If you are a pastry lover, you surely cherished a lot of pastries here in Singapore. Pastries refer to various baked food products out of milk, sugar, flour, butter, baking powder, eggs and shortening. If in this case you want to make egg tarts, you will surely learn how to prepare it no time. Egg tarts are famous in Hong Kong but its delight transcends to its borders.

Egg tarts are also famous in Singapore and other Asian countries. Egg tarts are very tasty and the best part is you can put your leftovers in the refrigerator. If you are serious about learning how to prepare it, you can start by securing the ingredients. This recipe makes at least twelve tarts. Ingredients include 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup of evaporated milk, 1 dash of vanilla extract, 9 beaten eggs, 1 butter cup, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 2/3 cup of white sugar and 1 ½ cups of water. Do not forget about your utensils.

After preparing the ingredients, the next part is the fun part – baking. This is better if it is done with the family. If your family loves egg tart, they will enjoy preparing it. So, here’s how to bake it:

  • Mix ingredients together: Look for a bowl then mix the sugar together with the flour. You should then mix butter using a fork. Blend the egg and vanilla until it forms a dough. Remember that the texture of the dough should be somewhat moist. If it is too dry, add more butter but if it too greasy, add more flour. Put the dough in your tart moulder.
  • Preheat the oven: You should then preheat the oven to 230°C.
  • Preparing filling: In another saucepan, mix white sugar and water then boil it. Put it aside while you strain the eggs unto the saucepan. Whisk it afterwards. Add vanilla and evaporated milk and fill the moulder with the filling.
  • Bake: You can now bake your egg tarts for fifteen to twenty minutes in the oven. Just put the tray inside the oven and wait for the timer.
  • Serve: If you see that your tart is golden brown and the filling is puffed up, you can get it from the oven and serve it while it is hot. There are people who prefer to serve it hot while there are others that prefer it chilled. As mentioned earlier, you can put your leftovers in the refrigerator and consume it not more than three days.

Preparing an egg tart is easy, right?

Admit it, Singaporeans are hooked with football. In fact, there are other Singaporeans who will miss work or school just to watch the live streaming. If you are a fanatic, you will never forget what about what happened on July 4, 2014. On July 4, 2014, there was a quarter final challenge between Columbia and Brazil. So, what happened next?

Columbia’s Zuniga allegedly kneed Brazil’s Neymar which left the latter a fractured vertebrae. This incident will not come to pass for the Disciplinary Committee if FIFA will investigate further. The committee will review the reports and the videos to decide whether they will take action or not. Unfortunately, the Barcelona superstar will miss the rest of the Cup because of his injury.

Fractured vertebrae is a serious injury. Here are the things that you need to know about fractured vertebrae:

  • Symptoms: Fractured vertebrae (of the lumbar spine) is usually related to major trauma. It can cause damage in the spinal cord and it can lead to neural dearth. So, what are the symptoms of the development of neural dearth? Some symptoms include tingling feeling, weakness, numbness and spinal shock. You should watch out for spinal shock because of its gravity. Spinal shock will cause the provisional damage of spinal reflect activity.
  • Diagnosis: There are many ways of diagnosing a fractured vertebrae. Your doctor will actually decide the diagnosis but for your information, your doctor may require a serial haemoglobin determinations. Not only that, if your doctor wants to make sure that there are no organ damage, you will be asked to do pregnancy test, serum calcium test, cardiac-marker test, urinalysis and many more. To be sure, your doctor will require imaging studies to include Computed Tomography (CT) scan, radiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • Management: The good news is that your injury can be managed so it does not take the whole of you. Your doctor will suggest different management options like non-surgical and surgical fracture management. The former offers treatment without surgeries. The latter will include surgical treatment for the stabilization of the injured vertebrae.

This goes to show that we should be careful with our actions. Though we are not participating in any sport, fractured vertebrae is still possible. If you get injured, it is important that you go to your doctors right away and get treatment. This is indeed a serious injury and everyone is praying for the recovery of the Barcelona superstar. This incident will also serve as a lesson for players.