Friday, December 29, 2006

Medically Fantastic

Just came back from the doctor's monthly checkup, and Alhamdulillah, everything is good and well. The doctor was happy with all results and asked me to come back ONLY if I had problems. What a great medical end to the year 2006. Keeping my fingers crossed and hope for only the best for the year 2007. Amin.

Sinful Lunch

I know I shouldn't go and enrichen Starbucks thus supporting the American war, being a Muslim and all, but I just had the most wonderful brew I've ever had in years. This Christmas, Starbucks came up with the Toffee Nut Latte and Frapuccino, and I had the opportunity to try it for lunch today, as an accompaniment to the yummylicious Cajun Chicken Dome.
The Latte is a rich and buttery beverage of sweet toffee and the warm flavors of toasted nuts, blended to perfection with smooth espresso and velvety steamed milk. This festive beverage is topped with whipped cream and toffee flavored sprinkles for a handcrafted touch. Its also available with ice.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Rose Pink


Pink...it my latest obsession. Z610i Sony Ericsson.Comel sangat and agak cool kan?

Movie Freak

I recently realized that I've been watching a lot of movies lately, especially Malay movies, thanks to Mak. She doesn't really enjoy English movies anymore, well, at least quite picky on the ones she actually watches, but very into watching almost all the Malay movies in town. Thank God though that Mak doesn't seem to want to watch Cicakman. The latest I caught was Cinta. Personally, I loved the movie. Kinda reminds me of Love Actually starring Hugh Grant, but in another perspective and setting. I loved the way the film maker weaved everything into place and ended all 5 cinta settings into really good endings. Good endings for me doesn't have to be happy endings, but at least with an ending that would put my mind to rest, knowing what the characters would endure and letting the audience make up their own rendition of how it should continue in its individual lives.

The most recent English movie I caught while being left home alone with Nita (Mak is away with Na on a holiday) was Night at the Muzium, and we both loved it. Funny as hell that the 2 hours went by like minutes! The whole theatre was laughing like crazy throughout the movie, and we both agreed that it was a great comedy movie to end the year. Its already the 28th, another day to go before the long weekend again. Can't wait! I plan to watch Casino Royale pulak (yups...I'm way behind) and go holiday somewhere local with the family.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Recipe 5: Garlic Bread

Well, just yesterday, a friend said that he didn't like the taste, or rather the hardness of French Loaf or Baguette. I used to dislike it as well, until an aunt taught me the secret in making it really soft in the inside, and really really crispy on the outside.

Ingredients:
1 Baguette
100g butter (softened)
3 cloves garlic (chopped or pounded)
1 sprig of parsley (chopped)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/4 tsp salt

Method:
Mix the butter, garlic, parsley and salt. Cut the Baguette into 2 (to accomodate an oven). Cut the Baguette across, but not all the way, just to have a wide opening across the whole length (like a sandwich). Spread the butter mixture onto the inside of the bread. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the butter. Run the Baguette (closed) across running tap water (very quickyly, so that only the crust is a bit dampened) and bake for 8 minutes in a 180 deg C oven. Eat it while its hot!


Tip:
1. Leftover Garlic Bread can be recycled into yummy bread crumb. Garlic bread would become crispy inside out after a few hours, so just pop into the blender, till you get fine crumbs. Just coat chicken pieces with egg (add salt and pepper to egg) and coat with the bread crumb. Deep fry till cooked. For a healthier version, just pop into the oven till cooked.
2. For sandwiches, just cut across, spread pure butter, run through tap water, and bake. Cut the crispy Baguette into required length.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Recipe 4: Sandwiches

I feel that the art of food business is always best if you could cook from the heart, and not the cashier machine. I wish I had the time and energy to pursue my sandwich business that I ran few months back, everyday at the office pantry. But that would mean getting up at 5am and sleeping late for prep. Profit was not that good, but the satisfaction of getting the approval from my friends is beyond anything money can buy. Too tired now, so I guess its time to share what I made. Here's 4 of my specialties:

General Ingredients:
Gardenia Bread
Butterhead Lettuce (for a mild taste and long-lasting sandwich)
or Iceberg Lettuce (for a crunchy fresh taste)
Pure Butter

Tuna Mayo Filling:
1 can Tuna in Brine
3 tbsp Mayonnaise (I use Kraft's)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Egg Mayo Filling:
2 eggs (boiled and mashed with fork till fine)
2 tbsp Mayonnaise
1/2 tsp sugar
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Method for Tuna and Egg Mayo:
Mix all ingredients, cover tight and refrigerate overnight.

