Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chicken Buttermilk

Assalamualaikum wbt..

So the husband is finally home! Fuhhh! *Lega*

Since now we have the chance to eat together, he requested something special for dinner.. . Although I was a bit tired after back home from work but I'm quite excited to prepared our little family my home cooked meal :) :) I was having lunch the other day at my favourite place, Commons and I ordered Chicken Buttermilk Bento. It taste so good that I wanted to duplicate it into my own recipe. 

Last week, one of the recipes I used for dinner was really really bad. So bad, that Aulia' refuse to eat dinner.  So this time, I became very careful especially on the ingredients, so I declared that the first dinner I cook this week would be a totally original one, made up by Shema..Although...I *was* a bit worried, since I never did it before...

So taking inspiration from Commons, I decided to try and replicate that. Actually it turned out good.The chicken was crisp, under a creamy sweetish spicy-ish sauce. Very close to Common's Chicken Buttermilk! I am so proud of myself :D hehehe!

I know some people have been looking for this recipe, so here it is! I don't claim that it is 100% the same, but I would say its pretty close. Enjoy! (p.s: It is a bit unhealthy though)..

The amounts are just approximations, since I just made this recipe up. Besides, the greatest chefs don't use measurements don't they?,kekekeke!

Ingredients:

500 g chicken (I used drumsticks)
Cornflour
4-5 Tablespoon of Margarine
1 stalk curry leaves
Dried Chillies, chopped
150 ml Evaporated Milk
3 tablespoon of brown/white sugar (I used brown sugar)
1 teaspoon of salt

How to Cook:

1. Season chicken with salt.
2. Coat with cornflour and deep fry. Get it golden brown and set aside
3. Melt butter over a gentle heat and fry chopped chillies and curry leaves until it starts to smell good.
4. Add evaporated milk and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Keep the pan on the heat until the sauce is nice and thick. (Butter should be combine with milk just like white sauce!)
5. Add in chicken. Mix well to cover in the sauce.
6. Serve hot with rice/ veges.


Ta-Daaaaaaaaaa!

The serving size depends on the amount of chicken you use. I used 6 of chicken drumsticks which I think enough to serves 3-4 people, depending on how hungry you are. I only ate 2 of it and the rest down within minutes by hubby. Lol!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Aulia's New Gadget

Assalamualaikum wbt..

When Ipad/ Tab was launched and everyone was seen carrying it around, I never really understood the craze about it. Now I am what you call a technie noob. Same goes with my husband. I don't care much for gadgets, and neither do they care for me. I also don't understand the fuss about having the latest phone and so forth. I might admire it for a while and wish I had one but I can never bring myself to splurge that much on a tool that might get lost/stolen or be completely under utilized due to my noob-ness, heh. So when most of the time people talk about the latest gadget or parade their latest 'canggih' phone I completely blank out hide my crappy BB old phone  and just equate their love for gadgets akin to my love for shoes? Except I think my love for shoes is a cheaper hobby than theirs, hahah!. 

Now I am no fan of getting my child addicted to such gadgets either. I think its plain bad when kids are shoved with their parents Tab/Ipad when they go to the malls. I've seen it countless of times. My child however is your old school kinda brat who ENJOYS going to the bookstore. I kid you not, the immense happiness she gets walking in a bookstore is beyond me. Aulia' loves flipping through books and when we go to the store she says "book book !" Too cute.






There was one time we took her to Borders and she almost cried when the cashier took her book away to key it into the system. I wont have any complains if she turns out to be a little bookworm coz I remember finishing up a thick novel in just one day!!I was so into my book that nothing else mattered. That's the power of a good book.

While I'm glad my daughter enjoys picking up and holding a book, I also know we need to keep up with times. Besides, some apps for children are actually quite beneficial and would be a good tool for Aulia'. Of course limiting her time on it is also essential- so ibu and papa can hog it :)

So now we are proud owners of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 although the husband was acting like a little boy by warning me not to hog it to myself. He got further irritated when I told him I wanted to buy a HOT PINK cover for it. . Smile smile!!

To date its mostly filled with a few games for Ibu and alotsa of kiddie LEARNING apps for Aulia'. Some of the learning materials are actually quite good and little one seems attentive so far, repeating words and learning about animals.For the past 2 months I've spent teaching her these things and she has since picked up more words. Her favourite so far is this Elmo teaching tool and of course Pocoyo series!! That kid just LOVES her Pocoyo cartoon with her favourites character being Pato, the duck. But still Aulia' called it 'Titi'..

Dear Ibu &Papa thank you for this Galaxy Tab!! I can now access to Pocoyo whenever I want!


That said, we're limiting the use of the Tab only to home usage. And it doesn't help that every time Ibu buy an app,papa would received notifications from the Bank that something was charged to his credit card. But oh wells, I've been blaming it on his daughter's apps thus far so we'll see how long this can carry on.. coz papa seems very generous when it comes to his baby girl.Don't they all?  :) :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

She missed her dad

Assalamualaikum wbt..


