Monday, July 30, 2007

For kina at

First muffin recipe i tried. This recipe is from Chef Wan's Sweet Treats. The muffins in the pictures were a bit smaller than the standard muffins as i baked these for my 2nd son birthday last March. I used to have the pictures of the standard muffins but i could not find them, maybe in my son's hard drive(the pc used to be mine b4 he took over). I have baked these muffins many times as it seemed kids love these, maybe its the chocolate chips...

The recipe:-

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup ripe bananas, mashed
1 tea spoon baking soda
2 tablespoon hot water
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips

bananas, cut into chunks, and chocolate chips, to decorate.


  1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and bananas.
  2. Mix baking soda with hot water and pour into the butter mixture.
  3. Fold in the flour and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon the batter into greased muffin cup/lined with papers muffin cups. Top each muffin with 2 bananas chunks and sprinkle with chocolate chips (i did not put the chunks when i baked this muffins). Bake at 180C/360F for about 20 minutes.
Note:- I only use pisang rastali for this recipe, but other bananas should be fine too.
This picture was taken from the picture in the book.

Continue - East Coast trip

Dad and son preparing for tug of war, the last challenge for the telematches event.

The trip home was almost the same except for the fierce rain when we just entered daerah Rompin after Bandar Muazzam Shah. The rain was very heavy it became scary as the trees were swaying violently and managed to avoid a fallen tree without the hubby losing control of the car. I was quite pissed with some drivers who did not on their vehicles lights in that pouring rain. On KL-Seremban highway, many times I got irritated with the drivers who would on their hazard lights at the slightest drizzle. But here they didn't even on their lights in the torrential rain....sheesshh......Anyway, we were safely home at about 8.00 pm on Sunday. The trip was good but i missed my own old bed. I slept like a log last night.

Lovely sunrise from our room.

East Coast Trip Last Weekend

I love east coast beaches. So last month when dear hubby said there would be a trip to Awana, Kijal planned by his office, i was quite looking forward to go. We decided to drive there though the his office provided bus for this trip. As much as i like to travel but i just detest packing or unpacking, but it needed to be done anyway. And my heart was a bit heavy as we had to leave my oldest son behind as he had his monthly exams. We left for Kijal at about 11 am on Friday. We decided not to use the highway, we used the inner road. Some of our friends who travel frequently to the east coast told us that this route is shorter and more pleasing to the eyes. True enough for someone like me who is so used to KL-Seremban Highway, I was so taken with the beautiful kampung houses , the dragon fruits farms, hills and hills of palm trees and rubber trees and a sneak of tea plants under rows of coconut trees somewhere in Rompin. I only associate tea plantations with Cameron Highland.

We had late lunch at R and R Bandar Muazzam Shah which cost us a bomb. Maybe i was expecting that things should be cheaper in small town but boy...was i wrong. But the ikan kembong goreng tepung was very yummy so do not really mind the price. Gambang - Cherating road was under major construction, so not much to see. Once, we entered Cherating areas, we could see so many sign boards of small and big resorts, keropok lekor stalls all the way to Kijal. We could smell the sea breeze and at times the wind was quite strong. The weather was pleasant throughout our journey and we reached the resorts just after 4.30. We checked in and the room was comfortably big enough for 4 of us with 2 double beds, nice bathroom and beautiful view of South China Sea and the big pool of the resorts. The kiddos were so excited to get into the pool and though i thought i needed a little shut eye after the long sit in the car, i went to the pool with them and got the towels and just sat and read the NST beside the pool.
We had lovely BBQ dinner.
Saturday morning after early breakfast, my husband had the team building activities and the children and i just lazing around at the pool. We had buffet lunch and the kids spend their time in the pool ...again. Sunday morning, the husband and the second son had early breakfast as they would be participating in telematches. I went down for breakfast just after 8.00 am with the younger boy. While walking to get a cup of coffee, i faced a very familiar face. I was so stunned i froze for awhile. I collected myself and managed a pitiful suprised smile to the Nik Aziz the MB of Kelantan. He was with a few gentlemen. When i sat at my table, i took a glance toward the group and was hoping to see Husam Musa or maybe the Kickdefella guy. But both were not there. Then i went to the beach to give my support to my boys, big and small. After the prize giving we went up to the room, had a short rest, packed to check out.

Dad and son prepared to start the challenge. Angah after receiving prize, Angah quenching thirst, Angah and Baby counting sweets..