Fried Sardine Filling:
1 small can of sardine (mashed with fork till fine with 3/4 of its gravy)
1/2 big onion (peeled and chopped)
3 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp cooking oil

Method for Fried Sardine:
Heat oil, and saute onion and garlic till golden. In a bowl, mix the mashed sardine, lime juice, salt and pepper. Add this mixture to the sauteed ingredients and fry further, till color of sardine gravy turns orangey from red. Let cool and its ready to use.

Spicy Chicken Mayo Filling:
1/4 chicken
3 cloves garlic (unpeeled and smashed)
1L water
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp Mayonnaise
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
some That chilli sauce

Method for Spicy Chicken Mayo:
Boil chicken till cooked with water, garlic and 1 tsp salt. Remove stock (water and garlic). Let cool, debone and chop chicken meat. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chilli sauce. May be used immediately. Top up with chilli sauce when assembling the sandwich.

Method for Sandwich:
I'm sure you know how to assemble a sandwich!


Tips:
1. I like to add chopped 1 small tomato or 1/2 onion to my Tuna Mayo for my own indulgence. Try this!
2. Use freshly ground black pepper. Its makes a whole lot of difference.
3. For an even more complete sandwich, add cheese, cucumber and tomato slices.
4. For parties, I like to cut the sandwich into small triagles or squares, and deco with parsley. You can even be more creative, by cutting out with large cookie cutters.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Sweet 16




(From top to bottom: The Cake, The Glamorous Birthday Girl and her girlfriends, The Chef and her shy niece, and The Shepherd's Pie.) After all the cleaning, and 12 hours sleep, I'm finally up and about to talk bout yesterday's Sweet 16 Birthday Bash. Kids these days...Na looked smashing in her birthday outfit and the food was good (if I have to say so myself) The Chefs (myself and Nita) set out early in the morning (at 8 actually) an started whipping up the menu for the day. Birthday Girl asked for Shepherd's Pie, Macaroni Goreng, Coleslaw, Jello Dessert, Homemade Choc Cake, Drummets and Karipap. Got all that and more, thank to the many many contributions from the aunts that came. Started at 4, and ended at about 8, and all went well. Na was beaming in all the 4 hours, and we're happy that everyone had a good time and went back home with a visibly full tummy. Another accomplished mission for the year 2006, I must say.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Chocolate Grape

I had always admired the way my mom could put together bit and pieces and make it look so grand and beautiful, for so many hantaran kahwin and tunang. Last night, I was actually given the chance to prove myself worthy in that area, and therefore affirming that I am biologically my mom's daughter (hehe...people always say we don't look alike at all). One of my closest friends is getting married to the girl he'd always loved, and I've volunteered (without much sense on the turnout) to make him a grape deco of Ferrero Rocher. It turned out pretty well I think, and even the sis was happy with what I've done, that she booked one for her daughter's marriage (her daughter is about 5 years old I think..haha).

Best part is that I enjoyed every single minute of making the 'grape' and I guess I've unfolded another hidden talent that I've foreseen before. Its not that I've never done these kinds of things, its just that I've only been the assistant to the artist, therefore never having the chance to express (cewah!)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Johana & Zulkifly




Good food, warm reception, a happy, handsome groom who obviously adores his gorgeous beeming bride...What more can I say?Congrats Jo...May you and Zul live happily ever after...

Friday, December 08, 2006

Yummy of the Day...

Yummy of the day goes to....(drum roll).......KFC Zinger Max...Finally, an exagerated looking burger, just like its pictures...Yummy cheese, mayo, Hot and Spicy tender chicken and lettuce...Had that for lunch, thanks to Aida and Lini...Couldn't walk much today...Attack of the blisters...Ouch! So much for new shoes...

Fun Gym

I never thought of gyms or aerobics as fun..Had always been more of an obligation to the dear body that goes through all the eating, laughing, talking, lepakking and sitting down in front of the Catia machine, and very occasional visits to the plant, which would take up about 10 minutes of lenggang kangkong walking..Brisk would take 5..Anyway, I had so much fun last night, when I brought along Kak Bib and Lin as guests..We danced the night away, in Body Jam, Fitness First..Alia joined in half way, and added the fun..By the end of the hour, we were near fatigue, but went on with the steam and sauna room..Bathed later (some of us had to sings la kan, while bathing...hehe) and ended the night with a bored face (such drama queens!!) when the Club Promo Lady was promoting the packages they have..Serves her right, though, since she was kinda acting indifferent anyway..

