Tuesday 31 March 2009
Monday 30 March 2009
We do not know Dr Amin personally, however, he once sutured Umar's broken upper lip (about two years ago) after he dived into a chair, and he examined Khadijah for some post operative hernia before. In fact, we intended to to bring Ibraheem for sunat by Dr Amin this December holidays...which now will not materialise, but I know that Dr Amin is one of the finest paediatric surgeon in Klang Valley!
For Dr Amin, I sedekahkan Alfatihah, semoga rohnya ditempatkan bersama-sama orang yang beriman...
Thursday 26 March 2009
He was getting married with a young girl, who chose to embrace Islam and dengan kuasa tuhan...she met my bil, who happens to be her neighbour, only to live in the below apartment!! Jodoh pertemuan and hidup mati all di tangan tuhan...
The akad nikah was done at the mosque...later we adjourned to Concorde for lunch...the guests were only immediate relatives and very very close friends, it was a very simple do, even the bride's baju was very simple...but I can say they spent quite a bomb! I didnt need my reading glasses to see my new sil's solitaire glitter from a far, ha ha...maybe hubby will get me one after all this coming to number six baby and close to 16 years of marriage, ha ha.....
Yes, am preggers, but my hubby has been having all this kempunan and dreams of having this and that food...and one of them was to have this delicious Sweet Sour Crab, and he wants it not from my kitchen, but from this Ah Li shop (yes, they are halal!), one of the first shops to sell such dish in Kukup.
Kukup is a small town with a jetty that you can ride a boat on to get to Pulau Kerimun (which is part of Kepulauan Indonesia). Abah, my fil still have relatives in Pulau Kerimun, and he visits them whenever there is khenduri khendara...I takut nak pi, wonder if they have proper sanitation...toilets and such are my priorities when I travel, ha ha!! She has forgotten her roots of poo poo @ jamban outside Tok Yam'shouse back in Kupang, when she was small, pakai torch light malam malam buta....imagine what studying abroad and modernisationa has done to Kitchen Guardian...nah! I still remember my roots!!
So, on Sunday last weekend, we went to Kukup searching for Ah Li's shop, ada but with face-lift. We had the Sweet Souir Crab (recipe below) (dua ekor ketam),
Beehon Goreng Basah, ala cantonese mee (for one person),
Char Kueh Teow (for two person),
Mantao (it's like pau without the inti and deep fried, ordered 10 of them and 8 finished by Umar, had to order 5 more!),
Udang Goreng Nestum (medium and sedap sangat sangat!!),
and Crispy Fried Baby Sotong....mmmhhh sedap tak terkata! All plus drinks and keropok udang, the bill came to RM119.00...murahnya!! Here's how I make Sweet Sour Crab at home....
Sweet Sour Ketam, Yani's Style!4 ekor ketam, medium size, cleaned
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 in ginger, chopped finely
1 large onion
corriander leaves, fresh tomatoes (also pineapple cubes..if you wish!)
1 senduk tomato sauce
1 senduk chilly sauce
2 large eggs, beat lightly
Tumis garlic and ginger until fragrant and light brown, add in the tomato and chilly sauce..if you like it more spicy you can add some chilly boh, fry until pecah minyak. Add in the ketam, simmer until ketam is cooked, I usually add some water to thin the gravy. Once cooked, remove the ketam from the gravy, place it in serving dish.
Add in the eggs into the gravy, simmer over low fire, do not stir...you want the eggs to set and cook...last add the corriander leaves and fresh tomatoes and pineapple, garam secukup rasa. Pour the gravy over the ketam and serve with white rice or ratah with roti. Acording to hubby those days it was served with roti benggali, now depa dah upgrade with mantao!
