yesterday i learnt to make a sunburst granny square, thanks to the brilliant Bella Coco by Sarah-Jayne YouTube tutorial videos.

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my first Sunburst 

i like the way it turned up, thinking of adding it to the pattern in my mood blanket challenge. i think it would be great but ill need to do some maths as the sunburst is a little bit smaller than the Old American Granny square i am working on.

and to make its even “sunnier”, when i was tending to my small yard this morning, i saw that my sunflower is beginning to show it’s colour.

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bright Monday it is! 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Hello there!

As promised, here is the first progress report. this simply means i have done catching up for the first 10 days of 2016.

i made 10 pcs of the squares, really very random colours and like them all!

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the essentials. the small crochet bowl is for yarn tails 🙂

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the first 10 squares

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up close 

i also learnt that one skein of wool (50gms) can only make 10 squares. more shopping to come, then.

right. back to sunday house chores and lets see if i am in a better mood to do one more (i am pretty sure i will crochet more today). i might also learn a few more patterns…maybe the solid square or even sunburst.

p/s: thank you so much for all friends who encouraged this journey. sms, whatsapp, twitter messages encouragements are so welcomed! now i have a friend who will also be challenging herself to finish a few projects this year (weeehoo!). and thank you too my best buddy who is now offered to be my fellow yarn shopper (so blessed).

I didnt remember how it happened, but last weekend I found myself ogling pictures of knitted and crochet blankets.

now you must know by now that i am a little bit here and there in hobby front. and please know that i started to play with yarn and crochet needles since i was 13. i only learnt to knit in 2010, when i was in my short visit to my friend’s place in dxb.

so anyhow, i have always wanted to knit or crochet myself a nice blanket. so the last weekend stumbled upon the images kinda ignite my so called desire (haha).

last few days i went to Spotlight after work and guess what… they are having yarn sale for 50% off. so what do you think happened?

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and i began my Granny Squares blanket journey that very night.

IMG_20160105_234711_wm my first granny square with 4 colours.

its إن شاء الله will be a cream bordered blanket. now i am going to do this as my “mood blanket” project. it means:

  1. i will crochet a square each day, selecting 3 color combinations according to my mood that particular day.
  2. if i skipped a day, i will have to make it up the next day. by 31st December 2016, I should have 366 squares and will use up the 1st Jan 2017 public holiday to join them.
  3. to hold myself accountable for this project and keep me motivated, i am going to post my progress every weekend.

since i did not start on 1st Jan, i have some catching up to do, so i will show the first result soon as i catches up.

hopefully ill get to show you the finished project, something like this one:

Eerste-deken1 (picture from Google Image).

ogle first 🙂

 

its his birthday weekend and i rewarded myself by applying for days off from work (haha). and to celebrate even more, i made us a mini apple pie using some left over dough from the last apple pie i made.  since the leftover dough was only enough for the pie base, i mixed up a small batch for crumble topping.

an old friend of mine wanted to have the recipe, so here i it is. (thanks for asking for the recipe, Zam, its a way of me updating this abandoned blog) 😛

i kinda fell in love with Anna Olson’s Double Crust Fruit Pie dough recipe and always been using the same one for all my fruit pie (thanks Anna!).

Please take note that the recipe is for an 8″, top and bottom pie crust, so if you are making something like i did, please just halve the recipe. i understand from my own experiences that rolling and transferring the crust to the pan going to be a bit of a challenge, but you can just roll your dough on top of a plastic sheet (dust with flour). it will be easier for you to transfer the rolled crust, trust me.

INGREDIENTS

Double Crust Fruit Pie Dough

2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup cool unsalted butter, cut into pieces (does not have to be ice cold)

¼ cup cool water (find the coldest water you have in your fridge)

2 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice

Filling

6 cups peeled and sliced mixed apples (such as Mutsu, Granny Smith, Royal Gala, Honey Crisp, Cortland or others) – about 5 medium apples – I always just use Granny Smith as I like my pie a little sour.

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

½ cup granulated sugar

⅓ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

1 recipe Double Crust Fruit Pie Dough

2 Tbsp rolled oats

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

Double Crust Fruit Pie Dough

1. Combine the flour, sugar and salt together. Add the oil and blend in using a pastry cutter, electric beaters or a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until the flour looks evenly crumbly in texture.

