Friday, December 31, 2010

Zarif said goodbye to his kindy.

This was Zarif's 3rd and final year at kindy. He said his final goodbye to his school for the last 3 years. I'm sure he had many memorable moments in this school. At the end of the school term, we went over during the parents teacher's day to collect his books and his report book. His sister joined too, after all this was her kindy too.


Bye bye CEC!

Bye bye teacher Susie!

A week before was his final concert and graduation day.



Zarif's class did "The Twist" this year.


Doing his twist.


Into the groove.


The graduation ceremony.



Zarif and Nayli.


My boy has graduated!!! Awww!!!

My kids discovered something new, I learnt something new too!

Last Hari Raya Haji, we celebrated at my father in-law's. That morning we all went to the nearby mosque to perform our prayers, then it was just spent hanging about and eating again and again.




In the evening, what started off as a game of kick-ball ended up as this "upih pinang" game. I accidentally  found a palm leaf lying on the ground so I showed them how's it's done, hubby picked it up from me and the result... they had a blast.




video



The thing about eating at my father in law's house is that whenever we or rather I come (as if), my mother in-law would always get her maid to prepare this awesome dish. I have asked before how it's prepared and they have explained, though I never tried it before because, just hearing how it's prepared just doesn't do it for me. So that evening when the maid was preparing dinner, and I kinda asked what she's preparing with all the "korban" meat that we got that morning. I jumped at the chance at watching her cook when she mentioned that she was gonna be preparing my favourite beef dish. It doesn't have a name, but I have always called it Ibu's Beef Dish. I was ready with camera and all. So here's the dish, do give it a try, it's just a simple dish yet... yup, it's DIVINE!


Onions, dried chillies & fresh green chillies sliced like so.


Tomato sauce, Soy sauce and Oyster Sauce.


Sliced beef preferably the sirloin cut, sliced thinly. Seasoned with pepper (generously) and salt.


The key ingredient apparently is tumeric powder, plenty of these too.


To begin, saute half of the onions.


Add the seasoned beef strips, do not fry it too long or else it will hardened and make the beef too cheewy.


Stir and add the sauces, just a bit of everything.


Then add the chillies and finally the rest of the onions.
Walaah, Ibu's Beef Dish... yumm!!! 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I'm still alive and kicking!

It has been soooo long since I've updated this blog. I have been soooo very busy both at work and at home. So much has happened since my last update. I hope I would be able to upload as much as possible before year end. Not that I have much time :-) , oh well...

Well, as usual at year end Nayli's schools had their prize giving cermonies, both at the Sekolah Agama and also the Sekolah Kebangsaan. Nayli did well this year in both schools. Well done Nayli, we are so proud of you.


Nayli - 3rd position this year at her religious school.



In her primary school, she came in 2nd this year.


Keep up the good work girl, top of the class next year okay?

As for me, well this year marked my 10th year at my current employment! Imagine that? I never ever imagined that I'd be in one organisation this long. My 3rd job and obviously my longest! If you remember reading my update back in May , I posted about my dilemma of choosing my 10 years service award? Even though my 10 years anniversary falls in August to be exact, I just got the "awards" only a couple of months back. So, what did I choose? Well.... tadaaaa.... the biggest and bulkiest items in the award list.



A pewter frame and a vase. I quite like them actually. Now they are on my desk at work.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Red Velvet Cake - tried and tested recipe.

I don't know why during the Hari Raya season, I had the sudden urge to find a Red Velvet Cake recipe. Having tasted it during various open houses albeit all in one day, I had this sudden desire to find a recipe, try and taste my own Red Velvet Cake!

So down the google lane I went checking out for easy to make RVC recipes. Ha!ha! Besides the remarks or feedbacks that are posted by those who have tried the recipes in the recipe forums, my one other important criteria of trying out a recipe is that the ingredients are not that difficult to find and the method is not too complicated. So I found one that I was happy with (by reading the recipe that is...) and walla...



My 1st RVC.

The feedback from my mother (my most honest and sincere food critic)... two thumbs up! I was over the moon. If that was not enough, because I was not too happy with the cake, cause I thought it had some bitter spots, so I took a quarter of a slice to work, to be shared and commented by my buddies at work. They loved it too, yes there were some bitter spots, not sure where that came from. Was it the colouring or the baking soda, I'm not sure, anybody out there know why? Do drop me a line if you do.

Anyhow, here's the recipe that I got from the internet. Fudged as suggested by those who tried and commented in the recipe site, cannot remember which one probably from allrecipes.com.


