Friday, July 29, 2011

~ Bon Appetit ~

Cooking is fun but sometimes you just want take a day off and rest. A holiday or vacation away from the kitchen. It's even nicer if someone at home does the cooking for you. You just wait and wait and wait, and finally when everything is prepared, you'll be seated and served the best meal ever.

Last weekend the maharajah himself decided to cook , so I snapped some photos while he was preparing some invisible meal.



"Busy preparing the ingredients"




"All ingredients in and now it's time to cook"




"All done!! Can you smell it? Mmmmm....so tempting"




 
"Time to serve. Bon Appetit. Enjoy my invisible chicken curry"




"I'm sure you loved my invisible chicken curry. Please come again next time. :D "

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I Made Sweet & Sour Chicken

It's Saturday and it's time try out my cooking skills. This time I made Sweet and Sour Chicken. I took the recipe from Blog Chef. But as usually I made some reduction in the quantity to suit my family size. :)

It's really worth trying it. You can view the recipe at http://blogchef.net/sweet-and-sour-chicken-recipe/. But here's my version.




Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe


Ingredients:

Boneless chicken cut into cubes
Some flour
1 egg (beaten)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Oil
1 tomato (cut into chunks)
1 onion (cut into chunks)
1/2 green capsicum (cut into chunks)
1 can pineapple chunks (reserve the juice for sauce)
1 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 orange (extract juice)
Pineapple juice from can
1/2 cup chili sauce
2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup water

Cooking Instructions:

1. Mix beaten egg and soy sauce in a bowl. Roll the chicken in flour and dip in egg and then roll in flour. Deep fry chicken until crispy in batches. (I almost burnt the last batch, but managed to save it from going into the dustbin ^_^')

2. Stir fry green capsicum and onions for about 1 minute so they are crispy and also to boost its color. hehe... Set aside the fried green capsicum and onions.

3. To make the sauce, mix pineapple juice, orange juice, vinegar, salt, water and chili sauce. Bring it to boil and simmer 10 minutes. Add cornstarch (make sure you mix the cornstarch with water before adding into the sauce). Stir until it thickens.

4. Add tomatoes and pineapple chunks, onions and green capsicum into the sauce and heat thoroughly. Pour mixture over chicken and serve hot.



Mmmmmm......it's so tasty. Do try Blog Chef's recipe.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Brownie My Buddy

Reached home at 6.30 p.m today. It's time to celebrate the eve of the weekend. Yeahhh!! So while I was doing my gardening, I saw Brownie my buddy relaxing and checking out the street to see if his enemies are passing by. Brownie is the rowdy of my street, always want to fight with dogs passing by. Well, he thinks that he rulez the street >_<' .


Brownie is so cute. I can't stand his cuteness, so I left my gardening work and start snapping photos of Brownie. He looks a bit shaggy, messy, untidy and dirty because he just rolled in the sand awhile ago. Hmm.... guess I need to give him a bath tomorrow.




No matter how many times I brush his fur, he will roll somewhere and make himself look shaggy. -.-'



But I still brush his fur and I think he enjoys it. He thinks I'm scratching his body. Gosh!!! Look at him...he looks like he didn't bath for a month. I really need to scrub his body tomorrow.



Though he looks so untidy now, I still feel like I want to cuddle him. Brownie is always cute looking and photogenic, just like his master.... me!!! Hehe...




Now he looks too tired after all the photo shootings. Got to give him his favourite snack JerHigh. Brownie knows that it's time for a bite when I say 'Who wants a snack?' with a tone. hehe....




After munching his JerHigh bacon strips, Brownie took a nap. That's Brownie my buddy. :)


There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~Ben Williams


I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~Gilda Radner




One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why. ~Author Unknown


Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones




I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth





If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret
 
 
Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. ~Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter





If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater... suggest that he wear a tail. ~Fran Lebowitz


Finally, get a pet. It can open your heart and teach you love. Brownie is a gift from god. Love my buddy...muaaakkkss.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Cascading Waterfall

Googled on how to draw landscape and I found http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/how-to-draw-landscapes.htm. This website has a step-by-step guide on how to draw landscapes as well as other things too. So I decided to try my skill and clicked on the waterfall icon. It's just 4 step and very easy to follow. Here's my masterpiece. :p Good huh...... like I'm a professional artist.





Yes I really drew that picture, with just a Staedtler Atlas 151 HB pencil and an eraser. But I scanned and used http://www.picnik.com/ to edit the picture (made the lines darker). Hehe....

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On The Other Side, Is Freedom

No one is at home and I'm home alone today. Yeah!! I get to watch my favourite Korean drama, Coffee Prince. Today I want to finish watching all the 17 episodes because I really want to know the ending. But before that, let me indulge in my favourite Chocolate Indulgence cake from Secret Recipe. Mmmmmmm....

