Malgudi when I was told about at Ohana Recipes, honestly, I was dazed. Never heard but sure hei! hei! hei!.Intriguing-enchanting name that got me over-excited and automatically I became louder and louder until the half-half gently calmed me down. I then for a moment visualized I was somewhere in a small historical village in India. More so, for the next two weeks before coming over to Malgudi, every day I kept chanting – Malgudi! Malgudi! Malgud!!. Well, the fascinating name I truly love.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Good skin well, we are born with but over the years with the wear and tear of life - stress, lack of sleep, hormonal changes and pollution, the luscious skin I’m sorry to say won’t remain the same anymore. More so, skin will age faster if you neglect or stop caring. Looking older I’m sure is not something to be proud of and when you are unhappy with your skin, everything else seem crashing down. Thus, essentially no matter what, the daily beauty routine is a must and do include the simple home facials for the goodness of improving/maintaining the skin. Furthermore, the "comfort of the home" facials are wonderfully relaxing and a great way to de-stress.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Banana flower/vazhaipoo or you prefer to high-tech the name, you call it banana blossom. For me, banana flower or jantung pisang lah. Simple as that. The flower obviously from the banana tree and said as exotic. Really?? Never knew so because mum cooked so often until we got tired of eating. Well, those days banana trees were everywhere and neighbours were kind people. Now, you won't even dare ask your neighbour even if you see the flower idling and almost rotting on the tree. What to do? Neighbours don't want to be friendly. Never mind. Leave them alone and buy the flower from the Indian stalls at the wet market.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Breakfast - Royal Selangor Club). That mission mentally and physically exhausting, thus lunch called soonest possible. Lunch we agreed is convenient at the club instead walking in the city in the unfavourable weather without a clue or two where to "makan-makan/eat". Lunch at the club is between the Malay food or the banana leaf meal in the adjourning block. Agreed. At once we agreed - Kshipra curry house for the "ready-to-eat" by 11.30am freshly cooked dishes displayed at the food counter and listed with the price on the menu like white board. There's the mutton curry, mutton varuval, chicken curry, chicken varuval, stir fried vegetables. egg dishes, the marinated "pick me up, we fry up" items, other dishes and murungai keerai we at once noticed.
Friday, November 13, 2015
If not 100%, let’s says 70% of confidence we know is the step to success. Confidence I too strongly believe is the powerful booster to succeed. That confidence prominently noted in the email from Ohana Recipes to nava k. Those bold words - The Best Curry Mee - No Joke" socked me off immediately and the curry mee picture another knock out. Curry mee, the best and no joke?? How, tell me how can I refuse? Impossible. After all, I am a big or shall I say the biggest fan of a bowl of noodles generously drenched with curry.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Bio-Oil's Be Confident Workshop) a little strong for my sensitive-combination skin, hence impossible for daily use. Breaks me up by slowly activating my oil glands. But as said, its the oil I will still invest for wrinkle-free skin.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Mutton! Mutton! Mutton! Mutton man I'm sure is really busy now. The crowd crowding around the stall despite I'm assuming the marked up prices. Well, mutton and Deepavali? How to separate? Impossible. I can still recall the kilos I bought when the festival of lights was a big-do-do. But over the years, Deepavali has mellowed down. No more lavish open house and this year especially, house is gonna be extra quiet. Dad left to heaven in May and I am still coming to terms he is not around any more. The pain inside is slowly going away but dad - "you will always be on my mind". I'm sure dad is watching from up there and here I am writing this mutton rendang recipe with tears dwelling in my eyes.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Always. Always. There’s always some decisions or rather we have to decide either daily, weekly or every month once. We can't escape from making decisions, can't we? I'm afraid not. For me, the daily challenging decision is what to cook. Equally a tough call is replenishing skin care products once every few months. Perhaps I shouldn't say buying skin care products is difficult because I can still go back to the familiar products. But then, then, then, being a small time beauty blogger, I shouldn't deprive myself from trying new products and of course, always as ever, sharing is caring. I share and all you beauties will benefit as well.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Quality I'm sure you will agree comes with a price. Triple yes from me because for some reason or rather, quality I knew will be delivered when I walked into Sothys Bukit Jalil. Difficult to explain the precise reason or the gut feeling but I sure knew - quality it is when the two well-groomed professional beauty therapists even opened the door and smiled at me in the most beautiful way. That meaningful smile the assurance they sure are well trained and surely my skin will be cared for the next 2 hours.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Raita you can read at Vegetable Raita, Mango & Cucumber Yoghurt Salad and Cucumber Yoghurt Salad. Also see how to make the refreshing Apple And Cucumber Salad. Beetroot - of course we agree is healthy, full of vitamins and packed with powerful antioxidants. But as far as I know can increase blood pressure though I've just read that recent health claims beet can lower blood pressure. Really I'm not sure - should I believe or not because half-half is quite cautious about eating except once a while. Anyway, lets leave the topic aside and now see how to make this beet raita. Always as ever, nava-k like to bring you simplicity and no sweat dishes and this one sure enough - pillowy steamed beet with tangy-minty-tad bit of spiciness yoghurt dressing or as we Indians call - way to go the lovely raita.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Remember keluak I told you earlier - Buah Keluak Kari Ayam/Chicken Curry?? The one packet of keluak definitely a lot for the two of us, so I made this Nyonya fish curry praying hard the half-half will taste at least one keluak but hei no!! See, that's the problem with the man. You try and you hope they will try a new dish but they won't. Anyway, he eat a little of the curry and said that the curry is nice but the nut is driving him nuts with the taste. Never mine I thought. I finished off the exotic nuts and licked off the thick spicy aromatic curry made with lemongrass, galangal, fresh turmeric and belacan/shrimp paste and the curry of course eaten with rice.
