The weather seemed very erratic lately. It will be as hot as summer in the desert early of the day and half hour later it would be pouring cats and dogs. It is usually very warm before the rain and i would be soaking with sweat just washing a few dishes in the kitchen. On Friday, out of the blue i felt like eating fish head curry. When i was young (in secondary school), my dad used to bring all of us to eat fish head curry at the Stadium Merdeka. That time it was the best fish head curry in Kuala Lumpur. When i started working, we started going to the one near Taman Wahyu along Jalan Kuching but i cant seem to remember the name of the shop. Unfortunately i have not discovered nice fish head curry selling anywhere in Seremban so i had to cook it myself. We had that for dinner one of the evening last week.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
"Aunty Zai (tua nyer aku), nama saya L**n kawan K**b* yang ada order muffins, auntie ada buat agar2 rainbow tak?" sms i received yesterday morning. Huhh.....i replied her with a no but i asked her to send a picture of the agar2 as i was very curious about it. Never heard and never saw it before. Quickly i called owner of Amore-eBake asking her about her agar-agar magic class . I wonder if its the same and she said yes. Asked her too if she was free to give me a one to one lesson of her agar2 magic. She was kind enough to spare her time for me this morning. However, to my surprise she managed to gather a few more students for this class . I enjoyed this agar2 session and i chose orange for my base. We learn to make orchid, sun flower and i cant remember the other one, the red one on my agar2. Didnt get to use sun flower as i was using orange for the base. Next time .......
Thanks L**n for telling me about the existence of this agar2 .......i will get in touch with you soon.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Last minute request for a birthday cake came in late evening yesterday. Since i had nothing plan for Sunday i agreed to bake one. Chocolate Moist Cake with chocolate ganache topping and with simple deco. The lower 2 pictures were MMSed to me. Only managed to snap only one picture(top) as i was in a hurry to send the cake out. The cut cake looked so rich....hmmmm
Friday, November 21, 2008
"kalau nak ord cupcakes macam mana ya?"....sms to my handphone 3 weeks ago. So I called the sender. She asked for a few to taste and luck was with her, i had a few orders the next day, so i sold her a few. She came to pick up the order beside G**nt, near my house. She is one pretty young girl and very polite. Very soft spoken unlike yours truly and she has the loveliest smile. A few days later, she requested a set of the cupcakes for a present to her sister. Requested orange and off white. I personally love the bright colors like red and orange. I was very happy doing the swirl of rosettes, i was humming to a tune of one ABBA 's song "Take a chance on me" ha ha ha....actually my son downloaded the song to his PSP. She collected the cupcakes at the same place just after noon. Hope she and the cuppies arrived JB safely.
These were for my SIL , she said just for makan-makan in the office .There is a request for a wedding butter cake sometimes early next year. And I was trying out a few recipes and this so far was the best tasted and very moist. It would be tastier if i used pure butter like Anchor or Tatura. For this one, i only used Buttercup......my eldest ate half of the 7 inch cake alone.....
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"Salam, saya Pn. N---- from J----i, nak mintak buat kan chocolate cake for my daughter birthday 18hb, not too late kan?" A question i received on last Saturday evening when i answered my phone. Mentally trying to remember the day's date and trying to look for my desk calendar which often went missing when i needed it. " Hari Selasa" the lady continued...."Ohhh...ok, ok, should not be a problem" I told her. She told me her requirement, chocolate cake with chocolate ganache topping, simple deco and the name of her daughter, Maisara...always like that kind of name for girls, without the 'H'.....
