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Monday, April 25, 2011

405. Our Little Escapade

At 6am this morning Zu and I went for our little escapade.... :p

We drove to Permyjaya to Mc Donald Drive Thru (near Emart Supermarket) to have breakfast.

I know all of you are familiar with this Mc D Drive Thru or Mc Donald and the food there. But in Miri there is only one Mc Donald's Drive Thru (this one I am telling) and the other one is Mc Donald's restaurant at Bintang Mega Mall. And only this Drive Thru offers breakfast meals. The place, it's about 14 km from our house. It is quite far and we've been only once there at the drive thru.

First we both want to enjoy the drive there. The drive would be nice without Alif around (for once LOL... & I think Zu deserves a break, to be alone with me) . We chose early morning because Alif would be still sleeping with his father and everyone else are still sleeping as well). And it's not hot. And the restaurant at the drive thru (because we want to sit down) would be still empty.

Today is Monday, hubby would be off to outstation driving to Niah and Selangau etc to send the chickens. And he isn't eating today (Puasa, which means fasting).

We both have the next couple of hours to ourselves.

So you can imagine what bliss it was to enjoy all these.... ? :)
We bought the family meal for 2 persons... the coffee was delicious.

I ate the omelette with the buns

Zu ate the burger

There were 2 pancakes, I ate one with some honey syrup and Zu ate the other

I like Mc Donald's food, they always stressed on cleanliness and the food are nicely packed.

The place was still empty. We enjoyed the emptiness and the quietness.

Besides these there is also a play space for children. We both thought it would be terrific to bring Alif here one morning.

We left the place at 730am.

Bye Mc D. Thanks for the lovely time.

Don't you do little escapade like we did?


Friday, April 22, 2011

404. A Nice Lunch

My soupy dish today was 'Sayur Cangkok Manis, Kobis and Karet Masak Lemak'. All vegetables... :)

Hubby can't eat without something soupy so since I have some leftover cabbage and one carrot in the fridge, I decided to mix in some sayur Cangkok (cangkor) manis as well.

My Sayur Cangkok Manis, Kobis and Karet Masak Lemak

To prepare :-

1. Cut all the vegetables, washed clean and drip dry in a sieve.

2. Keep aside.

To Cook :-

1. Saute 3 moderate small red onions, 3 garlic, 2 red chillies and half a tablespoon of belacan (shrimp paste) - (all grounded).

2. When aromatic, add in a cup of water. Let boiled.

3. Add in the vegetables.

4. Add in a packet of Cocolin Coconut powder (diluted in water).

5. Add some more water same level as the vegetables.

6. Let boiled under moderate fire.

7. Add salt or if you want some ajinomoto to taste.

8. Eat while it's hot with white rice.

Early this morning a fisherman friend gave hubby some 1 1/2 kilo of very fresh squids (sotong). I didn't want to keep it too long in the fridge so I cooked it immediately. But myyy...don't I hate cleaning these squids, all the ink also came out ha ha...

Sotong Masak Kicap

Like I always said, bila masak kicap semua pun laku! and so easy!

To prepare, of course after cutting them up, I cleaned and drip dry in a sieve.

To Cook :-

1. Saute sliced one big onion, 3 garlic and 2 red chillies (sliced).

2. Add in half a cup of water.

3. Add in half a cup of dark soy sauce (kicap).

4. Add in a tablespoon of sugar.

5. Add in the cut squids.

5. Stir well and quickly.

6. Add a pinch of salt and ajinomoto to taste.

7. As soon as boiled place in a glass bowl or plate.

8. Eat while hot and enjoy the crispiness of the squids.

We had a nice lunch. Hope yours went well too :)


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

403. Merisik

Yesterday 19th April was a Special Day for my youngest daughter Noormy.

It was her 'Majlis Merisik Day' :)

'Merisik' also means 'Bertekul' in Malay. It's a day when a boy send his parents or representatives or relative to a girl's house to ask if she would be his future fiancee and wife to be in life. A gold ring and some token of money will be given as soon as the girl agrees and a date for an engagement ceremony (Majlis Pertunangan) will be fixed.

That's what happened yesterday evening and even though it was a very small meeting between us, Mak isah was quite busy entertaining the guests then.

To my darling Noormy, Congrats & I love you.

Sharing these pictures of the simple ceremony to you dear friends :)

The boy's eldest sister putting a gold ring on Noormy's finger

Then giving Salam to her

Some money as a Token

The men looking upon - from left, Noormy's ayah angkat, Noormy's dad and the boy's brother in law

From right - Noormy's ibu angkat (she looked after Noormy when she was small) and in blue one of the boy's elder sister

And Mak isah ... happy to see Noormy happy :)

Love you all,
Mak isah


Sunday, April 17, 2011

402. A Fishy Menu

Yesterday morning I was in a hurry to finish making this 'Umai Ikan Tenggiri' before going to voting. Late too. Hubby and I had wanted to leave the house at 930am earlier on. Instead we left at 1030am. But all went well.

