Second Minion Hat

August 21st, 2013

two eyed minion hat

OK. Second minion hat is finished. Fits Little Bee perfectly… apart from it being a bit long and could actually cover her eyes if she pulls it all the way down! But it’s OK as she has eyes on the hat!

two eyed minion hat

Eyes on the hat… that’s the problem now.

She doesn’t want two eyes!

two eyed minion hat

I might crochet her another hat as I want to get the pattern right… or I could just take one eye out. Still haven’t decided.

By the way, I adapted the pattern from here. The abbreviation is US so I’ll put on the UK version here with my adaptation as I didn’t follow it to the T… so maybe I will crochet her another hat!

Yes… my name is Mama Bee and I’m a crochet addict.

Sneak Peek – Second Minion Hat

August 19th, 2013

The last hat would fit Little Bee if we force it on to her head!

I’ve increased the stitches for the second minion hat so, hopefully, it will fit her when it’s finished ;)

second minion hat in he making

Trial – Minion Hat

August 17th, 2013

Made this for Little Bee but I think it’s too small… but it was good practice for me ;)

Oh… Just in case you haven’t seen the movie… the minions are from the Despicable Me movie ;)

crochet minion hat

Trial – Kek Sarang Semut

August 17th, 2013

kek sarang semut

It is named sarang semut cake as… when you cut it… it looks like an ants nest.

kek sarang semut

It has been years and years since I made this cake. And I did promise my friend Jue that I would make it for the makan meet up yesterday but… laziness struck. Well, actually lack of time and tiredness rather than laziness but if I did have more energy, I would have made it. It just takes a long time… the waiting that is and the steaming.

But when I woke up this morning I decided to give it a go.

Since I haven’t made it since I was a teenager… the recipe is, at the moment, guess work and boy is it sweet! I’ve just put on 5kg just eating a couple of slices!!! Need to tweak the measurements a bit before I could offer it as consumption… but it is still nice to have with a nice cup of hot tea.

kek sarang semut

Little Bee says it’s spongy… like Spongebob ;)

Picking Chilis

August 16th, 2013


I haven’t been looking after my garden well… but my plants still reward me with their produce. Today, I went and pick some chilis off the chili plant. Might make same sambal belacan ;)

Biscuits, Last Eid Present

August 12th, 2013

It was a busy few days. Yesterday we went to the Central Mosque for the Eid Family Fun Day Out… after we went to the Dinosaur Zoo.

On the way back we stopped at the butcher as we were too late to get pizza from Sainsbury and  gave her a couple of biscuits :)

biscuits from butcher

Tepung Pelita Test

August 10th, 2013

I bought a bag of banana leaves as I wanted to make otak otak… which is actually wrapped in coconut leaf but I didn’t know where to get coconut leaves from, whereas I know I can banana leaf quite easily.

I didn’t realise how much was in the bag and obviously I had lots left and I started thinking of Malaysian puddings that is wrapped in banana leaf and tepung pelita came to my mind. I think it originated from the state of Kelantan but of course if it’s yummy (like most food in Malaysia) you will be able to find it somewhere in Malaysia.

The only problem is, I don’t think I have the patience of cutting, cleaning, heating and folding the banana leaves into small cups. I did try but because I didn’t heat the leaves long enough, they were still stiff and kept ripping or breaking.

Hmmmmm… so for this experiment, it will just have to be in cups.

tepung pelita

Maybe one day I will find the patience to do the cups and also stand at the stove and stir the mixtures… but after a few busy days of cooking, I guess I rushed everything and used the short cut of using pandan essence rather than proper pandan leaves… let’s just say, it’s not something that I would serve to guests… but Little Bee says she likes it… or she’s just being kind.

Eid Mubarak, A Little Celebration

August 10th, 2013

All through Ramadan, I was convinced that Eid will fall on a Friday, but come Wednesday, I began to doubt myself. My friends were starting to talk about Eid and that it’s been announced in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia that Eid will fall on a Thursday.

I rushed off to the butcher to get my meat, who told me to come back later as he’s expecting a delivery and I could get fresher meat then.

So it’s been rush, rush, rush… cook, cook, cook… bake, bake, bake for the last few days!

Eid is the second biggest celebration for Muslims. After a month of fasting in the month of Ramadan, the first of Syawal is celebrated with prayers and feast with family and friends.

Eid feast

A couple of my friends came over yesterday and on the table we had rendang ayam, rendang daging, ayam masak merah, nasi himpit, lontong, otak otak and soya bean drink. Tini brought satay ayam and kuah kacang. Alice brought karipap. Jue sent some lemang over as she could not celebrate with us. Zetty, Nora and Razlina were in our thoughts.

After years of being in London, I’ve finally found a bunch of Malaysian friends that are like family to me. I am blessed. Photo below courtesy of Alice.

friends and food

Oh… and today… had a proper Malaysian breakfast! We love leftovers! So it was nasi himpit, lontong and sambal goreng (which I forgot about yesterday). Yummy indeed!!

my Malaysian breakfast

Eid Might be Tomorrow Take 2 – Iftar 29 Ramadan 1434 – Rendang Ayam and Nasi Himpit

August 7th, 2013

Since Eid might be tomorrow, I thought I’d make something to mark the occasion. So tonight, we will be having rendang ayam (chicken rendang) and nasi himpit (squashed rice).

rendang ayam

Rendang Ayam

nasi himpit

Nasi Himpit


These are currently cooking on the stove.

Yes, I’m still on panic mode!!!! So, I thought I’d better post now as I don’t know when I’d calm down for a proper post!

Eid Might be Tomorrow – Sambal Goreng

August 7th, 2013

After being so confident that Eid will fall on Friday… I’m not so sure anymore! It’s Eid tomorrow in Japan and Singapore and Malaysia. I’m still waiting for the Central Mosque to announce Eid and it won’t be until tonight but even though some local mom’s are coming over on Friday regardless of when Eid is, I thought I’d better prepare for Eid just to have a little celebration tonight and tomorrow.

sambal goreng

So, this is the first dish I made. Sambal goreng. There’s lot’s of version… but this is the one that I remember from my arwah tok (late grandmother). I do miss her… and my arwah embah (late grandfather)… I miss my family a lot.

I just came back from the butchers… it’s time to make rendang ayam for tonight!

Busy… busy… busy…