2. Add the butter and cut in until rough and crumbly but small pieces of butter are still visible. Stir the water and vinegar (or lemon juice, if using) together and add all at once to the flour mixture, mixing just until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into 2 disks, wrap and chill until firm, at least an hour.

3. The dough can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored chilled, or can be frozen for up to 3 months, thawing in the fridge before rolling.

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what i made last two weeks, huge portion for 10 people

Filling

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

2. Toss the sliced apples with the lemon juice. Place half of the apples in a sauté pan or saucepan and heat over medium heating, until some of the juices cook out and the apples soften, about 10 minutes. Remove the apples from the pan using a slotted spoon and stir with the remaining uncooked apples to cool.

3. In a separate bowl, stir the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to blend, then stir this into the apples and set aside.

4. Pull out the dough from the fridge 15-30 minutes before rolling. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the first disk of dough into a circle just less than ¼-inch thick. Dust a 9-inch pie plate with flour and line the plate with the pastry. Sprinkle the bottom of the shell with the oats (this will help absorb any excess juices). Spoon the apple filling into the shell and dot with the butter. Roll out the remaining disk of dough to the same thickness and place over the apples. Trim any excess dough and pinch the edges of the crust together, created a fluted edge. Brush the pastry with the egg wash. Stir a little sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle generously overtop. Use scissors to snip opening in the top crust to allow steam to escape.

5. Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking tray and bake for 10 minutes at 400 F. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 F and continue to bake for another 40 to 50 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Cool the pie for at least 2 hours before slicing to serve.

Here is the recipe for the alternative crumble topping

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (i put a little more as i just love the salty from the topping and the sweetness of the filling)
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Blend first 5 ingredients in processor. Add chilled butter cubes; using on/off turns, cut in until mixture resembles wet sand.

Toss filling to redistribute juices; transfer to crust, mounding in center. Pack topping over and around apples. Bake pie on baking sheet until topping is golden, about 40 minutes (cover top with foil if browning too quickly). Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake until apples in center are tender when pierced and filling is bubbling thickly at edges, about 45 minutes longer. Cool until warm, about 1 hour. Serve with lots of vanilla ice cream. yums!

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my mini crumble apple pie, ready to go into the oven

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the final result, bit of burnt top as we like a little burnt taste. hahaha. We finished this for breakfast this morning (oh my diet)

hi all!

exciting day.

we finally agreed on the online shop and i am now going to try to manage it.

starting small, i am still waiting for a full product catalog from our suppliers. once received, in shaa Allah will be posting the pictures.

we now online on:

instagram : Instagram

and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alikhwanfurniture

drop by and see if you will like any of the pieces on sale.

finally a dream coming true 🙂

happy aida

I have been craving for some cakes. Last week i wrote an email to my dear girls, asking for a recipe of the heart warming oatmeal cake baked for me when i visited Dubai in 2013.

haleema's cake

Baked by Haleema

The reply arrived and i was eagerly waiting for the weekend to bake and spoil my diet silly. I posted some pictures on Instagram and a few friends messaged me for the recipe.

Here it is… I copy and paste from the original email 🙂

1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup oats
Pour boiling water over the oats in a bowl and set aside.

1/2 cup butter/margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
Cream these together well.

2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt

Beat the eggs into the cream one at a time. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Stir in the oatmeal mixture. Bake in greased pan for 30 – 35 minutes.

Topping:

6 tablespoons butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cream or milk
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Put all ingredients into a saucepan. Heat and stir to melt butter and dissolve sugar.

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Once the cake is baked, spread this topping over the cake, and broil six to eight inches from heat until browned and bubbly. (I don’t have a broiler, so I have always put the cake on the bottom rack in the oven and baked the topping with the oven door slightly open. If your oven has a heating element or fire at the top, then you can broil it there.)

There you go. Mine look like this when done:

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i think i over broiled my topping!

I did not wait for an hour for the cake to cool down before i cut it. I cant wait that long!

