Akok

Akok

Akok is a delicious kuih from Kelantan. The taste and texture is similar to creme caramel and surprisingly delicious despite its humble appearance. Akok is made from duck eggs, coconut milk and gula melaka (a.k.a. nise) but my version uses chicken eggs since we do not have duck eggs here.  The recipe I got it from Myresipi – zaliana and the taste is almost similar to the one that my mum always buy in Kelantan. You can buy akok almost anywhere in Kelantan but for my family we only purchase ours from one place in Merbau i.e from Nik Simah’s house. They make and sell akok at their house and other famous Kelantanese kuih such as buah tanjung, taih itik, jala mas and piana. Enough with that, here is the recipe:

Ingredient :-

  • 5 eggs- beaten
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 100 ml water
  • 150 g gula melaka
  • 30 g flour
  • 2 pandan leaves
  • pinch of salt

Method:-

  1. Preheat oven at 200C.
  2. Add water and gula melaka in a pot and cook till gula melaka dissolve. Let it cool and then add coconut milk, beaten eggs, flour, salt and pandan leaves. Mix well. Use the strainer to remove any lumps in the mixture.
  3. Brush the acuan kuih cara with some oil and heat it up in the oven for few minutes. Pour the mixture in and bake for 10 minutes. The kuih will puff up while in the oven but will be wrinkly on top once out of the oven. That is why Kelantanese call it “akok kedut”.

Live Life to the Fullest

Salam to all and I would like to start this Friday morning with an inspirational quote.

“Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.” – Lou Erickso

Do you agree with it? I think this quote is brilliant, it makes you want to evaluate your life again and make sure that life does not pass you by without you gaining anything out of it. We only get one ride around this life, so it means anything that you don’t do, you won’t be able to go back in time and do it…  People always say ” I wish I could turn back the clock” well…they can’t.

We don’t know how long we will live and obviously we don’t want to spend years down the road wishing that we had done things… this could be just a simple phonecall to your parents and tell them how we love them before its too late or it could be not taking risk in life and at the end of the day it will be to late to do anything about it… spending too much time living in “what if” rather than living in “what is”.

So instead of just standing there, idling and letting the taxi meter continue ticking, get off your backside and go out and do something in life that have been given to you before it comes to the end. Don’t be afraid to take shot in life because if you don’t try you won’t know your capabilities…life is full of suprises, only if you live yours.

Karipap

Karipap

Karipap is a Malaysian version of empanadas which was introduced by the Portuguese in 1511.  The name empanada comes from the verb empanar, which means to wrap or coat in bread or pastry. The filling normally are chicken/beef curry with potatoes, sardines or sweet fillings such as sweet potatoes. You can purchase this karipap from any little stall by the roadsides along with other tea time snacks such as  fries banana, fried yam, keropok and all sorts of sweets kuih.

When I was little, I used to watch my mum made karipap all the time but I was not allowed to mess around with the dough, I wanted so much to learn how to crimp the edges, so I used modeling clay to practice crimping the karipap. During those days, me and my brothers loved karipap with sugar filling…yes I’m not kidding… sugar filling. I guess being a Kelantanese, you can eat anything with sugar ha ha ha.

The recipe below yield about 30 pieces and since I’m not that “rajin”, I usually double the ingredient and freeze them in the freezer.

Ingredient for the dough

  • 400 g flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 40 ml oil
  • 140 ml hot water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Ingredient for filling

  • 2 onions, peeled and diced small
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced small
  • 500 gm mince meat
  • 3 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt and sugar to taste

Method:

Dough : Place the flour into the bowl. Heat up a butter and oil in a pan then pour into the flour. Mix well. Add salt to the hot water and pour slowly into the mixture until you get a soft dough.  The amount of water may varies depending on the flour. I used about 160 ml of hot water bacause the flour here is drier due to Kuwait’s weather and also air conditioning inside the house.

Filling : Peeled,washed and dice onion and potato. Boil potato until semi soft.  Heat large pan or skillet with oil, add in onion, fry until fragrant then add in mince meat, potato, seasoning and curry powder. Stir fry all the ingredients for about 5 – 10 minutes. Once cooked, set aside to cool down.

