Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Anniversary

My husband,

Thank You for love and care,
Thank You for accepting me as I am,
Thank You for your smile that lights up my whole world..and
I love you for being just the way you are,

You are the one and only for me!
Happy Anniversary!

SubhanAllah dah 15 tahun.....Thank You Allah!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Twilight Chicken Rendang

In anticipation of a movie called Twilight that seems to be taking over my daughters' waking hours (heard it will be coming out soon and it's a movie based on a novel by Stephanie Meyers), I decided to name his newly inspired chicken rendang - Twilight. That's how uncreative I can be!!!
Anyway, I was experimenting with my usual chicken rendang the other day when something overcame me and I decided to tambah-tambah (add in) other ingredients not normally used in my rendang. Hence the Twilight Chicken Rendang. And my daughters simply love it!!!!
Definitely one of the menu for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidil Adha in early December (so that I can show off to my sister again).

a. 1 whole chicken (clean and cut to 16 or 18 pieces)
b. 1/2 kg of coconut milk
c. 4 tbps chili paste
d. 3 tbps chicken curry powder
e. 3 cloves of red onion
f. 3cm of ginger
g. 3 stocks of lemon grass
h. 2 packets of kerisik
i. 1 tumeric leaf
j. 5 daun limau purut
k. Oyster sauce
l. salt and sugar to taste

1. Blend items e,f and g together.
2. Heat oil in wok and put in the blended stuff.
3. Add in chili paste, and curry powder and stir until fragrant.
4. Pour in the coconut milk and chicken to follow
5. Add the rest of the ingredients (make sure you slice the leaves).
6. Cook until dry and serve.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Arissa

My youngest daughter turned 12 yesterday. Naturally, Arissa was very excited about her 12th birthday do. She kept asking me about the food, the cake and presents for the past few days. I decided to bake a chocolate mud cake with fresh blueberry for her pre-birthday celebration that we did two days earlier at the Cyberview Lodge, Cyberjaya. The main menu of the evening was satay kajang....her favourite. Arissa being Arissa, she was rather clueless that evening as she was adamant that birthdays must be celebrated on the day itself. No kompromi la...
So she was a bit 'off' that evening and she didn't eat as much as she should be. But the rest of us, makan dengan riang rianya.
Upon reaching home, Arissa being Arissa was counting the minutes to her birthday....the real exact date. She refused to acknowledge that we have had already throw her a birthday party. Dia buat derk aje......susah betul anak bongsu sorang ni...To make it worse, on her birthday I won't be around for the whole day as I was attending a seminar in KL (hence the early birthday celebration).
However, since she still clearly expect a birthday do on that day itself, we decided to have another round of makan-makan after I come back from the seminar.
It means that my husband has to take over the task of organising the makan-makan. Although we agreed(and with Arissa's request) to simply serve Domino's pizza, my husband surprised Arissa and the rest of the household when he made a marvellous butter cream cake and a yummy spaghetti bolognese. Arissa was simply speechless.

To my darling Arissa, 'Happy Birthday' and here's hoping you have a very happy future
and feel the heartloads of love so many, many people have for you!

Chocolate Mud cake with a chocolate butter cream and a fresh blueberry.

Another angle of the cake.
Birthday cake number 1
Our pre-birthday celebration
The food......mouth-watering
Arissa with her birthday cake number 2 baked by 'bapak'.....boleh bagi A+