Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The day Roti Pratha becomes Minced Pie...

I was feeling a little bit adventurous today and was ready to try something new (not extraordinary...) . I have some frozen peas and minced meat, leaks, carrots 'kecut', and spent the entire morning googling for some interesting recipes and how best to enjoy all those ingredients. The search lasted for quite a while...but in the end, I decided to do it my way and concocted the recipe below since I didnt have many ingredients.

Roti Pratha Minced Pie

2 table spoon vegetable oil
1 table spoon butter/margerine
1/2 cup Leak - diced
1/2 cup Carrot - diced
1/2 cup Frozen peas
1/2 tube Mince Meat
3 cloves Garlic - diced
1 bulb large Onion - diced
1 table spoon Black Pepper - put more if you prefer the heat!
1/2 cup Fresh Milk mixed with 1 table spoon Cornflour

And not forgetting 2 pieces Plain Roti Pratha, thawed.


Preheat the oven to 200 deg C
Melt Butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil.
Saute the mince meat then the onions and the garlic till fragant.
Throw in carrots, leak, peas and stir fry for 2-3 mins. Cook about 5 mins.
Now pour in the milk+cornflour mixture and stir constantly.
Sprinkle the black pepper and salt to taste. Set aside.

(the above filling is actually ready and tasty to eat with bread. You can skip the step below if you dont fancy thembaked. But it's worth a try)

Lay one sheet of the roti pratha (or puff pastry - mahal sikit la!), at the bottom of your baking dish. You may need to cut and use the access roti to cover the uncovered area. Spead the filling evenly over the dough. Top with the other shee of roti pratha, pinch the edges together to seal.

Bake for 25-30 mins in the preheated oven, until is golden brown (OK, mine is a bit more than golden brown.. LOL..!). Cool a few minutes before slicing and serving.

I had the whole dish to myself! No wonder I am feeling on the heavy side lately..!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Beberapa Kesalahan Berhari Raya...

Sekadar peringatan.....

Selamat Hari Raya..

Siapakah wanita cantik itu...?

Siapakah wanita cantik itu ?

dia melukis kekuatan melalui masalah

dia tersenyum saat tertekan

dia tertawa saat hati sedang menangis

dia tabah saat dihina

dia mengasihi tanpa balasan


dia bertambah kuat dalam doa dan pengharapan Ilahi...

Jadilah wanita cantik itu...

Salam Aidil Fitri buat semua

Thursday, August 25, 2011


I am not feeling the raya mood this year... for whatever reasons (only I know and will keep to myself)... But for some, perhaps it is just too easy to get melancholic when you are older and amazingly at times it creeps in for no reasons at all. It isn't exactly melancholy but more of "syahdu" and unfortunately there is no English word equivalent to it.
I think when you get to that certain age, like my age, you become more reflective and pensive of practically everything. It bothers you and teases you at times you need it least.
Just imagine..., nak masak nasi...syahdu...
nak bawak kereta... tetiba syahdu...
nak lipat kain pun... syahdu...
nak basuh bilik air... harus syahdu (sigh..)
Sangat-sangatlah mengada...!
have to stay away from the radio with all the syahdu lagu Raya..!

Just thought of putting up a soothing picture of my cupcakes to ease the "syahdu" period.

Selamat Hari Raya (Eid Mubarak) to all....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Get Well Soon Cupcakes...

I was asked to deliver this giftbox of 20 Double Chocolate Cupcakes as a 'Get Well Soon' gift to a patient recovering from her illness and to wish her a speedy recovery. She was very pleased (and surprised) to receive them, and I heard that she really enjoyed them!
Thank you Lai Hong for the order...

Monday, August 1, 2011

What to do in Ramadhan....

Say to yourself that in Ramadan I will:

1. Recite every day from the Qur'an 20 pages, by the end of Ramadan you will complete the entire Quran. Or I will recite before Each Salat 4 pages from the Quran, you will have it complete by the end of Ramadan.

2. I will donate a charity every day, be it small amount or big amount, as long as the intention is clear for the sake of Allah s.w.t..

3. I will visit today so and so from people or I will contact them for the sake of Allah s.w.t.

4. I will make "Dhikir" mention Allah s.w.t.repeatedly 300 times every day using the Subha (chain of beads that we use for dhiker), at end of Ramadan you would have read 9,000 times.

5. I will advice others to do the good and to stay away from the bad for the sake of Allah s.wt., I will acquire a lesson in the Islamic Knowledge, I will give a lesson, even if just brief information, that will be of great benefit for you, for the one you learn from, and for the one you teach. And may Allah s.w.t. accept your good deeds.

Allah knows best... Salam..

Apam Polkadot...

Who doesn't love polkadots.... Ever since I tasted the Apam Polka-Dots that my Mak Angkat @ Umi made, I have been intrigued and wanted to try to make. So, I surfed the net for its recipe. Most sites displayed the same recipe so credit to all the sites that posted a recipe that works. But I still choose Umi's recipe.. No matter what the age of the recipients, these inspired creations will be such a hit, you'll need to make enough for seconds. Actually, make that thirds..!

Sharing the recipe:

3 cups All Purpose Flour.
2 cups Castor Sugar.
1 1/2 cups - Evaporated Milk (Ideal Milk)
3 teaspoons of baking powder.
1 teaspoon of ovalette.
Few drops of vanilla essence.
3 Eggs - Chilled

(Umi said the eggs should be chilled, the reason??? I have no idea...follow aje la..! LOL)

Filling: Of your choice - strawberry, nutella or it can just be plain apam
Colouring: Again, ofyour choice (I use Wilton Gel Food Colouring)


1) Mix flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, ovalette, milk and vanila essence in a bowl using a mixer, at maximum speed, until fluffy (Trust me, it will fluff alright..!)

2) Divide the batter into few portions (number of portions depend on the number of colours you have). In my case, two colours are fine - leceh nak buat banyak colour! . Add in a few drops of colour in the batter (fells like in an art class!)
3) Using a piping bag, pipe the batter into paper cups/mould until half full. Or, if you don't have piping bag, you can use normal clean drinking plastic bags nipped at one corner.

4) Fill the cups half way and put the filling in the center and top-up the cups with batter until 2/3 full. But if things got too messy, just spoon the batter into the paper cups/mould.

5) Then do the dots.

6) Finally, steam for 10-15 minutes.

The choice of what color to use for the apam and its dots is entirely up to you.
And of course, not necessarily dots. I saw pictures of apams with smiley faces and names written on them.

Some sites that I refer to gave these tips: When steaming the apam, use medium heat. Or else the apam will crack in the centre. .

Beloved Umi, here's the end product.
In terms of looks, tak berapa 'hensem'.. Ha ha... But in terms of taste, not bad... sedap!