Friday, March 27, 2009
Ughh Ive been planning to make soto since forever, and mind you, this will be the first time Im making it. Woot woot for me!
Ive made soto before, but a diff version. Indonesian style soto, kuah kuning pekat. Baya would remember this soto, wouldnt you Baya? ;)
Teringat soto umi *sigh*
Anywayss, tonight Im making the normal soto, yang kuah putih version hehe.
And Im making begedil. Even writing this makes me hungry.
The point is,
I wanna share some recipeS (gila domestic!) here. But not the soto and begedil thought. I'll share it some other day.
Last Monday I made some Shepherd's Pie. Tetiba ada impulse to try it. Kak Norzi taught me this, but Ive improvised a lil bit following some other recipes online. Hubby came home, and ate it. And he loves it!
Olive Oil (Or any other cooking oil if you dont have it)
1 Brown onion, finely chopped
2 Celery sticks, finely chopped
500g Minced meat
1 cup of chicken/beef stock
A dash of Worcestershire sauce (I love this!)
1 tbs Kecap manis
1 tbs Tomato paste
Salt & pepper to season
4-5 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup Milk
Shredded Cheddar (to sprinkle on top of mash)
Oil saucepan, cook the onion and celery until soft, and add the minced meat. Stir until meat is fully cooked.
Add stock. Stir, and add Worcestershire sauce, Kecap manis and tomato paste. Bring to boil.
Reduce heat, and stir occasionally until sauce is thicken. Taste, and season to your liking.
(The measurements are based from online recipes, just an estimation for you guys to try. I think I added more of kecap manis and tomato paste. Hey, cook the way you like it!)
Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water until tender. Drain well.
Mash the potatoes with potato masher or fork until smooth. Add butter. Mash again.
Add milk and stir with a wooden spoon (a wooden spoon is a must have for me!) until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Pour the meat sauce into an ovenproof baking dish (or a casserole dish). Top with the mashed potato. Sprinkle the cheddar as much as you like. (I always put A LOT! :D)
Bake for 20 minutes or until it is golden brown.
I forgot to take a picture after I pour the mash. So here's the result.
And now, for the FAMOUS LASAGNE (self-claimed! haha) recipe!
Instant lasagne sheets
500g Minced meat/chicken
1 Large onion, finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped (I usually blend the onion and garlic together instead)
1 can of Tomato PASTE
1 1/2 cans of Tomato PUREE, or diced (I couldnt remember the brand I usually buy or the type. Sorry! If I could remember I'll update)
1 can of sliced button mushrooms (I prefer to chop it more to make it blend with the meat and sauce)
2 Fresh tomatoes, diced
1 Block of tasty cheddar, grated
Dried Oregano Leaves (MasterFoods or McCormick)
Powdered Basil (MasterFoods or McCormick)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup flour
3 cups of Milk
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, finely grated
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil, add onion+garlic paste and cook until brown. Add minced meat.
Break up the meat until there's no clumps. Add some salt. Cook until the meat change its color.
Add tomato paste and the puree and stir until it blends well. Pour some water (not too much because you want the sauce to be thick).
Bring the mixture to boil, then reduce the heat. Add mushrooms and fresh tomatoes. Simmer the sauce. The sauce should not be watery.
Season with basil powder, and dried oregano leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste. And some sugar (but not too much!) if you like.
For the pasta, I always boil the sheets before layering it. You can boil with salted water, but lately Ive been boiling it in milk! It tastes much creamier! hehe
Pour the meat sauce into a casserole dish (make sure the dish is deep enough!), just make a thin layer. Then layer the lasagne sheets to cover all the sauce and pour the sauce on top of the pasta to make another layer. You can also add some cheese sauce between the layers (on top of meat sauce) to make it more creamier and delicious! hehe
Layer it until all the meat sauce finish. Make sure the last layer is the meat sauce. Pour the rest of the cheese sauce, and sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese. Last but not least, sprinkle some dried Oregano leaves on top of the cheese to make it smell oooohh la laa ;)
Preheat oven for 180 degrees. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese turns golden.
