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Friday, January 28, 2011

All You Need Is Love

Thanks a dear, Azura!

If you were to say to me the title above, now, after almost 15 years of marital bliss, I would cringe a little bit. You need more than that. Please don't just pack "Love" in your suitcase before you take his hand in marriage, include also your minty chewing gum, asam masin, groundnuts and many bars of bittersweet chocolates.

For you need the mints to freshen up your breath after a misunderstanding, your asam masin to neutralize the taste buds again, the groundnuts to crack open and enjoy the addictive crunch and the bittersweet chocolate to remind you that there's sweetness at the end of each bite.

If you were to guess what are my favourite food and take a peek in what I carry in my handbag most of the time, I think I have just laid out the clues to you.


It's either I am in full realization of my feelings or I am constantly craving for snacks in between meals. I think it is the latter! ;o)

Who am I kidding folks, yes the main ingredient is love. If you harbour love in your heart, insyaAllah everything will work out beautifully, happily ever after.


Happy Friday Folks! and have a wonderful weekend with love all around.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

When They Smile...

...looking at the special cakes presented before them, you somehow know for that brief instance, your heart is the closest to theirs. And when the hearts meet, everything would fall beautifully in place, naturally. Thank you mums for knowing, for believing, for giving and for loving.



Thanks so much Nadhrah!


Thanks so much Huda!
Thanks so much Yaya!

Thanks so much Suraya!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Awarded by Fasha

Truthfuly, I am not a deserving recipient of this award. My cooking skill has only reached the teething stage and by no means I could wear an awesome chef title. However, since a dearest friend has thoughtfully tagged me, I would answer the questions posted with a little twist favouring the genre I am in right now. Hope it's ok Fasha.

1. Apakah kek pertama anda dan bilakah anda mula berminat untuk membuat kek?
Kek pertama saya ialah kek coklat menggunakan resepi lama yang saya terjumpa dalam buku masakan ibu saya. Masa itu saya berumur 14 tahun dan kejayaan percubaan pertama itulah yg menarik minat saya untuk membuat kek.

2. Siapa yang menggalakkan anda membuat kek?
Tiada siapa. Saya mula membuat lalu menjual kek atas desakan hidup (macam bunyi drama swasta plaks lol!)

3. Apakah kek yang anda suka buat dan yang digemari oleh orang2 kesayangan anda?
Kek kuning mak saya yang telah saya kongsikan resepinya disini beberapa ketika yang lalu. Orang2 kesayangan saya tak pernah tak suka makan kek, walaupun apa juga kek yang saya masak, semuanya akan dimakan denga sukarela.

4.Tag 5 orang blogger masak yang sering berkunjung ke blog anda..
Jangan risau kalau anda tak ada masa atau malas untuk membuat soalan di atas, kumpulkan saja award ini dan tampalkan di dinding Blog anda!

i. Yanie of Kitchen Guardian. Seorang yang cekap memasak dan membuat kek sambil menyelesaikan masalah negara dalam satu nafas shj.;o)
ii. Zue- Seorang yang mempunyai 36 jam dalam sehari. Beliau sentiasa ada masa untuk memasak, membuat kek yang jumlahnya menyamai pengeluaran industri kilang kecil.lol!
iii.Edi-seorang yang selalu mempunyai masa untuk membuat kek dan memasak walaupun beliau sibuk dgn pelajaran dan melayan anak2 dan pada masa yang sama menepati tempahan cupcakes.
iv. Kak Lin- Seorang yang amat suka memasak dan mencuba pelbagai masakan yang ada di dunia ini dan terus menjadikan semua masakan itu specialty beliau. Masakan beliau sentiasa lemak berkrim dan disukai ramai. ;o)
v.Tati-Tukang masak tersohor dari negeri Hang Tuah. Mempunyai hati bertahtakan berlian dan bersulamkan benang emas. Seorang yang sentiasa merayakan tetamu dengan masakan2 5 bintang dalam suasana yang mendamaikan di singgahsana cukup mengujakan disetiap sudut.(kalau tak dapat ayam bali ni tak tau la nak cakap apa lol!)