That petang, we had visitors...Uncle Sabri and Auntie Yam, mil's and fil's best friends...Uncle Sabri came with his lintah-lintah for treatment! We managed to persuade Khadijah who has been sniffing and sok sek from her sinus problem and Ibraheem who's been in and out of hospital due to her athma to have a few lintah on them. I told Uncle Sabri, when I was young I always attract lintah and pacat whenever I played around in my "seluarq katok" (I used to be a tomboy, you see...) going in and out of the bendang in my kampung...he said...sebab tulah orang kedah semua sihat, all the toxic have been sucked out by those slimmy creatures...
After the "treatment" session, which took more than 2 hours for both Khadijah and Ibraheem, they definitely looked and felt better! While the treatment was going, I was busy preparing dinner and barbeque for other guests...somehow we are like sugar...we always attract the ants, no matter where we were, ha ha! And we loved it!
Khadijah and her lintahs...
Ibraheem and his lintahs...
Uncle Sabri's tobbaco!
Hajar....lepaking at the main door, whilst her brothers main basikal and menghabiskan duit mak bapak beli jajan (tit bits) at kedai Ah Ping that was about 50 metres away...
Moi...struggling with her editing work to meet dateline...since no baking were done last weekend....what a bliss...can we live in Ayer Baloi? Asked hubby!!
Friday 20 March 2009
In the mean time, I berseru to all my friends, jauh dan dekat...marilah balik dan kita see each other dan berborak (my forte) sambil menikmati juadah-juadah I...so I present you with Penawar Rindu from arwah Datin Rafeah Buang, my all time favourite singer....have a peaceful weekend...
Wednesday 18 March 2009
Tuesday 17 March 2009
She wanted to order some profiteroles for a birthday bash that included her's, even though she would be celebrating miles away... being a very very amateur, I tried to shy away by saying this and that, but yes, 100 profiteroles...I delivered on Saturday!! Coincidentally, Kak Teh's niece Anedra is also neighbours of the zoo like moi......and lagi coincidentally, Anedra's son and my sons go to the same school and take the same bus home...mak datuk.....when I spoke to Anedra, where the party was to be held....I nak topple from my chair, coz we bumped into each other the weekend before at our sons' sport's day...keciknya dunia, Kak Teh jauh beribu batu, made the order, and me and Anedra live sepelaung away........and all met through this blog world!!!
I told Anedra to wear shades when eating the sweeties, I have yet to perfect the shape and size, but I think one can indulge in the taste...and I also tried a chocolate ganache to dip the profiteroles into. The result was like in the picture here......tak pa Kak Teh when you are back in KL next, I'll make some for you...thanks Kak Teh for the orders!
I also had another "kerusi nak terbalik" session in the office when I received a call from a fellow blogger adik, who had moved miles away from Norway to Sg Petani...Lyana....ya Allah, she is so hilarious, I think ornag utara memang like that gelak and giggle 70%, cakap 30%...we call it kelolo......think spoke to her for a good close to 1 hr 45 mins kot...I must visit her when I next go back to Baling or Aloq Starq....what would my world be without all these people to add sugar and spice in my boring office hours......thanks Lyn for the orders!
I also attached a picture of the cuppies I made for Lyn, for her cousin's wedding...pembawakan or not pembawakan, I think I have found my calling...am going to bake...no, it's not going to be Kitchen Guardian Cafe' as yet, but I will be taking orders seriously...I have an inquiry for 500 cuppies for a wedding in November with fondant icing....am doing the costing now and am learning how to make sugar flowers/fondant icing next weekend!! By the way, I also made 300 cuppies for Irma Fatima's do on Friday, had to take half of Thursday off, I nak tolak the order, but they insisted....rezeki!
So far, I have been getting orders for cuppies and profiteroles almost every weekend, am attempting chocolate, banana, peanut butter, carrot cake varieties and perfect my victoria sandwich cake and mini cheesecakes for future orders...pray for my success...and vetting and amending documents will only be a part-time thingy when I join my hubby in his practice...inshaallah!!
Monday 16 March 2009
Here is the recipe on how to make Chocolate Cherry Trifle, that DH forced me to make to curb his mengidamness...I substituted cherries with strawberries, blackberries and rasberries as I couldn't find them @ Cold Storage that day of purchase...recipe is from Nigella's......
