Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Eid Mubarak!

Pfft! Been wanting to post this but I kept procrastinating. Ahh..finally, here I am!!

My boys all ready to go beraya :D

Raya was GREAT!! I really enjoyed the makan2 and sembang kosong. Of course, asking for forgiveness from one another is a must *grin*. After all, we are all humans. Thee hee hee!

The bestest part before raya, is receiving hampers. LOL! I love hampers. Who doesn't right?

Got this from Mulia events. Some kuih2 raya, chocs and sparkling juice.

from HN Studio (another event agency)

from Playhouse Disney (Astro)

cute or what? Coincidentally I have been following the founder of Delectable's blog.
Finally I got the taste of her baked goodies :D

Rayn couldn't wait to eat one of those Mickey mouse cookies. Biasa lah kids :}

Anyway, my eldest son negotiated with me before raya. He wanted presents instead of duit raya (money). I told him that we'll go with his idea if he behaves. And he did :D On top of that he helped me with hanging washed laundry (I only wash undergarments and pyjamas. Thank goodness the rest, goes to the laundry), he kept his room tidy, he washed his cups and plates after eating (including Rayn's cups and plates), he did all of his homework and workbooks (given by mommy) without me reminding him.

So we decided to reward him with a Wii. Wii is fun. I thought it was just going to be for our boys only but we (hubby and I) really enjoy playing tennis and bowling late at night when the boys are asleep. HEHEHE!

Boys playing baseball. Eddy the pitcher and Rayn the batter :D

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Syawal is just around the corner :D

I did a raya video. It's a compilation of raya pics from past years :D.

Eid Mubarak to all!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kuih Raya Cornflakes

I have not been making kuih raya or biscuits for ages. So, I'm not a pro but this is very easy to do :D

The things you need :-
125g butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup flour (sifted)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
Cut candied cherries or sultanas (amount is up to you)
2 cups cornflakes (lightly crushed)
*if you already have self-raising flour then you don't need to add baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

It's very simple. I don't have step by step pictures as I would normally do because I was a tad busy that day. Anyway, it's very simple. first, mix butter and sugar until light and creamy. Then add an egg and mix together. Add sifted flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and mix well. Add candied cherries (make sure to cut it into little bits) or sultanas and 1 cup of crushed cornflakes at once and mix. Once it's all mixed scoop some batter with teaspoon and roll it onto the remaining crushed cornflakes and place it a baking tray and bake for 20minutes at 180C.

Once it's all baked...leave it on a rack to cool before storing. :D Have fun baking!
And Selamat Hari Raya!

Monday, September 7, 2009

My father turns 70!

Happy Birthday Ayah! We love you :)

My father surrounded with cucus (grandchildren). Such a muhibbah family kan? This is One Malaysia. LOL! My father half Pakistan half Malay, My mom Malay and Thai (along the way), My nieces and nephew half Indian half Malay, my other nieces Chinese Malay, I married a malay guy. Hehehe! One thing good is that my boys don't look at other races any different because in my family itself dah macam-macam colour ada. :)

My father is 70! I still can't believe it! I still remember when he turned 50. How time flies. He said age is just a number. What's more important is how you feel right ;) Well, I feel 18. LOL!

I was at my parents house last weekend for berbuka puasa and also to celebrate my father's 70th birthday. Seriously, I don't think he even look 70. Hehehe!
My father is a DIY man, he's good at it too. Painting, drilling, knocking, I think he can even build a house on his own. LOL! And he's health conscious. He used to go to the gym with my mom 3 times a week but sometimes we all do yoga or aerobics with Jane Fonda on a video tape at home together. Now he goes for walks and also dancing at Lake Club. He and my mom have their own 'Warga Emas' geng. I think it's good that they have friends and they enjoy dancing.
I'm quite like my father. I do the DIY stuff in my house. Al doesn't have to lift a finger to fix anything (unless it's really heavy). I enjoy fixing! I have my own tool box :) I also love gyming and I'm health conscious.

