Thursday, June 28, 2012

My Birthday...

(me, a day old, 54 years ago)

(me at 3 mths?? Ermmmm...)

(me with my cousin (the one smoking the pipe)

(me with my younger brother, Zulkifly)

(with my dad and brother)

(with my brother)

(my mom, dad and brother)

(finally, there's three of us....)

Today is my 54th birthday......

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wahid's 18th Birthday

(Wahid with the Bonia satchel)

Wahiduzzaman turns 18 last June 14.  For his birthday this time, we got him a BONIA satchel.  He truly loves it.  Well, he could then use it when he enters college on July 14.  

Wahid will be pursuing Diploma in Radiography at RCMP (Royal College of Medicine, Ipoh).  Actually his first choice was Physiotherapy, but then, the college offered him Radiography instead, since for physiotherapy the student intake were already full.

 (view of the college from the car park)

 (the entrance to the lobby)

Anyway, his dad took him to see the Head of Radiography at RCMP last week, and Wahid got the opportunity to speak to the head himself and queried whatever he wanted to know about Radiography.  But still, he hoped to do physiotherapy, and, according to the staff at RCMP, if on registration day and there are still vacancy for physiotherapy, meaning, those who were offered did not turn up, then Wahid may have a chance to study physiotherapy.

Well, he will be in Ipoh, which is about two hours drive from kuala Lumpur via the PLUS highway.  This will be the first time he is away from on his own, and deep within my heart, I just cant let him go.... So hubby said, " Yang, he's a big boy now lah....let him be independent... He can take care of himself lah...."

Actually, Ipoh is not fact, if I miss him so much, I could always take the ERL and visit him.  But then, who is going to eat and finish all the dishes I cooked everyday.  Wahid loves my cooking and if I cook his favourite dish, and he is in Ipoh, should I send it over? 

Wahid, umi will miss you so much... I love you son.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Steam Butter Raisin Cake

225 g butter
185g soft brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
4 eggs
275g self-raising flour, sifted
3 tbsp evaporated milk
50g raisins

Grease and line a 20cm round cake pan.

Beat butter, sugar and essence until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add sifted flour and stir in milk to mix.  Stir in raisins lightly to combine.  Transfer batter to prepared cake pan.

Steam for 45 minutes or until cooked through when a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Transfer cake to a wire rack to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing it out from the tin.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

RIP Fifi....

This was the last photo taken of Fifi, during kak long's akad nikah, on May 1 2012.  She was already unwell.  Fifi died of old age 19th May 2012. She was thirteen years old.  I was with her when she died.  She was buried in our garden near the rambutan tree. Fifi, I miss you so much.

My children wanted to get me another cat to ease my sorrow of losing Fifi. But I told them to give me time to mourn my Fifi.  She was an adorable, obedient cat.  She was a stray when I first met her.  A tiny kitten, weak and hungry, at the village fishmonger stall.  She was curled into a ball at my car's front tyre.  Wahiduzzaman was the one who noticed her there.

We then took her to the vet, and Dr June became her vet all these years.... Fifi gave birth five times, and when Dr June adviced that she be spayed, I agreed.  All her kittens were adopted by my friends and neighbours.

Fifi...i will always remember you.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

How to poach eggs

Boil water in a small saucepan and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar.  Reduce the heat to a simmer.

Break 2-3 eggs into the water.  Simmer gently, splashing a little liquid over the eggs.  Once the egg white is firm and the yolk is cooked to your liking, remove the eggs with a slotted egg lifter.

Note: I tried using duck eggs....and it turned out so good.. Thus when I cooked gulai telur itek masak lemak cili api sama belimbing buluh, the eggs did not break up in the gravy. picture to show lah....

Monday, June 11, 2012

Roast Chicken Ramadan

1 chicken (about 1.5kg), wash, cut through the breast and open up flat.
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Ground spices (A) (combined)
2 tbsp chilli paste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ground cumin (jintan putih)
1/2 tsp ground fennel (jintan manis)
1 tsp ground coriander\100g shallots
3 cloves garlic
1 stalk lemon grass
1cm piece galangale
1 cm piece ginger

3-4 tbsp oil

1 onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, seeded and finely chopped

1 tsp salt or to taste\1/2 tsp sugar or to taste\1 tsp chicken stock granules

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Open up chicken and press down with meat side on a wire rack.  Rub salt, pepper and black pepper all over.  Turn over and rub all over on the inside of bird with combined salt, pepper and black pepper.  Leave aside.