For the cheese sauce:
Heat pan. Melt butter. Stir in the flour into the melted butter and cook and stir constantly, until the mixture bubbles.
Add milk, gradually while stirring or whisking constantly.
Add Mozzarella cheese as much as you like, stirring until the cheese melt and blends into the mixture. Stir until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
I know you girls will love this lasagne recipe. Some of you had been asking for the recipe (or the lasagne itself sbb malas nk buat sendiri :p ) for years dah kan?
Fatimah, awk sure suke hehe. So there. I wish Im in Malaysia and have dinner parties like old times and cook for you!
So while Im not there, you guys can make it on your own k! ;D
p/s The meat sauce for this lasagne is exactly how I make Spaghetti Bolognaise too. Just add more water to make it less thicker, and you dont have to dice the mushrooms. The sliced ones would be better for the spaghetti sauce instead of for the lasagne.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
But, Confession of a Shopaholic The Movie was great!!!
Its nothing compared to the book though, but thumbs up!
We laughed, (and i cried, a lil bit!), and laughed some more :D
Oh, I went with a girl btw. With Kak Sarie. Not with hubby. Finally! I dont think hubby would be too keen to watch a chick flick anymore with me. Boo hoo.
No worries. I have a movie partner now haha
Ive just finished the last book, Shopaholic and baby a few days ago.
Very-very good book.
I love her writing, Sophie Kinsella. Very witty and funny. And touching and sad as well. Great combination. (Hubby geleng-geleng kepala while I was reading the book. Kejap-kejap gelak, kejap-kejap lap air mata hoho pastu gelak-gelak balik.)
Now I have to find a new book to read!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
And there's this one stupid guy, suing his ex-wife for $100 a day for 45 days of babysitting his own children! And they have 6 children together. 4 of them are under his ex-wife's care. And he pays $200 a month for child support. That's $50 a week. And $1.78 a day for each child.
He gives $50 a week for 4 children, and he's expecting his ex-wife to pay him $100 a day to babysit the kids, so that the wife can go to work???
Naturally, Judge Judy was soo mad at this guy. She asked him if he's mad, and has mental history. And doesnt want to see his face ever again. And of course, the sue was discharged.
Has the world gone mad???
Hubby angkat the table. Berat k!
I bought this for $4!!! Marble pulak tu. Sukeeeeeee
And this for $8. Hehe
While we were shopping, hubby's friend smsed him telling him there's a big garage sale. So we went. I didnt take any photos inside the garage sale. Its a charity sale. More or less like the Sunday market, only you have to pay to go in.
I went nuts again, when I saw some crystals, chinas and collectibles that they were selling. And cheap too if I might add!
I love the plates! The gold trimmings are gorgeous! Royal Doultan made in England, not like the new ones they're selling that's made in China!!! Grrrrr.
Anyhow, bought the pair for $2! :D Hubby said, "Buy. Murah tu." Heh asal murah je suruh beli. And I did not buy them because they're cheap ok. That's the second reason hehe :p
Except for the other two I bought, was because it cost $1 each, lps tu dapat half price hehe
So there. The stuff are washed and cleaned, and are displayed on the dinner table, and one on the marble table. Got no place to keep them. *sigh*
I wish we're renting a house instead, so I can buy a big display cupboard to put all my treasures hehe
Oh how I love going to this kindda garage sale. Old, yet very rare. I dont know if they have any value though. I hope they do :p
There's one in KL that I know of. My dad usually goes there to find more treasures and Im always too happy to tag along. Its at Amcorp mall, and it's on Sundays as well from 10am-4pm. Happy hunting!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Today, Im a proud Mommy! Because my babies has grown chillis!
Dah ada 3 biji hahahaha.
Two from one baby, and one from another.
One is still berbunga2 (pls lah berbuah cepat sayang), and one lil baby is struggling to grow. But mommy can see a flower dah from you Yeayyyy!