Setakat ini sahaja coretan saya pada kali ini. Saya harapkan yang terindah buat anda di minggu terakhir di bulan Januari. Selamat bertugas dan memberikan terbaik dalam apa juga yang anda kerja kan.

Ida dari Putrajaya, sila pusing dan lengkapkan tugasan anda ataupun buat2 seperti anda sedang mendalami permasalahan yang diberikan. Jangan pandang belakang, boss sedang memerhatikan anda.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

If


If a kiss was a rain drop,
Then I'd send you a shower.

If a hug was a second,
Then I'd send you an hour.

If a smile was water,
Then I'd send you the sea.

If you needed love,
Then I'd send you ME!
*************************


Muhzill,

If I was the girl who received this,
Then I'd send you love for eternity.

Thanks for the order Muhzill. Semoga cinta anda diberkati dan dipercepatkan jodoh hendaknya Amin.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chocolate Tofu Cake Pudding

I promised earlier there will be more tutorials this year, that is considered one of my new year resolutions. Another one is to write less and to show more, you won't find any of my nukilan rasa here (my brother described my blog just that, cis abang saya), instead, descriptive posts of recipes tried and tested at home. The operative word is Healthy Recipes and hopefully you would find them useful and helpful in creating nutritious dishes and desserts at home.

I have an Indian next door neighbour and they are vegetarians. I have been making them vegetarian cakes and there were times I was not too impressed with the results. They were good but not as good as the eggful ones. I googled for some answers to find substitutions for eggs and one of them is Silken tofu. Intrigued, I tried adapting normal chocolate cake recipes, tweaking here and there and substituting the eggs with the silken tofu. The tofu is the same one I used for my Chuchore recipe in my previous entry, though I wasn't sure if the one I used is the exact version of the substitute. Taram je la.

Here was what I did.

Make ready:

1 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon of baking powder,
1 teaspoon of salt,
3/4 cup of cocoa powder,
1 1/2 cup of Castor sugar

whisk all together and make a well in the middle.



Pour these wet ingredients below in the well:

1 cup of milk(you can use low fat milk)
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of nescafe
1/2 cup of soft tofu (no eggs no eggs!)
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence



Then, blitz everything together.

Don't be alarmed, the batter will be a bit runny. Prepare greased and floured ramekins and pour the batter 3/4 way up. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 180 Celcius until the skewer comes out clean.

For the topping or the chocolate sauce. Make some ganache of 1 portion of milk to 2 portion of chocolate chunks. Let simmer 125gm milk (double boil method) and add 250gm of cooking chocolate. Mix untill the ingredients are well incorporated. Leave to cool.


Once the cake pudding is baked you can instantly pour the ganache on top and serve warm or cold whichever way you fancy them. My kids took charge of the pouring and they did it with such a kiddo finesse, in superfluous fashion! (Haih, it's the weekend tomorrow, let them enjoy what they like best.)
Verdict: The cake pudding is dense but smoth all the way. It tastes better than the eggless recipe that uses vinegar. Tastes like a decadent chocolate mudcake. It's a weekend dessert best shared amongst family and friends.


Hope you try this at home and show pictures of the chocolate tainted rows of teeth to me alright.

Enjoy!


Made To Order





Orders made far back in the calender. I'm sorry for the missing names in the credits. But thank you so much for the orders, sweet people!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pushing The Edges

The edges in this house always get cut, trimmed and pushed away. It's a blatant waste I realize that, but at times when you are in constant battles of perang saudara with picky eaters, you are just thankful, that they, at least want to eat the sandwiches made with or without the edges intact. You just want to avoid the drama in front of rezeki and get on with the rest of your day.

But I am a sore loser and a control freak all rolled into one loaf. So lose not, want not, I concocted the recipe below simultaneously made the kids eat allllll the ingredients of their nightmare... willingly,cheerfully.



