Monday, August 19, 2013

Easy Bread Pudding (A Foolproof Recipe)



I got this recipe from allrecipes.com but modified it a little according to my own taste and also some advice I got around the web.

Ingredients 
6 slices day-old bread
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins (optional but recommended)
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional but kinda typical)

Some modifications I made 
7 slices day-old Gardenia butterscotch bread (hence, less additional sugar used)
Less than 1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup white sugar
A pinch of ground nutmeg
No vanilla


Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 175 C.  
  2. Break bread into small pieces into an 8-inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread.  If desired, sprinkle with raisins.  
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla (and in my case, ground nutmeg).  Beat until well-mixed.  Pour over bread and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.  Let it rest for about 15 minutes so that the bread can fully absorb the egg mixture.  (Note: If the mixture has some lumps in it, pass it through a sieve before pouring it on the bread) 
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.  Serve with cream.  

The recipe for the cream was inspired by this neat cook (not just because she's tidy and clean but also because I think that her recipes are cool).  Again, I modified it a little (just in terms of measurement) because I was lacking resources to abide by the exact measurement.


Ingredients
300 ml milk (estimation)
1 1/2 tsp white sugar (or to taste, lest you have sweeter tooth)
3 tbsp cornstarch (estimation)


Procedure

  1. Heat up the milk and just when it starts boiling, pour the corn starch into the mixture (Note: Dissolve the corn starch with some cold milk before pouring so that there won't be lumps, at least, that's what I do).  Let it boil and then remove from the heat and let cool at room temperature.  
  2. You may add more cornstarch if you want it to be thicker but I like it just to have a little body but still light.  Remember to cover the milk while it is boiling and cooling as to avoid a "skin" to form on the surface of the milk.  


That's all for the recipe.  For most people, it is a comfort food and nice to be eaten on cold or rainy days.  Most people bake it for breakfast.  As for me, well, as long as it's good, I can take it any time.  

Just try bake it and do share (literally or figuratively is up to you) with me your results.  It would be good to have some affirmation that the recipe is indeed foolproof.  







Sunday, August 18, 2013

My Exciting Holiday


Two weeks' holiday is ending.  In just a blink of an eye.  Unbelievable.  
I'm just thinking that if this is the year-end holiday, it will only be for about two weeks times two which means two blinks of the eye.  Crap, I am now one of those people who feel that 24 hours in a day is not enough.  

Well, for what it's worth, I did spend my holiday quite productively and excitingly.  At least, that's what I felt to an extent that I think I need longer hours in a day.  No, this is not a complaint, God.  
Anyway, one of the few things I did was to clean the entire house including the balcony except for the other room+bathroom.  Yes, I did!  Wee~~ and it felt so refreshing to be in the know about where all the location of the things are in the house.  I guess I just got tired of seeing too many boxes around with dust covering them.  Not to mention, the house looks so messy and disgusting!  Just look at how my room looks like while I was decluttering.  



In the end, I just downsized into five medium-sized boxes.  All of them containing books, notes, CDs, board games, and rough papers.  In my quest to make my room into a CASA Impian, I went to a furniture shop and guess what I found -- a bookshelf!  The answer to all my prayers. 

 It's the one in the middle.  The slender one.  

So I made a deal with the sales guy and he promised to send the piece of furniture over on the following Monday.  The day I bought it was on a Wednesday.  Well, considering that it will be the public holiday the next day, I consented thinking that I had another week to ensure that the bookshelf will be cleaned and arranged in its rightful place.  

But as fate would have it, the bookshelf never reached my place.  On Monday, I called and the guy said that it might arrive on Wednesday but because I pushed him, he promised to try send it later at night, so I waited.  When it was already 2300 hours and no call came, I figured that he had decided to send it on Wednesday and decided to give the matter some rest.  So on Tuesday, I made this: 


Butterscotch Bread Pudding with Cream (not in the picture).  So sorry I'm not in the habit of taking pictures of food before eating (it died many years ago along with my camera -- sad story), hence the pudding up there has already been half-eaten before it occurred to me that it would be nice to have some memory of it in case I wouldn't be doing it anymore (I mean, not because I die *nervous laugh* but *cross fingers).  I modified the recipes a little.  If anyone's interested, I will post up the recipe the next time but if you just want me to bake it, forget about it.  Not in a particularly diligent mode right now :P 

Then Wednesday came and I waited for the shelf again.  I called the guy as late as I could, around 0900 and he said the shelf will come a little bit late.  So I had to wait again? Dammit but wait I did.  But I couldn't stick around for long because I had a date.  So, around 1400, I left the house and visited this cute little guy.  
 

