11 September 2014

Recipe: Chocolate banana bottom square brownies

Bought seikat pisang at the office yesterday with the intention of making cekodok pisang for today's brekkie. But the cekodok plan changed into brownies eventually, we plan this and that yet we may end up with something else hiksss. Couldn't remember the source of recipe, but will definitely share the full recipe later (ok dah share!). Good things are best shared aint u think so? :) This beauty is so delish and simple, even the kids loved it as much as i do!

113g butter
1 cup sugar (I used less than a cup, I’ve always reduce my sugar amount for any recipe taken from internet)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cup banana – mashed (I used 3 medium-size or 5 small-size banana)
1.5 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda bika
0.5 tsp salt – I omitted
¼ cup cocoa powder
Enough chocolate chips, and nuts to your liking

* I use 7x7 square mould.

1. Cream butter & sugar. Add egg, vanilla and mashed banana.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, soda bika & salt. Sift all together (I omitted sbb malas). Add to the cream mixture.
3. Divide batter into half. Add ¼ cup of the cocoa powder to one portion of the batter.
4. Grease your mould. Add to the cocoa mixture followed by the banana mixture.
5. Sprinkle with choc chips and nuts as much as u want.
6. Bake at 180 degree for 3-40 min or so until cooked.  Cut into 25 squares.

07 September 2014

Churros for brekkie!

Churros with milk chocolate dip and cinnamon-sugar coating for today's brekkie. We were supposed to join a senamrobik at the padang organized by TS Kelab Wanita at 730am, but kids woke up quite late, hence senamrobik dlm mimpi jelah!

realized that the choc dip i made was quite a lot..but later after they finished up the churros, ammar took slices of bread and ate them with the chocolate..sampai licin bekas tuh! :p haishhhh

05 September 2014

TGI Friday’s Alamanda – halal yer!

Disebabkan TGIF Alamanda adalah the only outlet yg dpt halal certification from Jakim, maka buat julung2 kalinya kami dpt merasa mkn di TGIF yg digembar-gemburkan hebat dan sedap itu. Tepat 12noon kami masuk, dgn konfiden dpt saya katakan yg kami merupakan customer pertama pada hari itu..lengang giler ok, maybe sbb masih awal...or maybe sbb weekdays.

Lepas browse through menu yg diberikan, kami decide utk focus pada menu yg bertanda ‘Fav’ jer…senang citer sbb malas nak pk lama-lama. Masa nak order, saya tanya waiter…kids got free for each adult’s meal right? ohhh time tu barulah budak tu pegi amik menu for kids and pass pada kami..sabor jela.

So menu kami pada hari tuh..New York Strip (medium well) with wild mushroom butter sauce + 2 side dishes (pilaf rice & crispy fries) for hubby, and Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Pasta for me. Utk kids we all pilih spaghetti carbonara & chicken fingers with crispy fries. Air plak kami order orange juice & strawberry milkshake. 

Review: Service not bad, takdela lama sangat nak tunggu. Sebenarnya kami agak cuak takut Ammar muntah sbb dia duk batuk tak berenti ala2 mcm nak kena asthma attack (suspect sbb tadi sakan budak kecik ni berlari-larian dan berkejar dgn Firas sepanjang kat dlm Alamanda tadi). Aduh brape kali tanya Ammar rasa nak muntah tak..nak muntak tak..kang tak pasal mama ngan abah terpaksa tunduk malu terkepot2 kalo kusi lawa depa kena muntah :p Mujurla after few minutes batuk dia dah subside and stop…adess budak ni bikin suspen jer! 

Back to the food review, steak hubby (menurut kata hubby) agaklah disappointing. Toowoomba is much much better katanya. Sos dia rasa biasa, mcm kurang rasa. Steak pon so-so jer. Pilaf rice dia sedap..macam pulut and lagi sedap dari Nandos. My pasta, mmg sedap! First time mkn pasta yg diberi sentuhan Cajun spices, so rasa dia agak sedap dan kena dgn anak tekak nih. Pedas2 sket yet at the same time ada sentuhan creamy Alfredo yg not so cheesy…jadi tak muak. Pasta tu diiringi dgn udang dan chicken breast bersama2 dgn capsicum..purfecto! Air both rasa ok..sedap. Kids’ food pon sedap..fries mmg lazat standard fries rasa macam kat Aussie, chicken fingers kids suka, carbonara dia ok la tapi still far below Toowoomba…Toowoomba nyer carbonara still terbaik and unbeatable so far! Portion food agak besar…2 adult meal+2 kids meal tu agak byk buat kami berempat, makanya spaghetti carbonara tu sentuh 2 sudu je and tapau bwk balik.

Oh citer bab tapau, agak mengecewakan sebab dia Cuma tapau dlm bekas polisterin putih yg choyy tu jer..standard restoran biasa kottt…aisehh dahla bayar gov tax 6% and svc tax 10%, food plak super mahal, patutnya upgrade la sket packaging utk customer take away haishhhh. 

Berapa star nak kasi? rasanya saya Cuma kasi 6 out of 10 kot. Harga mahal, rasa ada ok ada mengecewakan, ambience ok, service ok, mungkin kurang ada regret di sini sebab kids meal dpt free…kalo kids kena bayar mmg rasa sangat tak berbaloi okehh. Next time maybe tak datang dah kot…sebab hubby nmpk agak keciwa sama itu steak hihi

New York Strip - RM59.90

cajun shrimp & chicken pasta - RM32.90

left: chicken fingers, right: spaghetti carbonara

sian abg Idlan tak dpt join sbb sekolah :p Kalo dia tahu ni konfem merajuk 200%

model Digi versi kurus :)

bamboo trees yg sgt cantik dan awesome viewnya!

cantik kan...pathway ni di luar entrance Alamanda tepi Carrefour tuh...ramai la org2 gomen yg kuar kot pintu ni dan berjln pulang ke ofis mereka.

