May and June were the 2 most stressful months for me for the last 4 years and it has not changed much for this year. Having said that, I think I have learn to let go certain thing over the course of these 4 years and I think I am more relaxed this year with the whole exam thingy… lucky for Sofea. For some of my friends who have kids taking IGSCE exam for the first time, I can see how stressful this must have been for them.. looking at them took me back 5 years ago when Aina took her IGCSE hehehe… breathe in breath out Mummies!
As of last saturday Sofea has completed 12 papers and she still has 4 more to go. Last 2 papers gonna be English and they will be conducted during Ramadhan… I hope I can have an IGCSE/A level stress free for the next 3 years as Jasmine will only take her IGCSE in 2020 insyaallah.
Unlike in Malaysia where there are tons of tuition center around, here.. to get additional help outside school is very difficult. The teachers are not willing to do a paid tuition classes because of the law but they always do extra lessons after school.. just that sometimes those extra classes are not enough. Besides that, there are no practice questions being published like the one in Malaysia that can hep the kids to do extra work.. they only rely on the questions given by the teachers and also the past papers. I remembered when I was doing my SPM… my days were filled with doing sample questions just to familiarize myself with different type of questions. Here.. you only rely on teachers and school .. sigh!
Enough with that.. okay.. what can I say about Rainbow cake… hmmm this cake I baked for Haqeem’s birthday quite sometimes ago. It was quite sweet for my liking, but my kids absolutely loved them. It was a hit among some of my friends and I have baked this cake more than 5 times for the last few months. If you have time, do try and bake this cake as the kids would definitely love the taste and not to mention the colours. For this cake I used Swiss buttercream frosting as it is not too sweet and it will compliment the cake. The recipe was taken from Diva can Cook.
- 2½ cups white granulated sugar (you can reduce the sugar to 2 cups as I think the cake is a bit sweet)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Food coloring: red, yellow, blue, green
- Swiss buttercream
- Preheat oven to 160 C.
- Generously grease and flour 6 (9-inch) cake pans. I only had 3 pans so I had to bake in two rounds.
- In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter.
- Mix in eggs until thoroughly incorporated.
- Mix in vanilla extract, buttermilk and heavy cream.
- Mix in half of the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- When mixture is combined, mix in the rest of the flour.
- Divide the batter into six bowls (I weigh the batter and divide them by 6)
- Add food coloring to each bowl to create a vibrant red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. (see note on how to make colors)
- Pour each colored batter into the prepared pans and spread out into an even layer. (layers will be thin)
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until center is set.
- Remove from oven and let cakes cool in the pan until pans are warm enough to touch.
- Run a spatula around the edges of the pans to loosen the cake and then very carefully remove the cakes from the pans.
- Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.
- Place the violet layer down first and frost.
- Followed by the blue layer, green layer, yellow layer, orange layer and finally the red layer. (frost between each layer)
- Frost the whole cake.( I did the naked cake style.. )
- Slice & serve!
Last Wednesday and Thursday the kids’ school was closed because it was raining heavily in Muscat. We, Malaysians actually looking forward to rain as it remind us of home.. the sound of the rain and the after rain smell.. aah.. makes me miss Malaysia even more. Unfortunately here, it doesn’t happen a lot but whenever it rains and pours, a lot of places will be flooded, wadis will overflowing and many lives will be lost as people refuse to listen to the authority and stay away from the wadi crossing. Wadi crossing is very dangerous as the current is very strong and can sweep a 4X4 car in seconds. This wadi crossing can be found everywhere even in the city and if it rains cats and dogs.. the road that go thru this area will be flooded. So, for the kids’ safety, the Ministry of Education decided to close all schools on Wednesday and Thursday. Below are some pictures taken from Times of Oman..
So.. since there was nothing much to do.. I decided to whip up something that was on my to do make/bake list for a long time. Come to think of it.. the girls have been asking for this before Aina and Nurin left for UK.. so.. definitely more than 6 months. Honestly I don’t know why I didn’t do sooner as the recipe was very easy… maybe because of the MALAS mode hehehe. Anyway, the recipe was taken from recipegirl blog and maybe next time I will make the chocolate chip cookie dough brownies like her.
Okay, here is the recipe…
- 3/4 cup salted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar.
- Mix in milk and vanilla.
- Mix in flour just until combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate until the dough is quite firm. Ready to eat.
Kids love eating this cookie dough with ice cream.
Is this my first posting in 2016? ..and it is March already? Well.. time surely flies when you are having fun hahaha. Whatever it is I surely want to say Alhamdulillah.. thank you Allah for all the good and the bad things that came my way in 2015… things that make you sad the most is actually a blessing.. coz Allah is giving you a chance to cry and beg for His mercy and guidance.. to make you closer to Him. Kalau happy memanjang, doa lepas solat tu baca macam baca script aje.. tapi kalau time susah tu.. doa dgn penuh emotion.. betul tak?
