Archive | December, 2011

Checking out the Christmas Camp

27 Dec

Y is officially discharged from the hospital today. It’s been an experience for him as this is his first time staying in the hospital. During the 2 nights, two old men died. Nurses help those who can’t move taking bath every 3 days. Mid night snacks are distributed at 7:30pm. The yelling of an old man, the man with diabetes who has been staying in bed for 8 years and more.

His blood pressure is in control with the help of the medicine. The 2 nights and 3 days stay costs only $300 with 5 weeks medicine. He will see the doctor in a few days to see what can be done with his arm.



Christmas Camp

26 Dec

Y has been consulting Chinese doctor(鐵打)for a few days for his sore neck and numb arm. On Dec 24th, the Chinese doctor told him that the numb arm would not be cured by the 鐵打. The numbness might be caused by some nerve problems.

After much persuasion, he agreed to go to the emergency. I was afraid the numbness of his arm might be a symptom of a potential stroke. At the emergency , the nurse was scared by his high blood pressure at 220. He was transferred by a wheelchair and asked to lay down immediately.

Chest chart, CT scan for his brain and lung x-ray were done. No abnormality was found on all tests. He was then admitted to the inpatient. He was not allowed to get off the bed as his blood pressure was still high at 190.

On Christmas Eve, he stayed in the hospital 5 minutes drive from home. I spent the night alone with… …

On Christmas day, more tests were done including blood test, x-ray for neck and shoulder. He was then told a muscle of his arm is broken and thus he can not raise his arm. The hospital is arranging physical therapy treatment for him. It may take a few days for him to see the physical therapy doctor because of the christmas holiday.

He was very bored at the hospital and successfully requested a few hours off. He felt relaxed at home and ate his favorite rice noodle. He needed to back to the hospital by 7pm as the doctor is trying the best dose of high blood pressure pills for him.

On Dec 26, he requested to leave the hospital again and left at 12:30pm after the blood pressure reading. The dr gave him the pills for the day and asked him to be back at 9am the next day.

Little Flower Fondant Cake

22 Dec



Italian Meringue Butter Cream
Marshmallow Fondant

Ruffle Chocolate Cake

22 Dec


For the Cake:
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar (reduced qty)
¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder (natural)
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

For the Ruffles:

400 ml cream
300g chocolate


1. Preheat oven to 230 C. Butter the bottoms and sides of cake pans.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.

4. Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture; combine them together with a spoon. Whisk in the boiling water (the batter will become thin). Pour into prepared pans.

5. Bake 30 minutes, or until a cake tester (or a wooden toothpick) inserted into the center of each cake, comes out clean.

6. Once the cakes are out of the oven, with a [dry] clean oven mitt (preferably a cloth one), gently press down onto the cakes, to make them level (this will allow you to skip a whole step in trimming the cakes).

7. Cool cakes for 15 minutes in the freezer.

8. Remove cakes from pans, and place on wire racks.

9. Melt the chocolate with a bit of the cream in microwave for 10 seconds.(add a few more seconds if necessary). Whisk until all chocolate chips have been dissolved.

10. Beat the cream until stiff peak and add the melted chocolate.

the cake