Tortilla

Last week Aina’s shipment from UK just arrived and it means we need to clear some of our unwanted stuff in the closet. Well… to be honest.. we kept a lot of our old stuff … we have a hard time to let go most of our things… I still have the duvet and duvet cover from my study years in Sheffield 27 years ago hehehe. Hoarders? Nay… we are not hoarders hahaha… we are just people who are attached to their belongings 🙂

I am not looking forward to the whole exercise of clearing the closet space to make space for Aina’s stuff but I am so excited to receive these…

As I told you in my last posting, my other half always buy me the Lilliput cottages whenever we go to UK. This year is no exception. He ordered them through eBay couple of months prior to our trip and get them shipped to Aina and Nurin’s house. This year we were a bit unlucky because one of the cottages got damage during the shipment but the seller was very good… we got back our money almost immediately after we send him the photos of the chipped cottage. I am looking forward to re arrange my collection.. hopefully soon. Need to find some time and do it. Will share with you guys the photos soon.

Okay… as for the recipe today… I am glad that I found it. One of my dear friend posted it in her blog and I am pleased to let you know that I have been using this recipe for few times already. It is so easy to make and trust me.. you would not regret making it. They are sooo soft. I use these homemade tortillas for many things from fajitas, shawarma, pizza base or simply eat them with curry. What I love about this homemade tortillas is you can freeze them for later use… simply defrost them in microwave and then heat them up on the pan. They still taste like a fresh made one.

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water
Methods
  • Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl of a mixer. Using a dough hook, mix the dry ingredients until well combined.
  • Add oil and water with the mixer running on medium speed. When mixture comes together and begins to form a ball decrease the speed to low. Continue to mix for another 2 minutes or until the dough is smooth.
  • Transfer the dough onto a floured work surface. Divide into 16 equal portions. Form each piece into a ball and cover them with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes before proceeding.
  • After the rest period, heat a large pan over medium heat. Roll each ball into a rough circle, about 6-7 inches in diameter, keep the work surface and rolling pin lightly floured.

  • When the pan is hot, place a dough circle into the pan and allow to cook about 1 minute or until the bottom surface has a few pale brown spots and the uncooked surface is bubbly.

  • Flip to the other side and cook for another 15-20 seconds.

  • Remove from the pan and stack them in a covered container or zippered bag to keep them soft.

Okay guys… happy cooking and enjoy your weekends with family. Assalamualaikum.

 

Lilliput Lane Cottage Part5

Every year I will tell my other half that I don’t want any Lilliput lane cottages anymore.  I have enough Lilliput Lane cottages in my collection and have no place to display them but… he still purchase them for me. Thank you for being able to read my actual thoughts hehehe.  He normally purchased them via eBay and get them to be sent to our daughter’s house in the UK as the postage within UK is free. If you intend to purchase them from the shop… be prepared to pay a very premium price as I think the price has gone up since the demise of the founder Dave Tate in January 2017 after a nine-year battle with cancer. So my advice is.. get them from eBay.

Let’s look at two of my collections..

Make A Wish.

It is from The British Collection and was introduced by Lilliput lane in 1988 and is now retired. This lovely little wishing well is truly amazing. It measures approximately 2.3″ H, 2″ L, 2″ W. You can find this type of fancy well head in a formal gardens or parks.

 

Gulliver’s Wishing Well

It is from Visitors Centre Special collections. It was introduced in 2003 was retired in 2009. Measures approximately 7.4cm x 5.6cm x 5.4cm. Gulliver’s Wishing Well was located on the original company site at Skirsgill, Penrith, Cumbria.  A lot of Visitor Centre tourist has had their photo taken at the well and Lilliput Lane finally decided to issue a memento for those dedicated collectors.

Okay.. that’s all that I have time for today. See you again next time.

 

Orange Chiffon Cake

Assalamualaikum and good day guys. Has it been 6 months since my last posting? Really? Gosh… I really need to start writing again… there are a lot of things that I want to share but it seems like time is not on my side. Having said that.. ada jugak time that I want to write but I cant find my laptop or my laptop is out of battery… so straight away mood malas datang… excuse and more excuse hehehe

Okay.. just a quick update since my last posting…

… Celebrated Ramadhan and Eid without Aina and Nurin. Eid was short as Sofea’s final exam was on the 10th day of Eid. We came back to KL early so that she has time to study for the finals. Jasmine and Haqeem’s final exam were on the following week… stress? Nah… being doing this for so long… dah immune hahaha.

