Wednesday, 29 September 2010

When I'm Quiet.......

....it does not mean that I put a halt to everything, nor am I taking a momentarily pause, that's not me.....I'm thinking peeps, thinking hard, very, very hard....decisions....goals...aspirations......dreams.....

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Colours of Syawal...Ayer Baloi!

Victoria Sandwich Cake
We left for Ayer Baloi from Muor on Sunday night, it was for beraya with FIL's side of the family...and being the guardian of the kitchen (I guess!), I had to cook up something! And when all cakes were gone, this is the easiest and fastest to make....

Victoria Sandwich Cake
250 g plus 62.5g butter at room temperature (I used SCS salted)
250 g caster sugar, I used 220g
250g self raising flour, I used 220g SRF and 30g corn flour
5 large eggs
2 tbsp golden syrup, I used honey, there weren't any Golden Syrup and I had no time to go to Pontian to get some!
2 tsp vanilla essence
A pinch of salt
Strawberry or Raspberry Jam, I used St Dalfour Starwberry jam brought from KL! 

Preheat oven at 150C, I used the small Elba no brainer but loads of surprises from this oven! Prepare two 8 inches cake tins. Beat butter, caster sugar and honey/golden syrup until light and fluffy, fold in eggs one by one until well incorporated. Add in vanilla essence. Fold in sifted flour in three batches. Divide the batter into two and spread evenly in cake tins, bake for about 30 minutes.

When cool, spread jam in between the cakes and sprinkle caster sugar on top!

Pencuk, ie timun, nenas, bawang merah and cili merah gaul dengan a bit of garam and gula.
Dalca
Beef Beryani, using National's Mutton Beryani Masala and Beras Basmathi Jasmin Super Panjang!
Ayam Goreng with Serai, Halia, Lengkuas, Kunyit and Garam
Fusili Goreng...senang ma to make this!
Ala Sirap Bandung...and the taste, not bad at all!

Pencuci mulut...
Another pencuci mulut...
Dina and kids just arrived...followed by malaysianwifeaustralianlife - yan! and Tipot...they are all arwah's friends from STF, well when I saw them I saw my SIL and of course air mata mestui keluar....
Aisya, Yan's exotic looking daughter who loves the beryani....hmmm boleh jadi menantu I ni!
Gegirl, Kak Lin's daughter with Shikin's daughter!
Kak Lin has 9 children (so, tak heranlah I have only 6!), Shikin has 6 children!
Bunga api!
Mak Arah, Noni and her kids, Fadil, Noni's husband is hubby's second cousin who does the repairing jobs at Ayer Baloi house and takes care of the house! Mak Arah made Laksa Johor that day!
Muhammad, playing with toys...
Back in KL on Thursday Anis and Nadia my nieces came visiting!
My youngest brother Mus, a chef with KLCC Convention Centre's kitchen and an ice carver, his wife Aein and my boys!
I made this Tart Nenas on Thursday morning for my parents and adik beradik and....
Mini Lapis Legit while mom and dad and adik beradik were having Nasi Daging.....I found Spoekek powder in Pontian! I didn't use any colouring though, and the cake lenyap almost instantly after it was ready :p

So, now I can move on with other posts......like Macarons! Tunggu......


Monday, 20 September 2010

The Colours of Syawal Day 2

At Azah's......Yusof, Khadijah and Muhammad
Ibraheem and Hajar
Umar
Almost Famous Amos Choc Chip sangat, sangat sedap!  These were going to Ayer Baloi..
Kueh Kasui da best, my request to Utih, she repaid me this for the Chocolate Cake that I got her for Raya!
At Mak Cik's, MIL and hubby....
Jordan , Yusof, Khadijah and the other Yusof an Irish descendant...at Mak Cik's, MIL's arwah's younger brother's house.
Bee Hoon Hailam, Acik's signature dish!

After that, we left for Ayer Baloi! Yeay!

Chocolate Cheese (Mascarpone) Brownies


I was having some guests coming on Sunday, and I only had made a Victoria Sandwich cake and some Choc Chip Cookies and Butter Cookies left to serve, and I was desperate for time! So, what did I do at 4 am on Sunday (I dozed off early the night before, was knackered due to the raya raya ziarah)? I baked this Brownie...my Mascarpone Cheese had expired, so, I used Cream Cheese...the taste of the Brownie....orang melayu would say "Terangkat"! I would have flown had I used Mascarpone Cheese! And the recipe is from Bake or Break !!

