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wow March came and gone!

how are you guys? long time no see. i know its been a while i didnt update my blog. i blame it on the hot weather (haha) and like usual, the stress and all those activities at work.

but worry not, i am always with yarn and needle whenever i am free, wherever i am.

i took some yarns with me during my last trip to Sumatera too.. and yeap, i finished all my 31 squares for March. wanna see?

i started my pieces for April too, just two, today’s square is still on its way 🙂

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so i am up to date, Alhamdulillah.

now i guess i could talk a little bit about Medan. as the trip was my fourth or fifth trip so far, i know i will not be able to say a lot of nice things about it. for me, Medan is the city of traffic, motorbikes and dust.

but amidst all those, i still love the warmth of the people. during the first day we were there, we took a walk early in the morning to buy some “lontong”for breakfast and everyone from each house that we passed will call and ask us to come have tea. of course we politely declined, but thats what happened for the rest of the days we were there.

teh manis (sweetened black tea) is their favorite drink and i just love to see how simple their lives are in the village.  how they all will wake up for fajr and didnt go back to bed, even small kids! i was a little ashamed when an aunt told me how her son is very lazy, saying he will only wakes up at 9am. gosh, i held my tongue from revealing what time i will wake up during my “lazy day”. hahaha

anyway, here are some photos i managed to snap. it was very warm, i was on vacation, so i was not very much in the mood of playing camera lady 🙂

right on. its very warm outside. lets cool down and continue to crochet. no little side projects on April. its the month to go study for my last paper for LOMA.

wish me luck!!

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)

after finished with handsome’s service yesterday, i felt like a long drive. as usual, i love driving him right after his service as he will feel brand new.

i missed an exit and i found myself driving toward the Federal Highway and so, i went to Amcorp Mall. very “good” place to be at, Aida, i told myself, but i know i am already up above my own embarrassment state that i am okay to go or see things that i normally dont want to see. after all, its my own fault all these happened to myself.

stop that. move on.

so, since i was already there, i went to the bookstore to find some books for my little friends. of course i dont get what i wanted from the store, as always. its either the book i wanted is just so popular that they sold out every copy, or its just not popular at all to be stored there.

but i was so happy to get some Calvin and Hobbes books for myself. Saw them at the “best seller” shelves and smiled hugely to see the price, grab both books and walked around browsing while hugging the books close to my heart. i was crazy, but cant help it.

anyway, this entry is about the surprise when i finished paying the loots. No, i did not get further discount. its the receipt that caught my attention. apparently the bookstore is running a little contest and they print the winning short stories on the receipt. well well well, this is a very good idea!

ok yeah, i read receipt, big deal. i also try hard to read what Chuck Lorre trying to say on the vanity cards at the end of each TBBT’s episode (of course i failed each time as i did not have the ability to read 200 words in a half-second).

right, this is the time i should tell you what the receipt stories all about. but mom is asking when we should leave (want to get some new curtains for her room) so ill be short and sweet about it.

here.. read it from the screen shot i made from their website

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so my inspiring author friends, may be you should do something about this splendid idea and start sending your short stories (i might do the same).

i sure hope to read your short stories on my receipt, soon.

here is the winning story as per my receipt, yesterday.

page number 5 and the two books i now treasure :)

page #5 and the two books i now treasure 🙂

we were introduced in 1996.

we were very young. we had differences. we argued. we went for ice creams, MsDs, college.

we made plans. we drove miles. we talked hours. we listened to 911 on the phone.

you listened to ALL my boyfriends stories. I listened to your stories. you heard me cry. i told you to calm down.

u scratch my back, i got your’s.

we fought. we lost contact. twice.

but we eventually made it up. we came back to what we were.

16 years. countless memories.

you are going to be someone’s fiancé. then a husband. maybe a father.

may ill be around to see all that.

u are my friend. and we will be who we are, for years to come.

love you, endlessly.

the journey

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