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Yoyo Biscuits

April 13th, 2014

I bought this book when the Book Club was last at Little Bee’s nursery.

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Little Bee’s been asking me to back the yoyo cookies and I’ve just been lazy. I’ve been so ill the past week and today was the first day that I felt that I could do anything… but I’m still feeling pretty awful.

Anyways…. it is from this…

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… to this…

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Success I think… and it’s pretty easy too… and Little Bee enjoyed making them and eating them!

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And when I caught her scrapping the chocolate frosting from the pan she told me ‘I’m not eating it for fun!’. Well… it must be out of necessity then.

Fail: Gingerbread House

December 24th, 2013

Hmmmmm… tried to make a gingerbread house with Little Bee. I’ve never made a gingerbread house and I’m not in the mood either but I thought it would be a nice activity with Little Bee. I know when it comes to baking I need to follow the recipe… but as I said I wasn’t in the mood.

So… it looks like a shed that’s been through a really terrible storm.

gingerbread house

But Little Bee said… Mama! The gingerbread house looks fantastic!! Never mind the roof!!

:) As long as she’s happy, then it’s mission complete!

The Skeletons are Out

October 31st, 2013

ginger bread dough

The adults (as Little Bee calls the staff at her nursery) asked if I was coming to the pre-school Halloween party. Oh well… I can never say no to their parties as most of the kids are adorable!

So, on top of the pumpkin pie I took over this morning, I’ve also made some ginger dead men :)

ginger dead men

Ingredients:

350g flour
1tsp bicarbonate soda
2tsp ginger powder
1tsp mixed spices
100g unsalted butter
175g soft brown sugar
3tbsp golden syrup
1 egg

  1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate soda, ginger powder and mixed spices into a bowl and mix. Add butter and mix it until it resembles crumbles. Add the sugar and mix further. Slightly beat the egg and golden syrup together and mix until it becomes a dough.
  2. Heat the oven at gas mark 4 (180C)
  3. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness and cut into your desired cookie shape. Place the shaped dough on to a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for about 12 minutes.
  4. Cool them on a cooling rack.

ginger dead men

That’s it :)

Preparing for Eid – Almond London

August 3rd, 2013
Almond London

Almond London for Little Bee

After Little Bee’s persistent ‘is it ready yet?’ question… it is finally ready! Well… half of it as I realised that I didn’t have enough chocolate at home. I had a bar of dark chocolate and a bar of white chocolate. So, I experimented with white chocolate… It seems softer that the dark chocolate so I’ve put the ones covered in white chocolate in the fridge. As for the taste, I will find out if it is OK when I break my fast :) Little Bee seemed happy with them ;)

Almond London Dark Chocolate

Covered in Dark Chocolate

Almond London White Chocolate

Covered in White Chocolate

 

Preparing for Eid – Almond London in the Making

August 3rd, 2013

almond London in the making

When I woke up for sahur (last meal of the day) I started with making almond London biscuits. Little Bee woke up in the middle of it and I went back to bed with her for half an hour… before continuing making the biscuits.

As Little Bee is now awake, she kept coming into the kitchen grabbing one or a couple of biscuits… that is until I told her that I’m going to coat it with chocolate. She has now left it alone.

Well… as Little Bee likes them, it must taste OK. I should really do my baking at night so I could actually taste it… however, maybe it is good that I’m doing it during the day while I couldn’t eat as they might disappear faster than I can make them ;)

Preparing for Eid – Biskut Sarang Semut and Kuih Makmur

July 28th, 2013

This weekend, I made these. I’m determined to make the biscuits that I remember my mom making, and me helping her make, when I was a child.

So this week I made biskut sarang semut (ants nest biscuits). I loved doing this when I was a child and sprinkling the chocolate rice which represents the ants ;) Little Bee had fun sprinkling the ‘ants’ and coloured sugar which she said represents the ants’ food.