Heat oil and saute ground spice ingredients (A) until aromatic.  Add in onions and tomatoes and fry for another 3-4 minutes.  Dish up and leave to cool.

Spoon sauted spices over chicken and rub all over.  Leave aside in a plastic bag to marinate, preferably overnight in the refrigerator.

Put chicken on a rack placed over a tray.  Roast at 180 degrees C for 25-30 minutes.  Roast until chicken is cooked.

Remove chicken from rack.  Chop up chicken into bite-size pieces and serve with roti jala.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hantaran during akad nikah May 1 2012

(for the bride...a set of Gucci perfume...) 

(for the bride..a complete set of prayer hijab) 

(for the bride...the Holy Quran) 

(for the bride...a box of Godiva chocolates) 

(for the bride...the 'Sireh Junjung') 

 (for the groom...a Gucci perfume set)

(for the groom...a box of fresh dates) 

(for the groom...a Polo Ralph Lauren wallet and belt) 

 (for the groom...the Holy Quran and a prayer mat)

 (for the groom...a tray of fresh fruits)

 (a close up of the strawberries....yummmmy...)

 (for the groom...a box of Godiva chocolates)

 (for the groom....the 'Sireh Junjung')

(a close up of the fresh dates in a box)

 (a close up of the Godiva chocolates)

(the 'Tepak Sireh')

During the akad nikah, the bridegroom gave the bride five trays of gifts, and the bride gave seven trays in return.  This is according to our Malay custom.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Satay Citarasa

300g Australian beef, topside
300g chcken fillet
400g squids

Spices (A) Ground and combined
10 shallots
2cm piece fresh turmeric\
4cm piece galangale
3cm piece ginger
1/2 tsp ground fennel (jintan manis)
\1/2 tsp coriander powder (ketumbar)\1 tbsp chilli paste

Seasoning (B)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt or to taste
1 tsp thick soy sauce
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp thick coconut milk

Bamboo satay skewers, soaked overnight or for several hours

SAUCE HARMONI - combined ingredients (C)
1 tbsp fresh chi8lli paste
2 tbsp dried chilli paste
8 shallots, ground
5 cloves garlic, ground
1 tsp belacan powder granules
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 cup asam jawa juice (2 tbsp asam jawa mixed with 1/2 cup water)
1 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 cup roasted peanut, coarsely ground

1 pandan leaf, knotted
1 stalk lemon grass, smashed
4 tbsp oil

Cut beef into 2cm strips.  Cut chicken fillet into 2cm strips.  Remove ink bags from squids.  Cut into 2cm slices.

Marinate the meat and squid with combined spices (A\) and seasoning (B).  Refrigerate for several hours, preferably overnight.

Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the marinated ingredients.  Thread meat and squids onto the skewers.  Reserve the remaining marinade for glaze when grilling or barbecuing the meat until well browned and cooked.

To prepare the sauce
Heat oil in a wok and fry ingredients (C), pandan leaf and lemon grass till aromatic .  Add coconut milk, asam jawa juice and lime juice.

Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until oil rises to the top.  Stir in ground peanuts, sugar and salt.  Serve sauce with satay meat.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Holiday Villa Resort and Spa, Langkawi May 13-16 2012

(the lobby area)

(the van that we hired...)

(me in my bathing suit...)

(my children, Ayeshah, Sofiyah and Wahiduzzaman)

(the vast swimming pool, it has a jacuzzi too)

(Khairulzaman looking at my shades...a Gucci (purchased in Rome, Italy 2003)

(with Sofiyah)

(with Khairulzaman)

(with Khairulzaman and Wahiduzzaman)

(waiting for Capt Jack Sparrow...)

(too late...he just left...)

(is she showing off her coloured bangles??)

(NOKIA N8 took this picture...)

( favourite pose..)

(my sweet daughter, Sofiyah.... a Japanese tourist took this picture for us))

(Tahiti??? No lah....Langkawi...)

(the waves chasing Sofiyah...)

(the Red Hibiscus...our Malaysian National Flower)

(walk barefooted and enjoy a healthy massage....oh yeah...)

(follow the pebbled path for a healthy massage.....yeah yeah...)

(the beautiful landscape...)

We would definitely return here when we come to Langkawi..... 

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