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mango Chiffon cake

Its Nov again and it will be my father-in-law's and husband's birthday.  We will celebrate father's birthday in Kuala Lumpur in my sister-in-law's house. I bake a butter cake with basket weaving decoration, for my husband I decided to bake a mango cake which I never done it before.  I searched for mango cake recipe a few days before hand.  Finally I found 1 recipe from my old recipe book.  The mangoes the recipe recommended was just the normal mangoes.  I wanted to try with some mangoes with strong fragrant e.i (kunning).  I managed to buy 5 such mangoes from the morning market, really strong smell.  I like it.
 The ingredients is as follow:

for the cake
6 egg yolks
1/2cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup corn oil
175g super fine flour
2 tsps baking powder
6 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup of caster sugar
for the filling
2 mangoes (cubed)
1 cup plain yogurt(150g)
100g caster sugar
29g gelatin(dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
350ml whipping cream
for decoration
2 mangoes
some whipping cream(whipped)

Washed and peel the mangoes.  2 cubed while the other 2 sliced and keep aside.

 Hand mix the egg yolks,sugar, water, corn oil, flour and baking powder until well-combined. Leave aside.
In another mixing bowl, use electric mixer to beat up the egg whites, sugar and the cream of tartar until foamy.  Combine with well-mixed egg yolks mixture and bake in preheat oven for 40 -45 minutes.
Invert the cake to cool before slicing into 3 layers.
Next prepare the filling.  Mix cubed mangoes, yogurt and sugar in a bowl. Dissolve gelatin in water by double boiling over simmering water until it turns clear. Mix with mangoes mixture.  Meanwhile whip up the whipping cream and add into the mango mixture.  Divide into 2 portions.
 Place a layer of cake into loose cake tin. Spread a layer of mango mixture onto it. Repeat the next layer until finish . Keep the cake chilled.
For Decoration, whip the cream. Spread on the top and side of the cake. Decorate with sliced mangoes.

My first mango cake is a success. Every body like it very much. Taste like mango ice-cream.

Butchat Garden

On the 3rd day which is also our last day in Vancouver, we booked a day tour in China Town to Butchat Gardens.  This 55 acer of stunning floral show gardens and a National Historic Site of Canada is located near Victoria We boarded the tour bus from China Town  at 7.30 am and headed to the port .  The ferry left the port at 9am and reached the island at 10.30am.  By the time we reached China Town of Victoria(capital of Vancouver) is already our lunch time.  We had our own simple lunch.
 The oldest railway station in Canada
 The port in Victoria
 The Parliament house in Victoria

 O mile from Victoria to the main road of Vancouver
 We reached The Butchart Gardens at about 1pm after going round Victoria.
 Outside Butchart Gardens.
 The first garden that we visited was The Sunken Garden.
 We were so amazed on the first look of the garden.  The landscaping is so fantastic, the plants, the flowers and so on, so.....beautiful!! Lets go on to the other parts of the gardens.

 The Italian Garden, another type of beauty in the landscaping.

 The Japanese garden.
 Ocean in a hole.  We can see the ocean from this hole among the plants in the garden.  We walk to the jetty of the Ocean in  the hole.

 Garden in a window.

AS we had only 2 hours for such a big garden, we actually missed out a lot of the gardens.  We were short of time because we have to catch the 5pm ferry back to main land (Vancouver).  We left the gardens with some disappointment because we did not see enough of the gardens.  It was 6pm when we reached our hotel.  That ends our tour in Vancouver.


From the jetty we hired a taxi to our prebooked Hotel Moda in Vancouver city.  As it was only 10am , not time to check-in yet, hotel attendants handle our languages, we get hold of the city map and started our city tour by walking to China town .  It took us about 30 minutes walk . Once at the town,the first thing we did was to look for Chinese food.  We missed Chinese food as we were tired of western food for the last 8 days in the cruise. We were so satisfied with just fried rice and fried noodles.

Parts of China Town

Beautiful scenes of Dr. SunYat Sen garden.

From the garden we took a bus direct to The Stanley Park.
 Lets move around in Stanley park

 Wild squarer every where
 Greedy sea gull
 Raccoon family
 Sky line of Vancouver view from Stanley Park

Tontom in Stanley Park
We spent about 3 hours in Stanley park. AS we were quite tired and it was getting dark too, we got hold of the next bus to return to the city for our dinner.  That's ended our 1st day in Vancouver.

The next morning we bought day ticket which allow us to travel around the city by bus, train or tram.  It cost us CAD 9.00.   Our first stop was Granville Island which is a market as Victoria market in Melbourne.

 Peaches season

 Different types of guards

We had a simple lunch before we proceed to our next destination, Queen Elizabeth Park.
 So beautiful in the garden, the landscaping woh...

 We enjoyed ourselves in the garden almost 2 hours. The garden really gave me a very deep impression.
From the garden we took another bus to The Gas town which was popular for its old buildings.

Gas Town

We had our slow walked in this area for 1/2 hour.  That ended our second day in Vancouver.