Monday, October 19, 2015
How to say what is roti jala?? Don't know! Don't know where and how to start. Perhaps easier said as flat roti/bread made from the batter (egg, milk, flour and turmeric), streamed down in circles from the cup with long gigi/teeth, cooked and you get the roti with holes but still intact as one piece. The batter not too thick or too thin, just right in consistency to stream down. Otherwise gone with the roti because the shape will take you all over Malaysia. I struggled and won't say the roti perfectly shaped but-but boleh/okay lah!. And if you still can't get it right, just circle out as thin round roti and be happy.
Looks like I haven't change a bit when it comes to skin care products. I always get over-excitement at beauty stores. Given a choice, emptying the whole store is true happiness. Then again, no point hoarding skin care products because they have limited life expectancy and also, how many products can I possibly use simultaneously. Still, when I buy one product, there's always tendency to buy another from the same brand. I bought the rice mask and I'm sure you must have guessed it right, Yes! This black sugar mask included as well.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The stack of recipes is reaching almost up to the sky. Two hundreds over recipes I'm holding on don't know for what. Sometimes I ask myself - why Nava why?? Well people, I think I have become over conscious about writing the intro - the fear of making mistakes and the fear of comments from donkeys and monkeys always condemning and criticizing my language. So much so I need buckets of assurance to remind myself that it is okay to make mistakes, it is okay if people make fun and it is okay if the world laughs at you. Took me a long time to realise but here I am. So from today, I am going to let go of fear and write. Write and improve for my own personal satisfaction.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Goodness gracious!! Taking pictures is one thing storing them is the other. As organise as I am, every now and then I fumble. I just can't find the pictures. For the past two hours, all I did was looking for the pictures for this recipe. And finally there they were. That's enough time taken and with the flu bug still stubborn and taking its time to leave me alone, I don't think I want to say anything else. Anyway since much has already been said about the love for petai, the benefits of petai and the half-half slowly tuned to eat the stink beans (petai and dried prawns sambal, chilli petai with anchovies, lemongrass prawn petai sambal and sambal petai ikan bilis), no need to repeat like lah!lah!lah! especially when there's no new stories.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
The flu bug is bugging me. Don't know where the "bugger" flew from but right now "flu is spinning my head and the world is spinning faster". Ahhh!! Not a nice feeling. The flu tablet is on standby for "night-night" time because if I take now, I probably will sleep on the keyboard. So, when everything is spinning, let's not complicate matters and back to what I believe in - "keep it simple in the kitchen and keep it simple with a simple dish". This is it for the simplicity (grilled fish with taucheo chilli dip,chilli coriander steamed fish, Thai style steamed fish and fried kembung with assam sauce) and for the head banging flavours - you get that bit of saltiness, spiciness, sourness and that bit of coriander leaves aroma.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Whether you say a cluster of bananas or a bunch of bananas I'm not sure neither I have the time to debate. But what I can say is that bananas are equally as good as the imported fruits you pay a lot more. Banana is packed with nutrients and did you know that it does wonders as a fruit pack. Why not try?? Mash a ripe banana, apply on the clean face, leave for around 5 minutes, wash and see the glow. I do that every now and then especially when the fruit cannot be saved at all and beyond sending it to heaven. Otherwise, there's always some sort of dessert you can make. Remember the "Malaysian bananas fritters"??
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Malacca. The direct intellectual translation in English is pangium edule. That too I copied from wikipedia but seriously, what does that say for the average person like me? Nothing. Just says that I am good at copying. So let me try, try and try in the laywoman's terms. Easier said as the fruit or nut or the hard skin dark brown thingy (ahahaha!!). You will see the picture later because I made sure I took instead of taking you all over to confuse you further.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
For every coffee lover out there, absolutely it is the coffee for waking up the senses to look forward to a bright and sunshiny day. Coffee I'm sure you will agree is a booster in the morning or anytime you like. Perhaps saying any time is inappropriate because I’ve been told caffeine-drinking “night owls” go to bed later. My system is immune. There’s no such a thing I can’t sleep after drinking coffee. In fact with or without coffee, I am alert till wee hours.