Karipap : Roll the dough and cut circles of 7 cm in diameter. Put in a little filling in the center of the dough, fold into half and crimp the edges to seals. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

This cake I baked last saturday atas permintaan my eldest daughter, Aina. The first time I baked this cake it was because I “terlebih” beli carrot and don’t know what to do with them. When I told my kids that I’m baking a carrot cake, the first thing that they said was..” How can you use vegetable to make a cake?” and I had to practically forced them to try…well, my kids hate to try new thing! I always tell them that they will miss out on lots of good stuff if they afraid to try and this carrot cake is one of the example. After trying it, Aina and Nurin happened to be in love with this cake… well, who won’t… this cake is so moist and delicious… even Haqeem (my youngest boy) loves it.

Ingredient :-

Carrot cake:

  • 2 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soda bicarbonate
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup corn oil
  • 100 g melted butter
  • 200 g grated carrots
  • 150 g grated apples
  • 30 g roughly chopped ground almond ( optional )

Cream Cheese:

  • 250 g cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Method :-

Cake : Preheat oven at 180C. Sift flour, baking powder, soda bicarbonate, cinnamon powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredient and mix well. Pour into a  9″ baking tin that has been greased with butter. Bake for 45 – 1 hour.

Cream cheese : Mix all ingredient in a mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Ready to use!

 

Egg in a Toast

Egg in toast

This egg in a toast idea I got it from one application that my hubby downloaded into his iPad…. simple way to eat eggs and toast in the morning.

Ingredient :

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 2 slice of cheddar cheese
  • 2 small egg
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • cookies cutter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  2. Spread softened butter over both sides of 2 slices of bread.  Cut a slice of cheese into 4 strips. Place the 4 strips onto each slice of bread.
  3. Take another 2 slices of bread and use a cookie cutter to remove the center of  the bread. Spread butter on both sides and place it to top of the one with cheese. Press firmly.
  4. Crack an egg into the hole and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can also sprinkle some shredded cheese if you like!
  5. Bake in an oven until bread is brown and egg is semi cooked about 15 – 20 min. You can adjust the time depending on how you like your egg.

Interesting morning

Yesterday, on the way to school, Sofea and I had a very interesting conversation…

Sofea : Ummi, what is “Orang Utan” in Malay?

Me: “Orang Utan jugak lah, kenapa?

Sofea : Oh.. kat big tv over there I saw Orang Utan and limau..

Me: What?? Limau??

Sofea : No no no its harimau.

Me : Oh OK (I started to laugh…) what were they doing ?

Sofea : Well… the limau was chasing the rambutan

Aina, Nurin and I laughed and laughed and laughed….kelakar betul…Teringat pulak cerita “Seniman Bujang Lapuk” rasanya yang ada dialog “….nak bukak ladang rimau…” and Allahyarham Ahmad Nisfu said “…Kau nak mampus!!…”he he he.

It was so funny and thinking about it again this morning makes me smile….

Sandwich Loaf

 

Sandwich Loaf

Sofea and Jasmine really love Rainbow  Toast from Bread Talk, if I bough one, it will surely finish by the end of the  day..weird… because if I buy the normal sandwich bread, normally the roti will be there until “berkulat”… well, I can’t blame them… roti kat Kuwait ni tak de yang soft macam Gardenia or Hi-5 bread kat Malaysia tu. This bread is soft and up to my kids standard…he he he bukan apa, malas nak beli Bread Talk punya roti tu selalu sangat, too expensive, one loaf cost about RM7 tu… mana boleh jimat, kita jimat la kan.

This sandwich loaf recipe I took from Mamafami blog … thanks Mama, I love your blog!

Ingredients :-

200 g cold water
300 g flour
25 g sugar
5 g instant yeast
5 g salt
2.5 g bread improver
10 g milk powder
20 g butter
red food coloring
yellow food coloring
green food coloring

Method :-

  • Pour the cold water into your bread maker pan. Gently add in the flour to cover the liquid. Add the rest of the ingredients except butter. Press the setting to BASIC DOUGH setting.  Once the dough is well incorporated, add in the butter and let the bread maker continue kneading until finish.
  • Once cycle completed, divide the dough to 3 portions and color each portion with the food coloring. Rolled thin, each colored dough then stack them on top of each other. Roll the dough like the swiss roll and place the rolled dough into the baking tin. Leave to prove till double the size.
  • Sprinkle some water on top of the dough and bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rainbow sandwich loaf