Biskut Sarang Semut

Biskut Sarang Semut

I also made kuih makmur. I don’t remember my mom making this but I decided to make them as it is one of my favourite biscuits and the one that I would choose to eat when we go and visiting family and friends during Eid… and I think Little Bee likes it too ;)

kuih makmur

Kuih Makmur

Preparing for Eid – The Biscuit Trial 1

July 21st, 2013

Just before the start of Ramadan, some of my friends and I were talking about the biscuits what we have in Malaysia for Eid. That really got me going and I was so psyched up to make some of those biscuits for Eid… starting with tat nenas – pineapple biscuits.

I do tend to make pineapple biscuits for Eid anyway but I never had the ‘acuan’ (mould) for it that I just make tat nenas gulung which usually looks like this.

tat nenas gulung

But this year I think I found a possible mould and tried it out. I think as I’ve been making tat gulung, the pastry is too soft for me to use the mould with. I need to make some changes to my tat gulung recipe before I can make a ‘balang’ (kind of like a tupperware) of tat nenas for a friend of mine.

tat nenas

Little Bee really wanted to help but as the pastry was too soft and the jam too sticky… I asked her to put little dots on the biscuit.

Carrot and Squash Cookies

December 2nd, 2012

carrot and squash cookies

As it’s really cold outside and Little Bee was very bored, I thought it was time that we bake something. Little Bee’s been watching ‘I Can Cook’ on the CBeebies website and I thought we could try one of the recipes from there.

Little Bee is not very keen on vegetable and if there’s a way to make her eat her vegetable, I’ll give it a try and see if it works so I chose to make carrot and squash cookies. Since Little Bee has watched that episode at least 10 times, she could tell me what to do… which she did with confidence.

And once the cookies were cooked… she took off her apron and went to play in the front room. I guess disguising carrots and squash into cookies did not fool her. *sigh*

The cookies are good! They’re not too sweet (maybe that’s why Little Bee rejected it) and was served with the roast dinner… and again Little Bee just had a bite but at least she ate everything else on her plate *sigh*

roasted butternut squash and grated carrot

roasted butternut squash and grated carrot

Ingredients:

420g plain flour
180g butter (room temperature)
3tsp sugar
120g grated carrot
300g roasted butternut squash
sprigs of rosemary

  1. Pre-heat oven at gas mark 6.
  2. Put  the flour, butter and sugar in a bowl and mix together to make a crumbly texture. Add the carrot and squash and mix it into a ball of dough.
  3. Divide the dough into 18 pieces (or more) and shape them into carrot shapes. Put them on a baking tray and flatten them down. Press the sprigs of rosemary on top of each dough and put it in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
shaped dough ready for the oven

Little Bee’s creation ready for the oven

I didn’t listen to Little Bee’s instruction properly and the cookies were a bit thick. Next time, mama will listen properly!

 

Ghost Request

September 3rd, 2012

As requested by Little Bee for her third party, I made it ghost themed for her to have with her friends in nursery…

So I made her ghost cake.

Ghost cake

Some gingerdead men.

Gingerdead man

And party bags.

Ghost party bags

She won’t remember all these effort of course but for a few moments, she was happy.

Happy third birthday Little Bee… now, mama is going to rest until your fourth birthday is on the horizon.

Selamat Hari Raya, Happy Eid Mubarak

August 18th, 2012

Tomorrow will be Eid Mubarak. I miss the celebration atmosphere of Hari Raya in Malaysia. I miss the days towards Eid where I’d be helping my mom in the kitchen baking and cooking. I miss the anticipation of buying new clothes and waiting for the day to wear it. I miss playing fireworks with my cousins. My fondest memory of Ramadan moving towards the first of Syawal, is helping my late granddad lighting the pelita (lanterns).

So, today, on the eve of Eid, with You Tube playing all the Malay Eid songs from P Ramlee, Sudirman, M Nasir, Jamal Abdillah etc, Little Bee and I baked some tart nenas (pineapple tarts). I used to make this with mom. Unfortunately I don’t have the mould for it so I’m making tart gulung, where the pineapple jam is inside. Next year, I will make sure I have the mould so that Little Bee could do little designs on top of the pineapple jam like I used to. I’ll put the recipe up another time.

This evening I’ll make chicken rendang, nasi himpit, sayur lodeh and maybe if I have time, kuah kacang.

Selamat Hari Raya or Happy Eid Mubarak to all muslims around the world. Maaf zahir dan batin.

tart gulung