Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Son "UK, Here I Come"

My Son "UK, Here I Come"

Yesterday night my beloved son left for UK to 
further his study in Law.  If all turns out well, 
he will stay to do his Bar. Wish him all the best.

Last few months ago, my son did ask me how I will feel 
when he is not around.  I said it is too early to say it.

Well, feelings/affection will always be in us (Mother), 
when the date is getting nearer, I can feel the sadness.

Thank goodness during his departure on that night, 
his childhood school friends and some college friends 
were there to bid him farewell and they indeed make 
the whole atmosphere livelier and happier instead of gloomy.

While taking photos, my tears did come out 
but when he hug all of us, my tears were increasing 
but I am surprised that I did not cry like boo hoo hoo 
or maybe because I have cried at home while 
he did his last minute packing.

This evening while having dinner, my daughter asked 
why am I so clumsy today.  I said not clumsy 
but my eyes were very "cloudy" 
and wanted to have "thunder storm" instead of "slight rain". 
I told her that when you leave next year to UK, 
I think my eyes will be like a tsunami.  
She got my meaning and instead of making 
the whole situation sad, I told her I am ok 
and my children going to study overseas 
is a good thing.  I should be proud.

Lastly, wanted to put this in writing.  
The next day after my son left, 
the first thing my husband told me is that “well, 
son has gone to UK, our house will be one person short 
and will be quiet”.  I think he feels it too 
but men always will be men, they wouldn't  show it out. 
My daughter will be happy that her brother is not around 
because there won't be anyone to nag her but I think in 
a few weeks/months to come, she will feel it 
because they are siblings who watch movie together, 
cook for each other, advise each other on clothing and etc.

Part of Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Luggage belongs to my son.

His friends came to bid him farewell.  All these from school.
They are the closest from Junior to Senior.  
Not many because private school per class is maximum to 18/20
students.  The others cannot come but has given him farewell
lunch/dinner.  To his friends from college who were there
but late, this Aunty would like to apologise forgetting 
to take your photos.  Aunty and family would like
to thank you for your presence.

Monday, August 25, 2014

21st Birthday Red Velvet Cake

21st Birthday Red Velvet Cake
Recently, our dearest daughter celebrated her 21st Birthday.
Is it a good thing? Answer will be yes and no.
Yes because she has grown up to be a wonderful person and
No because she will be leaving the nest soon.
Before her birthday falls on 25th August, I was cracking my
head what kind of girlie cake to bake for her.
End up baking this lovely Red Velvet Cake and she loves it.
Will share this easy recipe soon.

 This picture was taken during my birthday beginning of this month.
We had wonderful feast of ribs/sausages at Morganfield's, Pavilion.

 Our lovely children.  Both of them has turn out kind and wonderful.
We are very proud of them.

Happy Birthday to our dear daughter/sister.
You have bought us immense joy since you came into this world.
May you continue to be successful in all your life's endeavours.
We couldn't believe how swiftly time has passed us by.
You are such a big girl now!  
May you reach all your dreams and aspirations in life.  
We like to call ourselves as proud parents / brother 
to see you grow up to be a kind and wonderful young lady. 
Happy Birthday.

Nearly forgotten, Congratulations to your outstanding
result in your 1st Year Law.  Keep up the work.

All these young lads/gals are my daughters' friends
from school/college.  We had a small party for her
and her friends at Hotel Istana's Coffee House
celebrating her 21st Birthday.

Hope you all have enjoyed this wonderful day.
Those who are inside and not inside this photo,
we would to thank you from the bottom of our heart
for coming to celebrate our daughter's birthday.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
I bake this today for our brunch.  It is very easy and simple dish
to make.  I have lost count how many times I have baked it.
I am sure your family will love to eat it.
Since this recipe never fails me, I believe it won't fail you also.

Happy making & baking and Have a good weekend.

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to Bake Along #66 : Theme - Baked Pasta organised by

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Alcohol Free Fruit Cake

Alcohol Free Fruit Cake
If you serve me Butter Cake or Fruit Cake, I will take the latter
and same goes to my husband.  Both of us will enjoy it with our
cup of green tea/milo (me of course) or coffee/tea (my husband).
This cake is not dry but moist and lastly, it is not crumbly.
My family and my colleagues have enjoyed this Fruit Cake.

I adapted this recipe from Wendy, wendyinkk and did some
slight modification.   Her fruit cake is nicer in colour and texture.
Is it because of the slight modification?  Aiyah! never mind lah,
as long as we all have enjoyed it.  Am I right?

 150g Caster Sugar
250g Butter
4 Eggs
225g Flour
2 tbsp of Orange zest (omitted)
450g Mixed Fruits and macerate with 200ml Orange juice for 1 day

 Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one by one, beating well after each addition.