Red Velvet Cake

Ingredients:


1. 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2. 2 ounces red food coloring

3. 1 cup milk***

4. 1 teaspoon white vinegar/lemon juice

5. 1 teaspoon salt

6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

7. 2 cups white sugar

8. 2 eggs

9. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

10. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

11. 1 cup of vegetable oil


Directions


1. For cupcakes, bake at 325 for 25 min.

2. Grease two 9 inch round pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring. Set aside.

3. Combine the buttermilk*** - salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the oil and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the cocoa mixture. Beat in the buttermilk mixture alternately with the flour, mixing just until incorporated. Stir together baking soda and vinegar, then gently fold into the cake batter.

4. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



*** the recipe actually calls for buttermilk - here's what needs to be done in the absence of buttermilk

What you need:

• Milk (just under one cup)

• 1 Tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice

Preparation:

1. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.
2. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.
3. Let stand for five minute. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.

Cream Cheese Frosting II


Ingredients (US)

• 1/2 cup butter, softened

• 8 ounces cream cheese

• 4 cups confectioners' sugar

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 1 tsp orange rind

Ingredients (metric)

• 115 g butter, softened

• 225 g cream cheese

• 480 g confectioners' sugar

• 10 ml vanilla extract

• 1 tsp orange rind

Directions

1. Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.

2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

# note: I would actually cut down the sugar a little the next time I use this recipe.




A piece of cake - literally! :-)

So if you are giving this recipe a try and if you managed to tweak it successfully, do let me know yah!


Monday, November 8, 2010

The office's annual stampede breakfast and family day.

On the 9th of October, it was that time of the year again for my office's stampede breakfast and family day. Stampede is actually a Calgary's tradition, which was brought over to KL Office for us to have a taste of the Canadian's culture. Mainly on this day you'd get to see the bosses preparing the pancakes, get dunked and also get thrown of the mechanical bull. Ha!ha! interesting eh? Over the past few years, the stampede breakfast has been merged with the family day. Everyone gets to bring their family, for a day of fun, food, games and particularly this year loads of mud and dirt! Enjoy the pictures... 



We start with breakfast, before the pancakes were ready, we could not resist the Nasi Lemak.

Me and Azleen.


Even first thing in the morning when we arrived, the field was already muddy!

 

This is nothing.... compared to the condition of this very same spot by noon!


We were entertained by a band singing Country & Western numbers throughout the day.


Zaim catching a ride on Thomas and Friends Engines. Choo!choo!



The committee performing their opening dance - Shakira's Waka Waka!


Preparing the pancakes.


Our acting Country Manager tossing away!


JT's welcoming speech and officiating the Stampede & Family Day, with a yeee-haw!!!




Gorgeous picture opportunity, with the bright sun and green backdrops.


Everyone had their body parts painted. Nayli got a white horse on her cheek.


Zarif chose a scorpion on his hand.

Zaim too!


A Canadian flag on his hand.



I want one too! He!he!


Hana, my brother's friend finally agreed to get herself painted as well.


Like my cowgirl??? Yee-haw!!!


After the flag, he noticed my cheek, and decided that he wanted one on his cheek too!


So there!

Batman and Cowgirl.



Zaim, happily posing away to show off his Batman sign!




Girly stuff on our cheeks!


Sand art is a must must must for Zarif!


The crowd under the tent.






Tickle Tickle Tickle Mr. Hamster!


More cute stuff around at the mini petting zoo.



Tiny rat in Nayli's palms.


A raccoon.


Eeeww slimy stuff.


Zaim was feeling icky yet curious.







There were also tele-matches for the children.





Zaim watching from the sideline.


A picture with Jim Tarlton, Linda and hubby.


Brother and Sister collaboration.





When it was the adult's turn to play, I had a"little" problem.
Someone refused to be left on the side.













Tug-Of-War!


Supporter! Ha!ha!



Nayli gathered her guts and finally did it - she actually held the snake!


Lunchtime.


This is the condition of our shoes and the ground, by noon!


Lunch was roasted lamb! Yummy!


Hana was so kind to handle Zaim, while I enjoyed my lunch! Thanks Hana!


My brother.


Zarif, not to be outdone by the sister conquered his fears and ickiness! Well done, boy!


Zaim did the Waka! Waka! on stage!





Nayli tried the Bull!



Zarif too!


The day was searing hot, the ground wet and muddy. However, the food was superb (thanks to the excellent caterer wink!wink!), and it was good fun for the kids. Already they are looking forward to next year's stampede, god willing. Hopefully, the organizers would decide on a better venue. 
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