A Comeback of Sorts?


Doing what I do now, I am thinking of starting to blog again.

Yes, I had 'privatised' my blog previously due to unreasonable tracking (stalking??) by someone, but I am now at the stage where I just go "Do I Even Care????"

And so, stay tuned.

Cheers! :)


Ramadhan 2013 : Entry #7

It is nearing the end of Ramadhan, with only a week left.

Sad to see this Holy month leave us, so let's all pray and make du'a that we get to meet with Ramadhan again next year.

More of our iftar menu...

I am having a rather bad headache today, so I'm only putting up pics. No mood to type the recipes, besides, the meals were all so simple! :p

Let's hope I feel better since I am unable to take meds.



Ramadhan 2013 : Entry #6

It's already the 20th Day of Ramadhan.

Oh my... How time flies! I remember as a child when Ramadhan used to feel as though it was endless, and now I wonder at how fast this holy month is leaving us.

Every year, I try to make my Ramadhan more meaningful than the previous years, and so far, progress has been slow. I am hoping that next year when Aina is older, I can do much better, and at the same time teach her to welcome and appreciate this Holy month.

Anyway, here's more of our daily iftar menu :)

Day 14, I had BFFs over for iftar since hubby was not in. I decided on a simple meal of Noodles with Spicy Beef Broth, Cucur Bawang and Roti John (which was really bland and tasteless!). BFFs brought a whole lot of goodies, too!

I am sharing the basic recipe for the broth/gravy here...


you  need:
beef pieces - use a mix of cuts to get the most flavour!
- can be pre-boiled until tender if preferred. reserve the stock.
blend to a paste:
10 - 15 dried chillies - soaked in hot water
10 shallots
2 large onions
4 - 5 cloves garlic
1-inch piece ginger

beef stock
salt, pepper

Garnishes (use whatever you prefer):
Fish cake
Chinese greens
Bean sprouts

heat oil in a large pot and fry the spice paste until fragrant. add in the beef stock and bring up to a boil. lower heat and add in the beef pieces, salt & pepper. cook for about 20 minutes, letting all the ingredients blend well, then add in the fishball, fishcake, and preferred vegetables. as soon as the gravy starts boiling again, leave to boil for 2 - 3 minutes, then turn off heat.

place fresh egg noodles in a serving bowl and pour gravy over. alternatively, you can blanch and serve each garnish items separately, but I chose this way to save on washing up!! LOL!

And on Day 15, since I wanted to start clearing out my fridge, I decided to make Fried Rice and made some Sambal Gravy for the mussels. Simple, and yet SOOO satisfying!
Let's hope the rest of Ramadhan will bring all of us much barakah!



Ramadhan 2013 : Entry #5

I have been ridiculously tired these few days, to the point that I'd fall dead to the world WAAAYY before Aina!! :p

NOT good, because she might sleep late, resulting in her being sleepy the next morning. BUT, so far, Alhamdulillah... she's not given me much trouble in that department.

Two weeks of Ramadhan, and I am glad to say that we have managed to avoid wastage in terms of food. Yes, sometimes our table may seem to be laden with loads of dishes, they are in small quantities, and we can usually finish it all :)

On Day 10, I actually had a friend and her family over. so I cooked a little more than usual, and it was just enough for all of us :) 
you need:
chicken, cleaned and cut into pieces
potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
2 cloves garlic, sliced
4 shallots, sliced
3 slices ginger root
1 small stick cinnamon
1 small star-anise
2 Tbs thick soy sauce
3 Tbs oyster sauce
3 Tbs sweet soy sauce (I used lemak manis cap kipas udang)
3/4 cup water
how to:
heat oil and sauté cinnamon stick, star-anise, shallots, garlic & ginger til fragrant. add in the chicken pieces and cook until the chicken changes colour. add in all other ingredients and bring up to a boil. lower heat, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked and potato is tender.

Day 11 was Iftar at Mom's place, so obviously there was food all over the table! LOL! I only made a simple dessert, and the rest was Mom. Oh yeah... the kuih was from the local shop and it was only then that I managed to get my yummy kuih cara berlauk!! :D

I made bubur sum-sum on Day 13 since my BFF also LOVES it! It is ridiculously easy to make, and since it seems HUBBY also has taken to it, it'll  be repeated again soon :)
you need:
A: 1 cup rice flour
     750ml coconut milk
     pandan leaves, knotted
B: 1 block gula Melaka, chopped
     2 Tbs white sugar
     1/4 cup water
     pandan leaves, knotted

how to:
place items A in a pot and place over low heat. stir throughout the cooking process, and continue cooking until the mixture comes together in a shiny, sticky, thick 'batter'. pour into a large baking tray and let cool. mixture will harden slightly; cut before serving. alternatively, pour a small amount into individual serving dishes.

place items B in a pot and place over low heat. cook until all sugar is dissolved. strain into bowl and cool before serving.

to serve : pour the sugar syrup over the rice 'pudding' and ENJOY!

I am usually NOT into desserts but every Ramadhan, I get the urge to make all sorts of traditional desserts and I have my favourites. Bubur Sum-Sum is one of them, also Sago Gula Melaka, and various types of pengat. Yuppss... I'm all for 'soupy' desserts, not so much for kuih-muih.