ChuChore Recipe

250gm of bread edges
1 cup of shredded carrots
half portion of silken tofu
2 Tablespooon of shredded onions
3/4 cp of milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/2 cup of shredded cheese( I used mozzarella, that's all I had)


250gm of the edges, a weeks ration of leftovers!

The soft tofu, use only half of the packet.


Mix everything together till smooth.

Fry to golden crisp.

Ready for tea. My kids finished these with no questions asked.



This is a one bowl recipe. Put everything inside a deep mixing bowl and mix everything up till smooth.

Fry until golden brown and serve with your favourite chili sauce. Don't skip the cheese, that makes the Chuchore crispy.

And see how the kids pop one after another in their mouths, bright eyed and compliment you that this is the best chuchore you have ever made.

Don't you just love winning?!?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pinang Dibelah Dua



Thanks so much Rahah! Didoakan semoga bahagia hingga ke akhir hayat bersama.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Peachy Sets

Thanks so much Tok Ma!


Thanks so much Farhana!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Better Left Unsaid

There used to be so much room inside, where I keep words to myself. Space just created itself to accommodate all the words unspoken. I have somehow mastered the technique of storing words over the years, by swallowing hard the remnants which plugged my throat. And as difficult as it was shoving the words down, I managed to do it regardless, with water in my eyes.

Then came the blog. I poured some of the words here, the extra ones, the ones that didn't matter. A good friend said that my writing was very personal. She said she could feel the motion, the beating of the words as if she was in the experience. I relayed to her that it was a deliberate intention, that I wasn't just writing on my own behalf but of others too, especially for ones who have been keeping things inside, hence the common emotional feeling.

But now the words need not be swallowed, kept or poured. They just evaporate and disappear and I am left with none to share. I am all depleted but what shall remain are all the cake pictures for your viewing pleasure. Cake pictures will be my words here and like they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I hope not only to make a picture but insyaAllah more than a thousand and allow you to conjure up the thousand and thousand of words in your mind.

Soon, when the words do come back, I will share with you again, the words that don't matter, the words that are only decorous in nature to this space, most definitively...indefinitely.

But speak I shall, more wordy than ever, to Him, the One and Only and let this silence beget a stronger bond which is only natural between The Creator and His subject. Amin.


Thanks Yaya for the order and Izanie for the picture.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Perfect Days

Perfect days aren't always perfect. Mine are sometimes full of shouts and screams and geram in between of the unsuccessful exchanges of thoughts. Kids act up, machines break down, students foul up, fondants fall off and everything could go in the opposite direction with you still standing amidst it all.

But what makes it so perfect is when extra clouds exist to cushion your falls, when shady days like these blow cool wind on your face, when food aroma teases your olfactory and when familiar songs trigger fun memories. Despite the hardships, days like these often end with good humour, exactly when you sit down and reach out to your better other.


Alhamdulillah, a yet again perfect day for me and here's hoping you are enjoying yours too!



Thanks Siti for the order!



Design inspired by this moment in time.

My Pudgy Fingers

I love carbs. I am my happiest around this type of food group. Patatoes, bread, pasta, noodles, cucur, you name it and I love them all. The starchier the better. Saya suka! This food group is also the cheapest and the most convenient to prepare. You can go miles and miles with a bag of flour or a kampit of rice, feeding an army along the way and still have some left over for a late night snack.

My fingers? yes... they are known to be pudgy not lean or long, as a result of my love towards carb. Let's just concentrate on my fingers now and not elsewhere ;o(
So to celebrate my pudgy looking fingers, I would like to share with you a recipe I named just that. Like any of the other recipes I have had the opportunity to share here, the operative word for all of them is Super Easy! This one's too!



Pudgy Fingers

1 1/4cup of warm water
1 packet of the Mauripan Yeast
Put these two together in a large bowl and leave it for 10 minutes.




