Friday, July 18, 2014

Waffle with Walid Day

This event was before fasting month, but I haven't have time to blog about it.

If we had Make Muffin with Ummi Day for Mom's Day last time, of course daddy is celebrated too. The school arrange for Waffle with Walid Day after the Daddy's Day. Walid is arabic word, means father in case you are wondering (as if I have overseas reader haha! JK!)

MrComot schedule was very hectic that time and he can't afford to take a leave. So I dah siap saiko kan dia, "kesiaaaannn the kids to see other father is around but not theirs". Saiko kan? Hahaha. After ting tong scheduling meeting and whatnot, thank God in the end he managed to take half day leave to attend the event. Half day pun jadi la. Masa my time dulu I took whole day leave and bring the kids back home earlier.

Ok back to the daddy's day celebration, below are some pictures snapped to share with me what they are up to that day:
Zahra made omelette with beef bacon for her daddy

They made an awesome craft together - handmade screen print t-shirt. This is soooo Zahra! She loves stuff like this. 





Playtime with daddy. This scene melt my heart. Like normal sibling behavior, they always fight and rarely come to term


You are definitely hands down best daddy! ;)

The children perform stage show but MrComot didn't manage to take a picture of it. Well, there is a video, but half cut, not worth sharing here haha. He said, it's hard to snap picture because Emir is keep on climbing on him. Elehhh.. I've been there, I know la how is it. Memang the kids will be extra clingy but you still can capture pics if you are gigih enough.

I bet he's busy replying mails using the phone, hence, no elaborated pictures snapped during the event rolling eyes

Anyway, thank you for being the best daddy in our world! We love you soooo mucho mucho much! love struck


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Arabian Night

We had some makan-makan last two days (sempena cuti Nuzul Quran). Well, it was a bit adhoc, since it's holiday I just said to my PIL "come la mak and pak buka puasa kat our house". Kannnnnn!! Yakin boleh sangat! As if I am a real cook. Masak pun sekali sakala. Then mula lah gelabah nak masak apa.

But to be truth, because my friend gave me a packet of nasi Arab paste, so I was thinking, belasah la buat nasi Arab. Dah la first time nak try pakai paste, berani ajak orang pulak tu silly

I was so clueless how to make it, even though the instruction is written at the package, but it's for rice only, not lauk-pauk. I even googled "resepi nasi arab dengan pes". How novice am I, LOL.

I also asked around and some of my friend buat macam ni, some buat mcm lain...so in other word, it's versatile.

In the end, I decided to go with Hanith style even though the paste is for Mendy because I want to have a very soft-to-the-bone chicken and lamb.

So I used some of the paste, rub on my chicken and lamb, pound some garlic and onions, wrap with aluminium foil and bake for 1hr at 200deg. Oh myyyy goshh...the lamb and chicken is so succulent and tender! 

Then I made the tabouleh (the salad) with chopped grape cherry tomato, japs cucumber, lots of coriander, and lemon juice. As of the sambal, I blend roughly tomatoes, chilli, and coriander, season with salt and sugar. For the soup, I just use the juice that coming off from the chicken and lamb. Since it is wrapped in foil, it retains the flavourful juice. 

And tell you what, the combo is the bomb!! Seriously!! One of the best nasi Arab I ever had! I wish I take some decent pictures but I forgot! The paket pes pun dah buang..lupa nak snap. 

The only pic I managed to snap. Itupun dah tengah makan, tangan comot sebelah.

Seriously sedappppp sangat! Dah la senang giler hahaha. I dah order new paste from my friend. Later I took picture k!

All the hard work is paid off (hard la sangat tongue). Ok maybe the hardest part is chopping the tomatoes and cucumber, because it's time consuming hahaha.

I still can't believe myself that I managed to pull it off. *Pat on my shoulder*

By the way, not all are rosy. I made some pengat pisang for dessert but it doesn't turn out ok because I don't have coconut milk and just pour a whole can of evaporated milk. A WHOLE CAN. So my pengat smells kinda weird, dia macam bau susu straight face. I scooped out some and replace with water but still bau susu. Eww!

In the end, I didn't serve everybody my pengat and hid it in the microwave! Hahaha. Well, that's one of the tactic of being a domestic goddess wannabe winking


Monday, July 14, 2014

The Baking Goddess Wannabe

I did something unbelievable last weekend, despite of my hectic schedule, craft hobby and rumah sepah tak kemas mode - attending a baking class!!