 Mix in flour until well combined.

 Fold in mixed fruits.

 Mix until well combined.

 Pour into two loaf pans and bake at 180 Degree Celsius for
40 minutes (depends on individual oven).

 Let it cool for 15 minutes before taking it out.
According to Wendy, it is more flavourful if we let the
cake sit inside the fridge wrapped up for 5 days.
The choice is yours.

Hmm, I want to eat it now - again and again (I am such a greedy pig).

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Spaghetti with Prawns in a Creamy Tomato Sauce

 Spaghetti with Prawns in a
Creamy Tomato Sauce
Without any hesitation, I cook this dish for our lunch today when I read 
Zoe, Mich and Yen will be having theme "Gordon Ramsay", Cook Like A Star. 
The method of cooking is very simple, price is very cheap and taste is
yummy because my husband and son asked for 2nd round.  
I am glad I cook this dish instead of eating out.

500g cooked Prawns (250g)
600g Cherry Tomatoes (275g and some of it I cut into half)
3 Spring Onion finely slice or shredded (1/2 loose handful cut into 2 inches)
1 Chili deseeded and chopped (1/2 tsp Chili Flakes)
1 Clove Garlic chopped (4 cloves chopped)
Sea Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper
500g dried Spaghetti (400g)
1 tbsp Olive Oil (1 1/2 tbsp)
100ml Double Cream (200 ml Whipping Cream)
Basil Leaf chopped (omitted)

(Red colour is my modification depends on whatever I have in
my fridge to avoid wastage)

 Heat up the Olive Oil slightly in a heavy based pot in medium fire.
Add in chopped Garlic and Chili Flakes and stir quickly
to avoid burning burning the garlic and chili flakes.

Note : Please cook your Spaghetti in salted water.
When you are about to notice that the Spaghetti 
is about to be cooked, then only you embark to cook the above.

 Add in the Cherry Tomatoes and Spring Onion.

 Stir quickly until soft but not coloured.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 Add in Prawns and stir until half cook and then pour in the cream.

 Stir until well combined.

(The sauce above, so yummy, my husband asked for more sauce.)

 Add in all the cooked Spaghetti.

Stir until well combined and switch off the fire.
Serve in a warm plate.

You have to cook it in order to know whether it is delicious.
Happy Cooking.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stir Fried Roast Duck with Spring Onion and Coriander

 Stir Fried Roast Duck with
Spring Onion and Coriander
What do you do if you have left over Roast Duck?
Of course, to stir fry it!
This dish was done last few months ago and nearly totally forgotten
about it.  My husband loves to eat any stir fried meat with garlic,
spring onion and coriander.  You can have this method of stir fry
for left over chicken or other meat.

 Some leave over of Roast Duck.
1/2 handful of Coriander (wash, clean and cut into 1 inch of length)
1/2 handful of Spring Onion (wash, clean and cut into 1 inch of length)
2 cloves of Garlic (minced)

 Heat up 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and stir fry the garlic.
Do not over brown the garlic.

 Add in the Roast Duck and stir fry for two minutes.

 Add in the Spring Onion and Coriander.

Stir fry for another 2 minutes and season with salt and pepper.

Now you have another delicious home cook dish instead 
of throwing it away.  Am I right?
Happy Cooking and hope you have a wonderful long holiday.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Aloe Vera With Red Dates Drink

Aloe Vera with Red Dates Drink
 My kids love this drink. You can call it herbal drink or even Tong Sui
but at the end, it is just one delicious drink. 
I bought this Aloe Vera from an Organic Shop and cost me only
RM2.80 which is cheap to me since I don't have this plant.
To chinese, this drink is "Yun" to our body (boosts immune system).
My kids said that this drink taste exactly the same  from the famous shop
that we bought.  With the crazy weather nowadays, do boil it for your family.
It is cheap to boil by our self and even great to know that we can have
more of the Aloe Vera compare to store bought.
1 pc of Aloe Vera
6 pcs of Red Dates (wash and seeded)
 My sister in law taught me the easiest method to handle the Aloe Vera.
DO NOT PEEL it cause it is very slimy and difficult to handle.
Cut around 4 to 6 inches in length and slice into half.
You will noticed the orange slimy dripping worry,
just need to soak all of it into water for 10 minutes.
 After soaking for 10 minutes, rinse it well and drip all the water.
 Use sharp edge of  the soup ladle to scoop out the Aloe Vera. easy.
 Cut the Aloe Vera into desired sizes.
 Boil 1.5 liter of water with red dates for 45 minutes with medium fire.
Towards 30 minutes, add in the sugar cane rock sugar.
 After 45 minutes, add in the Aloe Vera and cook for 5 minutes only
and then switch off the fire.
You can drink it cold or warm.
I prefer warm and my kids prefer cold.

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