In another bowl, sift ...
3 3/4 cups of flour to 4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of icing sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt,


and pour the wet ingredients of yeast and warm water into the flour mixture,


and mix and knead til the dough is soft and elastic.


Leave for 30 to 45 minutes or until the dough is doubled in size like the above picture.

Then take a portion, knead again to make a long tube like shape. Cut to the length desired or you can even shape them in any way you fancy.

In another bowl, dilute
1/3 cup of baking soda with
2 cups of warm water and immerse the sticks in the soda bath.
Arrange the sticks on the oven trays lined with aluminium foil.
Make sure there are rooms in between one stick to another
as they are likely to double in size.
Bake at 210 Celsius until the top is golden.
Serve as ...
Desserts
Dip in chocolate
or coat in
Cinnamon Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar mix with 2 teaspoon cinnamon powder.
Savoury
Coat with butter and sprinkle some salt
or
garlic powder
and serve with mushroom soup.
These pudgy fingers are similar to pretzels. Since pretzels have an odd shape and take up a lot of tray space in the oven, I altered the shape, so many can be baked at one go.

My Pudgy Fingers

I know I have lots of your cake pictures unpublished yet. Promise will do it right away in the next entry k.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Grandma Goodness

The first week of New Year was pure bliss. I didn't have any orders to make me prance around the kitchen, worry head over heals for the outcome. I am a worry pot as my cousin calls me and I embrace the given title with such finesse! So in the week of nothingness I did what all mums out there dream of doing, bake healthy for their kids.

My kids are big cookie people. They would have cookies for breakfast, for snacks in between meals, for desserts and for munches at school. And I love it when I can pack them all the healthy goodness from home. I am sure all mothers feel the same way and with that thought, I'd like to share the recipe below which is soooo good in taste and much better in nutrition, all packed in one great big biscuit.

Grandma's Chewy Raisin Oatmeal
Big Cookies

1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup plain water
put these two in a blender and puree it.

In another bowl
1/2 cup butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Beat all till fluffy and then add the raisin puree and beat until smooth.

In a separate bowl combine
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoon baking soda,
(sifted)
2 cups of oats of any kind,
1/2 cup of almond flakes or any type of nuts,
3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon,
1 teaspoon of salt,
3/4 cup of raisins.
(recipe adapted from Todd Wilbur's Top Secret Recipe Book)


If your kids do not like raisins you can substitute with chocolate chip.

Scoop the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and blend till everything is incorporated.




The batter will be thick. Drop a tablespoon of the batter onto a prepared baking sheet and flatten in. The cookies are supposed to be big but if you like smaller versions you may just use a teaspoon of the batter for uniformity.




Bake in a pre heated oven of 170 Celsius for 15 to 20 minutes or until your cookies come out golden. This is a chewy cookie but if you prefer them to be a little bit crunchy, just leave the cookies in the oven perhaps 5 minutes longer.

My kids are not crazy over raisins and cinnamon but they were quite taken with this one. They enjoy the cookies most with milk and due to the large amount of oats in the cookies, they stay full for much longer.





My outdated camera doesn't do justice to any of the baked goods I put up in my blog. It is not meant for food photography. For my cakes I always have to transport my cakes outside so it gives a better picture. If I have a better camera, I thought of doing more recipe sharing and maybe simple tutorials. Need a DSLR for that.

I think I need to bake another batch, they have been bringing these morsels to school.

Have a beautiful weekend folks!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Dreaming A Dream

In my rare moments of silence, I stand tall, all 158cm of me, constantly trying to penetrate deep into the unseen future. My fingers are always meddling with sugar and flour constructing the present, as my mind drifts far floating along with the many dreams I have formed amongst the clouds. Yes, I am a dreamer, a serious dreamer of all things quaint and cozy. Dreams that only appear in my wakes and never in my sleeps. Dreams which forever stay idyllic despite the unyielding pressure of the present time.

