Rainbow Cake

Rainbow cake

I would like to wish a very happy new Islamic year 1433 Hijrah to all our brothers and sisters around the world. May we strive this year the attain Allah swt nearness, pleasures, forgiveness and mercy and may Allah bless us with happiness, good luck, good health and bliss for the upcoming year.

My first attempt to decorate cake using fondant

Hari ni tak de mood nak cakap banyak2, so kita straight to the recipe, okay? This cake I baked last Thursday and the recipe is taken from Martha Stewart website. If you look at the website, the cake is quite tall i.e 6 thick layers, so I decided to only use 1/2 of the ingredients.

Ingredient:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, room temperature
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple gel food coloring

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 175C. Brush six 9-inch-round cake pans (or as many 9-inch cake pans as you have, reusing them as necessary) with shortening. Line bottom of each cake pan with parchment paper; brush again and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Slowly add egg whites and mix until well combined. Add vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Add flour mixture and milk in two alternating additions, beginning with the flour and ending with the milk. Mix until well combined.
  3. Divide batter evenly between six medium bowls. Add enough of each color of food coloring to each bowl, whisking, until desired shade is reached. Transfer each color to an individual cake pan. Transfer to oven and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean, about 15 minutes (working in batches if necessary).
  4. Remove cakes from oven and transfer to a wire rack; let cool for 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto a wire rack; re-invert and let cool completely.
  5. Decorate with your favourite frosting.

Rainbow cake with Marshmallow fondant

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Cappuccino Cake

My cappuccino cake

Last night my hubby went for team building exercise organized by his department. Guess where they went for the team building….Chef Boutique Kuwait…. jealous! Last night course was Thai, he learned how to cook Thai Red Chicken curry, Tom Yum Goong and Glass Noodles Salad. He did bring back some for me to taste and as much as I hate to admit it, it tasted very nice. I’ll definitely gonna sign up for the class but which class to join????? Hmmm… maybe I’ll join Italian or Mexican class…. Japanese pun best jugak he he he.

Orait… back to this cappuccino cake… yummy! A friend gave this recipe to me and the original recipe is from the Bbc Good Food website and the frosting is taken from Ina Garten. I did add extra ingredient i.e coffee emulco in both cake and the frosting because  the person who requested this cake is a coffee maniac he he he and I’m referring to my daughter Nurin muahahaha.

Nurin loves this cake.

Here is the recipe….

Ingredient:

  • 250g pack butter , softened
  • 250g light soft brown sugar plus 2-3 tbsp
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 4 eggs , beaten
  • 50g walnuts , toasted and finely chopped – optional (I omitted)
  • 100ml very strong coffee (made fresh or with instant), cooled
  • 1tsp coffee emulco – sendiri add he he he

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 180C. Butter 2 x 20cm sandwich tins and line the bottoms with greaseproof paper.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together with electric beaters until pale and creamy.
  3. Add the flour and eggs in one go and keep beating until evenly mixed. Fold in the walnuts (if using) and the coffee and coffee emulco.
  4. Spoon the mix into the prepared tins and bake for 25-30 mins or until golden and well risen.

Super duper yummy frosting...

Chocolate n coffee frosting

Ingredient:

  • 6 ounces good semisweet chocolate
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder + 2 tsp hot water ( I substitute this with 1 tsp coffee emulco)

Method:

  1. Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes.
  4. Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the chocolate and coffee mixture to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don’t whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.

Bolkus Dalmation

My Bolkus Dalmation

For the past few weeks, I has been toying with the idea of getting a part-time maid to help me around the house, may be 2 or 3 times a week. My other half had already gave a green light to proceed, so what I have to do now is find one. Do you think I’m lazy???Pleeease do say I’m lazy… he he he.
Anyway, this week I have few baking request from the kids… macaroons,  meringue kisses (again!) and cappuccino cake. Bila nak buat tu? To tell you the truth, this week I’m super duper lazy to do anything but will definitely fulfill at least one request insyaallah.
Okay…. back to this balkus dalmation… I baked this bolu couple of weeks back.  This bolu is super duper soft and sweet,  definitely a recipe worth keeping. The only disappointment was that my bolu didn’t “mekar” enough like the one in this blog.  I did make sure that the steamer was on HIGH heat but still tak mekar….tips anyone?

Soft and yummy

Let’s check out the ingredients…..
Ingredients:
  • 120g egg whites (from 5-6 eggs)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 225g sugar
  • 2 tsp emulsifier/ovalett
  • 300g flour
  • 1/4 tsp double action baking powder
  • 200 ml Sprite
  • 30g chocolate rice (or more)
Method:
  1. Heat steamer on high.
  2. Sift together flour and double action baking powder and set aside.
  3. Whisk the egg whites and salt until soft peak (3 mins). Add in sugar a little at a time and add emulsifier, beat till batter fluffy and thick (7mins).
  4. Add in sifted flour and DA baking powder alternating with the sprite. Stir well. Add in chocolate rice.
  5. Scoop the batter into individual cup cake case and steam for 10mins.

Balkus Dalmation yang tak begitu "mekar"

Meringue Kisses

Meringue Kisses

I don’t know why, but my left overs egg white doesn’t seems to finish,…. macam macam dah buat but still ada lagi sikit, so last week I decided to make this meringue. When I first saw the ingredient I knew for sure that Nurin will love it and I was right on the dot he he he. She made her sisters beg for some of these kisses and she made me promised to make some more. To tell you the truth, this kisses is quite easy to make and kids will definitely love it. You can check out the original recipe from here.