Hello, Evan!  He's 5 months old, by the way.  It was my last chance to see him before he takes off the next morning.  He's very active even though he hasn't learned how to crawl yet.  Still, it doesn't stop him from rolling his body around the bed that one day, he even fell off it, according to Lis, the mum.  Since that day, she never left him alone on a bed even for just a minute.  And he's really heavy to carry, almost 10kg now.  So it's a real training for Lis :D   

When I got home, the furniture guy still hasn't called yet.  Fine, so I did and he said it will be delivered later that night.  And as you can guess, it never was.

Woke up the next morning and made this:


Pancakes! 

They're not as small as they look.  Claire and I got so full because of the pancake that we didn't even have lunch.  But I did eat something afterwards.  Just salad though and in very small portion! 

After breakfast, I brought a friend along to visit the furniture shop because I just couldn't stand the wait anymore.  As soon as the guy saw us, without me saying anything yet, he gave me back the deposit and told me to hold on to it and only pay the full amount when the furniture has arrived.  I felt good.  I didn't have to go so low as to quarrel with the guy or have my friend pull him by the collar.  LOL.   

Anyway, now we know that the furniture will never arrive but I still have to deal with this: 


Yeah, I know what you're thinking.  They don't look like five medium-sized boxes but hey, don't believe everything you see.  

Anyone has any suggestions on which furniture shop that can give me a good deal?  By good deal, I'm referring to good quality furniture with affordable prices.  The cheaper the better.  I am open even for second-handed furniture, as long as they are pleasant to the eyes and fits my budget.  Around RM100-150.  

Oh, and I got another recipe for caramel pudding, which will only be posted up if anyone's interested.  The texture is almost like the caramel pudding (Chez Recamier) that can be bought in Isetan, KLCC for RM3.50, if I remember correctly.  It was heavenly (the one I bought and yeah, the one I made too, hehe).  I got a lot of the containers to prove how good they taste but it's not good to show our weaknesses to others, eh? 


Just a preview ;) 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Cube

Hi guys, I'm back.  Ew... dusty blog.   


Ok, I'm back because of The Cube.  Just look at the time discrepancy between this post and the last post and you know how important The Cube is to me. 

Ok, ok.  I ain't gonna lie and say that it's only about The Cube.  Actually, there's a catch.  If I write a blog entry about The Cube and features that I like about it, I stand a chance to win a BlackBerry Torch 9860! 

You don't know how desperate I am for a BB.  I am a student (you get the story - broke, broken, and might break down anytime because I need something efficient to browse the net.  Yes, I am shameless). 

Without further ado, let me introduce you to The Cube if you are still clueless about it.  But first, let me show you this video.  Lol, it's crazy and I just can't resist it! 


Isn't that cool? I wish I could do that!  Lol. 

You must be wondering why all those Cubes are dancing, right?
Duh, The Cube is like a music site.  Seriously.  You can download tones for your phones, find out what new song is the hottest right now (seriously, it's like a music chart), download games, and keep yourself up to date with your social circle.  The good thing about downloading legal stuff at The Cube here is the affordable prices.  You can download songs for as low as RM 0.99!   

There is one thing that really attracts me is going online on Facebook by SMS for only RM 1 per week!  I thought I saw it wrongly but no.  Seeing is believing.  That's like RM 4 in one month.  Cool eh? Even someone as broke as me can afford that.  Hallelujah! 


Oh, and one more thing although I know I may be writing out of topic here.  But you just gotta check out The Cube's site if only to take a look at the cool web design.  Check it out for yourself if you don't believe me (But please believe me, I am usually honest).  

See? See?

Lol.  I know I'm not making any sense right here but honestly, the colour combination works so well in creating something young, vibrant, and happening, if it was animated I would have danced along.  If only there were animations... Ah, you know, I'm a person who loves action.  Just ignore me. 

But as a website for in this genre, I gotta say, The Cube is The Complete Ultra Boundless Entertainment.  

Thank you very much. 


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Never Say Never a.k.a. Kipas Bibir Ka Aku Ni?

Jawapan: TIDAK.  Walaupun dulu aku pernah suka lagu "Baby, baby" beliau tetapi sejak dimasukkan dalam persembahan CUS kami, aku akan terkenangkan action untuk line "Baby, baby" tu.  Hehe, tak stylish tapi agak cool - kami la... 