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hummingbird Cupcakes with Cream cheese frosting

When i first got hooked with cooking /baking bugs, i started buying recipes books. Of course all other magazines in the market, but mostly local publications. After trying a few recipes from these buy, i seldom got satisfactory results. Not sure if i could not follow the recipes or the recipes published were not correct except one. I gave up on locally published material, i bought a few "mat sallehs' recipes books. And so far no recipes that i tried did not give me pleasant ending. But, imported books are very dear i feel guilty buying them ha ha ha......then my husband taught me how to browse the internet and oh boy....there are so many recipes i wish i could try them all...Jamie, Nigella and many others put their recipes online, and they are so well known people do not mind paying for their books. And so many food blogs i sometimes get so carried away hopping to one blog to another. These cupcakes recipe is from one food blog i found a couple of months ago. I have made these a few times and these pictures were taken after i baked these beautiful and delicious cupcakes for my husband cousin's housewarming dinner party. Not quite sure why its call humming bird cupcakes but maybe its because the combination of the fruits pineapple and banana part my mum in law neighbors quite often ask me to make these cupcakes whenever i bumped into them when i was at her house. I see my mum in law quite often as i get my coconut milk from her. My in laws are doing that business from the house. Not big but i think just enough for them to always have cash in hand and while away their time .

Recipe adapted from:-

Hummingbird Cupcakes
makes 24 cupcakes

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1 8oz can crushed pineapple, with liquid
2 mashed bananas
1 cup coursely chopped pecans

1. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt with a whisk in a good sized bowl.
2. Beat eggs.
3. Add oil and vanilla to beaten eggs and mix until somewhat combined.
4. Add egg/oil/vanilla mixture to flour/sugar/baking soda/cinnamon/salt mixture.
5. Mix together pineapple, bananas, pecans until combined.
6. Add to the rest of ingredients and stir to combine.

Bake at 350 degrees for ~25 minutes until golden and a cake tester comes out clean. I top these off with the cream cheese frosting recipe

Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tb unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
Beat cheese, butter and vanilla until well blended and add the sugar until you reach the consistency you want.

Do give this recipe a try and have a pleasant weekend.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

David Tutera's Southern Fried Chicken.

Channel 11 of Astro is one of my favorite. I watch Jamie Oliver shows, Nigella, Anthony Bourdain, Surreal Gourmet, Surf the Menu and many others. At times the kids would hide the remote from me. Somehow i don't exactly remember what time and day these programs will be on. By chance while flipping channels only i watch them. Lucky me, there many repeat for these programs. One other series which i like to watch is Party Planner with David Tutera. Always amaze with his creativities and the passion he has. Most of the time he would meet the caterer of the party food and show the audience how to make some of the food serve in the party that he help plan. In one show the theme requested by his client was Southern theme and the chef showed how to make typical southern fried chicken. It was so simple i manage to jot down what he used to fry the chicken. I gave this fried chicken a try last week and you can see the reception by looking at the hand in the picture lol.....just eyeball the ingredients and you cannot go wrong here...

David Tutera's Southern Fried Chicken

Your favorite chicken parts
a little bit of cayenne pepper
salt and black pepper to taste
some flour

Clean the chicken and dry with paper towel, rub the chicken with cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper, dredge the chicken with flour and fry in a very hot oil....10 mins on each side and the chickens are done.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Chocolate Crumble Cheesecake

This is the cheesecake which made me hook to baking. I learned to make this cake from owner of the bakery shop near my sister's home which she frequented often. So i sat for almost 2 hours watching the lady demonstrated on how to make this cake and a few other recipes. I was fidgeting as i was not used to just sit at the same place for long. But, after taking a bite of this cake i said to! yummmyyyyy.....4 layers of goodness; the cake base, the cream cheese, the crumb and the crunchy almond flakes.....then i discovered many recipes from the internet, and my interest in baking soars......

Here is the recipe for the cake

Chocolate Crumble Cheesecake

Cake base and crumble
325g Supersoft flour (Superfine can too)
125g castor sugar
190g butter
1 egg size A but B will do too
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sour cream or alt 100gm whip topping cream + 2 tbsp lemon juice

Cheese layer
500g cream cheese at room temperature
50g castore sugar
1 egg size A

melted chocolate/any flavor of jam( i used strawberry)
almond flakes ( abt a cup )

  1. Heat the oven at 180 C
  2. Grease and flour the sides and bottom of a 9 in loose base cake tin
  3. Mix the flour and sugar well
  4. Cut in butter until crumbly and reserve 1 1/4 cup of the crumble.
  5. as for remaining mixture, add in baking powder, baking soda, salt, sourcream or the alternate, the egg and mix them well.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in the cake tin.
  7. Then, beat cream cheese, castor sugar and the egg together till incorporated.
  8. Pour over the batter and level off
  9. Pipe the melted chocolate over the cream cheese - see pic below or you can be creative here, i just used small plastic which i cut the tip to pipe the choc
  10. Spoon the jam as you wish
  11. Sprinkle with crumble then the almond flakes
  12. Bake for 45 - 50 mins or until skewer inserted into the center comes out clean
  13. Cool in the pan for 15 min, the remove the side of the cake tin.
  14. Enjoy warm or cold.
Note: after 30 - 35 in the oven, cover the cake with grease proof paper to avoid the flakes frm burnt.

