Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Betapa berat mata memandang......

Berat lagi bahu memikul...

Itulah satu pepatah melayu yang paling baik untuk di samakan dengan keaadan benda alah ni.....

The pisang being 'tortured'

Bayangkan, kalau kita bergerak dari satu tempat ke satu tempat dengan bergantung & badan kita berat...alaaaahai mau terkoyak bahu macam pisang tu kan?


Kita yang guna kaki ni, kalau berat badan agak terlebih sikit, pasti kaki kita yang jadi mangsa kan?

Moral of the story : marilah kita sama sama berusaha menjaga berat badan supaya kaki kita tak tension menampung ya.

Live happily and healthily 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

BBQed stool

Last weekend son1 held a BBQ session at home for his friends. They did everything, from preparing to cleaning up.

But the next morning, i was shock to find this nostalgic, old stool blackened.

Apparently, they placed the grill on top of the stool to give it height.

Hmmmmmm, you don't learn this in university, do you?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tote in jeans

These simple totes were completed sometime ago.

Muhaimin's jeans converted

sweet tote

I am also contemplating 'cleaning' up my blog:- arranging in proper labels but that would mean time in front of the computer.
I will do surely but slowly.

As for sewing I have two camera bags to do, a passport holder and two long purses.
And just few days ago a friend gave a 'knock on the head' with "how's your quilt progressing??". Well, that really woke me up. I have yet to finish my long overdue quilt.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Eating in & eating out & earth hour

March is coming to an end. It has been quite a busy one for me as i either had visitors in my house or visited places. 
Last week was no exception. I had 'appointment' literally everyday. 
Last night pakcik had dinner outside & i prepared rosti for son1. I will share the recipe in my other entries.

Rosti & cheese sausages

Today, makcik & pakcik went out, pakcik supposedly wanted to do street shooting. We had Briyani at Kapitan for lunch. 

Lunch = Briyani

In support of earth hour today, we decided to keep our house dark, so we went out. After some magazine shopping, we had dinner.

all these for dinner @ PHOP

Burp!!! Alhamdulillahh

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hai abang, awat lambat sangat?

Baru saja balik dari makan 'angin'...

We went to this new eatery by the sea, overlooking the Penang Bridge.

Location: Kalau dari Penang bridge, masuk kiri ikut hala Jerejak Resort & the place is on the left.

Orderlah....since kita dua orang saja...we ordered Laici & air tembikai; mee hailam & bihun sup.
Sementara menunggu, dok kat meja bawah pokok rasa syok hembusan angin sepoi sepoi bahasa sambil menikmati keindahan malam jambatan tepanjang di Asia nih...sambil juga di hiburkan dengan deruan air laut menghempas pantai.

15 minit tunggu air sampai, orang taklah ramai sangat....
Perut dok nyanyi lagu arab dah, makan tak sampai lagi. Dah dekat 20 minit lagi tunggu, pakcik pun pi ...
"Lambat lagi ka?"

"Abang punya lambat lagi, banyak ode, tangan dua saja..."

---adehhhh, takpalah, hang simpan lah tangan tu kat orang lain, kami tak boleh tunggu dah---
(ayat ni simpan dalam hati saja tau)

Paid for the drinks & balik.....tak dan nak rasa bihun sup & mee haiiilaaammm(bat)

Comment: Tempat cantik, makan tak tau.

Bayangkan kalu kami ode ikan 3 rasa, tomyam sayoq, teloq dadar, ketam bakaq...pastinya TEBAKAQ!

Dah tak dak apa nak tunjuk, sila lah tengok gambaq food masa kami makan kat Paddington House of Pancake hari tu


Monday, March 22, 2010

Am I the only one who.......

Dresses the rice cooker??

He he....I have few projects to do actually, but..something pop in the head....and this one was born this evening....:


0.3l rice cooker cover

Bought this rice cooker, smallest size available two weeks ago.

Seems that I labelled all my sewing projects as "Quilt/Patchwork", but looks like i have more bags than the actual quilting.
I will try to segregate them once i have more quilting project to display.

Good night.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Steamed Tapioca Cake (Bingka Ubi Kukus)

.....atau nama lainnya Bengkang (bingka) Ubi Kukus.

I did this cake 'by accident' when i saw already-grated-tapioca at the market today. There's only about 200 gm left so i said 'kasi semua...'
Not knowing what to make(actually), i bought some grated coconut & also coconut milk.

Then I thought maybe i should try steaming it....

It tastes good. I don't have a proper recipe but would like to share how simple it is to make this. 

all you need is:

Grated tapioca (ubi kayu parut) - strain 
Enough sugar - I just use sugar syrup 
pinch of salt
Food colouring (if you like)
Grated coconut mix with little salt

- Mix grated tapioca, syrup & salt to your taste.
- Steam half the mixture for ~ 15 mins.
- Add red colouring to the other half  and pour on top of the 1st mixture.
- Steam for another 20-30 mins.
- Leave to cool, cut and roll it over grated coconut.  

Coincidently I have visitors at home today, so they had this

Saturday, March 20, 2010

masak jangan tak masak

Catering thursday.....

It has been quite sometime since my last update. Have been in and out lately, can really think of an entry even though I  have stories to tell....

