Sunday, August 21, 2011

Nasi Ayam

I have never made chicken rice on my own before having my mother instructing me all the time. And because she was always around, I never thought of taking her recipe.  So, when I got bored of the normal meals we had, I decided to make Chicken Rice and went scouring for a chicken rice recipe on the net.  I stumbled into this site http://fiqah99.blogspot.com/ and decided to try out the recipe she had.  I say, it turned out well.   She takes great picture of her food too!  

Nasi Ayam Chef Wan

Ingredients for the rice:
1/2 cup margarine ( I used butter)
2 onions, chopped  ( I blended this)
2 cm ginger, sliced thinly (Blended)
3 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly ( blended)
1 cm cinnamon
4 cloves
2 strand of screwpine leaves, tear it in the middle and tie it in a knot.
4 cups of rice
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
salt to taste

Method:

  1. Melt the butter in a pan.  Saute the blended items with the cloves, cinnamon and screwpine leaves.
  2. Add the rice and saute this too for a while.
  3. Add the chicken stock and salt and simmer for a minute or two.
  4. Then, I put the whole thing in a rice cooker and let tit continue to cook.


The chicken:
1 whole chicken, halved
1 inch ginger
2 cloves of garlic ( I used 4)
A generous amount of black pepper 
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp margarine ( I used butter and more than 3 tbsp)
salt to taste

Method:

  1. Blend the garlic and ginger. Not too fine.
  2. Mix the garlic and ginger in the butter to make a paste.
  3. Then, rub the butter mixture underneath the skin of the bird.
  4. On the skin of the chicken, rub it with the soy sauce, salt and pepper.
  5. Roast for 1 hour and 20 minutes.



Chilli sauce:
10 red chilies 
3 cloves of garlic
1 inch ginger
1/2 cup chicken stock
3 tbsp vinegar ( depending on your preference)

Method:
  1. Put the chilies, ginger and garlic in a blender with half of the chicken stock.  Blitz until it is fine.  
  2. If the mixture is too thick add in the rest of the stock.  
  3. Add in the vinegar one tbsp at a time and mix well.  


Soy sauce:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken stock
sesame oil ( I used the toasted one)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
Oil drippings from the roasted chicken

Method:
  1. Heat the oil dripping in a saucepan and saute the garlic.
  2. Add the soy sauce and chicken stock, leave it to simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and dash some sesame oil into the sauce.


Chicken Broth  
(This is also used to make the rice and sauces)
2 chicken carcasses
1 cinnamon stick
cardamom, cloves and star anise
1 tsp each of fennel, cumin and coriander seeds.  
1 carrot stick, chopped
Cabbage, sliced ( amount is entirely up to you, just balance it with the amount of carrot)
1 ltr water
2 onions, each cut into 4
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
salt

Method:
  1. Simmer the chicken carcass in the water with everything .  Add in salt to taste.







French Yoghurt Cake

I got this recipe from a French girl named Annelise back in Edinburgh.  We were working as part-time floor executives then.. (cleaner) and she brought this cake for our tea break.  It is a very simple recipe and after 12 years, I found this in one of the boxes when I was cleaning up.  Never made it before so I decided to try it to serve for the breaking of fast.  However, I did not make it but my little girl, Iman did. We made a little adjustments though by adding sliced apple on the top as a garnish.  It turned out perfect! 

NOTE: Use the yoghurt pot as your measuring cup.


Ingredients:
1 pot yoghurt
2 pots sugar
2.5 pots flour
3 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 pot oil
a dash of salt
1 green apple
2 tbsp Demerara sugar

Method:
  1. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder.  Set aside.
  2. Beat the yogurt and sugar until creamy.  
  3. Add in eggs.
  4. Put in the flour and mix them together.  Add the oil and mix it well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the baking tin.
  6. Bake at 180 degree Celsius until the cake is ready. (My oven took me 1 hr)
For the garnish:
  1. Cut the apple in half and slice both parts.  Thinly or not, it is up to you.
  2. Add the sugar to the apples and mix them well.  
  3. Arrange the sliced apples in your baking tin.  This will become the top part of the cake.
And this..is the princess at work...I am so proud of her!




Friday, August 19, 2011

I want to go home !!!!!!

Period. Full stop. I just wanna go home to my Mum!!!! 

No, I am not in a cold war with my hubby..hish..I just want to go home to take care of my mum...


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Darn..

My father in law opened an FB account..hooray for Ayah..but he just had to add me! Not that I have anything against him..but to have your Dad on your friend list is somehow weird for me. ( NOTE: FOR ME..not for you or Ali or Nana or any John or Jane Doe..Hal2 FB nih boleh buat ramai orang ..hmm..sentap)

This is my FIL for heaven's sake and not my real one who has seen the weirdest side of me and still loves me for who I am...?? Ye ker?. Like FB is the place where I go nuts and all without having to worry about upsetting my parents kan..(my POV, again) So, I just left it there, unaccepted, thinking that, okay, since he is already friends with all my kids and hubby, what more does he need from me kan..??.

Then one fine day..one fine day, I saw that he was already on my friends list!!!! GDI..GDI..who was the culprit behind this??? I suspect my hubby or my son who both have access to my account! Can I strangle them both???? Can I unfriend my FIL...?(moronic question) Darn..darn..darn it!

Well..okler..so from today onwards, have got to watch my language on FB!! Have to really really think carefully on what I choose to paste on my status too. Grr.. Ada gak hikmahnyer tuh kan..

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tiramisu.