Okay, back to business.  Why never say never? 


Even though I am not a Bieber's fan (neither am I a hater), I agree with this phrase: NEVER say NEVER.  



In my life, there are many things that I do not have.  And because of that, I do not want people to take away the last thing that I have: Hope.  


You might say that I am in denial; that I cannot face reality.  So what? I am not obliged to comment about that.  
But having hope or no hope, which one is better?  


Of course hope la...!  


So when people tell me "It's impossible!" or "There is nothing you can do about it" or "You just have to live with that", in my mind and in my heart, I say 'NEVER!' 



Kalau nak muka halus macam aku ni, NEVER say NEVER! 


Thus, it becomes a challenge for me to prove those people wrong.  
Ya, saya memang suka menentang.  Okla, bukan saya saja-saja suka menentang.  Tapi, saya rasa tak adil bagi saya kalau orang suka-suka ja kata tak boleh la, feels like that person is trying to kill my hope. 

So what I am doing actually is just to restore my hope.  Saya tidak cuba untuk membunuh atau mencederakan siapa-siapa.  That means, whatever I do tiada kaitan dengan yang mati atau hidup atau yang in-between.  


Oh, panjang sungguh introduction.  Tapi itu adalah sebagai explanation in case saya dipersalahkan untuk apa-apa nanti.  Aku phobia.  



Al-kisah cerita adalah begini... 


It's nothing new that I have problems with my facial skin.  Don't get me wrong.  I love myself, it's just that I want to improve myself.  


My problem is that my facial skin pores are very visible to the naked eye.  Maksudnya, tak payah pakai spec, orang rabun pun boleh nampak T_T 


Tapi awas, lepas ni, jangan pulak nak cuba tengok muka aku untuk perhatikan liang-liang tersebut.  


Sebagai seorang wanita yang sama-sama pentingkan kecantikan seperti wanita-wanita lain, saya merasakan bahawa adalah tanggungjawab saya untuk mencari jalan penyelesaian kepada masalah yang melanda muka ini.  


BUT...!  Tiba-tiba ada orang bagitau kat aku "Tak dapat nak hilangkan tu..." dengan selamba.  


My immediate response was "Huh, cannot meh???" in disbelief.  

"I don't believe that," I added.  "There has got to be some things that I can do.  I don't believe that there is a problem that cannot be solved." 


Terdiam orang yang memberi jawapan tu tadi kepada saya.  Oops.  
Melampau ke apa yang aku cakap? 



Since then on, telah menjadi misi hidupku untuk mencari ubat yang boleh mengecilkan saiz liang-liang roma di muka ini.  Oh malunya.  


Seperti biasa, Google menjadi pilihan hati sebagai tempat aduan.  As I expected, bukan 1, bukan 2, bukan 3, bukan 4, tapi lebih banyak daripada jari-jari tangan campur jari-jari kaki aku bilangan laman yang mempamerkan cara-cara mengecilkan lubang.  Ahem.  


Ini adalah satu benda bagus jadi saya merasakan adalah tanggungjawab saya sebagai seorang wanita untuk berkongsi tips-tips ini dengan wanita-wanita lain who have the same concern as me.  


Antara yang aku dapat adalah seperti berikut and I don't take credits for these methods.  Just sharing what I got and I'm sorry because I forgot to save the links: 


1st Method
  1. Squeeze a half cup of fresh lemon juice.  Katanya, lemon juice is good to control oil production.  
  2. Beat egg + 2 teaspoon (tsp) honey + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar.  
  3. Add in 1 tsp lemon juice and stir for about 1 minute until the mixture blend well.  
  4. Wash face with a mild cleanser and pat dry.  
  5. Massage the treatment on skin (focus on areas with large pores).  
  6. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. 

2nd Method
  1. Blend 1 green tomato + 1 tsp honey until they form a thick pulp.  
  2. Cleanse face with warm water (aku rasa maksudnya kena jugak guna cleanser cuma rinse with warm water).  Exfoliate with scrub.  
  3. Massage the mixture on the face.  
  4. Leave on for 20 - 30 minutes and rinse with cold water.  
1NewMessages: The remaining mask can be stored for about 2 weeks.


3rd Method
  1. Add egg white from 1 large egg with 2 tablespoon (tbsp) lemon juice.  Mix well.  
  2. Apply on affected areas and leave for a minimum of 20 minutes.  
  3. Rinse off using tepid to warm water.  
  4. Apply witch hazel extract (optional but is recommended to further tone and tighten skin).  
2NewMessages: Repeat daily.  The difference can be seen in 2 - 4 weeks.  