Aulia' now is a naughty girl. I kid you not. She is. I mean, she's naughty in the CUTE way. Often, she would hide in her playroom or in the kitchen when I called her. I would call and call, but Aulia' would not come because she loved to hear her mother call and call. 

Aulia' also loved her papa. 
He works at the construction site and was often away to work his fingers to the bone so that he can bring home the bacon. Whenever her Papa was home, she never hid in her playroom or in the kitchen. She preferred to hide in Papa's big warm hugs, for as long as she would let him. 

When Hubby left us last two weeks, Aulia' was tearful..which is to be expected. Hubby gave a conference call to us last night  announcing that he'll coming home soon for good. For me, that's a good news. Or a bit of relieved. Honestly, I would rather have him home with me now, so that we can have dinner everyday together.

This is what happen during the video call...

Aulia': "Papa.. when are you taking me on another date?" (Eyes all tears)..

Hubby: "I'll be coming home soon darling..anyway we don't have any planned yet.."(Tired face, just came back from work)

Aulia':  "Now that I am older and commute across home to my babysitter house, I really need a cell phone. I know they expensive but.." (Eyes still teary)

Hubby: (Cutting her off)..You always want something-usually a luxury items-urrggh you're just the same like your Ibu!"

Aulia': "Papa..kasi la cell phone will help all of us,especially as I take responsibility doing errands for Ibu"

Hubby: "Young Lady, you do not seem to realize that there are many things my income need to cover.. especially on your mom's addiction to shoes"

Aulia: "Urrggh Papa you're such a BORING person!!"

Woot! Okay okay.. the whole conversation was made up by me...

Anyway they just had a chit chat which I don't even understand the whole father-daughter conversations..
For my sake, I wish they didn't develop a wise streak in them where distance and time is concerned. At least not this year I prayed hard. Not this year.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Doli @ TTDI

Assalamualaikum wbt..


We've gone crazy today probably due to massive workloads ..  Alya and I had to go to JPSPN, meeting the KP so we went out quite early before lunch.

You know girls..when they getting stressed day by day, all they want is to shop and EAT!!
And if you're REALLY a food connoisseur  you must have heard the famous Doli Char Kuey Teow in Jalan Jalan Cari Makan on TV3..
The first time I tried Doli was last year when Hubby brought us to Taiping, Perak. You can see how people queueing outside of the restaurant just to get in and have a seat. Crazy man..I don't understand until I myself had tasted their special Char Kuey Teow. Believed me, you won't get disappointed waiting for that long!

Now they are in Taman Tun, just 5 minutes drive from my office in Phileo 2.   

Doli's opened a branch in ttdi so their Klang Valley fans can savour a plate of their noddles without the necessary road trip to Taiping:)

Doli Kuey Teow Goreng in Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan TV3 


Alya had Bihun Sup, price = RM 5.50 

Our intern trainee, Nisrin had Mee Rebus, price = RM 5.50

Once I'm here, I don't waste my time on anything else. Its the RM10.00 bucks Koay Teow Special that I want. Comes with a more generous mountainful topping of prawns and cockles. Yummeh!!

You can find their restaurant at Jalan Wan Kadir 4 Taman Tun Dr. Ismail :0 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Aulia' first visit to S.E.A Aquarium @ Sentosa

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Our visit to S.E.A Aquarium @ Sentosa was on our third day in Singapore and we were expecting a big crowd coz today is S'pore's and M'sia's public holiday. Its CNY today. We ate our late brunch at the Malaysian Food Street and headed to S.E.A Aquarium which is just beside the USS globe.
We took the same bus (963R) from Woodland to Resort World Sentosa and reached there about an hour. Public transport is always the best in S'pore :)

Hubby and I were so so SO excited and totally looking forward to this because our last time being so close to marine life was at least two years ago when we last dive in Phuket. Even though this is quite different but we'll be pretty close and the best part is our little one got the chance being exposed to the marine life :)

Can you just see how happy she is!


See the crowds at the back? 

Entering the Maritime Experiential Museum before we can get in to the Aquarium. The first exhibits gives visitors to learn about the different maritime trade system, trade routes and culture of Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.Other than reading the fine lines printed on the information board, spent a minute or two to pose and take a great picture for keepsake. History is just not our thingy but the information gained was indeed very useful.


And finally here we are!! At the S.E.A Aquarium, the WORLD's largest aquarium, featuring over 100,000 marine animals of more than 800 different species! I remember the last time I came was the old Underwater World, but this time the S.E.A Marine Life Park is much bigger and definitely better :)



It was heartwarming to see the excitement of Aulia's face watching the real fish instead of the illustrated one in her book. It was cute when she pronounce it as a 'fish'..


There was this part where we could walk over a transparent tank built into the ground. Aulia' get pretty excited because she thinks she actually step on the fishes.


Yummy Craby Patty:)

She was trying to kick that fishes. Oh My Girl!!


Nemos!




Fascinating corals..isn't it beautiful?

Beautiful sea jellies:)



Aulia' was actually telling that little boys to keep quite in this small tunnel coz they was too noisy or I can say was SO excited watching the deep-sea Moray Eels. So funny!