…. Attended Aina’s graduation in Portsmouth, UK in July. We stayed in UK for almost 1 month. Jalan jalan? Not really.. was there to attend the graduation, help Aina packed her staff to send home and and helped Nurin to pack her staff to move to another apartment. UK weather was sooo hot during our visit ( weird coming from a person who spent the last 10 years in Middle East). Well.. apa tak panas nya.. rumah dia org ni don’t even have a fan.. AC tak payah cakap la. But… having said that, the temperature in the evening was nice… we managed to do bbq few times at the park near the beach. We did a lot of walking in the evening… that was something that I enjoyed during the stay.

 

… Aina and Nurin came back with us mid of August. It was lovely to have everyone under the same roof. House was noisy and happening hehehe just they way I remembered.

… Celebrate a quiet Eid Adha in KL. Did not take a trip back to Kelantan for few reasons… Sofea started her 1st year of University on the 6th day of Eid, Nurin started her internship on the same day and the main reason was we do not have the transport to balik Kelantan hehehe. Flight was fully booked and we only have a 5 seater car.

… Aina celebrated her 23rd birthday on the 18th Sept and at 2 am the following day Nurin flew back to UK to start her final year… it was hard to let her go knowing that this year she will be alone but insyaallah she will be okay as I put all my trust in Allah to protect her while she is away from home. Counting days till we will be together again insyallah in July.

Bye Bye Ein

Okay.. enough with the update, lets look at the recipe. I am sharing another chiffon cake recipe today.. something light, fluffy and tangy. I promise that you and your family will love this cake. This time instead of using the normal full size chiffon pan, I use the small chiffon pans that I bought quite sometime ago (more than 2 years hehehe) but have not been given the opportunity to use it (excuse la tu). Happy baking guys!

 

Ingredient A 

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 70 ml corn oil
  • 115 ml orange juice ( freshly squeeze from 2 oranges)
  • 100 g fine sugar
  • 150 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Ingredient  B

  • 4 egg whites
  • 90 g fine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Method:-)

  • Preheat oven at 175 C. Sieve together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix egg yolks and sugar until well combine. Add in the corn oil and orange juice and mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  • In a mixer, whisk egg whites until foamy and then slowly add sugar and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold in the egg white into the egg yolk mixture in 3 batches. Fold until well combined and pour into an ungreased chiffon cake pan.
  • Bake for about 45 – 50 min or until skewer comes out clean.
  • Invert chiffon cake immediately onto a wire rack and let it cool before removing from pan.

 

 

Red Velvet Chiffon Cake

Red Velvet Chiffon Cake

Assalamualaikum  and good day guys. Weekend is finally here.. yeay! I know that I am a full time mum.. but weekend is still something that I look forward to. Some people say  “You are so lucky.. tak payah kerja”..  Well.. it is not always lucky you know.. there are some good and some bad sides of not working.. take it from person who had worked for 15 years and a stay home mum for over 10 years. To tell you the truth… stay home mum is really tiring and challenging. House work is never finished but the best part of it is knowing that you are there full time for your kids.. they can drive you crazy but still totally worth it. I am lucky to be able to do this at the right time.. the time when my girls are growing up and needed my full and undivided attention. I am glad to say that my kids tell me almost anything and I am always there to hear their problems and “life crisis” anytime day or night. If you asked me whether I miss my working days.. the answer is YES! Sometimes I miss having nice lunch with friends or go window shopping on Friday lunch break. Do I want to go back to work?… definitely NO.  What can I say.. I love what I do now.. managing the house hehehe.

Enough with the blabbering… lets talk about our recipe today. This chiffon cake is my other half’s favourite kind of cake. This cake is super soft, fluffy and light. I took my normal pandan chiffon cake recipe and tweak it a little bit and voilà! its RV chiffon cake. Since it is the weekend.. Sofea is coming home from her Uni… why not bake a light cake for the family… something to enjoy on a rainy afternoon with tea at the pergola.

Have a nice and relaxing weekend folks!

