Saturday, February 26, 2011

Diva Roti Jala with Beef Curry

Hmm.. I love eating roti jala with curry but the process of making the roti jala itself requires some elbow grease. But, eating it makes everything worthwhile.

The ready to be eaten kuih jala
The acuan

Dip in the curry

                                 Diva Roti Jala with Beef Curry 

Roti Jala:
2 cups flour 
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 egg
A dash of salt
Enough water to make the batter watery enough to go through the acuan roti jala

Beef or chicken curry

1. Prepare the batter.
2. Heat a nonstick pan and grease it with a little bit of oil.
3. Pour some batter through the acuan, let each side cook for 30 seconds and when it's cook, transfer it onto a plate and make a triangle out of it. Don't make it too thick.
4. Finish all the batter. Serve hot with curry at the side. 

Cucur Bubok Diva

It's bubok season now in Miri. What is bubok? It's a very small shrimp to make belacan or shrimp paste. My late mum always makes her own belacan but I don't do that. I don't even bother because I am allergic to belacan. I will get very itchy after eating it but still I can't resist myself from making cucur bubok or bubok fritters although after eating it, I'll start scratching here and there. Luckily, the allergic reaction is not bad and severe.

The ready to be eaten cucur

The frying process

The batter

                             Cucur Bubok Diva

200gm bubok
1 big onion, diced
3 large chillies, diced
A dash of salt, pepper and Ajinonomoto
3 cups of flour
4 tbsps corn flour
Water, just enough to make the batter (add in bit by bit)

1. Prepare everything in a bowl. Heat the oil in a wok. Fry batch by batch til finish but never fry so many pieces at a time or you'll risk of getting soggy fritters, not crispy ones.
2. Serve hot with chili sauce at the side with hot tea or coffee.

Kek Belang Rimau Diva

It's been quite a while since the last time I baked a cake. My kids loves to eat cake so I decided to make a layer cake, taken from a recipe that I always bake for Hari Raya every year. I made a little twist to the original recipe because actually it requires Horlick but I don't have any stock at home. Instead, I blended Nestum into powder. Still, the taste of the cake is still great and yummy and the most important thing is, my kids loves it. It doesn't look very nice because I was quite lazy to layer it properly. Hahahhaa..

                     Kek Belang Rimau Diva

2 sticks of 250gm butter (because of the expensive price of Golden Churn, I'm using West Butter)
1 1/2 cups castor sugar
2 cups flour
2 cups Milo
2 cups blended Nestum ( the original recipe uses Horlicks)
2 tsps chocolate flavor
2 tsps orange color
10 eggs
2 tbsps condensed milk

1. Beat butter and sugar till white and fluffy.
2. Add eggs one by one. Beat again till well mixed.
3. Add in condensed milk. Stir well then add in flour, bit by bit while mixing it well to the batter.
4. Divide equally into 2 different bowls. One bowl, add in Milo and chocolate flavor to the batter and the other bowl, add in Nestum and orange color.
5. Preheat oven with upper heat, 180 degrees celsius for about 10 minutes.
6. Lined a 8x8 in tray with grease paper and put 5 tablesppons of Milo batter and cook for about 3-5 minutes till done. Press it with a cake presser to even the layer and add in 5 tablesppons of Nestum batter and bake for 3-5 minutes till done. Repeat process til finish.
7. When the last layer is cooked, turn the heat to upper and lower. Let it cook for about 20-30 minutes or until it's cook properly. You can see that the edges of the cake is separated from the cake tray.
8. Let it cool, then cut it to desired size. Serve hot with coffee or tea. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Welcome to burlesque!

I didn't watch this movie til the end because at that time, I watched it online in my room with my kids and I found it inappropriate for kids to watch for the sexy garments that the casts wore. I love the music though and right now I can't stop playing this tune over and over again coz it's so sexy and refreshing and when you listen to it, you'll find that you'll move your body around too. Maybe I'll try to find a suitable time to finish this movie off. Enjoy!


Full song of Welcome to Burlesque

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A sick mom is a terrible thing in the world!

It's best to turn on this song while reading this entry. Gives a kick!

As you all know, I'm a mum of 5, a wife to my beloved hubby and a daughter to my disabled father. I have to take care all of them and being sick is the most unwanted thing to be happened to me! Last friday, at around 12.30pm, I was talking to my hubby when suddenly I had this annoying thing happened to my vision. My vision was blurry and at the corner of my eyes, the vision looks jumpy. I told my hubby about it and he told me that it's a symptom that I'm going to pass out. I laughed about it because I didn't feel anything else besides the weird vision thing. I reached the iPad and start googled about it and I was so shocked to read that the thing that happened to my vision is called migraine aura. I was still skeptical about it (I do suffer from migraine but never in my life came across this aura thing) and about 20 minutes later, my vision returned to normal. Then, I started to feel the throbbing at the left side of my hide. Yes, migraine. It started slow, then becoming more intense.