So.. my very first posting this year I want to start with something sweet, colourful and fattening hehehe.. just look at the amount of butter that it uses. Whatever it is… this cake is truly worth trying… moist and delicious. Thank you to Rima Bisous A Toi for sharing the recipe. You can checkout the original posting here.
700g eggs – abt 12 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla paste – i didnt hv so i substitute with use 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
1/2 tsp milk paste – i didnt hv so i substitute with use 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
325g low protein flour – i use normal flour
300g butter (or butter substitute) – i used 700g normal Lurpak butter
1/2 tsp spekkeok powder
purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red colour paste
- Preheat oven 160C.. grease 8″ baking pan
- Whisk butter till creamy – put aside
- In another bowl, whisk ingredients A until fluffy.
- Add ingredients B – beat again until blended. Add ingredients C – beat again until blended
- Weigh your batter and divide it by 13 (the number of layers)
- Part 1 (equivalent to 7 layers) – add spekoek powder
- Part 2 (equivalent to 6 layers/divided into six bowls) – add colour paste to each bowl
- Once ready.. pour about 164g of spekkeok batter (plain batter) into your baking pan and bake it for 10mins..
- Change your oven setting to grill mode and pour in purple batter.. this is how the layer should be.. plain – purple – plain – blue – plain – green – plain – yellow – plain – orange – plain – red – plain.
- On the last layer bake it using grill mode until brown changing it to bottom heat and bake a further 5 to 10 mins.
My homemade cek mek molek
Kids are on winter break, weather is superb and the other half is working… totally no fun hehehe. Looking forward to tomorrow tho.. taking a short trip to Musandam since it’s gonna be a 3 day weekend. My other half and his bike buddies gonna ride and I am gonna drive with the kids. Hopefully I can stay awake for this 5 hours drive. Being told that the scenery from Muscat to Musandam is breathtaking.. looking forward to the scenery but not the driving part. Insyaallah it will be fine as my other half said that he will stop every 2 hrs for stretching but knowing him.. we most probably will make more stops.. why? Well.. he loves photography.. so he definitely will stop to take pictures. Biiznillah.. I will share some photos and also write the driving experience to Musandam in future posting.
Enough with the blabbering.. lets look at this lovely kuih. Cek Mek Molek .. direct translation will be Beautiful Lady. This is a traditional Kelantanse kuih and is very similar to kuih keria except that this kuih has the sugar on the inside instead of the sugar coating on the outside. This kuih only has 3 ingredients; sweet potato, flour and sugar. Normally if you buy from the stall.. the amount of sugar inside this kuih is almost none.. come on people.. this kuih will never be cek mek molek if there is no sugar inside. I know that sugar is expensive but I don’t mind paying a bit more for a good amount of sugar in this kuih. Well.. my mum always say.. “if you not happy with the quality.. make yourself.”.. hmmm I dont mind making them when I am away from home but if I am in Kelantan.. my MALAS sickness always kick in hehehe. So.. today I’m gonna share with you the recipe for this cek mek molek.
- 400g sweet potatoes
- 100g flour
- Boil the sweet potatoes till tender. Drain and let it cood slightly
- Mashed the cool sweet potatoes and add in the flour. Mix until it forms into a pliable dough. Note that the amount of flour stated is a rough estimation.. please add or reduce as required.
- Take a small portion of the dough about the size of a ping pong ball and flatten it. Put 1/2 tsp of sugar in the middle and fold the dough to cover up the sugar and form it into a long oval shape.
- Heat up some oil, deep fry until golden brown
Tak leh makan banyak2.. nanti kencing manis hehehe
I sometimes make it in larger quantity so that I can freeze them. If you want to make a frozen cek mek molek, I would suggest you fry them half cook, let them cool, put in a ziplock bag and place them in the freezer.
Waffle with whipped cream and blueberries
Breakfast is one of the things that really stress me out. It has to be quick and at the same time can appeal to your kids appetite especially very early in the morning. I hate it if I made something and it is left untouched by them… and normally if they do that, the next morning they will have cereals for breakfast hehehe. I know I know.. I am a terrible mother. Don’t have to state the obvious…
Normally I do make things that they love in advance and freeze them such as rissoles and murtabak filling, so in the morning, I just need to fry them or assemble a mini murtabak for breakfast. So.. this waffle was made to see if it is worthy enough to make it to the breakfast table hahaha. I made the whole batch last week and it yielded about 16 small squares of waffles. I freezed a few squares and last weekend I reheated them up using the toaster and the waffle iron. Both turned up to be okay but my preference is still using waffle iron. I am pleased to tell you that this recipe is good enough to be another frozen food items in the freeze hehehe.
Belgium style waffle iron
Oh.. if any of you guys are wondering about the taste… I give 2 thumbs up for this recipe.. crunchy and lovely. Recipe was taken from Taste of Home with a little twist of my own.