Well, it was a bit chaotic I'll say because I had work migration on that night, and then the very next morning nak pegi baking class pulak! Nasib baik the migration went well and not that long, so I managed to catch my nap. But then, kejap je sebab sahur kan.

It all started when I follow Kak Yani's IG (@thekitchenguardian) and fell in love with her baking style. Then a few weeks back, she starts making classes and the seat are full within few hours. Hot stuff sangat k. And me being me (sometimes can be very impulse despite of my crazy schedule) cepat2 email cakap nak masuk waiting list, and the moment she told me there is a slot, I quickly say yes!!

Thank God I said yes because it was the last class..until next September. Hehe so anyone interested, get ready k.

Since this is the last class for now, the turn around was very big, around 24pax. We are divided into 4-5pax per group for hands on session.



We learned how to make swiss meringue buttercream, lemon curd, lemon cupcake, belgian choc cake, choc ganache, choc buttercream and congo bars. Well, for a baker maybe you'll think "elehhhh senang je ni" hahaha but for a novice like me, whom only bakes buttercake (which most of the time didn't turn out ok) this is a big step! Making the buttercream itself already gives me shiver tongue


swiss meringue buttercream, which surprisingly seems easy to make (suddenly i sounds like a pro kan haha), and tasty too! MrComot loves this version very much! It uses egg white instead of whipped cream.

Choc button as the main ingredient
 
Congo bars in progress

Belgian choc cake fresh out of oven

Lemon cupcake on the left

My group's Belgian Choc Cake. This is deliciously evil!

Sorry, can't help it! big grin

Me with my group. 2 of them are in early 20s. Woww...so young and already exposed to all this stuff. I still remember when I was 20s, all I ever do is study (not that much) and hmmm..didn't achieve much. How I wish I spent my youth more wisely. Well, I think it's generation era, those days, we are more "follow the flow" type, don't really dare to chase other dreams.

We get to bring back some cupcakes, congo bars and a quarter of belgian cake, bake by us *proud moment*.

I gave the cupcakes and congo bars to Zahra and Emir and both reject the cupcake (I guess they don't like the lemony taste) but they chomped on the congo bars like crazy. Zahra keep on saying "Thank you mommmyyy sedapppnyaaaa". Coming from Zahra that is a fussy eater, that means a lot to me. Seems like I need to reproduce those bars ASAP.

Anyway, baking is indeed a hard work. They are a lot of thing you need to prepare and be patience about..mixing, baking, cooling, decorating. It definitely has to be something you love doing. Else, it will eat you inside out. So tiring. So I decided that I don't want to be a baker and stick to my crafting (and I definitely appreciate and have more respects for home-made cake baker!) but..maybe congo bars kena buat, since Zahra loves it so much, and it's easy to do!

Side story, the class supposed to be from 10AM - 2PM but somehow it dragged until 4PM and I'm fine with it, but this is my first time leaving the kids with MrComot during the day and they are very attached to me. So nak dijadikan cerita, Emir pooped and refused to be washed by MrComot and he stays in the soiled diaper for 2 hours plus! Knowing him...dia mmg choosy nak I yg basuh berak dia. If MrComot wants to wash he will throw tantrum. Finally MrComot managed to wash it and I was already on the way back that time d'oh

Oh ya, MrComot loveees lovesss lovess the lemon cupcake so much! And this surprise me because he always tell me, sourish cake is weird, cake has to be sweet. That's his definition of dessert generally. So I expect him to like the belgian choc cake, instead dia suka sangat the lemon cupcake pulak, and hint me "Boleh buat lemon cupcake lepas ni". Aghhhhh such pressureeee!!! Haha. Can I buy them instead? nail biting

By the way, the class gave me a little boost, I can do this! InsyaAllah. I only need to be rajin and that will the hardest part hehehehe.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ramadhan 1435

Salam Ramadhan everyone *tiup habuk kat blog*

How's your fasting days so far? Mine biasa je. Normal puasa with no improvement *sobs*. Wanted to do terawikh but I'm just too tired after buka puasa and sometimes solat Isya' pun masa bangun sahur.

But I made one slight improvement this year! I wake up for sahur! Err..I mean, I wake earlier (or same time) with MrComot hehehe. As of the previous years, MrComot will wake up before me and ready the sahur for us, can you believe it? Because I was breastfeeding the kids and by the time the alarm tick, it's their time for feed too. So MrComot said "it's ok...u rest first I get ready everything". Awwww ain't he is the sweetest thing.