I resisted myself from taking any pills for the migraine for fearing it will interfere the production of my breast milk, besides, when I had the episode of the impacted wisdom tooth, I've taken too much painkillers and I didn't want to be to dependable to painkillers. But 4 hours later, the pain was unbearable, so I ate Panadol actifast and it relieved the pain for a while.

That night, I felt like I was going to have a fever, I became nauseated and couldn't sleep well thru the night. I was constantly waking up due to the nauseaand after preparing my daughter for school on Saturday morning, I threw up. I swallowed 2 Domperhidone for the nausea but it does nothing good. But my brother told me that I don't look good and he offered to send my daughter to school. I felt so weak but I managed to bathe all 3 of my kids and my nephew. Then, I managed to do the laundry and even little Danish (5 yrs old) and Darwisyah (4 yrs old) helped me to dry the clothes outside. Then, hubby came and helped us. After that, I felt very uncomfortable and after nursing baby Darwish to sleep, I tried to take a nap. That when I started to feel the worse. I felt like I'm going to die with the terrible headache and fever plus the never ending nausea. Hubby came from picking Dayana up from school and bought some take away from Pizza Hut and KFC but none of these gave me any craving to eat. It even made the nausea worsening. I ran up and threw up and cover myself with blanket and went to sleep some more. Around 4 pm, I was wet all over with sweat and I felt a little bit good except for the throbbing head.

At night, hubby massaged me and I thought I could finally have some good rest after the massage but hubby dearest had picked up the whatever germs or bacterias that has been infecting me! He felt sick with the same pattern and symptom. So yesterday, being a Monday, I had to wake up and made breakfast, send Dayana to school, prepare Danish for kindergarten, send him off to kindy, do the laundries, tending the 4 small ones (4 yrs old, 2 yrs old, 1yr old and 8 mths old), cleaning the house, cooking lunch and picking up Danish from kindy at 12 noon. By the time I was ready to pick Dayana up around 12.40p, I was feeling very light headed. I pushed myself hard by drinking the Nescafe Kacip Fatimah and Collagen.

I parked my car far away as there were none nearest available parking around and had to walk 4 minutes to the school gate. As soon as I reached the school gate, I heard ringing sounds in my ears and I felt very light and cold. I knew I was about to passed out but nobody noticed. A funny thing that I noticed with parents nowadays, they have this snobbish looking on their face saying I-am-here-to-send-and-pick-my-children-and-not-too-be-your-friend. I tried to be friendly a few times with Dayana's classmates' parents but they don't give a damn. Very different with the Western culture where it's good to have good relationship with other parents so that if there is any emergency, you can have big help and support. I quickly took a deep breath and recite the Selawat and I reached for my Blackberry. As soon as I was clutching the phone, I was wondering, who am I going to call? My hubby is sick at home, I don't have a mom or in-laws, my dad is disabled, I have friends but they are not close ones, and relatives? Both of my parents are from Kuching so all the families are still in Kuching. I was in a brink of tears when I felt a strong courage building up inside me. My family needs me and I have to be strong.

I managed to drive home back and I quickly lay down and relaxed for a while before continuing my job as a mum. I had a mild fever again at night and I guess my body needed some quality rest. I feel so sad about myself, and even while typing this right now, I'm crying. Other people have someone to turn to when they need help, but in this case like mine, I have no one but Allah. When you feel like you're going to crumble and too tired of handling everything, just take a deep breath and selawat. Insya-Allah, you'll feel something positive, even it's not big. I'm so emotional right now so I'll end this post. Before that, a little advice from me, treasure the people that you love and if you have the time, give a smile to the person standing next to you while waiting for your children. You might help someone by doing this.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Home made yogurt

I've bought Easiyo Yogurt Maker 4 years back and at that time it only cost RM79 per unit. I have 2 units and I was surprise when I was about to buy a unit for my friend's wedding and found out that it cost double of the original price! My oh my! The same goes with the yogurt premix. At those days, I can easily buy a packet of Easiyo premix at RM10.90 - RM12.90 but now it cost RM16.90! I stopped using the maker because I didn't have any recipe for making cheap yet delicious yogurt until last month, when my cousin came to our house and told me that she got a recipe for making yogurt that is cheap, delicious and fast. I've made 4 kg of yogurt using the recipe and it never fail to please me! In order to make this recipe, you have to own a yogurt maker. It's very easy to use where you only have to pour boiling hot water into the maker and let the maker do its magic. With this recipe, I can easily get 1 kg of yogurt under RM10!! Wah lau! Unbelievable!!!

                                   Diva Home Made Yogurt

900 ml Marigold Pasteurized Milk
1/2 cup icing sugar / 5 sachets of Equal sugar
1 small ready-to-eat yogurt of your choice

1. Pour milk, yogurt and sugar into the bottle and stir well.
2. Prepare everything with the yogurt maker.
3. After 3 hours, refrigerate the yogurt for few hours and it's ready to be enjoy! Nice!

Easiyo yogurt mix packet - expensive!!!

Yogurt Maker