Sunday, March 01, 2015

Hello March 2015


March is my month. :) Well since my birthday is right around the corner. 25 days more to go around the corner to be exact. Very excited! And I will be in Kuala Lumpur this year for my birthday! Whee!


Its another year without my mother to annoy the hell out of me. Something I guess I have to get used to over time. Another year older, I hope this time more wiser than the years before. Coincidentally, I saw this lovely quote on Instagram on someone's page and I love it, I thought it would be a great way to kick off the month of 'March' with this.


You can't please the world but you can please yourself. Its hard at times, especially when 3/4 of the world is against you, but just remember, at the end of the day, you need to be able to love and respect yourself. That is the most important part..

So people.. Be your own kind of beautiful, don't ever let that stop. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

My Super Long CNY 2015 Weekend



I never thought I was severely anaemic. I've always thought I was fond of chewing ice and coke because I love the grainy taste. It wasn't until I stumbled upon this article here that I realise I was anaemic! It would also explain why I could not walk for distance without huffing and puffing. 

So my doctor decided to put me on Ferrocyte, iron tablets from Japan. I know. People are usually wary about taking iron tablets because of constipation, but surprisingly this does not cause constipation, easy to swallow size and instantly boost your health. 

Seriously, you could ask my husband on this. While walking I would be huffing so much that he would find it annoying. We could never understand why I was huffing and puffing my life away. The lack of iron in your blood also prevents you from getting sufficient oxygen. Your heart is practically working 2-3 times harder just to supply oxygen to your heart and brain. 

Geez. 


So since taking the said tablets above, I have seen significant improvements. I don't huff and puff as before. I feel so much healthier, so much better. True, the rest depends on me but at least I am not feeling so tired half the time. 

You can't buy this over the counter however, your doctor will have to prescribe this for you. You can take about 1 tablet a day, or more if your body requires you to do so. If you're still concern then please get a blood test done. Your doctor will then advise you on the quantity you required. 

How was you CNY 2015 weekend? Boy. What a long weekend it was right? 恭 喜 發 財 !

So hubby brought me to Mustafa Centre last night after his weekly football activity. And I bought the following with the hope that I have some success with the recipes. Hehe.. Can you guess what I will be making?

That's right. I have big plans to make 'Kuih Suji' and 'Nasi Briyani Ayam'! No I don't have the right recipes yet. I'm still searching. This things need to be planned way ahead. Haha.. I have however alerted the whole social media town on my search for a decent recipes so I have a few coming my way. My only gross? 

Most of the recipes are 'by rasa'. Which means 'by taste'. No measurements. I understand because when my grandmother was around and I asked her for recipes she would go, "Ikut rasa ajer." (Follow your taste...) Which is really hard. 



And syukur Alhamdullillah... My 'Agar-agar Gudir' was a success at Fasha's kenduri on Saturday. So pleased that it was well received, considering that I made it last minute. Not bad huh? Plus she and husband love it so that gave me more 'semangat' to go and try other recipes for agar-agar. Maybe that can be my forte when I go to people's house for kenduri. Haha.. Never know lah kan?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Recipe Agar-Agar Gudir Gula Melaka


My arwah Nayi, Hajjah Ramla Binte Taslim was a big fan of Agar-agar Gudir. Infact she was such a fan of this old classic that she looks forward to kenduri (Muslim feast) just so that she can make this oldie but goodie. 

Agar-agar Gudir is so easy to make that anyone can make it as long as you have the ingredients, and most of the time you have them at home. 

You will need:

  • 2500ml of water 
  • 1 packet of agar-agar (Soak for 30 minutes before use)
  • 400ml of Kara coconut milk
  •  1 1/2 cup of white sugar 
  • 4 medium size eggs
  • 1 bottle of Gula Melaka syrup OR 4 pieces of large Gula Melaka
  • Brown food colouring (optional)
Method

You start off boiling the water. It should be boiling hot before you proceed to add the rest of the ingredients. 

In a separate bowl, mix in the Kara coconut milk with the 4 eggs. Mix the combination thoroughly. I prefer to use Kara brand as the texture is thick and just right for this Agar-agar Gudir. 


Once the water has reached the boiling stage, add in the sugar and stir, dissolving it. Once done, add in the agar-agar and mix. If you're using solid Gula Melaka, you should also add them now so that they will be absorbed by the agar-agar. Otherwise you can add the syrup after the agar-agar has dissolved. 

If you don't think the colour is dark enough, add in the food colouring, a few drops would suffice. 




Leave the mixture to boil. Once it boils again, add in the coconut and egg mixture and slowly stir. The coconut and egg mixture will cook and form the 'gudir' which is the top part of the Agar-Agar Gudir. Keep stirring until you're sure all of the egg mixture has been cooked. Usually the whole pot would be bubbly, and I would use that as an indicator. 

Let it cook before pouring into the container of your choice. The coconut and egg mix would float to the top and you should have a 50-50 as pictured below. Chill for at least 3 hours to let it set. 


Once set, you can now cut and serve. This is a great classic and you will love this. I've never met anyone not liking this classic but goodie. Good luck in making this!

SIDENOTE: You can change the flavour to Pandan too, just omit the Gula Melaka, increase the sugar to 2 cups instead, add pandan leaves and green food colouring. If you want to do a red/pink/blue version, again just switched the colouring. 

