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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Raspberry White Chocolate Pops - Fund Raising For Pink October

Chocolate Pops 2
Chocolate Pop 3
We are moving into the tail end of the month long campaign in October by the Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness for breast cancer. Cancer, of any form is trecherous but breast cancer, in particular has an eery sense of relevance and reality among every woman. I think the heightened sense of relevance for most of us women stems partly from the fact that it is one of the most common form of cancer among women and partly from the fact that it strikes at the very core of what represents and celebrates our womanhood. I believe everyone of us have had friends who had been afflicted by breast cancer or had a close scare of getting it. I myself, have 2 friends who are breast cancer survivors. In addition, I also went through the anxiety of wondering if the fibroid lumps in my own breast would be malignant.

I recall some years back, L and myself were enjoying an intimate moment when he suddenly told me that he felt something different in my right breast. There was an awkward uneasy pause and immediately next day, I made an appointment with the doctors to have a mammogram scan.

True enough, the mammogram picked up a lump that was quite sizeable. The doctor then immediately proceeded with a Ultra sound scan for a better look at the lump. The accessment came only a few days later. Luckily, after studying the ultrasound films, the doctor told me that from the shape and the form of the lump, it did not look malignant. The better way to handle this would be to have an operation to remove the lump and perform a biopsy to be sure. Alternatively, I could let it stay and have them monitor the lump over a period of 6 to 12 months to see if the lump would change any further. Fearful of the prospect of going under a knife, I chose the second option. For the next 6 months, I went for 2 more ultrasound scans, both times, the lump remained unchanged. When I went for the yearly health screening a year later, I made sure I brought my films with me for the doctor to compare against the new scans. Nowadays, I make sure I do a mammogram and ultrasound scan 2 times a year and it still slightly freaks me out whenenver I do my scans, fearful that they may find something unpleasant.

I count myself priviledged enough to be eligible for regular scans like these. Yearly health checks are covered by company and as I don't normally fall ill, my yearly doctor's allowance are more than enough to cover me for additional scans. Not everyone is as lucky as I am....

In Singapore, the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) is a non-profit organisation that strives to increase awareness of breast cancer, promotes early detection and treatment of the disease, and provides support services. I have never experienced the trauma of going through cancer treatment and I fervently pray that I will never have to experience it but for those who have been dealt a shorter hand in life, they will need all the support they can get - be it financial or emotional. 

During this month of October, BCF Singapore launches its own Pink Ribbon Campaign in the hope to increase awareness and raise funds to support the affected. One of the brilliant team ups for the campaign is with DBB to come up with a series of provocative bodyart posters to raise awareness for the event. I love the driving catch phrase of  " Are you obsessed with the right things? "... knowing that Vainity is a Woman's middle name, this poignant approach delivers a heavy dose of reality and drives home the significance of perspective of breast cancer. This is my favourite....
breast-cancer-pimple
 " Are you obsessed with the right things? The difference between a pimple and breast cancer is that of life and death. Regular breast checks are the best way to fight cancer. Show support for the women in your life by purchasing a Pink Ribbon."

In support for the Pink Ribbon Campaign, I am sharing here my simple recipe on Raspberry White Chocolate Pops which I first saw at the Donna Hay store. These chocolate pops are supposed to be stir- melted into hot milk to yield a creamy white chocolate drink.
Chocolate Pops1

In addition, I am also helping the Singapore Breast Cancer Foundation to sell their Pink Ribbon Collar pins in the hope to raise funds for their support efforts.
Pins
Each pin costs S$5 and I will be returning the pledge cards to BCF by 15th Nov. For those who wish to purchase a pin, please drop me a comment or email with your contact detail. Due to logistics limitations, I will only be able to open this fund raising to those who are residing in Singapore.
I hope to get your support for BCF. Thank you!

Chocolate Pops1(250)-100
Recipe
White Couverture Chocolate          125g
Pink colour paste                            A few drops
Raspberry Extract                           1/4 tsp

Method
1. Melt white chocolate in microwave oven or over a bain marie.
2. Add colouring and extract and stir until smooth with a spatula.
3. Pour chocolate into a small paper cup or mold. Position a disposable spoon in the cup. (my bamboo spoons are from Donna Hay :))
4. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.

5. To enjoy, heat up a cup of milk and stir (4) into the milk.

41 comments:

grub said...

glad to see another supporter :) by the way, you know how you put liquids into the chocolate right, won't it become dry and sieze?

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

@Grub : Actually I don't. I know chocolates hates moisture. That's why I did not try to incorporate fruit juice. I did that once and it curdled up. I use alcohol based extract instead - luckily I have a good quality organic raspberry extract which I bought in the US.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Shirley, I'd have to say this is a very good and meaningful post that reminds us, especially women, of the threat that breast cancer may bring us. Yes, there are people around me who were or have been affected by breast cancer and other forms of cancer, too.

I'm sure everyone of us would appreciate your efforts in hammering the whole idea into our heads. Health is something that money can't buy.

Thank you, Shirley! Take care, K?

penny aka jeroxie said...

