Something To Ponder

Before I came to Kuwait, I was a working mother,everyday I leave the house before 7 am and will only be home earliest by 8 pm. Work was stressful and I always envy the non working mothers…why you may ask…well, in my mind I think that they live a very good life…no stress, no problem and no deadline….you’re at home..what could possible be so stressful. So, when my husband got an offer to work overseas… I was so happy because I thought this is my only chance to quit my job and be a housewife…perfect! And now after 2 1/2 years being a housewife, I have to admit that this job is nothing like I imagined…it is far more stressful that office job. You are talking about working 24/7…non stop…well, your house is your work place…cant escape from going to work. The last few mornings I woke up and asked my husband jokingly if I could take MC… he said “of course dear…go ahead and take it…you haven’t utilize any of your 30 days annual MC since last 2 years” ha ha ha… I wish I could…

Below is a part of a note that I got from a friend and I think it is worth sharing. Hopefully it will get some husband thinking…

Seorang lelaki balik rumah.. Dia jadi heran giler.. halaman umah berselerak, surat kat peti pos tak berambil, anak-anak tengah main korek-korek tanah kotor, baju compang-camping, penuh dengan tanah dan kotoran, rambut tak bersikat, tak bermandi.. Masuk ke pintu rumah lagi lelaki tu terkejut. Ruang tamu lagi teruk berselerak. Lelaki tu melaung nama isterinya.. Sepi tiada jawapan. Masuk ke dapur, sinki penuh dengan pinggan mangkuk tak berbasuh, periuk tak bercuci, mencari apa yang boleh dimakan tetapi tiada makanan yang dimasak. Masuk ke bilik air, baju belum berbasuh apatah lagi berendam. Lelaki itu cemas mencari isterinya. Dia bergegas ke tingkat atas melihat isterinya terbaring di atas katil sedang membaca buku.

“Awak sakit ke?” tanya lelaki itu.

“Tak lah”, jawab isterinya ringkas.

“Kenapa teruk sangat rumah kita hari ni?” Tanya si suami lagi sambil meletakkan tangan di dahi isterinya, kot-kot isterinya demam.

“Wahai suamiku, semalam semasa kita bertengkar, abg mengatakan yang saya ini hanyalah suri rumah, duduk di rumah tak sepenat diri abg yang duduk di pejabat, dan abg sering menanyakan apa kerja yang saya lakukan di rumah yang menyebabkan saya merungut kepenatan kadang-kadang..

NAH, HARI INI SAYA TIDAK MELAKUKAN KERJA-KERJA YANG BIASA SAYA LAKUKAN SETIAP HARI”

What do you think???

Nasi Lemak

 

Nasi Lemak

This morning’s breakfast is nasi lemak….. a dish that requires little introduction. Nasi lemak is one of Malaysia famous national dish…just ask anyone, they would be able to tell you what is nasi lemak (not necessarily able to tell you how to prepare it) and where you can find the best one in town. Well, if you ask people in Kuwait, they wont be able to direct you to the stall that sells nasi lemak but they might be able to tell you who makes the best nasi lemak in town ….could it be Nasi Lemak Mdm Zarinah or Pn Siti Hadijah Amoi???? he he he

This famous dish is sold in every part of Malaysia, from a fancy restaurant to a hawker stall on the road side…but of course there will be a huge different in prices… Nasi lemak is normally wrapped in a fragrant banana leaf serve with basic ingredient such as peanuts, fried anchovy (ikan bilis), boiled eggs and sambal. You can also order side dish to compliment the aromatic rice such as curry chicken, fried chicken, beef rendang, sambal cuttlefish, fried egg, sambal kerang and more.

Nasi lemak can be eaten practically anytime of the day…normally people eat for breakfast but you can also find them widely available at night especially around places where people hang out after work…like Mamak restaurant.

Puff Pastry

Sardine puff

Afternoon everybody. Few days ago, sajalah membelek-belek blog masak memasak and I stumbled upon this blog and I think she is very creative…I love the way she make a simple food looks so interesting. The blog is called Deco Choco…tuan punya blog is Yani. I have tried 2 of her idea…as you can see the top picture is a sardine puff…normally we put sardine inside but this one the sardine is outside…well, I did change the recipe a bit, in her recipe she put the cheese on top of the sardine and bake it again for few minutes till the cheese melted…I skipped this step…

Kat sini I tak letaklah resipi coz semua orang tahu macamana nak buat inti sardine he he he

Sosej Puff

Above is another example of her creative idea in assembling a sosej roll….well, my sosej roll was not as perfect as hers…but at least it is different …..

Jeruk Mangga

 

My mum's Jeruk Mangga

Jeruk Mangga….mouth watering….My mum always makes this jeruk whenever the mango tree behind our house berbuah. Since only my brother stays with her, practically nobody makan mangga ni…at times there will be few pail of mangga yang jatuh from the tree…sayang betul…so my mum selalulah buat jeruk mangga ni.  Sometimes she will make ice cream jeruk mangga…it is soooooo delicious….Whenever we all balik KB, the first thing that my kids will do is open up my mum’s freezer….there will be all kind of ice cream; ice cream jeruk mangga, ice cream puree mangga, ice cream asam masin, ice cream milo and sometimes ice cream syrup bandung….bestnya! During my mum’s last visit to Kuwait which was Nov last year, she bought some of her ice cream mangga to her cucu…well…I did sorok few from my kids… you know… they sometimes makan ice cream ni macam makan nasi….nanti tak merasa pulak I… he he he.

 

Ice Cream Malaysia (My mum's style)

Since we are staying in Kuwait now, there is no chance of us to eat my mum’s jeruk mangga… unless we go back to Malaysia…so…I have to try and make it myself…alhamdulillah, it turn out ok. Nasib baik Lulu Hypermarket ada jual mangga muda, so dapatlah makan jeruk….