My good friend Anita and I talked about dreams one day and how we wished it would shape our future. They weren't just dreams and as crazy as they may sound to others, dreams are the sacred hopes and aspirations to achieve the best in this single chance we have in life. It is our birth right.

I am not the best person to talk about dreams Anita, but as I wrote to you I keep mine in my pockets, close with me at all times. And if you would like to know what dreams I have dreaming up my sleeves...

"I always bring mine in my pockets and each time I send the kids and my husband off, I would blow kisses together with my dreams to them. So you now know I have three big dreams. Dreams of me and my better other, dreams for my daughter and dreams for my son. InsyaAllah the dreams are my dua."

And my friend Anita has 7 kids! I am sure she's been dreaming up a storm, kan Nita kan?

I assumed a more forgiving posture when assignments are completed for the day and suddenly the unyielding pressure of the present time melted away when the kisses I blew at the start of morn came home bringing dreams of their own to tell.:o)

Thanks Juwa for the order. I hope I have made one of your dreams come true. Cake inspired by pinkcakebox design.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

At My Heart's Invitation

It was an early morning after Christmas. The neighbours' lights were still sparkling, lighting up the not so christmas trees around their houses. I wished I could feel the festive air and the holiday mood everyone was in but I was too tired and was still trying to recover some leftover energy I had left after the nonstop week of baking. The kids were not up yet. They took to bed very late the night before as they were excited to receive special Aussie guests for a sleepover at our house.

When I sent My special guests to their car that morning to continue on with their journey, after a hearty breakfast of nasi lemak and roti canai(from the nearby mamak shop ), I realized that this was the first time I stepped out of the house after more than 2 weeks of serious baking. The sunlight gripped me by surprise and the cool breeze of December air resonated my senses. I recognized that wholesome feeling and the next thing to do was just too obvious. Rounded up the kids, packed up some finger food and off we went in search of a place to visit before 2010 bade us Adieu.

On our way there...

we captured this picturesque view,

drove through winding roads,

saw a bird on a tree,


dozed off and dreamt of this for tea,


crossed an old bridge,

and before we could wipe the drools off our faces, we were there already!

It was our very first time to Fraser's Hill and we didn't know what to expect. Since this was an impromptu trip, I didn't get to google for information about this beautiful destination. Fraser's Hill is a quaint little town complete with Balai Polis, small tourist shops and food stalls, lots of hiking trails. Places of interests are aplenty like the Paddock where you can enjoy the company of horses, a small lake where you can boat and fish, a children's playground where you can rent mini motobikes at 5rgt for 5 minutes and if you would like to put up a night or two there are many 3 star hotels and other types of accomodations for you to choose from.

the lake known as Allan's Water


But what stole my breath away that day was its own little Ye Old Smokehouse. It was one of those places you'd like to immerse yourself in and take sips of tea the whole day whilst enjoying a good book under a shady tree. Since we were only guests for tea not guests for the night, we weren't allowed to snoop around, but... I snooped anyway. So here are some pictures of the nook and corners of the place .

at the entrance

the verandah

the terrace

the dining room


the back

After snooping around, our tea pun sampai. We ordered the Devonshire tea set which came with a small pot of tea, two scones and cream, strawberry preserves and butter. The kids had chocolate lava cake and ice cream.

The Tea Menu




The scones are a must try if ever you make your way up here and with a perfect view as a backdrop setting I am sure you would not give this place a miss.


I'm glad I accepted my heart's invitation to go for a little escapade. The short trip was very relaxing, a breather in times of my wheezing. It didn't require much in terms of preparations and expenditures but the effect was as good as going on a fancy trip. Hmmm I might go again!

It has come to be the New Year of 2011. I haven't even said goodbye to 2010 and I do not wish to. I would just say "welcome 2010, you are now complete."

For the year of 2011, my hopes and dreams will decorate it nicely insyaAllah, with pretty cakes, sweet offerings and fancy projects.

And I hope so too your 2011 will be just as beautiful if not more beautiful as how I imagined mine to be.