03 September 2014

Review - Skin Food Black Sugar Mask and Serum

These are some of the Korean products that I’ve bought during our recent Jeju-Seoul trip and currently used as part of my facial routine.

Black Sugar Perfect First Serum – 21,000 won
My very first serum in my entire life after 34 years, haha jakun amats I’m telling you. My geng lunch said serum is one of the must-buy items in Korea, hence I just took whatever brand that first catch my interest and attention. I asked the salesgirl what’s your best product range, and she quickly uttered the ‘Black Sugar’ range…so kita rembat yg tu jelah yer. Review:  Nice bottle and packaging nevertheless slightly heavy. The odor and texture is ok. I use it daily every morning after applying the toner n before moisturizer. Any improvement? honestly I don’t know haha sorry if I’m not helping!

Black Sugar Mask Wash Off – 7000++ won,
Can’t remember its exact price, have to go back n dig the receipt. Bought this simply because k.tie said this is super good and effective in removing black heads. The price in KL is around RM40++, and I got it in Korea at about half price cheaper…value for money huh! Review: super love its lime scent…sgt wangi and refreshing! Very dark brown in color, mcm caramelized sugar yg hampir hangus. Its sugar particles are quite rough and coarse, hence it does wonders to scrub your face to remove that stubborn residue. You have to apply some water onto the mask to avoid skin irritation. I use it once or twice a week, and super love the after-effect:)

I am yet to use that Black Sugar Mask Foam, will share my review later yer. Next year perhaps? hehe

My little munchkins

Frame putih baru beli kat Ikea aritu. Now fair sbb ada gambar Ammar sama :)

01 September 2014

rindu awak 200%

Dah lama x bake. Today lepas gian with a whole red velvet cake :)
Nothing fancy, but looks doesn't really matter ain't u think so?
(but actually tak boleh deco byk2 sebab cream cheese tak cukup wahaha)

Ikea stuffs - of rearranging n assembling

Our small project post a whole day trip to Ikea last Saturday. Thought of adding some Expedit shelves to the corner of the stairs, but after a 2nd thought we just bring down our existing one from the living hall upstairs. That empty space previously occupied by the Expedit might be replaced by Billy, probably on our nx trip. Anyway i think they hv discontinued the Expedit series n replaced it by Kallax; they just look almost the same to our eyes.

We had some wishlist that still remain in the list at the moment; a double decker wood bed frame in birch for the kids' room, a shoe rack n a Poang rocking chair with red cushion which i think would be good when i want to breastfeed the lil one n put him/her into sleep afterwards (while the mommy also hv the chance to doze off as well!)

So we brought home just few little stuffs n not forgotten settling for the meatballs craving over the hectic lunch hour. They still dont put the bestseller Daim cake on sale, so we took the almond n classic cheesecake instead. Also their giant n cheap chicken curry puffs n the 80sen vanilla ice cream for tea-time before we headed home...marbeles!

adding some green to our humble kitchen. Jgn mati sudahlah hehe
multipurpose trolley. takdela penting pon tapi saje je beli..esok kalo wat open house senang leh letak barang hihi
the Expedit shelves from upstairs now relocated next to the stairs...with some Ikea vases bought yearsss ago.

A trofast + Expedit + a standing lamp 

11 August 2014

8.8.2014 - Firas turns 6!

Syukur Alhamdulillah, our small family gathering cum Firas’s birthday celebration turned out well and proceeded as planned. Being a mak yong who is still in the early stage, I had to take an off day on Friday to do the prep i.e. do the shopping, siang ayam daging, masak nasi impit and agar-agar, etc. Me and hubby also had a quick outing to Jusco for my birthday’s lunch treat and scouting for Firas’s birthday gift. I’ve also intended to bake a marble cheese brownie the same day, but the plan did not materialize anyway. Too tired already plus we also had open house jiran that night which the mommies (especially!) mkn2 and borak like nobody business from 9.20pm until almost 12 midnight! huhhh

Saturday came, I hit the kitchen as early as 4.30am. Sambung siang daging (semlm tak sempat kiki), stopped for Subuh prayer and started the cooking process. Line ups of the day – nasi beriyani, ayam masak merah, kari daging, acar timun, nasi impit, lontong, sambal ikan bilis, serunding daging, rendang daging (import mak punyer hehe), agar2 gula Melaka, kek lapis Sarawak (bos kasik), watermelon and air oren. I don’t have a big rice cooker, hence need to cook the nasi twice.

Penat? yes definitely. I had to take panadol that night, mmg sakit kepala yg amat. Happy? of course!!! Seronok dapat jamu orang2 tersayang dengan hasil air tangan sendiri yg tak seberapa. Most importantly, the chance to strengthen the loves n bonding that already exists amongst us, that’s priceless. Our kids especially the birthday boy pun mmg sgt2 hepi dapat celebrate besday dgn cousin2 mereka…Alhamdulillah.
Do we want to have another round of makan2 next year? Insya Allah. tapi catering la kotss hihi…tak larat la nak masak utk ramai orang. Kudrat dah kureng…baru masak sikit dah sakit pinggang yg amats.

 cake topper buat last minute :)

 surprise birthday gift!

 with umi and papa

 pak ngah's family

 chocolate indulgence by SR

the surprise gift i.e. Bumblee bee stands proud next to the cake hehe

 cousins dah berkumpul n ready

 host of the day..muka keletihan amats


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