Had lunch order on thursday and here they were.....the main dishes of nasi briyani, ayam merah, dalca sayur, black pepper prawns & kerabu timun.

Click individually for the recipe;

Happy viewing and have a pleasant weekend

Kerabu Timun

Pickled Cucumber

1 cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
1 big onion, peeled, halved and sliced
1/2 pineapple, quartered and slice abt 0.5 cm thick
1 red cili, sliced
salt, sugar and a dash of vinegar

Mix all in a bowl and taste accordingly.

Dalca Sayur (Vegetable Curry)

3 tablespoon meat curry powder, mixed with 1/4 cup tamarind juice
1 teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)
1 cup dhall (split peas or lentils), soaked & boiled till 'broken'
2 cups water
1 cup thick coconut milk.
1 aubergine, cut to small pieces.
1 carrot sliced abt 1 cm thick
3 potato, peeled and cut each into 4
~ 10 long beans, cut 1"
2 tomatoes, quartered 
1 onion, sliced *
3 garlic, sliced *
1/2 ginger, sliced, julienne *
1 cinnamon bark *
2 star anise *
2 cloves *
3 cardamom *
1 stalk curry leaves

- Saute * till fragrant
- Put in curry paste stir for few seconds
- put in water and add in boiled lentils
- Let it boil for about 10 mins, stirring occasionally.
- Add in potato & carrot and boil a further 10 mins. 
- Add aubergine, long beans, tomatoes.
- Add coconut milk and boil until all vegetables are cooked. Add salt to taste
- Throw in curry leaves and green cili & turn off fire.

Note: This vege curry gravy should be slightly thick.
            Can add extra curry powder if you like.

Black Pepper Prawns

600 gm prawns (large or medium of own choice), skin intact, cut 1/2 the head off.
1/2 cup cili sauce.
1/3 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon cili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper, pound coarsely
1 tablespoon thick soysauce
1 tablespoon thin soysauce
1" ginger diced 
2 big onion, diced
1 pulp garlic, diced.
1/2 cup oil

- Clean & drain prawns.
- Saute ginger, garlic & onion until fragrant & slightly brown.
- Put cili powder and stir to mix.
- Add tomato sauce, cili sauce, thin & thick soysauce and mix well.
- Add in prawns, keep stirring  until prawns are cooked and gravy well incorporated.
- Taste accordingly.
- Off fire and 'sprinkle' black pepper. Done! 

Nasi Briyani

3 cups rice, wash and drained
1 cup evaporated milk
3 cups water
3 heaped tablespoon briyani powder
1" ginger, julienne (*)
1 big onion, sliced (*)
1/4 pc of each green, yellow & red capsicum, diced (*)
1 small carrot, julienne (*)
1 small tomatoes, seeds removed, diced. (*)
1 cinnamon bark (*)
2 star anise (*)
3 cardamom (*)
1/4 cup oil
~ 2 tablespoon ghee
2 tablespoon plain yoghurt - optional
1 tablespoon condensed milk ( or 2 teaspoon sugar)- optional
Salt to taste
1/3 cup Cashew nuts
Raisin for garnishing

-Fry (*) until fragrant, put in briyani powder, stir and add in liquid (milk & water)
- Add in yoghurt, condensed milk and salt to taste.
- When mixture boils, add in rice. 
- Stir for a while until the liquid (sort of) dries up a little bit.
- Turn fire to smallest, cover pot with the lid and leave rice to cook.

=> if you use rice cooker, put drained rice in rice cooker. Fry ingredients/liquid in separate pot and pour boiled mixture into rice. Cover & let it cook as usual. 


Ayam Masak Merah

This is one of the few varieties of Ayam Masak Merah.

1 pc chicken, cut to desired size (mine was 12 pcs)
3 big onion, peeled & cut
1" ginger
2 lemongrass, cut to small pieces
2 medium ripe tomatoes, cut to smaller pieces
1 1/2 cup cili paste
1 cup coconut milk
1 cinnamon bark
3 star anise
3 cardamom 
sugar & salt to taste.

- Marinate chicken with turmeric & salt.
- Blend onion, lemon grass, ginger & tomatoes.
- Fry chicken in enough oil. Put aside
- Using the same oil, throw in cinnamon bark, star anise & cardamom.
- Add in blended onion, and stir till fragrant.
- Pour cili paste and let it cook, stirring now and then. You can tell the cili is cooked when the cili paste & oil separates.
- Pour in coconut milk and let it boil.
- Put the chicken and let it cook further or until gravy thickens slightly
- Add salt & sugar to taste.
- Done. garnish with chinese celery  

Monday, March 8, 2010

The very busy week

Last week was a very busy one for me with buzz of activities....
Prior to 'Majlis Kawin' (wedding ceremony) of a niece, my family played host to relatives from Singapore.

It's a two-in-one visit. We took them around and they particularly love the gurney drive hawker center and the Feringhi night market

They also went on a 'shopping spree' buying jeruk (pickled fruits) to take home.

mixed jeruk

The delayed flight home did not deter or angered them. Instead, they took that opportunity to enjoy nasi kandar as they only sampled roti canai, tosai, puri etc from the nasi kandar stall the previous night.