Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For The Love Of Mum On Mother’s Day

Mothers undoubtedly are the most previous gift in our world.  Despite the many things they juggle in life, their priority is all about the well- being and happiness and a bright future for their kids. Apart from that, their sacrifices cannot be measured because there’s no limit on how far they bend for the sake of giving the best. But those great qualities may not be perfect or as how we expect. For me, it’s been a “roller-coaster” bonding journey with my mum from the day I fast grew up and seem like nothing has changed. Well, what can you expect from two ladies with opposite personalities? She is the typical conservative Indian lady without much education whereas I am the modern open-minded person with a string of qualifications and have had great exposure on how to adapt and look at life broadly. Thanks to my professional careers, my other half, my friends and my travel ventures.   

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dinler Hotel - Cappadocia (Turkey)

We stayed at Dinler hotel for two nights - first day after a long drive with a stopover at Century Sultanhani Caravanserai and next day after touring the Underground City of Kaymakli & Goreme Open-Air Museum. On both nights I skipped dinner because I was exhausted from walking in the unbearable freezing weather. That may sound like a lame excuse not to eat but it didn't really matter. By then I had enough of hotel buffets and Turkish food, so much so that I craved for the humble sambal belacan, sambal petai ikan bilis and lemon rasam. I was also missing my other half and sleeping in my own bed.    

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice And Vietnamese Tomato Soup

I look back to the many years behind me and realize that indeed life has changed. Those years were about partying, paying a fortune for booze and coming home swinging. I admit it was all in the name of fun and cheers which brings good or bad memories.  Of course every once in a while, I go back to my roots – no longer in clubs but in quiet pubs. Even so I can off hand count the number of times I do that in a year or to be specific, once in a blue moon.  It does not mean I don’t socialize neither keep in touch with my friends any more. I do but in different manner because friendship too is a whole new dimension in my life. No doubt I have thousand over friends on Facebook. In real life, the circle is within seven to ten close knitted ones.    

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cafe Szechuan - Bergen (Norway)

In few hours time we will be leaving Bergen, the final stop for our 10 days 7 nights tour to Denmark and Norway. For the 1 1/2 days we've been in the city, we went to Bergen Aquarium, Bergen City Museum,  Floibanen Funicular cable car, Edvard Greig Museum and Bergen Fish Market. Breakfast in Thon Hotel was about the only meal on the last day, clearly listed in our itinerary.   

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mandarin Orange Sorbet

I've said about mandarin oranges in Mandarin Orange Cake and about sorbet in Mango Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar) Sorbet.  For sure this year I am not accepting crates of oranges. I also can't refuse because the fruit is a symbol of good fortune, abundance and protection. Well, certainly I want all those blessings.  So I still accept - just two for the two of us. Even so, I know that by the end of the week, my fruit basket will be overflowing. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Taste Enclave - Sunway Pyramid

I was among the invited guests at Taste Enclave's grand opening to be officiated by Guest of Honour, Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah at about 4pm. I on the other hand arrived way earlier to avoid the peak hour traffic jam. Upon arrival I stood for a while outside at that level and imagined having fun at the Lagoon.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Banana Chocolate Cake

Let me start off by copying and pasting what I shared on facebook yesterday- "After taking care of my mum who is sick and struggling to walk for more than a month, I am looking forward to Valentines day for the first time ever in my life. My other half and myself gave up so much so that mum has the best. The vegetarian lunch at the neighbourhood simple restaurant is what we are longing for as the date on the" love is in the air" day. Now love is surely more meaningful".

Friday, February 13, 2015

Cappadocia (Turkey) - Underground City of Kaymakli & Goreme Open-Air Museum

So far I've had a great time in Cappadocia. First the "Hot Air Balloon Ride" and then a stopover at "Avanos Town". Two more places were on our list including lunch at "Uranos Sarikaya" underground restaurant which obviously caters for tour groups. We arrived and walked through the long cave before being ushered to our reserved table. The situation became a little tense because even though we have been travelling together for the past 6 days, some wanted preferences. They were adamant about seating with their family members or certain specific people. Eventually a few kind souls accommodated by switching places.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Aloo Matar (Potato And Pea Curry)

I thought I have put my life into perspective. I quite my job so that I can have quality time, earn a little money from my small business and focus on my writing skills. But all those have been a question mark ever since mum fell sick and that I have to take care of her. I am not complaining yet its very frustrating because sometimes I am so helpless. Trying my best to get her back to her normal life isn't going anywhere. She is stubborn, adamant and wants her own way. If she doesn't walk and get well soon, I am doomed. I hope I don't give up because if there's no improvement, my life is also stuck.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dorsett Grand Subang - Toss Your Way Into The New Year

