School is FUN….

On his first day... try to sieve the flour....

It has been 3 weeks since Haqeem first started school and so far so good. The first few days of school, I was so worried every time I sent him to school… afraid that he will scream or cry whenever he sees the school, but alhamdulillah, he never cried, just that his face looked sad when I waved him goodbye.

In school, his teacher told me that they encourage their students to do things themselves such as opening their lunch box and tiding up their own things before going back. So far after 3 weeks of schools, we can see some changes in Haqeem for example before this, he eats his fries using his hand but now he uses fork to eat his fries and he really insist on having a fork whenever he eats his fries he he he.

Haqeem is in Butterflies class and his teacher is Ms Judith Al Mutawa. She was Jasmine’s KG teacher in NES. Below are some of the photos courtesy from Bubbles Montessori Nursery Facebook … thanks for sharing.

Haqeem with his Lego

Sorting the colours and fruits

Library

Haqeem is reading

Haqeem trying to sort out the colours

Matching the colours

Jigsaw puzzle

Maze

Fun time in the "Jungle"

Kuih Gunting

Kuih Gunting

The smells of kuih gunting reminds me of my mother-in-law’s house before hari raya. My sister-in-law always make this for raya besides her other cookies and all of us love it. Normally we will request my sister-in-law to make extra so that we can “tapau” balik KL after raya. She normally make this kuih gunting using about  3 to 4 kg of flour…you may think it is a lot but believe me…selalu tak cukup, so, what I normally do is…pack them straight away before raya time and keep them in my room…he he he…. preferably before others sampai from KL for raya. Evil right….but what to do… nak makan punya pasal tapi malas nak buat. Now ni, kena lah buat sendiri since dah far away from home he he he. Okay, here is the ingredient:

  • 1 kg flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp aniseed -blend dry*
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Cumin – blend dry*
  • 1/2 cup of mince curry leaves*
  • 1 /2 cup of mince celery leaves*
  • 100 g anchovies – blend dry*
  • 50 g dried shrimp- blend dry*
  • 1/2 kg shallot – slice and fry to make “bawang goreng”
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 300 ml coconut cream (may varies depending on the flour)
  • 3 tbsp blended chili
  • salt , aji and sugar to taste
  • oil for fying

Method:

Mix all ingredients mark * with flour, then add butter and eggs, mix well. In another bowl, mix together coconut milk, blended chili, salt, aji and sugar,  pour them into dry mixture a little at a time until dough is formed. Divide the dough into 30 small balls. Take one ball and flatten it, then cut into small pieces. Once completed, fry them until golden brown. Cool and store.

Viennese Chocolate Sables

Viennese Chocolate Sable

These cookies have a fabulously light, melting texture… Sable cookies are a classic French cookie originating in Normandy.  The name Sable’ is  a French word for “sand”, which refer to the sandy texture of these delicate cookies. Thanks to  Rima  for a lovely cookies.

Ingredients

  • 260g All purpose flour
  • 1g Fleur De Sel
  • 30g Dutch processed cocoa powder – I used normal cocoa powder
  • 250g Butter
  • 100g Powder sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp Egg white

Lovely cookies

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Whisk together, flour and cocoa powder and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk butter until creamy. To ensure that the recipe succeeds, the butter needs to be very soft.
  4. Add in powder sugar and fleur de sel to butter and continue to whisk until light and creamy.
  5. Whisk in egg white until it is well combined with butter cream.
  6. Add in (2) and mix until well combined.
  7. Spoon dough into a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe dough into W shaped cookies. ( I somehow can’t make a W shape… so I just make rosette shape he he he)
  8. Bake cookies at 180C for 10-12 mins – no more. The cookies will be delicate – transfer carefully into cookie jar after cooled.

May be next time will try and make a "W" shape... baru original...

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

A day before the school starts I bought few types of fruits…. just to make sure that my kids’ lunch box has a variety of healthy food… tak nak le dapat “friendly comments” from the teacher awal2 lagi pasal kids tak bawak healthy food  ha ha ha. Well, after few days, only half of the bananas gone… the rest terbiar kat dalam fruit bowl tu… Thanks to Rima, I managed to save all those soft bananas from the “tong sampah” he he he. The outcome…. fabulous…this muffins are delicious, soft and moist. Definitely worth keeping and super easy to make. Here is the recipe:

Ingredient :

  • 275g plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large bananas, about 450g
  • 125g brown caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 50ml semi-skimmed milk (I used  fresh milk)
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 50g chocolate chips

Soft and moist muffins

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180degC. Line muffin pans with paper muffin cases.
  2. Sieve together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl. Mix in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
  3. Peel the bananas and mash with a fork in a bowl. Add in brown sugar, egg, milk and melted butter. Mix until well combined.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients. With a wooden spoon or a spatula, gently fold all the ingredients to form a wet batter. Stir gently, using only a few strokes and mix until the flour are incorporate into the batter. DO NOT Over mix. The batter should appear lumpy.
  5. Spoon batter into paper muffin cases. Bake for 20mins until muffins turn golden brown or a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack.