All in all...Gym last night was unlike any I've ever been before...I'll definitely miss this...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Workaholics?

Final hour to go before the bell rings. Obviously none are too concerned about their work anymore. So out of total boredom, I present my pals at work! (From left-right: Lin, Nizam, Ariff, Myself :p and Batu) Peace!!!

Its Zai's Birthday!!!!

Dearest Zai...
Have a fantabulous birthday dear...May you have a wonderful year ahead, and many many many happy days...Love you loads...

Friday, December 01, 2006

New Year Countdown

Its 1st December already!! Just another 30 days to go for the unfolding of the new year. This year had been so colorful, I just don't where to start. But I think this year has been the most memorable year ever. During this time of the year, last year, I was wondering what 2006 would bring. Its scary OK, having a birthdate like mine this year..060606. Omen indeed for some of the events, but nevertheless strengthens me in every way.

note to self: make a new year's resolution!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Trip

Just recently, well just yesterday, I had a day business trip with my elder sis, bro-in-law and her MIL, to Penang. Weird combi aye, but everything went pretty well. The plan initially included only myself n sis, but MIL wanted to come as well, so bro came too. I was MIL's partner for the day, and its neat what you can learn from others when you travel. She turned to be quite a terrific travel partner...

Anyway, melalut lak. This was supposed to be on my trip. We set out from the agency at 12am Friday, on a luxury tour bus, they provided karipap (macam tau-tau je its my fav kuih in the the world! So I was much happier after) and just a few words as starters for the trip. During the trip, the bus driver thought it'd be nice to put on the VCD, of Snakes on the Plane, but turned out agak disastrous, coz half way through, the scenes were not quite.ehem...good to watch. I was laughing my head of (in my heart though...the crowd was quite too Malay to accept), making a straight and serious face, while shouting for the driver to turn it off with te rest (such an actress!) After that everything went black, knocked out till the bus stopped at Tapah, went to toilet, and continued my sleep, till we reach Penang. I didn't even realise when we crossed the bridge!

Our first stop was the Masjid Negeri. Such splendour! We had a bath in the men's bathroom (!) coz there were too many ladies, and no men were using it at that moment. That was something else! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. The trip consisted of 14 busses of ladies only and about 10 men. Prayed Subuh, and set out to the HQ. Breakfast was grand, and we were sent for a grand tour of the facilities and factory. I always thought that things made in bulk would all come from machines. But I'm impressed on how MAN-MADE the jewelleries are from Zhulian. Every detail (except the basics from the mould) is hand made. The tour was impressive, and we had a talk on healthcare with a reknowned nutritionist, Dr. Azhar. Next was lunch, and again, was fantastic, with Nasi Tomato, Kari Udang, Kari Sotong, Ayam Masak Merah, Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet, Rojak Buah, some fruits for dessert, and Air Laici. After lunch, the gathering resumed, and we set off after, at about 5.30pm. This time, we didn't get to sleep till almost Tapah, coz the guide asked each one of us to break the ice, so that when we meet next time, it wouldn't be too odd.

We arrived at the agency at about midnight, and at last, I get to sleep the most beautiful sleep for the week....

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Office Eatout

Been a while since my office had a get together, which includes a good meal. We went slurpin' away last week at Johnny's Steamboat. I'd just like to consider the gathering as a Raya gathering, but someone is leaving the office (permanently, unlike myself) so we celebrated his leave as well. Anyway, service was excellent, food was good as well. I called in just about 2 hours before coming with 20 others, and when we arrived, all were pleased with the setting. This particular Johnny's at The Summit has a nice atmosphere as well, and good ventilation. I managed to go through the meal without a drop of sweat, while cooking away happily. Everyone had a good time and looking forward to the next gathering. Btw...for further info on the restaurant, check out this website: http://www.johnnyrestaurant.com/promotion.htm
note: get the promotion cutouts!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Irreplaceable

To the left
To the left
To the left
To the left
To the left
To the left

Everything you own in the box to the left
In the closet that's my stuff - Yes


If I bought it nigga please don't touch
And keep talking that mess, that's fine
But could you walk and talk at the same time
And It's my mine name that is on that Jag
So remove your bags let me call you a cab