For me there's something magical about tossing yee sang. I like the fact that it brings people from all walks of life together for a joyous happy auspicious celebration to usher Chinese New Year. Thus when I was invited by Dorsett Subang for the Chinese New Year food review, I definitely looked forward to the significance of the tossing and the full course Chinese dinner. However I couldn't immediately decide because I was in two minds. Coincidently mum was being discharged from the medical centre, around the same time and day.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Avanos Town - Cappadocia, Turkey

We had a very exciting early morning jump start in Cappadocia. The hot air balloon ride I have to say was truly one of the best experiences and moments of travelling. Pricey but worth every single dollar. We then left the site and continue our tour - a short stopover at Avanos, a town famous for pottery, ceramics and blue eye stones, separated by the Kizilirmak (red) river from the rest of Cappadocia and its the longest river in Turkey from which the red pottery clay is found. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Nyonya Chicken Curry

Much have been said and spoken about Nyonya cuisine in Nyonya Fish Sambal, Nyonya Curry Laksa, Nyonya Assam Laksa and Nyonya Style Fish Achar. And so, I shall say nothing  further. Its straight to the another Nyonya dish - chicken cooked with spices. Asian herbs and coconut milk for that aromatic spicy thick creamy gravy with soft tender meat. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mee Siam Kuah/Gravy (Vegetarian)

I have to keep the intro short and brief because mum is admitted again.  Even after the numerous medical test, there's no improvement - she is still complaining about the pain in her legs. On top of that, she is agitated and wants me to be by her side all the time. Thus, I have to get back to the medical centre after this to check on her. No doubt, I am mentally and physically drained out. But since I am the only one who can be there for her, there's no other choice. I suppose I have to learn to cope with stress until she gets well and is back on her feet again.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Le Rozell French Cafe Creperie - Kota Kemuning (Shah Alam)

I always get "over" excited when there is a wedding within the immediate family. In fact this time the feeling was mutual among the rest of the family members  - its the first big occasion after a lapse of 20 years. Apart from the usual busyness on who is going to be in-charge of what, we were equally concern about looking good and presentable for the wedding, thereafter dinner in a posh hotel.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Egg Banjo With Onion Pickle

I am back. Back home after the much needed short getaway. Before I left, I told my mum to hold on to what's been bothering her - getting a second opinion about her health which wasn't a critical situation. She however has taken the matter to a whole new dimension and in return has created a big atomic bomb. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Hi there,

Just to update you that I am still not back home. In fact I wrote this recipe before leaving for my holiday. Now that I am rushing for time, I am going to keep it simple without any long winded stories. The only thing I like to say is that its not the most prettiest and impressive cheesecake. Yet the easiest and cheapest to made - minimal ingredients and you save on electricity too.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Skinny Pumpkin Pie

Namaskkaram/hello all you great people,

Let me begin by saying that its a favourable start for the year. I am in the midst of packing and leaving - No! No! Not leaving the country neither leaving my other half. That will never be the case because I love my country and I love my man and his money as well. No doubt I will miss "sambal belacan" and I will also miss my man. But then again I can't force him to travel and let me tell you that travelling alone is safe. He likes to work, so be it. I like to see the world and its fine with him.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Restoran V.P. Curry House - Jalan Tengku Kelana (Klang)

Unlike my leisurely shopping trip three days ago in Klang, this time it was purely straight to the point - collect my saree blouses and have lunch before coming back home. There was no time to walk from one eatery to the other neither to debate or argue where to eat. We agreed over this eatery which we used to visit many years ago. If I am not mistaken, that was about more than 10 years.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tam Tim Krob - (Rubies In Coconut Milk)

I have been trying to post something, at least a recipe for the past few days. Yet there were/are other priorities. For example, I am re-writing all my previous articles - not to impress anyone but because I am embarrass. I wrote utter rubbish, my style of writing was up side down and inside out and the pictures were equally ugly as the words. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Beekay's Corner Curry House - Jalan Tengku Kelana (Klang)

Klang as you know or you don't is the shopping paradise for all sorts of Indian things. Tengku Kelana Street is ever popular all year around and it can be like a mad house during the weekends. I usually avoid coming over unless of course when I have to buy sarees and Indian costume jewelries. I do agree that it’s the best place for those things because choices are aplenty, good bargain and excellent customer service especially in saree shops due to the intense competition for customers.
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