Brownies
1 cup unsalted butter (I used Tatura salted)
3 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, I used cream cheese at room temperature!
3 large eggs, I used size A
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt, I used a pinch of salt

Preheat oven at 150C, butter an 8 inch tray, I used my 8x12 inch casserole glass pan.

In a double boiler, melt the butter and dark chocolate. Sift sugar and cocoa powder (I didn't), add to the butter and dark chcocolate mixture. Beat in the cream cheese, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth. Fold in flour and salt.

Pour batter into glass pan, bake for about 40 minutes. Let cool before pouring the chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Ganache
6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
6 tbsp heavy cream or whipping cream
3 tbsp butter

In a double boiler, heat butter and cream until almost boiling, pour in the dark chocolate, stir the mixture until smooth. Let cool a bit and pour on cooled brownie....

ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY !


Friday, 17 September 2010

The Colours Of Syawal.....

Solat Sunat Aidil Fitri in Masjid Tanjung
My first attempt at Rendang Daging...
Nabil ingat Umi......
Lapis Cempedak, Kek Buah Kukus, Victoria Sandwich Cake and Mini Tartlets
Embah with Muhammad, Ibraheem, Nabil and Azfa
Hubby with Nabil, Ibraheem, Muhammad, Azfa, Hajar and Khadijah
Lepat Lui, Burasak and Lemang
Tahlil for Azura on malam raya pertama
KG
I made these petit cuppies for the tahlil 
Muhammad
Khadijah after the tahlil, close of day 1 Syawal.....

Friday, 10 September 2010

Salam Lebaran...


It is past one in the morning...I dosed off after iftar, my body couldn't take any more chores, my head was heavy, I need a rest.......and that was about 9 pm.....then, I woke up to the sounds of fireworks and realised that I have not made my beryani!

MIL and FIL arrived from Ayer Baloi, BIL left some Murtabak S'pore on the dining table, there were also Dodol, homemade from Mak Mah Kurus (who has been making my kurung johor ever since I got married to this family!).....now I have cooked the beryani, and am taking a hot shower before I take the next few hours of sleep before welcoming the pagi Shawal.....

I have not achieved much this Ramadhan, in terms of my Tarawikh and other internal soul cleansing...so, it so sayu that Ramadhan is leaving me, I can only pray that I will have a chance to welcome it again next year, inshaallah......

So, sempena hari baik bulan baik ni, I'd like to wish Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri fellow bloggers and readers, friends...Maaf Zahir dan Batin....if there had been terkasar bahasa, terguris hati, orders that I couldn't fulfill (there must be reasons behind them, I sincerely hope you understand), and the treats yang kurang berasa or not satisfiable to your palate...saya minta maaf......marilah kita berdoa agar kita dapat bertemu jodoh dengan Ramadhan and Shawal next year, inshaallah......
 

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Bila Tiba Hari Raya.....

Bila tiba Hari Raya.....semua insan bergembira...... but, it would not be the same for the Ahmad Omar and Meriam Baharom household this year...as it is MIL kept on saying...kalau Azura ada, dia dah buatkan Mak Choc Chip Cookie...kalau ada Azura, Yani tak payah buat Tart Nenas...yes, kalau Azura ada, the chores before Raya in Muar would be shared between me and her.....but sometime after Raya last year she said me...Kak Yani next year I tak nak buat Tart Nenas lagi...penatlah! Yes, I remember vividly those words...rupanya.....

MIL and FIL dropped by for iftar on route to Muar yesterday...and those were amongst the words constantly being uttered by MIL...she has been hit hard, in fact all of us have been hit...MIL will be in Ayer Baloi until the eve of Raya...so, that leaves me with the preparation for all the makan on Raya day. She has ordered some food from Busu, like the previous years...but this year,it is as if it is just another day.....usually we will discuss the colour coordination of the bajus that we will adorn...this year MIL just kept quiet, and not even a hint of what colour tudung she wanted me to get her.....

I have bought a few packs of Bombay Beryani masala, I will prepare that for the first day of Raya.....my tummy and the kids' and hubby's need rice, ketupat and rendang and lodeh would not be "filling" to the tummy's satisfaction...