I know...i know the name is a bit misleading but thats what that lady call this cake. Btw, whats in the name as long as its yummyyyy.....

Bowling - family outing

My older 2 boys love bowling. The youngest one still say the ball is too heavy for him. So, whenever we go bowling, he just watch the rest of us throwing the bowling ball and praying miracle to happen that we would get a strike. The boy in action is my second son. My other half and i enjoy bowling too.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Dadih @ yogurt??

A few months ago, while having my usual morning chat with my mum in law, she asked me if i knew how to make dadih...i told her i did not. I saw these thing being sell at many roadside stalls and during ramadan but never really think about making it. She said kids love it and she wanted to learn how to do it. So i went to Pak Google and google the word 'dadih' and Pak Google said these thing originated from Indonesia, its yogurt make from buffalo milk...then of course i found the many version of the recipes. Basically, most recipes call for milk, sugar, agar2 and some flavoring and colors. With this knowledge i told my mum in law but she was adamant no agar-agar in the making of version of dadih. Since some people told her that no agar-agar is used. Just a mixture in a packet. Not wanting to argue with her i went home and tried one of the recipes. Then i gave her to try and she said the taste and texture was similar to the ones that she tasted before. But she still insisted that the friend told her that no agar-agar used to make this, only some powder mixture in a packet!!...

In my next trip to get my baking supply suddenly i saw so many packets hanging neatly against the shop wall with the words "Serbuk Dadih Buah-buahan" staring at my face. I took one of the packet and looked for the ingredients and true enough the words agar-agar were listed. Haa...the prove i can show to my dear mum in law i said to myself...i bought one and showed it to her and she just nodded. I think some people do not read the ingredients when they bought this kind of thing. However, one think i notice, kids really like to eat these especially if its kept in the fridge for awhile. I made earlier with the recipe i got from the net and the second time with the mixture from the packet, i think the first time version was better.
Anyone with recipes of dadih beside the pre-mix powder like the picture, i hope you dont mine sharing it with me....

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Introduction # 1...Baby@ Hazwan

This is the baby of the house. Hes going to be 9 on 1st November this year. Being the youngest of course he is spoilt the father, the older brothers and yours truly. He could be a nuisance at times with his non stop questions. Hes kinda tall for his age and some of the friends call him giant and the brothers used to call him baby giant when he was really a baby. I put a stop to the name calling when he started his kindy. He has one dimple on the left cheek i think... just like me he he....He loves watching CSI series with me and know what? He left me stunned a few weeks ago while watching CSI - Vegas by asking me what air mani (semen) is...ha ha ha......if the question went to you, what will your reply be??...i send him to his dad lol......

Friday, July 20, 2007

Dishes for last night dinner

These were the dishes we had for dinner last night. Ray fish in hot sour gravy (asam pedas), crispy fried tempe and my version of fried chicken. I do marketing every other day and when i went to the market yesterday morning it took me awhile pondering in the car about what should i serve for dinner. Remembering the other day my big boy asking me why i had not make the asam pedas for sometimes i decided to cook just that. Then when i was in the market the girl selling the vegetables told me that she has plenty of tempe and i got some. While at the fish stall i was so taken with the freshness of the ray fish, i didn't realise i took 2 big cut of the fish. It was almost 2 kg ha ha ha..... I was lucked out on the ginger bud (bunga kantan) so i went to a supermarket near my in laws' place. Then i dropped by at their house and had nice morning teh 'o' and chatted awhile with my mum in law. I gave her half of the fish. Lunch fare usually very simple at home since only 3 of us would be eating my 2 younger boys and myself. Usually we have fried rice or burgers or hotdog or bread but i would be frowning if the kids ask for maggie mee, but sometimes i would give in.

Just fried tempe, Ray fish in hot sour gravy( asam pedas) and my fried chicken.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Blueberry Muffins

I went up to KL 2 week ago and bought blueberry. Not easy to find this in N9, so i just bought for my kiddos. I put it in the fridge and completely forgotten the existence ha ha ha. Lucky i realised i had blueberry in the fridge after 2 week, if not it would be wasted if it gotten spoilt. so i ended up baking the muffins for tea last week.