I used small cup cake case so that senang budak2 nak makan

Angel Food Cake

I have always wanted to try and make kek lapis …. but every time I look at the amount of eggs used in it… I decided not to try. Last week, I kuat kan semangat and tried to make kek lapis legit…. tapi I buat 1/2 ingredient aja…. tak nak membazir telur banyak sangat he he he. Did I succeed? Well… if you look at the appearance…. I would say… failed… but the taste was excellent. My other half said ” Don’t worry, try again… anyway it’s your first time… 30 eggs only cost KD0.990….” Inilah rupa kek lapis I yang tak jadi tu hu hu hu.

the failed Kek Lapis Legit

Anyway… since I have about 25 egg whites inside my fridge for over a week already, I decided to try to finish it, if not all, half pun jadi lah dulu. So, yesterday after searching for about 30 minutes, I decided to bake this angel food cake and alhamdulillah, it turned up better than the kek lapis legit tu he he he. The cake is soft and fluffy not to mention sweeeeet… The girls love it.

Angel Food Cake.... yummy

Ingredient :

  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites (10-12 large), room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar, divided
  • 1 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
Method :
  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup sugar and the cake flour. Set aside.
  3. Beat egg whites until frothy, the add cream of tartar and salt. Beat until fully incorporated then begin to add the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar 1-2 tablespoons at a time. When sugar has been added, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Do not beat all the way to stiff peaks. Once you have soft peaks, add the vanilla and almond extracts and beat for a few seconds to evenly distribute.
  4. Sift the flour/sugar mixture over the egg whites in 6-8 additions and gently fold it in after each addition.
  5. Spoon batter into an ungreased 9 inch tube pan with a removeable bottom. Smooth the top with a spatula and tap the pan on the counter once or twice to ensure that there are no large bubbles lurking beneath the surface.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly pressed.
  7. Remove from oven an invert pan. Cool completely before removing it from the pan.

In less than 1/2 hour, the cake dah 1/2 gone.... kids just naik from swimming...laparrrr

Haqeem’s 1st day of school

Ready to go to school

We finally decided to send Haqeem (3 years 8 months) to school this year. At first we signed up with NES (New English School) where our girls go to school, unfortunately he didn’t want to cooperate during the assesment… so the Head teacher told me that they can’t accept him if he do not want to do the assessment. I’m quite sad  by the decision but there’s nothing I can do about it.

Assessment for 3 years old kids? Yes, you heard it right. Here in Kuwait, your child is required to undergo evaluation test or assessment before admission, primarily to ensure that  he/she will be placed in a correct academic year and class. Anyway, the NES teacher suggested that we try  Bubbles Montessori Nursery and alhamdulillah, he was accepted there.

So… today is the big day! I was so nervous about sending him to school since he does not speak very well…. thinking about it makes me lose sleep.  A lot of “what if…” comes to mind but I know that I have to do this and hopefully by sending him to school, his communication skill will improve, insyallah. I know that I have to be brave and pray that Allah will make everything go smoothly.

Alhamdulillah, this morning turned up very well. Few nights before my other half asked me this question… “How do you plan to leave him nanti?”…. the truth was I did not have any plan, just pray that Allah will give me a change to break free from him without him seeing me because if he saw me leaving, he will definitely will scream and cry and it will break my heart….. So, today when I send him to his class room, he just entered the room and started playing, so I quickly left. When I arrived home I make sure that my hand-phone was with me at all time, just in case the school calls… teruk tak? Can’t do much for 5 hours… every now and then I checked my phone he he he.

When I picked  him up at 12:45 tadi, he was so happy to see me and the girls. He was screaming happily…. he must have thought that we had abandoned  him ha ha ha. The teacher told me that he was not too bad but he did scream and cried once he noticed that I was not there but overall, he was OK. I’m so relief to have heard that. After lunch he dozed off on the sofa…. must be very tired!

He slept for 4 hours...

OK …. have a good nite sleep…. hopefully tomorrow will be another good day for my boy and also the girls… Yeap… they will be starting their new term tomorrow after 3 months of summer holidays…

Aidil Fitri 1432H

Eid Mubarak from us in Kuwait

I hope it is not too late for us in Kuwait to wish Eid Mubarak to our family and friends… wherever you are, may this Eid brings you joy and happiness, insyaallah.

Solat Sunat Aidil Fitri

As always, in the morning we went to the Embassy to perform “Solat Sunat Aidil Fitri” and then get together for Jamuan Raya. Although this year, Eid falls during the school holidays where most people took the opportunity to celebrate Eid in Malaysia, we were glad that the celebration at the embassy was still “meriah” as always. During the Jamuan Raya, we were introduced to our new ambassador to Kuwait , Dato’ Adnan Othman and his wife Datin Azlinda Rosli.

Dato' Adnan, Datin Azlinda and their youngest daughter Adlin

Jamuan Raya at the Embassy was fabulous, we have Nasi Dagang Terengganu, Nasi Kerabu Hitam, Satay, Nasi Impit, Rendang, Nasi Minyak, Roti Jala and lots more. Thanks to all the cooks who worked hard to produce a superb Malay cuisine.

Jamuan Raya at Multipurpose Hall Embassy

Some of the ladies in Kuwait

That night, as always we had our open house at our new house and alhamdulillah everything went well.Thank you to all that sudi datang to our humble home.

Dato' and the family was the first to arrive at our house

Malaysian Ambassador to Kuwait Dato' Adnan

Ulan (Indonesian), Kak G, Aza, Datin, Melia, Dr Shadiah and Yati

Buat apa tu Ti?

Nor Azura, Mala, Aza, Yati, Seri, Nazar, Azie, Zaza and Amy