So I went down stairs to the kitchen to take my cake. My stomach was making some strange noise like it was yelling at me to grab that cake NOW and stuff it into my mouth. How greedy! Can't you just wait.

It was dark and I switched on the lights. Just as I was about to open the fridge, I heard a sound like someone was knocking on my kitchen door. Who could be knocking my kitchen door at this hours? I was too scared to open the door. What if it was some robber or some psychotic serial killer. I realised my stomach wasn't making noise anymore but instead my heart was beating so fast. My stomach is such a meanie!!!

Someone was knocking the door continuously. I just stood near my fridge feeling extremely scared. I didn't want to move because if I moved the person outside could see my shadow and would follow me. I should just sit down and wait until he gets fed up and goes off.



I sat there for 15 minutes and the person was still knocking the door. Doesn't he get tired knocking the door. This man must be crazy for knocking my door continuously. I didn't have the courage to even peep at the window and see who it was. Maybe I should crawl on the floor until I reach the stairs and run upstairs to my room. But I am really too scared to do that. Oh, I was dying in fear sitting here.

How stupid can this person be. Why don't he just walk to the window and peep inside or try breaking the window. But if he does that, he could see me hiding here. This is just too scary. Life is so cruel. Hwaaaa ;(.

It's almost half and hour now, but this maniac hasn't stopped knocking the door. I really want to pee now. I'll divert my mind and think about something so I won't be scared and I won't feel like peeing. Good idea.

I thought about the time when I was so scared when situations like this occurred. I would just pull my comforter over my face and close my eyes when I hear creepy noises. I don't have a comforter now. This is horrible. Oh god... why am I thinking of things that increases my fear. Divert....divert.

Then I remember reading an excerpt from a book I bought few weeks ago. Life's Missing Instruction Manual by Joe Vitale. Be Not Afraid. It was about fear. It says fear stops us from doing what we want. The mind terrifies us with scenarios that makes us afraid of what we want to do, like going for a date, attending a job interview and etc.


It sure does stop me from looking at who's knocking the door. Do the thing you wish, and walk through the fear. On the other side, is freedom. I recalled that line in the book. Guess I can't be sitting here all night. I must look through that window or just open the door and see who's knocking the door. I should free myself from this fear.

I took a deep breath, stood up and walked to the door, very, very slowly. My heart was still beating fast. I held the knob and opened the door. No one was there. No one was standing outside the door. Where did that person go?

I closed the door. Again I heard the knocking sound. I opened the door and again there was no one out there. Strange. Then I found out who made the knocking sound. The stupid padlock on the grill was making that sound. I forgot to lock my grill and left the padlock hanging loose on the grill. It was the wind that made the padlock hit the door and caused that continuous knocking sound.

Stupid wind. Stupid padlock. No.. stupid me. Fearing for nothing. I realised how fear made me a fool. This is a good lesson for me.

I thought about how I overcame my fear a few minutes ago to see who was knocking the door, and finally found out there was no serial killer out there and only fear made me hide and hold my pee. I got my freedom now, freedom from fear.

Then I thought about 9th July 2011. All those fearless people who where there to fight for the rights. I'm so proud of all of them. Do the thing you wish, and walk through the fear. On the other side, is freedom.

And then I thought....what the hell, I need to finish the 17 episodes today.

Life is not scary...There is nothing to fear.



Friday, July 8, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka

I love Sri Lanka the first time I set my foot there. Actually I felt like I didn't want to come back home. I am really missing Sri Lanka. Love the food, the culture, beautiful cascading waterfalls, spicy yummy food, the cute autos, the way they tie their Saree, the tea estates, the ancient kingdoms, the temples... loved everything about Sri Lanka except the part where they think I'm from Jafna. "err....I'm from Malaysia," I said that all the way till I boarded the flight back home.

They speak beautiful Tamil, way better than how we speak here (Or is it way better, much much better than how I speak..hehe). I loved listening to their news in Tamil. Of course the majority are Sinhalese population here. I loved listening to them speaking Sinhalese and I learned two words. 'Ayu Bowan' is greetings and 'pochi' is small (Hope I spelled it correctly).  If I stayed there longer I would have mastered the language. One week is just not enough...tsk tsk... ;). Two words in one week...that's really bad!!

The last day of our trip, we went jalan-jalan around Colombo town. It's hot here in Colombo but not burning hot like Malaysia. Most of the shops here closes early, at about 8pm. So we had to rush when we were shopping. They close early because they open their shops early. Yes it's so bright here at 6am. People wake up early here, just like in Sabah. No wonder everyone here looks healthy, they wake up early and sleep early.