3NewMessages: I noticed that my Oxy oil-control moisturizer has witch hazel extract!  Gembiranya hati ini :) 


4th Method
  1. Blend or juice 1 small cucumber.  
  2. Mix with 1/4 cup plain yogurt (tapi kalau anda nak jugak yang ada buah-buah tu saya tak dapat nak halang la).  Mix well.  
  3. Juice or blend 1/2 pint strawberries.  Add into the mixture.  
  4. Add in 1 tsp honey + 2 tbsp oatmeal.  
  5. Cover the mixture and leave in fridge for 10 minutes.  
  6. Meanwhile, dampen a towel with hot water and lay on face.  This helps to open pores.  
  7. Massage the mixture onto your face for 5 minutes.  
  8. Leave on for 15 - 20 minutes.  Soak towel with warm water and scrub the mask off.  
  9. Rinse with cold water.  Pat dry.  
4NewMessages: Do this once every week.  This method is suitable for all skin types.   


Of all the methods above, I have only tried the third one.  I did notice some difference but I think it might be partly due to my putting on face mask containing alpha hydroxy acid (Alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid are chemicals that can help to refine pores) daily. 


So why do some of us have large pores? 

From my search, the reason is because our pores are clogged.  The clogging made the pores swell, hence the enlarged size.  


How did our pores get clogged? 

Ala, kalau tak bersihkan mestila tersumbat... Haha, kalaula senang macam cuci longkang.  

Actually it is because some of us have very active sebum gland, hence our faces get oily easily.  And when the face gets too oily, the dirt gets stuck on our face easily.  
Ah, kena guna Sunlight.  When the dirt terlekat pada minyak-minyak, the pores get clogged easily lor... 


That is why, we need to remove the oil build-up.  Also, use warm water to wet our face to improve cleanser efficacy.  


Itu saja cerita saya untuk penjagaan kulit muka pada kali ini.  Sama-sama kita berusaha untuk mengekalkan keamanan dunia.  Aja-aja fighting! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Question 1: What is Your Favourite Song? a.k.a. 30-day blog challenge

First of all, I would like to explain a few things: 

1. I copied this challenge from the Ketua Kuyat :)  (Beliau adalah Tai-ka-je kami, sila respek ok!)

2. This is a 30-day blog challenge but it does not mean that it has to be continuous.  It only means that you need to answer only one question per day.  


And since I really need to talk but nobody can afford to stay awake that long to listen to me, WTH let me just do this then.  


There are many songs that I love but this particular song will always be my favourite.  
It is a chinese song sung by my favourite idol, Jay Chou.  
I love this song not just for the melody but also because of the lyrics and its MV and the special effect (so it really is my favourite!).  


The title of the song is 你听得到 (Ni Ting De Dao) meaning You Can Hear It.  
Mesti takorang rasa heran pahal tajuk nya cam pelik jak bunyi.  Mestila bole dengar asalkan sik pekak.  
Tapi.... jeng jeng jeng..

This is the lyrics: 

有谁能比我知道
you shui neng bi wo zhi dao
 
Who can understand better than me
 
你的温柔像羽毛
ni de wen rou xiang yu mao
 
That your gentleness is like a feather


秘密躺在我怀抱
mi mi tang zai wo huai bao
A secret is lying in my lap


只有你能听得到
zhi you ni neng ting de dao 
(2nd time: dao de ting neng ni you zhi [see note on bottom*] ) 
Only you can hear it


还有没有人知道
hai you mei you ren zhi dao
 
Does anyone else know


你的微笑像拥抱
ni de wei xiao xiang yong bao
 
That your smile is like an embrace?


多想藏着你的好
duo xiang cang zhe ni de hao
How I want to hide your goodness

只有我看得到
zhi you wo kan de dao
 
So that only I can see it 

站在屋顶只对风说
zhan zai wu ding zhi dui feng shuo
 
Standing on the roof, facing the wind saying

不想被左右
bu xiang bei zuo you

That I don’t want to be pushed around


本来讨厌下雨的天空
ben lai tao yan xia yu de tian kong 
I used to hate the raining sky


 

直到听见有人说爱我
zhi dao ting jian you ren shuo ai wo
 
Until I heard someone say she loves me



坐在电影院的二楼
zuo zai dian ying yuan de er lou
 
Sitting on the second floor of the movie theatre

 

看人群走过
kan ren qun zou guo
 
Watching the crowd walk past

 

怎么那一天的我们
zen me na yi tian de wo men
 
Why did we on that day

 

都默默的微笑很久
dou mo mo de wei xiao hen jiu
 
Both quietly smile for so long?


