Tuesday, 23 January 2018

[Seeds & Soil] Bendi - Week 7

Peace Be Upon You

(re)Found a new hobby.
It excites me to see them sprout then grow.
Some died, some thrive.

These bendi plants were sowed on 2 December 2017.
I sowed 6 seeds, all sprouted on 3rd day, then I decided to keep only three coz I have space issues.

Yesterday I found buds coming out from two of the three plants already.
Still a long way before they eventually land on my plate (pray that they will!).

Seeds were given by a friend.
Thank you!

Friday, 19 January 2018

[Books] 1/2018 - The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Peace Be Upon You.

It's Friday already.
Time really flies.

I am trying to read more this year.
Like, a book a week.
But failing big time at that.
It's coming to 3rd week of January and I am at page 50 of the very first book.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

[Food & Recipe] Angelhair Aglio Olio

[1]  1 packet angelhair pasta
[2]  1 chicken cube
[3]  4 tbsp cooking oil
[4]  1 tsp coarse salt

- In a pot, add water with chicken cube, cooking oil and salt.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add angelhair and leave to boil until half cooked.
- Take 2 cups of the water, set aside.
- Strain angelhair, set aside.

[5]  Chicken strips - cut into medium-sized bits
[6]  Prawn - leave the tail intact, cut the back and devein
[7]  Squid - cut into rings

- Properly strain and dab (with kitchen towel) the chicken, prawn and squid.
- Heat oil in a work until really hot.
- Fry the chicken, prawn and squid on high heat until the have that brown hues. Fry in small batches.
- Set aside

[8]   6 garlics - I prefer to slice mine, or
                              you can mince the garlic, or
                              'lempang je dengan cleaver sampai penyek'
[9]   Parsley flakes
[10] Chili flakes
[11] 2 cups of pasta water (from Step 1)

- Heat oil in a wok.
- Fry the garlic until they brown on the edges.
- Sprinkle generous amount of parsley and chilli flakes and fry for about 30 seconds.
- Add a cup of pasta water.
- Add angelhair and stir and mix evenly. Use a thong, that would be easier to deal with it :-)
- Add chicken, prawn and squid.
- Add more pasta water if needed.
- Sprinkle some salt to taste (not too much as the angelhair was boiled with salt earlier on).
- Just after turning off the flame, sprinkle some more parsley and chili flakes, you'll get a more 'fresher' look.

Serve & Enjoy!

p/s  I didn't add vege coz the kekanaks don't really eat vege. Instead, I halved cherry tomatoes and served those in their individual bowls. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

[Thoughts] [Ramblings] Moving On...

Things were a bit tensed last year.
Emotionally drained.
In the end I didn't know how I should feel about many things.

'OMG! You're having a mid-life crisis', one friend commented.
'Everyone goes and finds his/her own happiness', another added.
'Find the green button', a friend puts it.

Then I started sowing seeds.
And saw them sprouted and grew.
Some died prematurely.
Some still thrives albeit ungracefully.
But they live on.

Such is life.
We tried.
We thrived.
We failed.
But we must move on.

Monday, 15 January 2018

[Food & Recipe] Pineapple Cake

Peace Be Upon You.

My first cake for 2018.
Of course my first-bake-of-the-year has to be everyone's favorite - Pineapple Cake.
Original recipe calls for margarine but I made do with the butter. 
Too lazy to go out beli majerin. 

[1]  250 gm - butter
[2]  200 gm - castor sugar
[3]  3 - eggs
[4]  220 gm - self raising flour
[5]  1 can - pineapple (cube) - drain. 
         Blend half of the cubes with 6 tbsp juice. 
         Cut the other half of cubes into small pieces.

- Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
- Slowly add egg one by one. 
- Fold in the flour. 
- Fold in blended pineapple. 
- Pour in the cake pan. 
- Sprinkle small pieces of pineapple cubes on top. 
- Bake 170d (no fan) for 40 minutes. 

If you are a sweet-tooth, you may want to add up some more sugar.. perhaps to 220-240 grams. I lessened the sugar to suit our taste. 

Monday, 29 May 2017

[Ramadhan 1438H] Tidak Kan Sama

Peace Be Upon You.

Salam 3 Ramadhan.

Alhamdulillah dipertemukan sekali lagi dengan bulan Ramadhan.

Tahun ke-3 berpuasa tanpa ayahanda.
Tahun ke-6 tanpa ayahanda mertua.
Tahun ke-2 tanpa bonda mertua.

Of course, perasaan itu tidak kan sama :-(
Apapun, ingati yang telah pergi.
Raikan yang masih ada.

Moga Ramadhan kita sempurna.

Friday, 19 May 2017

[Ramadan] [Menu] Ramadan 2017 Countdown

Peace Be Upon You.

7 more days to Ramadhan.

Some of kaum ibu sure have lots of things months before Ramadhan itself especially baju raya. I know some tailors dah tak ambik tempahan months before Aidilfitri. Then when Ramadhan comes, to ensure meals for sahur and berbuka in order, then dekat-dekat nak raya fikir pasal kuih raya pulak :-), and then deal with packing things up balik kampong and unpack semula lepas habis beraya di kampong.

And of course not to forget terawikh, tadarus and the likes.

As for my small family, weekend ni baru nak hantar tempah baju for the boys and abahnya. Good luck to us. Moga berjaya. One of my boys memang tak boleh pakai baju readymade. Especially now with the current trend seluarnya kaki kecik dan kurus. As for myself and Kakak, we'll just head for shopping complex and get us some blouses and skirts. It's important for me that those can be worn to the office without getting weird stares. So, nothing too fancy.

Kids will be starting two weeks mid-year leave on 1st Ramadhan itself, I think that is a blessing. Hoping for lesser traffic congestion during those two weeks. Kids got to stay home, lesser time in the sun going to and coming back from school, perhaps with no homework.
And as usual, I'll have my weekly menu ready. Senang nak plan beli barang-barang, can prepare ahead, balik rumah boleh terus letak kuali or periuk atas dapur.

My line-ups for 1st week..

Main dishes. Yes, we do not eat rice for lunch and dinner every day, hence we will have kuetiaw and bihun and buttermilk chicken sandwich on some days. I also have make-ahead concoction like sambal tumis and sambal lontih. Even now I have them ready in the fridge and proven to be a huge time-saver.

Some people argue we mothers spend too much time preparing meals for the family. The time should and better be spent reciting Quran, performing solat sunat and whatnots. My humble opinion says, preparing meals for the family is also an ibadah. Of course, we need not to over-do it.

Ramadhan is a month that I got the chance to spend more time with my family, mealtimes included. Otherwise on other months we rely on take-aways, eat-outs maybe half of out mealtimes.

Apapun, Selamat Menyambut Ramadhan. Moga amal ibadah kita dapat dipertingkatkan.