Six days, seven nights in Sri Lanka, I hardly saw anyone smoking. Liquor was not allowed in one of the hotels we stayed during the Poson festival. Wow so disciplined. I was embarrassed when our guide asked us "are most of the Malaysians FAT?"

FAT!!! Ewww...so embarrassing. I started looking around to spot fat people in Sri Lanka but to my surprise, fat people in Sri Lanka maybe 1 in 20 ratio. Then I compared with Malaysia and fat people were like 1 in 5 ratio. I know Malaysians love to eat even at odd hours, but you can't call us FAT!! Eating is our national sports you know... (kidding). Maybe we need more exercise and cut down our visits to 24 hours restaurant. Reduce eating 'the very yummy Nasi Lemak' and the 'mmmmm... roti canai'. heheheee.

Oww....I've been writing too much and almost forgot to upload the photos. Here are some photos of Colombo city.


I like this painting in our room.


A tour around Colombo City.


 I actually wanted to snap a picture of the Stupa. The ad was blocking my view...


Most of the colonial buildings are now banks and offices.


Another bank. See there it's written Indian Bank in Tamil... 'Inthiyan Wanggi'.


A replica of white house.


A beautiful Mosque.


Our guide said that this was a replica of Sydney Opera House and it's still under construction.


The handsome macho cricket player of Sri Lanka posing for the Embark ad. I loved the words written in the ad 'Cricket is my Life, but this is my passion' and 'Be a 'Pashionable Person' and adopt a homeless dog. They will be loyal to you throughout their lives'.


A very beautiful Buddha statue.


We had dinner at Raja Bojun. I miss their crab curry ..... mmmmmm

After the tour, we went shopping for clothes at Odle and Pallu. Later we went to the souvenir shops and walked around the streets of Sri Lanka looking for masee karuvade and red bananas. It was tyring but I still wasn't satisfied. I wanted to shop more.... hehe. Love the Sarees and Punjabi Suits collections in Pallu. We shopped till we dropped and filled our stomachs at Raja Bojun. Also we went for Chinese food in Colombo. Can't get the Malaysian thing out of us..haha!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I made Cream of Crab Soup

Last Sunday I tried a new recipe which I found on the Internet. I did not follow it exactly, because I feel some important ingredients were missing. So I modified it, added some ingredients, reduced the quantity of some (especially the butter), and replaced some of it. But thank God it turned out well and everyone at home liked it. So here it is my very own Cream of Crab Soup recipe.

Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon butter.
 
• 1 onion, chopped.
 
• 7 cloves garlic, minced.

• A small piece of ginger, minced. (It’s so difficult to write a recipe ^_^’ )

• 1 cup of Crab meat.

• 4 tablespoon of flour.

• 1 ½ cup of fresh milk.

• Pepper and salt to taste.

• 1 Chicken stock cube, dilute in boiling water.

• ½ stalk Scallions, chopped. (you can add more if you want)



Preparation
 
• Add butter in a pot. Sauté onion, garlic and ginger until soft.

• Stir in flour.

• Add milk and chicken stock and stir. Let it simmer.

• Add scallion for good smell.

• Add crab meat and let it boil and cook nicely.

• Add salt and pepper to taste.

• Serve hot.

I must be the worst recipe writer. This is my first time writing a recipe and I find it real hard. I was too excited my soup turned out well that I forgot to snap a picture of it. I don’t know how it will turn out if you try, but when I did it, it tasted so good. Maybe I have to attend classes on how to write recipe. Anyhow, Congratulations Jayne, you’ll make a good chef. Chef de Cuisine.(perasan!!)

"Life is so interesting, if you want it that way. :)"

Friday, July 1, 2011

Don’t Listen To Them

I bought a gift for myself yesterday. A book (as usual... love books so much). Life’s Missing Instructional Manual by Joe Vitale. Just walked around looking at books in MPH Mid Valley and I found this book. Started reading a few pages of the book and I really liked it. Actually not a few pages, I read like 20 pages. Finally I decided to present it to myself.

It’s a self help book. Everything about life lessons written short and simple. You can’t stop your thoughts but you don’t have to listen to them, either. So true. And why it took me this long to realise it. Every time you hear all those negative thoughts, it makes you feel bad. Makes you feel like you’re a loser. Stops you from doing things that you really want to do. Makes you avoid responsibilities because of fear. Fear of losing or being laughed at.
 
But what if you just ignore those negative thoughts. You don’t know what will happen the next second. So push those negative thoughts away. Yes, push it away!! Be positive and face whatever comes next. As simple as that. Don’t let negative thoughts overrule you.

After all, you decide what you want right! Not your thoughts. So grab hold of these words and remember it for the rest of your life.

“You can’t stop your thoughts but you don’t have to listen to them, either.”