Our favourite part of the S.E.A Aquarium was the Open Ocean Habitat..the world largest viewing panel. We were awestruck by the magnificent marine life before us! It was definitely a very spectacular display and many people just sat and camped in front of the viewing gallery. Can you see those little hands on the panel? That was excitement and admiring the sting rays soar through the waters. Just a marvelous place to be in.

On overall, it was a nice place to spend with my little family out and away from the hot weather:)
They have a lots of jaw-dropping stuff! We had pretty mind-blowing experience at S.E.A Aquarium @ Sentosa and we believe people of all ages will love it as much as we did!
Last but not least, Happy CNY and we sure did will continue our family trip/ vacation in near future:)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Aulia' first visit to USS

Assalamualaikum wbt..

So today is our second day in Singapore and all of us woke up quite early today especially my little one but I'm still resting on the bed, mindless. Its quite tiring when travelling with a toddler I tell you..
We had our brunch at 11.30 am and Aulia' had her first piano lesson..she really enjoyed the music that she creates on her own...Ahh toddler! You wont understand how they make them self enjoyed as much as I had brain-freezed the whole day entertaining her. 


After we had brunch, we took SMRT from Woodland Avenue 3 to Resort World Sentosa. It took about 1 hour from Woodland to RWS. Lucky that I manage to get our tickets to USS ready before leaving for Singapore. Or else we have to long queue and crack our heads. It is very much recommended that you purchase your tickets way before hands as it might be sold out if you are to purchase them at the ticket counter. You would not want to go all the way to USS and end up being dissapointed. You can get your online tickets here.


Upon arriving the USS, its already passed the lunch time. We had our late lunch at Malaysian Food Street before heads to USS entrance. Its quite a nice environment at the Malaysia Food Street where you can busking in the bustling atmosphere of a nostalgic old town :) Me and hubby had Briyani Rice and my Aunt's maid had prepared chicken porridge for Aulia' :) 


Hollywood is the first theme area that we came across once we enter the main entrance of the park. Here, we experienced the dynamic Hollywood iconic architecture, the swaying palm trees and replica of the world most famous Hollywood Walk of Fame :)


Hollywood zone area.

We then headed to the King Julien's Beach Party Go-Round.. Aulia's got pretty excited to watch the four animals that escape from the zoo and crashed into Madagascar; Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman. The best part is that she can ride them in action!


While waiting for the ride:) Thank goodness there were not many people at Madagascar and so the queue was not that long. We got onto one of its rides. Pleasant ride and I need not to worry of my little one being all startled and jumped at. Hubby was with her all the time:)

Fret not darling..Papa is holding you all the time!

Ibu and Aulia' strike a pose at the Ogre house before heads to the Shrek 4D movie.. This was really good. Hubby and I truly enjoyed the 4D experience. We had water splashed at us when the Donkey in the movie sneezed and when Shrek threw some spiders in the movie, we could feel spiders crawling on our legs. Aulia' closed her eyes almost throughout the whole movie as she could not take the 3D effect in which the characters seemed to come to live and are right in front of her. Super cute! 


Aulia' was looking at the Ogre..or err maybe the Ogre is her Papa..omg I'm getting reward!!

Hubby got the baby Shrek's princess headband for her baby doll. Papa said it look nice on her :)
We sure did shop,shop and shop. We got some souvenirs for ourselves, for friends and family..

We're sure have been this far..Far Far Away dude!


After exploring the Madagascar, Ogre house and Shrek 4D movie for about an hour or so, we proceed to Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. Then, we came to The Mummy. One can get to sit in a high speed roller coaster in the dark and enjoy various exciting scenes. However, if your spouse do not like thrill ride, please don't try this!


Apart from playing different themed-attractions, we were in fact taking brisk walk along the path and taking photos. 
The famous Bumblebee Camaro car, Sesame Street where the live show of Elmo and his friends all singing, all dancing 'When I grow up' and the Rockafella Boys performing at the Big Apple along the New York Street, are favourite spot photo taking.


New York Street where Papa Shrek left her baby princess!

While waiting for the Special Effects movie by Steven Spielberg show. 
Mother-daughter cam-whoring :)

Battlestar Galactica..we dare not to try this one..we're just not the adrenalin junkie type. Maybe next time! Its crazy when the inverted roller coaster meant that our feet dangled dangerously free while your world turned topsy-turvy. I just can't accept the fact that I'll throw up in front of other people,,heuw heuw heuw:) . 

Exciting the USS, we stumble into this 'sweet' and colourful candy tree..




Lord Farquaard Kingdom at dusk view :)

We managed to finish about 90% of all USS attractions and shows. The other 10% is extreme thrill rides in which me and my hubby dare not to try. We ended the day with a stroll along the streets, whilst drinking in the lovely sight of the sun setting in the distance.

After a quick dinner at my uncle's place and a hot shower, it was truly a big relief to crawl into bed to rest our aching feet and tired calves!
 Can't wait for tomorrow's visit to S.E.A Aquarium :)

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