Ingredient A 

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 70 ml corn oil
  • 70 ml buttermilk
  • 45 ml water
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 100 g fine sugar
  • 2 tsp red colouring
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 145 g flour
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Ingredient  B

  • 4 egg whites
  • 90 g fine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Method:-)

  • Preheat oven at 175 C. Sieve together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix egg yolks, buttermilk, water, red colouring, vanilla essence and sugar until well combine. Add in the corn oil and mix well. Then add the vinegar. Lastly add the flour mixture and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  • In a mixer, whisk egg whites until foamy and then slowly add sugar and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold in the egg white into the egg yolk mixture in 3 batches. Fold until well combined and pour into an ungreased chiffon cake pan. Bake for about 45 – 50 min or until skewer comes out clean.
  • Invert chiffon cake immediately onto a wire rack and let it cool before removing from pan.

Hotel Review – Masbro Village Homestay

Masbro Village Homestay

We wanted to take a short trip before the girls go back to the UK.  Malacca seems to be near enough and there were few places that we wanted to visit. We saw this Masbro Village Homestay listed in one of the attractions in Malacca.. so we decided to give it a try even though there were mixed review about this place. Told the kids not to expect much but kids were too excited by just looking at the photo. Nurin’s exact words was ” Picture worthy “. At this point they didn’t care about the negative feedback.. they just wanted to take pictures… so here goes nothing…

Masbro Village Homestay is a unique triangular houses filled with colourful exterior. It has a large outdoor swimming pool for both adults and children. It is a beautiful place, clean unit with comfy beds and basic facilities, warm and friendly staff. Cost for a unit is RM280 per night and one unit could accommodate 6 guests but they accept additional 2 guest at additional cost of rm30 per person. Paying additional RM30 does not get you an extra bed.. just additional towel, pillow and blanket. So, please bring your own comforter people!

The upper level

The unit has 2 levels. On lower level, you will  have a kitchen that is equipped with cooking utensils, a kettle, a microwave and a fridge, a 6-seater dining table, a TV, a sofa bed and a bathroom. On the upper level you will have a 2 double bed and a bathroom. Oh.. the stairs going to upper level is quite steep, so if you have small kids, please pay extra attention to them. We don’t want any mishap right? If you come with a large family members, you can ask for a connecting units. The 2 units will be connected via a door at the side of the unit… convenient.. just like the connecting room at the normal hotel. The unit is fully air-conditioned and the bathroom has a great shower with high water pressure. Sadly.. there is no soap or shampoo in the bathroom however they do have toilet paper.

Masbro Village is still quite new, they are still expanding few more houses. They have ample parking but it is rather  dark at night and the road leading to the parking lot is still under construction, so when it rains it become muddy. The main gate will be closed after 8pm, so you need to unlock & lock the main gate yourself if you need to go out at night. Main gate key is included together with your house key.

All in all, I would say that Masbro Homestay is a great place to chill for family with small kids.  I would definitely recommend this place for family and friends. The price is reasonable and the place is clean and comfortable.

swimming pool

 

Food Review – Kari Kambing 40 hari

Restaurant Kari Kambing 40 Hari

Assalamualaikum and good day to all. Its nice to be able to write again… been awhile since my last posting. Drafted few recipe postings since February this year but was not in the mood to publish them.. feels like too predictable hehehe.. So I decided to take my kids and my better half’s suggestions.. do some food review. They have been asking me to do this food review thingy for quite some times now but I felt that I am not the best person to do it… who am I to review people’s food.. but hey.. we are the customers.. we have the right to let our opinion heard, right? Everyone is entitle to their own opinion. So, here goes…

What comes to mind when you see this restaurant’s name for the first time? Oh…  for the sake of people who doesn’t understand Malay.. the name of the restaurant is “40 days Mutton Curry”. Hahaha.. I know what you’re thinking.. mutton curry that has been reheat for 40 days, right? That was exactly what came to my mind when my better half suggested we check out this place on our way to Johor. To be honest.. I was a bit skeptical about this restaurant at first.. takut sakit perut hahaha.

Mutton Curry

Okay.. Kari kambing 40 hari… this restaurant is owned by Malay chef. He is an ex 5 star hotel chef. What I love about this restaurant (besides the food) is all their staffs are Malays.. no foreigner.. semua pekerja faham cakap Melayu. Senang nak tanya apa2.  So.. why is this restaurant called Kari Kambing 40 hari? Well.. some said because you can smell the mutton curry on your hand for 40 days after you eat them (true if you didn’t wash your hand with soap hehehe)  and some said because the restaurant is opened for 40 days straight and then closed for 3 days. I am not sure if the open and close thingy is true because from their FB page, they said that the restaurant opens everyday.