Happy baking uolls!!

we should all try to eat healthy. a lot of times the bf mentioned about the bad side effect of this and that, and dont really eat dishes made with coconut milk.

i hence tweak my normal chicken curry recipe for one without coconut milk.

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it tasted good, Alhamdulillah. I made it for lunch today and somehow felt i should have made more!

anyhow, if you would like to try this, here is the recipe:

1pc chicken breast (cubed) – since im cooking for one meal, i used half of the breast only

1pc medium potato – cubed

1pc medium onion – chopped
4pcs garlic – chopped coarsely
1/3 part of chicken stock cube

a handfull of coriander leaves and the stalks (i chopped them coarsely, separating the stalks and the leaves)

2teaspoons of curry powder – make it a paste by adding some hot water. I used meat/chicken curry powder by Baba’s

right. in a deep pan, heat up a few tablespoon of oil. fry the onions, garlic and the chicken cube till the onion turns a little golden. Then add in the curry paste. Fry for a few minutes, or until the water dried out from ur paste. in malay we call it “pecah minyak”. Toss in the coriander stalks.

add in the chicken and potato. Mix well and add in half cup of water. Stir a while and cover your pan. You should leave the curry to simmer, stirring occasionally.

Cook until the potatoes are cooked through and your curry gravy become a little oily again. finally toss in the corriander leaves and thats all.

Oh ya, please taste the gravy for the salt. I only added a pinch or so. Very healty isnt it?

happy cooking uols!

I was wondering of what to cook for lunch. Thinking of using things from the backyard garden for chicken rendang but unfortunately i ran out of coconut milk.

I browse the one and only recipe book in the house.

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Well, it gave me an idea for a one pot (or rather one pan) chicken and potatoes.

Here what i used (mind you, im cooking for 2):

Half pc of chicken breast, cubed
1pc potato (medium size), cubed
4cloves of garlic (crushed using pastel and mortar – yielded 1 teaspoon)
1medium onion – chopped
2 medium tomatoes, cubed
3 bird chillies – chopped
2 tablespoons oil

In a pan, heat the oil and stir in the garlic, saute for a few seconds. Put in the chicken and potatoes. Stir so the two mixed well with the garlic. U can let the chicken and potatoes frying for a few minutes, with your pan covered.

The pan cover will make the pan sweat, no worry, thats what we need. Fry until the chicken turned white and the water from the chicken dried.

Put in the chopped onions and mix well, fry until the onion became translucent. And yes, please put the pan cover, just stir occasionally. Finally, add in the tomatoes and chillies. Immediately toss in half teaspoon of salt and cover the pan for a minute or two.

Stir the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes become gravy-like. Dont forget to taste for saltiness, that is according to your own preferences.

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This is good with white rice or bread of your choice.

Simple and easy, no? Good recipe for a busy working person like yours truly.

By the way, you can change the chicken to any other meat, but the cooking time will change with kind of meat you choose.

Have fun in the kichen, uolls!

i was somewhat very happy when i was on my way back from KL last Saturday.

may be it was the fact that i finally had the chance to purchase the fossil that i have been wanting for a few months and the fact that because the purchase, i managed to get a few hand dipped plates for free. i know i am nuts for handmade stuff.

so anyhow, on my way back, i stopped at a petrol station. since i choose a pump on the wrong side of the car’s fuel cap, i made quite a “show” when i re-fuel, spilling some petrol and so on. at the next pump on my right, there is another customer, a father with his son and daughter refueling their car.

the son and daughter was tentatively watching me, may be amazed by this makcik on her heels fussing around. seeing them looking at me, i acted a little more as i walked to find some water to wash away the spilled petrol (picture Mr Bean walking tip toe-ing).

i found the water can, lifted it (so heavy) and walked to my car. put it on the floor, took off the pump, closed the fuel tank cap and…. took the water can, went to the left side of the car and washed away, really acting.

when i finished, i walked to the side where the boy stood gaping at me, with his wondering eyes.

i smiled and said

“Yes, I add some water in my fuel tank”.

i watched the boy looking at me while im driving off.

wonder if he will tell his dad to add some water into his tank too. you know, as i did it, and i drove off okay.

lol

so silent.

i miss talking and laughing out loud. i miss having conversations.

sigh.

the journey

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