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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

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…

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 Serunding Ayam Trial

July 26th, 2013

I saw a picture on FB of someone receiving a parcel from home which included serunding.

My mom posted me some serunding a few years back but I asked her not to do it anymore as the postage cost was so high. But now that I’ve seen the picture of a packet of serunding, well, I WANT SOME. So, what do I usually do when I want something that is not easily available? That’s right, I just have to make it myself.

serunding ayam

So this is my first ever serunding and I think next time, I will make it when I’m not fasting so I could do some taste tests as I don’t think I put enough of everything in it. Well, once I perfected the recipe, I guess I can make it again when I’m fasting as I will have the recipe in hand… but then I’m also Malaysian where most of the ingredient measurement is agak-agak (about right) or secukup rasa (to taste) rather than exact gram/tbsp etc.

Anyway, I’m still ‘drying’ it up. The dryer the serunding the longer I can keep it. So when I get up again later, I will be turning on the hob at the lowest setting and keep ‘drying’ and occasionally stirring it.

My serunding is OK but  I’m not sure of the taste as I usually have serunding daging (beef) rather than ayam (chicken).  It’s still nice having it with rice… and for Eid, it will be nice to have it with nasi himpit ;)

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.