Paw Paw Coconut Cake

When I say Paw Paw, I’m talking about the fatter, yellow-flesh cousin of the thinner, red-flesh papaya.

The fruit on the left is commonly known as paw paw here in Australia (note the spelling difference), but as papaw in the US.  (Yet, the website where the picture is from calls it pawpaw in the title. Go figure!)

Funnily enough, there is a pawpaw in the US that is a different fruit altogether.

The recipe below is for papaya or papaw, NOT the US pawpaw.

Got my inspiration from the recipes posted here and here.

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Winner of the Encouragement Award at her dance school. The school gives out fewer than ten awards in total a the Annual Show and Presentation. For a school that has over 200 students, this is quite an achievement.

Winner of the Encouragement Award at her dance school.

The school gives out fewer than ten awards in total at the Annual Show and Presentation. So, for a school that has over 200 students, this is quite an achievement. This year, the school awarded two students Encouragement Awards, and Miss Eight is one of them. The trophy is hers to keep and she will have the perpetual shield for half a year.

This year, the Brigades had a joint Presentation Ceremony.

Girls' Brigade Most Consistent Cadet 2014

Girls’ Brigade Most Consistent Cadet 2014

This is her final year as a Cadet. Next year, she will be a Junior.

Girls' Brigade Most Consistent Pioneer 2014

Girls’ Brigade Most Consistent Pioneer 2014

Boys' Brigade Rookie of the Year 2014 Awarded to the best first-year Senior Section Boy The award is in memory of a boy who was killed after his first year at Boys' Brigade

Boys’ Brigade Rookie of the Year 2014
Awarded to the best first-year Senior Section Boy
The award is in memory of a boy who was killed after his first year at Boys’ Brigade.

Older son also won Rookie of the Year during his time. So both our sons’ names are on the shield.

Science and Christian Education

This looks like a good series of videos.

Crispy Szechuan-Style Eggplant and Tofu

Inspired by the recipe found here.


  • 2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 long eggplant cut into 5-cm strips
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu, drained, pressed dry between paper towels and cut into 5-cm strips
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil, plus more for frying
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 3 chillies, minced, or as desired
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves


In a shallow dish, combine 2/3 cup of the cornstarch, the salt and pepper. Toss the eggplant pieces in the cornstarch mixture to coat, shaking off the excess; set aside. Repeat the process with the tofu.

Heat 1/2 inch of the cooking oil in a large, deep, straight-sided skillet (I used a wok) over medium heat until it shimmers. Working in batches, cook the eggplant first, tossing gently until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining eggplant and the tofu.

In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, soy sauce, sugar, lime juice and remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch.

Carefully drain the oil from the skillet, and wipe out any residue using paper towels held with tongs. Add 1 tablespoon of peanut oil to the skillet and heat it over medium heat. Add the ginger, about 1 teaspoon of the minced chilies (or to taste) and the garlic. Cook, stirring, until just fragrant, about 30 seconds; pour in the chicken stock mixture and bring it to a simmer. Simmer until slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the cooked eggplant and tofu to the pan/wok and toss gently to combine. Stir in the sesame oil and chopped coriander and remove from the heat.

Crispy Szechuan-Style Eggplant and Tofu (2)

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Bengali Chicken Curry with Potatoes

Inspired by the recipe found here.


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • hot chilli powder, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (or breasts, if you prefer)
  • 2-4 potoates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves


  1. Heat the cooking oil in a large pan (I used a wok) over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the onions in the hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger-garlic paste and continue cooking another 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; stir the tomatoes into the mixture and cook until the tomatoes are pulpy, 5 to 10 minutes. Season with the hot chilli powder, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, and cumin; cook and stir another 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and potatoes to the mixture in the skillet; simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the coriander over the mixture and continue simmering another 10 minutes. Serve hot.
Bengali Chicken Curry with Potatoes (I doubled the recipe)

Bengali Chicken Curry with Potatoes
(I doubled the recipe)

Eight Years Old

The youngest member of the Yewnique household is now eight years old.

November 2014 006November 2014 022A VERY happy girl, indeed!

She finished the Treehouse books in one day.

Halloween 2014

I’ve been slack with this blog. Apologies to my followers – True Followers, not just Subscribers, ie about, oh, three of you, with a standard deviation of three.

So, what’s been happening in the Yewnique household lately?

Well, Halloween has been and gone. I blogged about our experience last year here. This year, again, Miss Seven did not want to go out, but was happy to help hand out candy. This year I bought a bag of Milky Way, because, it claims not to ruin the appetite, so I felt I could hand them out without a guilty conscience. The first group of Trick-or-Treaters rang the doorbell at around 7pm or so. The daylight hours are getting longer now, so it was still light and the weather was good, so I was expecting more than the dozen we had last year.