This is a simple recipe I got from a magazine by a Malaysian director's daughter Syanie, some 4 years ago.  It is easy and quick and less the ingredients than a normal Tiramisu would call for.  This recipe deviates from the traditional ones as it does not call for any eggs (which is a good thing because the taste and smell of the raw eggs can be quite overwhelming for us), alcohol and mascarpone cheese which is a key ingredient to produce a Zabaglione.  However, you will still get that rich and smooth taste that a classic Tiramisu will serve.

Tiramisu
Ingredients:
1 ltr whipping cream
250 gm Philly (cream cheese)
1 - 1.5 cups of icing sugar 
lady fingers 
1 tsp vanilla
3 tsp of Nescafe with 2 cups of water. 


Method:
  1. Beat the cheese until  it becomes soft.  Add in the vanilla. Then, pour the whipping cream in bit by bit  folding the mixture each time until you get the consistency that you like.  For a 250gm Philly, I would use around 3/4 ltr of the whipping cream. 
  2. Add 1 cup of the icing sugar and mix it in the cheese mixture.  At this point, you might want to taste it if it is too sweet.  If you feel it lacks the sweetness, add in some more icing sugar until you get the desired taste.  Set it aside in a fridge.
  3. Take a bowl large enough for the lady fingers to fit for dipping later on.  Dilute the instant coffee powder with warm water and if you like, you can add in some sugar.  I prefer mine strong to balance the sweetness from the cream cheese mixture.
To assemble:

  1. Get ready the cream cheese mixture, coffee and lady fingers.
  2. Dip both sides of the lady fingers in the coffee and lay it side by side in a Pyrex.  This will form your first layer.  (See pictures below)
  3. Once the base is prepared, scoop the cream cheese mixture and spoon it over the lady fingers evenly making sure that is is completely covered. (See picture below)
  4. Repeat the same steps until you get about 3 layers.
  5. Chill it in the refrigerator until you want to gobble it up!  Just before serving, dust some cocoa powder on top.
  6. If you want, you could also cover the top layer with melted chocolate and it will taste heavenly with the pairing of cheese and coffee.  ( I got this when I watched Bob Blumer in Surreal Gourmet).
Dipping the fingers.

Layering.


Enjoy...I know I did!





Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chocolate milk or milk?

I was never considered to be fair by anyone for as long as I can remember. People always thought that I was either an Indian convert, Indian Muslim/Mamak or of mixed parentage.  

When I was growing up, I used to hang out with my cousin who is the most beautifulest (I know this word does not exist) child on earth having long black hair and skin as fair as snow.  So, when we were at parks people would often go gaga over her saying things like 'Comelnyer', 'E..ee..you are such a doll' etc etc..the rest are just to blah for me to remember (Note the envious tone)  As a teenager, same o..same o with people noticing my fairer friends over me and as a teenager at that time, getting attention from boys was necessary, right?  It didn't dent my self-esteem however..yelah..I'm lying..I was TOTALLY wrapped in self-pity choosing Fair 'N' Lovely as my bestfriend with the intention that over years of loyalty and commitment to this love affair, I would become fair..but as you guessed..it never happened. 

As you grow older, you think that it will surpass with people looking deep into you instead of being recognized for your skin.  I can't deny  that having a fair skin can make you look more fresh, radiating and more presentable as compared to having a skin as dark as mine but is it what makes you, you?  Are you lesser than everyone else who are Snow Whites?  Would you be less successful  being chocolate? 

Even as an adult, it is a hard pang when people talk about being fair, however, I am stronger now to repel myself from having any inferiority complexes but have you ever thought of the implications that it might pose on a girl as big as 3 and 6 years old?  Have some justice to them!   Take a look at a child's face when you compliment her sibling to be cute or beautiful and you emphasize how this other sibling's skin is 'different' or fairer than the other.  Have you? No, because we are too busy looking at the fairer one.  Have you ever heard of a child say that she will look better in an orange light setting because it will make her 'lighter'?  No, because only her parents will have to endure that. So, before you decide to say your friends' children are comel/cute, make sure it stops at that.  There is no need to make a point of whether they have a darker or fairer skin.  No one can ever predict what damage a simple line like that might cause.

Ironically, people prefer chocolates over white ones eh..hahaha..ayat penyedap hati..

Monday, August 1, 2011

Rough time for me..

My mother suffered from a mild stroke just two weeks after we relocated to Ruwais.  This to me is the first trial in my life here.

It has been three weeks now and she is still in the hospital.  At first, things looked brighter with her being able to walk and stand even though assistance was required but when I called her this morning, she told me that 4 days ago she bumped her knee on a sink and now she is unable to stand let alone walk. I called my brother and he told me the MRI results have not come through yet ..it has been three weeks!!! What is taking them so long??

I did suggest to my mother to be transferred to a private hospital but she was reluctant being confident with the government ones, not that I have any doubts but the tardiness is killing me.  I know that her main concern is money, not wanting to burden us with the bills but who cares about that..money can be earned, savings are there for rainy days and being in debt for this is something I would not have a second thought about.  She still refuses saying that her friends: the doctors and nurses who were once her colleagues are around to which I agree. 

I want to go home to tend to her needs but one leg is pinned here.  I do have to consider my husband.  My kids have to register for school in two weeks time, I can just take the youngest one with me but then I fear that I might not want to come back..I don't know..I don't know..  My siblings are all working and when she is discharged who will take care of her? She will be alone at home until the others return!  And my father, his health is also one thing that I worry about.  At times he is okay but then at times he goes down with a fever. I know he misses my mum..

If only I were closer..God, render me your strength and wisdom to go through the days with this predicament in my chest..