Standing in the front yard telling me
How I'm such a fool - Talking about
How I'll never ever find a man like you
You got me twisted


You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I could have another you in a minute
matter fact he'll be here in a minute - baby


You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I can have another you by tomorrow
So don't you ever for a second get to thinking you're irreplaceable


So go ahead and get gone
And call up on that chick and see if she is home
Oops, I bet ya thought that I didn't know
What did you think I was putting you out for?
Cause you was untrue
Rolling her around in the car that I bought you
Baby you dropped them keys hurry up before your taxi leaves
Standing in the front yard telling me
How I am such a fool - Talking about
How I'll never ever find a man like you
You got me twisted


You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I could have another you in a minute
matter fact he'll be here in a minute - baby


You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I will have another you by tomorrow
So don't you ever for a second get to thinking you're irreplaceable


So since I’m not your everything
How about I'll be nothing
Nothing at all to you
Baby I wont shead a tear for you
I won't lose a wink of sleep
Cause the truth of the matter is
Replacing you is so easy


To the left
To the left
To the left
To the left
To the left
To the left
Everything you own in the box to the left


To the left
To the left


Don't you ever for a second get to thinking you're irreplaceable

You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I could have another you in a minute
matter fact he'll be be here in a minute - baby


You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I can have another you by tomorrow
Don't you ever for a second get to thinking you're irreplaceable


You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I could have another you in a minute
matter fact he'll be be here in a minute - baby


You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I can have another you by tomorrow
Don't you ever for a second get to thinking you're irreplaceable

After Raya Resolution

Raya's finally over (almost...only 6 hrs to go) So much for Puasa 6, yours trully only accomplished 4/6...Okla for a first timer. Today's my last kopek for the month...Pening kepala yang amat...Anyway, I don't know about others, but this year has been extraordinarily hectic with open houses here and there, and on every single weekend...

Soo tired of eating by now (?) and I know for sure that dieting would be the next agenda for the rest of year. Miss Nellie would be my full supporter this time, and I hope this time it really works out well, and not half way, as usual :p Keeping my fingers crossed now...hmmm...I'm giving myself about 3 months to lose 10kg....Good luck Olyn!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Graduated Sis

I didn't really have time to update last week, but actually many events have happened, amongst them were my sister, Nita's graduation. She graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) Pharmacy from UiTM. The ceremony was grand...And the best part is that they could materialise every internal resources there are for the ceremony. There was the orchestra, the singers (opera singers OK...), deco mind of their own (but I wasn't too impressed with this though...a bit kampong...too much scallops for my liking...exterior of hall was good, beautiful orchids here and there but the interior...?), the catering for parents etc. Nita and Mak were looking their best, in my beading creation of course. I was OK la. :p Alhamdullillah...Everything went well, despite the Chancellor (Agong) not present. My sis actually made it through, without tumbling onto the Pro Chancellor or making a fool of herself. hehe. And I'm glad that my sis had eventually graduated as a professional. Just another sis to go. Me and Mak and the rest of the family are so proud of you Nita! And we pray only the best would come for your future intakes. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Unread

Remember the time when I said that I have started back my hobby of reading? Well, just recently, I bought a book on sale, by Adele Parks called 'The Other Woman's Shoes'. I haven't read it yet, but I sooo can't wait. I'm trapped though, coz I need to finish up what I'm reading now, 'Reasonable Doubt' by Philip Friedman. Its been a while since I've read a heavy storyline such as the latter. The story's good, no doubt, but I guess I'm just another typical girl who's in love with exploring what could happen to another typical girl on the other side of the world. Anyway, day by day time is too short for me, nowadays. I just can't seem to finish the book! I guess I'll just give myself another 2 weeks to finish, and if I'm still stuck, I'll just give up and go to the next one. Even the cover shows how tempting the book is, don't you think?

Rumah Terbuka

Last Saturday, sis and I had an Open House of our own, so that we could invite our friends over for a makan-makan. Me and Nita woke up for Subuh, and started cooking right after. Nita had prepared her fudge the nite before, alongside my ketupat and Na had arranged the table and tidied up the house. And there's of course preps for all the food for the day. Menu for the day was Nasi Beriani with Kurma Ayam and Daging Goreng Berlada, Shepherd's Pie and Coleslaw, and of course the classic Open House menu of Ketupat, Rendang Tok, Rendang Perak and Kuah Kacang. Mak had prepared the Daging Goreng Berlada, Rendang and Kuah Kacang, Nita had prepared the fudge and Coleslaw, and I prepared the rest of the spread. All was done by 11.30am, and so we had plenty of time to get made up and dressed.