 

我想我是太过依赖
wo xiang wo shi tai guo yi lai
 
I think that I am too dependent

在挂电话的刚才
zai gua dian hua de gang cai
 
When the phone hung up just now


坚持学单纯的小孩
jian chi xue dan chun de xiao hai
 
I persisted in acting like a naive child

静静看守这份爱
jing jing kan shou zhe fen ai
 
Silently guarding this piece of love

 

知道不能太依赖
zhi dao bu neng tai yi lai 

I know that I can't be too dependent


 

怕你会把我宠坏
pa ni hui ba wo chong huai 

Afraid that you would spoil me

 

你的香味一直徘徊
ni de xiang wei yi zhi pai huai 

Your fragrance constantly hovers

 

我舍不得离开
wo she bu de li kai
 
I am reluctant to leave

Repeat


Notes:
*This line is reversed the 2nd time around. Play the song backwards to hear "zhi you ni neng ting de dao."
Jay does it with a purpose, which is to create a line to suit the song title's theme so that only you can hear it.  


(Credits: www.jay-chou.net




And the video: 



Atau bagi yang tidak dapat tengok video itu atas sebab-sebab tertentu, hehehe, here is where you can download the mp3 version.  


Nice, right? 



Well, why does it still touch my heart so much even after eight years? 



Because... not everybody can listen.  



Sometimes, people don't hear you.  
But when they do, are they really listening? 
Even if they do listen, can they ever hear the real message behind your voice, your words, your pause? 



Makes you wonder eh? 



;) Enjoy!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tail Number a.k.a. Nombor Ekor

Where I come from, majority of the folks spend a lot of time and money on one hobby - buy Toto, buy Magnum (4D, not the ice-cream which my sisters and I used to be so jakun about), buy Sarawak Turf, and the latest, Da Ma Cai.  


This is one of the oldest and most favoured hobbies in Sibu.  Every evening, before 7 p.m., you can see people cramping like sardines in the 4D premises to buy their last-minute lucky numbers.  


Like all typical Sibuans, my parents and relatives are also one of the contributors to the popularity of these 4D outlets (yang murah hati walaupun tidak diterima.  LOL.).  A lot of investment goes into buying 4D because "you don't know when you might get lucky" said Mama wisely. 


Yes, we did enjoy the results when the harvest is rich but most of the time, we were not that lucky.  
But when Mama or Papa did get lucky, we would all be treated and usually it comes in the form of makan besar (yala tek, makan sampey besar kedak tuk T_T).  Then we all happy la.  
The same goes for our other relatives.  This "ritual" had been practiced since we were small.  


So whenever any one of us (be it my siblings and I or our cousins) expresses our wish to have something, our parents would say "Of course, but wait until we strike the lottery" to console us.  And because we knew it was not that time yet, we just nodded sadly and submit to our fate (oh-so-dramatic~). 


The line/phrase had become so commonly used that most of the time, we didn't even need to express our wishes out loud anymore.  It had been engraved in our mind that whatever we want will be given, provided that our parents get "lucky".  


And so, one day while on the way home from shopping with my aunt, we drove by a beautiful playground.  My cousin Sharon (bukan nama sebenar) was still very young then, about 9 or 10 years old.  Being a young child that she was, playgrounds appealed to her very much and she expressed her wish to her mum.  


However, before my aunt could say anything, my little cousin added, "I know, we'll wait until you win Toto."  



Kids.  They say the darnedest thing. 


Sunday, April 17, 2011

What If a.k.a. Andaikata

Let's play a new game!  

Exam is near, stress is here.  Chill out a little and do something else which is equally mind-challenging.  

This game is called "What if".  


Here's how we play: 
1. Pose a hypothetical situation starting with "What if", e.g., 

What if I am actually a boy who has undergone a transsexual operation, would you (girls) still want to share a room with me? 

2. And then end the question with "would you" as given in the example above.  

3. The next person who comments must answer the question and then pose another question in the same format. 

Get it? Good.  

Let's get the ball rolling... 



My question: 

What if I am a lesbian, would you (girls) still sleep with me on the same bed? 

or if you're a boy,  


What if I am a gay, would you still sleep with me on the same bed?