But geram la tengok these Mackerel that my SIL caught offshore. See?

I have talked in a previous post about making this 'Umai' here but with 'Asam Paya' (Asam Rumbia).

This time I used a lot of limes and vinegar instead.

About 30 t0 35 limes

And these...Except for the cili padi (which you can either ground or sliced) , slice the ginger and onions into small thin slices.

Preparation for 'Umai' you can read it here. :)

My ready made 'Umai Ikan Tenggiri'

A'ahh...for 2 hours I made this 'Umai' preparation, right from I started slicing the Mackerel flesh into tiny slices to the tasting whether 'cukup masam, masin dan pedas nya' :p

But I got that ready for lunch before going voting.

When I came home after the vote, I cooked this...

Ikan Tenggiri Masak Kicap

Luckily my eldest daughter Zu had fried some Ikan Tenggiri, so all I need to prepare was the sauce.

To Prepare the Ketchup Sauce :-

1. Saute 1 large onion, 1 garlic, 1 inch ginger and 1 fresh red chilli (all sliced) in a pan.

2. When aromatic, pour 1 cup of water and add 1/2 cup of Dark Soy Sauce (kicap) in.

3. Let boiled for 2 minutes.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar, salt to taste.

5. Pour sauce over the arranged fried cut fish.

Menu was a 'fishy' menu he he....


Friday, April 15, 2011

401. Simple Sweet Sour Chicken

So..it's 2 minutes to voting day for Sarawak. Mak isah also going out voting with hubby later in the morning.

To all the people of Sarawak have a good voting day!

For Lunch we had a 'Simple Sweet Sour Chicken'.

1. To prepare, we need to cut, clean one whole chicken.

2. Drip dry the cleaned cut chicken in a sieve.

3. Dip each chicken cut in a bowl of beaten egg then spread it with 'Kentucky All Purpose' flour.

Kentucky All Purpose Flour

4. Deep fry in hot cooking oil.

5. Fry all the cut chicken the same way until finish.

6. Keep aside in a large flat glass dish or plate.

They are all fried. At this point my girls can't wait so they started to 'curi makan' without waiting for the sauce.

1. To prepare the sauce, cut one large onion, ginger, one red chilli and 1 garlic.

2. Saute these ingredients. Add one cup of water.

3. Add one cup of 'Maggi Tomato Sauce'. You may add another cup of water if you want more sauce.

4. Add a teaspoon of Cornflour. Stir well.

5. Add some cut pineapple and cucumber pieces in.

Some Cut Pineapple and Cucumber Pieces

5. Add a tablespoon of sugar and salt to taste.

6. Let boil under small fire for 2 minutes.

7. Pour the sauce onto the fried chicken.

Serve hot with white rice.


1. Keep sauce aside if you are not eating immediately. Pouring the sauce will let it seeps into the chicken.
2. Some Kentucky All Purpose flour is more salty so there is no need to marinate the chicken with some salt before frying.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

400. A Walk on The Stones

We were at the City Fan this evening. To walk on the stones.

At 4pm hubby said,' Let's go walk on the stones at City Fan'. Hubby just recovered from his swollen left knee and didn't jog for the whole week. What he used to do was jog at the Outdoor Stadium then went over to City Fan walked on the stones.

Today we just walked on the stones. Zu and Alif also tagged along.

I need to wear my socks if I walked on the stones. It was too painful without them. But walking on these stones sure feel good, like massaging the soles of my feet.

Hubby can walk barefooted. I am glad to see he is walking without his 'tongkat' now.

This was how the stones look like. You can choose to walk on the small embedded stones or the larger ones. There was quite a lot of people and children around this evening.

Zu brought Alif to sit near the fish pond looking at the fishes. Alif enjoys this type of outing.

And of course we all end up at the 'Cendol and Rojak' shop after wards.

Have a Nice Evening Everyone!


Friday, April 8, 2011

399. Harschcake Kentang

Harschcake Kentang

My 3rd daughter Aya was off yesterday. Since Mak isah was busy looking after hubby who wasn't well, she monopolize the kitchen :)

She made this 'Harschcake Kentang' for yesterday's evening tea for me and hubby. Mak isah so proud of her Mak isah want to share the recipe with you.

