Monday, 13 April 2015

《偏体鳞伤》- 古皓 唱

A few weeks ago I heard this song 《偏体鳞伤》("Badly Hurt") over the radio. I was wondering what happened to the singer 古皓 (Gu Hao) as he seemed to have disappeared after releasing this album. Last night, I went to Youtube to watch the MV of《偏体鳞伤》. I still find this song very nice after so many years. This song was released in 1994.

作词:黃一雄 作曲:许卿耀


原来我比你还心慌 看你行色匆忙

喔 Baby 是你看我变得坚强
Baby 是你让我停泊停航
你可以笑我痴 笑我疯 笑我狂
我的心好慌 意好乱 人好烦
你可以笑我痴 笑我疯 笑我狂
我的梦好长 夜好凉 爱好难 



This can be roughly translated as:

Actually I am more flustered than you ,
when you seem to be in a hurry.
This time you've already decided on which direction to go, oh. 
I can only stand here and watch.

Oh Baby you watched me became strong
It's you who made the migratory birds no longer go southward.
Baby it's you who made me stopped. 
It's you who made the four seasons filled with sunshine.

You can laugh at me for being silly, crazy or wild. 
I will continue holding on to your hand and will not let go.
My heart is flustered, mind is confused, feeling troubled.
Only the place where you are present can it be called Paradise.
You can laugh at me for being silly, crazy or wild. 
Although I am badly hurt because of you. 
My dream is so long, night is so cold. love is so difficult. 
Love can only fly when moments are spent with you.

I wished you were more soft-hearted than me,
would not say to part in good terms.
You will always be my shelter, oh.
Do not trap me in tears and confused.

I found this interview with Gu Hao on Youtube.

From the interview, I found out that he met with a very serious accident about 2 weeks before he was about to release his second album (《偏体鳞伤》was his first album). His leg was broken and he lost his teeth. After this, he was depressed and turned to alcoholism. He had always thought he was an unlucky person and did not treasure the opportunities that were given to him. Subsequently, he realized that drinking alcohol had adversely affected his voice and he eventually consulted a doctor. He started taking medication to improve his condition. Later on, someone told him that there was some problem with his voice and share with him a way of singing that would not hurt his throat. He felt much better after that. He also returned to Church after being touched. Now he produces Christian songs albums.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Egg Tarts Recipe

It had been a long time since I last made egg tarts so I decided to make some egg tarts on the last Saturday of the school holidays in March. 

I liked to keep things simple so I used a recipe that did not require many ingredients. We did not like our egg tarts to be too sweet so the amount of sugar and icing sugar used were less than that stated in the original recipe. So if you like sweeter egg tarts, you can add more sugar. I also increased the amount of flour used for the butter pastry.

The ingredients I used for the butter pastry were:

280 g salted butter
450 plain flour
1 egg
80 g icing sugar

The ingredients I used for the egg tart filling were:
300 ml water
100 g sugar
4 eggs
80 ml full cream evaporated milk

Steps to prepare the dough:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

2. Mix butter, flour and icing sugar together in a bowl.

3. Add an egg.

4. Knead it into a dough. Refrigerate the dough for 20 min or until it is in a workable state.

Butter pastry dough

While waiting for the dough to be ready, we can work on the egg tart filling. 

Steps to prepare the egg tart filling:

1. Pour 100 g of sugar into 300 ml of water. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.

2. Add milk and eggs to the mixture above. Beat and mix well.

3. Sieve the mixture two times to get a smooth egg filling.

Egg filling after sieving

Steps to prepare the egg tarts:

1. When the dough is ready to be used, take it out from the refrigerator. Knead it again. 

2. Take a small ball of the dough and press it into an pastry mould gently using your two thumbs. Repeat the process until all the dough is used.

3. Pour the egg filling into the pastry mould with the dough in it.

4. Bake the egg tarts in the oven at 200 degree Celsius for 15 to 20 minutes. The egg filling should still be wobbly when done. The egg tarts are ready if a toothpick can stand upright when poked into the filling.

Sera volunteered to help me make the egg tarts and she really enjoyed kneading the dough and putting it into the pastry mould. Towards the end, she also helped to pour the egg filling into the pastry mould.

Unbaked egg tarts in pastry mould on a tray

Baked egg tarts

We made a total of 30 egg tarts with diameters of about 8 cm each.

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