Crunchy.. just the way I like it
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3-1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1-1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp red coloring
- 1/2 tsp vinegar
- cream frosting, sliced fresh strawberries or syrup
- In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add milk, butter, vanilla, vinegar and red coloring; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
- Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Serve with cream cheese frosting, strawberries or syrup.
Look at the colour.. love it
Wrinkled top chocolate brownies
It has been almost 6 weeks since Aina and Nurin left for UK. Everyday we talk via whatsapps and at least 2 times a week we do video call via hangouts. They update us about everything … last week we even did a video call while they were choosing their winter jackets just because they wanted our opinion on the jackets hehehe.. Some might say that we are too involved but who cares… we will always be here to give our opinion when asked! To tell you the truth, I think the girls are lucky to have a very caring dad.. always there to give opinion asked or not hehe. I sometimes lambat tengok message.. selalu terlepas keretapi in giving opinion. You should see him talking to the girls on the way to the airport… nasihat nasihat and more nasihat. My mum said she has never seen such a concern father… well, it was not easy for us to let them go especially we have never been apart. May Allah protect them always.
Sending them to UK was a good move.. why? When they were with us here they rarely cook but alhamdulillah now they have been sending us the photo of dishes that they made and I am so proud of them. Last night they made lasagna and it looked pretty delicious hehehe. Last week Ein made truffles and a couple of weeks before Aina baked Red Velvet Brownies… well done girls, Umi and Ayah are so proud of you two. I guess living away from home forces you to cook and bake things that remind you of home…
Okay.. back to our recipe today.. chocolate brownies kedut… quite famous sekarang kat Malaysia. I simply have to try it to see what the fuss is all about. Verdict? Yummy and totally worth it. Very chocolaty and will satisfy all the chocolate lovers out there. The recipe is taken from blog Azlita Masam Manis. Please try if you have the time.
Happy Baking people!
- 400 g bittersweet chocolate – chopped
- 150 g unsalted butter
- 100 g brown sugar
- 100 g sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 100 g self raising flour *
- 30 g cocoa powder * (* sifted)
- Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler.
- In another bowl, combine eggs, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla using whisk.
- Pour egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and mix well.
- Fold in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
- Pour the batter into greased and lined 10″X10″ baking pan.
- Bake at 160C for 30 mins then off the oven and let the brownies sit in with door ajar for another 15 min.
Soft and gooey texture… just the way brownies should be.
My homemade Red Velvet brownies
Assalamualaikum and a very good day people. Hope life is treating you well. It has been a while since my last posting.. I believe that 16 March was the last time I update this blog. Honestly.. have not been baking much for the last 7 months… life took an unexpected turn and wiped out all my mood for baking.. Well.. there are things that are beyond your control and there is nothing you can do to prevent it.. so, redha aje la as they are tests from Allah. I am taking the approach that these tests are signs that Allah loves you.. He wants to pull you close to Him and always remember Him. May Allah grant me patience.. Ameen.
Well..just a little update on what had happened during the last 7 months… my 2 girls left for UK to further their studies last Sept. Aina is doing her Bachelor Degree in Mathematics for Business and Finance at Portsmouth University and Nurin is doing her Foundation in Law at College of Portsmouth. The process of applying for the visa, accommodation and other stuff were really challenging .. it really made my other half and me appreciate all the government had done for us dulu. In sha Allah if I have time, I will try to write the whole experience and guide/tips for parents who want to send their kids to UK.
Hmmm what else happened???? Aaaa.. we were fortunate enough to be Allah’s guest for the Hajj baru ni.. Alhamdulillah. Honestly there were times that I have lost hope to go for hajj this year but my other half keep on telling me to dua and ins sha Allah he said if Allah wants us to be his guest, He will give us the way and means to go. The schedule for us to leave for hajj clashed with the schedule for Aina and Nurin to leave for UK… I was really patah semangat but alhamdulillah, Allah sent us a friend that offered his help to take care of the girls once they arrived in London. Thank you Kazan and Angah for doing this.
Orait.. lets look at the recipe that I want to share today. This is the 2nd time I baked this brownies and my girls love them very much. This recipe is taken from here.
Made yesterday and this morning tinggal 5 slices aje
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour*
- ½ tsp Baking Powder*
- A pinch of Salt* (* combined)
- 2 oz Bittersweet Chocolate – chopped
- 113g Unsalted Butter – diced
- 1¼ cups Castor Sugar
- 1 tbsp Red Coloring
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- 1 tsp Vinegar
- 2 large Eggs
- Melt chopped chocolate and butter in microwave and stir to mix.
- Add in sugar using a rubber spatula.
- Add in red coloring, vanilla essence and vinegar; stir to combine.
- Add in eggs one by one while stirring.
- Add in flour mixture* and stir until just combined.
- Pour brownie batter into greased and lined 8½” baking pan.
- Bake 170C for 35-40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely.