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Friday, November 27, 2009

203. Hari Raya Aidil Adha

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha today is celebrated very moderately by my family. I didn't cook this year, hubby did, because he offered :P
We do not have open house during this Raya compared to Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. There is just 'makan' among our own family though some do invite close friends to their house or have some 'Tahlil Kenduri'. Ours is always the former one, just family.

So since it was just family hubby cooked only in a small quantity and I suggested we just cooked 2 dishes. He said he would cook 'Ayam Masak Kurma' and I'd like him to cook some 'Kuah Satay' (this is satay gravy and he cooks this well).

Satay Gravy

To eat with the Satay gravy, I asked a friend to cook for me some 'Ketupat Satay'.

Ketupat Satay

Ayam Masak Kurma

We both only ate these food in the late afternoon as we were invited to a friend's house nearby to attend a 'Tahlil Kenduri', this morning. There were some leftover so I will just keep them in the fridge to eat for tomorrow.

On another note, I am writing this at 'Coffeebean & Tea Leaf' at Bintang Mega Mall, while waiting for Aya to come off from work.I am having a glass of hot chocolate. It is quite cold in this air conditioned room.

Hot Chocolate RM9.50

In front of me is this Christmas tree...

Now that reminds me Christmas is just around the corner and soon to be celebrated by all Christians all over the world...another yet festival season to come.


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Thursday, November 26, 2009

202. Sayur Midin

Have you ever eaten this vegetable? It is called 'Sayur Midin' in Sarawak. It is absolutely delicious when cooked with belacan (shrimp paste).
Midin is quite expensive nowadays, and this small bunch down here cost RM2.00. And that is not all, only the tip of the of the fern is used in cooking and the rest is discarded due to its tough fibrous feel. On the other hand, the tip is tender yet crunchy to the bite.

If you go to the areas around Permaijaya or Senadin you can see this vegetable growing wild nearby the roadsides. I have noticed too there are some growing near the roadside of Miri Bypass. This midin grows wild and probably pesticide free.

Anyway hubby bought 2 bunches of these the other day, and I can tell you...it took me almost half an hour to separate the part for cooking and the part to discard. BUT once I have cooked them and ate them hot, fuyooo... they sure was delicious :)

Midin, after separation & before I cook them

To cook, ground 2 - 3 garlic, 1 shallot, several chillies depending how hot you want it to be and about 2" belacan.

Heat up the ingredients in some cooking oil, then add in the midin. Cook until just when its natural juice boils, and then add salt to taste.

Right, eat it while its hot!


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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

201. Eating Out

Is that green water? No, it's wheatgrass drink. Hubby ordered it when we were at SCR this evening. I was expecting some dark colored wheatgrass drink, but not green :) But when I took a sip to try it, it tasted quite nice though, with some smell of pandan smell.

Anyway, hubby asked me to have dinner with him at SCR tonight. I love SCR food. At first it was just the 2 of us but Noormy was off duty around the time we were there so we asked her to join in. And she did.

I asked for SCR Roasted Chicken

Fragrant SCR Chicken Rice

Grounded Chillies & Grounded Ginger plus a bowl of Soup for each of us

Baby Khailan with Oyster Sauce

And delicious affordable Lamb Chop with Black Pepper Sauce!

We had a nice dinner.

I hope you had one too,


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

200. Kek Pandan

I was looking for some cakes to eat and remembered I still keep this 'Kek Pandan' in my fridge. It was some leftover from Last Hari Raya Puasa and I had packed it properly in some plastic sheets and aluminium foil. So I took it out to thaw and then cut them up in little pieces and placed them in a covered glass bowl on the dining table. Our tradition is, whatever are placed on the dining table are for anybody to eat :)

This 'Kek Pandan' is a cake that my daughter Aya got the recipe from her friend. She made it for the first time last Raya and it was a hit among the guests and the family until Aya had to make the cake twice. When Aya ate her friend's cake it was greener than this. I told Aya not to put in too much green colour when she bake it. So it wasn't so much green but the flavour was nice..pandan flavour and pandan smell.

Kek Pandan

It is easy to make and if you like steamed cakes, this is how it is made:

16oz butter
1 tin condensed milk
1 small bottle horlick
2 glasses fine sugar
2 glasses flour
10 eggs
2-3 bottles pandan paste

Beat sugar with butter
Add in eggs one by one
Add in milk, horlick, flour and pandan paste
Beat well and then pour into a square cake container
Cover well with aluminium foil
Steam for 2-3 hours.

This cake was simple and easy to make compared to the other 'Kek Lapis Sarawak' that we had on the table for the guests during last Raya :)


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Sunday, November 22, 2009

199. Mili & Melo

These 2 cats looks so much different from one another, but they are sister & brother. Their father is a Persian cat and their mom is a Siamese. I adopted them when they are about 3 weeks old.

The one with the black nose is a female, she's called MILI and belongs to Aya my third daughter.

Now the one with the ugly ears belongs to me, a male and he is called MELO. He is not so healthy when I adopted him but now he has progressively become more energetic.

And they are very good friends...

I hope you all have had a good weekend!


Saturday, November 21, 2009

198. Anonymous...Dvds...

I seemed to be receiving anonymous comments on my blog, latest one is on my last post. Sadly they weren't related to my posts at all. So I've just changed 'comments' made on this blog only for 'registered users or one with open ID'. Hope that should solve it.

On another note, I've just finished seeing 2 horrid dvds ha ha ha... I said horrid because that's what my girls said, that I like suspense or ghost stories.

I am pretty sure none of you like these dvds that I've just seen, but I like them, and I've been spending my entire late afternoon viewing them on my laptop.

Wrong Turn 3

Haunting of Winchester House

Now I think I've had enough of movies for the day, I need a rest.

Happy Weekend,


Thursday, November 19, 2009

197. Chicken Wings & Pickled Mustard Soup

After the heavy curry chicken that Aya cooked yesterday, today I feel like eating something soupy. There is still one glass bowl of it in the refrigerator though.

So to combine with it, I decided that we eat 'Chicken Wings & Pickled Mustard Soup' for the main meal today. This morning while thinking of what to cook I found about 6 pieces of chicken wings in the fridge. I took them out and soak them in a basin of water, and half an hour later chopped them into small pieces.

Leaving them aside I drove to Servay TT (only a 5 minutes drive away) and bought a packet of pickled mustard (RM1.00 per packet).

When home, I washed and sliced the pickled mustard about 2 inches long. To prepare the soup is quite simple. Just ground 2 inches of ginger, 3 pieces of garlic and throw them into a pot of boiling water (the amount that I want). When boiled, put in the sliced pickled mustard. Let that boiled a bit longer so as the salt taste from the pickled mustard mixed well into the soup. That way, I can add the right amount of salt later. Lastly, sprinkled some white pepper into the soup.

Homemade Chicken Wings & Pickled Mustard Soup

Eat this soup hot, the combination of chicken meat and pickled mustard make it very tasty.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

196. MILI

I caught one of the 5 cats that I looked after seemed to 'watch' tv in my living room downstair.
This is MILI, a female Siamese belonging to my daughter Aya. I just had to take a shot at her, she looks so cute.

As if she knows, huh? :)


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

195. Buah Cempedak

Buah Cempedak

For 2 consecutive days myself and hubby had been eating this fruit 'Cempedak'. There were 2 ripe ones on the table since Monday. So we both ate one on Monday evening and the other one this evening. The rest of the family would'nt even touch this fruit, they just weren't in favour of it at all.

The flesh inside the 'Cempedak'

Actually hubby bought the cempedak because he wanted to eat the seeds. Do you know the seeds can be eaten? I like the seeds too. All I have to do with the seeds was cooked it in water, let it boil as long as, until the seeds are soft. Do not forget to sprinkle some salt to taste. When cooked, sieve away the water, let the seeds cool and eat them as a 'snack' in front of your tv or while at the dinner table chatting with members of the family.

The boiled Cempedak Seeds

But just beware, if you eat too much of these seeds, you'll find yourself giving out a lot of 'wind' from your body :p


Monday, November 16, 2009

194. Prawns Again

Today I cooked more prawns. It is because I love prawns! small prawns, big prawns ha ha..

I cooked these prawns with sliced large onions and some sliced chillies. And the juice was yummy.

So this evening I was still eating prawns.


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Sunday, November 15, 2009

193. Lazy... & Ladys' Fingers

Today is a quiet day for me. I stayed home. So beside light housework and helping with the cooking in the morning, I stayed upstair in my room most part of the afternoon. Resting of course, and resting means either online with my laptop or see tv. Usually, if I am not going out, I keep Sunday a lazy day at home doing minimal housework.

So today it was a lazy day for me. I spent most of my time upstair in my room. It was my free day from looking after my grandson Alif. Aahh... sheer bliss, I said to myself :P

Remember I said I seemed to be eating the vegetable Ladys' Fingers nowadays? Well, this afternoon when I was downstair putting the cats into their cages, I looked into my refrigerator and found there was one more plastic bag of that vegetable there. Hubby bought a lot of prawns today so I said why don't I cook these ladys' fingers with them prawns :)

And I did.

I didn't skin off the whole part of the prawns, I'd prefer that way to preserve the sweetness of the prawns. I know the children will complain they had to take off the skin while eating but that too will keep their hands off the plate of prawns while it is on the table ha ha...

Homemade Ladys' Fingers & Prawns Vegetable

To do a simple 'cooking' , ground 2 'bawang putih', 3 'bawang merah' plus a red chilli. Pour a little cooking oil in a pan, when simmering add these grounded ingredients.
Add in the washed beheaded prawns & the washed sliced ladys' fingers.

When almost cooked, add in salt and 'aji' to taste.

When cooked, serve in a dish.

It was a delicious vegetable dish.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

192. SCR Family Dinner

We had a family dinner at SCR (Singapore Chicken Rice) restaurant, this evening. All came except for my second child, Farok who is 29 years old who lives on his own, he couldn't make it.

SCR has just been renovated and we were also anxious to see it's new surroundings. We weren't disappointed though, we liked the place, and the food were yummy.

Inside the SCR restaurant which has been renovated.

View of the Front Counter

Yummy Food....

We had 2 plates of Roasted Chicken

Baby 'Khailan' cooked with Oyster Sauce

Some more vegetable...

The special cooked rice...

I just love these grounded chillies, with some ketchup on it

Lamb Chop with Black Pepper Sauce, halfway been eaten he he...almost forgot to take a snap of it with my hp :p

I had Teh C

The girls had Blackcurrant Drinks

Present at the dinner was my grandson Alif with his daddy

He had just woken up from his afternoon nap and wasn't particularly in a good mood :)

Noormy, my youngest daughter

Aya,my 3rd daughter who refused to get her pic taken & Zu my eldest daughter, Alif's mother.

Myself & hubby

It was indeed an enjoyable dinner, we chattered amidst Alif's tantrums and wants, which was to me happening in a any normal family.

I hope you had an enjoyable evening too.