Early in the morning before it is time for the sun to rise, I am like any mothers consorting an orchestra in the kitchen preparing the sahur. Most of the time the melody rings a familiar note in the neighbourhood, the chiming and beating of the frying pan and the spatula which often results in the congregations of all the alley cats at the wee hours. We never eat leftovers from berbuka puasa meals for sahur, there is none to serve pun. I normally cook in small portions so everything could be finished in one sitting to avoid wastage. Knowing my kids, they wouldn't have the appetite for anything else except for nasi goreng to start off their puasa everyday, the father too. And so this mother of theirs has been deprived ( spared is more like it)of preparing anything fancy. It is nasi goreng telur this morning, nasi goreng ikan bilis next and nasi goreng ayam the other but neverrrrrrrr nasi goreng sayur. Nope, of all the stories I tell my kids, the story about gorillas and the elephants being strong because they eat sayur is one they never fall for...sigh. Perhaps they prefer to listen to the story their father relates of where the tiger and the lions get their strength...from ayam masak merah and daging masak kicap before they all roar in their carnivorous family pack...with me the gorilla looking very pissed every time.
But sometimes there's no way of appeasing an angry gorilla but to eat whatever she has gathered from the woods. In order to make them eat their sayur, I would grate them 0.05mm thinly and saute them with butter, onions, garlic and chicken before dumping everything into a pot of rice. So my nasi butter has become nasi sayur kecik like my son calls it and it is terribly impossible to separate the sayur from the nasi even with all the prowess of tigers and lions put together. Mwahahahaha "...never to mess with an angry gorilla" I tell them with a winning snare.
Well, it's a safari where I live folks. "...it's the survival of the fittest", I constantly tell my carnivorous pack and to be fit one has to eat sayur.
The gorilla or the mother always wins eh? beating her chest victoriously now.
Thanks so much Kak Soo for both orders!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Posted by Wiz at 11:18 AM