Ingredients :-

5 potatoes

8 mushrooms (tin type) cut into cubes

120gm Cheddar Cheese (grated)

1 cup flour

1 egg

Salt and white pepper to taste

To Prepare :-

1. Boil the potatoes 3/4 cooked. Grate the potatoes through a medium size hole grater.

2. Mix in the mushrooms and the cheese as well as the potatoes together in a bowl.

3. Beat the egg lightly and add in as well.

4. Add in the flour.

5. Add salt and pepper.

To Cook :-

1. Heat a little oil in a non stick pan.

2. Spread a little flour over your left palm and place some of the dough on to it.

3. Press with your right hand fingers until it is flat like a pancake or shaped like a hash brown potatoes.

4. Place onto the heated pan and cooked until brown on both sides.

5. Eat while hot with some chilli sauce or by itself together with hot tea.

Have a nice tea time!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

398. Mak Isah Pray

Today Mak isah sad, because when hubby came home at 730am from his night duty, he said he can't walk properly on his left leg as his knee is painful and still swollen. He said he had a hard time last night while on duty, his knee giving him more pain than yesterday evening.

Inside I am frightened but tried to keep a brave face. This sort of thing never happened before. He was such a healthy and strong man. Even when he had some pain here and there before he recovered after a good massage or a rub with some ointment. This time no. He refused stubbornly to let me bring him to the hospital or a doctor, saying this was an old injury he had while he played rugby 20 or 25 years ago.

So it was such a consolation when he said he is off today from his day work as a lorry driver. Remember I said he was a workaholic, he has 2 jobs since he retired, as a Night Supervisor at a Shell Station and as a Lorry Driver sending halal chickens to restaurants and schools in the rural areas like Niah and Bakong.

So today, besides baby sitting Alif while in our room I accompanied hubby while he lie and rest in bed.

While he was sleeping Mak isah sent him breakfast. I know he must be hungry, woke him up gently and asked him to eat the food and hot tea.

This picture here...Mak isah took it before Mak isah woke him up. I know if I take it when he wakes up he will never let me he he... (that's why the picture isn't as good as I want it to be).

Roti Canai with Curry, Nasi Goreng with fried Ikan Bilis, Hot Tea.

Mak isah pray my 'sweetie' will get better quickly.


Monday, April 4, 2011

397. Sharing Another...

Today has been a hectic day for me. I was out driving and buying our monthly supply of groceries.
I am feeling pretty exhausted but could not sleep so I turned to my blog.

As I have said earlier on my picture of 'Potato Soup and Glass Noodles & Eggs' (my last entry) keeps disappearing off which I don't know why. I have uploaded it again and let's hope this time it stays (cross fingers).

By the way, Mak isah wants to share some thing with you all.

Mak isah have started to crochet again! And have just created another blog for it.

Earlier on Mak isah want to blog about it here tapi...tak kan la nak campur masakan dan crochet kan?

So now Mak isah have 2 blogs, hopefully I have the energy to keep update but definitely BLINDPERFECT will be my primary blog.

So please do support & leave your love :)

Mak isah.


Friday, April 1, 2011

396. Potato Soup with Glass Noodles & Eggs

I am sure many of you know this recipe. I cooked it this afternoon.

Masa Mak Isah baru kawin dulu2, ini la resipi pertama Mak Isah cooked for hubby. Waktu tu mana la tau reti nak masak kan, hingga hubby mungkin naik bosan makan LOL...(tak de la dia gitau apa-apa) :p

But until today this remains something that I like to cook, especially on a rainy day or a lazy day. Today it is sunny so I must be lazy.

In fact I woke up late and went down stair to the kitchen late too. Woke up at 800am, spent an hour online and when I went down to the kitchen at 900am it's too late to soak anything from the freezer into the basin. I wasn't in the mood to eat chicken(in my fridge) today so decided to cook something simple. So off I went to the Servay Hypermarket near my house.

I bought a small packet of glass noodles (tang hoon), some potatoes and a small tray of eggs.

Reached home at 10am and had breakfast with Zu and only cooked at 1115am.

To prepare :-

1. Peel off skin of 5 - 6 moderate sized potatoes, cut into small cubes and washed clean.

2. Soak the glass noodle in water.

3. Break 2 eggs into a bowl.

To Cook :-

1. Saute 4 garlic, 5 small shallots and 4 red cili padi (all grounded).

2. Add half a teaspoon of belacan (shrimp paste) - optional.

3. When aromatic, add a cup of water and let boil for 2 minutes.

4. Add in the washed potatoes.

5. Add water same level as your potatoes or according to how much soup you want.

6. Let boiled until potatoes are soft.

7. Add in the eggs and glass noodles.

8. Add salt to taste.

With this hot soup Mak Isah also fried some 'Ikan Bilis' (Ikan Pusuk) to eat it with hot rice.

Enjoy :)



P/S. CAN SOMEONE HELP MAK ISAH? Have upload this picture several times (it's what Mak isah always does, FROM MY PICASA TO BLOG, don't how this time the picture keeps disappearing after published.

So this time have uploaded direct from blog as 'UPLOAD IMAGE' , hope it stays this time.

SORRY GUYS, even Temuk asked where's the picture :(

Will come online later tonight as now need to go to EMART SUPERMARKET.

Mak isah.