The older three had Youth Group (a concept which has its origins in secular, humanistic, and evolutionary – not to mention sinful – thinking, according to some), and I had to leave the action for a while. While driving, I noticed several groups of T-or-T’ers walking around and I worried that the Milky Way wouldn’t be enough.  So, after dropping them off, I popped into the supermarket and bought some more candy.

I needn’t have bothered.

We only got a total of NINE visitors this year. Three down from last year.

The costumes were a bit more varied this year. Still mostly witches and ghouls, but we had a bumblebee and while driving I saw a Spiderman. No Frozen characters. I think the idea that Halloween costumes don’t have to be ‘scary’ hasn’t quite made it here. All the stores that sell Halloween costumes feature ‘scary’ costumes. Even the Discount Store had Halloween-themed items in front, while the year-long stock of ‘normal’ dress-up costumes were in the back.

Hope you had a Happy Halloween wherever you are!

Recipe: Banana and Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert


2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans

250g cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whipped cream
4 bananas, sliced
1 tsp. of lemon juice
1-2 cups strawberries, washed and sliced
1/2 cup icing sugar

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This Is Love

Remember that Christian couple who refused to bake a wedding cake for lesbians? They lost their business and had to operate from their home.

Well, the ‘enemy’ has stepped up and organised a fundraiser to help the Christian couple.

Gay Community Comes to the Aid of Anti-Gay Bakery Owners

This Is Love

“I Cannot Come”

Dr Deborah Haarsma of BioLogos recently went to bat for Dr Hugh Ross when Mr Ken Ham criticised him. Dr Haarsma then invited Mr Ham to join her and Dr Ross for dinner. Readers can leave comments on the blog. One can also leave comments on their Facebook page here.

Mr Ham’s response is on his blog here. Mr Ham does NOT allow readers to leave comments. However, he has also posted about it on his Facebook page where people can comment.

 “We have written a number of articles on the AiG website to warn people that compromising God’s Word in Genesis is an authority issue, a gospel issue, and, indirectly, a salvation issue.”

So, there you have it. Belief in Young-Earth Creationism IS a salvation issue after all! Thanks for clearing that up, Mr Ham!

No, I did not miss the preceding ten-letter adjective indirectly. When you think about it, everything ultimately is a salvation issue. Everything will either draw you closer to God, or draw you further away. The question isn’t “Is ‘x’ a salvation issue?” but rather, “How much of a salvation issue is it?” In this case, young-Earth Creationism ranks quite high on Mr Ham’s Salvific Index (SI).

We at AiG are busy “rebuilding a wall.” We are equipping God’s people to defend the Christian faith, and I believe we are doing a great work for God. We are busy being “watchmen”—warning people of those who undermine the authority of the Word of God. Now, of course, I don’t consider Dr. Ross a personal enemy (as Nehemiah considered some of his detractors)—he is actually a pleasant person. But he is what I would call an enemy of biblical authority. He already knows our views, and we know his.

Ken Ham’s response to the dinner invitation? Well, I was reminded of the song, “I Cannot Come” which I learned years ago. I’ve re-written it with different lyrics.

I cannot come.
I cannot come to the dinner,
Don’t trouble me now.
I am building a wall,
I am keeping my vow.
I must hold to the Bible,
I will not succumb.
Pray, don’t change my mind,
I cannot come.

A certain man had a site
Where he taught from God’s Word.
To those who disagreed,
He called them all absurd.
“Compromising Christians,”
Is what they all read.
But when they asked to dine with him,
This is what he said:

“I cannot come.
I cannot come to the dinner,
Don’t trouble me now.
I am building a wall,
I am keeping my vow.
I must hold to the Bible,
I will not succumb.
Pray, don’t change my mind,
I cannot come.”

“God has told us very clearly
How the world we see was made.
He made it all in six days,
By that I won’t be swayed.
I must work to warn others
Not to compromise His Way.
To enemies of His Word,
This is what I say:”


“‘Millions of years’ is the Big Lie
Satan wants us to believe.
We must stand firm on the truth
Though he tries hard to deceive.
To be sure, far more dangerous
Are those who claim to follow God
Yet believe in an old earth.
Indeed it’s very odd!”


“When my days on earth are over
And I go to meet my Lord.
I am sure He’ll say to me,
‘Child, come to your reward!’
Be encouraged, dear believers!
When sheep-clothed wolves come your way.
If get asked to dinner,
Be certain that you say:”



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