Besides the macho stuff, my father can cook too. Hehehe! He used to cook quite often when I was younger. He made pizza with bread not pizza crust, he cook/grilled steaks, kebabs and also BBQ on some weekends. So rajin kan? :D My sisters and I would help out a little like bringing out the plates and preparing the table. My mom would prepare salad. Sigh. Those were the days *smiling*

As much as I love my life now, I love reminiscing my childhood years spending time holidaying with my parents and sisters. Besides the regular vacation I love it whenever my father had work to do in the East Coast. My father used to worked for Rothmans (now it's British American Tobacco) for 30 years. Every year he visits the tobacco plantations and offices in the East Coast. He would bring the whole family along because it's usually end of the year and it is a school holiday. I used to look forward to this road trip every single year. I'd draw smiley faces on my calendar with a marker pen. Hehehe! It's always fun. My father would wake us up really early and take us to the beach before he gets all busy with work. My mom doesn't really like going to the beach, She was afraid if we get in the water the current will pull us in. She would take us to the pool instead. But it was still fun.
Every year we would start with 2 nights in Kuantan, 2 nights in Teregganu and 2 nights in Kota Bharu Kelantan then we would balik kampung to visit my grandparents in Perlis up north. That time there wasn't any highway. Just imagine, 2 way road with lorries, cars, motorcycles, etc. Darn scary ok. One unforgettable experience was back in the 80's when we were in Mentakab Kuantan, we couldn't go home because the area was surrounded with water..yes FLOOD. We were stranded in Mentakab. There wasn't any decent hotel so we had to stay at a rumah tumpangan. I couldn't sleep that night. I was too worried but I think I dozed off due to tiredness. The next day, my father's company driver came to the rescue with a Land Rover. I was so happy. I can't image staying another night at that place. LOL!

Below pictures from last weekend...

Eddy and Marea did a birthday card for their Atuk.

Enjoying the sinful strawberry yogurt cheese cake with my first born.

My nieces, nephew and my boys playing with sparklers.

My silly nephew Mohsien the fire eater. LOL! (kids don't try this at home)

Rayn didn't know what to do with it.

We also bought those pop-pop thingy. It was all over the floor. I hope someone sweeps the floor. ;}

My beautiful niece Soraya. She says POUT is the new SMILE. sigh. Macam2 lah.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cake Batik

Cake Batik is very easy cake to make. Well, it's not actually a cake. No baking is required. LOL! It's yummy and I love eating it on a cold rainy day. My boys loves this too!

All you need is :-
Some marie biscuit
5 sachets of Milo 3 in 1 {or about 7 tablespoon (or more) of regular Milo and about 2 tablespoon (or more) of sugar}
1 teaspoon of coco powder
1/2 cup of water
2 eggs
50gm butter (salted)

Over low fire, heat water and add coco powder, Milo 3 in 1 (or plain Milo with sugar) and stir. Once it's all mixed, add butter and stir until it melts. Don't forget to taste it. Because some coco powder is more bitter than the other so add a lil more of sugar if it's bitter or more Milo if you like it.
Then add the eggs one by one and quickly stir until it thickens. Make sure it coats the back of spoon and not runny. Stir until thickened to the right consistency for jam or dip or sauce.

Leave it aside to cool for a while. While waiting for it to cool, break the marie biscuit into 1/2 or 1/4 totally up to you as long as it isn't crumbs.

melting butter in a saucepan.

broken marie biscuit. Don't brake the whole packet of marie biscuit.
I broke some and add as I go along. I prefer less biscuit.

coat the biscuit in batter

cover mould with cling wrap

arrange them flat

cover with cling wrap and press the biscuit so that there isn't any gap.
Then put it in the fridge for a good 4 hours or more.

Once it's cooled turn it upside down and take it out of mould. My cake was still crispy it crumbles when I cut it. Eddy couldn't wait...he had to have a piece of it. Anyways, when you take it out from the fridge leave it out for a while.

This is what's left of it at the end of the day. :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

Yesterday was Malaysia's 52nd year of independence. I'm proud to be a Malaysian. This year's theme is One Malaysia meaning Malay, Chinese and Indian as one. I have lots of Chinese friends, Indian, mix of both races as well as other races. Malaysia is ethically diverse and nationally united country.

On the eve of Merdeka my boys waited in anticipation to catch the fireworks display but this year it's less celebratory. Maybe to respect the holy month of Ramadan and also to avoid people from congregating and swapping germs. So there wasn't any fireworks display.

This is the cupcake I did last year for my son's kindy. But he didn't get the chance to eat it. I forgotten to write my son's name and class on the box. Duh! It probably ended in another class :(

There were so many food and cakes to be eaten on that day. Everyone gave a generous contribution.

My son's ex-kindergarten. Too bad we won't be putting Rayn in this school next year.

Eddy having a blast dancing to tarian Melayu (Malay dance). It was fun! Kids, parents and teachers dancing to tarian Melayu, Indian dance and Chinese dance. Besides Chinese, Malay and Indian students, there were African, Korean, Japanese and Portuguese all in their respective national costumes. This is One Malaysia :D