I have packed some Samprit for MIL, and Almost Famous Amos Chocolate Chip...the plan is to bake Lapis Cempedak, Lapis Prune and Tart Nenas tonight...I made a boo boo with Biskut Suji last night...I was too tired and sleepy that I used all the wrong measurement, so the batter which I swung into my tong sampah would have "arrived" Sungai Gombak already ! I have cleared my fridge this morning after sahur while waiting for my Petit Vanilla Cuppies to bake, so that leaves me to pack my baju raya only tonight....That department about packing bajus belong to my hubby! I only do mine...lega! The cuppies will be served during kenduri tahlil on the eve of the first Raya...100 days of Azura's passing.....

A few of Azura's friends will be visiting MIL in Ayer Baloi...so sungguh sedih this Raya, I cannot imagine how it will be like on the day itself......

* the picture above was taken on Nabil's birthday celebration...Azura had the signs clearly indicating that she was suffereing from Leukemia when she bled profusely that day from her menstrual dischage...she almost fainted, but we did not know then....and it was the last picture taken by me when she was fine and healthy....

Monday, 6 September 2010

Cerita Kueh Raya....and Resepi Biskut Samprit

My faithful elve....Periuk Kukus!
Used loads of this over the weekend!Resepi Kek Buah Kukus...the original scribblings...will put up soon!Another faithful elve!My time keeper...always!Best investment from my bonus last year!Not a SMEG, but enough to take me through...
I have never bought so many eggs ever in my life! 
Hajar playing in my vacuum cleaner box!Bunga Kantan, good for my back garden, not to be consumed!Muhammad in Yusof's ketayap!
In the midst of all the chaos Khadijah decided to invite her friends for iftar on Sunday, I could only offer Bombay Beryani and....
Congo Bars, I made after iftar!
New love from my all time love, hubby...Classic Portmeirion!

Madness...that's all I can say! With just a few days left before Syawal comes round, I am struggling with my documents in the office and my baking at home.

I cleaned the ground floor of our house last weekend, but haven't had the time to do the upstairs at all...and my laundry...the maid's room have become like a Kedai Bundle...all clothing are dumped and divided nicely between six laundry baskets....I'm ok and happy despite this chaos! If only I have a bit more time, yes a bit more time for this that and the other......

So, I have finished all the orders, minus one...hubby took a bite of one Lapis Prune, lucky it's for my Pasar Tani GF....lepas rayalah she said, gulp....nasib baik! Thanks Zira! I did a batch of Almost Famous Amos Choc Chip last night, and only managed to store half of them.....Hajar, Umar and Ibraheem chopmed on them!

Well, this year I jumped on the bandwagon like the other bakers and made cookies, on top of Kek Buah and a few Lapis Prunes! And, all this cerita about kueh raya crept in.....not my stories, but the stories about how people had to slog and burn the midnight oil before they cane provide for their families' preparation for raya.....I know this happened to hubby's cousin in Muar, it is a case of kais pagi makan pagi for her household. There is no real confinement after she gave birth, she will be up on her toes about two weeks after delivery to make kuehs! And, there have been many Ramadhan's and Syawal's that she didn't sleep during the last few days before Eid, buat ketupat thousands of them and kueh, to support her family. "Azah, kau tak shopping raya?" , I have asked....."Shopping lepas sembahyang raya"! That is when all the receivables come in!

And reflecting back on myself....I have abundance! So, when I think of her, quietly, without any complain of stress or pain or migraine, I did my chores, I baked and I found such joy doing them! And, the pictures above were the shots that I took last weekend, while baking....

I was supposed to be on leave yesterday, but I had to come in to fair a document, so, I put here first, Resepi Biskut Sampit....

Biskut Samprit (courtesy of Lyana Mauseth!)

2 cawan gula icing
2 cawan margarine atau butter (I used Tatura salted)
4 biji kuning telor
1 cawan tepung jagung
3 cawan tepung gandum
3 cawan tepung castard
ceri merah atau kismis

The original recipe requires using cawan kenduri dulu-dulu, you know the clear see through arcoroc cawan, i measured that with the existing flour cup, the measurement is about the same.

Panaskan ketuhar pada 150C. Ayak ketiga-tiga jenis tepung.
Pukul butter dengan gula icing sampai kembang, masukkan kuning telur, kacau sampai sebati. Masukkan campuran tepung dalam tiga bahagian, adun sehingga tidak melekat di jari, if melekat tambah tepung jagung sedikit demi sedikit. Pada saya adunan yang okay dalah yang tak melekat di jari dan amat lembut apabila ditekan menggunakn acuan samprit...otherwise biskut akan jadi keras!

Well, after all said and done, all the cookies and cakes semua beres, inshaallah, but there are still some not delivered, collected....yet!
Related Posts with Thumbnails