Hello March 2015


March is my month. :) Well since my birthday is right around the corner. 25 days more to go around the corner to be exact. Very excited! And I will be in Kuala Lumpur this year for my birthday! Whee!


Its another year without my mother to annoy the hell out of me. Something I guess I have to get used to over time. Another year older, I hope this time more wiser than the years before. Coincidentally, I saw this lovely quote on Instagram on someone's page and I love it, I thought it would be a great way to kick off the month of 'March' with this.


You can't please the world but you can please yourself. Its hard at times, especially when 3/4 of the world is against you, but just remember, at the end of the day, you need to be able to love and respect yourself. That is the most important part..

So people.. Be your own kind of beautiful, don't ever let that stop. 

My Super Long CNY 2015 Weekend



I never thought I was severely anaemic. I've always thought I was fond of chewing ice and coke because I love the grainy taste. It wasn't until I stumbled upon this article here that I realise I was anaemic! It would also explain why I could not walk for distance without huffing and puffing. 

So my doctor decided to put me on Ferrocyte, iron tablets from Japan. I know. People are usually wary about taking iron tablets because of constipation, but surprisingly this does not cause constipation, easy to swallow size and instantly boost your health. 

Seriously, you could ask my husband on this. While walking I would be huffing so much that he would find it annoying. We could never understand why I was huffing and puffing my life away. The lack of iron in your blood also prevents you from getting sufficient oxygen. Your heart is practically working 2-3 times harder just to supply oxygen to your heart and brain. 

Geez. 


So since taking the said tablets above, I have seen significant improvements. I don't huff and puff as before. I feel so much healthier, so much better. True, the rest depends on me but at least I am not feeling so tired half the time. 

You can't buy this over the counter however, your doctor will have to prescribe this for you. You can take about 1 tablet a day, or more if your body requires you to do so. If you're still concern then please get a blood test done. Your doctor will then advise you on the quantity you required. 

How was you CNY 2015 weekend? Boy. What a long weekend it was right? 恭 喜 發 財 !

So hubby brought me to Mustafa Centre last night after his weekly football activity. And I bought the following with the hope that I have some success with the recipes. Hehe.. Can you guess what I will be making?

That's right. I have big plans to make 'Kuih Suji' and 'Nasi Briyani Ayam'! No I don't have the right recipes yet. I'm still searching. This things need to be planned way ahead. Haha.. I have however alerted the whole social media town on my search for a decent recipes so I have a few coming my way. My only gross? 

Most of the recipes are 'by rasa'. Which means 'by taste'. No measurements. I understand because when my grandmother was around and I asked her for recipes she would go, "Ikut rasa ajer." (Follow your taste...) Which is really hard. 



And syukur Alhamdullillah... My 'Agar-agar Gudir' was a success at Fasha's kenduri on Saturday. So pleased that it was well received, considering that I made it last minute. Not bad huh? Plus she and husband love it so that gave me more 'semangat' to go and try other recipes for agar-agar. Maybe that can be my forte when I go to people's house for kenduri. Haha.. Never know lah kan?

Recipe Agar-Agar Gudir Gula Melaka


My arwah Nayi, Hajjah Ramla Binte Taslim was a big fan of Agar-agar Gudir. Infact she was such a fan of this old classic that she looks forward to kenduri (Muslim feast) just so that she can make this oldie but goodie. 

Agar-agar Gudir is so easy to make that anyone can make it as long as you have the ingredients, and most of the time you have them at home. 

You will need:

  • 2500ml of water 
  • 1 packet of agar-agar (Soak for 30 minutes before use)
  • 400ml of Kara coconut milk
  •  1 1/2 cup of white sugar 
  • 4 medium size eggs
  • 1 bottle of Gula Melaka syrup OR 4 pieces of large Gula Melaka
  • Brown food colouring (optional)
Method

You start off boiling the water. It should be boiling hot before you proceed to add the rest of the ingredients. 

In a separate bowl, mix in the Kara coconut milk with the 4 eggs. Mix the combination thoroughly. I prefer to use Kara brand as the texture is thick and just right for this Agar-agar Gudir. 


Once the water has reached the boiling stage, add in the sugar and stir, dissolving it. Once done, add in the agar-agar and mix. If you're using solid Gula Melaka, you should also add them now so that they will be absorbed by the agar-agar. Otherwise you can add the syrup after the agar-agar has dissolved. 

If you don't think the colour is dark enough, add in the food colouring, a few drops would suffice. 




Leave the mixture to boil. Once it boils again, add in the coconut and egg mixture and slowly stir. The coconut and egg mixture will cook and form the 'gudir' which is the top part of the Agar-Agar Gudir. Keep stirring until you're sure all of the egg mixture has been cooked. Usually the whole pot would be bubbly, and I would use that as an indicator. 

Let it cook before pouring into the container of your choice. The coconut and egg mix would float to the top and you should have a 50-50 as pictured below. Chill for at least 3 hours to let it set. 


Once set, you can now cut and serve. This is a great classic and you will love this. I've never met anyone not liking this classic but goodie. Good luck in making this!

SIDENOTE: You can change the flavour to Pandan too, just omit the Gula Melaka, increase the sugar to 2 cups instead, add pandan leaves and green food colouring. If you want to do a red/pink/blue version, again just switched the colouring.