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5th of Ramadan

July 25, 2012
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There is about 4 hours more to go before we can break our fast. But I’ve already finished cooking because I’ll be going for my tutoring duty (Maths, I’m a Maths tutor) after this. As planned, today is a fried-food-day (isn’t everyday?? Tsk.).

I intended to make some burgers, throw in some eggs and dollops of baked beans but realized that I don’t have any more eggs (all used up for my toffee brownies). So I made a tempura batter and lather up some crabsticks and prawns with it. These, with nuggets, hot dogs and soup, would be side dishes to the main course – the potato gratin!

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The only thing that is missing is a milkshake. Ahh, that’s an idea. πŸ˜‰

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Make: Blueberry Longan Drink

July 24, 2012
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It’s a scorchingly hot day today and anyone who hasn’t gotten any drinks for the past few hours would buckle under it. Well, maybe not.

I should have done laundry but since I’ve no more of my favourite softener… I didn’t. (I know, excuses, excuses!)

As it is such a sunny day, I thought of making a thirst quencher for our break fast made up of a tin of longans, blueberry syrup and a few slices of lemon.

In a few hours in the fridge, and it will be really, really cool… Mmm… I can hardly wait!

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Bake: Sausage Baked Rice

June 30, 2012
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Hey folks! Hi again! It’s a wonderful morning here and I’ve just cooked a little something for breakfast.

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Le petit dΓ©jeuner!

I’ve tried this recipe twice now and it’s from a great cooking website HappyHomeBaking. The recipe is so simple and cooking time over the stove could be done under less than 30 mins (15-20 mins if you’ve already cooked the rice).

The first time ever, I had tried making the baked rice with shrimps. It was delicious but I feel it could be more wholesome if I had put in all the seafood I could think of…mussels, crabmeat/sticks, squids etc.

However, this morning, after standing in front of the fridge for 5 minutes, I decided on just having diced hot dogs to go into the baked rice. I know, it’s a pathetic decision but my husband loves process food, so why not? 😜

I’ve scaled down my recipe so that the rice would fit in the round aluminum pan. I had used grated Pizza cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar & Parmesan) from Perfect Italiano. Put some as the base and after pouring the rice mixture, pour loads on top. Yuh-ummmmms!

For your info, the grated cheese package looked like this:

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After baking for 10 mins in a 200 degC oven, I’ve a great looking and great tasting breakfast to last till lunch!

And I just have to serve coffee with it. β˜•

I don’t think the photo quality does justice to the food. Follow me on Instagram (@miss_orange13)!


Bake: Everybody’s Bread Pudding

December 6, 2011
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Today my husband and I fasted in remembering 10 Muharram (Day of Asyurah)(for the Jews, they remember Moses and his troops crossed the red sea, for us Muslims, we remember Moses too and other great occurrences in our History).

So, to make it feel like a celebration, I’ve decided to make a bread pudding. Well, not just anybody’s bread pudding. It has fruit jam, peanut butter, Nutella, raisins, and chocolate chips. It’s for everybody! It’s great especially for kids and those young at heart. Heck, it’s for anybody, hungry or not. πŸ˜‰

I’ve to make a disclaimer here. The recipe is from Allrecipe, but after watching Nigella on tv sometime back, I followed her way of spreading not only jams on the breads, but peanut butter and Nutella as well.

In the pictures shown, I baked half the recipe.

Ingredients

6 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted
40 gm raisins
40 gm chocolate chips
4 eggs, beaten
475 ml milk
100 gm white sugar (you may want to reduce this amount because it’s already very sweet)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Bread Spreads:
Peanut Butter (Skippy’s Chunky)
Fruit Jam (St Dalfour’s Four Berries)
Nutella

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.

2. Cut the bread into triangular halves.
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Spread jams, peanut butter and Nutella on the halved breads (both sides). (What I did was to divide the bread halves into 3 portions – so there would be 4 halves for each type of spread. Get a medium sized bowl or rectangular pan and place the bread halves alternately – jam, peanut butter, Nutella and so on.)

3. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. Sprinkle with raisins and chocolate chips.

4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. 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 stand for about 5 minutes.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.
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Oh the smell is so delicious although it looked a bit burnt. But that’s how I like it!

Please note that the original recipe serves 12, and this tastes great on its own or with vanilla sauce! Happy trying!


Kids’ Drawings

October 14, 2011
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Hi! I’ve been doing relief in a nearby school for a couple of days now and I am really glad to be taking some Art classes.

Kid’s artworks are an eye-opener. It’s so thrilling to see the various age groups’ masterpieces. Some may be mature, some may be comical. You can actually read their thoughts. But one thing that is definite, drawing are likely to keep them occupied and most quiet.

I grade them by giving star stickers. They would compare with each other on how many stars they are getting, and whose art pieces are nicer or more colourful. I think it will give them a healthy competition, which is good, so they would strive further and put in even more effort.

Here are some that got me excited:

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Mind you, they are only 8 years young. πŸ™‚


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