Sunday, November 25, 2007

Kitchen Moment 2: Banana Split

School holiday. Been busy. Plans to have a regular Kitchen Moment session with the girls do not happen as often as I want it to be. Anyway, this weekend, my Mak, sister and her kids came over (ada kenduri kahwin in Serendah and they decided to drop by). Since the nieces are also here, decided to rope in all of them for Kitchen Moment session - this time its Banana Split. Havoc... it's not easy managing so many "kepala" who are more interested to eat rather than learning how to make classy Banana Split. And most of them prefer the banana split without the banana. Kacau betul. Makanya the end result did not turn out as expected.

The Recipe:
This is extremely easy. Tutup mata also can do.
First, you go out and buy the ice cream - chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavours.
Then do not forget to buy banana.
Once you are back in the kitchen, slice the banana into two.
Put in a plate and sprinkle the brown sugar on top. Heat it in a microwave for two minutes.
Then let it cool before putting the banana in an oval shaped bowl. Then scoop the three flavoured ice cream on top. Sprinkle chocolate rice or chocolate cream. If you are "rajin" pipe whipped cream on top and finish it with a cherry. Macam kat A&W tu. Then you eat.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Our Anniversary Feast

Time flies! Real "cepat-cepat"! And here I am enjoying 14 year of marriage bliss. Yes, yesterday both sang suami and I celebrated our 14 anniversary. Alhamdulillah!
To celebrate, hubby took us to this neat new eating place at the new Sunway Pyramid wing called Fig And Olive. It's a Singapore-based chain specialising on Halal Mediteranean cuisine. Like the new Pyramid wing, Fig and Olive just opened its door about a month ago - a first in Klang Valley (they had another one in JB and like seven outlets in the republic.)
So we makan-makan... not bad though.

But me, being me still wanted to cook something for the occasion. So today, on the anniversary of our kenduri kahwin (yesterday was the official anniversary date) at my mak's place exactly 14 years ago (20.11.1993), I surprised the Groom yang veteran ini dengan these two dishes...

1. Chicken Terrayaki with Spicy Spaghetti Bolognese

It's a fusion between Japanese and Italian, as I'm sure you all are aware. It's a hit among my daughters. And the man of the hour simply love it. And for dessert.... tada

2. a Tiramisu cake - one of my favourite cake which I haven't baked for a longest time.
My Asma could not remember ever having it but like everybody else, they gobbled the cake in record time.

Look at the layer inside, sinful sesangat. It comprises of sponge cake, cheese, coffee and lemon, covered with thick and rich whipped creamed with sprinkled cocoa powder. Fulamak! Jemput ke rumah kalau nak rasa...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Kitchen Moments with your Kids

Since dah lama tak berblog, maka tercetuslah idea to post entry on kid’s recipe. I hope such entries will help you to go through the school holidays in a more enjoyable manner where you and your kids will have a fun time in a kitchen. Just like what I’m hoping for with the girls and I here.
To kick off such entry, the girls and I decided to bake a cake. A simple one. It has been decided that we will have a kitchen moment together once a week until the end of school holiday. My girls, chef Alia, chef Asma and chef Arissa will be responsible in gathering all the ingredients, cracking eggs, pouring flour, stirring, mixing etc. The Mak will only supervise -- I am enjoying this.
I hope with this experience, we will help them become independent in the kitchen, as well as an opportunity for them to learn how to follow instructions, basic math skills, nutrion and cleaning up.
It will be fun!…………or a disaster? So for the first session, we made this....


1 packet of biskut marie.

11/2 cups of water.

1/2 cup sugar.

1/2 cup milo.

2tbsp susu pekat.

2tbsp butter.

1tbsp cocoa powder.

1 egg.


Whisk egg in a small bowl

Pour in a pan together with water, sugar, milo, milk, butter and cocoa powder.

Put it in a slow fire-stir

After 5 minutes add 'biskut marie' and stir it very gently.

Cook until the biscuits is soft.

Transfer it to the baking pan and what do you know... it's ready.......and ready to eat. Yes, cake yang tak perlu dibakar.

