Seder Meal – Charoset making

Mom is preparing a Seder Meal for our church RCIA group. Easter is coming ! We’re almost ready to get a whole bunch of people Baptised!

The kitchen is in a mess… hehe… because Mom is making Charoset, also known as Haroset.

I love LOVE LOVE this Haroset.
I eat it like jam on bread, and sometimes with pork (just like we have meatballs with jam… the ones we find in Ikea).

It’s very easy to make.
Cook some cut apples, brown sugar, yellow and black raisin and cinamom in a pot. Add a cup of red wine if you like. We don’t add wine. It is fine.
charoset making

Ones soft and cooled down, throw them into a bleander to mash them up. Fold in some finely chopped almonds. There, it’s done!
charoset making

Here’s a photo with showing the finely chopped almonds:
charoset making

This link here shows the menu of a Seder Meal, which is very close to what Mom prepares every year.

Seafood again…

Last Sunday, we went to Pantai Seafood again.

This time, it was for my Sister’s birthday dinner. She’s been dying to go there, and we have postponed this dinner for as long as it took for us to get over our fever in the previous week. It’s always the case, we like to go to the same restaurant when we know the food is good.

Something silly happened during this dinner. We ordered roast pork leg. It was huge! And with the amount of dishes we ordered (just for 4 persons) we obviously cannot finish the pork leg. Planned to tapau (pack) home half of the pork leg… so we nicely rationed it and put aside. Then we ask the waiter (who is a foreigner from Myanmar) to pack it up for us to takeaway. Sis spoke to him in English. He nodded. Mom repeated in Malay. He nodded. I repeated in Cantonese. He nodded. Then he brought the plate to his colleugue and they spoke. We couldn’t hear what they were speaking. Naturally, we assume some discussion between them, perhaps how to pack the meat up? :P… Then he brought the plate to the kitchen. After 5 minutes… 10 minutes… 15 minutes… our pork leg is not back! So Sis enquired. He gave us an apologetic face and looks slightly shocked. That was when we found out, he threw the pork away!!!!! He actually thought we ask him to throw the pork instead of asking him to pack it up! OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!

I was completely speechless. Obviously there was a slight commotion at our table then. His colleugue came and explained to us that he didn’t understand what we requested, and was slightly shocked when he was asked to “throw the pork away”. Can you imagine that? The colleugue also stupid isn’t it? And is was a local Chinese lady who obviously did not have language issues. Dad was quite forgiving, because he did not want the restaurant to penalise the waiter and ask the waiter to compensate back (they do earn very little)… but I wasn’t that forgiving. I didn’t want to or expect the waiter to be penalised, but I just cannot comprehend the stupidity of a person. Mistakes yes, can be forgiven. But stupidity???!!!! Arrrggggggggg!!!!!

I mean, I understand that he is a foreign worker. I understand his command of our local language (Malay, or even Cantonese or English) is poor. Fyi, all foreign workers in restaurants and coffee shops in Malaysia learn and are very fluent in Malay or Cantonese. And as customers we are not obligated to speak to them in their local language Myanmar which is very foreign to us.

So anyway, what I cannot comprehend was that if he did not understand us, he should ask again and again until he is sure he knows what we want. He should ask his colleugue to help ask us. His colleugue (that Chinese lady) should have reconfirm with us. I mean why would anyone ask to throw good food away?! Wouldn’t that have sparked curiousity to enquire again? Pure stupidity!

So yada yada… his supervisor came and apologised, and they deducted RM15 from our bill (which was for the vegetables), and gave us a voucher for free Tilapia fish on our next visit. All those did not even equal to the cost of the pork which was thrown away. The pork leg cost RM48, of which we only ate 1/3 of.

OK. So now that I have vented… here’s some photos of the food we ordered. And NO, I did not have a photo of the pork leg. It was the only dish I did not take a photo of.

Shrimp in Chinese wine soup:
Shrimps in wine soup
A very nice dish. By the way the shrimps in this restaurant is very very fresh!

One side braised, one side friend Kai Lan vegetable:
Deep fried + braised kailan
This was the dish they gave us for “free” to compensate the pork leg.

Fried taufu with otak-otak:
Otak-otak taufu
This is their signature taufu dish. Very nice.

Besides these dishes, we also had our favourite Salted Egg Crabs and Nestum Squid.

To be honest, all the dishes we ordered from this restaurant is delicious. Price wise, reasonable. I would go back there again, despite the silly encounter. Just be careful the next time you ask to takeaway leftovers!

Here is the link to the restaurant site.

Self made bed

This was what I woke up to last night.
Self made bed

Animals are amazingly creative!

At least to me Scout is.

He use the bathroom rug and his big huge cow pillow to make a bed for himself.

So cute!

Close up shot.

It melts my heart to see this.
Self made bed
The photo’s a little blur as the room was quite dark… at 3am in the morning, what did I expect ya?


Weekend Wishes & A Banana Cake Recipe

My wish is for all of us to have a very good and happy weekend.

I wish that everyday is Sunday!

I wish I have more time in a day for everything, including work (although I always want to end my work day ASAP).

I wish everyone will share a smile with a stranger everyday.