So simple? I must make these!!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Penny, actually it is easy.If you would put them in a nice cellophane bag, bundle it with a pretty ribbon, it could be a nice Christmas gift.

zurin said...

pink is such a sweet colour and these pops look very very pretty.

good for you on the support and effort you are making in bringing about breast cancer awareness!

Helene said...

So nice to see that you are a supporter. We need more people like you that brings awereness to others.

Angie's Recipes said...

The pops look so very pretty!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

At first, I thought they were ice cream pops. Haha.
Any check ups freak me up too, becos I came from a family with bad cancer background. It won't be pleasant to get any bad news.

La Table De Nana said...

A most beautiful post in all aspects..Just beautiful.

Thank you Shirley.
That little girl is just so perfect..I had never seen that..

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

@Wendy, you are right but it will be even more unpleasant when the news come too late...when nothing else can be done...

TasteHongKong said...

Thanks for alerting us with your personal experience. This is not only a simple and nice recipe but also a meaningful post.
Good luck and take care : )!

Deeba PAB said...

Shirley, this is absolutely brilliant. I do wish I was in SIN...would have pledged to a cause close to me heart!

pigpigscorner said...

Great post =) and your pictures are amazing as always.

Trissa said...

Hi Shirley. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago and was given six months to live. Luckily she survived but breast cancer is always a concern for us. Thank you for the post and helping to raise awareness. Thanks for sharing your experience too. The pops are gorgeous. I'm making them very soon!

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

so pretty in pink.

Thank you for your detailed post. More people do need to take notice !

edith said...

Just few days ago, my friend and I were still discussing whether to go for test as we both hit 40s. I am still getting that goofy feel. Give me some courage!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Edith, if you've never had a mammogram, you should go for it. It is really a quick and easy test. I started doing scans before I hit 40.

Zoe said...

You are very clever! This is a great idea to support the breast cancer awareness! I love the idea!

pickyin said...

Shirley, beautiful post and so easy to make. You mentioned your spoons are from Donna Hay. Is there a store here in SG?

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

@Pickyin: unfortunately, there isn't a Donna Hay store here. The only store in the world is in Sydney :)

Bakeolicious said...

Simply beautiful and a lovely post for a very worthwhile cause.

I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new food photo gallery showcasing beautiful baking and desserts

Jo said...

Shirley, I love this post and definitely a very good cause. The pops look really good and I absolutely adore the Donna Hay styling.

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Great post for a great cause, Shirley!

Little Inbox said...

I love the way how it looks. It's cute, neat and tidy.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Shirley, I thought these are ice cream pops initially! And thanks for this meaningful post, sharing your experience with us and bring out to make more awareness.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Shirley, Thanks for sharing this pink and meaningful post, and your story. My advise to you is better you remove the lump as sometime good lump will turn to bad lump. This was happened to me, I removed a lump straight away when doctor told me the same thing like what your doctor told you, I was about 20++ at that age. Take good care dear.

Bakertan said...

Hey Shirley,

Thats a very meaningful writeup you have there. Its very well written and the pics looks great. well done!

Do you mind bringing along the pins when we have our next meetup? I suppose we will be meeting before 15nov. I am thinking of purchasing one from you.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Thanks, ZY for your support! I am traveling now in Korea and will email you shortly.

Mei Teng said...

Oh wow..lovely pink popsicles! :)

Ho Ho Ho said...

Lovely post and a great reminder for us ... I had my 'scare' this year and ultra sound was needed after mammograms picked up some shadows... all was good in the end..

Joanne said...

What a great cause, Shirley. Thanks so much for sharing your story. My mom has fibroids as well and it's always scary when she goes for her check-ups.

These ice pops look delicious and are filled with such dreamy creamy flavors.

Zahra said...

I'm glad you wrote a post for the cause :) Whats sad is how preventable breast cancer can be...with early detection it is one of the most curable forms of breast cancer...unfortunately many women dont do self exams or see their doctors (of course, unfortunately, many cant afford it)

P.S. Where did you get those wooden spoons? I have been looking for the for EVER!! I googled Donna Hay but couldnt find anything! :(

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hi Zahra, Thank you for stopping by. The wooden spoons are actually disposable. Donna Hay's website does not offer on-line shopping just yet. Try to google disposable bamboo spoons - perhaps you can find something. Good luck!

Tamanna said...

cute frozen pops! i love the delicious pink color

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Oh I saw these on another blog before and they're genius! I love your pretty version of these.






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi,

Yes it is always better to remove a lump as it can have cancer causing cells...take care...:)

Dr.Sameena@

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Great cause Shirley and when you have a scare you realise that its something not to be trifled with. Those spoons are DIVINE! Gorgeous styling too. I think you've become our new Donna :D

Cooking Gallery said...

The pops look gorgeous! I love the colours and the style of the pops.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks for sharing your story - it is a frightening thing to happen. These pops look wonderful - a lovely idea that I have never seen before.

Marisa said...

Love the colour of these pops and love even more that it's in support of such a deserving cause.

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