Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Salam once again, dear friends!

Welcome to this special Wesak Day edition of

Yes, it is a public holiday in Malaysia, and a very important one at that. It is Wesak Day today, a day of important religious significance for Buddhists all over the world. What more in Malaysia, where almost all religious celebration days are public holidays, adherents of Buddhism made the most of today to celebrate Wesak Day in true Malaysian fashion.

Here in Kuala Lumpur, the Deputy Prime Minister and fellow ministers of the Malaysian government went around town to publicly celebrate with the people. Its one big street party in Kuala Lumpur and other major urban centres in Malaysia.

One part of Kuala Lumpur that has a large community of Buddhists is Petaling Street. Famous also for the night market, Petaling Street is always full of people. During this time of the year, worshipping is done on the streets also.

Parents bring their young to the temples as well.

Now it wouldn't be a Malaysian Festival if there weren't any people hawking their wares along the five-foot way or at the park. Malaysians love to eat, especially during the festivities! At night, Petaling Street is lit up with neon signs, electric lanterns, flashing multi-coloured bulbs and what-have-you....

Today, here at Norbaini Cakes, class started promptly at 10.30am. The 9 friends who showed up tackled the class with deadly earnest, as they caught on very, very quickly....

Group dynamics is a tricky thing. Sometimes its there, other times you have to do a bit of work to make it happen. With this bunch, its the case of the former. Notice how they like to work closely together.

All of today's friends wore more than adequate perfumes and deodorants. Maybe that is the secret of group dynamics: make sure everyone smells nice, and don't forget the breath mints too!

Believe it or not, folks; Class ended at 1.30pm. And that includes lunch too! My oh my! That is precisely what Chef Baini meant when she described today's bunch as 'tackling with deadly earnest'!

Below is a montage of pictures of the Lady Fingers which is a  key ingredient of the Italian Tiramisu....Since Chef Baini's version is alcohol free, maybe it should be renamed Malaysian Tiramisu!

And lastly, here are the delicious cakes that were completed in about three hours. Half-an-hour less if you discount lunch!

Well, that's all for today, dear friends. Please note that since this class now holds a Norbaini Cakes record for the quickest class, so Chef Baini made it a point to have this blog post out in less than 12 hours after the class ended. Seems only fair, doesn't it?

So until next time, and by next time Chef Baini does not mean another Wesak Day because that will take a whole year, take good care and enjoy your holiday!

Love always,

Chef Baini.

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