I wish for a stop in animal abuse.

I wish I wish I wish I wish… for so many things… it’s a long long list.

Today, I made a very Moist Banana Choco Chip cake.
Moist banana choco chip cake

Here is my self-made recipe:

1.5 cups flour
2/3 cup fine sugar
1.5 tps baking powder
1 cup mashed bananas (I use pisang mas, approx 15 bananas)
1 egg
1/2 cup melted butter (salted)
1/4 cup milk
2 cups choco chips

1) Mix flour, sugar, baking powder in one bowl.
2) In another bowl, mix eggs, bananas, butter and milk. Stir them well.
3) Pour mixture 2 into flour mixture. Fold them in slowly, not too much. Lastly, mix in choco chips.
4) At the same time, preheat oven to 180 celcius. Grease your baking pan.
5) Bake the cake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into cake.

In my over ambitious efford to make this cake really REALLY moist, I baked it in a pan of water. Over ambitious. It wasn’t necessary. 😉

What’s on my mind today…

… is this lunch bag.
Lunch bags - blue

A friend called up today to ask if I can make her 3 kids each one of this bag.

The good thing is, she will provide the fabric! But I have to wait, because she just bought them from etsy, and is waiting for them to arrive at her door *fingers cross* in two weeks time!

Lunch bags

I adore these lunch bags. They take time to make, because much measuring and cutting is needed. However, ones the cutting is done the sewing is easy peasy!

Say HELLO to Scout my handsome Labrador.
eyes open
It is his habit every night that he waits for me on that exact spot to “go to his room” upstairs for the night. And being a dog, he is conditioned to do so at precisely the same time each night. The problem… I don’t go to bed the same time every night 😛 So, he conditioned himself to wait for me there should I choose to go to bed later than 10pm.

And most of the time, he will be snoring away on the stairway!

Sleepy Scout.
eyes close
It’s my pillow! Mine!
my pillow!

Magnets from Bali

My Parents went to Bali for the weekend to attend my Uncle’s wedding. As always, I will request for fridge magnets as souvenirs. If nothing else, just bring me magnets! I collect them. Like crazy!!!

Here’s what they bought me. I was expecting just 1 or 2, but 16 !!!! Wow weee… my Dad went overboard 😛
magnets from Bali

Mom kept asking me if they are nice. She said Dad choosed them. She kind of think he could have chosen better hahaha… but I like them. I think, while most of them are unique, some do look kind of scary!

I must say, these are unique to the Balinese culture. I don’t know much about them, I need to research about it (soon).

Mom bought me a bag. Fabric patchworked bag, made from Sarong. I will take a photo of it soon, and post it up. It is beautiful! I got blouses and skirts and belts too… but those are not that “important” to show off here… hehehe…

All ready to go

My 7 Sorrows Rosary, all packed up and ready to deliver.

7 sorrow Rosaries all packed up

And I made one for myself, similiar to below, but not the one below (I don’t have a photo for mine).
7 Sorrow Rosary

I spend today making some sketches for some pouches and totes I plan to sew. Well, nothing fancy, just boxes with measurements so I know how to cut those fabric. I have yet to plan which fabric to use. Maybe I will do that tomorrow.

Have a nice day !

Roti Jala and Curry Chicken

The focus here is the Roti Jala (Netted Crepe).
Roti Jala (Netted Crepe)
It’s my first time making this.

Here’s the recipe:

Flour, about 3-4 cups
3 Eggs
Milk about 3 cups
Pinch of salt
Pinch of tumeric powder for colour
Water about 2 cups

There’s really no measurement, I just mix everything and added flour till I get the consistency that I want. It should be slightly watery but not too watery, so that the batter will flow nicely from the mould to the pan.
If you want to know how a Roti Jala Mould looks like, just google it. It’s a yellow cup-like thing with 5 nozzles. Hehe…

I made my curry chicken really light and watery. The reason is to have lots and lots of curry sauce, which we can drink like soup. That’s how my family like to have their meal.
Curry Chicken

Everything is “banjir”. Banjir means flood in Malaysian language. We Nyonyas use this word to describe an eating habit that we like to pour lots and lots of sauce on our rice, to make it look like it is flooded.

Old Flames

Today, after having fallen ill for more than 1 week, I finally felt so much better. I started having sorethroat this morning, but this is so much better than having fever and bodyache and feeling tired all the time.

I was browsing through some old photos of mine, all those things I sewed in the past which I (think) I have never posted it up before.

Pencil case. I like this very much because I mixed fabric with faux leather. It wasn’t easy to sew, and one of them I actually accidently burned with an iron.
pencil case

pencil case

This is made from Japanese tenugui. My favourite material. Very soft, and very cute prints! Wugui (turtle). This pouch is made to keep some CDs. It was for my Dad.
CD pouch

CD pouch

And here are phone pouches. It is made to fit my iPhone4, and it fits almost all types of phones… htc, samsung galaxy… I made this for my shop, and they are all sold out now.
phone pouches

phone pouches

I’ll be back with more photos soon. And, hopefully new ones ;). First, I need to tidy up my sewing loft. Have a nice day!