We opened at 1pm, and my first guests streamed in. All those invited actually turned up, even from as far as Sungai Buloh and Shah Alam! I was going here and there, trying my very best to attend to each guests, and to encourage them to eat and drink more and more. We were so happy at the turn up of event, that we're definitely making one every year from now on. Food prepared was ngam-ngam (except for the Nasi Beriani and Kurma Ayam, which we had extras till yesterday) for the crowd of about 70 peeps (ramai kan?) I just hope that everyone that came were happy and satisfied with the food and our hospitality. Thousand apologees for any wrong-doings during your visit to our humble Open House. Hope to see all and even more next year. InsyaAllah...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Fasting in Syawal

I'm sure many are accustomed to Puasa 6 with exception of her highness Olyn of course...Today is my first day (very first day of my entire human life, mind you) performing such an act, and boy, how I'm surprised at how simple 30 days of fasting in Ramadhan is compared to what I'm going through now...Tummy churning and whining and protesting like nobody's business...Such a brat! But I must say that I'm amazed now at how tough people can be, not eating, in the month of eating...One of the guys looked at me this morning, and told me that my face just showed everything...Eyebags, tongue hanging (ramai la plak yg bwk kuih la, kek la), shoulders drooping ...With chest high and mighty, he announced to me that its his final 6th day...Jeles giler ok...How the heck did he resist all the open houses lining up through the week and weekend? Was it purely temptation that everyone (except me) can ignore or what? I totally salute that guy and everyone out there with me in the war (ahaks!) for God's love and consent...Its about 5 hours to go till buka puasa and 5 more days to go...

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Raya

Raya this year was a surprising bliss...Had so much to eat, so much to drink, made a few new friends, and had lotsa fun throughout the first week of the month of forgiveness and joy to us all...We tried starting out early this time, vowed to ourselves that this year would see us starting the day with the Raya prayers in the mosque...Usually we end up praying at home, as we also did this year...Too much to do in the morning...

I remember the days when Ayah was around, when he would set out really early in the morning, and brought home fresh lemang he bought on the way back home from the mosque...He'd then wake up his spoilt queen and princesses, to a beautifully layed out breakfast, comprising of my Mom's delish rendang we cooked the night earlier, heated up kuah kacang, and of course the lemang...After breakfast, we would then dress up for the day (in our baju raya, kasut raya, selendang raya and handbag raya of course), while he would be sitting at the dining, preparing the flowers for our visit to Mak's grandparents' and mom's burial chambers, our ritual first visit every year...Its always the same each year...After we've paid our solemn visit to the elders, our first chomping attack would be at Wan Chik's house...Next is Wan Long's, Wan Mah's and lastly Tok Joyah's...At night, we'd be busy preparing for the next day, for our annual Open House...

All the same till today, except that we have replaced Ayah's tasks (minus the prayers :p)...Raya this year was great, considering that a major tooth ache had attacked during the eve, and had taken away a bit of my raya mood...Thank God on the actual day itself, all was well...Too well in fact, that eating this year took on the next level of humanity...5 houses during the first day, and whole lot of gorging during our own Open House and a few more occasions during the week...My fave as always would be ketupat, with a dash of kuah kacang and lotsa rendang...Mak's Pakistani Beriani was excellent as always...We also tried out Nona's Ketupat Palas (instant ketupat palas), and I should say that it is not bad at all, but with a little recommendation though...Cook it with 1/3 lesser water than the label shows...Makes a whole lot of difference...

My idea of my fav baju raya for this year goes well with the season's 'in' colour, as Miss Nelly puts it (black, grey or red, rite?)...Its a traditional Hot Red Thai silk baju kurung (silk bought at its origin, Bangkok, during a trip with my girlfriends last year), accesorised with large beaded brown necklace I bought at the Mont Kiara Bazaar (bloody cheap and gorgeous) and bronze slippers from Vincci...Not bad aye...The other baju kurungs (another 2) are both ready-mades...One is pink (!!!), another yellow...

