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!

Iftar 28 Ramadan 1434 – Daging Masak Kicap

August 6th, 2013

daging masak kicap

OK I might be cheating a bit here as I did previously make ayam masak kicap, but… in my defence, that is counted as a totally separate dish as it is made with chicken and tonight’s dish is made out of beef ;)

So, tonight we have daging masak kicap, choi sum in oyster sauce, Japanese omelette, choi sum in oyster sauce and serunding ayam… oh… and tempeh goreng, which I air fried yesterday to prepare for sambal goreng for Eid.

Iftar 27 Ramadan 1434 – Kacang Phul and Otak Otak

August 5th, 2013

Just a few more days to go and I’m really running out of ideas!! But no, I haven’t repeated myself yet ;)

kacang phul

Kacang Phul

So tonight for iftar is a dish which is only known in Johor and Singapore… the much loved kacang phul.

And as a treat… I’ve been craving for otak otak, so I made some. It’s fish flesh mixed in with spices and grilled/bbq/baked in banana leaf.

otak otak

Otak Otak

Iftar 26 Ramadan 1434 – Mee Goreng

August 4th, 2013

mee goreng

I forgot I bought some choi sum on Thursday. Wasn’t even sure why I bought it in the first place but nevermind, I’m not going to waste it so for iftar today, I made mee goreng… one of Malaysia’s favourite street food and Little Bee approved ;)

Iftar 25 Ramadan 1434 – Curry and Morning Glory

August 3rd, 2013
lentil and potato curry

Lentil and Potato Curry

Today is extra easy cooking. Little Bee said she was happy with roti canai for dinner so I made some lentil and potato curry for her to dip in. Hubby had the same.

roti canai with curry dip

Roti Canai with Curry Dip

But when it was my time to eat, I decided to quickly made kangkung masak belacan (morning glory cooked with shrimp paste) with fishballs and ikan masin (salted fish). So, I had them with the leftover rice from yesterday and of course the curry.

kangkung masak belacan

Such simple meal… such filling meal.

Iftar 24 Ramadan 1434 – Lemon Chicken and Green Beans with Egg

August 2nd, 2013

lemon chicken and beans with egg

Little Bee really enjoyed the Bear Hunt… and enjoyed her little lunchbox by Leicester Square. By the time we got back, I was just soooooooo tired. There was a point that I thought I might just drift to sleep…

No, I couldn’t. Little Bee and hubby needed dinner… and I felt like eating rice. Yes, I’ve been here for more than 20 years but rice is still my staple diet.

We stopped at the butcher’s on the way back… actually we stopped at the butcher’s on the way into town and he gave Little Bee a box of drink! Little Bee was like ‘don’t we have to pay?’ but it was a gift from the butcher. She is loved by everyone she meets and made friends with.

Anyway… so I bought some chicken and there’s always eggs (I cannot not have eggs in the house) and vegetable in the house. A nice rounded meal… only the lemon sauce was a bit sour and Little Bee didn’t like it this time :( My fault… didn’t follow my recipe here to the T.

She complained the green beans was salty… but when I broke my fast… it wasn’t salty at all! I knew she was trying to get out of eating her vegetables! KIDS!

Iftar 23 Ramadan 1434 – Chicken Pasta Soup

August 2nd, 2013

pasta chicken soup

Today has been the hardest. I think the lack of sleep finally, really, caught up and I didn’t get up for sahur (last meal before fasting). My alarm must have rang and I must have just switched it off and continued sleeping. I woke up just after 4am when usually I’d be up at 2am.

Today is also meant to be hot, hot, hot… and I didn’t drink enough last night after breaking my fast as I was just so tired and after solat (prayers) I just thought I’ll just drink gallons of water during sahur… which of course didn’t happen.

But I got up at 4am to put all the ingredients for tonight’s iftar in the slow cooker. It’s a hot day and I decided to make soup. No… my brain is not functioning properly at the moment.

Anyway, Little Bee has decided that she does not like macaroni and have asked me to get some twirly pasta instead. So even though the recipe that I found here listed out macaroni, this is actually my adapted version… so no macaroni, yes to ginger and baby corn and oyster mushroom :) Oh… there’s no oyster mushroom in this photo as it’s Little Bee’s bowl and she doesn’t like mushroom… YET!

Iftar 22 Ramadan 1434 – Macaroni Cheese

August 1st, 2013

macaroni cheese

Back to easy stuff today and what could be easier than macaroni cheese… I guess cheese on toast or instant noodles or half boiled egg with soy sauce… OK the list is endless.

After melting the butter and stirring in the flour and milk, I added a lot of cheddar cheese and then a bit of mozzarella cheese in the sauce to give it an extra gooeyness… if there is such a word… and some turkey rashers as I need to use the last of the pack… half a tin of sweetcorn found in the fridge… and serve it with steamed broccoli as I need to get Little Bee used to having vegetable on the side even though she hates vegetable. What kid doesn’t? I remember I used to hate vegetable too when I was a child but that’s another story…

Iftar 21 Ramadan 1434 – Pizza

July 30th, 2013

homemade pizza

I’m being super organised with my cooking today as I decided to make pizza! Yes, homemade pizza.

Well, the dough was prepared yesterday and has been sitting in the fridge so when I got home, all I had to do was roll out a bit to make Little Bee’s pizza. Did a quick tomato base by blitzing some chopped tomatoes with a tablespoon of tomato puree.

Little Bee then put the tomato sauce on to the pizza base, sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, turkey rashers and left over roast chicken.

20 minutes in the oven and she was so proud of her creation.


Mine was more of a dump everything on rather than the graceful sprinkling of ingredients so not worthy of a photo ;)

Iftar 20 Ramadan 1434 – Roast Chicken

July 29th, 2013

roast chicken

I used to think that making a roast meal is the hardest thing to do. It’s time consuming, as in you wait for a a couple of hours (depending on the weight) for the meat/chicken to cook but seriously, it can’t be any easier. All I have to do is just bang it in the oven and take it out again when it’s ready.

But in this instance I used the slow cooker. So I just left it in the slow cooker on low for the whole day and just get on with the day.

Yes, preparing the vegetables can be more stressing as you want to make sure that all of them are ready at the same time but have different cooking time but really… if I just serve it with potatoes and carrots and butternut squash, there is a very nos-stressful way. First put the butternut squash in the oven for 40 minutes and 20 minutes later put the potatoes in the airfryer for 20 minutes and 5 minutes after that boil the carrots and all the vegetables will be ready at the same time!

Even if I do make brussel sprouts, which is yummy and I don’t care what anyone says, it is still just boiling it. And the secret to a good brussel sprout is not to over boil it! Which a lot of people tend to do and that then makes it not so nice. Just keep it crunchy. But I don’t have brussel sprouts today so I shouldn’t really talk about it.