Anyway, here's wishing Happy Iftar to all, and let's make the rest of Ramadhan better for all of us :)



Ramadhan 2013 : Entry #4

I know it's been quite a number of days since my last post but I have been really busy. Honestly!

And so, without wasting precious minutes (I am now UNBELIEVABLY sleepy!) let's continue with my Iftar menu :)

Hubby did not have iftar at home and so it was BFF and me, with Aina of course :) 
If you notice, kuih cara berlauk appears quite a few times in my iftar menu. I am still searching for the perfect one, and so far, no luck yet! 

Ikan pekasam, or preserved/pickled fish is definitely a must-have in your fridge. It helps tease your palate at times when you don't feel like eating, and believe me, if you've never had it, you MUST try!!

And suddenly I had the urge to prepare Nyonya-style fish head curry. (note the presence of cara berlauk again?) I had BFF over for Iftar again since she's all alone here.

I can't think of recipes to share since I am that sleepy, so I think I'll stop now :p

Hope you enjoy the pics, and get some ideas for your own Iftar menu :D :D :D



Ramadhan 2013 : Entry #3

And so I'm back!

Well, it may not be on a daily basis, but I am trying my best to be more consistent :)

Here's sharing Iftar day 5 and 6.

Day 5, we had Raihan at home hence the slightly more than usual dishes on the table. Since hubby especially LOVES my sambal tumis, I am sharing that particular recipe here :)
you need:
3 large onions, peeled - 1 to be chopped and 2 to  be sliced roughly
10 - 15 shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
20 - 25 pcs dried chillies, soaked in hot water and de-seed.
3 cloved garlic
small piece of ginger
* combine all the above (except the sliced onions) and process to a smooth paste.
gula Melaka (palm sugar) - quantity depends on your preference
tamarind juice
sugar, optional
Heat enough oil in a deep wok (larger base for quicker and even cooking) and fry the paste until fragrant and slightly dry, as the oil starts coming to the surface. I use a medium-low heat for this process to ensure the paste is really cooked properly. add in the gula Melaka and tamarind juice/paste. I usually put in one disc of palm sugar (I buy those discs that are sold at the roadside stalls), and as the sugar melts, I'll keep tasting until I get the level of preferred sweetness. add in the sliced onions and salt, and cook another 5 - 6 mins.
* you may add your favourite anchovies, prawns or squid to this sambal :) 
I'll also share my ingredients for Leng Chee Kang. I say 'ingredients', because you basically just boil them and assemble to make this refreshing dessert :)
you need:
*dried longans
*dried red dates
gingko nuts
lotus seeds
lily bulbs
white fungus, soaked and cut into manageable pieces
basil seeds, soaked in cooled drinking water
kembang semangkuk, soaked in cooled drinking
preserved melon/dried persimmons
note: not all ingredients may be available at one time, so u can mix, match and substitute accordingly.
Place all * items in a pot with rock sugar and water and bring up to a boil. barley should be just tender, and to save time, I usually add in the rest of the ingredients at this stage, and let it simmer on medium-high heat for another 8 minutes.
add in the basil seeds and kembang semangkuk just before serving. another optional favourite ingredient is boiled quail eggs. can be served warm or cold.

So, there are my two recipes. I hope this has helped some of you :)


Ramadhan 2013 : Entry #2

Yep. I've been really bad at updating my blog. Actually, since it's been 'visited' and practically stalked, I have lost the 'heart' to write but I still feel the need to leave something here occasionally :)  Now that I have restricted views to this site, hopefully I will start getting into the mood again!

And so, I am sharing our Iftar menu here from day 3 & 4 :D

Hubby had to work outstation on day 3, so it was just me and Aina in front of the TV! Yes, I know it is an AWFUL habit but since it's just two of us, the dining table (seats 8) seemed really huge!! I LOVE to make refreshing i.e. 'cooling' drinks for Iftar, and the Barley & Gingko Nut drink was so yummy served lukewarm :D
you  need:
a small handful of barley
1/2 (small) packet of fresh gingko nuts (you may used dried but have to soak them first)
honey rock sugar, to taste
pandan leaves, knotted
1.5 liters water
combine all EXCEPT the sugar in a pot and bring up to a boil. lower  heat, add sugar, and simmer another 20 minutes or so until the barley has softened.  
Note: you may also add red dates if you like :)

On Day 4, we had Iftar at my sister-in-law's house and our contribution was spicy sweet & sour crabs. Hubby had ordered the crabs specially for this, and he managed to get around 5kgs.
you need:
1 - 1.5kg crabs
3 large garlic cloves    - pounded to a paste
1-inch piece of ginger - pounded to a paste
2 Tbs ground chilli paste
1 Tbs oyster sauce
2 Tbs sweet chilli sauce
2 Tbs tomato sauce
1/4 cup water (or more, if you want the sauce not too thick)
crabs must be cleaned and steamed. set aside.
heat oil and fry ginger, garlic & chilli paste until fragrant. add in the sauces with the water and bring up to a boil. add int he crabs, mix well to coat, and simmer another 3 - 5 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with torn fresh coriander leaves and roughly chopped spring onions.
And so here are two recipes which I am more than happy to share with my readers/visitors.  Hope you all have a blessed Ramadhan ahead!