Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hari Raya Cookies

I know I know, it's already 21st Syawal, here I am still updating about iftar... well just one step before I update the hari raya updates, it's the last week before hari raya. For a few years already, we have been preparing Chocolate chip cookies for hari raya. This year we continued with the "tradition". I chose to bake during the Merdeka holiday on August 31st.

The first step of baking chocolate chip cookies involve grating the chocolate into pieces (last year) the chocolate pieces were melted. This results in super dark chocolate chip cookies. I tried something different this year, just grated the chocolate bars into tiny pieces and mix into the cookie dough.


Last year, Zaim was probably asleep and missed the fun, this year he "helped"!


Grate, grate, grate...


My trusted mixer (must be over 10 yrs old already).


Everyone was put to work... well maybe not everyone. Hi!hi!


Zarif at first was reluctant to leave his PS2, but the lure of working
with chocolates was too much for a 6 year old to handle I guess.



Zaim helped to make the spatulas easier to wash!

Papa chipped in too, since he must be the #1 fan of chocolate chip cookies!



The best part is when the chocolate chips go in!



It would have been really tough to ensure that 99.99% of the chocolate chip packets' contents went into the bowl and not into the mouth, luckily everyone was fasting apart from Zaim of course.


At this point the dough becomes really thick and hard to stir, hence
I left it to the guys to manage.


Each time I bake cookies I remember why I don't bake cookies often. I just don't like the lengthy process of baking them. Measuring and mixing is ok, but baking them batches by batches is another story altogether. I prefer baking cakes anytime. (Not that I do that often though!).



We tried using the ice-cream scoop for one tray of cookies, imitating Nigella in one of her shows. The cookies turned out to be huge. Quite good for adult intake, just one cookie at a time. Perhaps when we bake again, we'd used the scoop again, that way we might finish sooner.


The finished product.





Yum! yum! yum!
By the time I'm writing this, the cookies have long finished.
Perhaps I should make another batch soon.

Please click here for the recipe: Famous Amos Recipe. I got this from a forwarded email.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What is that in my living room?

Yes, my living room can be in a complete mess at times, what with the erected "igloo" tent plus an additional make shift door made of a bright red towel! Goodbye ID and co-ordinated decor theme! Sigh! I am okay with this, my kids are growing, they need a space to grow and imagine and play. Since their already cramped computer-study-playroom is rather limited in size, the living room often becomes an extended play area, hence I wasn't so surprised to come out of my room to discover that they have (thanks for the help of the ever obliging dad) erected yet another playzone!

Using the concept of the Bouncy Castle - where air is blown into a huge balloon or castle like structures.This one, is Zarif's favourite self made "tent" whenever he managed to squeeze a yes out of me or his father!


This is not a bloated baguette or bun! It's Zarif"s duvet-cum-tent! And it isn't empty!!!


Zarif and Zaim resting in their tent.



Monday, September 20, 2010

Final update on iftar dishes...

Since it is already a week + into Syawal... I really think I should no longer continue updating iftar dishes. However, since I have already  painstakingly taken some pictures on all the dishes that I have made, don't think there is any harm done in updating them.

So here's a list of some iftar dishes throughout Ramadhan that I managed to capture some pictures of but never did manage to blog about.

Assam Laksa



Steamed Fish - a dish prepared by hubby.



Ayam Percik



Served with Gado-Gado

Ayam Percik Recipe

Here's the ayam percik recipe shared by a friend, no measurements nothing, but it works.

Ingredients:

Coconut milk
Fresh Chillies
Shallots
Lemongrass
Ginger
Salt
Sugar

Method:

Blend all ingredients together except for the coconut milk.
Boil chicken in the blended ingredients add coconut milk, then roast the chicken.
Boil the remainder of the marinade until it thickens to be served as a gravy.

Wal-la your ayam percik is ready!

Steamboat - Yong Tau Foo





Steamboat Soup Recipe

Anchovies (Ikan Bilis)
Water
Salt
Ginger
Sugar

Stuff anchovies (as much as possible) and crushed ginger in a soup bag and boil for at least an hour, add salt and sugar to taste. If you wish to prepare a Tomyam based soup : add Lemongrass, Tomato, Chili and Kafir Lime leaves into the boiled soup. 

Brown Sauce for Yong Tau Foo Recipe

Blended Taucho (fermented soy beans in salt)
Garlic
A few tablespoon cooking oil
Soy Sauce (Dark not Light)
Brown Sugar
Water
Corn Flour

Mixed all ingredients together add salt to taste.

Roast Beef


I roasted the beed whole with some thyme. When done, I sliced the beef before serving.


Served with Garlic Bread, Mashed potatoes, coleslow and salad, all home made, well except for the Italian Salad Dressing that came out of a bottle and the garlic butter for the baguette :-). Oh and brown sauce courtesy of my caterer friend Fidah! Thanks Fid, your brown sauce is a lifesaver!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

6th day iftar dish - Pasar Ramadhan, Fried Macaroni & Dessert

Hi All,

Before I begin updating some hari raya pictures, let me clear one or two backlogs of Ramadhan updates that never made it during Ramadhan!

This is is about the 6th day iftar dish - by then I was already totally out of ideas of what to prepare for iftar dishes. We decided to check out the Pasar Ramadhan nearby, when we saw the variety of dishes on sales, we thought, why not just buy something for a change. Here's what we decided on:


Laksam which turned out to be dissapointing, cause the gravy was SWEET!


The Spicey Satay. Yumm!!


Pulut Panggang.


In the end I did cook something, this fried macaroni for Zaim.


Oh, we also had a taste of these macaroons flown in especailly from London a souvenir from a friend.


For dessert I made Puding Sagu Gula Melaka.

So lesson learnt here is we cannot truly rely on Pasar Ramadhan food, there must be a back up dish in case things turned out to be dissapointing.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Raya Greetings.

Dear all, I apologise for not updating for so long and for not dropping by your blogs. My work commitments have been extemely taxing during this Ramadhan and will continue to be so at least until early October. Until then, just a short note to wish everyone Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir Batin. Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. Drive safely and take care.









Selamat Hari Raya from our family: Zarif, Jack, Nayli, Me and Zaim.

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