Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earth Hour Dinner

I know there are many people out there who think Earth Hour is a ridiculous event (why, there's even Anti-Earth Hour group in Facebook).

But I support Earth Hour. To me Earth Hour is just that. It’s one hour, 60 minutes of life. I am fully aware that turning off your lights for those 60 minutes will not stop the glaciers from melting. It won’t save one endangered species on the brink of death due to Global Warming, but it will send a message. And I support that message. Earth Hour is a symbolic gesture.

And on that note, we at home decided to "celebrate" Earth Hour with a candle light dinner. Okay, its my husband's idea to get the kids to be more aware of the issues. (And before anyone comments about the greenhouse gasses or whatever effects that the candles released, thus negating the effects of turning off the lights, remember, its symbolic.)

Anyway, we decided to do it rather formally and what do you know, it was quite fun having dinner in semi-darkness and without the fan spinning at full speed above. And we decided to go for something different... as you may see from the menu below:


Green Peas Soup - sedap ler pulak
Main course: Marinated grilled lamb and roasted vegetables
The dessert: Chocolate caramel vanilla and sweetened strawberry

(P.s: Sorry gambor tak clear... maklumle ambik dalam gelap)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

All about a person my daughters call Bapak

I've been tagged by Wanshana on facts about my husband. She tagged me earlier on somethimg else but I think I’ll do this first. Sorry ye! I'll get to that one later.

So, here goes -

1) He’s sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
E!entertainment, America’s Next Top Model. Hehehe, okay, he follows The Amazing Race quite seriously.

2) You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
He prefers ulam over salad. So the dressing must be a sambal belacan

3) What’s one food he doesn’t like?
I can't think of any.

4) You go out to eat and have a drink. What does he order?
Drinks- Kopi ais, Ice lemon tea
Food – depending in his ‘perut’, full, half full or empty. Mee Goreng Mamak.

5) Where did he go to high school?
ACS Kampar

6) What size shoes does he wear?
A 10

7) If he was to collect anything, what would it be?

8) What is his favorite type of sandwich?
Scramble egg sandwich

9) What would this person eat every day if he could?
My Rendang Ayam

10) What is his favorite cereal?
Cornflakes. And .. er .. is Nestum a cereal too?

11) What would he never wear?
Anything that does not fit him

12) What is his favorite sports team?
Malaysia punya pasukan bola..boleh! But seriously he's not into sports la except sometimes he would watch tennis on the sports channel.

13) Who did he vote for?

14) Who is his best friend?

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?
Ungkit-mengunkit hal-hal yang dah lepas. Uhuh, I can't help it... but usually he will ignore me la.

16. What is his heritage?
True blue Perakian. Perak and Perak. His parents are second cousins.

17. What is his favourite colour?

18. What is his habit?
Menyakat anak-anak and he has to read before going to bed

19. What is he proud of?
His family

20. Lastly, do you think he will read this?
Of course, definitely!

Okay I'm supposed to tag others as well. So i tag
Yah (Drama Mama),
PB and

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I love baking.... just lovin' it

I don't really remember when exactly but my 'love' affair with baking started when I was still schooling. Some even find my fascination with baking a little weird. I simply love baking (and cooking la sekali). And of all things baking, I love baking cakes (over cookies and breads and others).

Somehow deliciously beautiful looking cakes always attract my attention (and yes, Mawi's wedding cake at Palace of Golden Horses was glorious, no?). And ever since I was young, I always wanted to be able to bake and decorate cakes.

I love baking so much that I've already spent thousands of ringgit attending baking and decorating classes. And I'm still learning.
My first cake recipe (and the only recipe I knew for quite sometimes) was given by my college mate back in early 1990s when I was in UiTM. It was a chocolate cake. During holidays, I would baked the cake at home. It turned out quite okay, I guess. In fact, I baked one during my surprised engagement ceremony (another story for another time) as one of the hantaran.

So when I got married, I would baked that cake often, especially when people came visiting. A few friends even ordered the chocolate cakes, to my surprise, of course. But I wanted to know more. I wanted to be able to bake like a pro.
So when I received an offer to do my Masters in the UK in Actuarial Science, I declined. First, I could not imagine studying the subject for another three years but more importantly, I've decided that if I'm going to continue learning, it has to be something that's related to baking.

So I enrolled into one-on-one baking classes. It took me almost two years to complete the whole course, from beginner's to advanced levels. In between I also attended other classes, baking and decorating. And I was happy as slowly but surely, my 'repertoire' increases. Suddenly, my family (especially the husband) have moved on from forever requesting chocolate cakes to carrot cake and tiramisu.
You know something, watching people clean up cakes that I bake give me immense pleasure. Baking de-stresses me. I guess it's a bit like karaoke for many people. Since I can't sing to save my life, I guess baking is my karaoke.

Over the years, I've baked many cakes for friends and families. I've decorated cakes for hantarans. But still I don't see myself as an expert. I'm still learning.

Having said that I must say that baking is not really an easy thing to do. And I understand why many people view baking as tedious and difficult process. I guess it's true to a certain extent. One wrong move and you'll get one unedible cake. And worse still, you'll be the laughing stock of your friends and family.
Because of that, I've spent the last one year, trying and experimenting with cake recipes to make baking an easy peasy task. In the end, I've managed to come up with quite recipes that are easy to bake. As easy as 1,2,3.

I've compiled 15 of those recipes into a mini e-book... which is given free for those who purchase my Dapur - Lubuk Duit Anda e-book. For more details of the easy bake recipe click HERE