Bahan
Mangga
garam
kapur
gula

Cara
1. Buah dipotong kecil.
2. Rendamkan dalam air garam sehingga tenggelam selama 1 malam.
3. Toskan sehinga kering.
4. Rendam dalam air kapur hingga tenggelam selama 3 – 4 jam. Toskan hingga kering.
5. Masukkan buah yg telah ditoskan dalam balang diselang seli dengan gula.
6. Biarkan 1 – 2 malam dan boleh dimakan.

The Leonardo collection

The Leonardo Collection - Daisy Cottage

Besides Lilliput Lane collection, I also have cottages from Leonardo Collection…and to tell you the truth, I don’t really know much about this collection…what I know is these cottages are  sold by Lesser & Pavey, one of the U.K.’s largest importers and distributors of giftware. They are famous for their porcelain Figurines… porcelain animals and dolls. If I were to look at the cottages, I can’t really tell whether they are from Lilliput Lane collection or Leonardo Collection unless I look at their base; Lilliput lane collection has a green baize (fabric) base whereas Leonardo collection has a black stamp on white base. They also have individual names for their cottages.

The Leonardo Collection - Old Oak Cottage

The Daisy Cottage and Old Oak Cottage resemble a lovely setting of a typical English village. The attention to detail is just stunning…

Donut

 

Donut

 

Assalamualaikum and Good morning to all… I’m hoping that today will be a better day than yesterday. Had your breakfast? I had mine already and before I start my morning routine, just want to talk a bit about breakfast. Do you know that breakfast is very important?? YES…never ever skip breakfast… and since breakfast the the most important meals of the day, I always make sure my kids go to school with a full stomach. Today’s breakfast is homemade donuts, sardine puff and coney dog. Talking about donut… I have been trying dozens of recipes and this one is the best so far. I got this resipe from Yani (myresipi) and this donut I tell you…sooo soft and my kids think that it is better that Dunkin Donut…you shoud try this.

Ingredient:

  • 200 g bread flour (I used normal flour)
  • 20 g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 140 ml milk
  • 20 g butter

Method :

Dough : Mix flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Make a hole in the middle , pour milk and yeast and mix them together. Then add butter and mix well combine. Knead until it does doesn’t stick to your hand. Make a ball and cover the bowl with cling film and allow to rise for 1-1 1/2 hours…. OR like me you can mix everything into the BM and select DOUGH and press on.

Donut : Take out the dough and punch to release the gas. Roll out the dough and cut into shapes and allow them to rise for at least 30-45 min. Fry 1 – 2 mins on each side or until brown. Take out and let them cool on a paper towel before sprinkle them with icing sugar.

Kuzi Ayam & Roti Jala

 

Kuzi Ayam & Roti Jala

 

Kuzi and roti jala is one of my favourite food masa kecik2 dulu, selalunya my mum will tempah kuzi kambing and roti jala from Nik Simah (arwah) untuk  raya or majlis cukur jambul. As for this resipi, I took it from my auntie (Nik Faridah) before I went to study in UK dulu but cant remember whether I did try this recipe or not while I was there. For those yang tak pernah rasa this dish, bila masak tu kena letak gula lebih sikit sebab kuzi ni kena rasa manis… baru sedap.

Kuzi Ayam

Bahan A

  • 1 ekor ayam – potong 12
  • sedikit saffron
  • 4 ulas bawang putih
  • 1 inci halia
  • 3 ketul hati ayam
  • 3 ketul pedal ayam
  • Minyak untuk menggoreng

Bahan B

  • 400 g bawang merah – mayang
  • 20 g kepingan badam
  • 40 gram kismis

Bahan C

  • 1 biji bawang besar*
  • 2 ulas bawang putih* (kisar halus)
  • 1/2″ kayu manis
  • 2 kuntum bunga lawang
  • 3 kuntum bunga cengkih
  • 3 biji pelaga
  • 3 sudu besar rempah kuzi
  • 1 tin susu sejat
  • 400 ml air
  • 2 – 3 tsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 cawan sos tomato
  • 3 biji buah keras – tumbuk lumat
  • kerisik dari 1/2 biji kelapa
  • garam & gula

Cara2:

  1. Bahan A : Saffron, bawang putih dan halia  ditumbuk halus dan lumurkan pada ayam, hati dan pedal. Perap seketika. Kemudian goreng ayam separuh masak, angkat dan ketepikan. Goreng hati dan pedal ayam sampai masak, bila sejuk dipotong dadu dan ketepikan.
  2. Bahan B : Goreng mengikut turutan, mula-mula goreng bawang merah utk dibuat bawang goreng, kemudian diikuti dengan badam dan kismis. Tumbuk bawang goreng dan ketepikan.
  3. Bahan C : Tumis kayu manis, bunga lawang, bunga cengkih dan pelaga, kemudian masukkan bahan kisar yang bertanda * dan rempah kuzi. Tumis hingga terbit minyak. Masukkan air dan biar hingga mendidih. Kemudian masukkan susu sejat dan sos tomato. Bila mendidih, masukkan kerisik, buah keras, tomato puree dan ayam. Kemudian masukkan gula, garam, kismis, hati dan pedal ayam dan bawang goreng. Bila masak, angkat dan hidangkan dengan roti jala.

Roti Jala

Bahan2:

  • 2 cawan tepung
  • 2 1/2 cawan air
  • 1/2 tsp kunyit debu
  • 1 tsp garam
  • 1 biji telur

Cara2:

Masukkan semua bahan dlm blender dan kisar hingga sebati. Panaskan kuali non stick dan tirai adunan.