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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Aki Talks Ads (A.R.A): Mulberry #winChristmas advert 2014

Christmas spirits been floating around since Halloween ends. This is the time brands drop the bomb to all the media for their Christmas adverts. Today I decided to pick on Mulberry and talk (perhaps, rant to be exact) about it.

Christmas is about giving and receiving. The advert above is about receiving presents from family members. Yes, you just watched an adult getting pamper by her family, shower with lots and lots of love. Reading the comments in YouTube, I'm pretty aware that most of them are negative. 

The first time I watched it, i thought it was just slightly bad. Not too bad, but just a little bit bad thanks to the appearance of a unicorn.
But to think about it again, It wasn't that bad after all. 
Here's Why :

If, I'm that girl who's receiving all these present, getting a mulberry bag will make me as happy as she reacts. I mean, come on, 

1. A painting of me? 
No, shit no. but thanks, and no.

2. A puppy and he waves.  
Ok, cause I love dogs.

3. Unicorn.
for the love of god, really?
Taking care of a puppy and now a unicorn, no no no.

4. Mulberry bag.

Yes,yes and yes. something that I can use, finally. Not hanging my pictures to creep people out when they visit. No more burden of taking care of a puppy. A unicorn, still. REALLY. This is just temporary hype. Coming back to a mulberry bag, yes. That will put an authentic and happy smile on my face. 

I wouldn't say this is a bad advert, because If I'm that girl, I'll be as happy as she is. It's just being realistic but some might say it's materialistic. One of the comment I've read said Christmas is not about winning, it's the thought that count. To me, among all the presents in the advert, the bag is a thought gift, and a winner.

What do you think?

*Disclaimer : This is just my personal thought. I write this post with no responsibility since the amount of reader I had now is too damn little. But really, It's just a thought ranting how I feel about an advertisement.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Easy Baked Egg Potato Prawns Casserole

I'm trying to cook simple new dish every weekend. I stumble across this easy casserole dish at Pinterest and I decided to make them.

Easy Baked Egg Potato Casserole,  
I didn't follow the exact recipe.  I put spinach and prawns in it to make things better.
I've lost the link where i got the recipe, but I can type it out for you here because I think mine is better. I'm awesome, you have to trust me, i watch the master chef. 

Basically you need

1. 4 - 5 small chopped potatoes in cubes 
2. Vegetable of your choice ( mine is spinach)
3. Protein ( I use small prawns, I think bacon will be amazing)
4. Four Eggs
5. Eye-ball amount of Milk
6. Generous amount of Cheddar Cheese

1. Salt
2. Pepper
3. Herbs, basil ( essential )

I kind of eye ball everything because I sucks in measuring. The trick is that don't go gaga or generous over the seasoning, except for the cheese.

This is how it looks like, by just throwing everything in and bake for 40 minutes in 180 Celsius.
Restraining the amount of cheddar cheese because I'm watching my diet from today.

The outcome, decent enough. 
Great for breakfast or brunch, thought it would taste better with tomato.
Overall I'm satisfied with the outcome.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gluten Free and Vegan Free cake at Sir Michael Straker Cafe ,Sage gatesgead

The good thing about working at Sage is that they have a cafe outside the office.  One of those day when I need my cake/pastry fix I'll just hop down and pamper myself with one.

My first encounter was this Gluten-free lemon cake.
I've no idea what exactly gluten-free is, all i know is healthy (wanna be?) people tends to order gluten-free food in a restaurant. So i went to google them after paying for my cake.

It says
' a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. ' source, Wikipedia

Which doesn't matter much to me. So I proceed my bite.

' is this what cake taste like without gluten? ' terribly instant thought.
'no... no.. no... ugh..'
The texture of the cake is dry and hard and not spongy. It taste like the chef forget to put one major ingredient into the mixture. ok gluten, it you. i think it's you. 
It was horrible that I swear by that I'm not going to pay anything gluten-free to put in my mouth.

The whole gluten-free cake experience leave me a rather bad impression because it was my first time buying cakes from the cafe. I've got  high expectation because the cake section is well decorated.

Today, I decided to get my cake fix again. Ignoring the Gluten-free lemon cake where It's beautifully arranged in two rows where nobody touches at all.
( It was around 2p.m. , the first time I bought the cake was at 9 a.m.) 

Then I saw this cute Vegan-free chocolate cake, out of curiousity I bought it.
NO, i did not google what's vegan-free. I mean, come on it's a chocolate cake, it won't be wrong.

I was wrong. The cake is hard and terrible where it doesn't taste like a chocolate cake at all. The icing is bad. I don't know what should I do with the cake after taking two bites. It was really bad.
I thought Gluten free cake was bad enough, but Vegan-free cake is just as bad.

It was a horrible experience trying cake with the 'free' word behind.
Probably it's just me, because I love cake as they are.
 Gluten and Vegan free? never.