This year, sis and I are planning for an Open House for friends only, somewhere in the middle of the month...Still in planning of what to serve, but so far, Beriani is in the list...Wonder how the turnup will be like...This would be my second time hosting such event, last year being the first...Last year's Nasi Lemak and Roast Chicken was a success...Turnup was just OK, but the ones that actually made it were happy with the food...Cooks are happiest when their guests devour to the last drop...This year, my guests consist of my bestfriends (of UTP and St. Mary) and selected few from office ...My dream is to invite so many more people to come, but that notion has to wait till I get a house of my own though...

Though everything seems nice and rosy, I know that I really miss the people and times that has always made my Raya more meaningful with their presence...

I miss Ayah...
I miss Tok...
I miss Nik...
I miss Norleen...
I miss the Kak Dudi I grew up with and playing dorky with her like we used to...
I miss the simple times I had with my friends during the puasa months in UTP...
I miss my first time Raya hopping through Melaka, Port Dickson and Johor with Norleen and the guys from UTP...
I miss getting Ang Pow from everyone...

I'm blabbering...Ciao

reminder to self: 1. get Mak's recipe for the Beriani! 2.invite my friends to my open house

Monday, October 09, 2006

Recipe 3: Easy and Tasty Begedil (Potato and Meat Patties)

It depends on how many you need, but this recipe makes about 20 pieces of 2" begedil. Happy indulging!

Ingredients:
A (to mix)
1/2 kg potatoes
200g minced beef
2 large onions (chopped)
a handful of chopped celery leaves (daun sup)
1 egg
1 tablespoon flour
salt and pepper to taste

B (for coating)
2 eggs (beaten and salt added to taste)
1 bowl of flour

Method:
1. Boil potatoes until very tender to mash. Peel and mash in a large bowl.

2. Mix well with all the other A ingredients. Form mixture into 2" patties and coat with flour.
3. Heat a deep frying wok with cooking oil.
4. Coat patties with eggs and fry on slow fire till lightly browned.

Tips:
1. Eat it while it's hot! I was fasting the other day when I made this, so just reheat in the microwave for that extra umph!

Yummy with: Steaming hot rice. Also can be taken with bread and mayo (like my sis did), just like a burger.

Weekend Blizzard

Last weekend must have been one of the fastest finishing weekends of my life! I'm still in my Sunday mode. My physique may be in the office (no choice) but my soul is definitely at home, on my bed, under the comfy covers. *sigh*

Anyway, the weekend started pretty bad. Had a take-away from the office cafeteria (as always) comprising of a few kuihs, and 4 lame and pathetic begedil (potato and meat patties), just additions to what Mak has cooked at home. Why lame? Because it is supposed to have both potatoes and meat, but I could only find potatoes and some overcooked fried onions in them. Yuck! I vowed there and then that I' be making the begedil on Sunday, and yup I did. The cooking was a flash, and I'm proud to share it.

Saturday, I woke up with a start, coz we had a knock on the door, telling us that a close neighbor had passed away.Innalillah Wainnailaihirrajiun...We dressed and got there just in time to recite Yasin, and burial was done thereafter. Miss Ayah. We said our goodbyes to the family, and headed straight to Carrefour for my begedil ingredients and some baby girfts for a cousin's new baby (Abang Is's and Kak Nana's baby girl). Iftar was all the way in PJ's Syed Restaurant. Had their famous Nasi Beriani Bukhara. Nice...


Sunday, woke up happily late, and shot off with my sistas to Zhulian (purchase my first customers orders) and the Bazaar at Plaza Mont Kiara. The Bazaar was fantastic. I got what I needed - beaded necklace for my oh-so-plain baju kurung raya, and a Tiffany bracelet (the tipu version, of course) for my lil sis. Lawa...Rushed home afterwards to start on my begedil, and at 6, we shot off again, this time to my sis's place for Iftar. Nasi Ayam. My fav. Went really well with my begedil too. So all in all, the weekend was great, but too short. Tomoro's another great day! Its aaa holiday...!!!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Hobbies Wobblies

Just last week, I had a friendly tongue slash with a few friends in the office on the topic of hobbies. I always thought that hobbies would be anything, as long as you do it in your spare time. Up until then, I've always considered reading, cooking and travelling as my idea of hobbies. This is what I came up with while checking out the Wikipedia.