Came Tuesday, i made the topping moment i woke up in the morning, then went out for breakfast with my 2nd boy, packed 'roti chanai' for the other 2 rascals. Hmmm... forgot to check if the price for roti canai was reduced. The cake was in the oven at about 10 am...did a bit of tidying up the house while waiting for the cake to cook, which is exactly an hour later. Still a bit of sweeping here and there in the house and i started pouring the topping on the cake just after noon when the cake was cool enough. While thinking of what simple deco can i do on the cake, my big boy told me my sister from Pilah was outside, and it was almost 1. I thought they were not able to come to the house as the sms received earlier said that they were coming in the morning...So sorry Angah, coz I thought you tak jadi datang...he he. I continued swirling the choc ganache on the cake while chatting with my sister and her 2 daughters. They left the house just after 2. I delivered the cake just after 3.00. An hour later i smsed the customer hoping they would enjoyed the cake and the replied came saying the cake was already half gone. The children seemed to love it. Glad to hear that but i hope you pardon my bad writing. Practiced on the board was fine but the moment i did it on the cake the hand went shaking as though i have Parkinson.....hisshhh frust jugak.
These were our dinner dishes one day last week. Ikan goreng berlado( Deep fried fish with chilies), tumis kentang and telur (poached egg with potato?) and my version of telur dadar(egg omelet). I used fresh chillies and bird eye chillies for the fish, the poached egg is like soup and the egg was roughly chopped after it was nicely brown. While eating, i told my boys how the dishes were quite staple when i was at their age especially after first week of the month. My dad was only a police constable with 8 mouths to feed at that time. Honestly, the egg soup was not to my boys liking but i love it, hence the chopped omelet he he....but they love the fish.
Monday, November 17, 2008
On Saturday late morning, when i on my YM screen i saw a few off-line messages. I almost felt my heart dropped on the floor when i read the messages. There were from my dear friend saying how she had a bad day when her handbag was snatched. Passport, money and handphone gone. She is on holiday in Vietnam. Later, i was told she got back her IC and credit cards. She is supposed to come home today. I couldn't sleep well since, though she would update her situation when she got the chance. I know she will be alright as she is a seasoned traveler and she used to work abroad before. She is my teh tarik buddy and my confidante. I pray that she would be home very soon.
p/s the picture is her creation of cupcakes for her sister's birthday a few months ago....
Monday, November 10, 2008
My other half traveled often due to his work. In fact, at one time his traveling was so often, i told my dad that i felt i was married to an army personnel he he.....but this time i felt that i kinda missed him more than before. I just felt so lazy to do things at home and i even didnt do much cooking. Still, I had to keep my words delivering a few orders yesterday.
After packing all these in the boxes, suddenly i felt my knee trembling...oh oh...dont tell me i was feeling tired, i had baked a few hundreds muffins and cupcakes before my knee didnt shake. Then i felt all my joints aching, and i felt cold. I thanked God that i was done with the cupcakes, i was just waiting for them to be pick up later in the evening. I cleaned up the mess in the kitchen a bit and i took a nap. It was one of the longest nap i had for sometimes. My usual nap only lasted half an hour most of the time. I got my big son to handle the pick up...thanks Bang!! Not a good weekend for me, later i received the sms from the hubby saying his flight home was delayed...urrgghhh.....he was safely home around 11 pm though....alhamdullillah...
Posted by zaitgha at 11/10/2008 03:41:00 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Still feeling guilty while writing this post. Didnt make cake for my youngest birthday on 1st Nov as I had attended Wilton Cake Decorating Course at Amore-eBake in Seremban 2. It was an 8 hours course split into 2 days 4 hours each. This course is available in KL and mostly conducted in 4 days 2 hours each . The traveling didn't appeal to me though i really wanted to attend to one. Therefore, when i was told by the owner of Amore-eBake that she would try to get the course conducted at her shop, i just had to go. So last weekend, Saturday and Sunday, i spend half day learning the basic of cake decoration. I enjoyed the course but i was really struggling making Wilton roses ha ha ha......i told myself...practice, practice, practice.
I was also asked to make hantaran cupcakes with no flowers....i came up with this .
To the visitors from Sabah, if you can find this key holder, i appreciate if you could get 1 or 2 of these for me.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Very bad of me for not having birthday cake for my baby but i promised him, when things a bit settled at home, we will have a belated birthday cake.
His favorites, can eat these for all the 3 - 4 meals a day...Ghee tose and wadeh.....