Don't forget to pelawa your parents and sibling to eat together.

One bite
Finally, we named it 'Crazy Marie'....


#Begin your child's kitchen adventure with...wooden spoons, plastic or metal mixing bowls, wire whisk, plastic or aluminium measuring cups, and a child sized apron.

# Safety first- Keep young children away from a hot stove, oven, sharp knives dan apa-apa bahan yang sewaktu dengannya.

# Allow even the youngest chef to pour the ingredients into a bowl; flour, sugar, eggs etc. #Remember to turn the mixer off first

#.Cracking eggs can be a challenge for little chefs. Allow them to practice a bit by cracking the eggs into a separate bowl at first. Then you can remove any shells before adding the eggs to remaining ingredients.

#But most important rules:Mak mesti ada with their kids. Jangan tidur atau pergi shopping

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Happy 11th Birthday, Arissa!

My youngest turns 11 today. It's already a family tradition that for birthdays, we would go out for makan-makan and then organise a cake cutting ceremony (hah! very formal one) at home afterwards. And normally, as the case with Alia's and Asma's birthdays last August, I would cook something (usually a favourite of the birthday girl or boy) to go along with the cake cutting event. Unfortunately, it was not to be this year for Arissa. I mean I didn't cook for her. I fell sick. Really sick. In fact I'm quite sick now and I've asked the Bapak to help me upload the photos. And for him to spell check this entry as well. (Lots of spelling mistakes lah, fening fening!)

This is Arissa. The Birthday Girl. We went to Secret Recipe at Subang Parade. Because she wanted pasta. And Arissa, Alia and Bapak ordered Spaghetti Meatball. Asma and I were having Black Pepper Chicken.
Arissa and her Bapak. Peace to you my darling!

Back home, Arissa was esctatic with her Birthday gifts from Bapak, me, her kakaks and Opah Temoh. er, by the way that Famous Amos hamper on the right was mine, a gift from my hubby. This year, whenever our girls celebrated birthdays, he would gave me something too. Said that I should be getting something too as I played a vital role in delivering our babies. How sweet, dont you all think so?

I managed to bake a chocolate cake for Arissa this morning. It doesn't look that good as I' still shivering from sickness. But Bapak said it tastes good! Alhamdulillah.

Arissa and her Kakaks - Asma and Alia.

The girls bukak hadiah, lupa lak nak makan.

As I'm too sick to even lift a finger, and Bapak is busy ambik gambar, my girls set the table for our birthday dinner at home. Thanks , sayang!

Lauk-pauk dinner Birthday Arissa. We ordered two large Domino's Pizza and chicken wings. And then my neighbour Sabrina sent this wonderful Mee Bandung and fried chicken over. Rezeki. She and her husband Jefry had a Raya Open House by the pool earlier on. We went over after coming back from Subang Parade... sedap2 makanan - apart from mee bandung, she had the usual lemang, nasi himpit plus rendang and Nasi Ayam. Then of course segala kuih-muih. Sedap.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Bread pudding with sauce

This liberally spiced bread pudding with creamy sauce and raisins sprinkled on top is really a hit at home. My family love it, especially my Arissa. The other night, I made this pudding and she simply wiped her plate real clean, macam tak payah basuh pulak the plate. Don't you just feel wonderful when your "air tangan" simply disappear in a matter of minutes.
I have several bread pudding recipes in my collection but this one is the winner. I learned this from a dear friend and mentor Kak Joy of Taman Tun. Mentor tu..

8 slices of bread
100gram of brown sugar
2 eggs
250 gram fresh milk
Raisins and cinnamon powder to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Glaze a baking pan with butter.
Break bread into small pieces .
Line it into an 8 inch square baking pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar.
Whisk until well mixed.
Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
Sprinkle the raisins on top.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

250 gram of fresh milk.
2tbsp of plain flour.
Salt to taste.

Put the mixture into a pot and stir continuously over a low heat for 10-15 minutes.

And here it is.....yummy. yummy.


Nampak 'elegant' and yet very simple to make....kan!

#You can also sprinkle a cheese on top of it and the taste will definetely be ..superb!