A tray of kisses

Sweet and melt in your mouth

Ingredient :

  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • Food colouring

Method:

  1. Beat egg whites until foamy, add in sugar and cream of tartar. Continue to beat till meringue stage. When lift up the beaters, there will be stiff short horns on the beaters.
  2. Add colouring if using. Mix well.
  3. Transfer into piping bag, and pipe small kisses onto baking tray lined with baking paper. Type of tip depending on size and shape of kisses preferred.
  4. Bake in preheated oven, at 120°C for 50 minutes. Then, cool in the oven with oven door ajar.
  5. Once cooled, store in airtight container immediately. Do REMEMBER this because if you leave it outside, in 20 minutes it will be soft and gooey like cotton candy.

Yummy.....

Eid Adha in Kuwait

This year Eid Adha was celebrated on 6th November. In Kuwait,  qurban (animal slaughtering) can be done in the comfort of your house compound or you can choose to do it at  the animal slaughter house.

Slaughter house in Salmiya

If you choose to do it at the animal slaughter house … first, you need to go and view the animals. After you have viewed and decided, you can now proceed to the payment counter. Once you have paid, they will give you a receipt and a number that you need to keep in order to receive your meat.

Sheeps for you to choose....

Now you can proceed to choose your animal for the qurban. Once you have selected your sheep/goat, they will then bring the animal to the slaughter area, you could view the  slaughtering and cleaning process from the observation room. What you have to do next is just wait for your number to be called and receive your meat.

View from the observation room

Almost ready....

For the past 3 years, we did our qurban at the slaughter house, but this year we did our qurban at the Malaysian Embassy and alhamdulillah, it went very well.

Our qurban tahun ni....

Allahuakbar! Allahuakbar!Allahuakbar!

It was nice to see semua orang bergotong royong menjayakan program qurban ini.

Team work!

Good work guys!

Cleaning up....

Schools and government offices were closed for a week for eid, so we took the opportunity to go for a picnic  with few friends at the Green Island. The weather was fantastic.

Haqeem, Arif,Hazeem, Amsyar, Sofea and Jessy

Riash!

Satay... barulah rasa macam raya....

We left the Green Island after azar.... had a wonderful day!

9 DzulHijjah…..

My beloved father.

On 9 DzulHijjah 1418(5 April 1998), my beloved father kembali ke rahmatullah. That year my husband and I actually did not plan to go back for Eid Adha because at that time Nurin just turned 3 months, too small to traveled, furthermore, I just got back to KL and start working after 2 months of confinement in Kelantan, but somehow or another, at the very last minute we decided to go back.

We traveled back to Kelantan 2 days before the Eid and as usual, the traffic was bad, we arrived at my in law’s house in Kuala Krai rather late that night and we decided to rest for the night and balik rumah my parents the next day because I wanted to spend first raya at my parent’s house. Unfortunately, before kita orang sempat sahur the following morning, my sister called and told me that my father just collapsed, so we rushed home. Half way through the journey, my mum called and told me that my father just passed away…. I cant describe how much it hurts hearing those words from my mum but there was nothing I could do to bring him back. Up to now, there are times when thinking about it, I wish that I had traveled home earlier that week and may be… and just may be I could have the opportunity to see him alive one last time… but as Muslims, we have to believe that things happened for a reason… you just have to redha dengan ketentuan Allah.

Ba… you are always in my prayers and semoga rohmu berada disamping orang2 yang beriman. We miss you so much.

Graduated from UM in 1971

Eid Mubarak to everyone from us in Kuwait, we hope that you will have a beautiful Eid with your families.

Friday Market (Souq al-Jum’a)

Friday Market

Friday Market / Kuwait Flea Market is ranked as #17 of 68 things to do in Kuwait by Lonely Planet travelers. Friday market opens from Thursday afternoon until Saturday evening. You will find almost anything you can imagine in this place !! Literally anything…. from carpets, clothes, jewelery, antiques and shoes, to food items, pottery and plants, animals, furnitures and don’t be surprise if you see they are selling “used deodorant” … and  from the looks of it the deodorant has passed their expiry date which was like few years back he he he.

Your visit to Kuwait would not be complete without visiting Friday Market. If you are planning to visit Friday market, be sure to put on your most comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk the whole length of the market to explore all the goods and get a proper feel of the atmosphere.

For Malaysian in Kuwait, Friday Market is  the synonyms used for carpet.  Whenever we have visitors from Malaysia, we will definitely bring them here and for sure they will go crazy about the carpets. There are lots of design to choose from and the prices are definitely cheaper than Malaysia… well, at least that’s what I’ve been told.

Carpet....

All sorts of pattern and quality

Floor cushions are very popular in Kuwait, the prices are varies depending on the quality of the material used.

Floor cushion section

Different pattern of floor cushion

Friday Market also offers you a variety of secondhand items such as TV, furniture, bicycles, electrical goods and lots more.

Secondhand bicycles and treadmills

Secondhand Chandeliers

Trampoline anyone?

One of the secondhand section

You can also get new and secondhand curtain here.

Ready made curtains

So, apa lagi…. jom gi Friday Market!