The restaurant opens daily from 7.30am to 3pm. I am not sure about the breakfast menu but for lunch, they serve Nasi Arab with Kari Kambing or Chicken Mandhi. This restaurant adopt a self service concept where you need to queue for your food and drinks. There are 3 queuing lines; one line is for those who want to order talam serving (big tray), one for plate serving and another one is for take away. Queuing time will depend on the time of arrival. If you arrived before 12pm, the queuing time will be around 15 to 20 minutes but should you arrived after 12.30pm, be prepared to wait longer.

This restaurant has a big seating area but still.. if you arrive during lunch hour, finding a seat is not easy. Besides the normal table seating, they also have the Arab style / kampung style seating ie makan bersila.. So..kalau nak ambik feel macam makan Nasi mandhi kat middle east.. boleh la opt for makan dalam talam kat this area.

The food is served using a plate or a talam. For the talam serving, you can can have either Arabic rice with mutton curry or Arabic Rice with Chicken Mandhi or Arabic rice with the mix of mutton curry and chicken. One talam is good for 4 to 5 adults and if you order 1 talam you will get 1 jug of syrup for free. Cost for a talam set is rm48 and a plate of arabic rice with mutton or chicken with a glass of syrup only cost RM 14. Reasonable price I would say considering the portion is quite big.

Chicken Mandhi

They serve beautiful saffron colour arabic rice that is super soft and moist. It has a slightly sweet taste that you just can eat it by itself. The mutton curry is so tender and juicy. It is so tender that it melts in your mouth (hehehe just like what Manu said in My Kitchen Rules). The curry is superb..sweet and spicy at the same time.. the spices was blend harmoniously to give this heavenly taste… delicious! If mutton curry is not for you, you can try their chicken mandhi.. it is juicy and tender with a hint of sweetness.

All in all, I would strongly recommend this restaurant.. a must try food place if you are in the area. We would definitely go here again.

Address and Direction below is taken from their FB page.

Address : 215 Kg Hj Ghafar , Bt 5 1/2, Jln Yong Peng, Batu Pahat , Johor

Direction :
Dari Selatan ➡️ keluar tol Ayer Hitam➡️ 🚦kiri ke pekan Ayer hitam ➡️🚦kanan ke Jalan Yong Peng

Dari Utara ➡️ keluar tol Yong Peng utara ➡️pekan Yong Peng➡️🚦kanan ke Jalan Ayer Hitam Johor

 

 

 

Spun Candy Making Class

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Last weekend we decided to attend a candy making class at Spun. Spun Candy is a UK based company. They opened their first store in Covent Garden London during the Summer of 2013. Since then they have grown across the UK and the Middle East. Each Spun Candy collection is vegetarian, full of natural fruit flavors and completely handcrafted.

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The store in Oman offers a few classes but I think the UK store offer more options. We opted for Children’s Masterclass. This class is designed for kids from 6-17 years old. But since there were no other Malaysian kids to join us, we did it as a family. The Children Masterclass for 6 to 10 people cost RO 7.5 per person. If you only have 5 people joining the class, they will still run the class for your but the cost will be higher.. about RO9 per person.

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Two members of staff took us into the little area away from the shop to make the candies. First they make sure we washed our hands and dried them. Then we put on hair nets, apron and gloves. They pointed out that the  station was hot and always remind us to be careful. The station needs to be hot as they want to make sure that the candy remain soft and pliable.

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They allowed us to mix colours up, knead and pulled the warm candy to bring out pretty colour. They showed us how to make lolly pops, heart shaped lollies and candy cane.

To make lolly pops, first…you need to make 2 medium size candy balls of different colours. Roll out the balls into thin rope. Stick them together with water and then twirl each end in the opposite direction so the twisted candy looks like a rope. Then you roll them in to one thin candy rope and cut the long piece in roughly in half. Roll the candy rope in upon itself to make a spiral and flatten out the round shape. Then you stick a lollipop stick into the candy.

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They also showed us how to hand craft roses from candy, make some fantastic faces and make our names from the sugar. We had a fantastic time as a family.

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I love the apron.. too bad that they wont allow us to bring back one hehehe.

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A great experience for kids and adults too. The class lasted for about 90 minutes.

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Haqeem joined us for 30 minutes and then decided to just lie down on the bench and chill hehehe.

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The best part of the whole thing is, the kids get to keep all the candies that they made. I’m gonna make sure Aina and Nurin bring back some of those candies back to UK… can’t afford to allow the small kids eat all those candies. Dr Mike will be cross at me should he knows about this hehehe.