Yes yes, the smallest of the bunch is stuggling, its tall, yet not too many leaves. But one flower! Its blooming, so its gonna grow some chillis soon!
Tak sabar nak petik cili-cili yang telah ditanam, dibelai, diabandonkan selama sebulan (En hubby tak jaga langsung! ggrrrr), dan dibelai semula.
Here's some pictures of my babies.
Please ignore our fugly balcony heh heh.
And this is the view from the balcony in the morning.
Yeah. Memang tak menarik pun!
Friday, March 6, 2009
I mean, i didnt go crazy or out of control before my wedding. I just became stressed out. I needed help, but no one offered. And Im not the kind of person to ask around for help. I dealt with my wedding preparations all by myself. Even on the day itself. I never get anyone to come with me to go for fittings, look for wedding stuff and whatnot. Maybe sometimes my sister Aisyah would accompany me to help me around. But most of the time, I would be alone. So there.
So can you imagine how hectic my wedding day was, when I was the only one who knew everything, all the details, the guest, the event flow etc? And I was still at home at 12pm on Saturday, when I should be there from the morning. And I had to run around the house to settle things for other people. Penat ok! And stress!
I went beserk a little bit that morning when Hakeem went missing to have coffee with his friends, and Hadi had not gotten his hair cut yet. So I was screaming to everyone to get things settled, and I was ready to get in the car and leave for Putrajaya when everyone's still menggoyang kaki. Frustrated and mad with everyone for not cooperating, another human being had the guts to ask me, what about her kids, since 2 of them were the flower girls. At that moment, I totally didnt remember about the flower girls, because I thought my mom had settled that. And she had the guts to say that I didnt care about her and her kids, and didnt even know that they're my flower girls. (This, I discovered she said this when I was back home last month)
FYI, I personally choose the flower girls, and I picked TWO of your precious daughters because I CARE about you, and I care about my mother. If I dont care, I wouldnt pick any of your girls, because I think they're nuisance!
And because I was mad at my siblings, doesnt make any right for her to say I was sombong and berlagak depan dia that day. Sakit hati betul. I remember I was screaming and mad at everyone that day, in front of her, and she just looked at me. What do you expect? If you were in my shoes, you'd go crazy. As crazy as you were when you broke down and starts to badmouth everyone in my family in front of my MOM. How could you say bad things about her own kids and husband in front of her????
Ive always had a soft spot for you, because you were so close with my mom, and you were so nice to me and my siblings. And now I know you're just being two-faced. You were being nice in front of us for your own benefit. And you talked about us to other people, make stories and tell bad things. How could you. My mother was so hurt by you. She trusted you the most.
And to think about it, padan muka kau accident lepas attend my majlis kawin. Padan muka anak kau kena jahit kat dahi. Dah kena macam tu pun tak sedar-sedar lagi???
Im upset. Most of the time, I'd be thinking about this, over and over again.
Hadi, if you are reading this, lots of things happened back home. A LOT! I didnt have the heart to leave Umi like that, but I had to. You'll never know who backstabbed us since forever. But with this, I hope you have an idea who. And now Im glad everything's out in the open. Finally we know.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
FYI, Ive been busy cleaning the house the whole week, plus doing the laundry yang bertimbun, and ironing a 5 weeks of worth of clothes and his work clothes.
Today is our house inspection. And Ive been cleaning the house for days! The property agent just left. She came over for barely a minute or so, looked here and there, jot down some notes, and took some pictures of the house, and left. That was quick! Tak worth langsung the time spent nk kemas rumah...
That's why I had an early morning today. And now Im freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
Thank god everything went well, and clean hehe. Reported a few things that needs fixing, and hopefull they'll come and fix everything very very soon.
And ohh we had a long weekend since Monday was a public holiday. So our weekend was spent outside. We rented a car for 3 days and we were out from morning until night. And I had no time at all to clean the house since I got home. Pheewwww!
And now its all done. Weeeeeeee!
Okayy peeps. Nak pergi goyang kaki!