Chocolate Cherry Trifle
11/3 cup milk
11/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1/3 cup cocoa powder
4 oz bittersweet choc - melted, use immediately after
chocolate cake- I bought, to safe time from baking
morello cherries- kalau tak ada, I used all the summer fruits above
black cherry conserve-I used St Dalfour's
1. Best if you prepare the custard first as you need to chill it before puring it over the cakes, fruits layer.
2. For chocolate custard....mix eggs yolks, sugar and cocoa powder, making sure there are no lumps. Heat the milk until it starts to boil, add 1/3 of the milk into the yolk, sugar and cocoa powder mixture, and pour back the mixture into the pot, add the heavy cream. Continuously stir using a whisk over low fire, until small bubbles appear. Cook for another 2 minutes, pour into another container, let cool a bit and cover with cling film...chill for 6 hours, or best overnight. Once chilled, fold in melted bittersweet chocolate.
3. Cut the chocolate cake and sandwich with black cherry conserve, layer at the base of bowl, and pour cherry juice, just enough to cover the cake.
4. Arrange cherries or summer fruits on the cake.
5. Pour the chocolate custard over the fruit and cake layer, leave to chill for 2 hours.
6. When ready to serve, pour whipped cream and shaved chocolate and indulge and start counting calories, I won't....
Ida, here's how to marinade chicken for roast chicken that I was telling you about....learnt this from Safura, but I improvised by not tying the chicken, instead I made a slit at the thigh, and shove the other foot into the left thigh, to keep the feet together and tak terkangkang!!
1 medium sized chicken- clean, buang all the fat and excess kulit, dry it using a muslin cloth.
For the marinade, I usually use rosemary, mustard, honey, olive oil (butter will make it more lemak!), salt.
I usually stuff it with a granny smith, it makes the chicken very juicy and succulent. Safura uses an onion. You can also stuff carrots and tomatoes into the chicken.
I usually roast sliced russet potatoes alongside, Safura usually makes mashed potatoes.
I just use the juice that came from the roasted chicken as gravy, Safura usually makes a separate gravy. But we never use OXO cubes!
As you can see, I slide two fingers underneath the skin (try not to break the skin), and stuff the marinade under the chicken skin, after that I put the chicken feet together and pour the rest of the marinade all over the chicken. Because my children couldn't wait for it to be ready, I rarely prepared the chicken and set aside, it's usually a case of marinade and bakar straight...bakar at 180-200 degrees Celcius, turning the chicken every 20 minutes...
For mashed potatoes, kupas russet potatoes, 5 or 6 medium ones, cube them and boil in just enough water to cover the potatoes in a pot. Once all the water dah dried up, stir the cooked potatoes on slow fire to remove any excess water. Mash it, sprinkle salt to taste, add herbs to your liking, add double cream, just nice to smooth it. Go ahead, give it a try and ngap, ngap, ngap....
Tuesday 10 March 2009
I also have to tell you people that not only that I live opposite the zoo, my abode is also fast becoming a natural habitat for stray foxes, that my children thought were tikus.....I think I have one whole family of them lepaking at Superwomanwannabe's abandoned house and feeding on our leftovers, ha! ha...We have yearly snakes' odyssey slithering from my kitchen through my hall and to exit through the front garden, toads as big as casserole bowls, orange, green flying frogs, also a slowloris ended up in my master bedroom a few years back...what a nature that we live in.....
Wednesday 4 March 2009
This week is another marathon week, so will not be able to udate earlier post Part 2, only managed to listen to Kak Teh's show on line last night, and of course the song that I requested kept playing last night...Tunggu Sekejap...am not one who can sing (Negaraku pun tune and rhythm tak lepas!!) and also not one who's updated with recent happenings with songs, artists, only check Celebrity Baby Blog daily, hi hi....but certain songs I remember like this one...here goes..Tunggu Sekejap....