"Hobbies are practised for interest and enjoyment, rather than financial reward. Examples include collecting, making, tinkering, sports and adult education. Engaging in a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, knowledge, and experience. However, personal fulfillment is the aim. What are hobbies for some people are professions for others: a game tester may enjoy cooking as a hobby, while a professional chef might enjoy playing (and helping to debug) computer games. Generally speaking, the person who does something for fun, not remuneration, is called an amateur (or hobbyist), as distinct from a professional. An important determinant of what is considered a hobby, as distinct from a profession (beyond the lack of remuneration), is probably how easy it is to make a living at the activity. Almost no one can make a living at cigarette card or stamp collecting, but many people find it enjoyable; so it is commonly regarded as a hobby."

That proves that cooking and travelling may be a hobby, but I felt challenged yet again, so I'm thinking really hard about what I can pick up at this age and time, so as to not fall into the circle of people with 'meaningless lives'. The challenge to my lame idea of hobbies were things like guitar, scuba, golf etc. I had once known a person who thinks that watching TV is a hobby, and I seriously was against that as one, and yet even I don't have a solid hobby of my own. LOSER!

reminder to self: start something by this week!

Read...Read...Read...

I've recently started back my reading momentum that I've dumped a few months back, thanks to dear Nique who had lent me her books while packing for UK a month back. I finished both books; Everyone Worth Knowing and Pride, Prejudice and Jasmine Field within a few weeks. And now I'm addicted to chic-flicks (is that how you spell it?). I've always admired Sex and The City the series, and have always awed at all these feminist-like fables that I see in each of its characters. Carrie being my fav. In both the books, you could find the familiar humor, setting and style of writing. I love the books so much that I bought my own book (which I have not done for quite a while) by the same author of the former, called The Devil Wears Prada. Its movie version is now in cinema. Jom Bardaques!!!Let's make it on a weekend so that we can watch movie during the day, and berbuka together afterwards. 14th October as suggested by Nellie is a OK for me!

Food Place of the Week 1

I had a really good weekend, and had an even better ending to it, thanks to a dear friend whom I accidentally met last night. Its been about 2 years since I met Wahidah and hubby, Naler. They looked just as how I left them, but Wahidah managed to gain a few inches on the waist, happily carrying a baby, due by the end of the month. She really looks good, radiant in fact. Hope for the best for them both, and may they be blessed with a beautiful baby girl or boy. I'm sure...

Saturday was total relaxation day. Woke up really late, dressed up really slowly, and headed straight to Ikea. We received their catalogue a few weeks back, on their 2006-2007 items, plus a Ramadhan promotion on food. I must say that it is definitely too good a deal for my money. The buffet is running at just RM15.90+ and the food was really good. For the main course, there was Nasi Minyak, Nasi Putih, Meehoon Goreng (mind you, with fresh prawns), Rendang Tok, Terubuk Bakar, Beef Stew, Ayam Kalio and Pucuk Paku Masak Lemak. And of course there was the side dishes. They have all the appetisers of Malaysia, including Tempoyak, Budu, Cencalok, Sambal Mangga, Sambal Belacan, Air Asam, Ikan Masin, Telor masin, a few types of Kerabu, Keropok and the list goes on and on...For dessert, my fav was the Apple and Almond Flan, Carrot Cake, lotsa Jell-o with cream, some Malay kuih and fruits. Drinks range from Teh Tarik, Fruit Juices, Chocolate Milk, Soybean Milk and Water. Isn't that yummy? They change their food daily, but the same level could be expected each time. The food counters open at 6.30pm to 8.30pm, but the line for payment starts at about 6pm, so we were lucky that we arrived early. A really comfy surau is also of great convenience, since it is just next to the food court area. I'd give this place 4 stars for its facilities and the food.

Sunday saw me shopping, shopping, shopping...And I also had time to create a chicken dish that have yet to be named. Lets see...

Friday, September 29, 2006

Resipi 2: Daging Masak Kunyit

This is my personal favorite, coz its delicious and easy to make. Very typical Malay.

Ramuan - ramuannya:
1/2 kilo daging lembu batang pinang (dihiris kecil)
3 ulas bawang putih (ditumbuk halus)
sedikit halia tua sebesar ibu jari (ditumbuk halus)
2 sudu kecil serbuk kunyit
sedikit garam dan ajinomoto
1 ulas bawang besar (hiris bulat)
3 sudu besar minyak masak

Cara memasaknya:
Panaskan minyak masak dalam kuali. Tumiskan bawang putih dan halia sehingga kekuningan. Masukkan daging, serbuk kunyit, garam, dan ajinomoto, and kacau sehingga daging empuk. Masukkan bawang besar, dan kacau sehingga bawang layu.

