Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Secret Garden

Finally finished one! Used Faber Castell's markers on this

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Colour for relaxation

So who else has caught the colouring bug?!

A big hit now in KL, I had actually started colouring two years ago. Only now bookstores sells a wide collection of Adult colouring books. Previously U found decent ones randomly.

I've tried both colour pencils and felt tip pens. I must say colour pencils gives a much nicer finish. Then again depends on the look you are looking for. Felt tip pens are great if you want the "children's book illustration " type of look.

Home made strawberry jam

I had two punnets of strawberries in the fridge which I had forgotten about. So I decided to make strawberry jam. I've not made them before but heard that it's real easy, so I googled some recipes.

Some recipes called for pectin sugar, which I obviously don't have. So I found some non pectin recipes. Basically that would require lemon and normal sugar.

So here are the proportions I used:

2 punnets of strawberries
Juice from half a lemon
Half cup of sugar

Half the strawberries,  stir in the lemon juice and stir under low heat on the stove. Mash the strawberries with a potato masher as you go along. Once its bubbling,  add the sugar and stir until its all melted. And thats it.

I used an old jam jar that I had at home to store the jam. But first I rinsed the insides and the cover with boiling water to sterilise it.

It turned out quite yummy! Do try it!

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Kenny Hills Bakers

We decided to give ourselves a treat to a breakfast outing as we have not done this in quite a while.

Hubby proposed we try Kenny Hills Bakers,  a half shop bakery tucked away at the foot of Kenny Hills. Its a small and really quaint Parisian style cafe with the most awesome croissants I've tasted outside Europe.

Their best seller is the choc croissant and the almond croissant. We tried both and indeed they are so yummy!

Totally recommend this place but seating is very limited so be prepared for a wait if its a busy morning.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The thing about cucur

I can't get the one I ate at Redang Island during my diving trip out of my mind. It was so simple, fulfilling and one of those comfort food that is similar but has subtle differences every different place you have them.

Different people have different special ingredients in it. But it is still a typical malay tea time snack.

I however can never get it right. No matter how hard I try. So I gave up and resorted to the instant Adabi mix and just throw in some onions and spring onions.

And finally now, at home I can have yummy cucur too. Thanks to Adabi :p

Friday, July 17, 2015

Selamat Hari Raya!

Our annual family photo. The only time we take a decent one

Eid Mubarak everyone!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Raya cookout!

Every year I will definitely try to cook something and bake something. This year I surprise myself by baking 2 types of cookies, making rendang tok, rendang ayam and kuah kacang!

And I don't have a maid!

*pat myself on back*

How do I do it? I spread it out.

I made rendang tok and choc chip cookies a week back. I split the 1.5kg rendang into several small containers and put them in the freezer.

I worked on the kuah kacang and chicken rendang today. This time I had help. My sister came to kupas bawang.

Last and not least I wouldn't have been able to do it without my dishwasher. No way I can muster the strength  (and fasting ) to cook AND wash. No maid remember!

So here are some photos. Unfortunately I did not manage to take photos of the rendang tok and biskut semperit that I made last week. Was too busy with the cooking and hands were too messy to snap a photo.

But do check out my spanking new Le Creuset pot! It really does make the food taste better (trying to justify my hefty purchase) (there was a 60% discount! )

Monday, July 06, 2015

My little funnies

The twins are almost three and Ayden just turned five. Only a parent can understand how much fun this age can be!

Yea sure they fight, they do have their moments, but Alhamdullilah these 3 do look out for each other and enjoy each other's company. And surprisingly, the boys are really good playmates.

Like when the twins are at their football classes,  Ayden is there to cheer them on, hold their hand and give them moral support. Aaron makes sure Hannah stands in line in class. At home when she cries he runs to look for her pacifier. When Aaron cries, Hannah will comfort him and say "don't cry Aaron, yuuuuk mummy is here" while waving her finger at me.

Before I became a mother,  I bear so many negative remarks about motherhood. How tiring it is,  how stressful it is, how much freedom we have to give up, how much money it would cost.
I vowed at that time that if I get to be a mother, my life will be the opposite of that. I will make something out of it.

True to my words, I enjoy motherhood no matter how tired I get, how broke or how how frustrating it can be. Because I was almost not granted this privilege. I was given a second chance.

This second chance taught me more than just being a mother,  but to also be a better person,  and that life can be so sweet. And not sweat the small stuff.