Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kak Ros's Fried Rice

It has been 4 consequent  Thursdays of sending food to the congregation at Masjid SS8.  Each time we had our 'intentions' and last night was for the  'tahlil' or Quran recitations  in the memory of Miss B's late father, who passed away early this month. (Alfatihah).

The late Uncle Ahmad was the epitome of a happy father of daughters.  4 daughters.  He passed away  peacefully and I can say contentedly because being a close friend to Miss B, I know how he was dotted upon by his  wonderful daughters.  'Daddy girls',  who showered him with not only with lots of love but met to all of his material needs. To that I dare say, daughters are the best,  being one and having 3 of my own.  Double standards towards daughters is going down.  (That still exist you know).

We cooked and packed Kak Ros's Fried Rice, threw in apples and drinking water in the food packs and off  they go to the mosque. (Ya Allah, terima lah doa dan sedeqah kami. Ameen)

The recipe today is Kak Ros's fried rice.

Kak Ros Fried Rice  for (4 person)

4 cups of cooled completely  rice that has 1/2 tsp  salt added and rubbed  into evenly
4 pips of garlic, pounded or grinded
1 (small) big yellow onion (bawang besar) pounded
3 green chili padi (thai chillies)  pounded with a bit of belacan
A few pieces chicken fillet, cut into small pieces
1 cup of thawed mixed vegetable
4 tbsp of oyster sauce
Salt according to taste


Saute in oil  the garlic and onions till fragrant.  Add pounded chillies.  Add chicken fillet.  Add oyster sause.  Add the vegetable.  If too dry, add 3 tbsp of water.

When chicken and veg is cooked, add the rice. Mix and cook well. Season with salt to your liking if necessary. Sprinkle fried shallots.

Rezzy helping with the packing.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Roti jala

Taking care of your loved one's food is a sure way to their hearts. I read on the Good Chef and Bad Chef TV episode that people who gives you food gives you their heart.  Come to think of it, it is true.  The more loving friends or relatives are always inviting me over for a meal. I remember my late Aunt, Mokcik Moh who would be hurt if I do not go for a meal to her house when I go back to Kota Bharu.  Or my paternal Aunt, who would make sure no one leaves her house without filling their stomach first. So, make a point to offer food, not only it is a form of sedeqah that would reap you pahala, it is a way of extending a genuine friendship to last a whole life long.

I found out that you can find love from food.

This is a recipe for roti jala or 'net pancakes'.

Roti Jala

A blender
Half blender of flour
1 egg
2 tbsp of powdered milk
1-2 drops of yellow colouring
Enough water to fill up the blender to the top
1 tsp salt
A roti jala mould


Blend all the ingredients till smooth. Get the right consistency for a light pancake.

Oil a flat pan.  Put some batter into the mould and swirl it on the pan to form a net-like pattern. The best way is this way.  Bring the mould into a star formation and 3 quick circles. If you go haphazardly, you will get a messy net.  When well set and cooked, take it out of the pan and fold it like a spring roll.

To be eaten with curry or any gravy of your liking. Its net-like shape makes it a delectable and refined dish.

Kolok Ubi dan Godok Labu

You know, I was so busy with everything and when I looked back there were a very wide variety of food and the pictures I should have taken, between the period of the last post and now. There was Juadah Berbuka for Ramadhan, that we cooked and received, there was the Juadah Hariraya, the cookies, the main dishes, the side dishes, at our house, at my brother's houses, there was the Akad Nikah ceremony and its buffet and finally the Walimah or Kenduri and its buffet.  Many many dishes and not one picture I took. I was that occupied.

Don't despair, I have 2 super-simple recipes pre-wedding. One from Kak Ros and one, invented by me.

First the the Kolok Ubikayu (tapioca)

Kolok Ubikayu

1 stem of tapioca
Gula Melaka or palm suger
Pandan leaves
1/2 tsp of salt

Cut the tapioca into small pieces and put into a pot. Add salt and boil till tender.  Once it is soft, add a little more water for syrup. Add in the gula melaka to your taste  and pandan leaves and boil until gula melaka has dissolved. This is nicer than you think.

Godok Labu (pumpkin)

1 small ripe pumpkin, cut lengthwise into half and seeded.
2 cups of coconut milk
4 tbsp of shredded gula melaka (palm sugar)
2 pandan leaves
4 cloves
A pinch of salt.

Arrange the 2 halves of pumpkin in the oven and bake until soft and tender.  Once it is soft, and can be poked with a fork, pour coconut milk which has salt added  into both the pumpkin's cavity to its brim. (cavity?) 1 cup coconut per half pumpkin. Add water if not there is not enough coconut milk. Add 2 tbsp of gula melaka into the cavity with the pandan leaves and 2 cloves each. Bake again until very soft and gooey. And scoop away this satisfyingly sweet dessert served hot or cold.

Our new cook, Mimi

Hi I am back


Hi, I am back.  That was a long break from writing.  So many things happened.  Life changing.  Status changing. I did what I had to, gave my best shot,  I bent, I broke, I laughed, I cried and when all is good again, here I am,  writing on this blog.  In a nutshell,  I grew.

One of my daughters said, this may be a simple blog but she believes when I die, it will be of some value. Thank you, my darling.  Mama can wait.

I have an additional member to my precious family and his name is Fauzan, my son-in-law, Mimi's husband.  There was a wedding last month and it had called for more than what I could muster, but I survived. Alhamdulillah.

I am also going to be a grandmother soon.  Picipu is expecting a baby whom we now affectionately named  Kumquat.  Picipu's I-phone updates her with the size of her uterus and when she announced that it was the size of a Kumquat, somehow that fruit name stuck on the baby. We await everyday to the progress of  Baby Kumquat. When it moved for the first time, Picipu was amazed and found the meaning of a miracle.  Nothing like the first pregnancy, with all its surprises and wonders. The consequent babies are just as miraculous, only without the surprise element.

The highlight of this blog, is that Mimi is cooking everyday for her husband and in-laws.  My baby is all grown up and taking on the challenges of a young wife.  So cute!!!. (And so brave!!) She hardly cooks before she got married, except when she was made to, a months before the wedding, for a crash-course and quick practice, and now she is cooking everyday. Anak sapa tu !!!

More food pictures and recipes after this post.  Good to be back.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gift pack for Choc Chip cookies

We make and sell  Choc Chip kismis, Choc Chip Almond, Choc Chip Hazel and Just choc chip.  This is the gift pack version.

Simple orange cake

Picipu brought home some  plump oranges. They were sweet and very juicy   She said it cost RM2.00 each.  Alhamdulillah for this bounty.

This morning, there was only one orange left and for everyone to be able enjoy this last fat orange, Hajar and I made a simple orange cake.  I had only 1 egg left and the recipe calls for 2 eggs.  I increased the orange  juice and baking powder and we had a lovely orange cake. Anyway,  less egg is better.

Orange cake 

125 gm butter (softened)
1/3  cup milk
1/2 cup orange juice
1 egg
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cup plain flour with 2 teaspoon baking powder or 1 1/2 cup self raising flour with 1/2 tsp baking powder
Zest of 1 orange
a pinch of salt

Beat butter and sugar.  Add egg, milk and orange juice.  Add the sifted flour and salt. Add in orange zest. 
Pour into a cake tin that has been greased and sprinkled with flour.

Bake at 180 oven for 40 mins until golden brown.  Poke the middle with toothpick to see if cake is done.