Tips:
1. Sekiranya sukakan sedikit warna dalam masakan, bolehlah tambahkan kacang panjang yang dipotong panjang 2" dan hirisan cili merah (dibuang biji), bersama dengan bawang besar tadi.
2. Sekiranya menggunakan daging biasa, bukan batang pinang (murah sikit), rebuskan daging selama 1 jam sebelum masak.

Sedap dimakan bersama: nasi yang panas, sambal belacan dan timun.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Recipe 1: English Scones

Ingredients:
2 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon castor sugar
45g butter
1/2 cup milk
1 egg


Method:
1. Sift flour and baking powder together into a bowl. Add sugar, and using fingertips, rub in butter until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Make a well in the center.
2. Whisk together milk and egg and pour into the well, and mix to a soft dough. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead lightly.
3. Press dough out to 2cm thick, and using a 5cm diameter cutter, cut out the scones. DO NOT TWIST THE CUTTER WHILE CUTTING. This will ensure the scone will rise as shown in illustration, as it should be.
4. Grease and lightly flour baking tray. Arrange scones close together and brush top with a little milk.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 220oC, until golden.

Tips:
1. If cutter is not available, just use a cup. Lightly flour the cup before cutting.
2. Eat it while its HOT!

Yummy With: Butter, Cream and Strawberry Jam

You Are Glam Sexy

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

My sale of the month, for Raya next month, or for any days of the year is the CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!!! I'm selling it at a quite reasonable price, only:

RM35 for 100pcs OR RM18 for 50pcs.

And I'm only selling for a limited amount for this month(I'm working you see). So its first come first served basis people! Orders will come to you in the final fasting week, or you could tell me when you want it. Just leave your name, contact number, and quantity needed in the comment section. Thanks for supporting and happy nibbling!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Tech Savvy?


Does anyone feel like doing charity today? This charity drive needs only about RM900, and you very sweet, charitable people will not only make any particular being happy, but ME! I'm in love.....with a K610i that is sleek and light, has the perfect sexy colour (red!), with 3G, camera 2.0 Mpix, Bluetooth, and MP3. Cun gel (Batu, I pinjam trademark naa) and I think I HAVE to get it. Anyone can check it out, and anyone would agree that its NICE (Ariff's trademark laks) and affordable for a 3G.
My only problem is that, for all you out there who doesn't know me, I NEVER buy tech savvy things. I don't even have a CD player , which even my babe sis has, and of course not even MP3 Players, let alone MP4 Players, which I know of its existance thanks to, again, my babe sis (and I call myself an engineer...cikai tol). Actually, its a matter of old pride I guess, of buying only basics, and go for its workability. And come to think of it, I won't even be using much of the 3G, Bluetooth yada yada...But this tempatation is too great. Let's see how long I can withstand this wanting for technology. Next in line of technology checking-out would be a laptop. This weekend's project! Low Yatt Plaza here I come?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Boredom Kingdom

I'm totally bored. I have tonnes of work to do, but none are moving, coz my boss is not around again. He's off to training la la land...And I'm off to boredom la la land... Lin (a crazy colleague) is walking aimlessly around, the guys are all outta sight, in a meeting or MIA, God knows. What to do...what to do...

The New Mee


Heya peeps...Checkout Olyn and More...Yeah, I know its typical if you know me very well (pink and all) but this is MY blog and I could do whatever I want with it...Hehe...Let's see...I've been checking out you bloggers out there, and I've come out with an idea of making this blog actually work for me...As some already know, I love to cook...So I'm going to share what I could make, for you in KL, by offering you my service of catering. Yummy English and Malaysian dishes that will make your mouth water. I'll also post up some simple recipes that you could make at your own home. Checkout my next blog for illustrations.

For now, no pictures yet, but to let you guys know what's cooking:

Shepherd's Pie (Old English)
Baked Macaroni (Malaysian style)
Chocolate Brownies
Grandma's Traditional Butter Cake
Lasagne
Baked Pasta with White Sauce
Sandwiches (Eggs / Chicken / Sardine / Tuna)
Apple Crumble

If anyone has any other cravings besides the ones I've posted, do let me know. Its kinda early morning for me to come up with the whole list, but what I've listed so far are the ones that I've sold to happy customers.

note to myself: take all pictures of whatever I cook in the future!