As of this year, I still breastfeed Emir (he's 2 1/2yrs now and haven't wean off yet) but heloooo.. let's just face it, it's all pure laziness and just a convenient reason right? I tengok wife2 lain gigih masak bagai, so I was thinking..tak boleh jadi ni!! Gigihla I bangun just to reheat some meals or just bread with serunding (beef floss). Ok la tu kan..not bad for the pampered me hehehe.

Other than that, I think I need to catch up on the Quran recital and terawikh prayer.

Also need to improve myself in understanding Islam. I was born with it so I don't really bother to study more about it...but now I just realized that it's more about the norm..it's something we need to fully understand and there are a lot of thing that I still don't know.

And I need to find my true passion in life. I feel that I'm stuck now with my own life and need to find a push for something big. Sigh...maybe it's a midlife crisis (even though I'm not that old) haha.


Selfie on the way to work. Emir busy watching sofia the first!

Anyway, this is my current favorite salad dressing. It tastes so so sooo good that I can have bowls of greens as my main meals.


Wishing you guys a production Ramadhan mubarak. Come on! We can do this! Grab as much as opportunities we can! :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Stomach Flu

This happens last Friday. Around 11PM suddenly hensem boy purge out all his milk. And the nightmare begins after that. He keep on vomiting every 15 mins even though no milk and food in his stomach. Kesian sangat...in the end dia tertido sebab penat but still, he vomit in his sleep. Can you imagine that? *cries*

My kids jarang sakit and when they do (normally fever or bad cough) I still can get my sleep, even tido-tido ayam but for the first time in my life, I couldn't sleep at all. Tak sempat nak tido Emir dah bangun muntah again. It was that bad.

So I took emergency leave on Friday and Zahra stays home as well. That was when I receive message from their teacher that some of the kids at the school also affected with same symptom. 

Kesian my hensem boy. I was cooking lunch this time and suddenly he was so quiet, tengok2 dah terpengsan atas lantai. No pant and shirt as all are covered with vomit. Tak larat nak salin dah.

And then the nightmare worsen when Zahra started to vomit in the evening.

They were so tired and just lie down the whole time
I was holding from bringing them to the doctor because they don't have any fever (which is good) and only vomit and very loose stool. From what I google2 and read, it might be stomach flu and somehow it will go away within 24-48hrs. So I just make sure they are hydrated. But during the evening it looks quite bad, so I bring them to the doctor.

At clinic. Both looks pale and tired.
As expected, doctor pun takleh buat apa sebab I just need to give them a lot of fluid. Doc checked both of them and since they still looks 'hydrated' no need to be warded, thank God! He prescribed them motilium to stop the nausea and omg, it works wonder. They stop vomiting like immediately and Emir starts to take another drink (vitagen, juice, etc). Before that he won't drink at all because after minum air kosong pun dia muntah, so he kinda traumatized even just for a sip.

Their appetite still not back throughout the weekend and just imagine, they don't eat anything AT ALL on saturday and sunday. Emir only took vitagens and plain water and as Zahra she had her milk (but with motilium beforehand). Kalau tak amik ubat tu, dia vomit balik.

Just a tip, milk will make upset stomach worse. So pls avoid dairy if u have diarrhea or loose stool. But since Zahra wants her milk, I had no choice (I dilute the milk a little bit though) and cross my finger it won't worsen her condition, and Alhamdulillah no vomit after that.

On Sunday evening, Emir's appetite starts to kick in and I gave him some fruits (without medication) and thank God the food stays in the stomach. So they are good for school on Monday!

Monday. Mommy pulak MC! Apparently the virus spreaded to me, gahhhh!

And the frist thing Emir did when he reach school, take placemate and fill up the bowl. Macam tak makan berapa minggu hahaha. He must be very hungry.
Phewww..that was one of the saddest moment, seeing him purging like waterfall. And tiring as well. I've been mopping and changing bedsheets and doing cycles of laundry due to the vomit.

It's kind of virus..like rotavirus but not that bad (I heard rotavirus is nasty) so I conclude it's a mild stomach flu. Not that mild though as it can spread to me just like that. And according to the teacher, even some on the aunties who directly clean up the affected kids also feel nauseated and not well during the weekend.

Anyway all is good now. Alhamdulillah :)