Recipe adapted from Australian Women's Weekly cooksbooks titled " Muffins, Scones and Breads".

2 cups selfraising flour
3/4 cup packed softbrown sugar
1 egg lightly beaten
1/2 vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk (alternate - a slightly less than 3/4 cup milk plus 1 tbls butter)
1 cup fresh blueberries

Stir dry ingredients and mix the rest in large bowl. Dont overwork the mixture. Make 12 std muffins

Spaghetti ala zaitgha for tonite dinner

My second son just adore spaghetti bolognese in Pizza Hut and always hassle me to make at home so that he can have as much as he wants instead of just one order from that joint. I browsed the net for the recipes but i got very confused for there are so many versions of this sauce. However, basically most would have minced meat, tomato paste and tomato puree. As such, i decided to just throw in the ingredients at my whim and fancy ha ha ha....wonder how it turn out? Surprisingly it came out pretty good in spite of just using burger meat as the supermarket behind my house ran out of minced meat

Here are what i tossed into the big pot for this sauce.

5 pieces of burger meat (Ramlee brand)
4 beef sausages(Ramlee brand)
1 big tin tomato sauce and 3 tin of water
1 small tin tomato puree
3 tablespoon tomato ketchup
5 cloves of garlic - chopped
1 big yellow onion - chopped
2 celery stalks - sliced
1 carrot - grated
2 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoon dried basil
1 tin button mushroom - sliced
3 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil and throw in onion and garlic, dump in the burger meat and pour in the tomato sauce, tomato puree and the water. Put in celery, carrot and mushroom. Let it simmer for half an hour or more. Throw in oregano and dried basil, put salt and pepper to taste. If the sauce get too thick just add in some water. Meanwhile boiled the spaghetti as per instruction on the package. Then of course served kids did and they also wallop the sauce with toasted bread.

Devil's Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream frosting

My eldest sister called me on Monday telling me that her daughter was accepted to study in UITM Bkt Mertajam. I was very glad for my niece and know how lucky she was to be going there. I heard countless stories about students with much better results than my niece's do not get to further their studies to our public colleges. My sister also told me she would stop by my house on the way to Penang on Tuesday and asking me to have a 'talk' with my niece...ha ha ha now i wonder what am i supposed to say to 17 year old girl. I am known as Mak Teh to my nieces and nephews but i think there is always a silence "garang" after the 2 words...anyway, as garang as i am, i feel oblige to bake her favorite cupcakes as in the pictures so that she can enjoy them while traveling up north . Adapted from:-

Devil’s Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream
makes 24 cupcakes / 180 degree oven

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Measure out everything but the eggs directly into your mixer bowl.
2. Mix on low speed just until incorporated.
3. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs, beat on high speed again for 2 minutes.

Measure out into cupcake pan lined with cupcake papers. A 2″ ice cream scoop works great for this. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly in the pan then transfer to a rack to cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream
enough to lightly frost 24 cupcakes

1 stick butter
1/2 cup cocoa
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
~1/4 cup milk

1. Beat butter on high for about 30 seconds until soft.
2. Add cocoa and 1 cup of sugar and beat until incorporated
3. Add half of the milk and the remainder of sugar and beat until incorporated.
4. Continue to add milk until you get to the consistency you want.

Piped the frosting onto the cupcakes with a large star tip.

Chocolate orange cream cheese tarts

I made these for dessert yesterday with the help of my youngest boy. I knew he would be gleefully assisted me to make holes in the tart base with a fork. So after pressing the dough into the moulds, i had him making the holes...should see his ear to ear smile doing that...i copied this yummy desserts from Fantastic Cheesecake book by Alex Goh baking class book (picture below).

Recipes for tart base(Sweet pastry) :-

200g butter
100g icing sugar
1 egg
420g flour


Cream butter and sugar lightly. Add egg and cream till smooth. Add flour and mix until well blended. Press the dough into the tart moulds. Make holes into the base and bake at 180 degree for 15 - 20 mins or until tarts evenly brown. Cooled.


250g cream cheese
50g icing sugar

100g orange juice
50g instant custard powder
100g chocolate(melted

200g whip topping cream(whipped)


Beat cheese and sugar until smooth. Put aside. Mix juice with custard and add to melted chocolate until well blended. Mix with cream cheese mixture until well incorporated. Fold in whipped topping cream until evenly blended. Pipe into the tart moulds.